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  • 26/07/16 = Hello Fred, Well, I have to say your assistance has been fantastic and low and behold Barry received an email from Carl this morning!! I had sent an email to Didier Hussenot last night – so this morning I received a response from him to say ‘he makes music’ with Carl Thompson and was forwarding my email on to him. So this morning in my inbox I received a reply from Didier plus the one you sent through attaching Graham Martindale’s email and, as I said, Barry had one from Carl!! Somehow I felt you guys would be a pretty special tight knit group and so it has proved to be. Thank you doesn’t even cover it but please give yourself a big pat on the back for your part in the jigsaw. We will be over in the UK for 3 months from late August, so we are hoping Carl may be over during that time, failing which we may try to organise a stopover in France when we plan next years travels. Hope your news board works as well for other people looking for old friends in the future. - Julia Milward

  • 26/07/16 - Due to the lack of response Alan Wilcox has asked me re-post the following -  Back in the eighties and nineties, regular twinning visits were made to the valley of Biebertal, north of Frankfurt in Germany, by Delta Jazz, a band organised for the purpose and led by drummer Alan Davies. He was then based in North Wales and still frequently corresponds with us via your website. Lots of north-west musicians joined in these tours over the years, including some who are sadly no longer with us, Dave Renton, Ray Hayes, Arthur Pedder and Vernon Wright among them, but there are still a number of us left.  Winfried Senger, of Biebertal, is currently putting together a book in celebration of the twinning, of which this year is a big anniversary, and one of our former Biebertal hostesses, Karin Steinmuller, is busy collecting memories and anecdotes specifically concerning the jazz visits. She would like to hear from us with our memories and stories in our own words, which will then be translated. Photographs would probably also be welcome. They are hoping to have the book finished in time for this year's Christmas market in Denbigh; so there really isn't much time.  Could you please ask any of your readers who ever were part of this touring jazz band to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and send a contribution to Karin as soon as possible by the end of this month? Her email address is: karinmarialuise@web.de; and her postal address is: Mühlbergstrasse 4, Rodheim Bieber 35444 Biebertaal, Germany.

  • 25/07/16 - Bingley Jazz Club gig list has been updated

  • 25/07/16 - Bonsoir Fred,  I am in regular touch with Carl Thompson. He and Jacqui live in the centre of Saint-Tropez (rather far away from us to call them our neighbours) and Carl is very active in the jazz scene down there with his French Tuxedo Band etc.. He is also an active member of the Rotary Club and recently organised his seventh annual "Foi de Jazz" where he booked Les Haricots Rouges as part of the gig. Carl & Jacqui drove up to stay with us a couple of years ago and I organised a few local (very non-jazz) musicians to play a few numbers with us in my basement. It was interesting to say the least but nonetheless very enjoyable.  - Graham Martindale. Graham has sent me Carl's email address and his phone number and says I'm sure he would be delighted to hear from Barry & Julia. I'll pass the information on.

  • 22/07/16 - Updates and email responses may be intermittent next week.

  • 22/07/16 - I don't get many requests on this site, but here's one romantic I couldn't refuse. "On Tuesday 26th July, my Meryl hits the big 75, a week after we have completed 51 years of marriage. Our love of music, jazz in particular, has been a big part of our years together. Perhaps the most appealing, and also suited to your site, love song I can think to ask you to dedicate for me to her, is this video of Sax legend John Coltrane with Vocalist Johnny Hartman 'My One and Only Love'. Thanks in anticipation". - Norman Gibson.

  • 22/07/16 - Many Happy Returns next week to Brian Singleton on Sunday, Les Harris on Monday, Charlie Bentley on Tuesday, Barry Aldous, Rae Owens, & Tom Rippieth on Friday, and Ken Binns on Saturday.

  • 22/07/16 - Daytime gigs midweek include Mike Lovell 6 in a bar at The North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood on Wed, 27 July, 12:00 – 14:30, and Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz at Timperley Sports Club on Thu, 28 July, 13:30 – 15:30.

  • 22/07/16 - It's on BBC 2 tonight after midnight, 12.30am. The story of Chico and Rita is set against backdrops of Havana, New York City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Paris in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chico_and_Rita  for more. - Philip Cakebread

  • 21/07/16 - Re "Jazz At The Station" poster, would it be Liverpool Road Station in Manchester? asks Alwyn Smith.  Well with a bit of help from Wikipedia at http://tinyurl.com/h9gkbtd that's the conclusion I came to. That dates the poster as 1980.

  • 21/07/16 - "Just writing to share with you the news of our Terence Blanchard UK tour with the Inner City Ensemble.  It would be great if you could share this news, it's definitely more tailored to your audience than the last news I sent you regarding the college course! All the information is available at http://tinyurl.com/zf4bdyl I have attached a press shot and artwork, feel free to use these as you like.  If you require further information, contact me via phone at 0161 830 2807 or email at liam.cook@bandonthewall.org" - Liam Cook.  If you want this additional information  just let me know - Fred

  • 20/07/16 - I wonder if any of you remember this event, and how many musicians in this poster that Sheila Collier sent me (well there's a clue for start), can you name? Better still can you name the railway station. Sheila sent it to me to pass on to Joe Silmon's relatives (Whoops there's another clue). Click on the picture for a larger version.

  • 20/07/16 - I played with Carl Thompson in the Mathew St. Ragtime Jazz Band from the late 80s until the mid 90s. By that time Carl had established his own firm of architects, Carl Thompson Associates, and we used to rehearse in his offices on the Albert Dock on Monday evenings, and then go down the stairs to Hartleys Wine Bar and finish the evening listening to the Merseysippis, who had a residency there. Carl also ran a band called the Climax Jazz band , which also played at the Bar X on the Albert Dock on Sunday evenings. When he left the Mathew St band, he became a founder member of the Tuxedo Jazz Band, which of course is still going strong. Carl still visits the UK fairly frequently - Phil Yates

  •  20/07/16 - Re Carl Thompson, here’s something interesting off the web:  http://tinyurl.com/he5t2rl.  Carl’s architectural business was in The Albert Dock, Liverpool: Never met him, though. - Jon Critchley
     

  • 20/07/16 - Re Llandudno Jazz Festival - We can now confirm that Jazz Rag Dixieland Band is playing at Bodafon Farm on Sunday 31st July.  We're playing two sets - 1pm until 2pm and 4pm until 5pm.  Other bands are playing between these times until 6pm.  Bodafan Farm is a superb venue offering a covered area for a huge audience - a good bar and the biggest pizza oven in Wales!   - Morris Jones

  • 19/07/16 - John Westwood passed on information that American University Radio (WAMU) currently had a programme which was a tribute to Humphrey Lyttelton, which I found very interesting, especially hearing names like Steve Voce and Paul Adams on American Radio, as well as the more obvious names of the band musicians. It's at http://tinyurl.com/hj836ty. It's only on for a week, so will probably be replaced on Saturday

  • 18/07/16 - When my dear friend Johnny Rodgers, late of Gambit Jazzmen and many other bands, passed away in January, I thought that it would be a good idea to produce a tribute album to him and to raise money for The Lymphoma Association. This has since been produced in conjunction with the likes of his wife Cathy, compatriots Pete Lay and Barry Palser and many others.  The attached article appeared in the June issue of Just Jazz.  Since its launch, it has been selling like hot cakes in the South of the country where he was well known and much money has been raised. However I am sure that there are also many musicians etc further north who knew him as a wonderful musician and a great character and may not be aware of its existence. Perhaps you might be able to spread the word. - Stuart McLean. (Click on picture for larger version)

  • 17/07/16 - Those who like me went to Whitley Bay Jazz Festival in 2010, will have been enchanted by the New Orleans Rascals from Japan. Geoff Bull, from Australia, who has been supplying the George Lewis DVD to many NW fans, was on trumpet on that occasion. The band's normal trumpet player Keitaro Shiga, was still recovering from a major stomach operation having been diagnosed with stomach cancer, but he did manage to join them for their last number. I learned from Lynda Bull yesterday that Keitaro passed away peacefully very early on Friday morning.

  • 17/07/16 - I get some challenging emails from time to time with people trying to find someone from the past. Sometimes  I can find the answers with your help, and it's one of the most rewarding aspects of this web site when that happens. This next one though has to be the most challenging so far. It's from Julia Milward  in New Zealand. - "This is a bit of a long shot but thought it worth a try.  Barry and I both hail from the Wirral - our respective families emigrated in the 60s. We were talking the other day about a chap Barry used to work with at an Architectural Company in Birkenhead by the name of Carl Thompson - he was a Yorkshireman by birth and did his Architectural degree at Liverpool University. The last we heard of him was that he had retired to Nice (of all places!) in the South of France.  The reason for my email to you is that he was a very keen jazz enthusiast and trumpet player and belonged to a small band for a good number of years - sadly we can't remember the name of the band. They played gigs in and around the Merseyside/Liverpool/Wirral area. I know this is all a bit vague but just thought it worth a try that someone associated with Jazz Northwest might just know him and where he currently is. Barry is just 70 and thinks Carl was 8 to 10 years older than him - so there is always the possibility he may be making music in the hereafter !! If you can throw any light on Carl or his whereabouts it would be much appreciated - we just figured the jazz fraternity would be a tight knit group so might just have the answer".  Wouldn't it be great if we could?

  • 17/07/16 - Just found this site http://www.jamesevansjazz.com/#!gigs/ubmyh. If you scroll down, it says James Evans is travelling around Europe in July. I first came across James playing with the Cotton Club Band at a Liverpool Jazz Festival, in the good old days ! Have just been listening to your cut from the Shotgun Jazz Band.  I would love to hear him again in the UK. Looking at his programme in New Orleans he is playing 3 to 4 gigs a week.   Best Wishes and many thanks for a very interesting site. - Mike Feltham
     

  • 17/07/16 - I see an email from David Evans on the 13th mentioning that the Harp Jazz Club is “sadly now closed”!   As Jazz Club 90 did often be referred to as “Jazz at the Harp” it might be worth a mention that Jazz Club 90 is still very much alive and kicking and up to date information is on our website, www.jazzclub90.co.uk.  I realise we are out of your area but do get several visitors or musicians from the North West over the course of a year.  I have been in touch with Marla Dixon of the Shotgun Jazz Band to tell her that we now have a bigger venue and would be delighted to book them if ever they do come over the pond. - John Howell.

  • 16/07/07 - Regarding Jo Silmon's funeral on 1st August 1400, at Old Chapel of Manchester Crematorium, his son Joe tells me, "All are welcome, but I would appreciate people letting me know if they are planning on attending, because I intend to put on a wake afterwards and an idea of numbers would be great. If people want to just contact me at joeasilmon@googlemail.com that will be best".
     

  • 16/07/16 - Jazz By The Lake March 2017, has been added to the jazz festivals page

  • 16/07/16 - No daytime mid week jazz gigs coming up this, that's more gardening then, rain permitting.

  • 16/07/16 - Many Happy Returns this coming week to Bob Pickersgill (70) & Mike Carnie (71) on Wednesday, and to Louis Lince (74) on Friday.

  • 16/07/16 - With currently 553 pages to wade through on this site, where do you start apart from this page? I thought it might be an idea to feature a 'page of the week'  so here goes. Remember that larger than life band that came over from America, the 10th Avenue Jazz Band? They made several tours around the UK, and Barbara & I booked them for our jazz club in Preston in April 2000. Sign of things to come when a large people carrier pulled up at Fulwood & Broughton Cricket Club. I was equally fascinated when a large Tuba case was placed on the floor, and what sounded like the tuba inside, tuning itself up!  I think it was clarinet player Bob Storms that kept a diary of events and published them in a newsletter during their 2004 tour.  Click Here to read his comments on the NW jazz scene. Maybe you were there?

  • 15/07/16 - My thanks to Philip Cakebread for telling me about Hot Club Du Monde by Resonance 104.4fm.  - "A half-hour tour of musical curiosities from the 78rpm era with Oliver Carter-Wakefield.  Philip says, "Have you found the above yet? I get it on FM on Thursday evenings but it's also on the web site at http://tinyurl.com/hgtcsnm.  Currently Sam Morgan's band in 1921, but there have been Polish Tangoes and a tour of the Caribbean.  It's amazing what was on the Dime-Store labels.

 

  • 15/07/16 - With reference to the Llandudno Jazz Festival, there's 'Traditional Jazz' with the 'River City Jazz Band' on the end of Llandudno Pier every Saturday and Sunday beginning on July 23rd right through to August Bank Holiday (August 29th). Sessions start at 1-30p.m. and go on until 4-30 p.m. The band shares the 'Pier End Show' with an assortment of seagulls, gasping dogfish and views of 'the two Ormes' (Kenneth Williams take note). They're fun sessions and if you're lucky, the sun might shine. - Ian Royle

  • 14/07/16 - Further to the thoughts of Eamonn Friel, Ironically, Radio Ulster is well blessed for Jazz compared with most regional radio broadcasting channels and features two weekly one hour long contrasting programmes.   Sunday's 'Jazz Club' at 9.00pm features traditional, modern and mainstream jazz presented by the very knowledgeable and respected broadcaster, Walter Love. As your readers will know, I frequently highlight Walter's traditional jazz offerings in your updates. Every Friday at 10.00pm, Linley Hamilton, an accomplished musician, who I believe is employed in Jazz Music education at Queens University, presents an hour of contemporary jazz. Derry broadcaster & singer/songwriter, Eamon Friel of Radio Foyle, also uses every opportunity to feature classic and traditional jazz offerings in his weekly programme, currently 'Songbook' on Thursday evenings at 10.00pm.  In response to recent posts on this topic, here are the thoughts of Walter Love:  ''Jazz has always been in a minority in terms of the broader musical life of the Province. I often refer to this by adding 'That it's always been a strong minority.' Linley Hamilton is in a strong position to outline the situation today. As a jazz educator he meets many aspiring young musicians and has been a great promoter of them. But, yes the interest in earlier forms of jazz is gradually dying out. I still feel that even for those with more progressive and that includes ideas, a good knowledge of what went before is essential.'' - David Evans

  • 13/07/16- I got this clip via bookmarking one of your older links with The Harp Jazz Club, Albrighton, near Wolverhampton, sadly now closed.  An exciting young vibrant American jazz band - 'The Shotgun Jazz Band' at The Abita Springs Opry April 2014 - can be viewed on YouTube for 36 minutes at https://youtu.be/RicINWvmAcg.  This superb band including James Evans, clarinet and sax with superb raw vocals from Marla Dixon, is definitely keeping Louisiana roots music alive.  Tuba Skinny another young jazz band are also featured in New Orleans' recent jazz fest gigs 2014 on YouTube.  Such bands help to raise the spirits in the context of traditional jazz seemingly fading away as our once renowned musicians get older or die!  Well worth a view and listen. - David Evans

  • 13/07/16 -  Thanks to Barrie for getting you to put George Lewis's Burgundy Street Blues on, on his birth date. Many years back Barrie had a go at playing it for me in the Wagon and Horses pub in Lancaster - a pretty good job he made of it too I might add! I know the the original is perhaps reckoned always to be the best, but I particularly like Dr Michael White's playing of it. Norman Gibson

  • 13/07/16 - I had a phone call today from someone purporting to be the chairman of the Escape Committee.  It was Harold Troughton ringing to tell me he had finally been released from Hospital following his triple bypass.  Harold said he couldn't get a Wi-Fi signal at the hospital due to the lead lined walls, and so had no access to email. Harold would like to thank all the people who had sent messages and cards, particularly Howard  Murray, who having recently undergone the same procedure, was able to offer a lot of advice and support. He said it was disappointing that he couldn't thank them via email sooner.

  • 13/07/16 - Geoff Rutherford, of the Buckley & Mold Lions Club and former landlord at The Miner’s Arms in Maeshafn enters his 22nd year of Charity Fund raising in aid of many charities and so far his annual Jazz Days have raised in excess of £42,000 for Nightingale House, Hope House, North Wales Air Ambulance, Local Prostate Screening, Cardiac Risk in the Young (C.R.Y)., Save The Family, Chrysalis, and many other local charities. The Original Panama Jazz Band is proud to have performed at The Miner’s Arms for every one of them. Lets hope this year’s 22nd Jazz Day on 31st July experiences fine weather and is well attended as usual by those who recognise Geoff’s great efforts and dedication. This year’s chosen charities are North Wales Air Ambulance and Local Prostate Screening. (See “What’s On” for more details).

  • 13/07/16 - "Here below are the thoughts of Eamon Friel, Radio Foyle/Ulster Presenter of 'Songbook' every Thursday at 10.00am", writes David Evans.  "Thanks for sending me the correspondence and for including SONGBOOK in the jazz canon on Radio Ulster. I think many people are a bit scared of jazz and that includes some radio presenters and producers. Jazz for them immediately brings to mind 10 minute incoherent saxophone solos. And yet, from my point of view, early jazz is the most infectious, disciplined and brilliant music I can think of. And it was also the pop music of the 1920s, 1930s and even the 1940s. Walter may be correct that interest in earlier forms of jazz is gradually dying out. All the more reason then to play it I say ... ".

  • 13/07/16 - Allan Wilcox informs me that there is some traditional jazz at the Llandudno Jazz Festival with Jazz Rag. He's right. After some serious digging on the Llandudno Jazz Festival website I discovered a page that told me they are playing on Saturday 25th July 2015 at Bodafon Farm Park Courtyard between 1pm and 6pm. There's a CD prize for the first person who can tell me how to get to that page from within the festival website, and not via Google..

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  • 13/07/16 - Another daytime jaz event this week that I missed is Mike Lovell's Cafe Jazz Quintet at THE MOUNT, The Esplanade, Fleetwood on Fri, 15 July, 13:00 – 15:30, Free Admission

  • 13/07/16  Joe Silmon's funeral arrangements are as follows: Funeral confirmed 1st August 1400, at Old Chapel of Manchester Crematorium. - Carlos SIlmon

  • 13/07/16 - Norman Gibson has done us all a big favour by drawing attention to the Jive and Jazz scene in France and the way it brings in younger musicians and, especially, a younger audience. A good example of this can be seen by Googling Hippocampus Jass Gang performing Blue Drag with the Swingjammerz.  Hippocampus is a very good band. Norman and I saw them at Dove Holes Jazz Club a few weeks ago. Very French in their strings based approach and their logical, intense dedication. The Swingjammers are also very committed (although not at Dove Holes). At the same time it is very expensive to bring these bands over here. Could it be done differently? Very likely.   Last Saturday 09/07/16 we had Tipitina at Roa Island. Very good New Orleans R+B. Very different from Hippocampus. We also had Jay and Andrea who now run the local jive club based in Ulverston. They put on a brilliant demonstration of jive and got the younger and fitter jazzers on the dance floor. A lot of our younger jazzers attended the jive club last night, Tuesday 12.7.16 to see how it is done.   It seems very probable that this situation will roll on into our events later in the year, starting with Brian Carrick's Algiers Stompers on 24 September. Just one thing. None of this is a free lunch. Attending the jive classes is £6 a go. Jay and Andrea get a free entry to Roa Island but if necessary I'm also prepared to pay for their professional services. - Malcolm Cookson

  • 13/07/16 - I will be introducing a new feature on the site this weekend. I should imagine, quite understandably, that I'm the only person who has seen all 553 pages currently on this site. So on this page each weekend I'll be having a "featured page". (As long as I don't forget!).

  • 12/07/16 - I had to go to Jazz Guide News to discover that there's a jazz festival in Llandudno later this month, but it may not suit many of this site's visitors as I'm struggling to find any traditional jazz bands listed.

  • 11/07/16 - My thanks to John Howell for this email which will be of interest to those nearer the Welsh border. - "Just a quick note to say if you are ever in the Shropshire area again you and Barbara would be most welcome to visit us in the “new “home” of Jazz Club 90.  Marie and I thought long and hard about moving from the Harp to a new venue with no backing whatsoever but so far it has exceeded our expectations even allowing for the fact we now have only 24 gigs a year compared to 100 at the Harp.  Although this means less organising and time commitment it does create a headache trying to sort out which bands we have, we seem to be as popular amongst the musicians as we were at the Harp....must be doing something right!   -  John and Marie Howell

  • 10/07/16 - There's a very interesting event on the horizon - Jeff & Anne Barnhart with John Hallam (reeds) and Ed Harrison (bass)  at Haydock Park Golf Club. It's an evening of Ragtime, Jazz and The American Songbook. It takes place on August 23rd at 8-30pm. You can get more details by clicking here, The event is in aid of Cancer Research UK, a cause well worth supporting.

  • 10/07/16 - It is a strange coincidence to read on your site about the lack of jazz in Northern Ireland as this week our Fest Jazz association organised a tour of Brittany for the Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra.  They are a 27 strong big band of musicians in their teens and were excellent in every way; musicianship, professionalism and Irish charm.  A special mention for their two outstanding vocalists. Superb! The orchestra went down incredibly well everywhere they played (mostly in open air markets and tourist spots) and were an absolute credit to their Director, Ken Jordan.  The French public loved them. Certainly one fine example of jazz and young people working well in Northern Ireland. - Trevor Stent

    10/07/16 - Today we had a run out to one of the venues listed in the jazz club section, and a place where we haven't been before, Sedgley Park Rugby Club. We were made most welcome and I have to say it's a very nice and comfortable place. John Hallam was the guest musician with the Gerry Tomlinson Trio, featuring Nigel Cretney (dms), Dave Turner (bs) and Gerry on keyboard. It was a very pleasant two and a half hours and well worth a visit. Unfortunately the rugby club favours party bookings over the jazz fans, understandably, so it's not on every week, you need to check What''s On or the Sedgley Park Club Page  when I update it. As an aside, when we lived in Bury, over 20 years ago, I was actively involved in the radio society that met up at the Community Centre there, and from time to time had to compete with music coming from the next room. It was Bury Jazz Society, and today I discovered to my surprise that they still meet there, and are still in the same room. I was given a programme which you can see by clicking here, and via What's On. Click on picture for larger version.

  • 0/07/16 - Midweek daytime gigs this week include Annie's Saints And Sinners at The Dog & Partridge, Bollington on Mon, 11 July, 14:00 – 16:00, and The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 15 July, 12:30 – 14:30 at Carnforth Railway Station, Warton Road, Carnforth, where there are Tea Rooms and good food available. A collection is also taken.

  • 10/07/16 - Many Happy Returns this week to Ian Royle on Monday, Cyril Wroe on Tuesday and Isabel Toner on Wednesday.

  • 09/07/16 -  And still the tributes for Joe Silmon pour in. I've added five in the last two days.

  • 08/07/16 - There is a Film biopic of jazz legend Chet Baker coming to Vue Salford (Lowry) (As well as various other Vue Cinemas including Bolton) for ONE NIGHT ONLY + exclusive Ethan Hawke interview - Monday, July 25 http://tinyurl.com/z5kpy68

  • 08/07/16 - In reference to Malcolm Bridges e mail about the lack of jazz in N.Ireland, I have to agree with him, however there is some jazz available if you know where to look. The East Belfast Jazz Club is on the last Friday every month & our next session is on 29th of this month. We also have George Galway from Manchester as our special guest on Friday 26th August.  If he would like more info regarding any jazz that is available he can contact me on georgesmyth@btinternet.com.  - George Smyth East Belfast Jazz Club

  • 07/07/16 - As of August, the Blue Magnolia Jass Orchestra will be moving from their usual Tuesday night at Rose Lane British Legion to a Wednesday night. Same time, same place, just Wednesday instead of Tuesday. Just one small caveat; we will NOT be playing on the first Wednesday of each month, but we will be there on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and if there is one, the 5th Wednesday. - Andrew MacKenzie

  • 07/07/16 - Hi Fred,  I have just had a chat with John Dunlop and it looks like I won't be coming over this yea, but have had to postpone my planned trip until next spring. I am not happy to cancel - I have about 16 cousins, a brother, a sister and a pile of friends that I'd like to see.  -  Tony Pringle

  • 05/07/16 - Liam Cook, Marketing and Communications officer at Band on the Wall has written to tell me "I believe this news will be of great interest to your audience and would greatly appreciate if you could share this news. - We are launching a groundbreaking new jazz education course with The Manchester College, the first and only programme of its kind, aimed at 16-18 year olds".  Well I'm afraid we don't get many of those in the jazz clubs Liam, but no doubt there are some out there who might have grandchildren they could pass it on to. Liam says, "If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact me via phone at 0161 830 2807 or email at liam.cook@bandonthewall.org ". I also have more details if anyone is interested - Fred

  • 05/07/16 - Tributes continue to pour in for Joe Silmon. 24 at the time of writing, and it's a daily event uploading them, I'm so glad, just a pity he won't see them, but then Joe, with his deeply help religious belief, would argue that he would be able to.

  • 04/07/16 - Very best wishes to Pete Ward for a speedy recovery. - Des Hopkins

  • 04/07/16 - Having had our boat transported to Ireland rather than Todmorden or Brighouse after it got trapped on the Rochdale Canal at Hebden Bridge by damage to the canal in the Boxing Day floods, Barbara and I are now spending most of the year over here and, though enjoying it immensely, are suffering from jazz deprivation. Consequently, when we discovered that the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (www.steamtrainsireland.com) ran Steam & Jazz excursions from Belfast on several Friday evenings between June and September, we returned to Ireland via Belfast instead of Dublin after our last visit home in order to join one. It was a truly splendid evening with a beautifully turned out loco (built in Manchester and used again last week on the Royal Train) and people turning up in period costume and bringing sumptuous picnics, complete with table cloths, china and bubbly. The band (The Bourbon Swing Jazz Band) travelled on the train, getting off and playing for about 20 minutes at Lisburn each way, with a slightly longer set at Portadown, our 'mystery destination'. In all honesty the music wasn't great, principally because Irish railway station acoustics are no better than those anywhere else, but it was jazz and it was very encouraging that the average age of our fellow passengers was probably no more than 50, with a significant proportion of 30-somethings. Maybe holding jazz clubs on steam trains is the way to attract a younger audience! I attach a photo of the band playing at Lisburn. - Malcolm Bridge

  • 04/07/16 -  The East Lothian Courier has published a story at http://tinyurl.com/h9fa53o. 1960s jazz star Peter Kerr who appeared on the same show as The Beatles tells all in new book He was part of Scotland’s premier jazz band – The Clyde Valley Stompers – and toured all over Britain, as well as Germany, before the band suddenly called it a day in 1963. Seventy-five-year-old Peter, who played clarinet, explained it had taken a number of years for the story – Don’t Call me Clyde: Jazz Journey of a Sixties Stomper – to make the journey from his memories onto the page.

  • 04/07/16 - "Hi Fred, Tony Pringle, leader of New Black Eagle Band since 1974 is coming over to the UK and will be staying with us in our Heswall abode. As you may know Tony was our leader of the Druids Jazz band before he went to USA in the mid sixties, Brian Williams (clarinet) and Rusty Hartshorn (drums) went to Canada and Vic Sanderson (banjo) went to Australia (I didn't realise I was that bad a bass player! ).  I'm sure Tony will have his cornet with him and know he would love a "sit in"  Please pass the info around so we can organise a few sit ins".  - John Dunlop

  • 04/07/16 - Margaret Ward tells me that her husband Peter (trombonist) is in hospital at the moment, making a good recovery following a heart attack which he suffered whilst out with the Marple Ramblers last Thursday. Get well soon Peter,
     

  • 03/07/16 - The Tuxedo Jazz Band web page has been updated with a new photograph.

  • 03/07/16 - Many Happy Returns this week to  trombonists -  Lindsay Taylor and Tony Dunleavy, who not only share the same instrument, but share the same day, Wednesday 6th July.

  • 03/07/16 - As far as I am aware there are no daytime midweek jazz sessions for you, time to do some gardening I guess.

  • 03/07/16 - The gig list for The Shrimper at Southport has been updated

  • 02/07/16 - The news has just arrived from his nephew and niece, of the sudden death of Manchester musician Joe Silmon, and I'm completely shocked to receive it. Joe was a very caring individual as well as an excellent musician, and he was always willing to help answer any enquiries I received via the web site about local musicians and their backgrounds. I know Joe would always try to attend the funerals of fellow musicians and more recently he went all the way from Manchester to Settle by public transport to attend the funeral of Don Bridgewood. I could always rely on him to send me obituaries for fellow musicians and there are many on the Tribute Pages that were written by Joe. I will post funeral arrangements once I get them.

June 2016

  • 29/06/16 - Having been down to Norfolk and over the border to Suffolk to see the band, I was interested to get an email from Dennis Whitehead who told me that  Red Beans and Rice are still going strong, but in a different venue. Broome village hall at the earlier time of 7.30pm and the band is being led by Richard Church, with banjo player Ian Grant taking over the organising, Jeff Rous, trombone ,has retired, and has been replaced by Mick Nason. Robin and Coral are still with the band and their two daughters are proving tea, cakes, etc for the sessions which are booming at the earlier time and in the new venue. Hope to see you there again perhaps"

  • 29/06/16  - The latest edition of Just Jazz magazine has arrived and you can check out the contents here

  • 27/06/16 - Now that things are back to normal following my holiday, I just checked out www.thekeswickjazzfestival.com where there was good news and bad news.  David Ball wrote on 15th June- "The plea from four days ago has produced no response. I therefore, reluctantly, must abandon any hope of forming a Keswick Jazz Festival company limited by guarantee. Thank you to the few who expressed serious interest, and to those who joined the mailing list. It is simply not possible for an event of this nature to be run by a tiny volunteer group, all of whom live over 100 miles from Keswick". However if you read on he writes, "It now is apparent that another initiative has been in existence since at least the first day of this year's festival", so check it out for more information.

  • 27/06/16 -  New Orleans Wiggle has the very interesting line up of Mike Taylor trombone, Howard Murray reeds, John Hummerstone trumpet, Nick Kirk banjo, Ian Wynne piano, Annie Hawkins bass, Richard lord drums on June 30th at Glossop Jazz Club at the earlier start time of 8pm.

  • 27/06/16 - Walter Love's excellent Radio Ulster Jazz Club programme of Sunday 26th June 2016 featured guest performers who have been connected with Chris Barber over the decades including Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Ken Colyer, Van Morrison, Edmund Hall, Albert Nicholls and others. Well worth a listen for the next month on BBC IPlayer! - David Evans.

  • 26/06/16 - Many Happy Returns today to Pete Fielding (bs) and on Thursday to Tony Smith (tpt), and Grant Hogan Taylor (dms).

  • 26/06/16 - Midweek daytime gig this week is Mike Lovell 6 in a bar at The North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood on Wed, 29 June, 12:00 – 14:30, but on Friday 1 July, 09:30 – 12:00, The Red Rose Band at Warrington for Churches' Parade in Warrington Town Centre.

  • 26/06/16 - Next Sunday July 3rd the Savoy Jazzmen are leading the worship at All Saints' Parish Church, Childwall Abbey Road, Childwall, Liverpool. L16 0JW. The band will parading from outside the Vicarage at 6.20 p.m. led by Terry Birkinhead. There is no admission charge and light refreshments will be served at the end of the service. Everyone is welcome and there will be a special parade number for the children to march around the church.  Further details from Peter Swensson. 0151 722 1478. 

  • 26/06/16 - My thanks to Peter Maher & Dave Pogson for taking over the Savannah Jazz Band & Spirit of New Orleans calendars respectively, it means that you will be able to see their gig lists reliably updated. Just check their respective web pages for information. Dave Pogson tells me that the band will start fortnightly sessions at Delph Band club as from the 8th July. This will be the last weekly session.  This will carry on till the end of September, for further details, again check out the calendar.
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  • 24/06/16 - The Merseysippi Jazz Band cannot do their usual Monday session at the Victoria, Victoria Road, in Aigburth, South Liverpool 27th June as the England football team will be playing Iceland that night. We will be back again on the following Monday, 4th July. - Peter Fryer

  • 24/06/16 - Re: News item 19/06/16 - 'The Parade Jazz band. "Aw C'mon Roy! That's a bit strong! I know all my scales but don't get to use 'em all".  Also got told off for improvising in The Adagio from Mozart's Clarinet Concerto.  My tutor called it improvising...I knew that I had a dropped goof!" - Howard Murray
     

  • 24/06/16 - Next bit of news from me is Buxton Fringe which runs from the 6th to the 24th of July", writes Sam Wood. "Once again the Old Clubhouse is the place to find Jazz and Blues. There's also a Saxophone Octet at the Methodist Church. Full details all at www.buxtonfringe.org.uk. I'm doing a revised version of my own show "Trombone Tunes, Trombone Talk" which I wouldn't put in the Jazz pigeon hole, but don't let that stop you coming along!  The headline attraction must be the New Orleans piano of Dale Storr - last year's solo instrumental award winner. Dale is doing an afternoon show at the Old Clubhouse followed by an evening show at the Railway".

  • 23/06/16 - Tim Belford's widow Liz, has asked that any musicians who would like to pay their respects to Tim form a Guard of Honour, with their instruments, as he is taken into Carlisle Crematorium.  The service will be at 1.40pm on Wednesday 29 June, and musicians should be there by 1.30. The wake follows the service at the nearby Dalston Hall Hotel, and there will be a chance to blow, with PA and keyboard provided.  Sadly, I can't be there myself because I'll be in London, but I'm sure the much-respected Tim will be given a right royal send-off. - Bruce Carnaffin

  • 22/06/16 - I'm off to Harrogate tomorrow to meet up with my old friend,  best man 52 years ago and fellow radio ham G3RHR. No doubt we'll be chatting on air when I get to Blubberhouses. One things for certain, there won't be any updates after today until Friday. In the meantime I hope you all make your vote count, whichever way you do it, mine went in the post 2 weeks ago, before we went to Cornwall, so all this discussion on TV has been wasted on me.

  • 22/06/16 - The Band at Leeds Jazz Club on June 28 as been belatedly added to What's On. It is Alligator Gumbo. John Wall tells me, "Sarah is still getting good size crowds I am very pleased to say. Nice to see some lots of folk who have been missing for months back again".

  • 22/06/16 - I went to hear Hippocampus Jass Gang, from Montpellier, at Dove Holes on Saturday 18th June. It was an amazing experience. Quite unlike anything I have heard before. I would strongly recommend people to go and listen to them, and view they're recordings on you tube.  - Mike Wardzinski.
     

  • 22/06/16 - There's an announcement on Bingley Jazz Club's Facebook page - "We are really sad to announce the death, after a long period of ill health, of the Keighley band leader and trombonist Malcolm Webb. Malcolm could well be styled the Honorary President of the Bingley jazz scene, for it was he, with Dennis Armstrong and Dave Wheatley, who, in 1964, formed the first jazz band to have a regular residency in Bingley - every Tuesday night at the Old King's Head. It was a huge and immediate success, growing in popularity until the pub's demolition in 1970. Now designated Malcolm Webb's Famous New Orleans Jazz Band, the band moved to the Brown Cow on Ireland Bridge for a legendary period of 20 or more years. Monday nights at the Brown Cow were the place to be for all local early jazz fans. Every local musician of note played in the band at some time or other with Malcolm as presiding genius. Who can forget his stentorian rallying cry, 'Come one, come all! For hot jazz, pop jazz, hokum and hilarity!' Malcolm's passion for early jazz knew no bounds. He had a collection of 78rpm records and wax cylinders that was recognised nationwide, and could quote recording personnel, dates, matrix numbers and biographical details as long as you were prepared to listen. Underpinning such vast knowledge lay, of course, a simple and profound love of the music. His trombone playing was unmistakably rooted in Kid Ory. Indeed, Malcolm boasted of having, as a very young man, waited outside St George's Hall in Bradford where Ory had played and eventually being invited into the hotel opposite to sit down for breakfast with the great man. He played with forthright conviction, knowing instinctively what he wanted the trombone to sound like. It was a powerful blast of a sound, with a rip that went right through the audience. It is arguable that, without Malcolm, there would now be no Bingley Jazz Club". His funeral will be held on Monday 27 June at 10.45am at Keighley (Morton) Cemetery, Bradford Road (B6265).

  • 22/06/16 - The regular (Thurs at 8:30) Jazz Rag gig run by Morris Jones at the Stables Bar, Royal Oak, Betws y Coed recently had local trumpet player/band leader Gwyn Evans dep. Gwyn always leads the band to put on a entertaining gig and this was no exception. Among his many musical activities, he runs Dr Jazz an occasional local band often to be found entertaining the passengers on the Ffestiniog Railway and at the Tan y Bwlch station. More recently Gwyn played at Allports Chippy, Pwllheli, his playing and that of Andy MacKenzie gtr and Greg Robely bs held the attention of the customers entirely. An excellent Jazz gig!

    At the Memorial Hall, Criccieth, Saturday 25 June 8pm Brassaholics & guest vocalist Ffion Emyr, A new big band under the musical direction of Gwyn Evans and featuring some of the very best Welsh musicians in this style performing music from the golden age of the big band through to big band interpretations of modern composers.  Tickets: £15 (Friend/concession: £13)  Doors and bar open at 7pm - Martin Snow

  • 21/06/16 - The Silver Bell Band photograph has been updated.

  • 20/06/16 - The Jake Leg Jug Band has just been added to the band spotlight page

  • 20/06/16 - Bingley Jazz Club and Tuesday Jazz & Swing (including Cheadle Hulme's "Rosie's Jazz & Swing", gig lists have been updated.

  • 12/06/16 - It was a very worthwhile longish trip Saturday to get reacquainted with Hippocampus Jass gang, who we last saw at FestJazz Brittany in 2015. Very much a 'Hot Club du Dove Holes' evening, with leader, excellent banjo playing Joseph Vu Van's original arrangements from the hot jazz of the 1920's. Joseph was well in control, and his unique and strict 'counting the band in' process was very necessary, as one player out of sync on most of their numbers could never have been recovered. As I look to reform and get back to jazz promotion in the Autumn, I particularly wanted to gauge how the audience would receive this young band (all under 40), and I was well pleased with their enthusiasm. Also, other Jazz Promoters (from Roa Island JC, Bollington JC, Abersoch) were of similar mind ! This venue, with it's full house crowd, does not have room for dancers, but I can see some younger swing dancers turning up at venues further south before the tour ends next weekend. Will this superb young band have shown the way to perform music to satisfy us 'oldies', while attracting a younger 20/30's element to keep our jazz alive?  I hope so. - Norman Gibson

  • 19/06/16 - "More bad news, I'm afraid", writes Bruce Carnaffin. "Carlisle pianist Tim Belford died on Friday in Carlisle Infirmary after a short illness, at the age of 93.   Tim has been a cornerstone of the Carlisle jazz scene for very many years, and despite problems with his eyesight was still performing regularly at Carlisle Jazz Club (and elsewhere) right up to the onset of this last illness, frequently providing sparkling support to visiting luminaries. He was also an important member of Mainline Jazz and the Steve Andrews Quartet; his playing credentials go way back to Mick Potts' Gateway Jazz Band, and include spells with local big bands plus many other groups.  Tim was also the friendliest and kindest man you could ever hope to meet, and will be much missed. Details of the funeral arrangements to follow when known".
     

  • 19/06/16 - 'The Parade Jazz band has now settled in to its new venue. The Red Lion, Park Gate Parade, Neston CH 64 6SB. This Tuesday 21/6/16 we are privileged to have the services of Reeds virtuoso Howard Murray who is coming down from Manchester and John Dorgan on Brass Bass which should give the band are new and interesting dynamic. Starts at 8.30pm.' Roy Gregory


  • 18/06/16 -
    Just one midweek daytime jazz concert to look forward to and that's Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz at Timperley Sports Club on Thu, 23 June, 13:30 – 15:30

  • 18/06/16 - Many Happy Returns this week to Tom Kincaid on Monday, Wally Fawkes who will be 92 on Tuesday, Barrie Marshall on Wednesday, and Pete Major who's birthday is on Saturday.

  • 18/06/16 - I took this photo from the stage when we (SIX IN A BAR Classic Jazz Band), were playing in the gardens of the Selkirk Arms Country House Hotel, at the Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival last weekend. A great Festival, well organised by Leon McCaig and his team, with some great music and enthusiastic audiences.  I urge anyone who hasn't attended the festival before, to book for next year festival, 8th - 11th June 2017. - Mike Lovell

  • 18/06/16 - In 'The Jazz Hour' at 9pm tomorrow night on www.internet-radio.com/station/longsideradio/;  Alun Jones will be continuing his 'Countdown to Upton' theme, yes the 'Upton Jazz Festival' which is now less than a week away. He says, "I'll have another track from a great band appearing next weekend calling themselves 'Louis, Louis, Louis' and it's their January 2015 album which is 'Album of the Month', and in a theme I'm calling the 'Best of British', this week I'll be taking a look at the life and work of the British drummer turned vocalist Dave Carey". It  starts at 9pm tomorrow night".  Visitors to Leeds Jazz Club will know this band well.  

  • 18/06/16 - Re the banjo player you met at Land’s End. Was his tone dalektable? Or perhaps he was an ex-struminator? - Phil Yates

  • 18/06/16 - If you are into historical recording, then you probably already aware of Document Records. I've received an email to say they are going digital and disposing of their CDs at much reduced prices (I thought CDs were digital!).  There are recordings like "The Spivey Sisters 1929 - 1937". Clifford Hayes & Louisville Jug Bands Vol 4 1929 - 1931, Banjo Ikey Robinson 1929 - 1937, Reuben Reeves & Omer Simeon 1929 - 1933 and many more. They are all now priced at £1.66, so some good value recordings for your collection at http://tinyurl.com/h6t45as. Many of the tracks you can hear samples of, but some don't link correctly, although checking again it's sometimes because they are out of stock.

  • 17/06/16 - This message from Allan Wilcox - Back in the eighties and nineties, regular twinning visits were made to the valley of Biebertal, north of Frankfurt in Germany, by Delta Jazz, a band organised for the purpose and led by drummer Alan Davies. He was then based in North Wales and still frequently corresponds with us via your website. Lots of north-west musicians joined in these tours over the years, including some who are sadly no longer with us, Dave Renton, Ray Hayes, Arthur Pedder and Vernon Wright among them, but there are still a number of us left.  Winfried Senger, of Biebertal, is currently putting together a book in celebration of the twinning, of which this year is a big anniversary, and one of our former Biebertal hostesses, Karin Steinmuller, is busy collecting memories and anecdotes specifically concerning the jazz visits. She would like to hear from us with our memories and stories in our own words, which will then be translated. Photographs would probably also be welcome. They are hoping to have the book finished in time for this year's Christmas market in Denbigh; so there really isn't much time.  Could you please ask any of your readers who ever were part of this touring jazz band to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and send a contribution to Karin, if possible by the end of this month? Her email address is: karinmarialuise@web.de; and her postal address is: Mühlbergstrasse 4, Rodheim Bieber 35444 Biebertaal, Germany.
     

  • 17/06/15 - Just back from Cornwall where we had a lovely holiday. Met this character at Lands End who said he played the banjo. Couldn't see it myself.  I had hoped to make it to the Smugglers Inn where the 51 jazz club meets, and Jazz Guide said it was on the Sunday night we arrived, 5th June. The pub web site said it was on every Sunday Lunchtime, and the 51 Jazz Club Facebook Page said it was only on the 5th and the 18th, all very confusing, but it was too late now for the 5th, and we left Cornwall on the 10th, so missed it.

  • 15/06/16 - Many Happy Returns this week to Keith Hockin (Monday), Richard Leach (yesterday) and Phil Yates (today).

  • 14/06/16 - Dear Fred, just a note to anybody who remembers Chris Haskins. Chris played bass with The Piccadilly Six in Switzerland for about 30 years. He sadly passed away recently. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends - Chris and Dorothy Massey

  • 13/06/15 - John Blackman left me a phone message today to ask me to let people know via the web site that Bert Schroeder had a stroke on 11th June and is currently in Arrowepark Hospital. It seems that his left side is affected but we all hope he will make a good recovery.  John also told me that Harold Troughton is due to have a bypass on Wednesday 22nd June.

  • 09/06/16 - This was on the radio a couple of days ago, very interesting. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03hk7r5 - and check out https://youtu.be/lDicEbZad0Y there is a very pleasant surprise a couple of minutes in. - Barrie Marshall

  • 09/06/16 - Vinnie Parker, who had suffered a frightening stroke when he last played at the same Slug-and-Lettuce venue about two months ago, was back and playing wonderfully on Tuesday. He's made a miraculous recovery. I couldn't believe how well he has recovered. I think he's playing better than on the last gig I did with the trio (about September 2015). It's so nice to be able to report something positive for a change. The trio would have never sounded the same without Vinnie. He's been on the Manchester Jazz scene for donkey's years. I remember him from at least the 60s onwards; a highly experienced player, who plays with warmth and a true Jazz feel, he's just as familiar with Dixieland as with out-and-out Bop and Bossa Nova. I hope he'll pace himself, and still be with us for at least another decade or so. - Joe Silmon

  • 09/06/16 - Hi Fred, Hosted by North Wales Jazz, The Brownfield Byrne Hot Six played at the Farmers Arms, Nr St. Asaph last night – Wed 8/6. This cosy venue was packed out to hear these guys again. As always, every time I hear this band they play better than the last while the young front line is very well supported by the rhythm section. They gave us a night to remember! - Martin Snow

  • 09/06/16 - While looking through the obits page of the Musicians Union magazine I noticed, in the bottom right hand corner, a small notice of the passing of Alan Elsdon. I hadn't heard about it on the grapevine & I can't find anything about it on the Web. Has anybody any info, or is it just another premature obit? Maybe he hadn't paid his subs on time! - Laurie Cooper.

  • 08/06/16 - Another great night at the Beaky in Ashton-under-Lyne, fronted by Dave Burke (clarinet and tenor sax) and Ian Wynn (piano). Music of this calibre deserves a wider audience. Next session Wednesday 15th June, kick-off 9.00pm, admission, a mere £2 for non-members. - Noel Broadgate

  • 08/06/16 - Hi Fred It is a disappointment that I couldn't get the 19 required for the mini-bus to invade Dove Holes for the Hippocampus gig, but 9 of us will make it by car. It is to be hoped that this young band is only the first of many to come to the UK. Maybe 'Hot Sugar Band' and 'Old Chaps' (France) and 'Dizzy Birds' (Berlin) will follow suit some time soon !  Oh, and 'Caravan Palace' will appear on 'Tonight at the Palladium' on ITV at 8pm this evening, for any swing dancers who view your site. Only just been able to put this on, just as they appeared on TV. No doubt ITV catchup will get it for you if you missed it.

  • 08/06/16 - "Dove Jazz Club are extremely pleased and privileged to host the only appearance up North for the Hippocampus Jass Gang from Montpellier, France, on Saturday June 18th, 8.00pm - 11.00pm. The Hippocampus Jass Gang’s musical repertoire is intense, generous and undeniably original while also remaining faithful to traditional jazz. The sextet draws inspiration especially from the hot jazz of the 1920's, which the band revives with its original arrangements, mixing the spontaneous energy of improvisation with the subtlety of carefully scripted music. The unique orchestration — typical of the old-time string bands, combined with the male vocal quartet’s singing, convey an incomparable charm to the band’s musical identity", writes Roger Marshall.  To guarantee tickets - enquiries to Roger on 01298-814722 or Barry on 07833-890928.

  • 05/06/16 - My old friend, Joe Silmon, only get about three gigs a year, which is a shame because he's a first class multi reed musician. So it was good to hear he's got  a gig this Tuesday (7th June), at the Slug and Lettuce, Wilmslow Rd., Didsbury. He'll be with the Les Berry Quartet, as a fifth man, along with Les Berry (Ldr/Voc.); Vinny Parker (kbds); Phil Bennett (drs) and Stuart Riley (d/bs). Les, who has a big following of his own, sings a great variety of songs from the Great American Song-Book; he sings about 95% of the numbers, but there's plenty of scope for solos from everyone. so Joe will no doubt be displaying his skills on his several instruments.

  • 05/06/16 - The next session at The Jazz Rendezvous, St Helens Bowling club, will be on Sunday June 19th (8 30 pm) and it will feature John Higham and Malcolm Hogarth doing their wonderful duo act of songs and amusing ditties. Their previous performances at the Bowling Club have gone down a real treat and this should be no exception. The title this time is: Songs of Love, Lust and Loose Living – not to be missed !

  • 04/06/16 - Updates to this site may be somewhat intermittent over the next two weeks. Same goes for answering emails.

  • 04/06/16 - Just one daytime midweek jazz event for your delight. The SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tuesday. 0151 722 1478. for more details.

  • 04/06/16 - Many Happy Returns to Des Hopkins next Saturday, 11th June. Des recently released his book, 'Showbands and all that jazz' available on Ebay/PayPal  www.ebay.ie/itm/231884521372  or direct from info@dhentertainment.ie.

  • 03/06/15 - Hello Fred,  I am delighted to let you know that I have had a taker for my Father's Trad Jazz cassettes. There were, in fact, two people who were interested. Delivery has been arranged for Monday 6th June.  Thank you so much for all your help. - Hilary Curley

  • 02/06/16 - "It appears that enough venues would be available for a 2017 Keswick Jazz Festival. There is no reason to doubt that a full and varied program of music could be assembled, and that satisfaction could be achieved all round. I think that Graham Hughes put together an excellent program for this year, and am in no doubt whatsoever as to his willingness to repeat or even improve on the achievement".  So writes David Ball on www.thekeswickjazzfestival.com.  He goes on to say, "I urgently need volunteers from the Lancashire, Cumbria, and even Yorkshire areas to join this process. Volunteers who love the music, enjoy the annual gathering, have some time to spare, have ideas, enthusiasm, and a "can-do" mentality. Who can also understand the need for contingency planning. Without others joining in, this initiative will peter out, or at best reduce to something that could be handled by the proverbial man and a dog. Urgent raising of heads over parapet required".  Visit the site for more information on how you can help.

  • 02/06/16 - I've just had a phone call from Harold Troughton to ask me to let you (and thus, everyone else) know that he's in Whiston Hospital, awaiting a heart by-pass. He tried to phone you, but without success. Apparently he had a heart attack last week, but he took himself to hospital, where he was diagnosed. He sounded quite perky, in the circumstances, but he is obviously missing his music and musician friends, and he asked if you would thank "all my mates" for their kindness and friendship. Typically, he said that, if they can prop him up with some sort of medication, he'll be out and blowing again quite soon. - Frank Slater.  I gather from the hospital that he's currently on ward 1E,  St. Helens & Knowsley Hospitals Trust, Whiston Hospital, Warrington Road. PRESCOT L35 5DR

  • 02/06/16 - Super session at the Jazz Rendezvous last Sunday with Roy Williams as special guest. It included a super-charged duet from Roy and Terry Brunt on St Louis Blues (picture courtesy of Clive Edwards). Our other guests, John Hallam and Dave Alexander were terrific of course, including a wonderful version of A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square from John. We won’t be having a session at St Helens Bowling Club on June 12th (the normal date). Will keep you informed as to what will happen over the summer. - Keith Allcock. (Click on picture for larger version).

  • 01/06/16 - Mart & Janet Rodger sent me this message - " Bill Wyatt a good friend and jazz fan member of Disley Golf Club phoned Monday night. He was reading a book by his favourite author and found this:  - "And there, nearly a hundred feet below the town, he could see the half-empty Torr Vale Mill, sitting in the Torrs gorge. He'd been to a concert at Torr Vale once. It was held on the events floor of the mill during the festival, just after the lantern parade. Mart Rodger's Manchester Jazz. They were pretty good, too. People had been coming into New Mils on the train from Manchester for the evening. But they'd all gone home after the concert was over. Most people did."  Needless to say Janet has just bought the soft-back copy of the book from W. H. Smith in Stockport and this paragraph is on Page 73. The book is called "The Murder Road" by Stephen Booth, and the picture on the front looks quite like the road from Higher Disley to Whaley Bridge!   How about that? So that's another new delightful item to add to what has happened to Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz".

  • 01/06/16 - In my earlier discussion with Paul Marks about the Payday Loons, Paul reminded me that he formed his own big band, the La'al Big Band, in 2011, playing around West Cumbria. I took the opportunity to look at the band's web site, and I was well impressed in how far the band had come in a short space of time. It's a very professional sounding band which had a track from their CD, "Brazil" played on Radio 2 on Clair Teal's programme in April this year. I would recommend listening to the available tracks and video at http://laalbigband.co.uk/listen-to-us/.  Paul doesn't live in West Cumbria, he actually lives in Southport, so there's dedication for you.

  • 01/06/16 -  TAKEN - "I am hoping to find a FREE home for my Father's collection of traditional jazz audio cassettes. It is a comprehensive collection of predominantly Dixieland and New Orleans Jazz mostly from the 1920s and 1930s. Many are original recordings.  It would be nice to think they could find a good home. They are currently located in West Midlands, but if there's a real problem, some arrangement could possibly be made for delivery.  - Hilary Curley

  • 01/06/16 - 1920s hot jazz and 1930s swing jazz coming up at Grange-over-Sands Golf Club, LA11 6QX on 10th June. HOT FINGERS TRIO & EMILY with Thomas 'Spats' Langham, Malcolm Sked, Danny Blythe and Emily Campbell. .

May 2016

  • 31/05/16 - "Perhaps you have overlooked the Payday Loons daytime performance this week. I know Workington isn't on the regular "circuit" and our band isn't one of the regulars mentioned on the site but we are playing jazz in the daytime, trad jazz at that and Workington is very much in the North West.   Your readers can see us with special guest Howard Murray on sax at Workington Paint the Town Red Festival. Saturday 4 June between 13:00 & 16:00 along with other bands of various genres. The forecast is even looking promising!" - Paul Marks. Not really Paul, because it said "No MID WEEK daytime jazz events this week".  That Workington event is listed in What's On, but I have no further gigs for the band in the diary after that date as I've not been sent any details.  Can't agree the band isn't one of the regulars mentioned on the site, it's actually listed on the Main Menu & Band Spotlight Page.

  • 31/05/16 - We were sorry to learn of Eric Holroyd’s death. When Eric was playing with the 10th Avenue Jazz Band we met up with him a few times, on one occasion it was the first time we played at the Vancouver DixiFest. He also turned up at Didsbury one night as he was flying back to Australia from Manchester. He was a good trumpet-player and a lot of fun. Our sympathy to his family. - Mart and Janet Rodger

  • 31/05/16 - Lady Sings The Blues is coming to Preston Guildhall on 18th June. The line-up is: Vocals – Val Wiseman, Trumpet – Ben Cummings, Saxophone – Alan Barnes, Trombone – Roy Williams, Piano – Brian Dee, Bass – Len Skeat. Drums – Eric Ford. www.prestonguildhall.com/events/view/313 for more details.

  • 30/05/16 -  I have just got the information of Stan Ward’s funeral. It will be at Huddersfield Crematorium on the 9th June at 2-00pm.  His daughter Sarah has given me permission to have this put on your website.  - Dave Pogson

  • 30/05/16 - Hello Fred, I was so sorry to hear of the death of Eric Holroyd in Kearns, NSW. I sadly lost touch with Eric about five years ago probably due to his advancing health problems. He was an extraordinary character, a fiery trumpet player and one of those musicians who, if you were stuck for the chords to a jazz tune, all you had to do was ask and he'd oblige. I have a DVD of his absolutely spot-on written arrangements of New Orleans 'standards'. He also introduced me to the work of that marvellous Australian trumpet player Bob Barnard. I knew of James Morrison of course but Eric pointed me to You Tube and various other places I could hear Bob's work. Both Bob and James were friends of Eric. He was also very proud of his cricketing grandson Jarred Lysaught* who will no doubt play for Australia one day. Former Aussie captain Michael Clarke speaks very highly of Jarred and as a cricket 'nut', I keep up with Jarred's progress on the 'net'. RIP Eric. A nicer bloke I never met. - Ian Royle.

  • 29/05/16 - No mid week daytime jazz events this week, so a good time to get on with some gardening perhaps?

  • 29/05/16 - Graham Brook, jazz promoter at Wilmslow for over ten years, celebrates his birthday on Wednesday, whilst pianist Brenda Canty-Forest celebrates hers on Thursday, followed by trombonist Jeff Milner on Saturday. Many Happy Returns to all.

  • 28/05/16 - Two top musicians are to join the Jazz Rendezvous session at St Helens Bowling Club tomorrow evening (May 29th), trombonist Roy Williams and John Hallam on clarinet and sax. The line-up is Roy Williams (tb), John Hallam (cl/sax), Terry Brunt (tb) and Dave Alexander (gtr)
     

  • 28/05/16 - On May 26th, David Ball wrote on www.thekeswickjazzfestival.com . Time for an overdue update. We now have seven venues holding provisional bookings for May 2017 (May 27th -  Looks as though it might soon be eight.). We do not yet have a proper organisation, but have received advice as to the best option. Trawling the net results in the discovery that a Company Limited By Guarantee, operating as a Registered Charity, is a well trodden path. The Guarantee is made by the Members, who must tip up the sum guaranteed should the Company/Charity fail with unpaid debts. The Guarantee could be any figure from £1 upwards, but all Members guarantee the same amount. A minimum of three Members are required. I could be one, Sue another. A quick calculation reveals that we need at least one other body for the quorum. 

  • 28/05/16 - I just read in Just Jazz that Eric Holroyd has died. Eric Stanley Holroyd was born in Bradford, and he passed away on 21 April 2016 at the age of 77. He lived in Kearns NSW, and his daughter posted this message on Facebook, "It is with a very heavy heart that I let everyone know that my Dad, Eric Holroyd, passed away this morning after suffering a heart attack. I know he was loved and respected by many people".  Eric's name crops up on quite a few pages on this site as he contributed on many occasions. He was given a 'Life Membership' of the Merseysippi jazz Band' in 2001, and he was playing with the 10th Avenue jazz Band when I finally met up with him at Eagley Jazz Club. He had an amazing web site, but in Sept 2012, he had heart and lung issues and he was told that nothing further could be done for his blocked arteries.

  • 27/05/16 - Dave Pogson emailed me to say, "Stan Ward passed away last night/early this morning. Kath his lady friend rang this morning to give us the news. Stan was a great help to our band organising and updating our web site and helping with our CDs. He will be greatly missed".  I too will miss him because Stan very kindly offered some time ago to maintain the calendars for Spirit of New Orleans, Savannah and Old Fashioned Love Bands. It was a great help to me because I could rely on copying the information into the What's On Calendar and know they would be accurately maintained.

  • 26/05/16 - Lindy Hoppers, and other swing dancers, will be interested to see Google's Logo for today, featuring Manning the founding father and teacher of Lindy Hop, although he didn't invent it. It's there to celebrate his 102nd birthday. You can read more at http://tinyurl.com/j57ttmk the Technology section of the Telegraph where there are interesting videos.

  • 25/05/16 - George Galway is making a very welcome return to Sedgley Park Rugby Club this Sunday 29th May where he will be the guest with the Gerry Tomlinson Trio.

  • 25/05/16 - Mart Rodger tells me, "Last Thursday, 19th May Janet and I had been invited to The Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. The weather was not brilliant, however it didn’t rain. We spent two hours with the Queen, Prince Philip. Prince Charles and Camilla plus 8,000 invited guests.  We had been invited there because of my jazz music life so far and my business which resulted in 160 employees. With the band we have assisted charities with St. Luke’s Hospice in Winsford receiving over £11,000 from the band after many concerts. We were the last band to tour East Germany before reunification with West Germany. We have played in USA, Canada, Norway 36 times, Germany, Ireland and Italy to name but a few. We never received any aid from the Arts Council. Just like the North West scene many of my musicians have passed away however I would like to say thank you to those alive as well for playing making my favourite music so special.   I was hoping to meet Prince Charles because he and I are Goon Show Fans and I reckon I have every broadcast done by the Goons".   (Takes me back Mart, an experience to treasure for sure - Fred).

  • 25/05/16 - Delph band club have cancelled the jazz on Friday the 27th May. Jazz will continue with the Spirit of New Orleans on the 3rd June as normal, on a weekly basis.

  • 24/05/16 - The Red Rose Brass Band have gained international status after appearing on Dunyanews.tv a 24 hours Urdu language news and current affairs television channel from Pakistan Check it out

  • 24/05/16 - Hi Fred, sadly Paul McDowell one of the founder members of The Temperance Seven, passed away on May 2nd 2016.  Paul was one of the players who started the band in 1955 and originally played trombone. He first shot into the wider public eye in 1961, when the single "You you're driving me Crazy / Charlie my boy " produced by the great and recently deceased Sir George Martin, shot the band to stardom. On leaving the band Paul followed an acting career that brought him into our homes in a wide selection of comedy programmes including "Porridge" with Ronnie Barker, dramas and of course the occasional film appearance. The band were informed on their return from the Breda Jazz festival earlier this month and a full obituary appeared in "The Daily Telegraph" on Saturday 21st May 2016. RIP Paul McDowell, He was certainly an influence on my life since the age of eleven.  - Tony Kennedy

  • 23/05/16 - People might like to know that the Jamie Brownfield Quartet will be appearing at the Manchester Jazz Festival as part of the Jazz North 'Northern Line Showcase'. He's playing on Monday 25th July at 12 noon in the Hobgoblin Festival Pavilion and it's FREE ENTRY for all the 'Showcase' sessions http://www.manchesterjazz.com/artist/jamie-brownfield-quartet/ - Julie Brownfield
     

  • 23/05/16 - Not your average New Orleans Brass Band. Apparently the guy who organised this bunch of session players (including Andy Greenwood from Preston) had a real slagging off last year at the Whit Friday March competition up Saddleworth way for his brass group playing 'conventional brass band' stuff so he plotted revenge. Doubt they won anything but for any brass players out there, it's a bit spectacular.  - https://youtu.be/Bt_C6ngvoDs - Ian  Royle, (I wonder if the guy walking backwards to film it realised what was coming up on the floor Ian - Fred)
     

  • 23/05/16 - Ex pat Derek Dalton from Adelaide in Australia writes. "Hi Fred, I am over here in the UK and on Tuesday 24th May ( tomorrow night 8.30pm – 10.30pm ) I again have a gig on Trumpet at the Fox & Hounds Pub in Lulsley near Worcester I played there 2 weeks ago and it was a great venue with a very friendly crowd, good 6 pce Mainstream / Dixieland band with a brilliant Trombone player from Worcester called Martin Veasey, I met him when he started coming over to Adelaide South Australia and sitting in with my Band".

  • 22/05/16 - Three musicians will be celebrating their birthdays this week. Many Happy Returns to Malcolm Hogarth on Thursday 26th, and to Bruce Carnaffin & Dave Dixson on the 27th

  • 22/05/16 - Just two midweek daytime jazz sessions coming up - Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at The North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood on Wed, 25 May, 12:00 – 14:30 and Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz at Timperley Sports Club on Thu, 26 May, 13:30 – 15:30

  • 19/05/16 - Anybody who runs a jazz club or belongs to any organisation where stage lighting is required, might be interested it the latest items to go on the Sales Page - three lighting gantries each holding four lamps.

  • 18/05/16 - Roy Williams is guesting with the Merseysippi Jazz Band on Monday 30th May at the Victoria Hotel in Aigburth, Liverpool, from 8.30 – 11.00 pm.

  • 18/06/15 - Dear Fred,  We've just got back from possibly one of the best Keswick Jazz Festivals, in terms of the weather, and the many exciting bands.   But I'm writing to say we raised £250 on Sunday for the Keswick Mountain Rescue by playing for 90 mins in Keswick Square, we being Dave Dixson (reeds), Mike Pearce (dms), Sue Reid (vocals), Isabel Toner (bs), and a young lady, Alex Clarke, on reeds who joined us.   Then customers at our Guest Session in The Packhorse Inn added another £120, making £370 in all.   And thanks to the generosity of supporters at our four Guest Sessions, we'll be sending a second £500 to the Alzheimer's Society from sales of our CD, "Milk of Amnesia", and another £100 in donations.  And I'd like to mention 'The Keswick Buskers' who I think raised more than £1000 for charity over the four day Festival.  Thank you everybody for your support.   We'll be there at the 2017 Keswick Jazz Festival.  -  Malcolm Hogarth (blower of own trumpet)
     

  • 18/05/16 - Re: Paul Harrison - Thank you Fred, Paul is often around your site, nice for him to read about old friends and colleges. He still visit UK a rare time playing, last time in April on tour with Kevin Grenfell’s Jazz Giants. Kevin also plays a lot with Paul’s band here in Denmark.  I met Paul via my dad (trumpet player) back in 1996. One year later I went to England, “brought” Paul back to Denmark and we got married in 1998. Formed his band at the same time – it has been a great journey on the road together for 18 years so far. I do all the management etc. and Paul leads the band, good teamwork J. Paul is very popular and a highly respected name. The band is top professional, incorporating many brilliant international musicians/singers too. So Paul Harrison Band still do well after all these years (in all modesty – and PLENTY of hard work too).  All the best from Betina.     Malcolm Hogarth also writes -  "I was playing in Jim Wilkes' Anchor Jazz Band, when Paul Harrison joined us to play in public for the first time, but he's moved on from the short trousers since. It's great that he has achieved so much, and I well remember Norman playing piano, and being so proud of his son. Happy days!"

  • 18/05/16 - Hi Fred It was a great gig at Eagley on Monday with the 'Teddy Bears'. Not having seen them for a while since they had to re-group, I was well pleased with Messrs Hallam, Lucas and McKensie fronting, and their performance of 'Bei Mir Bist du Schoen' went down a storm with the crowd. The centrepiece of it being a rousing session between Rae Owens on Bass and Brian Singleton drumming.
    I haven't seen you mention, as yet, the super New York group 'Hot Sardines', but their version of this same piece can be viewed on either their own website or Youtube. And, for good measure, they will be in the UK first week in June coming. Ronnie Scott's two performances are already sold out, but Oxford, Cardiff and Dublin seem to still have tickets available. This is one of the newer young groups that Keswick needs to be focusing on if they wish to revive, update and attract the swing dancing younger element. - Norman Gibson

  • 17/05/16 - There's a report on the Keswixk Jazz Festival on the Cumbria Crack website at http://tinyurl.com/jrc8knm

  • 16/05/16 - Graham Hughes tell us at Just Jazz that Keswick fans needn't despair - there is likely to be a Keswick Jazz Festival next year, albeit in a slightly different format. Talks are under way. So watch this space! - Pete Lay. John Meehan also telephoned to tell me that plans were afoot to keep the festival going, and the Savannah Jazz Band which has played at all 25 past festival events, would be happy to support the event in any way they could. John along with John Minnion, the man who created the festival and directed it so successfully for 23 years, recounted tales from the past 25 years at the festival which ended on the 15th May.

  • 16/05/16 - "Johnny Barnes is still around, albeit I believe, in a nursing home and Mike Pointon, who occasionally writes for Just Jazz tries to keep in touch with him". - Pete Lay.  Steve Voce also wrote to confirm that John  and his wife Pat are both in the same care home.  "John's condition has, I'm afraid, worsened", says Steve.

  • 16/05/16 Many Happy Returns today to trumpeter and 'son of Jim', - Phil Lucas

  • 15/05/16 - Paul Harrison is very much alive. Played with Max Collie, Rod Mason and Phil Mason amongst others. Has now been living in Denmark since 1998, married to a Danish girl (wife and manager). He has run his own band, PAUL HARRISON BAND, for nearly 20 years, very successful and busy bandleader. Check out his website: www.harrisonmusic.dk The lovely Norman died around 10 years ago. Thanks for a great homepage Fred. - Betina Harrison - on behalf of Paul Harrison.
     

  • 15/05/16 - Can anybody help? Bill Barker writes, "Just trying to catch up with a very old friend from many years ago (and came across your website from a Google of ‘Jim Wilkes’!).... Just wondered if you know of a reed player Paul Harrison (who I first knew when he was in the Scammonden Stompers, and how I remember his dad Norman stamping his feet along to every rhythm), and if he is still around and performing?".

  • 15/05/16 - Just one midweek daytime jazz event this week. It's The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Friday 20th, 12:30 – 14:30

  • 15/05/16 - Many Happy Returns today to reed player John Barnes. Last time I saw John was in September 2013, anyone know how he is these days?  It's Happy Birthdays also to Merseysippi Jazz musicians - John Higham on Wednesday and Pete Fryer on Friday.

  • 13/05/16 - "End of the road for Keswick Jazz Festival?", so say the headlines on the ITV News web site at http://tinyurl.com/hm6632b 

  • 12/05/16 - Michael Wardzinski has emailed to tell me that "the Parade jazz band, Tuesday night residency, has moved from the Boathouse Parkgate to the Red Lion Parkgate, just up the promenade road, and is a very nice gig. I called at both places last Tuesday, 10th May". My Apologies, Clive Edwards told me this information back in April, but What's On was only partly amended, the map information was correct, but the title still mentioned the Boathouse.

  • 12/05/16 - Geoff & Lynda Bull have just returned from Japan, where as usual they met up with the New Orleans Rascals. It would appear that they were able to bring back 10 copies of the George Lewis DVD that the Rascals still had.  So a small reprieve if you haven't yet got your copy.

  • 08/05/16 - Just one midweek daytime event coming up - Annie's Saints And Sinners @ The Dog & Partridge, Bollington on Mon, 9 May, 14:00 – 16:00

  • 08/05/16 - Many Happy Returns to promoter Norman Gibson on Tuesday 10th, and to musician Martin Bennett on the 13th May.

  • 08/05/16 - Tom Kincaid will be the special guest of the WirrOrleans Jazz Band  at the Formby Cricket Hockey & Squash Club on Fri, 27 May, from 8-30pm until 11pm

  • 07/06/16 - Now here's something to make you sit up and think. Keswick Jazz Festival takes place next weekend, but what about it's future?  Well there's already been a discussion on the subject on this site but here's a man who wants to do something about it - David Ball writes - I have just posted a message to the world at www.thekeswickjazzfestival.com.  In the absence of any other volunteers, I have started the ball rolling ( ha! ha! ). Some of your readers may be interested.

  • 07/05/16 - Congratulations to Mike Lovell who has secured 15 gigs for his 3-in-a-bar band at Chester Racecourse. He's already got 4, 5 and 6-in-a-bar, so guess it's a sign of how difficult it is to get gigs with a full band. Let's hope it never gets to 1-in-a-bar, it could sound like someone on a bender.  Here's a photo of the band taken at Chester. It features Dave Bateman on banjo, Colin Turner on bass saxophone and Mike Lovell on trombone.

  • 07/05/16 - It's been a disastrous week when it comes to my computer. I decided to bite the bullet and upgrade to Windows 10. It wasn't a smooth transfer as it initially refused, quoting an error number, so I unplugged everything except mouse and keyboard and tried again. This time it worked. It must have been quite a challenge as my PC is packed full of programs and data going back to pre Windows days. That was on Wednesday. Since then I've had more crashes and restarts than hot drinks, sometimes when I wasn't even in the room.  Windows 10 couldn't install any updates, even though that was the suggested cure. No amount of driver updates (all were up to date), or trouble shooting would fix it. My audio editing program couldn't detect any sound hardware, the software web site said it was a known problem and recommended not loading Windows 10 until they'd fixed it- - What? !  There's a lot more woe to tell, but suffice to say that three days later I'm back on Windows 7. Don't get me wrong, I was quite happy getting to grips with Windows 10, and would have persisted with it had it worked for me. The final nail in the coffin was to find that on returning to Windows 7 I had lost all my emails prior to today. They go back to 2009 would you believe? It's moments like this that you are glad you do daily personal file backups and weekly drive backups. Three days ago I backed up the whole of my C Drive, today it all got restored. All of this is just to say  that I'm back to last Wednesday, and hopefully I can work out which emails I dealt with since then that Gmail thankfully kept a copy of. If you haven't had a reply to yours, please try again.

  • 05/05/16 - The Pedigree Jazzband are looking to present their “SALUTE TO TRAD JAZZ” show in the North West during March 2017. Full details of the band, which is sponsored by Marston’s Brewery, can be found at www.pedigreejazzband.co.uk  Any interested promoters should contact Chris Walker on 01425 655631 or 07966 451124 for availability & costs.

  • 03/05/16 - We had the best turnout for many a year for the New Orleans Z'hulus - One More Time tour at  The Tytherington Club, Macclesfield.  Almost total capacity sold and record donations to our local hospice. As is usual with my annual concert there are more people who come along because I twist their arms than because they love jazz but this year we had some very positive feedback from “Jazz virgins” and hopefully we will see them next year. But the real fans are amazing, four from Edinburgh who came down just for the concert and three from Abersoch (Jan Atherton who drove to Macclesfield and then straight back, there’s devotion!) plus three from Southport etc etc!! - Fraser McCombe

  • 03/05/16 - Tom Kincaid has posted on the JustGiving web site  http://tinyurl.com/jg4cg5l, "Well we did it!  Arrived at the archway at the end of the wall in Bowness-on-Solway at 5.20pm on Saturday. Legs aching and feet covered in blisters but we actually made it, can hardly believe it! Huge thanks to you all for your donations, pictures to follow...". Tom & Kattie Kincaid, with family and friends have walked the entire length of Hadrian's wall to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

  • 01/05/16 - There's no Jazz at Delph Band Club on Friday May 20 due to Whit Friday Brass Band contest. The Spirit of New Orleans band will be back there the following Friday

  • 01/05/16 - I'm please to report that Barrie Marshall is back playing his clarinet after falling and cracking a bone his hand at the end of March. He played a short gig yesterday and he's at Burnley with the Red Rose Band tomorrow which is the only mid day mid week gig next week. Jack Schofield will still be depping tomorrow night with the New Riverside Band at Bentham, but then it's back to to normal for Barrie at the Wagon & Horses in Lancaster on Thursday.

April 2016

  • 29/04/16 - The latest edition of Just Jazz magazine has arrived and you can check out the contents here

  • 28/04/16 - A few years ago I set up a web page for Sue Parish, who lives in Lancaster,  and registered the names www.sueparish.com and www.sueparish.co.uk for her. Eventually Sue eventually decided to have a go at setting up her own page, and with a bit of local tuition went on to create an amazing site full of information, photographs, videos and audio samples. It's an inspiration to anyone who has ever thought of having a go at web page designing as Sue had not done anything like this before, and I feel quite envious. If that's not enough, she's a journalist, a vocalist, and pianist as well as running a ukulele class and looking after her allotment, one heck of a talented lady.  I've been looking at her site this morning and I particularly liked Sue's treatment of Smoke gets In Your Eyes and To Make You Feel My Love

  • 26/04/16 - Tom Kincaid and his wife Kattie set off with family and friends two days ago to walk the entire length of Hadrian's wall to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society because the MS society desperately needs more funds. They started at Wallsend on the East coast and will be finishing at Bowness-on-Solway on the West coast, in total 85 miles. What a great thing to do, we wish them well, and better still why not make a donation. Full details at http://tinyurl.com/jg4cg5l

  • 26/04/16 - The answer to the enquiry from Brian Gibbons (23/04/16) is that Welshman James Evans is still playing regularly with The Shotgun Jazz Band, though he was elsewhere on the day of the video I put up. On another day, he gave a sensational performance of Bye Bye Blues, together with the brilliant young Chloe Feoranzo. Note the amazing final four choruses: https://youtu.be/rTFXYDyBRr4. Ivan Huke (Great video Ivan - Fred)

  • 26/04/16 - Describing the Keswick 25th jazz festival line-up as the most exciting ever, Graham Hughes, who took over the festival from John Minnion in 2014, talks about the festival, including its future in "Cumbria Crack"

  • 25/04/15 - Saturday's BBC's broadcast from Stratford http://tinyurl.com/hfvgapb, featured The Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra playing some of Ellington's "Such Sweet Thunder" Suite. Desdemona was most beautifully smothered to the Duke's accompaniment. It's about 85 minutes into the show - Philip Cakebread

  • 24/04/16 - Midweek daytime jazz events coming up include Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at The North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood on Wednesday 12:00 - 14:30, Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz at Timperley Sports Club on  Thursday, 13:30 - 15:30, and you may just find something to tickle your fancy busking around town during the day at the Ribble Valley Jazz & Blues Festival.

  • 24/04/16 - As well as Shakespeare, there a big bundle of jazz musicians birthdays to celebrate this week, perhaps celebrating not quite so may years though. Many Happy Returns on Monday to Eric Brierley & Dave Copperwaite, to Anthony Mason, Laurie Cooper and Martyn Sharp on Tuesday, to Jon Critchley on Wednesday, Sammy Rimington on Friday and Dave Pogson, Norman Pennington  and Sue Parish on Saturday.  Wonder if all those birthdays add up to 400?  That would be a coincidence wouldn't it?

  • 24/04/16 - I was reading on the Guardian web site that at the Shakespeare street festival in Stratford yesterday, a New Orleans funeral jazz band had been flown in for the occasion. Seemed a bit much when John Petters will be running the 14th William Shakespeare Traditional Jazz 'n' Swing Festival there on 26th - 28th November this year. Then I discovered in the Stratford Herald, that it was Members of The Wendell Brunious Band with  guest musicians from the School of Liberal Arts at Tulane University in Louisiana who were bringing their unique cultural contribution to the 400th Anniversary Celebrations. Maybe on second thoughts? You can read more about it here.

  • 23/04/16 - Hello again from windy Lincolnshire, Fred. Like your correspondent Ivan Huke I am an admirer of the Shot Gun Jazz Band although, unlike him I have never been fortunate enough to visit New Orleans to see them live. For health reasons (bodily and financially) my dream will never now be realised. Can you or Ivan tell me what has happened to their British reed player James Evans? Although there have been several changes at trombone, the rest of this wonderful band has been very constant over the past few years and has featured Evans’ superb playing and occasional vocals. Has he returned to the UK? - Brian Gibbons. (Click here to read the rest of Brian's email)-

  • 23/04/16 - The Fire Service have stopped the use of the room upstairs at the Boathouse, Parkgate for the time being, so the Parade Jazz Band have moved their Tuesday residency to the Red Lion, Parkgate. This starts on 26th April 8.30 to 11.00pm, with a Hoagy Carmichael evening 'Georgia' as part of the Neston Georgian Festival. The state of Georgia was named after King George II, any excuse for a jazz night! - Clive Edwards

  • 22/04/16 - The gig list for York Street Club in Bingley has been updated

  • 21/04/16 - The gig list for Tuesday Jazz & Swing at Wilmslow Conservative Club has been updated.

  • 20/04/16 - The Parade Jazz Band are doing one of the events for the Neston Georgian Festival next week.  Their event is on Tuesday 26th April: as a 'Georgia Evening’ at their regular Jazz session at the Boathouse, Parkgate, and will celebrate the music of Hoagy Carmichael. Georgia was one of the original 13 states created in the 18thC and named after King George ll. 8.30 - 11pm. Admission £3 on the door. - Clive Edwards

  • 20/04/16 - Ivan Huke writes from Nottingham - "I have just put on YouTube a video of The Shotgun Jazz Band (in its eight-piece version) playing Fidgety Feet on April 6. I noticed that James Sterling has also put the very same performance on YouTube but I thought it was still worthwhile adding mine, as I was filming from a different angle and also had more of a view of Ben on piano.  You can watch my video by clicking HERE.   Suze and I had landed at the airport only two hours earlier (a whole day late because our previous day's flight from Washington got cancelled). We checked in at the hotel and dashed to The Spotted Cat. So this performance of Fidgety Feet was pretty well the first music we heard after arriving in New Orleans. What a great way to start a wonderful week"

  • 20/04/16 - Hi Fred, Sorry to hear about the death of Trevor Trueman. I met Trevor over 15 years ago with Annie's Saints and Sinners.   I think Trevor was one of the original members, he certainly provided many years of reliable drumming, and I'm sure I remember the occasional vocal.  -  Sam Wood

  • 18/04/16 - A  Vintage Plectrum banjo, Bacon and Day ‘SILVER BELL’ in excellent condition with case, which belonged to the great Johnny Tippett who sadly passed away last Autumn, has just gone on the Sales Page
     

  • 18/04/16 - Banjo player Charlie Bentley writes, I have “different” request which you might put up on the web site. I am in the final throes of completing my father’s military career (WW2 and before). When I played with Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz at Didsbury Cricket Club on Monday nights, I used to chat (briefly) with a guy whose father I believe was a fellow member of the Manchester Dunkirk Veterans Association of which my father was Chairman. We only managed to speak briefly and I never got to know his name or contact details. If he reads this site, it would be great if we could meet up again. His father could be Tommy Hogarth. 
     

  • 18/04/16 - Dear Fred,  Sorry to bring more bad news to your page. Just to say that Trevor Trueman, a drummer with many bands in the north west sadly died on the first of April. He was 83 years old and had been playing on the jazz scene since he was 18 and no doubt some of your readers will remember him. He will be sadly missed. - Marjorie Trueman

  • 18/04/16 - Good to hear some positive suggestions re-Keswick 2017 from Malcolm Hogarth - complaining won't get us anywhere. Here's one fan who will be there. - Roger Williamson

  • 18/04/16 - "The 'Proper Job'  comment as mentioned in one of the discussions about playing in France, rings true as compared with the same attitude towards musicians in Britain. Ozzie (Auzzie?)  Musos it seems, suffer the same lack of status". Read Howard Murray's thoughts on the subject at the end of the discussion "What musicians can expect in France"

  • 18/04/16 - Tony Talk reminds me that Trad Jazz Britannia got a second showing last night on BBC4, I saw it on 24th May 2013 and still have a copy on my recorder. If you missed it and haven't seen it before it's well worth a watch. It's available for the next 29 days at

  • 18/04/16 -  Peter Cowden from Jazzology Radio in NSW, Australia who I see at my jazz band gig, alerted me to your comment and photo of Viv Carter who sadly passed away a few weeks back.  Peter and I were at his funeral in a town some 250km north west of Sydney.  A couple of pics of Viv here.  I intend to print a copy of your print to display at his forthcoming "wake"....  We believe the bass drum was the one he used in the UK in the 1950's....Kindest regards, - Dennis Quinlan. -

  • 17/04/16 - Malcolm Hogarth writes, "Hi Fred, Thanks for all the good work you do in keeping us jazz fans informed. It occurred to me that unless some information is forthcoming about Keswick 2017 then the Festival will die by default". Malcolm is calling on fans and musicians to help prevent the festival sinking into the mire. Keswick Jazz Festival came in for some criticism at the beginning of this year, and turned into a discussion on this site. As a result I've reproduced Malcolm's email in  full on the Keswick Jazz Festival discussion page which you access by clicking here, or via the Discussions Page from Jazz Extras

  • 17/04/16 - Congratulations and special birthday wishes to Chris Barber who celebrates his 86th birthday today! Other birthdays this week include Chris Mitchell (bjo) on Friday, and Derek Vaux (bs) on Saturday. Hope you both have a great day.

  • 17/04/16 - The gig list for Roa Island boat Club has been updated to the end of November

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  • 15/04/16 - As it's only half an hour's drive from one part of Lancashire, I've now included York Street Sports & Social Club in the Jazz Clubs section. The club features Traditional Jazz Bands every Thursday from 8-00pm until 10-30pm.

  • 14/04/16 - Having read recently of the sad death of the Australian drummer Viv Carter & having played alongside him in the Peter Deuchar N.O.J.B. I thought someone maybe interested in this photo I dug out of my archive. It was taken @ the N.O. Bier Bar, Hamburg, March 1958 & the line up was Viv of course on drums, Peter Deuchar bjo & leader, John Boddy bs, John Saxelby clr, Avo Aveson tbn & me Bill Robinson tpt.

  • 14/04/16 - The Original Panama Jazz Band will not be playing at the Irby Club next Wednesday, 20th April, due to football being played that night To be fair, it’s the first time it’s happened in the three years we have been there, so I must not complain too much. - Jon Critchley

  • 13/04/16 - I'm sorry to have to report that Pete Smith of Didsbury Cricket Club fame passed away suddenly last weekend. Pete run the Jazz at Didsbury for many years, and also played sousaphone in the Bibbington Limeburners Parade Band at Dove Holes, and with the Abersoch parade band and busking sessions at the village pubs. He ran his own Stevedore Stompers for a while, before moving to North Wales and then on to Norfolk, where he ran for, and achieved, the office of Mayor in his town. As a regular visitor to Didsbury, I knew Pete fairly well, but was unaware I was in his parents house measuring up for a stair-lift until he walked in with a "What the beep-beep are you doing here?" He is survived by his wife Diana, and we all enjoyed the Savannah Jazz Band playing at their wedding reception. - Barry Pryme.

  • 13/04/16 - Some good news for a change.  After the new management successfully tried out two Sunday lunchtime sessions per month, it has been decided to continue on a weekly basis at The Old Brown Jug, Newcastle . The first and third Sundays will feature groups of a more modern nature and the second and 4th will be traditional jazz. 1 - 3pm.  Lets hope that good support can get the good old days back at the Jug. Twp sessions of Traditional Jazz per month is better than nothing. - Mike Pembroke (See What's On for more details).

  • 13/04/16 - I've received the latest newsletter from Tony Pringle's New Black Eagles Jazz Band in Massachusetts in which he always has a mystery musician. The current one is - "Mystery Musician 25: Clues - Born 1905, Pennsylvania; given names Earl Kenneth; first job with singer Lois Deppe in Chicago, toured with Carroll Dickerson, played with Sammy Stewart, Jimmie Noone and Louis Armstrong; settled in S.F.; band leader. Your answer please to stan@vincentcurtis.com".

  • 11/04/16 - Walter Love's excellent Radio Ulster Jazz Club programme of Sunday 10th April 2016 contained a two part feature, firstly on New Orleans veteran Sidney Bechet in Paris, then Dorothy Donegan, pianist, who is more renowned for her live performances than her recordings - you can view her on 'you tube' - well worth a listen on BBC IPlayer over the next month.  - David Evans

  • 10/04/16 - The Wyre Levee Stompers on stage at the Blackpool Jazz 'n' Blues Festival. Photo by Keith Wadeson.

  • 10/04/16 - CAFE JAZZ QUINTET are also playing at the Jazz n'Blues  Festival in  Blackpool from 7.30pm this evening i.  It's  free at The Winter Gardens  and entry is by kind donation. Proceeds raised for Trinity Hospice.

  • 10/04/16 - Southport jazz Festival has now been incorporated into the "Southport Festival". It's described as "An explosion of art and culture across the town". We shall see. You can download the Southport Festival Programme

  • 10/04/16 - Just two midweek daytime jazz events this week. Annie's Saints And Sinners @ The Dog & Partridge, Bollington on Mon, 11 April, 14:00 – 16:00, and The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 15 April, 12:30 – 14:30 where there is a Tea Room, Good food available and a Collection taken for the band.

  • 10/04/16 - Today's jazz session with Bunter's Imperials quartet @ The Garrick Theatre, Altrincham has been cancelled due to transport difficulties caused by the marathon.

  • 09/04/16 - Many Happy Returns on Tuesday to trumpet player Andy Henderson.

  • 09/04/16 - Terry Cheney has finally unveiled his new Jazz Guide website that he's been working on for some time, and from someone who knows what it takes, I can tell you there's a heck of a lot of work gone into it, and there's a heck of a lot of work he says he still has to do. It's jam packed full of information, and I can tell you from experience that Terry has got a lot of work on his hands if he's to keep it updated. One of my favourites on the site is the ability to locate a nearby jazz venue given any post code. There have been times when I've been away with a copy of the Jazz Guide, and I know where I am, and I might even know which County I am in, but do I know where Little Whereabouts or Lower Yonder are? Not very likely. Now all I need is the Post Code and Terry's web site. Check it out at www.thejazzguide.co.uk and click on VENUES at the top of the page, you might just find somewhere you didn't know about if you enter your post code. 

  • 09/04/16 - This lovely photograph sent to me by Peter Swensson, was taken at Sefton Park Palm House in Liverpool last Tuesday, where the Savoy Jazzmen were playing. 120 people attended the event, a success story for a change. Click on the picture for a larger version.

  • 08/04/16 - This item was previously posted with the wrong end date - There's a free Jazz n'Blues festival coming up in Blackpool at The Winter Gardens on 9th-10th April. Entry is by kind donation. Proceeds raised for Trinity Hospice. The only band I know about at the moment is Wyre Levee Stompers which Keith Wadeson has told me about, although I don't have any times yet. Here's a video from last year's festival https://youtu.be/KnSzLQCGdtY. The highly talented and amusing Frank Flynn can be seen on piano starting off with Take the A Train with CDF - Chris Hodder, Dave Minsul and Frank Flynn. No prizes for guessing how the name of the band was arrived at.  Martin Snow tells me that Wyre Levee Stompers gig at the Winter Gardens is on on at 12:00pm tomorrow.
     

  • 07/04/16 - I'm cautious of passing on an email of this nature as I'm not sure how genuine it is, or whether the term amateur band would be acceptable, but musicians can decide for themselves - "My name is Ben Nicholson, I'm the duty manager at Automatic Cafe in Bury.  We are looking to start doing live music events from the end of April, and are looking for an amateur jazz band that is looking for some experience / promotional help?   We were hoping for no more than 2-3 people to play an acoustic set in a family friendly environment, We'd like a band to come and trial for us on April 28th.  Payment for the trial shift would include food + drinks and transport. Once we've had a trial and it all goes well, we'd like to have a group play regularly for cash.  If you have any ideas, could you please email me back?  - Ben Nicholson Duty Manager, Automatic Market Street Bury BL9 0BW 0161 763 9399. info@automaticcafe.com"
     

  • 07/04/16 - Geoff Inwood writes, "After some 15 years of publishing my web site I have now decided it was time to call it a day. I have enjoyed doing it, but my interest is waning and I am long past my sell by date ! Thank for all your support over these many years and I trust it will have helped to keep jazz on the map. My domain name is up for sale should you know any person who may have an interest. With All Best Wishes Geoff Inwood, www.jazzwestmidlands.co.uk.

  • 07/04/16 - Colin Mason, leader of the Pendle Jazzmen writes, "Peter Lee, mine host at The Inn on the Wharf will shortly be leaving Burnley's Manchester Road hostelry. The members of The Pendle Jazzmen wish to express their thanks and appreciation for his excellent support over the past four years. Such changes all-too-often have knock-on effects. However, the Jazzmen will continue to appear every THURSDAY (8.30p. m. to 11p. m.) for an initial period of around a month before a final decision is made". 

  • 06/04/16 - Hi Fred, First dates for new management at Leeds Jazz Club for What's On.  April 12th Leeds City Stompers and April 19th The Big Easy Jazz Band. Both dates are Tuesdays.   More dates will be booked in next few days.  Many thanks for your help. Had a great send off on my last night in charge largest crowd for two years and a wonderful show from LOUIS LOUIS LOUIS. - John Wall.

  • 06/04/116 - This has to be good news - There is a new jazz club featured on the jazz club pages. It's Cheetham Hill Cricket Club which is on the North Side of the city of Manchester. I hope that many of you in the area will aim to get there and give your support. It usually takes place on the 3rd Sunday but it's not hard and fast so check the club page or What's On before setting out.

  • 05/04/16 - The gig list and What's On details for Eagley Jazz Club have been updated.

  • 05/04/16 - "Dear Fred,  I'm pleased to announce that acclaimed jazz pianist Tim Richards has released five new tutorials to accompany his extremely popular book Exploring Jazz Piano (Vol 1).  You can find the videos themselves here - James Long". Thanks James, watched the first video and decided to stick to computers, they will always be able to play better than I can.

  • 05/04/16 - This message from Geoff & Lynda Bull regarding the George Lewis DVD which has just sold out.  "We popped this last one in the mail today. It most definitely has been a great partnership and we really appreciate all that you have done to promote George's music. Even though we are now out of stock we are pretty sure that Ryoichi still has some stock in Osaka. If he does and if you are interested in re-listing it, let us know and we can bring some back with us when we go up there at the end of the month. Once again Fred, thanks for all you've done and please keep in touch".  I've told them I'm happy to re-list if they manage to bring any back.

  • 05/04/16 - The band list for the Wilbraham Arms has been added to What's On for the Sunday night gigs. My thanks to John Muskett for picking up, scanning and and forwarding the list.

  • 04/04/16 - Unfortunately I'm still getting News emails rejected. It's bad enough when the reason is 'suspected spam' but now I'm being told by Google Mail that, "The recipient server did not accept our requests to connect.  Too many simultaneous sessions".

  • 03/14/16 - Many Happy Returns on Friday to reed players Mike Hayler and Matt Palmer who will both be celebrating their birthdays.

  • 03/04/16 - Just one midweek daytime event for your enjoyment - The SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 5 April, 14:00 – 16:00.  Tickets cost £5.00 which includes refreshments. Tickets can be reserved by ringing 0151 726 9304 or alternatively you can pay at the door. Further information can be obtained from Peter Swensson 0151 722 1478.

  • 03/04/16 - From time to time I get the occasional report that the calendar is not appearing in What's On. The calendar itself comes from Google and is simply embedded into the What's On page, so unfortunately I have no control over it should it fail to appear. I have noticed on occasions that it can be a little slow to appear, but never seen it disappear altogether. I do know that eventually some people have managed to sort it out at their end, but I've never been told how. If you have this experience and can let me know what you did to correct it, please let me know and I'll had the tips to the What's On page.

  • 03/04/16 - Hi Fred - Sad to report that we had to attend the funeral of well known Australian drummer, Viv Carter last Friday. Many UK jazz fans will recall Viv who played not only with Acker Bilk but also with Cy Laurie & Dick Charlesworth. Viv had lived with partner Charlotte in the small town of Murrurundi at the top of the Hunter Valley in NSW for many years. Until affected by ill health he served as councillor on the Murrurundi Shire Council and followed his lifetime hobby of collecting circus memorabilia. - Peter Cowden - Jazzology Australia home of Swingtime Radio.

  • 02/04/16 - I heard clarinettist Barrie Marshall getting a mention on tonight's Jazz Record Requests. Barrie made the point that although the Beatles seemed to fill every moment in broadcasting about Sir George Martin, he produced a lot of jazz for Parlophone in the 1950's and 60's from John Dankworth to the Temperance Seven, and requested one of them - High Society by Graeme Bell. The program is now available on iPlayer.

  • 02/04/16 - There is now a tribute page to the late Mike Taylor, trumpeter from Doncaster,  with tributes from NW musicians. The funeral was held on the 7th.March at Litchfield Crematorium and “The Mike Taylor Memorial Jazz Band” played outside the Crematorium before and after the service.

  • 02/04/16 - The postman arrived yesterday with a nice present. It was a copy of Des Hopkins' book, "Showbands and all that jazz", so if all goes quiet on this page, my nose is stuck inside another. Thanks Des

March 2016

  • 31/03/16 - Jack Schofield is currently depping with the Sun Street Stompers and the New Riverside Jazz Band as Barrie Marshall recently had a fall and cracked a bone in his hand, so clarinet playing is off the menu for him at the moment. Let's hope it heals soon. Barrie tells me he hopes to be back playing at the end of April.

  • 31/03/16 - Howard Murray is waking up this morning with a pretty red face. Last night Howard sent out an email to his friends and fellow musicians, with the words, "This guy grows on me daily although his roots were well established some time back".  Then instead of sending a link to a video of an interview with Nigel Farage, he sent one to this video instead. https://youtu.be/Gmp3TF1DFZ8 .  I can see some very strange requests coming forward at the next gig with the Old Green River Band at The Black Swan in Hollins Green this coming Monday.

  • 29/03/16 - Hi Fred,  We had an amazing book launch and evening of Trad jazz and more, on Wednesday last in my home village of Clane in Co Kildare. A great number of musicians, friends, family and press attended. The jazz session lasted over five hours into the early hours. Enrico Tomasso, flew over for the occasion, and the music was great.   'Showbands and all that jazz' available on Ebay/PayPal  www.ebay.ie/itm/231884521372  or direct from info@dhentertainment.ie. - Des Hopkins
     

  • 29/03/16 - Due to the many road closures caused by the Manchester marathon, it has been decided to cancel Bunters Imperials gig on Sunday 10th April at the Altrincham Garrick.  As neither the band, bar staff or jazzers can get there that day it is with regret that we have been forced to make this decision.  The band will be back as usual on Sunday 8th May and Sunday 12th June. Hope to see you there! - Trish Galloway

  • 29/03/16 - The Nottingham Band: I enjoyed that, a good swinging band. I sometimes see a similar group in Sheffield, I think they are from eastern Europe. Their line-up is cornet, clarinet, double bass, cimbalom plus another instrument - possibly guitar, I can't remember. They certainly get some attention in the city centre with some swinging versions of the old favourites. I had a good laugh at the comment about "repetitious jazz, trumpet player a terrible singer" - reminded me of a few bands I've played with over the years. - Sam Wood

  • 27/03/16 - Sad to report the death of David Butler, long associate of Leeds Jazz Club. He was perhaps best known for his many CD recordings (over 400) at LJC.  Dave attended the very first session back in September 2000 and very rarely missed a show. he will be sadly missed by musicians and jazz fans alike from all over the UK.   The funeral has been arranged for Friday 15th April at Lawnswood Crem. Leeds at 12.20pm and afterwards at the Victoria Hotel, which is situated directly behind Leeds Town Hall. - John Wall, Leeds Jazz Club

  • 27/03/16 - The Nottingham Band, what do I think? They certainly swing, which suits me, despite unusual line up. I'm wondering what is meant by "repetitious". Doesn't that apply to most trad type jazz. (My type). Haven't heard much new since the 1940s - Denys Owen

  • 27/03/16 - I've just emailed out the latest news, and unfortunately quite a few were rejected as 'spam'. If you didn't receive yours, you'll know why!

  • 26/03/16 - Many Happy Returns this coming week to Bert Schroeder tomorrow (Sunday),  to Ed Lloyd-Hughes, John Penn and Paul Munnery on Monday, and to Ged Hone on Friday.

  • 26/03/16 - Just one daytime midweek jazz event coming up - Mike Lovell 6 in a bar at The North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood on Wed, 30 March, 12:00 – 14:30

  • 26/03/16 - Re Nottingham Band, I see them in Lincoln centre off times, the left hand trumpet is a terrible singer. Their jazz set is totally parrot learned and repetitious. Sometimes they are a Mariachi band, with similar Tiuana routines. By the way the accordionist plays wonderful Romany tunes solo, - I always drop a bob in.  - Jon White.
     

  • 26/03/16 - The latest edition of Just Jazz has just popped through the letterbox, and there's an interesting article looking back at the history of Dove Jazz Club by Roger Marshall. The club celebrates its 25th Beer & Jazz Festival anniversary this year.

  • 26/03/16 - Hi Fred The reason for sending this link http://tinyurl.com/gpwmpz3,  is to highlight the age group of the FestJazz organising team in the photograph, UK Festival promoters should perhaps take note ! No need to be able to translate as the full final line-up is now on the FestJazz Website - Norman Gibson.

  • 26/03/16 - We had a few days in and around Nottingham last weekend, and as we alighted from the bus on our one trip into the city, I detected the sounds of a jazz band playing somewhere. Following my ears into the old market square, and hearing strains of "Yes Sir, That's My Baby", we came across the band playing in a chilling wind, but what was this, a piano accordion in a two trumpet band?  Maybe this was more Tijuana that Yerba Buena, what do you think?

 
 https://youtu.be/YZW__TMyuVI

  • 25/03/16 - 1920s hot jazz and 1930s swing jazz coming up at Grange-over-Sands Golf Club, LA11 6QX on 10th June. HOT FINGERS TRIO & EMILY with Thomas 'Spats' Langham, Malcolm Sked, Danny Blythe and Emily Campbell. .

  • 25/03/16 - There's been a last minute change to to Carlisle Jazz Club programme. The Esk Valley Jazzmen will now be playing on Thursday, March 31:
     

  • 23/03/16 - I had a phone call today from Leeds jazz promoter - John Wall, to tell me that after nearly 14 years he was retiring from promoting jazz at Leeds Jazz Club. John's last night will be on 5th April when Louis Louis Louis will be playing him out. On 12th April, Sarah Shape will be taking over and she is an experienced promoter of music, mainly to do with Lindy Hop. She will be using a lot of young bands who will be playing traditional jazz and swing, with a lot of emphasis on dancing. Some nights will be starting off with a free dancing class between 7-30pm and 8pm.  The first band will be Leeds City Stompers on 12th April and admission will be £5.

  • 21/03/16 - Des Hopkins will guest on a live interview tomorrow (Tuesday), an arts programme Arena ..RTE RADIO ONE from Dublin available worldwide on www.rte.ie/radio1/arena/

  • 19/03/16 -  May I point out that the Greasby school venue is not a Jazz workshop, the school have acquired some brass and wind instruments and they want to encourage the pupils to take an active interest, the idea is to demonstrate how the various instruments fit into the band/orchestra environment, we will be talking about our instruments and playing tunes they hopefully will know and understand, and there will be a hands on session, we will tell them about our band and the sort of music we play, who knows where it might lead. - Bert Schroeder

  • 19/03/16 - Looking at the comments regarding Jazz Education in the School system. Many years ago Ray Price ( Banjo player )had a very successful Quintet going around schools in the outback of Australia giving a class on everything from the early years to the later more modern styles, when Tom Baker left this group Ray rang me to play trumpet with him but at that time I had joined in the South Australian Police Band so with a family to support it was more sensible to stay where I was, at least Ray sent me a record of the stuff that they were doing and it was not available in the shops, Great Band with Ray Bjo, Tom Baker Tpt & Tuba, Len Barnard Drums Washboard, Pat Qua , keyboard , and Graham Spedding reeds. - Derek Dalton

  • 19/03/16 - Re Traditional Jazz on Radio 3, 14/03/16.  How I read it, is that there will be less Traditional jazz replaced by more stuff we don't recognise as jazz. - Pete Lay

  • 18/03/16 - Many Happy Returns next week on Monday 21st, to John Dunlop, who was the bass player with The Druids Jazz Band based in Wallasey and managed by Tony Davis back in the 50s. He played alongside Tony Pringle (cornet) at that time.  Also Happy Birthday to another bass player - Richard Vernon, still playing, and who will celebrate his birthday on Saturday 26th.

  • 18/03/16 - Only one mid week daytime jazz event coming up next week - Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz at Timperley Sports Club on Thu, March 24, 1:30pm – 3:30pm. No steps, good car park, bar plus tea/coffee. £6 admission.

  • 18/03/16 -  Hello Fred,  I was in Cornwall again last week, so here's a bit of jazz news. The bad news first - the 51 Club is now on the first and third Sundays only. I was there on the second Sunday - so I missed out on jazz at the Smugglers for possibly the first time in over thirty years!   The Five Degrees West in Falmouth still hosts the Great Western Jazz Company and last Thursday was another good session. The bar was packed with diners, drinkers and dancers and the band keep finding new tunes! Long may it continue.   - Sam Wood
     

  • 18/03/16 - There's a free Jazz n'Blues festival coming up in Blackpool at The Winter Gardens on 9th-19th April. Entry is by kind donation. Proceeds raised for Trinity Hospice. The only band I know about at the moment is Wyre Levee Stompers which Keith Wadeson has told me about, although I don't have any times yet. Here's a video from last year's festival https://youtu.be/KnSzLQCGdtY. The highly talented and amusing Frank Flynn  can be seen on piano starting off with Take the A Train with CDF - Chris Hodder, Dave Minsul and Frank Flynn. No prizes for guessing hoe the name of the band was arrived at.

  • 17/03/16 - Fred I just got notice of this facility via the New Orleans "Downbeat" weekly e mail. Worth a mention 1,000 of jazz". - Pete Vickers. Pete is referring to The David W. Niven Collection of Early Jazz Legends, 1921-1991 http://tinyurl.com/hs68z8o. The recordings were transferred from LPs to cassette tapes in the 80s and early 90s by Niven, who prefaced them with commentary of his own. According to Niven, the purpose of the project was “to put my collection into some kind of compendium form that would attract my children to the music that had been of such significance in my life.” Niven’s original collection included over 10,000 hours of music, so the 1000 hours that he chose to transfer represent the choice cuts from his trove. While his tastes extended beyond the early years of jazz, he deliberately chose to focus on “the years prior to the BeBop period, i.e., before Gillespie, Bird, Monk, Miles.”.  Niven passed away in 1993, but his jazz recordings have since been transferred to a new medium, this time in the digital realm.

  • 14/03/16 - Hi Fred,  Having noted the feature re the headmaster of Greasby Junior School, it could be that his pupils’ interest, and possibly an as yet untapped audience’s, might well be engaged by a revival of Alan Stevens’ travelling lecture “What Is This Thing Called Jazz”.   I wonder if the script exists. I have happy memories of having heard the presentation twice at Rochdale Art Gallery when the musical illustrations were provided initially by The Saints Jazz Band, with The Red River Jazzmen officiating for the repeat.   Both were memorable and educational performances,  Kind regards - Alwyn Smith
     

  • 14/03/16 - I’ve been in touch with the The headmaster of Greasby Junior School on the Wirral: It would be nice to turn some young ears away from the banality of pop! - Jon Critchley
     

  • 14/03/16 - "How much Traditional Jazz can we expect on Radio 3 now", asks Mike Feltham?  He's pointed me to this article in The Telegraph http://tinyurl.com/jx92kbg

  • 13/03/16 - I've been referred to an interesting video taken in the garden of the Louis Armstrong Museum, featuring  Jon-Erik Kellso on trumpet, and  Vince Giordano who swaps from bass saxophone to double bass during the performance. https://youtu.be/uaEy-WLgO7A

  • 13/03/16 - Don't know how many of your readers went to Mart Rodgers 80th birthday bash at Poynton Methodist Church last Wednesday afternoon March 9th, 2 - 4pm, but if they missed it then they missed a treat. Mart was so funny in his birthday hat making us laugh in between the jazz sessions which, as always, were excellent. A fantastic jazz group playing tunes to suit everyone. On top of that there were free refreshments and a piece of birthday cake too, so we were pleased that the event raised quite a sum also in donations and raffles for 2 charities. A good afternoon for all. Regards, Edith & Brian Daniels.    Janet Rodger has supplied the fine detail about the event and the charities that Edith & Brian referred to - "We had a terrific afternoon for Mart’s birthday when the band played on Wednesday at Poynton Methodist Church. Over 170 people turned up in the pouring rain and all seats were taken. The amount of £932.40 was raised and will be shared between the two charities - MHA, being the Methodist Care Homes, of which two are in Poynton. The other charity is Adopt-A-Child, which has Christian schools in Guatamala and Albania, but the offices are in Inverness. You don’t actually adopt the children, you sponsor a child (or two) to go for their education at one of the schools. The money will be very gratefully received. Thank you to all our jazz friends who came along – especially the friends who came from Essex specially!".

  • 13/03/16 - Remember the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band? Well 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the BDDDB going "professional". Barrie Marshall rang to tell me there was a programme on Radio 4 last night, so you can listen again at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b072zn42

  • 12/03/16 - Daytime midweek jazz events this week - Annie's Saints And Sinners at The Dog & Partridge, Bollington on Mon, 14 March, 2pm - 4pm and The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 18 March, 12:30pm - 2:30pm.
     

  • 12/03/16 - Been wondering where I got to?  Well apart from being out two days running,  I've had to strip the PC down again.  In the meantime why not listen to this recording of Bunk Johnson playing Slow Blues at San Jacinto Hall 1945 at https://youtu.be/dDpMrQYoDuc forwarded to me by John Westwood.

  • 09/03/16 - I was born in Greasby and would love to play, but need someone to pay my airfare of £800 plus.   Thanks for keeping me on the mailing list. it's sad to see so many places stopping jazz, but it's happening just the same over here. The New Black Eagle Jazz Band has good gigs through the summer, but during the winter we don't have much. Older fans don't like to go out in snow or in the dark. - Tony  Pringle, Massachusetts, USA

  • 08/03/16 -  I'm sure we are all aware of the need to try and expose a younger audience to the delights of jazz. The headmaster of Greasby Junior School on the Wirral http://tinyurl.com/hkv8r33  is looking for a jazz band to play at the school on a yet to be arranged Monday or Tuesday afternoon to inspire the young music students who are learning the trumpet, trombone, clarinet etc. If any musicians/band leaders think they can spare a couple of hours to play at the school (expenses will be covered) and encourage some potential musicians of the future please contact Ian Streets on 07732 224513.

  • 08/03/16 - "The organisers of Abersoch Jazz have, with great regret, decided to ‘bow out’ on a high. The 2015 weekend in September was musically excellent, great fun and enjoyed with lots of friends and good humour – and the sun shone yet again! We were concerned that we might not be able to guarantee good weather again, after 14 years of sunny weekends!    Seriously, we have tried very hard to find younger people to take over from us but to no avail. But, apart from our ages, the biggest drawback to carrying on is the desperate lack of accommodation and venues in Abersoch – all the hotels are disappearing fast, two are being knocked down as we write.    We are incredibly sad to lose Jazz in Abersoch, but nothing can take away the great memories of 14 Festivals/weekends thanks to all the wonderful and extremely talented musicians who have played for us and given us great joy and happiness, also the supportive volunteers, funding providers, and especially our visiting Jazzy friends. Abersoch will miss you all but we console ourselves with the knowledge that we will all meet up regularly on the Jazz circuit and that our friendships will continue".  - Linda Williams

  • 08/03/16 - Barbara Hallam is organising another Charity Concert which will support Cancer Research UK.  She says, "We are having the Carl Sinclair Boogie Band with John Hallam. This will be on Friday 1st April - 8.30pm at The Greyhound Hotel, Warrington Road, Leigh, WN7 3XQ. £12.50 Ticket only from 01942 811522 or 07801 844678 It will be a fun evening of Boogie, Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll and more!  Full details by clicking here

  • 06/03/16 - The Tame Valley Stompers are definitely the Sunday lunchtime favourites at the Buxton Pavilion Arts Centre's monthly jazz session. Another super show today, mixing the standards with some less well known numbers - and over 100 in the audience. They're back in Buxton in October, that's one for the diary! - Sam Wood.

  • 05/03/16 - Joe Silmon has sent me a glowing review of Des Hopkins new autobiography, "Showbands and all that jazz", and you can read it by clicking here

  • 05/03/16 - Missed out on a trip to the 25th Bohém Ragtime & Jazz Festival in Hungary this year? Be not downhearted, you could be seeing it live at  http://tinyurl.com/j8mfmk3

  • 05/03/16 - Many Happy Returns tomorrow (Sunday) to trombone player Roy Williams, and on Wednesday 9th March, Mart Rodger, and his ex bass player, Colin Smith, celebrate theirs. Many Happy Returns to all of you. Mart will be celebrating his 80th birthday  in style with an afternoon session at Poynton Methodist Church in Civic Car Park, Park Road. It will start at 2.00pm and the admission will be free, however donations plus money made from a raffle will go to MHA and Adopt A Child. Janet and Mart support education for twins in Guatemala through Adopt A Child. This is the only midweek daytime jazz event this week.

  • 05/03/16 - Alyn Shipton has put the order of play for Jazz Record Requests onto his Blog now and I see that “Love Me Or Leave Me” will be the last track at a little before 5.00 o’clock. Interestingly, the track before it is by John Hallam and Tom Kinkaid. The North is well represented to-day! - Janet Rodger
     

  • 05/03/16 - Re the Delph Friday sessions, I haven't managed to get over there for a while during one of my UK visits but I managed to see the Spirit of New Orleans Band at an Eagley session and recorded a bit.  I don't know if I sent this to you before but here's Muskrat Ramble and shows why a visit to Delph is well worth it, not just for the lovely hot beef sarnies.  Spirit of New Orleans Jazz Band UK playing Muskrat Ramble

  • 05/03/16 - Manchester Jazz Society programme has been updated.

  • 04/03/16 - We’ve had a message from the producer of Jazz Record Requests that they will be playing a record for Mart to-morrow, Saturday, to celebrate his 80th birthday next week. This is on BBC Radio 3 at 4.00 p.m. and my request to be played is “Love Me Or Leave Me” sung by Marion Montgomery, with the band. ( The band will have to listen to it later though as the they will be playing at that time at The Printworks in Manchester with New York Jazz Musician, Vince Giordano. This is part of the Manchester Film Festival. Later in the evening there will be the world premiere of the film, “There’s A Future In The Past” which is a documentary about Vince Giordano who brought music to “Broadwalk Empire” and numerous Woody Allen Films. This will be at the Odeon Cinema at The Printworks.)  - Best wishes,  Janet Rodger.
     

  • 04/03/16 - Pete Lay replies - "It is true that the Jazz Parade has been called off. However, the actual reasons for cancellation are not entirely what Pontins are telling those who had booked. We agree with Colin Gill in that how can one judge the future attendance figure from the number of re-books, 7 months hence. We can assure everyone, that we did our best to keep Pontins on board, but for reasons, at this moment, we cannot disclose, it was us who asked Pontins to cancel, as the circumstances became unworkable.  We would like to thank everyone who attended both Jazz Parades at Pakefield in 2014 and 2015 and hope we see them at one of our other Jazz Breaks (see Jazz Guide). Thank You. - Pete and Heather Lay
     

  • 04/03/16 - Pontins kindly rang this evening to tell me that Pete Lay's Jazz Parade at Pakefield, Lowestoft on 14th October is cancelled. This because of insufficient bookings . (this is getting serious ) How can you cancel a festival six months hence because of insufficient bookings ? Needless to say the Country and Western weekend in a different part of the camp is still taking place if we would like to transfer our booking !!! - Colin Gill

  • 04/03/16 - Hi Fred Three fascinating YouTube clips of Interviews with Bob Wilber recorded last September when Wilber would have been 87 years old. Part one. http://youtu.be/udsGCrs9d7s. I've also I've just discovered YouTube clips of Bob Wilber's 84th birthday party in 2012 held at Small's in Greenwich Village. He plays fourteen duets with Ehud Asherie on piano. Some tracks have His wife Pug Horton on vocals.  http://youtu.be/usgN7CJ7AOU  - Trevor Barnes

  • 04/03/16 - Paul Mcrae, bass player on the Wirral, is the latest musician to go on the Deps List

  • 04/03/16 - Malcolm Hogarth tells me - "We're up to £800 for the Alzheimer's Society, and we've got some forthcoming gigs where hopefully we can boost the sales of Milk of Amnesia.

  • 04/03/16 - Just read about the bands playing at the Bute Jazz Festival this year on your website and thought you might like to know that the 'Jamie Brownfield/Mike Owen Sextet' will be there too, they were a late booking! - Julie Brownfield

  • 04/02/16 - I can't express how sad I am am after hearing about Mike Taylor's death. The tributes from first Paul Munnery and then Dave Donohoe said it almost all but let me add a few memories of a very fine musician and great 'mate' who I worked with in Dave's 'Hi Life Brass Band'. I remember Mike and I playing 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot' outside a church on the Bude Festival and the vicar coming out. Unfortunately a service was going on at the time and said vicar asked us very politely to move on. "Maybe one day they'll get religion" was Mike's comment which totally creased me. I also have a good photo of the 'Hi-Life' at the Cork Jazz Festival (Granville Edwards and Frank Brooker were on that gig as well as Mike and myself) and somewhere or other a VHS of the band at the Exhibition Centre round the back of the old Free Trade Hall. Then there was the opening of a B&Q store in Derbyshire, playing to a queue in a snowbound car park. I won't repeat Mike's comments on that one! Those were great days with good music and even better memories. RIP Mike Taylor. - Ian Royle

  • 04/03/16 - Bute is a nice compact little festival, and with their line-up and weekend rover ticket at only £60, or an all-in package deal for £355 {coach travel from Glasgow or Edinburgh}, it could be a better alternative to dull Keswick this year! - Norman Gibson.

  • 02/03/16 - Three of the best bands in the North West will be heading to the beautiful 'Isle of Jazz' about 35 miles west of Glasgow for the May Day Bank Holiday Isle of Bute Jazz Festival.  In recent years Bute's historic town of Rothesay has been a regular fixture for the Savannah Jazz Band and the Chicago Teddy Bears Society Band, while Martin Bennett's Old Green River Band is making its first sally north to the island in five years. Click here for more information

  • 02/03/16 - I would like to add to Paul Munnery's nice obituary on Mike Taylor with a few happy memories of my own: I first met Mike in the B & Q store opening brass band in the 1980's. A short time after that David Woonton invited me to form a street band for the Granada Studios Tour. (Hi Life Brass Band) I invited Mike and Ian Royal to be the trumpet team. Both had big band experience, so the band developed into a swing band with a New Orleans street beat, which was fine for the crowds we played to every Saturday & Sunday for several years. Ian Royal is known for being a very skilful high note player, yet he and Mike formed a mutual admiration society, each always praising the other behind his back. Hi Life went on to play festivals including Cork and Ascona.    Musically Mike enjoyed taking risks. I once saw him in a big band when he hadn't played for a while. He stood up and did a brilliant solo. To finish he went for a really high note and finished up blowing fresh air. Instead of showing embarrassment, he looked into the crowd, laughed and shrugged his shoulders, turning the incident into a comedy sketch.   Tony Quinn told me on the phone that Mike rang him up from the care home he was in, inviting him for a pint at the pub next to it. After a while in the pub Mike got up to go to the toilets and simply fell over and died. An enviable end, eh? - Dave Donohoe.
     

  • 02/03/16  - Galloway's Society for The Blind are holding a Royal Tea Party at The Prince of Wales Hotel in Southport on 15th March at 12 noon. Attendees at this event will be treated to a drinks reception, a variety of craft and gift stalls, raffle and a tasty traditional afternoon tea, all to be followed by live music from professional jazz quartet ‘Quintessential Jazz’. I'm informed that it's not 'traditional' jazz as such but the music will be from the 40s, 50s, and 60s,  so it should be quite acceptable.

  • 01/03/16 - A Birthday I nearly missed - Many Happy Returns to Merseyside bass player Jim West, on Thursday 3rd March.

February 2016

  • 29/02/16 - In the latest issue of Jazz Guide, the Talbot Hotel in Southport has a STOP PRESS advert for Chris Barber & his outstanding 10 piece Jazz Orchestra this time next year on one of the three nights from March 3rd - 6th, 2017 for £199 per person. I'll be including it on my Jazz Festivals & Weekends Page. The other weekends bands have yet to be announced.

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  • 29/02/16 - Des Hopkins is having an evening of Dixieland jazz! to celebrate the launch of his autobiography, 'Showbands and all that Jazz'. Des says, "I've spent the last 4 years writing this book, and now it's finally time to release it to the world.  The evening takes place in my local neighbourhood of Clane, County Kildare on Wednesday March 23rd.  Activities commence at 7.30pm in Manzor's Village Inn.  Musicians bring your axe.
     

  • 29/02/16 -  Jerome "PopAgee" Johnson made a name for himself in New Orleans as the dreamer who managed to buy a prized but dilapidated city landmark, a 19th-century building on South Rampart once a hangout for pioneering jazz musicians like Buddy Bolden. The building known as the Eagle Saloon still sits boarded up and tagged with graffiti, surrounded by parking lots. but now, a new group is starting over in hopes of restoring this New Orleans treasure. Louis Lince emailed this interesting link to me for more details http://tinyurl.com/zg69stb.

  • 29/02/16 - A John Chilton obituary has appeared in the Telegraph today at http://tinyurl.com/z9z8zxe and in the Independent at http://tinyurl.com/juq8yan as well as many other periodicals

  • 27/02/16 - Some good new for a change - The De La Salle Swing band is now confirmed as every second Tuesday of the month through to December.  The band features  - Reeds-Dave Burke, Piano-Ian Wynne, Guitar---Rae Owens, Bass-Paul Medina,  Drums-Brian Woods. The next gig is on March 8th, Start 8-30,  Entrance £5.  You will hear Boogie -Bossa - Rhythm n Blues -Swing-anything that makes your feet tap.  Venue-De La Salle Rugby Club, Salford, M6 8AQ
     

  • 27/02/16 - Sorry to learn sad news re John Chilton , Fred . Loved his Feetwarmers ' band backing George Melly .  - Brian Taylor

  • 27/02/16 - Dear Fred, Yet another obituary, I'm sad to say.   Yorkshireman trumpeter of prodigious technique and immaculate taste Mike Taylor died on Thursday 18th February (I believe that he came from Rotherham or Barnsley - no doubt many of your subscribers will be able to recall him).   Mike was one of those musical giants - and this is no exaggeration - who could play in any style from New Orleans to bebop and beyond with total conviction and commitment to whatever the music demanded, and with phenomenal range and technique. He agreed to help me out with my band HARLEM for a gig in Oldham for the International Duke Ellington Festival sometime in the 1980s - and stayed with the band for five years (admitting that he liked blowing with us "''coz you guys know how to 'give it one, don'tcha?'") Subsequently he worked the Midlands' scene more on piano than trumpet, and I think he was out of the jazz scene for some years. I believe he spent time in London playing with various traditional jazz bands, including Micky Ashman's band.  Mike's funeral is at Alrewas Crematorium at 11.30 on Monday 7th March - I'm hoping to be there, my own fractious health permitting! - Paul Munnery

  • 27/02/16 - We just heard the very sad news that our bandleader Maurice Van Eyck died last night in Anduze, France. He was a great man in every sense and an inspiration to so many. Although he stopped playing a few years back he was always 'our bandleader'. The King Of The Z'hulus is no longer but will remain in our thoughts forever - Brian Turnock

  • 27/02/16 - Many Happy Returns this week to Roy Gregory on Wednesday and to Rosie Harrison on Friday.

  • 27/02/16 - Just one daytime midweek gig coming up - The SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House L17 1AP on Tue, 1 March, from 14:00 - 16:00

  • 26/02/16 - Not just a Northern Jazz festival in trouble! (Keswick), I see Ealing Jazz Festival is under threat as well http://tinyurl.com/zyxazzk. -  Norman Gibson
     

  • 26/02/16 - Owing to the growing amount of traffic travelling home following the afternoon sessions with Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz at Timperley Sports Club, Mart has moved the start time to 1.30pm. Mart said, "When I told the audience about this yesterday they all gave a great applause".

  • 25/02/16 - Hello Fred - we've just heard that the Wagon and Horses on the quay at Lancaster is now back in business, so the New Riverside Jazz Band will be appearing in their usual spot on Thursday 3rd March. The 'Wagon' has been out of action for nearly 3 months, so it would be great if people could come along and show their support for a venue which has supported live music for many a year! - Dave Bateman.

  • 25/02/16 - Colin Gill has added his comments to the Keswick Jazz Festival discussion.

  • 25/02/16 - Posted on Jazznorthwest Facebook Page today - "Just heard via the Dixieland Mailing List - My dear friend for more than 60 years, author and trumpeter John Chilton, died at 5.30 am today. He had suffered from Parkinson's disease for many years. Steve Voce.  -  Sad news indeed". - John Petters
     

  • 25/02/16 - A call from Tony Leppard came through this morning to tell me that he'd just sold the last copy of Going Home to a lady who had seen it advertised on this site. So if you didn't get yours, I'm sorry you are too late now unless you can find an odd copy elsewhere.

  • 24/02/16 - Graham Langley is currently trying to identify the musicians who took part in the final of the Guards Amateur Jazz Band Competition at the National Jazz Festival in Richmond, Surrey in August 1963. He says, "One of the competitors (Colin Kingwell of ‘Jazz Bandits’ fame) has given us a copy of a film made on the day and with the help of the British Library Sound Archive it has been transferred to DVD. They have asked us to identify all 92 musicians in the 15 bands (five each from Traditional, Mainstream & Modern) taking part and, as you might imagine, this has proved quite a task at such a time distance. After six months of Googling and extensive emailing I have managed to lock down all the names but still need a tad more information to complete the Macclesfield entry.  The Adrian Reed Trio (Modern) is number four in the running order of the film and the only information I have found lists Reed – piano, P.F. Walker – bass and M. J. Moore – drums. To finalise my research I would like to include the first names of Messrs Walker and Moore to make them uniform with all the other entries. I appreciate that this may be outside your musical comfort zone but I expect you will have contacts in other parts of the local scene and may be able to point me at someone who could help.
     

  • 22/02/16 - Walter Love's Radio Ulster Jazz Club of Sunday 21st February featured 'the trumpet' and included Louis Armstrong, Doc Chetham, Bunny Berigan, Mugsy Spanier and other notables. - David Evans, Rhuddlan

  • 21/02/16 - Daytime midweek jazz sessions this week are - Mike Lovell 6 in a bar at The North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood on Wed, 24 February, 12:00 - 14:30 and Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz at Timperley Sports Club on Thu, 25 February, 14:00 – 16:00 at Timperley Sports Club, Stockport Road, Timperley. WA15 7LU Next to the Hare & Hounds.

  • 19/01/16 - I wonder if any of your site visitors can help me with the following. Way back in 1999 I published a John Beecham Discography (Eurojazz Discos No. 98). Two years ago I thought it was time to update this booklet, so I wrote to John, then - as far as I know - living in Luton. However, I never did get an answer so I wonder if John has moved house or even worse... The last recording that I found he played on was a Raymer Sound CD with Dave Martin'sJabbo Five from circa 2011. Since then I have not seen his name anymore. Maybe with help of subscribers to your Newsletter is it possible to get more info on John Beecham's whereabouts? Thanks in advance! - Gerard Bielderman Leie  http://gerardsdiscos.jimdo.com/

  • 18/02/16 Help Wanted - Hi My name is Simon Barclay and I'm the son of Bob Barclay "the Yorkshire King of Jazz" who was the leader of the Yorkshire jazz band in the 1940-70 in Leeds.  I'm on the mission of wanting to research Bob Barclay, The Yorkshire Jazz Band and Studio 20 (situated on the corner of new Briggate Leeds) and the influence it had on early jazz bands in the UK. most of the people who played with the band went on to create their own bands, some who played in the band are Bob Barclay (Tuba), Ray (Happy) Harker (Clarinet), Dickie Hawden (Cornet) Ed O'Donnell  (Trombone), Arthur Mann (Drums), Arthur Rigg (Piano), Edie Encell (Banjo). and I have a list of 40 other members who played with them over the years i also have photographs and original recordings from first to last from 1948 to late 60s. My dad was a larger than life character who owned Studio 20 a Leeds jazz club that entertained nearly all the jazz players of the early days of jazz. my aim is to publish this work in some form as its an amazing piece of social, cultural and musical history. I've also had most of the music transferred to digital. I would like people to contact me with memories, photographs, stories and information of Studio 20, Bob Barclay and the Yorkshire jazz band. Do you know of my dad or any info about the band or any guidance or advice would be great thanks. Warm wishes Simon.  Facebook Page: http://tinyurl.com/hv8m4v4  Email: s.barclay220@gmail.com  Tel: 07793095680
     

  • 18/02/16 - I thought your readers might be interested in this link http://tinyurl.com/jo28q5y. I thought this paragraph was particularly pertinent, ""We are also aware that the people who have loyally supported the festival for many years are getting older and that younger audiences are not being attracted. Eighty-six per cent of people who book tickets are over 65 and 42 per cent are over 75." - Paul Marks

  • 16/02/16 - Mart's poorly hand (09/02)  was apparently gout and it's better now. Mart Rodger Manchester jazz are back at Poynton British Legion Club on the third Mondaytat 7.30pm each month and Mart was hopefully playing there last night.

  • 16/02/15 - Special guest at the Beaky in Ashton this week (Wednesday 17th February) is that famed trombone player, Alan Rushden, backed by the house band, the Tame Valley Stompers. Also featured is the Bring-and-Buy CD Table, world famous sandwiches, and low-cost admission - just £2.00 for non-members. Come along and listen; or, bring your horn, and sit-in, second half. - Noel Broadgate

  • 16/02/15 - The High Society Jazz Band are playing the only daytime midweek gig this week at Carnforth Station on Friday from 12:30pm - 2:30pm Tea Rooms. Good food available. Collection taken

  • 16/02/16 - Many Happy Returns this week to The Merseysippi Jazz Band which celebrated its 67th birthday on Sunday 14th. Also to Barry Pryme who celebrates his birthday today, and Sheila Collier who celebrates her birthday on Thursday.

  • 15/02/16 - PC had been getting too hot of late, I discovered the power unit fan had stopped working, so it looked like another power unit for £29 at local computer supplier. I had plenty of old ones in the garage, but connectors change physically over time, so even more work involved When I saw that all the cables inside had been well and truly secured with plenty of plastic ties, and even some wires had been soldered, I decided to open up the power unit and replace the fan instead. Same shop but instead of £29 unit I asked for identical replacement fan.  No problem sir, that will be £40 - What!  Back to the garage and I found an old power unit with same fan in,  so took that out and used it to replace the faulty one. Job done, PC now nice and cool, and back up and running, and Barbara can have the kitchen worktop back. Now for the backlog.

  • 13/02/16 - Hi Fred, I hope this finds you well. My Dad, John "Nick" Nicholls (drummer), sadly passed away on 29/1/2016 in Cape Town South Africa.  He was a drummer for numerous bands including Lonnie Donegan (1956-1961); Monty Sunshine (Feb 1961-May 1962).  Please could you spread the sad news for those who knew him?  Kind Regards - Kim Nicholls (daughter)  RIP DAD 26/2/1929 - 29/1/2016
     

  • 13/02/16 - HI Fred Regarding your item about some tapes of the Salisbury Stompers, I seem to remember that Bernie Tyrrell who with his wife, Lynda, produced the incomparable Jazz Guide played with this band many years ago. No doubt that someone with a better memory than mine will be able to confirm this -  Best Wishes Larry Grist Yes you are right Larry, I should have searched my computer instead of the net. Mark Gahan emailed me in August 2011 to say, "As a kid, in the late 70's early 80s, I used to go with my parents to The Salisbury pub in Barnet High Street nearly every Sunday late morning/lunchtime and we'd see a brilliant traditional jazz band playing (trumpets, trombones, double bass ... the works) and a front man who used to have a thing where he'd introduce all the band members and then himself. Would you know who this band was?
    And would there be any recordings ever done - vinyl or CDs (were CDs around then)?".   Bernie himself replied at the time -  "Yes indeed, the band was Bernie Tyrrell’s Salisbury Stompers and yes there is a CD available. The content of the CD is 11 tracks which were released in 1978 on cassette plus three from a session in the early 80’s with a completely different personnel". Maybe these were master tapes from those sessions. - Fred

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  • 12/0216 - Edward Hannaby (drums) is the latest musician to go on the Deps List,  Edward plays all styles of Jazz and Blues and sings. He has been with the Five and a Penny Jazz band for about 7 years and  plays every month in the Liverpool Jazz Club house band.

  • 12/02/16 - Re the Delph Friday sessions (08/02/16F), I haven't managed to get over there for a while during one of my UK visits but I managed to see the Spirit of New Orleans Band at an Eagley session and recorded a bit. I don't know if I sent this to you before but here's Muskrat Ramble and shows why a visit to Delph is well worth it, not just for the lovely hot beef sarnies https://youtu.be/wN2fZI_mAAw - Graham Martindale
     

  • 12/02/16 - Back in December I gave space to an event in Leicester where a 'Jazz Bash' was being held to raise funds for research into Prostate Cancer. Stuart Battle has since written to let me know that the event raised a grand total of £1600 which will be shared equally between PROSTaid and LOROS (A local Hospice). Well done Stuart, and thanks for letting me know.

  • 11/02/16 - Brian Mcquillin (Custer's Last Band) asks, "Does anyone have the dots for Miss Jenny's Ball that they are willing to share?
     

  • 11/02/16 - We went out for a ride yesterday over the Lancashire/Yorkshire moors, and having heard my MP3 tracks several times, I turned on the Radio. It was Radio Lancashire and I suddenly realised they were live from the Robert Gillow in Lancaster, and who should be about to play, but none other than regular pianist, jazz singer and ukulele teacher, Sue Parish. If you can't see the player controls below, try clicking here to listen to this extract courtesy of Radio Lancashire

  • 11/02/16 - I spotted this item in Ewbanks Salerooms - "Salisbury Stompers, Three Jazz Band master tapes, all dated 14th October 1978". They had a delivery charge of £30. Must have laid down some pretty heavy tracks!  The only mention I could find about the band using Google, referred to the sale of the tapes. Think I'll pass on this one.

  • 11/02/16 - According to The Guardian", Jazz musicians will feature prominently in the movies in 2016, with the theatrical release of two highly anticipated films: Miles Ahead, Don Cheadle’s homage to trumpet legend Miles Davis (1 April), and Canadian director Robert Budreau’s Born to Be Blue, featuring Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker, the noted trumpeter, singer and style icon (25 March).

  • 11/02/16 - Arcade Fire have just shared official footage from David Bowie tribute parade on YouTube at https://youtu.be/UKBI_TMHE54 . I was never a Bowie fan, but the views of the streets of New Orleans are quite interesting.

  • 10/02/16 - Re: Noel Broadgate's comment (10/08), The rehearsal blowing-band, most certainly is still running. It seriously tapered off after Bill Oldham died but is beginning to grow again. The organisation has fallen by default to my partner, sax playing Carole Wilson. They meet on Thursday evenings at the venue quoted by Noel and details can be obtained via me @ Fred although simply turning-up unannounced with a grand-piano under your arm would have the same chance of success.  Prior to my recent holiday at the NHS Cardiac Dept. Wythenshawe, I used to do the occasional work-shop with them. Probably will do more but please don't let that put you off.  - Howard Murray

  • 09/02/16 - Mart Rodger must have been sorry to have missed his gig at Rochdale last Sunday which was due to a bit of  sawing that aggravated an old hand injury. John Hallam stepped in to help out, telling Mart it was wonderful to play with such a good band when Mart telephoned him to say thank you.  This photograph sent in to me by Brian Taylor will no doubt show Mart what he missed. Click on the picture for a larger version

  • 09/02/16 - Many Happy Returns today to Judy Eames.

  • 08/02/16 - Bill Williamson is the latest person to snap up one of the 4 remaining George Lewis DVDs, and he tells me he's a regular at Delph Band Club. I asked if the hot beef sandwiches were still going strong, and he told me, "Yes the Hot Beef sarnies are as good as ever, a bargain at £2, Only equalled by the quality of the music, ! !.  It,s amazing that the venue is not better supported, the only thing asked is that £2 of raffle tickets are bought, for which there are 3 prizes.  The musicians really play for their love of jazz, not just died in the wool trad but lots of tunes and songs played in the New Orleans style. Of course this is a legacy of the Dave Donohoe band which is the basis of the 7 piece current line up.  We're really trying to get more support, and when people are paying £6 - £8 at other venues, it makes one wonder if they're aware of what they're missing for the price of a raffle ticket. The liquid refreshment is good also, goes well in helping to complement the beef".

  • 08/02/16 - Regarding Andy Hyam's enquiry, as erudite guru Monsieur Green pointed out, new on the scene 40 years ago was easier. Also, being a drummer, makes it more difficult to get a "sit in", as I found out being a pianist. The guy who plays a trumpet, clarinet, or banjo can just turn up with his instrument under his arm. Not so if the instrument be drums or piano. Easier for me 40 years ago to get a "sit in" as every venue had a piano, usually so clapped out, out of tune and heavy of action that the regular pianist was only too pleased to step down, repair to the bar, or seek some female company. Being more positive, there is more than one rehearsal band locally; the one that I used to go to when I was getting back into the groove after an illness used to meet at a Church Hall in Withington, Manchester. I will see if I can find out if it is still going and who runs it these days. Good luck. Keep calm and carry on drumming. - Noel Broadgate

  • 08/02/16 - Re Louisville jazz Band (03/02/16), I have had a couple of flashbacks to the Black Lion days and seem to recall that possibly Dave and Stuart Wren may have been part of the regular line up for a time as well. I don't know if Joe recalls this , as my memory isn't brilliant t

  • 07/02/16 - Regarding Andy Hyams' query about playing jazz. He should have had a go 48yrs.ago. The jazz scene today is a bit poorly and all I can suggest is that he seeks out some jazz clubs and asks to sit in although if he is unknown it would depend on the band leader. I would advise him to try with lesser known bands and it would depend what style of jazz he prefers. I will probably upset lots of people ( nothing new there ) ! but it is not the best of times for getting into jazz although the music is crying out for new blood. - Moe Green

  • 06/02/16 - Regarding Trevor Stent's "advice" to young ladies (01/02/16), it's always the poor bloody drummer that gets it. - Mike McCombe.

  • 06/02/16 - I've been asked to let readers know about a Jazzfest  at Sea, which covers Traditional Jazz, Classic Jazz, Chicago Jazz, Swing etc. The cruise departs from Miami to the Southern Caribbean on the MSC Divina for 10-nights of jazz and fun from December 6 - 16, 2016.  If you are interested, you can get full details at www.jazzfestatsea.com/

  • 06/02/16 - Radio 3 tonight at midnight - Geoffrey Smith's Jazz pays tribute to a New Orleans immortal, pianist-composer Jelly Roll Morton. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06zj3ch No doubt you can catch up on sleep later or catch up on "listen again". Whilst searching for it, following a call from Barrie Marshall, I discovered a whole section on Jazz Profiles. Check out http://tinyurl.com/jyn26nb 

  • 06/02/16 - Andy Hyams writes, "I have been playing drums for over 48 years, done a bit of everything, rock, pop, blues, the working men's club circuit to some big theatres, but I have always wanted to play jazz. Trouble is I am not sure were to start. I have left ad's in music stores across the region, searched various web sites etc, but nothing seems to come to fruition.  If you have any advice or people/places I could contact it would be most appreciated".  Any suggestions?

  • 06/02/16 - An interview with Mart Rodger by co-hosts Mike Sweeney & Gerald Jackson on BBC Radio Manchester on 1st February 2016 as part of the BBC series "People's History of Pop".

 

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  • 06/02/16 - Hi Fred,  I used to attend the Manchester College of Building on Hardman Street and was always successful in getting Friday for my day release there. During the period  1964-1965, I used to finish college at 6.45 and go straight to the Black Lion, where after a few months of soaking up the sounds of The Louisville band, I was asked if I would be the money man on the door.  Sitting outside the door on the stair landing I could still hear the band and Dave Wright always let me have a sit in on Sousaphone after the interval. I got ten bob for doing the door which on most nights was more than the band got. Invariably I never took any money but Ken Buchanan used to go mad and insist that I took my ten bob.   At that time, from memory the band was fairly fluid but I recall Jim Percival Trumpet, Ken Buchanan Clarinet, Dave Wright Sousaphone, Charlie Bentley Banjo.  Trombone cant recall, and Drummer, possibly Ian Doxey on drums as that would be about the time I first met Ian or Ian Rose  , but I honestly can't recall but there was always a plethora of sitters in and deps during the second half , such as Bob Ascoe, Terry Brunt, Gabe Hession, Dwight Gidney, Joe Silmon and many, many more.  I don't remember Julie at that time as we didn't meet till I joined the Harlem Hot Stompers some years later.  It was a great grounding for an impressionable 16 year old. - Tony Kennedy

  • 06/02/16 - Bunters Imperials at the Altrincham Garrick on Sunday 14th February will have two special guests. Both Derek and John Tucker are away with the Temperance Seven so for one week only our guests are  Eric Brierley trombone and John Spall clarinet and alto-sax.   Eric will also be our special guest on Tuesday 8th. March at the Crown in Stockport.

  • 06/02/16 - Thanks to Sheila Collier posting a link on Facebook I've embedded a YouTube video on the site featuring Sheila & The Red River Jazzmen and you can see it on the Red River Jazz Band page which can be accessed via Jazz Extras and the "Whatever Happened To" and "Reminiscing" Links.

  • 05/02/16 - Steve Crocker posted the following message on his Northern Jazz-live Blog and wondered if anybody on the right side of the Pennines (only joking), might be able to help   - My father was Bob Barclay and was one of the founding members of the Yorkshire jazz band and I am trying to collect as much information about his club studio 20 and the band as its a slice of social history. I'd like to document, before its all forgotten. I have a C90 tape that was given to me some 40 years ago and I would like to get it moved over to digital asap as its so old as, it has all the tracks that the band made in chronological order from the late 40s to early 50s. I have no idea of the track names or who the artists are and was wondering if anyone could help me with this project. - Simon Barclay  s.barclay220@gmail.com

  • 04/02/16 - I recall the Louisville J/B operating between 1961 and '62, and sometimes appearing at the 2 Js (or the Oasis), Brazennose St., off Albert Square.  However, I can say, with a lot more conviction, that when Charlie was in the Ian Rose Jazz Band, he was a whipper-snapper of 16 years! So that will set the memory cogs in motion, and, hopefully, provide a reasonable time-scale. The line-up, I'm looking at, undated, shows: Ian Rose (dms/ldr); Charlie Bentley (bjo); Dave Wright (sousaphone); Ken Buchanan (clt); Alf Holiday*(tpt); Bob Aspinall (tbn); my lovely lifelong friend Julie Flynn (vocals). Tony Smith joined at about the same time as Julie. So this is possibly about 1962-63???   [Alf Holiday: he and Geoff Wilde, drummer Mike Gilman and me formed our first Jazz outfit at Sparrow Hardwick's in the Stationery Office, lunchtimes, about 1954].   I hope the above helps Charlie Bentley. - Joe Silmon

  • 03/02/16 - Paul Medina joins the De La Salle Swing band on bass for the first event of the New Year on Tuesday night February 9th. Full details are obtained by clicking the event in What's On

  • 03/02/16 - Before my memory goes completely, I have been reminded that I played with the Louisville Jazz Band for a short while before going on to "bigger" things. I can remember the band name but cannot recall a time frame or indeed the band in detail.  I played with the Ian Rose JB (Thursdays) and the New Iberia JB (Sundays) at the Black Lion Hotel until joining the Savannah JB (January 1964?). I always thought I went straight from these bands to the Savannah JB and can only think the Louisville JB was a short period in-between. I seem to think the Louisville was a follow on from the Ian Rose JB when Iain joined Ged Hone? Mike Pembroke seems to think band members of the Louisville were Jim Percival (trumpet), Joe Silmon, Mervin Calvert, Iain Doxey (drums), Larry Hurst?   Any ideas Joe Silmon? - Charlie Bentley.  Or anybody else for that matter - FB
     

  • 03/02/16 - The Blue Mags now have Phil Lucas joining them on a regular basis, and will be restructuring its repertoire accordingly. The band is hoping to return to playing the sort of music that originally made the Mags so popular".

  • 02/02/16 - I've just spent a couple of days checking out all the links on my Links Page, and removing the ones that end up nowhere. Feel free to surf around and enjoy some of the sites you've never visited before. Just one request, if you find any links that are no longer valid, please contact me and let me know. I've just been listening to some great jazz tracks on http://www.1940sukradio.co.uk/ -  'A Year Of Jazz' with Neil Sheldon, which appears to be on between noon and 1pm every day.

  • 01/02/16 - Fraser McCombe tells me that the New Orleans Z’hulus will appear again in Macclesfield on Sunday 17th April 2017, 8 pm at a new venue, The Tytherington Club, Dorchester Way, Tytherington, Macclesfield. SK10 2JP.  It's not too far from the previous one, better bar with more staff, wider choice of drink etc, Better parking.  

    Frase writes, "Brian Turnock tells me that John Defferary is still waiting for an operation and won’t be able to make the tour, last year's substitute, Jesper Capion Larsen,will again take his place. A fine clarinet player who many will be familiar with from his UK tours with “Doc” Houlind. Paul Sealey on guitar/banjo will again replace Emile van der Pelt.  This will be the Z’hulus last visit to the North!! Brian Turnock tells me that future tours of the UK will be shorter and confined to the South, the rigours of travelling have taken their toll. So, with this sad news, Melanie & I have decided to abandon our annual concert here in Macclesfield.  We are getting past the stage of wanting to carry on with a new and unfamiliar band, it’s a bit of deja vu really, we reached this stage some years ago when Barry Martyn told us he was giving up his annual UK visit and we had then decided to finish as well before we were persuaded by Brian to take on the Z’hulus. A decision we never regretted, we have enjoyed all their concerts and they have been an absolute joy to work with. 

    We would love to go out on high and therefore hope that all of our friends and loyal guests turn up to say goodbye to us and the Z’hulus.   As usual tickets in advance from :-  Fraser McCombe,  fraser.mccombe@btinternet.com. Home Tel: 01625 429356 Mob. 077 988 51850".

  • 01/02/16 - I realise you have your own mandate to endeavour to restrict 'plugging' of jazz events to within the North West, but I feel as a jazz follower/promoter who visits/supports NW jazz venues, I should make known to other like minded NW people, news of anything really good on the horizon outside our area. Early information assures me that the end of July FestJazz Festival in Chatenauf du Foau, Brittany, shows it hotting up to be perhaps the best so far. It is helped, in no small way, by big company sponsorship from Brittany Ferries. (Brittany Ferries have now put their travel deals out for 2016 FestJazz Brittany. The travel ticket even gets a reduction on the cost of the weekend stroller from 59 to 50 euros. Go to http://tinyurl.com/zfg6uu2 ).  

    The amazing Sant Andreu Jazz Band, seldom seen outside their Barcelona base, are returning. As also are last years surprise young band, with the incongruous name 'The Old Chaps'. Dreo, their singer, a star in the making, has the touch and talent of the late Amy Winehouse. 'Dizzy Birds (Berlin), 'The French Rag' (Lille) and 'Louis Prima Forever (Paris), all treats for the swing dancers, are booked and can be viewed on Youtube videos. Ben Holder Quartet will be there, and, when the full programme is complete, I would expect that, of getting on a hundred musicians, the majority will be under thirty and very talented. That, in itself, is great news for the future of 'our' jazz. 

    I'm hooked - and booked! - Norman  Gibson.
    Thanks Norman, and organiser Trevor Stent, ex Blue Mags band leader, is another NW connection of course.

  • 01/02/16 - Thanks to our son's gift of a generous voucher, we finally made a visit to Matt and Phred's Jazz bar on Tib Street Manchester on Thursday. Good, and busy with a surprisingly youngish enthusiastic crowd, it was too. It had the feel of a jazz bar in New Orleans, maybe even the like of a Fritzels. Mind you, we picked our evening featuring Jamie Brownfield's new quartet, made up with three of the best, Tom Kincaid (grand Piano, no less!) Ken Marley (D/bass) and the young Jack Cotterill on a decent size drum kit. This four piece will be a hit, it swung and the solos were amazing and plentiful. Couldn't knock anything on the whole evening, the staff were great, and, to cap it all, my wife who had mislaid her gloves there, got a 'phone call from the booking girl and they are returning them in the post ! Howszat ? For anyone interested, they are on again towards the end of February. -  Norman and Meryl Gibson

  • 01/02/16 - Barrie Marshall has rung to tell me that the New Riverside Jazz Band's regular monthly gig at The Wagon & Horses in Lancaster has been cancelled in February, as the flood cleanup has not yet been completed.

  • 01/02/16 - "You may have already seen, and published, this article before but I had not seen it", writes Trevor Stent. "We will be distributing this advice to all the young women attending Fest Jazz in July this year! (taken from “Follies”, a British magazine 1933).  Would your readers agree with this warning?”  -  "I am a young girl 18 years old and have a boy friend just two years older. We love each other very much, but my parents will not permit us to marry because he plays the saxophone in a jazz, orchestra. What can I do? ..........  Ans. A jazz orchestra is no place to find a husband, but if you must take a chance, a man who plays the saxophone is better than one who plays the flute. Personally, we wouldn't trust even the drummer". - Trevor Stent

  • 01/02/16 - I switched on the radio on Friday 29th January, and caught latter half of the afternoon drama entitled "Blood Count". It was a play about Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn. I quote from the Radio Times:   "A speculative drama by Ian Smith, imagining an exchange between jazz composer Billy Strayhorn and musician Duke Ellington as they recorded Blood Count, the1967 piece that would become Strayhorn's last composition. Making use of an interview with Time magazine, which revealed previously unsuspected truths about the pair's collaborative methods, the drama explores their working relationship". I found it to be a very interesting work, quite controversial and well worth a listen on the BBC i-player.  - Laurie Cooper.
     

  • 01/02/16 Frank Slater (trombone) is no stranger to these pages and is a musician with with a great pedigree - "a well known musician in Jazz, Swing, TV and recording studios. Twelve years as Music Centre's Co-ordinator. He joined the great Syd Lawrence Orchestra in 1991 until 1999. Since then he has been backing American artists and the BBC Big Band and Glenn Miller (UK) Orchestra".   Well Franks has been off the scene for a couple of years, and tells me "I stopped playing for a while, but, around last September, I got “the Urge” again, and I’ve been practising (a bit!). My details are on your deps list, but “S” is a long way down, alphabetically, so I wonder whether you would remind people that I am available for deps. within reasonable distance from my home in Warrington. I know that there is very little playing to be had, so I am especially grateful to those few who have used me during the past five months".

January 2016

  • 31/01/16 - There are now less than 6 DVDs left of the George Lewis DVD recorded for TV in Japan in 1963. This is an amazing quality production considering it was recorded in black and white over 50 years ago. The DVD is posted out from Australia and will normally take between 10-15 days to arrive in the UK.  So far 326 DVDs have been posted out, and the only single adverse comment was about the band line-up. Not a lot can be done about that. If you want a copy, contact me asap, as there will be no further copies available once these are gone. I will update the number of copies still available, on the Main Menu

  • 31/01/16 - Daytime jazz events midweek include - The Savoy Jazzmen who are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tuesday, 2 February, from 14:00 – 16:00 and Mike Lovell's Sticky Rock Jazz Band at Cleveleys Working Man's Club on Wednesday, 3 February, 14:00 – 16:00

  • 31/01/16 - Musicians with birthdays this week are - Ken Doran today, Brian Carrick & Tony Pollitt tomorrow and Alan Matthews on Wednesday. Many Happy Returns to you all.

  • 29/01/16 - "On Wednesday 9th March I will be 80 years old" writes Mart Rodger. "Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz are playing an afternoon session at Poynton Methodist Church in Civic Car Park, Park Road where Janet and I worship. We will start at 2.00pm and the admission will be free, however donations plus money made from a raffle will go to MHA and Adopt A Child. Janet and I support education for twins in Guatemala through Adopt A Child and we enjoy receiving photographs and messages from them".

  • 29/01/16 - At our Monday Residency at The Arden Arms Monday Feb 8th we, Louisiana Highway, will be playing Mardi Gras music and songs during the evening.  - John Pashley.
     

  • 27/01/16 - Good to hear that Paul & Sally Loftus have dusted off  their jazz promoting hats, after what seems an age, to present Spats Langham on Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele, Martin Litton on Piano and Richard Vernon on double bass for an evening of entertainment at The Prince of Wales, Foxfield, Cumbria, on Monday February 15th at 8.00 pm.
     

  • 27/01/16 - The Parade Jazzband are are having our annual Mardi Gras evening at the Boathouse, Parkgate, Nr. Neston Wirral CH64 6RN on Tuesday 9/2/16. It's a fun night with free beads, bright clothes (brollies optional) and a feast of New Orleans Jazz from the Parade Jazzband.- Roy Gregory

  • 27/01/16 - Dear Fred, I led your readers to believe I had not heard from The Alzheimer's Society regarding our £500 donation from the sale of our Milk of Amnesia CD. Sorting through correspondence today, an unopened letter from said Society turned up, so I've made a humble apology to Saul Scarry of the Society. We're now over £200 on our way to the next £500 donation thanks to so many generous folk. Meanwhile, a happy Chinese New Year to all your readers - Malcolm Hogarth

    27/01/16 -
    Every now and again an historical gem turns up, and Joe Silmon has tracked down his old vinyl recording he last saw in Spain, with the help of his great niece over there. She has unearthed the Tony Smith Jazzmen Broadcast, recorded at Studio 1, at the BBC in Piccadilly Manchester on 5th February 1962. It features Tony Smith (tpt/ldr), George Radcliffe (tbn), Joe Silmon (clt), John Featherstone (pno), Moe Green (dms), Bob Ascough (bjo) and Bob Leaver (d/bs). I've uploaded the 1st track, "Who's Sorry Now", which I hope you can listen to here.

  • 24/01/16 - Now here's an interesting idea from Noel Broadgate - There is a new initiative at the Beaky in Ashton-under-Lyne. Folk bring in their unwanted CD's and put them in a box. Any one who wants one can help themselves, leaving a donation in the mug provided. What is collected goes to Club Funds. I managed to acquire an Art Tatum and a Scott Joplin. Yet another good reason for joining the happy throng on the first and third Wednesday of the month. Great Jazz, drinks at Club prices, sandwiches to order, and CD's, sometimes rare editions. And all for a mere £2 admission. See you there!

  • 24/01/16 - Daytime jazz events this week include Mike Lovell's Six in A Bar on Wed, 27 January, 12:00 – 14:30 at the North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood, and  Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz at Timperley Sports Club on Thu, 28 January, 14:00 – 16:00.

  • 24/01/16 - Pete Vickers & Terry Binns share birthdays on Monday, followed by Paul Adams (Lake Records) on Tuesday, and Terry Porter will be celebrating his birthday on Friday.

  • 22/01/16 - Hugh Potter’s funeral will be at St Bartholomew’s Church in Thurstaston, Wirral, CH61 0HW, at 12:00 midday on Friday, 5th February 2016. The Original Panama Jazzband will be play before and after the service.   The Committal and Cremation will be at Landican Crematorium, Arrow Park Road, Wirral, CH49 5LW, at 1:00 pm.    Afterwards, there will be refreshments at The Riverhill Hotel, Talbot Road, Birkenhead CH43 2H, where musicians are invited to play - Jon Critchley

  • 22/01/16 - The Jazz Festivals Page for North West venues, has been updated

  • 21/01/16 - I've just received the Hungarian Bohém Ragtime Jazz Band 2016 UK tour itinerary. If you'd like a copy, let me know. The nearest venue for us Northerners will be 8 May, Sun, 8 pm: Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, England/UK

  • 20/01/16 - I love the talent of this young lady https://youtu.be/47Uqhn1aJKQ 450 views already and it only went on yesterday!

  • 18/01/16 - Terry Cheney tells me that Alan Davies (Amersham) and Terry Hooper (New Townhouse) have advertised a Charity Flood Appeal event in February edition of Jazz Guide for Cumbria Community Foundation/Daily Mail Flood Appeal. Feb 19th @ New Townhouse Jazz Club with Colin Kingwell’s Jazz Bandits. What a great bunch of jazzers. More details here

  • 18/01/16 - My turn to make lunch today, and when I sat down Barbara had the TV on ready for the News at 1pm. Bargain Hunt had just started, and I wasn't watching until I heard Tim Wonnacott say, "Now Julie, you run a hotel which you combine with your passion for jazz". That made me lift my head and prick my ears up, and when I heard her say, "We have a hotel in Southport and run a lot of jazz weekends", I realised it was Julie and her daughter Kate from the Talbot Hotel in Southport.   Julie said she was looking for anything jazz, anything from New Orleans, and settled on a voodoo doll from the Belgian Congo! I won't spoil the outcome, as I'm sure those of you who have been to the Talbot Jazz Weekends, will be delighted to see them again on http://tinyurl.com/zna7o2y The programme was recorded in 2015.

  • 17/01/16 - A reminder that Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz return to Poynton British Legion to-morrow night at 7.30 p. m. It is the 3rd Monday of the month now as the 3rd Thursday is no longer available.

  • 17/01/16 - New Orleans city centre was effectively shut down yesterday (January 16) as a second line parade held in honour of the late David Bowie drew hundreds onto the streets. Organised by known Bowie collaborators Arcade Fire and Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the procession marched through the city performing The Thin White Duke's most famous songs, effectively shutting down entire streets of the city. Arcade Fire & Preservation Hall Jazz Band performed "Heroes" at the start of their David Bowie tribute second line parade just outside Preservation Hall in New Orleans, LA on January 16, 2016.

 

  • 17/01/16 - Annie Cousins (Annie's Saints & Sinners) writes, Our gig at the Egerton in Chelford on Friday Jan 29th has been cancelled as a Burns night takes preference. All being well, we will be there on the last Friday in April.  Our spot at Macclesfield Treacle Market is still going strong with a good audience even in bad weather! We are on YouTube as background music to a video of the market with flashes of the band under Macclesfield Treacle Market 2015. Thanks for all your good work with your website! Jazz in the North West wouldn't be the same without you!

 

  • 16/01/16 - Hugh Potter's funeral will be at St Bartholomew’s Church in Thurstaston, Wirral, CH61 0HW, at 12:00 midday on Friday, 5th February 2016, followed by Committal and Cremation at Landican Crematorium, Arrow Park Road, Wirral, CH49 5LW, at 1:00 pm.  Musicians wishing to take part are invited to assemble in the Chancel of the church to be ready to play as the funeral party arrives at the church. - Jon Critchley

  • 16/01/16 - Peter Kerr is writing a new book about his time in the Clyde Valley Stompers. Peter, who produced the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards' international chart-topper, Amazing Grace, the biggest-selling instrumental ever, recalled how the Clyde Valley Stompers had performed on the same show as The Beatles in February 1963. The item appears in the East Lothian Courier at http://tinyurl.com/hy7ylas

  • 16/01/16 - There are no daytime jazz events coming up mid week it would appear, so good luck to all those willing to brave the ice and cold weather to get to venues, especially the musicians who'll try to get there come hail rain or snow.

  • 16/01/16 - It's a Happy Birthday to Band Marshall Jeff Roberts who's birthday is on Monday, and to reed player John Hallam who celebrates his on Tuesday

  • 14/01/16 - The entry on your website about the  World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest reminds me of when, some 30 or so years ago, I entered for the Pub Pianist of the Year Competition, for the preliminaries of which, you had to send in a recording, on tape as it was in the day. I actually entered twice, once under my own name playing "pub stuff", whilst under a pseudonym, I played a more jazz-orientated selection. Amazingly, we both got through to the regional finals, held in Manchester. Naturally, I came clean, and just "me" turned up for the live performance. Sad to relate, I did not win; close, but no cigar. As the finals were due to be broadcast, at the allotted time, I was crouched over my Cat's Whisker, and there I was, on the air, "almost famous" some would say. Just by chance, friend and superb pianist, John Featherstone, had been on the BBC recording crew that night, and kindly gave me a copy of the tape, reel-to-reel. Sorry, folks, not a success story, but it will certainly be in my Memoirs. - Noel Broadgate

  • 12/01/16 - St Thomas's Church in Parkgate presents a Winter Warmer Evening with The Parade Jazz Band. This is on Wednesday 20th January, starting at 8pm. The band will provide a special programme to warm everyone up on a cold night and there will be refreshments to purchase. Tickets are £6 from Moskitos Cafe, which is behind the church on the left or from 0151 336 2530. Attached is a photo of the current line up taken last night by Clive Edwards.

  • 12/01/16 - Perhaps you could give a plug to the jazz history in 10 parts now on Radio BBC 2 at 10pm each Thursday, by Guy Barker (Jazz on The Record). The first part last week (click for iPlayer) was about early jazz and 14th January will deal with the birth of the soloists - Clive Edwards. This a repeat of the series first broadcast in 2010 - Fred

  • 12/01/16 - If your correspondents are not able to travel far during this bleak midwinter, then why not listen (again) to Walter Love's Radio Ulster Jazz Club on BBC IPlayer. Last Sunday's offering featured some of Wally Fawkes' favourite recordings as a follow-up to his previous week's conversation with Wally, a very interesting character of many talents. - David Evans

  • 12/01/16 - Big Band followers might like to know that currently on a UK wide tour, and ahead of her new album soon to be released, the delightful BBCR2 presenter and multi award winning artist Clare Teal will play the following gig on Sat 30th Jan - Clare Teal and her Mini Big Band @ Oldham Coliseum, Fairbottom Street, Oldham, OL1 3SW

  • 12/01/16 - Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz has been booked to play at The Printworks on Saturday, 5th March during the Film Festival, prior to the world premiere of the film, "There's A Future In The Past". This is a documentary about the Brooklyn Jazz Musician, Vince Giordano, who brought music to "Broadwalk Empire" and numerous Woody Allen films. Vince will be playing alongside the band in the afternoon and his film will be shown at 7.00 p.m.  Mart & Janet recently went over to Sweden to visit Mart's brother, and whilst in a restaurant in Stockholm, was recognised by jazz fans on the next table, who it seems had gone over on the same plane and were regulars at The Wilbraham Arms. This information courtesy of Mart's latest Newsletter which will appear on his website soon no doubt.

  • 11/01/16 - The WirrOrleans Jazz Band have had to move to temporary premises at The Hop & Horn in Formby on 29th Jan and 26th Feb, due to clash of dates at the cricket club. The band returns to the Cricket Club in March, but it will be on March 18th, after which it will return to the last Friday in the month.

  • 10/01/16 - You learn something new every day. Did you know that every year there's a  World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest held to provide an opportunity for aspiring pianists to compete and learn in a stimulating atmosphere, and to educate people about old-time piano music written prior to 1940? Unfortunately you'd have a long way to go, it's in Oxford, Mississippi. I've added a link on the links page as requested by Ian Hominick, Assoc. Prof. of Music - University of Mississippi

  • 10/01/16 - There is a now a tribute page for Hugh Potter and a lot of nice comments added. Feel free to send in any memories you have of Hugh.

  • 09/01/16 - This month's Jazzquiz on Ian Maund's website is a multiple choice quiz - hopefully making the 'Challenge' a little easier!

  • 09/01/16 - A couple of daytime midweek gigs for you - Annie's Saints And Sinners @ The Dog & Partridge, Bollington on Monday, 14:00, and The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Friday at 12:30, where there's Tea Rooms, Good food available and a collection taken. Let's hope it's stopped raining.

  • 08/01/16 - Chris Barber and the Big Chris Barber Band are set to appear at Liverpool’s St George’s Hall on Monday 22 February 2016, 7.30pm. Admission: £25 (+booking fees). Other big names are set to follow as part of the Jazz season. Details of forthcoming events can be found at http://tinyurl.com/jdpgran. "Chris Barber is also appearing at the beautifully renovated art-deco Stockport Plaza Super Cinema and Variety Theatre on Weds 27th January - £18.00", writes Barry Pryme
     

  • 08/01/16 - The Pendle Jazzmen have re-started their regular Thursday evening sessions, starting at 8.30p.m., at The Inn on the Wharf, Manchester Road, BURNLEY. They will soon be reaching their fourth anniversary at the venue.  Founder member and trumpet player, Stuart Whiteley, will shortly be taking an extended break as he visits his family in Australia. During this period the trumpet spot will be shared between John Percival and John Pashley. The former is a relative new-comer to the jazz scene, the latter being well-known throughout the North as both a trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist. - Colin Mason
     

  • 07/01/16 - The Shrimper at Southport gig list has been updated

  • 07/01/16 -  Sad news again, sorry: Our bass player and friend of many years, Hugh Potter, passed away yesterday evening after a short illness. He is missed by many friends. Details of funeral arrangements will follow.  Jon Critchley, Original Panama Jazzband.

  • 07/01/16 - I've had an all too familiar email from Karen Stewart, who tells me she's looking for a good home for her late father's jazz collection. She said, "Dads collection is large (in my opinion anyway) and varied - from Bessie Smith, Jelly Roll Morton, George Lewis, Louis Armstrong, Thelonius Monk, Ella Fitzgerald and many, many more. The records are in perfect condition (as are the books and cd's) and I fondly remember, when, as a youngster, I pretended to be interested as he tried to educate me about "chain gang blues" - I doubt I fooled him!  Dad was also a fine chess player as well as a trout and salmon fisherman and his collection of chess and fishing books are also looking for a good home!  I'd love for whichever collection to go to someone who would truly appreciate it and the absolute ideal would be to find someone with all the same interests as my dad had who would like all of it - but I guess that would need to be someone pretty unique - just as my lovely dad was". Karen is located in Birkenhead, on the Wirral I will forward any interested enquiries, just email jazznorthwest.co.uk@gmail.com

  • 06/01/16 - After being flooded out Carlisle Jazz Club have now found a new venue -- Creighton Rugby Club, Sycamore Lane, Carlisle, CA1 3SR.  Usual starting time 8.30pm.. Next gig - January 14: Esk Valley Jazzmen

  • 05/01/16 - Back at the beginning of March last year I received an email from a BBC researcher wanting to contact Jereatric Jazz Band leader, Fred Shawcross, as they were currently researching a new programme about dancing and dance halls. "We’re trying to track down people who have memories of the Palais in Bolton and I was wondering if you might be able to help?", said researcher Luke Hollands.    Well I did put him in contact and thought no more about it until tonight, about ten past nine, when I switched on the TV and saw there was a programme called 'You Make me Feel Like Dancing' on BBC2.  Thinking there might be some band music, I flicked it on. I immediately recognised Bolton Palais, a place where Barbara & I spent many a Saturday night, and then who should I see next, but Fred Shawcross and his band vocalist Terry Desmond being taught a dance routine by choreographer Jack Murphy. Next episode on Thursday this week.

  • 04/01/16 - Good to hear about Amy Roberts (16/12/15). She really is a great musician. The more so considering her music college background and her preference for earlier styles of music. Most of her contemporaries think jazz started with Charlie Parker - some even with John Coltrane and beyond. I played with her for a week at The Music Village in Brussels a few years ago. - Pete Maguire
     

  • 04/01/16 - What a shock to hear of the death of Johnny Rogers, a wonderful clarinet player and a really nice guy. I have fond memories of the time Ros and I travelled to the Cala D'Or Jazz festival in Mallorca with the Savannah Jazz Band, Johnny was dep for them and boy did we have some fun in that hotel bar. The pool party's in the afternoon were brilliant, lots of fancy dress and dunking in the pool, but some great impromptu jazz. All the players from other bands used to attend and we all got to blow or sing etc and Johnny was a shining star among them all. While visiting our Daughter in London we met up with him at one of his gigs, he was very surprised to see a northern lad so far south but we had a good catch up and recalled some of the antics we got up to. A nice man all round Our sincere condolences to Val and his family, God Bless -  Roger and Ros Wimpenny, Tame Valley Stompers.  

    This is particularly sad for me as I used to play with him in Barry Palser's band in the 1960's. -  John Reade.

  • 04/01/16 - We may never know when Bunk was born but I have a picture of me kneeling in front of his gravestone and his date of birth on that is December 27 1879.  This was taken in 2003 when I took my oldest son on a pilgrimage through Mississippi and Louisiana seeking grave sites and listening to music. We worshipped at Charley Patton’s grave and eventually reached New Iberia to “see” Bunk.  Thank you for your continued support of the music.  - Glen Page, Vancouver, Canada. (click picture for larger version)
     

  • 04/01/16 -  It is with deep sadness I have to announce that Johnny Rodgers passed away on Sunday evening January 3rd 2016. Not only a really nice guy, we have lost a wonderful clarinet player. He will be sorely missed.  I know you all would like to share my condolences to his wife Cathy and to Johnny’s daughter and grandchildren.  R.I.P. dear friend, your pain is finally over. - Pete Lay. https://youtu.be/fuvWR32C3Fw - a tribute to Johnny Rogers by Ken Hall.

  • 03/01/16 - The Latest Bugle (Funky Butt Bugle January 2016) is available from Dove Jazz Club and should be on the club web site soon. If you want your regular copy, E mail: rogermarshall83@btinternet.com

  • 03/01/16 - 1,872 people  made 6,266 visits to the site last month, viewing an average of 2.38 pages per visit, which means that a total of 14,941 pages were viewed. Phew!

  • 03/01/16 - My 'Dining Out' map of places to eat around Lancashire when visiting jazz venues in the area, has been updated. It's accessed from the bottom of my Links Page, which in turn is accessed from the main menu. If you have any favourite eating out places you'd like to recommend, please let me know

  • 03/01/16 - Jim West & Graham Martindale are the latest musicians to add memories to the Gordon Pettit tribute page.

  • 03/01/16 - Hi Fred,   thanks for your good wishes on my birthday. I am doing my "History of the Jazz Piano - The First 50 Years" at SOLIHULL TRAD JAZZ CLUB (Royal British Legion) this Tuesday 5th. January at 8pm if any of your site visitors can make it.
     

  • 03/01/16 - Many Happy return on Monday to Brian 'Sam' Ellis (Savannah Jazz Band), and to Lancastrian guitarist Jon Moore on Thursday

  • 02/01/16 - The January issue of the free magazine What's New from Sandy Brown Jazz is now online", writes Ian Maund in JazzNorthWest on Facebook. "I hope you like this month's articles, reviews, quiz, etc. Wishing everyone a Happy New Year".

  • 01/01/16 - I'm sure this is one of hundreds if not thousands of messages you will receive today and hope it doesn't block your site!! Very best wishes to you and Barbara for the New Year of 2016, and thanks for the wonderful website you have produced and managed over so many years - Richard Knock - All the best to you and yours for 2016. As you well know, all jazz musicians and fans are 100% indebted to you and your great Website. Our sincere thanks for the information and enjoyment that you provide - Noel Broadgate. - Thanks Richard and Noel, you are right I have received lots of messages, so thanks to everyone, but I think I'll stick at these two before my head gets any bigger! - Fred.

  • 01/01/16 - Regular visitors to  Keswick Jazz Festival will have seen Neville Dickie from S.W. London,  on piano. It's Neville's birthday today so many happy returns Neville from NW Jazzers.

December 2015

  • 31/12/15 - Dear Fred,  I would like to wish yourself and Barbara plus all Musicians and Traditional Jazz Fans a Happy New Year and I hope that things go well for all in 2016.   I was really sorry to see the flood destruction of The Waterside Pub near Ramsbottom. I recall playing in that pub many years ago and it was most enjoyable.  Kind Regards, Mart Rodger

  • 30/12/15 - News has come in of the death of Gordon Pettit.  His son Mathew tells me - "He passed away quietly and peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of Tuesday morning on the 22nd of December 2015.Just 7 days short of his 75th birthday".  Mathew sent me some interesting facts about the bands and the musicians his father played with, and his email is reproduced on a tribute page which I would like you to contribute to if you have any special memories of listening to, or playing with, Gordon Pettit. As a tribute to Gordon, check out https://youtu.be/Cdr2byauECw, Huub Janssen's Amazing Drum solo on YouTube - 
     

  • 30/12/15 - Buxton Arts Pavilion gig list for 2016 has been updated

  • 30/12/15 - The regular New Riverside Jazz Band's monthly gig at the Black Bull in Bentham, has moved from the 2nd Monday in the month to the first Monday. This means that the next jazz night will be on Monday 4th January. Also the band's next gig on the 7th January at the Wagon & Horses in Lancaster, has had to be cancelled due to the floods. It is hoped that things will be back to normal for the following gig on 4th Feb

  • 28/12/15 - The gig list for Eagley Jazz Club has been updated

  • 27/12/15 - Bunk Johnson was born this day in 1879. He died July 7th 1949 http://tinyurl.com/onosl49

  • 27/12/15 - It always felt a little odd addressing someone as 'Bugleboy', but that's how Graham Leavey signed himself. Graham, who died on  12th November, was from Bristol, but his Home town was in Street, Somerset. I never met him, but he was a regular contributor to this site and I shall miss him.

  • 23/12/15 - The Dove Jazz Club 2016 gig list has just been added to the site and to What's On

  • 21/12/15 - I've seen some amazing videos on YouTube, but when it comes to video editing, this beats the lot https://youtu.be/M1F0lBnsnkE

  • 21/12/15 - If you are on Spotify, then this is my Christmas present to you, I hope you enjoy it, and I hope you all have a Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year

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  • 21/12/15 - I would like to say thanks to the Tame Valley Stompers for the support and encouragement they have given me this year as I try to make my way in the jazz scene. A superb band and a great bunch of blokes. I went to the Christmas party at Beaky on 16th and as usual they were spectacularly good and great fun. And a seven piece! Brilliant to see Noel Broadgate at the piano again. Even when they played one he'd never heard of - after a 5 second briefing from Terry you'd have thought he'd known it all his life. Thanks for the nickname, Noel - I've been called a lot worse. I have also had the great pleasure of playing with the Pendle Jazz Men at the Inn on the Wharf, Burnley. Thanks lads - really looking forward to coming back in the new year. And thanks to everyone who helped in my search for a mouthpiece. And get well soon Howard Murray. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. - John Percival

  • 20/12/15 - Keith Wadeson sent me this photograph of the Wyre Levee Stompers at their recent Christmas Party at the Ashley Club in Thornton Cleveleys on December 17th 2015. You can click on the picture for a larger version.

  • 20/12/15 - Something noticed on the full list of British Jazz Awards, Tipitina, from Preston were fourth in the 'Small Groups' category, a group regularly booked by Malcolm Cookson at Roa Island Jazz Club . Boogie piano is Malcolm's thing and lead Justin is 'his man'. 1st. Spot was Digby Fairweather's Half Dozen and 2nd was high flying 'new gypsy guitarist's Remi Harris' Trio'. Prestigious company indeed!

  • 20/12/15 - Many Happy Return of the day today to Noel Broadgate. Birthday wishes also go tomorrow to ex Merseyside, trumpet player Tony Pringle, now in Hudson MA. On Wednesday Bernard Burke (tbn) and George Galway (rds) celebrate their birthdays, Pete Darwin (dms) on Thursday, and Tom Culbert (pno) on Saturday. Have a great birthday all of you.

  • 20/12/15 -  Having received rave reviews from Norman Gibson and Barrie Marshall, this one from Dave Wellock sums it up - "Just returned from the Heron Theatre in appalling weather conditions, but well worth the trip, as the Hot Fingers Trio with Spats were in terrific form and with the added bonus of Emily Campbell's velvet tones, the evening was a pleasure to behold. Sheer class and that's what live music is all about. Another full house of mature, knowledgeable listeners".

  • 19/12/15 - There's another Christmas party coming up, this time at the boathouse pub in Parkgate Wirral on Tuesday 22nd of December 2015 with The Parade Jazz Band. There will be fun, food and frivolity as well as Christmassy tunes and good Dixieland/mainstream jazz. All are welcome. There is a nominal admission fee of £3.

  • 18/12/15 - This item from Peter Butler on his jazz&jazz web site - “Not before time”, the Award for “Services to British Jazz” went to Digby Fairweather. “As a musician, Digby’s achievements are regularly recognised by the British Jazz Award’s Small Group Category for his “Half Dozen”, but his services to British jazz go far wider, as broadcaster, writer, educator, archivist and record producer.”

  • 17/12/15 - The latest edition of Just Jazz Magazine (Jan 2016) is now available. Click here for details

  • 17/12/15 - Such a Loss to the Jazz world. RIP Jim Pack. My tribute to the memory of a smashing fun bloke! - https://youtu.be/D6r91D5rsi0 - Ken Hall

  • 16/12/15 - Some of your readers may have missed last night's Emmerdale when Zak Dingle said to a rehearsing singer: "Of course, I'm not a musician, I'm a drummer" - Philip J. Cakebread

  • 16/12/15 - It is with regret that I have to tell you the sad news about the passing of our goods friend and jazzer Jim Pack (Jimbo). He passed away at around 4.00am this morning (December 16th). I have no details about funeral etc – it is far too early for that, but as soon as there are any details, I will let folk know. Here’s to Jimbo - Pete Lay

  • 16/12/15 - Sorry to hear that Howard Murray is back in hospital. This time it's his leg, which was, as he puts it, "Source of spare parts" for his recent  coronary bypass. He's currently having intravenous antibiotics and says, "As a result I'm back in dock and up on blocks!".   Let's hope you're out soon and back to the practice sessions on the sax Howard.

  • 16/12/15 - Well done Amy Roberts... Winner (flute) of the miscellaneous category in the British jazz awards! No longer a rising star, now a fully fledged Super Nova!! Very proud of you - Richard Exhall (via Facebook)

  • 15/12/15 - The gig list for Rochdale Jazz Club has been updated for 2016. The club voted the Washington Whirligigs, Band of The Year 2014-2015

  • 15/12/15 - I don't normally advertise events outside the NW, because I don't want to start a trend I can't handle. However I had a very nice letter from Stuart Battle in Leicester to tell me about a ten hour Jazz event in its 12h year for £15, which is in aid of PROSTaid, a charity that provides Information & counselling for all prostate cancer & prostate disease suffers and their families, given by local Leicestershire  men who themselves have prostate cancer & diseases of the prostate, and providing funding for nurses in three locations in the area. I'm sure we all know someone who has been caught by this desease, and if you'd like to go and support the event, then click here for details.  Stuart says they have several good quality hotels nearby.

  • 15/12/15 - Malcolm Hogarth writes, "It was great reading Mart Rodger's bit about the chap leaving his wheelchair after 2 years and dancing to the music. It's the way you play 'em, Mart. Well done.  Also sales of our CD, Milk of Amnesia, are going well, but I still haven't received acknowledgement from The Alzheimer's Society for our £500 cheque. Maybe it's a demonstration of the illness's symptoms.
     

  • 15/12/15 - The River City Jazz Band will be having their Christmas bash on 23rd December, in (what was) the Royal British Legion in Conwy and they have Ian Royal on trumpet

  • 15/12/15 - We will be playing with Jazz Rag, Royal Oak, Betws y Coed, Morris omitted to say (08/12/15) that we are there from 2pm to 4pm on Christmas Eve. Also in that neck of the woods, The River City Jazz Band will be having their Christmas bash, in (what was) the Royal British Legion in Conwy and they have Ian Royal on trumpet - now that's not to be missed. - Malcolm Hogarth
     

  • 15/12/5 - It is with extreme disappointment that I have found out the hard way, that endeavouring to put a jazz coach trip together brings up more hurdles than the easier task of running good jazz evenings. Some lovely people, whom I can tell from our telephone chats would have been a joy to have as travelling companions, promised their support, and I have had to disappoint them by cancelling the venture. It was moving towards half full, but regrettably not quick enough, when the ferry company required the booking made firm with the deposit. Also, the hotel and chalet people were needing some answers. I am totally gutted, because inside I really still feel it could be done, but the financial risk is just too high. My humble apologies to those I have let down, and I do hope they will take advantage of Brittany Ferry's travel offer and make their way down, and meet up with me, (?) at Chateauneuf du Faou. They will not regret their visit to the most enjoyable and refreshing jazz festival that I have experienced. - Norman Gibson

  • 14/12/15 - Just been reading your pages for details of Don Lambert's funeral but no-one seems to have reported his death. Don, a fine piano player, died on Saturday 5th December 15. He played with The Wall City Jazz Band in Chester and will be sadly missed. - Malcolm Hogarth

  • 14/12/15 - The New Riverside Jazz Band gig at Bentham Black Bull is on tonight, despite flood damage on the road outside Low Bentham - there is a diversion in place, so coming from Lancaster give yourself a bit more time. Jim Swinnerton will be on bass! - Dave Bateman

  • 13/12/15 - The Harlem Hot Stompers will be having there Christmas Party at Didsbury Cricket Club on Thursday 17th December. There will be the usual Jazz Quiz, raffle, mince pies, prizes and a jolly good time for all.

  • 13/12/15 - There's quite a few musicians celebrating birthdays this week. So it's many happy returns to Barry Quilliam tomorrow, Richard Knock on Tuesday, Sam Wood on Wednesday, Harry Swinburne (promoter) on Thursday and bass player Derek Brown on Saturday. Best wishes to you all.

  • 13/12/15 - Three midweek daytime jazz events for you this week. Annie's Saints And Sinners are at The Dog & Partridge, Bollington on Mon, 14 December, 14:00 – 16:00,  Mike Lovell 6 in a bar at The North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood on Wed, 16 December, 12:00 – 14:30 and The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 18 December, 12:30 – 14:30

  • 12/12/15 - The Poynton Sports Club sessions on a third Monday has not been a success for three reasons. So Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz are to return to Poynton Legion Club starting in January. In fairness to the Sports club we are playing there on 21st December.  The 2016 programme for Poynton Legion Club will still be the third Monday each month – January 18th, February 15th, March 21st, April 18th, May 16th etc.  I’m glad I’m not playing outside today!!!!!   -  I did one of my Care Home gigs this week with my trio and there was something special happened. One of the men has been in a Wheel Chair for at least two years and when we brought in a great traditional jazz tune he go out of his chair and had a dance with a care worker. His wife was crying whilst taking pictures. That made us very heartfelt happy. Regards Mart Rodger

  • 10/12/15 - News from Cornwall: Thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Five Degrees West in Falmouth last week. This is a popular bar with good food and good beer and there's always a full house for the Great Western Jazz Company's Thursday residency. GWJC are a tight swinging band, always adding interesting new numbers to their set and attracting a lot of young lindy hop dancers.  Not such good news from the Sunday lunchtime sessions at the famous Smugglers Inn, St Erth Praze. From January the 51 Club will be twice a month instead of weekly. Last Sunday a reasonable crowd braved the rough weather to hear one of the local bands. I hope my future visits to Cornwall tie-in with the revised programme!  There has been jazz at the Smugglers for 45 years with only a couple of breaks in the time I've been attending. Years ago the pub closed for a couple of months following the eviction of a landlord. I also remember a single Sunday missed due to a problem with the music licence. On both these occasions the band found temporary venues just down the road in Hayle.  -  Sam Wood
     

  • 10/12/15 - Noel Broadgate tells of A night at The Beaky Jazz Club (in rhyme), Click the link to read it.

  • 09/12/15 - Bill Duckworth tells me, "Carlisle Rugby Club is out of action. We have cancelled the two gigs before Christmas and are now trying to find a venue for the New Year.  The last time the Rugby Club was flooded in 2005 it was six months before they were up and running again. Will keep you posted as soon as we have some good news".
     

  • 09/12/15 - Hi Fred,  I've just read the amazing challenges that the Old Green River Band overcame last weekend! All those routes and places (and their tendency to flood) are still familiar to me after living 30 years in Cumbria and the 'South Lakes' !   I've just spoken to Tim Belford, legendary pianist with the Steve Andrews Quartet, and can confirm that Carlisle Jazz Club's venue at the Rugby Club has had to cancel all activities after flooding. Perhaps the Club may find a 'temporary' venue in another part of Carlisle, but road closures and diversions are apparently still causing chaos in the City at present.  After the 2005 floods the Jazz Club 'moved' to the 'Greenbank' Pub near the M6, but apparently that has since been converted into a private house!   I do hope that Carlisle Jazz Club are somehow able to 'keep going'. - Roy Cansdale

  • 08/12/15 - The Roa Island Club page gig list has been updated for 2016. Malcolm tells me the Old Green River band were nearly stranded there this weekend. Quite a few musicians in the Lancaster Area have been without power. Barrie Marshall had no gas supply, so no heating, lighting or cooking facilities. Barrie eventually told me he'd worked out that an old fashioned phone would work when the cordless one had no power. As an ex GPO man I could have told him earlier when I tried to ring his mobile, but with the cell phone transmitters off the air, I couldn't get through to him. Promoter Norman Gibson was also without power, as was Sue Parish, but thankfully he and others are now reconnected.

  • 08/12/15 - Jazz Rag is now in it's 21st year at the Royal Oak Hotel in Betws y Coed LL24 0AY.  Our weekly gig on Thursdays continues to attract a good crowd of holiday makers and locals throughout the year.  This month we have two special guests on the front line - on the 10th we have Jon Critchley and Jamie Brownfield on the 17th.  The Royal Oak serves excellent food until 9pm. The beer is great and admission is free Start time 8:30 until 10:30pm  - Morris Jones
     

  • 08/12/15 - On Tuesday the 22nd December at the Widnes Rugby Union football Club the Savoy Jazzmen will be having their Christmas Party night. Raffle prizes and seasonal food. Rumour has it Father Christmas will be dropping in.  Just to let you know we will not be playing at the Wids on Tuesday 29th December. Our first session at the Wids in 2016 will be Tuesday 5th January. - Peter Swensson
     

  • 06/12/15 - As there's no daytime jazz events this week, how about some great videos to keep you going? Try https://www.youtube.com/user/MoleDFigg/videos or how about The New Orleans Style of Jazz Part 1 - 1914 to 1935

    06/12/15 - We have been booked to play an afternoon gig at the Derby Hope Swings Eternal at The Derby Arms, Witherslack – just off the A590. On Sunday 13th December. Start time is 3 pm - we are free – the food and drink are not !! Regards Roger Middleton. Hope the water levels are down by then Roger

  • 06/12/15 - There are no midweek daytime jazz events to look forward to this coming week, unless you know different.

  • 06/12/15 - Only one musician birthday coming up this week as far as I am aware, and it's one of our oldest younger musicians (regular readers will get the in joke). It is of course Moe Green who celebrates his birthday on Friday.

  1. 06/12/15 - The Jazz Rendezvous Session at St Helens Bowling Club will take place on Sunday, 13th December, starting at 8 30 pm. They  will be injecting a bit of Christmas flavour into the proceedings, including a rendition of their own special Sherry and Mince Pie Blues. And for once, there’ll be a prize for the quiz!  Click here for details. The Peninsula Jazzmen also invite you to their Christmas session Tuesday 15th December starting at 8.30 in the Royal British Legion, Pensby Road, Heswall. Good music, Christmas eats and a Grand Draw!  Finally (for now), Jon Critchley tells me that The Original Panama Jazzband will be hosting their Christmas party night at The Irby Club, Wirral on 16th December. It is hoped that the audience will enjoy themselves more than usual, with the incentive of food, good company, banter, a brightly dressed OPJB, and of course the lovely warm atmosphere of the club.

  2. 03/12/15 - Re Fred’s McCormick's funeral on 7th Dec at Landican Crematorium, CH49 5LW, and anyone wishing to play.  His relations have contacted me to confirm that the funeral directors do not want a jazz band playing in front of the hearse. They say it may be possible to form up in the annex and/or outside after the service.  Regards - Brian Woods

  3. 02/12/15 - Like they say, you can't keep a good man down, and the good man in this case is Norman Gibson. Norman has had to take some time out recently and take it easy - Doctor's Orders. So what does he do? He sets about organising a coach trip to next year's FEST JAZZ at Chateauneuf-du-Faou, Brittany, from Thursday 28th July to Monday 1st August 2016. Norman says, "All costing has now been established for an Executive Class Air-Conditioned Coach, with Tea/Coffee self-service and CD/Video facility for jazz entertainment en route". You can read the full details by clicking here. It's a great deal he's come up with and I can't help feeling he won't be short of interested parties.

  4. 02/12/15 - The latest edition of Just Jazz is out, and features articles on John Crocker, Steve Lane and Pete Allen as well as a write-up on Abersoch Jazz Festival by Jan Atherton, and a farewell to Russell Bennett.

  5. 01/12/15 - The great Roy Williams is set to return to the North West for at least one night that I know about. He will be joining the Merseysippi Jazz Band at The Victoria Hotel, 6 Victoria Road, Aigburth, Liverpool L17 0DL on Monday 7th December at 8-30pm, so don't miss it.

November 2015

  • 29/11/15 - Many Happy Returns today to the following musicians this week - ex NW Banjo player, Tony West,  Paul Marks on Tuesday, Derek Harrison & Howard Murray on Thursday, and Alan Duckles on Friday.

  • 29/11/15 - Just one daytime midweek gig - The SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 1 December, 14:00 – 16:00

  • 27/11/15 - Have you ever heard "The Prune Song", or "The Bath Tub Ran Over Again"? Or how about "The Lips That Touch Kippers Shall Never Touch Mine" and "You're Not The Only Oyster In The Stew"? Well today I received my purchased copy of "Milk of Amnesia", a CD delivered with perfect diction  (I wonder if he went to elocution classes),  by vocalist and trumpet player John Higham. John is accompanied on piano by humorist Malcolm Hogarth. It's called "Milk of Amnesia", a perfect title for a CD that is raising funds for the The Alzheimer Society. This extract from the cover notes will give you a taste of what to expect - "We would like to thank our sponsors, Tyrone Shoelaces and Angus McOatup for unhelpful criticism and withdrawing their financial support at the last minute". You can read more about the CD and how to order it, by clicking here

  • 27/11/15 - The Bohém Ragtime Jazz Band from Hungary are set to do another tour of the UK, and listening to their latest CD which they sent me, I can see why they are so popular, talented and tight is how I'd describe the band.  They are organizing their tour for 2016, and are nearly ready. However, they still have two open dates that are available if any promoters out there are interested - 4 May (Wed) and 7 May (Sat).  "If you haven't heard them yet, the Bohéms are eight "wonderfully talented and versatile musicians" (by Christine Hounslow, UK), who play traditional ragtime and classic jazz of all sorts. They are celebrating their 30th jubilee this year and are welcome guests in a great number of jazz festivals and clubs all over Europe".

  • 27/11/15 - How nice to hear something from the 'mercurial' Graham Martindale.  Always a pleasure to have him playing drums in The New Orleans Express in Frodsham Conservative Club on Friday nights. I cannot believe he is 70, he always looked so young. "Graham, if you read this, it'd be nice to hear from you, and especially hear that you are still playing."  - Malcolm Hogarth.

  • 27/11/15 - A last minute notification - Jazz Evening with VAL BAULARD and Pete Boswell's BOSCATS this Friday 27th November at CHRIST CHURCH (Keighley Road) SKIPTON.  Starts 7.30pm Tickets £10 (includes a glass of wine) profits to Church funds.

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  • 25/11/15 - On 10th November, ex NW musician now living in France, Graham Martindale celebrated his 70th birthday. To celebrate, Graham said, "My lovely daughter bought me a Brunswick 78 "Zutty Singleton Orchestra" from a UK dealer and a Zutty photo from an American dealer, wrote birthday messages on the 78 and had it all framed. Wonderful.".
     

  • 23/11/15 - When John Higham and I have been busking in Chester, we've had many requests for a CD of our stuff. Our first CD, "Milk of Amnesia", has been well received and sales at £5 each have been encouraging, so we've decided to donate the profits to The Alzheimer Society (our forward planning!). Our first donation of £500 will be sent to them this week.   I trust I can mention that anybody who might like a CD, which has 17 tracks of seldom heard tunes and lyrics, could email me (malcolmhogarth@supanet.com); payment of £6 to include P&P by cheque or PayPal, or £5 cash face to face. - Malcolm Hogarth

  • 23/11/15 - After a three week closure, Jazz at Sedgley Park returns with a bang - On November 29th, a welcome return to one of the UK's most popular and talented jazz musicians - Alan Barnes, Alto, Baritone Saxes and Clarinet. For this occasion the admission charge will be £7. It takes place from 1pm to 3-30pm at Sedgley Park Rugby Club, Park Lane, Whitefield. M45 7DZ

  • 22/11/15 - For those of you who don't like going out on a dark night, there are two daytime jazz events you could go to - Mike Lovell 6 in a bar at The North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood on Wed, 25 November, 12:00 – 14:30, and Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz at Timperley Sports Club on Thu, 26 November, 14:00 – 16:00.

  • 22/11/15 - Many Happy Returns today to John Meehan, leader of the Savannah Jazz Band. Other birthdays coming up this week are Bob Hambleton tomorrow, and Dave Berry on Thursday. Hope you all have a great week.

  • 21/11/15 - When you've an hour to spare, have a look at  https://youtu.be/BCp4caqy0gE - John Westwood. Thanks for that John it was most interesting - Fred

  • 21/11/15 - It is with great sadness I announce the death of Fred McCormack who passed away last weekend. Fred has supported most of the jazz venues on the Wirral for many years. He was not only an authority on jazz but also of the blues and folk. He will be greatly missed.   His funeral is at 2.30 p.m. Monday 7th December at Landican Crematorium, Arrowe Park Road, Woodchurch, Wirral, CH49 5LW and afterwards everyone is invited back to the Misty Blues, Manor Road, Wallasey, CH 44 1BY to celebrate his life.   -  Peter Swensson. Sorry to hear that Peter, Fred has been a great contributor to this site over the years and I was always in awe of his knowledge of jazz and folk music. - Fred

  • 20/11/15 - This Sunday will mark 9 years of Mad Ed's Hot 5 tenure at the Blue Bell Halkyn which will this week comprise: Al Tunstall on piano and accordion, Prof Tom Rippeth, trombone, Mr E Lloyd- Hughes Kontrabass, Mr David Dixson on tin saxophones aaaaand Roger AND John Higham on their tin trumpets.....Beer will be available in exchange for coins, while bunting, flags and merry quips will no doubt spill out as the band murder all the well loved melodies. 15.30 thru 18.00, no cover charge and as usual there will be a bottle of vintage Vimto donated by our munificent landlord Mr Steve Marquis to be won. Eee Champion! - Ed Lloyds-Hughes

  • 19/11/15 - Glossop Jazz Club gig list has been updated

  • 19/11/15 - Jon Moore (guitar),  and Barrie Marshall (clarinet), will be playing at The Robert Gillow in Lancaster on Tuesday November 24th from 9pm

  • 18/11/15 - Change of date for December only, due to a pantomime matinee. Bunters Imperials will be playing at the Altrincham Garrick on Sunday 6th December 12.30 till 3 pm. Admission £5 , Betty’s butties as usual.  Back to normal 2nd Sunday in the month starting 9th January 2016 and continuing until June.  Happy Jazzy Christmas to all jazz fans, especially to WONDERFUL FRED !! - Trish Galloway

  • 18/11/5 - I have just been notified that new management are taking over the Old Brown Jug in Newcastle U Lyme, and there is no place for jazz in their plans. With immediate effect all Sunday lunch jazz sessions are cancelled which means that the Old Fashioned Love Band will not be appearing on November 29th. We will miss our Jug friends. - Mike Pembroke

  • 18/11/15 - I'm a bit late finding this out, but the composer of the week on BBC Radio 3 this week is Hoagy Carmichael. 12noon-1pm, repeated 6.30-7.30 pm. Lots of great recordings on the programme today from Louis, Ella, Nat Gonella, and many more in subsequent episodes. Yesterday's and today's can still be heard on BBC i-player as well as the rest of the week after broadcast. - Phil Yates
     

  • 18/11/15 - There's an interesting night coming up in the Potteries on Thursday 17th December 7 – 10pm, and it's free entry.  It's a Multi Arts Evening of Jazz, Beer and Oat Cakes at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Bethesda Street, City Centre, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 3DW,  with an evening of jazz music from local band ‘Fine and Dandy’ led by well-known musician and broadcaster Mel Hill and readings from Arthur Berry by local film producer Ray Johnson MBE. The evening performance is inspired by the work of artist, writer and poet Arthur Berry and his friend, musician and local radio producer Arthur Wood. Throughout the evening the museum café will be serving a selection of oatcakes and the bar will be open for alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments. 

  • 17/11/15 - I am pleased with the Telegraph's list of jazz films - there are some on there I feel I must make efforts to see. The list of New Orleans jazz performers does disappoint with the omissions of George Lewis, Lucien Barbarin (incidentally Harry Connick's Jnr's trombone band lead), Greg Stafford and Dr. Michael White. The late Jacques Gauthe and Lloyd Washington (last of 'The Ink Spots') could well have felt miffed they didn't get a mention! -  Norman Gibson

  • 17/11/15 - 20 great musicians from New Orleans -  http://tinyurl.com/p7po9fg,  best jazz albums of 2015 - http://tinyurl.com/or3nu2c,  The 26 best jazz films - http://tinyurl.com/nvcam7g and today in The Telegraph - Who is the greatest jazz musician of all time? It's Miles Davies http://tinyurl.com/qgmj8p5

  • 14/11/15 - On Wednesday 18th Nov, my band, The Tame Valley Stompers are celebrating fifteen years at The Beacky jazz club (Beaconsfield Conservative Club ) Stamford St East Ashton under Lyne. We play first & third Wednesday every month with a good crowd every session, but always room for one more. This weeks special guest is the Temps Derek Galaway. December 2nd guest is that wonderful young pianist Ian Wynne plus guests who wander in. - Norman Pennington

  • 14/11/15 - The Downtown Dixieland Jazzband with Amanda Brown will be appearing at the newly refurbished Peter Kavanaghs Liverpool tonight at 9 30pm. Special guest musicians will include Pete Friar, Brian Hall and John Dorgan on brass bass. Come and experience the great atmosphere and hospitality and fine selection of ales. All welcome admission free. Jim Lucas (Facebook)

  • 14/11/15 - Derek Skepper has now joined the Savoy Jazzmen, and attached is a photo of the 2nd liners who joined in the parade numbers last Tuesday at Sefton Park palm house, with Terry Birkinhead strutting his stuff leading the parade.  Over 100 people attended the session and I am pleased to say we have been booked back for 2016. - Peter Swensson

  • 14/11/15 - Unfortunately a lot of news emails were bounced back by Sky, Yahoo & Talktalk internet providers, Sky's reason was  " Email not accepted for policy reasons."! So it's the web site version only for some this week I'm afraid.

  • 14/11/15 -  A few days ago, Barrie Marshall emailed to say that the Sun Street Stompers are playing at Thurham Hall near Lancaster, LA2 0DT, on two occasions, tonight and Friday the 27th, 8pm start, and it's open to the public. He then rang me to tell me that he'd been emailed by the organiser to say it was residents only. Today he received an email saying "Bring a crowd with you", so no pressure there Barrie. Will any of you out there be one of them?

  • 14/11/15 - Just one mid week daytime jazz event coming up - The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Railway Station, Warton Road, Carnforth on Fri, 20 November, 12:30 – 14:30. There are no NW musician's birthdays coming up next week, unless you know different.

  • 13/11/15 - This amazing video is doing the rounds at the moment. Isn't the internet wonderful? Mind you it's been there since 2009, so don't know how I've only just seen it. It's an episode of the March of Time from 1937, featuring the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. Watch for a scene where composer and piano roll artist J. Russel Robinson plays the piano. Charlie Straight's rag "Rufenreddy" can even be heard in the background.

 

  • 12/11/15 - Despite early reports mentioning Pete Best by name, it would seem that it was Andrew "Andy" White who died on 9 November 2015. He was a Scottish drummer, primarily as a session musician. He was affectionately christened "the fifth Beatle" as he is best known for replacing Ringo Starr on drums on the Beatles' first single, "Love Me Do", and on on "P. S. I Love You", which was the B-side of "Love Me Do".   Andy White was born in Glasgow on 27 July 1930, the son of a baker. At the age of 12, he started playing drums in a pipe band, and became a professional session musician at the age of 17. In the 1950s and early 1960s, Andy played drums with a number of swing and traditional jazz groups and musicians.  In 1958 he formed a big band jazz outfit and took it to the American Northeast where he backed rockers like Chuck Berry, the Platters and Bill Haley & His Comets.

  • 12/11/15 - I've also had a call from Preston Guild Hall to see if I could point them in the direction of any jazz clubs that they might contact about a forthcoming visit to North West by vibraphonist Roy Ayres and his band. I'm told it's the only venue in the North to host this American musician and his band. I expressed doubt about many of my site visitors being interested, but put her in contact with Southport Melodic Jazz club. If you can think of any other clubs I might point her to, please let me know.

  • 12/11/15 - I've had an email from Felicity on behalf of JazzUK (formerly Jazz Services) about piloting a brand new Jazz festival in Coventry at the end of November. She was wondering if we might be able to have a chat about possibly setting up some reciprocal marketing between ourselves and Jazz North West.  Coventry in the North West? She'd like me to publicise it and says "I think working together presents a really exciting opportunity for jazz in this area". I've emailed back and asked for some assurance that they are booking traditional New Orleans and Dixieland bands. I won't hold my breath based on past experience.

  • 10/11/15 - Allen Toussaint, the legendary songwriter, producer, arranger and performer hailed by the Grammys, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and musicians and fans worldwide as one of the most influential figures in New Orleans music, died Monday while on tour in Spain, his family confirmed. He was 77.

  • 08/11/15 - Noel Broadgate has asked me to pass on Birthday Wishes for yesterday to clarinettist Pete Carlton. Why not? I'll also had my own and add Birthday wishes to my daughter Sara today, who probably won't even see them on here, but then I'll be in touch later.
     

  • 07/11/15 - Just one daytime jazz event for you this coming week and that's Annie's Saints And Sinners at The Dog & Partridge, Bollington on Mon, 9 November, 14:00 - 16:00.

  • 07/11/15 - A couple of musician's birthdays coming up this week. Terry Brunt will be celebrating his on Tuesday, and Ken Parkinson will celebrate his next Saturday. Happy Birthdays to both of you. Noel Broadgate says, "Happy Birthday to beret and scarf, Terry Brunt (he also plays trombone)".

  • 06/11/15 - I'm afraid NTL and possibly Virgin Media, are getting over zealous with their spam checking. I had several emails bounced as suspected spam when I sent out the last News Update, so if you missed yours I guess you'll need to catch up with the online version.

  • 05/11/15 - Barrie Marshall (clt) recently had a cataract operation which is taking some time to heal, so here's wishing him a speedy recovery. in the meantime his place will be taken by Bruce Carnaffin at The Wagon and Horses tonight, and Jack Schofield at The Robert Gillow on Sunday.

  • 05/11/15 - Surprised to see no mention in your news of the passing of two more British Jazz Giants. Pianist Brian Lemon and Reeds Player Don Rendell (1926-2015) would have been 90 next year what a outstanding player. Had the privilege of doing a Radio broadcast with him back in 1954 together with the late trumpeter Eddie Calvert on his Forces Jam Session programme from the Garrick Theatre London. - Bugleboy, Bristol

  • 04/11/15 - Roger Hartley from the Lake District, is the latest drummer to go on the Deps List, Roger is also on the lookout for a new drum kit, details of which are on the Wants Page, both of which can be accessed by Jazz Extras

  • 04/11/15 - The Parade Jazz Band will not be playing at The Boathouse, Parkgate, on Tuesday 10th November as the upstairs area is closed for staff training.

  • 04/11/15 - Derek Galloway's Bunters Jazz Trio will be playing at what appears to be a new venue according to my What's On calendar. It's at The Crown  Heaton Lane Stockport [under the railway arches] on Tuesday 17th November ,starting at 8pm Jazz and real ale  what could be better?

    03/11/15 -
    Martin Bennett has posted the following on Facebook - "Russell Bennett's funeral drew a massive crowd, too many to get into the church and too many to get into both pubs for the evening's musical send-off. The church service was very well presented by the vicar and Richard Bennett made a very moving speech under extraordinarily testing pressure. A jazz quartet, comprised of Adrian Cox, Jules Aldridge, Jim Swinnerton and Dorine de Wit, played beautifully. Altogether, with the the evening's entertainment by Roadkill, followed by many of those musicians present playing their hearts out, the day was a very strong statement of how people felt about Russell and how they were prepared to spend so much of their time identifying with him. Our family was quite overwhelmed by the spirit of the occasion. Russell would have loved it."

  • 03/11/15 - The latest edition of Just Jazz magazine is now out, and you can check the contents from the front page here

  • 01/11/15 - In the Yarrow River Band we occasionally used to practice a 12 bar blues in all keys, moving up a semitone each chorus until we arrived where we started. Good exercise, it did produce a few bizarre sounds though. I know Henry Red Allen set great store by being able to play fluently in all keys. i remember hearing his band at The Metropole in New York. There would frequently be 2 bands on the gig, and the 'transition' would be done by substituting one player at a time. Henry delighted in causing confusion by playing a well known tune in an obscure key. This produced puzzled expressions on the faces of the replacements much to Henry's musician's amusement. Not all Bb and F! We've got Ab, C, Gm, and Dm and anything the lady singers want, (given bit of notice!). - Richard Knock

  • 01/11/15 - Sorry to read about the death of Owen Bryce. I knew a couple of people who attended his courses, they said they were hard work but very useful and gave them a lot of confidence.  I've got three or four volumes of "Lets Play Jazz" by Owen. I picked these up cheap in a Manchester music shop. I think shop-soiled would be a fair description - faded and dusty, they must have been lying around for a long time. Interesting books anyway, they looked dated when I got them 20 years ago but the basics are explained very well. Owen obviously had a bee in his bonnet about using "the right chords", easier said than done?    I remember a chapter full of advice on how to play together in a band. Also how to structure your tunes, with not too many out- choruses. He also said it's essential to practise in all 12 keys. I don't think many bands have followed that piece of advice, but jazz is all in Bb and F anyway, isn't it?  - Sam Wood

  • 01/11/15 - The gig list for "Jazz At The Arts" at Bollington Arts Centre Wellington Road, Bollington, Macclesfield, has been updated

October 2015

  • 31/10/15 - "Back home from Wythenshawe Cardiac Service Depot. in almost one piece...(1.2 pieces..  number dropping by the hour)", writes  Howard Murray.  "Would like to thank everybody for their thoughts and good wishes, all of which worked wonderfully.  Long struggle ahead to get back to working order but that's up to me.  Will be testing chops on alto mouthpiece today.  Who knows what will happen?".

  • 30/10/15 - There is now a Tribute Page for Maurice Gavan who died on 19th October.

  • 29/10/15 - And now the moment you've all been waiting for when yours truly was given the honour of raising Tower Bridge in London to allow the private luxury yacht Latitude to sail down the Thames. It's now on YouTube at https://youtu.be/txMjw8ALJRk so I hope you enjoy it. It should have been the paddle steamer Dixie Queen, in the evening, but unfortunately it was cancelled the day before.

  • 29/10/15 - Just one daytime gig this week, The SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tuesday, 3 November, 14:00 – 16:00

  • 29/10/15 - Many Happy Returns of the day on Sunday to Roger Browne, on Monday to Danny Riley, Tuesday John Pashley, and on Friday 6th November, to trumpet player Harold (Harry) Roberts.

  • 29/10/15 - Owen Bryce deserves to be remembered for his teaching of Jazz as well as his playing, particularly his courses on which he introduced students to the basics of old style jazz. Concentrating on typical chord structures such as- Bill bailey-Blues-Latin - I got Rhythm. No modes! He could create a reasonable big band from a mixed class in 3/4 days and most of all could stimulate the students into creating their own groups during the course and playing from dawn till midnight. All with the help of Iris (whose book 'Canals Are my World' is a good read).  The barge 'Bix' was moored near Gloucester many years ago when I worked down there and I was able to give him a few gigs with ' The River City Stompers' - though it required picking him up and dropping him off, well off the beaten track in pitch dark. - Peter Boswell.

  • 28/10/15 - David Evans mentioned "the late Owen Bryce" in a news item on 20/10/15, which came as a surprise to some people, not least one Dr. Mary Mills who wrote in her blog, "By chance today I learnt of the death of Owen Bryce at the age of 95. Woolwich should be proud of Owen, not just because he was a shopkeeper here but because he was one of the people who started revivalist jazz in Britain. ‘Trad jazz’ – played by a group of lads from Woolwich in wartime Barnehurst".  You can read more at http://tinyurl.com/qcv4y2t.

  • 27/10/15 - I played Tea chest Bass in the Gulley Stompers Band at RAF Odiham with Dick Murray in the 50's . We played every week at the Tuns Hotel Odiham. Dick's wife Rita sung with the band .Does anyone know if Dick is still about ? I would love to get in contact with him or any other members of the band. I am now 77! - Eddie Wonfor

  • 27/10/15 - I had a request from a member of the audience at Verwood Jazz Club on Friday night - Walter Carter - He went to school with and was a friend of Ray Orpwood - ex Crane River - He is seeking to contact the Orpwood family - Could you kindly place a note on the Website in hopes ? Many thanks - Ken Ames

  • 27/10/15 - Back again, and will be showing some pictures of the bridge lift when I catch up on the emails.

  • 23/10/15 - Off to London for the weekend when I will be pushing the button at 10am Saturday to raise Tower Bridge for the Motor Yacht Latitude. Well it makes a change from doing the web site.

  • 22/10/15 - Sad to hear about Maurice.  Some years ago he invited me to play in the Smoky City Jazz Band for two (packed!) sessions at a Jazz Festival in Furness- in and around Broughton village.  An absolute gentleman, an excellent pianist, and a real Jazz enthusiast.  (Also a very accomplished Clarinet player!)  -  Roy Cansdale

  • 22/10/15 - Two PA systems have just gone on the Sales Page

  • 22/10/15 - Thanks to Harold for directing us to the interesting video. He was quite correct with his spotting Artie Shaw in the band, but he could have avoided his painful stop/start search if he had just scrolled down the page where it states: "Conductor and future military test pilot Roger Wolfe Kahn is seen in this 1932 soundie clip directing his Orchestra which includes Charlie Teagarden and Mannie Klein trumpets, Artie Shaw clarinet, Ward Lay string bass, and Chauncey Morehouse drums.........."-Frank Whitehead

  • 22/10/15 - Martin Bennett has emailed with details of Russell's funeral - "The funeral service will be held at St Michael's Church, Bude, Cornwall, on Friday 30 October at 3pm followed by a musical celebration of Russell's life at The Carriers Inn, Bude. The funeral will take place the following day at 1 pm at Landscove Church, S Devon-more of a family function".

  • 21/10/15 - Derek Skepper has passed on the news from his family, that Maurice Gavan died peacefully in hospital at 10.20 pm on Monday night, 19th Oct 2015.  There will a be a short service of remembrance at Peacehaven Chapel of Rest in Chatburn on 27th October, so I suspect it will be a quiet family affair. No doubt the undertakers can answer any enquiries - Brian Price & Son, Tel: 01200 441297.

  • 20/10/15 - The Millennium Eagle Jazz Band page has been updated to reflect the fact that Brian Mellor has joined the band on Banjo, Guitar & Vocals.

  • 20/10/15 - Hi Fred I came across this vid of Wolfe Khan's band, New York city 1937 http://tinyurl.com/prro5ef. Well worth a play for the incredible dancer. but more interestingly the clarinet solo sounded like Artie Shaw. After a painful stop/start search I managed to find a short still of what I believe to be Artie on the front row. - Harold Troughton

  • 20/10/15 - The Late Paul Barnes, Radio Northampton on Saturday 17.10.15 featured George Webb and his Dixielanders ref. the late Owen Bryce, cornet and trumpet, during the latter stages of the first half of this programme. Well worth a listen on BBC IPlayer during the next month. - David Evans

  • 20/10/15 - Hello Fred, A more hopeful item for your News Page after this week’s terrible news…   “They don’t make excursions outside of their Barcelona home very often but the Sant Andreu Jazz Band are returning to Fest Jazz 2016 in Brittany. You can get a taste of what this remarkable band is like here:  https://youtu.be/LZLpLE1stPY   Also there is a possibility that the coach from Lancashire may be re-instated for Fest Jazz 2016 (28th – 31st July), depending on sufficient numbers to make it viable. This would include the organisation of the ferry, accommodation and tickets for the festival . If you are a jazzer in striking distance of the “M6/M5” corridor, please e-mail contact@fest-jazz.com to indicate your interest. Many thanks!” -  Trevor Stent

  • 20/10/15 - A happier night last night. Although outside the coverage of your web site, I paid a rare visit to the Norfolk Arms, Ringinglow, Sheffield. The Monday night jazz has been running for about 6 years but this has been a jazz venue for over forty years - originally on Friday nights. where The Jazz Preservation Society plays. Good music and a good attendance, I must go more often. http://norfolkarms.com/jazz.php - Sam Wood

  • 20/10/15 - So sorry to hear of the sudden death of Russell Bennett. He only played once with the Savoy Jazzmen some 7-10 years ago when he was on banjo. We had booked his dad to play with us on trombone and both Russell & Richard happened to be visiting his dad. What a session that was. They nearly blew the roof off the Wids. Sincere condolences to Martin, Sue, Richard and family. - Peter Swensson. (the Savoy Jazzmen).  I was very sorry to read Martin Bennett's extremely sad news about his son, Russell. Would you kindly pass my sincerest condolences to Martin and his family? Martin allowed me to play with his band at Dove Holes Festival about three years ago. It was the first and last time we had met. As a dad, I know how I would feel, so he has my full sympathy. May Russell rest in the Peace of the Lord. - Joe Silmon-Monerri

  • 19/10/15 - How very sad to read the news about Russell.  I've recently returned from the pub where me and a school friend were talking about one of our classmates who at age 58 has only hours left. Also tonight heard of the untimely passing of one of my college lecturers who was only mid-60's. What an end to the day.   I'm now thinking of a tune played at my pianist friend John's funeral in May - Matt Monro's "On Days Like These".   -  Sam Wood.  So sorry to hear of the death of Martin's son, Russell My sincere condolences to the whole family. - Derek Skepper. We will miss Russell; he had a lovely sense of humour, always smiling and joking, yet the perfect gentleman when you spoke to him...he did our Jazz something a lot more than proud too!!  A sad loss to us all. - Tony Talk

  • 19/10/15 - Walter Love's Radio Ulster Jazz Club of Sunday 18.10.15 featured two late stalwarts of the Chris Barber Band namely, Monty Sunshine and Pat Halcox. Well worth a listen on BBC IPlayer over the next month!  -  David Evans

  • 18/10/15 - As expected, a super show from the full six-piece Tame Valley Stompers in Buxton today. The band again went well over their programmed hour. A good selection of tunes with a variety of styles and tempos, and features for most of the band members. I'd guess there were about 70 in the audience.   My cunning plan failed, I didn't save myself two quid. Couldn't commit myself to the jazz yesterday, but this morning realised I could make it. Thought I might get an advance ticket from the box office in the morning but no, "on the door" also means "on the day".   Once I had started spending, I thought I should try the food. This was limited to beef or veg pie, no trimmings, but after a meagre breakfast I did enjoy the pie!   Next session is Sunday 15 November - the Andrew Wood Trio with Porter, Gershwin, Sinatra, Fitzgerald "in a style reminiscent of the Oscar Peterson Trio" - that's what the programme says.

  • 18/10/15 - A charity fundraising event will take place with the Lune Valley Jazz Band on Thursday 12th November at 8 p.m. It takes place at the 53rd Lancaster scout headquarters, Greaves Park, off Belle Vue Terrace, LA1 4TY. It is also in memory of Beaver Leader Margaret Eddowes, who died this year. Tickets are limited £10 each including supper. All enquiries to David Wilkinson Telephone 01524 35556

  • 18/10/15 - Hello Fred. Worse news now regarding my younger son, Russell. He was declared dead by Derriford Hospital on Sat at 6 pm. Great efforts were made there to try and save him but his brain was too severely damaged to respond. - Martin Bennett

  • 17/10/15 - Martin Bennett wrote on Facebook yesterday - "For all of you who know him, my son, Russell Bennett has collapsed with a brain haemorrhage and is going through emergency treatment at the A & E Department at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. The paramedics classed it as ''very serious''. Then subsequently he wrote "News in regarding Russell - very, very severe indeed and he is now not expected to make it".  It is so sad, and I'm sure all our thoughts are with them facing this trauma.

  • 17/10/15 - Just one daylight jazz event this week - Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz at Timperley Sports Club on Thu, 22 October, 14:00 – 16:00,  £6 admission, at Timperley Sports Club, Stockport Road, Timperley. WA15 7LU

  • 17/10/15 - Many Happy Returns on Monday to musician vocalist Suzanne Mott.

  • 17/10/15 - Following the request for comments from musicians by Jeff Roberts re talking during jazz performances, Barrie Marshall responds - "Of course it all depends, a pub is a different ball game to a jazz club, if people talk in pubs that is OK, I see people I know who come regularly not only talking but using their smart phones, the important thing is they are there.  A jazz club is of course a different thing for two reasons, it's a concert and people have paid to get in so silence from the audience is the way it should be.  About musicians talking to each other, in a pub it's not so bad because often the guys are deciding what to play next, it's OK as long as it does not go on too long but at a jazz club the band should have a list of tunes they are going to play so very little chat is needed.  My little common sense bit".

  • 14/10/15 - Anyone who saw the Pedigree Jazz Band when they were in the NW in June, will remember leader and clarinetist, Chris Walker. Well Chris & Janet Walker have written a book  entitled "The Melody Lingers On", about the lives of some of the leading composers and performers of 'The Great American Songbook'. You can get a copy of the book from Chris, chris.walker@swingtet.co.uk, and the price is  £12 inc P&P

  • 14/10/15 -  Sam Wood offers this advice for anyone thinking of going to see the Tame Valley Stompers this Sunday, 18 Oct,  in the Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton. Sam says tickets are  £7 in advance, but £9 on the door - but he reckons you can probably book by phone and pick up a £7 ticket on the door. Box office is 01298 72190.  Bar and food from 12.30 pm, music starts at 1.00pm.
     

  • 14/10/15 - Since the closing of the Formby Social Club this month The WirrOrleans have secured a new monthly residency at the "Hop and Horn" bar/restaurant, Chapel Lane, Formby, L37 4DU, starting on Friday the 30th October at 8.30pm.  The following month Friday 27th November we will be hosting two special guests, John Hallam and Malcolm Hogarth.  Due to a pre-booked Christmas party at the "Hop and Horn" on Friday Dec 18th we will be moving to the Formby Cricket Club, Cricket Path, Formby, L37 7DP.  That's all for 2015, see you next year, - Bert Schroeder, - That's a 5th, 4th and 3rd Friday in succession, I've asked Bert if it will be a steady pattern next year.
     

  • 14/10/15 - If  jazz/R&B and vibraphones are your thing, then you might be interested to know then Roy Ayers & His Band will be appearing at Preston Guild Hall on Tuesday 1st December 2015 at 19:30.

  • 14/10/15 - I was intrigued by Norman Gibsons comment regarding the audience talking at Rochdale Jazz club, a venue incidentally where I have often felt intimidated if I coughed!  It is hoped that Norman is not looking to have audiences sit in wrapped attention, ears dutifully cupped as in folk clubs of yore! What does he feel about the band talking during numbers?   Let the musicians give us their views. -  - Jeff Roberts.  Good idea - Fred

  • 13/10/15 - Yet another name to add to that great roll call in the sky. Tonight I was informed of the passing of New Orleans style drummer Keith Staveley, by Alan Matthews. In his earlier years Keith played for five years with the Silver Bell Band in Preston, Then followed a four year spell playing with clarinettist Gabe Essien and trombonist Dave Donohoe in a band called the Salutation Stompers. He later played with the New Riverside Jazz Band and The Raikes Paraders.

  • 13/10/15 - This weekend saw the last Llandudno Jazz Weekend take place. Harry Swinburne rang me tonight and told me it was a very emotional weekend for him. Harry has been organising jazz weekends in Llandudno for 19 years and during that period he has made many friends from all over the country and from Ireland too.  He would like to say a very big thank you to all those people who came and supported the events and to all the bands that have played there. Like Harry said in his farewell speech, "I won't forget any of you or your names, and I have all your addresses too!".

  • 13/10/15 - It's good to hear that there are several jazz bands out there now who are doing a great deal of work to support local charities. Brian Singleton has emailed me to say, "We have played for many worthy causes over the years from church tower restorations to various hospice fund raising events, and on 31st Oct 2015 we have been asked to play at an event to help some local volunteers raise funds to purchase musical instruments. This is so that they can then try to teach some of the younger members of their community how to make music. At a time when a lot of us in the jazz world are falling by the wayside, either through age or illness, it is nice to hear that there are some out there who are making the effort to get more young ones interested in playing music and possibly graduating into the jazz world".  This event will take place  at St Johns Church Hall, 53 Norley Rd, Sandiway Cheshire CW8 2JY  featuring "The Chicago Teddybears Society Jazz Band", from 7:30pm till 10:30pm, Admission is  £10 at the door including supper (bring your own wine).  For further details Tel Tony Johnson 01606 301206.

  • 13/10/15 - On Tuesday 27th October: There's real ghoul jazz upstairs as The Boathouse, Parkgate, with The Parade Jazz Band.  Songs for swinging Wizards and Witches.  Fancy dress optional (but fun)! - Sue Reid-Povall

  • 13/10/15 - Mart and the band met the Royal Garden Jazz Band from Norway at the Dresden International Dixieland Festival in 1986 and a close friendship developed, leading to visits for both bands between Norway and England  over the years.   The Royal Garden Jazz Band will celebrate their 60th anniversary this coming weekend and have invited Mart to join them for their concerts.    Needless to say, it will be some re-union!  - Janet Rodger

  • 13/10/15 - Just wanted you to know that we had a wonderful evening on Friday 9 October with Spirit of New Orleans from Delph. Dave Pogson and the boys were in sparkling form and many of our members said "The best band this year!" With Ian Wynne on piano instead of Pete Beaumont, the always exciting Jim Swinnerton on bass and the magical Mike Taylor on trombone - wow! what a line up, what a sound! Haste ye back boys.  - Stuart McLean Chairman Ayr Jazz Club

  • 11/10/15 - The Doc Houlind band  is probably back home in Denmark by now after their tour which included several NW venues. Norman Gibson says, "It went well with us last Wednesday. In fact, we dropped in to Rochdale Jazz Club on Sunday night to see them again, when it was easier to relax when not running the show. Incidentally, the club had a full house, in a smaller venue, which improved the acoustics. A very good night, but just a pity many in the audience feel it necessary to do a lot of chattering! Soren makes no secret that his playing was influenced by Bunk Johnson - hence this video for you at  https://youtu.be/NpldjxFMwDw".

  • 11/10/15 - It's the 7th annual Lancaster Music Festival  this weekend and yesterday saw the Sun Street Stompers and The Three Bears. Who are they you may ask?  It's Tom Kincaid, Jim Swinnerton and  Jack Cotterill, and they are playing on Monday 13.00 till 15.00 at a pub in Lancaster - The Borough in Dalton Square.   The food there is supposed to be excellent and of course most of the festival people will have gone so it should be fairly quiet, says Barrie Marshall. The photograph is of the Sun Street Stompers at the festival and as usual you can click on the photo to see a larger version.
     

  • 11/10/15 - A recent trip to Cornwall found jazz alive and well at two of my favourite watering holes.  I sat in with the Great Western Jazz Company who play every Thursday at the 5 Degrees West in Falmouth. This bar has a great atmosphere, good food and beer, and lots of young dancers enjoying the music. So it's all looking good for this long-running residency.   The Smugglers Inn, St Erth Praze is always my Sunday lunchtime destination. Good to see a local band with some familiar faces playing to a full room. Also a surprise guest appearance by Sheila Collier. Well done the 51 Club for keeping this famous venue going.    My next visit to Cornwall is planned for early December. I don't know if the 51 Club have any plans, but I will be remembering Harry Townsend who died on the 5th December 1995. Harry was leader of the New Jubilee Jazz Band and they put the Smugglers on the jazz map, playing the Sunday session for about 25 years. I'm so grateful to Harry for giving me my first sit-in with a real jazz band! - Sam  Wood

  • 10/10/15 -  Hello Fred. Just for this month – The 'Hope Swings Eternal' band has been asked to play at the Hope and Anchor, Daltongate ,Ulverston on Thursday 15th October instead of Thursday 29th October. As usual we start at 9 pm. Thanks. Roger Middleton.

  • 09/10/15 - Little did Howard Murray know what he was starting when he sent me an innocent video to jog the memory of a bygone era. It evoked several responses and the wit of some NW musicians knows no boundaries, from Dick Barton to clog dancers, it's kept me smiling all week. It's now moved to the discussion pages where all the entries have been collated. Keep it up, this could be the longest discussion page yet!

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  • 08/10/15 - Dear Fred,  Just to let you know we are no longer at the Hilbre Court Club each Monday. Unfortunately Monday night football got in the way and as the pub is open plan the management reluctantly had to end the weekly residency.   All is not lost however as they are hoping to arrange a regular daytime session so watch this space.   - Peter Swensson. Savoy Jazzmen,

  • 08/10/15 - A Yamaha Stagepas 300 PA System has just been put up for sale on the Sales Page
     

  • 08/10 15 - Dear Fred, talk of bells around knees reminds me that Sweet Emma used to wear them. Was she a secret Morris Dancer I wonder? - Malcolm Holland (This item is now on the discussion page which you can access by clicking here)

  • 08/10/15 - I'm grateful for a heartfelt obituary that Allan Wilcox has written for Roy Potts. It's been added to Roy's tribute page Allan tells me, "The funeral will be held in Chester Crematorium, Blacon Ave, Chester CH1 5BB on Monday 19th October at 12.00 noon, after which we will repair to The Cheshire Yeoman, Welsh Rd, Ellesmere Port CH66 4QR for what will no doubt be a musical send-off".

  • 08/10/15 - Derek Harrison (not the one on piano) rang me today to say he was surprised with all this talk about the 40's and 50's that nobody mentioned 12th Street Rag, which was the record that got him into jazz.

  • 08/10/15 - Re: "I've got a secret",  https://youtu.be/kTZiM3v_OiQ, I'd be very interested to hear any details about Tony Sbarbaro's (Spargo) visit/tour to the UK other than when he was here with the ODJB in 1919. He was a superb New Orleans-style drummer who didn't get the recognition deserved. A great clip of film. - Pete Lay (Just Jazz Editor) justjazzmagazine@btinternet.com
     

  • 07/10/15 - I like the piece about clogs and jazz, I play jazz and was a clog dancer for many years, I still have my clogs. - Barrie Marshall (Sun Street Stompers). Photo is of Jon Moore (gtr) and Barrie Marshall (clt), who made their recent debut playing as a duet at The Robert Gillow in Lancaster on Tuesdays, the first of what is hoped to be a series of performances.  Click on the image for a larger version.

  • 06/10/15 - I would like to inform Mr. Broadgate that my last book " Louis Armstrong. Was He Born in Grimsby " had three print runs exceeding 33 copies.  Research for my latest book has unearthed an interesting print in " Fosdyke's Clog Dancing Miscellany " ( Arkwright House. 1894 ) entitled " Primitive Dancers in Congo Square " which appears to show two of the dancers wearing clogs and what look like bells around their knees. This would appear to fit in with a short piece by an unknown writer that I recently came across which mentioned that Buddy Bolden doubled on accordion and frequently accompanied " jingling dancers " How this could have developed into Ellington's " Ring Dem Bells " I might discuss at some later date. - Moe Green.

  • 06/10/15 - I would like to inform Mr. Broadgate that my last book " Louis Armstrong. Was He Born in Grimsby " had three print runs exceeding 33 copies.  Research for my latest book has unearthed an interesting print in " Fosdyke's Clog Dancing Miscellany " ( Arkwright House. 1894 ) entitled " Primitive Dancers in Congo Square " which appears to show two of the dancers wearing clogs and what look like bells around their knees. This would appear to fit in with a short piece by an unknown writer that I recently came across which mentioned that Buddy Bolden doubled on accordion and frequently accompanied " jingling dancers " How this could have developed into Ellington's " Ring Dem Bells " I might discuss at some later date. - Moe Green.

  • 06/10/15 - Keith Allcock writes - "Sorry to hear the news about Roy Potts. I played with him a few times lately and had to admire the terrific courage he showed to go on playing the music he loved in such difficult circumstances. He was an important figure on the NW jazz scene over many years. My sympathy goes to his family".  You can read more tributes on the Roy Potts tribute page.

  • 06/10/15 - The discussion on Jazz in France and the French attitude to hospitality made Jon Critchley put pen to paper and challenge Roger Marshall to compare Trevor Stent's FestJazz at Chatenauf du in Brittany with the Panama Jazz Band's experience at Dove Jazz Festival. Today Barry Pryme responds on behalf of Dove Jazz Club.

  • 05/10/15 - Although we wake up to the abrupt end to our mini "Indian summer", its still quite pleasing to wake up anyway, and I would seek to reassure our revered style guru M. Green, that any inclemency need not delay the publication of his opus, as a replacement for papyrus has recently been announced. I'm pretty sure that references to "Snowy and Jock" have non "PC" connotations ,and tend to be avoided. Does make you wonder how "Dick" gets through though; but then he always did didn't he! Meanwhile here's a pic of the ultimate "Widows peak". cheers -  Jon White.

  • 05/10/15 - Moe's latest book sounds of such universal appeal that I am wondering if there will be a reserve list, or perhaps a ballot. My research implies that his last book was so internationally acclaimed, that the original print run sold out eventually and that the publishers had to print a second run of ten. - Noel Broadgate

  • 05/10/15 - Hi Fred,  Many thanks for the clip of Tony Spargo with the ODJB at https://youtu.be/kTZiM3v_OiQ - fascinating! I am sure he came over to England and played, with a pick-up group of fellow Americans, at The Municipal Hall in Colne. The entertainment manager, Arthur Fenton, was very keen on Jazz and shrewdly made contact with the various managers as the Bands were on their tours up and down the country. He persuaded them to call in at Colne or Barrowford or Nelson with an extra concert at lunch-times.    I re-call Tony Spargo/Sbarbo playing wit a pick-up group at Colne and demonstrating how he played in those early days when bass drums and other parts of the drum kit were not compatible with the primitive recording equipment. Sometimes he had to use a drum case as a bass drum: he even demonstrated a technique by which he put in the bass drum part on sticks - incorporating it with the snare.  Is there anybody out there that remembers this tour? - Colin Mason (Pendle Jazzmen)

  • 05/10/15 -  Mart and I are very sorry that we are unable to attend Johnny Tippett’s funeral tomorrow as the band is playing in Skipton at lunchtime for the Jazz Weekend organized by Barbara and John Hallam. Even though I have met Johnny and his wife occasionally in Hazel Grove I have no idea of their address so I can write and apologize for not being there, so if anyone has the address, please could they send us an e-mail at: jazzmart@manchesterjazz.co.uk? Mart, of course, knew him from the very early jazzband days, but I was still at school when I knew him from the happy swimming days at the old Bramhall Park Swimming Baths, now a housing estate. - Janet Rodger
     

  • 05/10/15 - As Jon White correctly affirms it is indeed called a Widow's Peak a style I tried to popularize in the late 20's. Apropos the current interest in a certain Special Agent why haven't Snowy and Jock received a mention ? They did help Mr. Barton in a minor way.  As for my " resting " situation I have been researching for my latest book " The Influence of Morris Dancing on the Charleston & Lindy Hop with Special Reference to Congo Square " which I hope to have published in the next year or two, weather permitting.  -  Moe Green.

  • 05/10/15 - Hi Fred, Thanks to Noel Broadgate, for the hirsute composer picture. I believe the style was referred to as a "widows peak" in its day. Who better to ask than our revered and ancient style guru, Monswer Moe Green, of these parts, who appears to be in a 'resting' situation. -  Jon White

  • 05/10/15 - Noel Broadgate tells me, "I am back home following a Pacemaker operation, and would like to thank those who sent their good wishes. The bad news for all you jazz followers is that I may start playing again, though my Physio says a kazoo would be easier to carry around rather than a stage piano and all accoutrements".

  • 05/10/15 - John Blackman called to tell me that Formby Sports & Social Club, previously known as the British Legion, closed permanently from midnight last night, Sunday 4th October. As a result, the WirrOrleans Jazz Band will no longer have a residency there. John asked me to thank the many friends and supporters the band has built up over the four years they have played there and asks people to spread the word, especially to those who are not on the internet. He says, "Watch this space, and to those in the Formby area, watch the village notice board. Any enquiries, call John on 01695 574153.

  • 03/10/15 - The latest edition of Just Jazz magazine is now out, and you can check the contents from the front page here

  • 03/10/15 - No midweek daytime jazz events coming up this week I'm sorry to say.  You can however raise a glass to Doug Whaley & Jack Cotterill who share birthdays on Birthdays on Friday.

  • 03/10/15 - As usual, Fred, I am at least a month behind the threads of news that make your pages so enjoyable. I too remember Dick Barton, Special Agent. He was played by an actor called Noel Johnson. My Mum's maiden name was Johnson, and she used to say that she had had a distant cousin called Noel, who, she believed, had gone to Drama School. It could have been him! So, once again, I could be "nearly famous". As regards the Devil's Gallop, I cannot claim to be a relation of its composer Charles Williams , though I do envy his hairstyle.  - Noel Broadgate

  • 03/10/15 - Now please read this carefully from Sue Parish's latest publicity blog. There is a full stop after the word 'Free', which I didn't notice on first reading and I got quite excited - Sunday 4th October: Jazz Breakfast at the Robert Gillow, Lancaster. Music from myself and guitarist Jon Moore between 10 am and noon.  Free. Breakfasts (and champagne, if you're feeling devil-may-care....) available from 9:30 onwards. Sue also tells us that Tuesday 6th Oct but I won't be there - if you're in Lancaster do go along to the ROBERT GILLOW, where guitarist JON MOORE and clarinettist BARRIE MARSHALL will be duetting for the evening from 9pm)
     

  • 03/10/15 - I'm reluctant to plug regular events which already appear in What's On, but I'm always happy to plug one-off charity events like this one from Bruce Carnaffin.  The High Society Jazz Band are playing at the Parish Hall, Kendal Parish Church on Friday 9 October, 7 - 10pm. All are welcome to come to listen and/or dance, admission £5 on the door includes bread and cheese. Wine and soft drinks available, and all proceeds go to the Parish Church.

  • 03/10/15 - Hello Fred,  I'm an infrequent visitor to your Jazz North West site because of having misspent some of my youth in the sixties playing banjo with the Louisville Jazzband at the Black Lion, Salford, then banjo and guitar with John Hallam and the late Mickey Cook in the Blue Lotus Jazz Band. Since having moved to Leicester in 1975 I have misspent the rest of my life with various Midlands bands, currently with Nottingham's Bob Wilson Jazz and Swing band, and with J for Jazz. J for Jazz is Leicestershire's oldest established band. Led by the "Rev." John Timms on vocals and cornet, the band also features Avo Avison on trombone, a stalwart of the old Bob Wallis Band, who is still playing as strongly as ever. Formed over 40 years ago and playing most Wednesday nights since then, J for Jazz has recently taken up a Wednesday night residency at the Foxton Locks Inn, near Market Harborough. The pub is on the site of the world famous flight of 10 locks on the Grand Union Canal, which also features an inclined plane. So if any North-West jazzers are enjoying a boating holiday in the area, there is a warm (free) welcome, great food, and six real ales, from 7.30 every Wednesday. - John Irwin.

  • 03/10/15 - Martin Potts rang me a few moments ago to say his dad, Roy, passed away last night. He has been ill for some time although still playing up until a few weeks ago. He did of course lead his own band The Roy Potts Five & A Penny for many years and was always busy in an around Chester and the North West.  For the last ten years he has also been playing with the Savoy Jazzmen.  He was a real character, always giving a strong lead and very whimsical on the microphone. He will be sorely missed.  Condolences to Anne, family and friends. - Peter Swensson (The Savoy Jazzmen.)

  • 03/10/15 - Johnny Tippett's funeral will take place next Tuesday, October 6th, 1.45 pm at Stockport Borough Cemetery. - Des Hopkins

  • 03/10/15 - Re: Don Ellis, This humble banjo player listens to Craig Charles and collects Don Ellis records. I also like really rough New Orleans music like the non union bands. Keep an open mind. - Lawrence Marshall.

  • 02/10/15 - The Gig List for The Shrimper in Southport has been updated

  • 01/10/15 -  What a wonderful memento of the ODJB. (I've got a secret). This band is as good as the original. Great to see Phil Napoleon in action too. - Neville Dickie

  • 01/10/15 - Hi Fred, Re: 'I've got a secret' 28/09/15, What an absolute gem - I feel quite young! Well done to that Ealing surfer! Interestingly, Satch puts the ODJB origins further back to 1909 when he listened to Nick LaRocca in the waifs home way back when, http://tinyurl.com/ndhozjn. When you think that some of those guys were drafted to WW1, and survived the big depression, just "two in" sparked off a faultless encore. What Pros !, What a sign off! (excuse me, I'm just stubbing out my fag). Ooer the sponsors watching.-  Jon White


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