Old News Items

February 2018


28/02/18 - Woodvale Rally will have a music stage in Victoria Park on 16th & 17th June in Southport. It looks to be a great day out for the family.  Set to appear are the Blue Mags and the Chicago Teds.

28/02/18 - The first of the cancellations - Canal street Stompers at the Station Hotel, Sale, "Unfortunately due to the continuing inclement weather conditions and in particular certain band members having a considerable distance to travel we have decided to cancel tonight’s (28th Feb) gig. Apologies for any inconvenience". - Charlie Bentley

28/02/18 - The March edition of Just Jazz Magazine is now out. Details here

27/02/18 - I've just been on the Keswick Jazz & Blues web site and just clicked on the Artists and listened to an interview with Keith Nichols with some super recordings included. I'll be checking the others next.

27/02/18 - I play on a Zottola 66B mouthpiece and would like to find a shallower model of the same size. Unfortunately they are no longer in production so if anyone out there has a Zottola 66 C,D, or E trumpet mouthpiece and would be happy to sell it please get in touch. Apparently these are very rare and I have now been advised on extremely good authority to try a Schilke 13B or 14B, so if anyone has one of these surplus to requirements please let me know. - email johnpercival@hotmail.co.uk or phone 07981 549885.

27/02/18 - Another series of write-ups on jazz club events used to be done by Tony Sheldon (Rochdale Jazz Club), but I couldn't find any recent ones on Rochdale Online. Not surprising as it would appear that Alan Lawless has been doing the job for the last few years, and you can find a number of his reports on gigs at Rochdale Jazz club, by clicking here

26/02/18 - They've done it again! With the help of Louis Lince, Jenny & Ray Knight have produced part 2 of their video tour of jazz venues in the North West under the Rayk Jazz banner. Now you can see and hear how many of the NW musicians you know so well, got into jazz in the first place. This time it is entitled "From The Dee To The Mersey-The Jazz Odyssey Continues" and you can see it at https://youtu.be/Wr7NGSnfN3I. It features The Wall City, Parade, Chicago Teddybears, Savoy, Tuxedo, Merseysippi and Blue Magnolia bands. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

26/02/18 - This is a jazz-friendly request - I'd like to encourage folks to get their tickets for The Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival in May - last year's festival was one of the best I've been to, and so I'm looking forward to this year's ding-dong. We'll be running the Guest Sessions as usual, and we want plenty of players and listeners to make our bit memorable. Weather permitting, we'll be playing to raise funds for Keswick Mountain Rescue on Sunday Morning in the Market Square.  So please get your tickets - if we don't support it, we'll lose it! - Malcolm  Hogarth

26/02/18 - Dear Fred, Just to let you know that we've sent a 4th 500 donation to the Altzheimer's Society from the sale of our 2015 CD 'Milk of Amnesia' and our 2017 CD 'Forget Me Knot', both of which you have so kindly advertised for us. Thanks to all purchasers. - Malcolm Hogarth & John Higham

26/02/18 - There's a Gretsch Catalina Jazz Kit Drums in Ebony finish plus extras, just gone on the Sales Page

26/02/18 - Some people may not have received the latest News email, some were rejected, possibly the content was mistaken as spam by illogical spam identifying computers.

26/02/18 - The internet is always full of surprises. I was looking to see if Tony Sheldon still wrote his Rochdale Jazz Club write-ups for his local newspaper, which also appeared on Rochdale Online  when I came across some great photographs taken at the club by Sam Ralph, a professional photographer. Check them out at https://www.samralphphotography.com/Rochdale-Jazz-Club.

26/02/18 - Reed musician, Bruce Carnaffin, emails me with details of the forthcoming event at Kendal Jazz Club, but what I hadn't realised until Norman told me, was that he also does a write-up, or blog, on the events afterwards. You can read Bruce's blogs for this year at http://tinyurl.com/ybcsakoe.

26/02/18 - Just spotted this recent news item from Thomson Reuters  - "Men and women swayed to music at Saudi Arabia's first-ever jazz festival on Friday, the second of a three-day outdoor event that showcases the Kingdom's recent efforts of shedding its conservative image. Locals and foreigners flocked to the festival to watch bands from Riyadh, Beirut and New Orleans."

25/02/18 - "Hi Fred, my name is Stephen Lewis and, although I was born in Liverpool, I now live near Chester. I’m hoping that you and your contributors will find the attached photograph of some interest, and that you may be to help me out with some information about it. The gentleman front and centre with the guitar is my grandfather, Adrian (Bob) Allan, and we think that the photograph was taken in the late 1940’s, possibly early 1950’s. He was a fine jazz guitarist and, as I understand it, was once a member of the Ralph Watmough band. However that is all we know, but I would like to find out more if possible."   You can see the photograph at http://tinyurl.com/yabajb3n, so let me know if you have the answer and I'll pass the details on - Fred.

25/02/18 - Sometimes an email copied to the site turns into a heated discussion, as per last week's Page of The Week. Sometimes a page gets no response at all. This week's Page of the Week was one of those, it came from Brenda Canty-Forrest in 2012, and was a cutting from the  Manchester Evening Chronicle. It wasn't controversial, more an interesting fact about a band she played in, but it did beg a question that never got answered.

25/02/18 - Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at The North Euston Hotel, The Esplanade, Fleetwood FY7 6BN is the only midweek daytime event this week. It takes place from 12:00 - 14:30. You'll be lovely and warm inside, but brace yourself for the cold wind when you come out according to the weather forecast. That applies to all the gigs this week, more so the evening ones.

25/02/18 - Many Happy Returns this week to Jamie Brownfield on Monday, and bass player Jim West on Saturday.

25/02/18 - The gig list for Maverick's 80s Lounge at Bingley, has been updated.

23/02/18 - There's been a switch round of gigs at Rochdale Jazz Club. May 20th will now see the Tame Valley Stompers playing, and October 21st will see the Main Street Jazzmen. Tony tells me someone has noticed that my site is showing a 7 entry fee rather than 8 for the club, but I can't find it. If you can, please let me know where it is.

23/02/18 - Is there anyone out there who hasn't bought a CD or LP from Lake Records? I recall coming across an LP - "Ken Colyer's Jazzmen - The Decca Years 1955 - 59"  in Kendal in the late 80s. It was that and a few more Lake Colyer LPs along with Tony's Tradtime on JazzFM that got me back on the jazz road again. So it was interesting to read a press release on Jazz Guide News that Paul & Linda Adams, after 42 years of the business and the release of over 600 albums, are wanting to take life a bit easier, move into semi-retirement and transfer some of the work. Well done Paul & Linda.

21/02/18 - Well Frog and Henry completed their five bookings in the North West and, having got such good receptions, they have committed to another tour in 2019. Jazz clubs take note ! Meryl and I went down to the Caledonia in Liverpool for the final one. A good decision it was too, as Laurent, reeds player with Berlin's 'Old Fish JB', decided to fly in and join them. Unusual for a Monday night, the Cally was full to bursting. we met up with a few we knew, including Ian and Sheila, better known as GI Jive, the dancers who generally appear with the 'Swing Commanders'. The 'more more' calls resulted in a late session to just short of midnight. It was a long haul getting the tour together, but now I am retiring very happily. - Norman Gibson

21/02/18 - Further to Pete's correspondence re early jazz in Britain. He may be interested in this extract from The Oxford Companion to Black British History. 'In1914 Victor Joynes Imperial Four played at the Lotus Club and the drummer Louis Mitchells Beaux Arts Orchestra at Princes Restaurant. Mitchell, who later claimed to be the first first man to bring jazz to Britain returned in 1915 with the pianist Dan Kildares Clef Club Orchestra to appear at Ciro's Club. He toured widely in 1915-17 and his 1917 tour with his Seven Spades was especially influential in exposing African-American music to a wider audience' - Jeff Roberts

21/02/18 - Hi Fred, 1921 this is the show "Hello America" that was heralded as the source of the jazz invasion to come in 1918 https://youtu.be/Y2AYu740PJQ, and features ' The Piccadilly Four'. There are lots of other clips adjacent. - Pete Vickers

21/02/18 - Many thanks to Alan Grubb, one of the members of the Isle of Man Jazz Club which organised the Isle of Man Jazz Festival for 40 years, for sending me a photograph taken at Laxey Glen Ballroom when the Merseysippi Jazz Band were playing along with Nat Gonella & Bruce Turner. It was a time when the late Mike McCombe was on drums, and Alan's Letter and photo have been added to Mike's Tribute Page

19/02/18 - The page - "Whatever Happened To - Brian Williams & The Druids Jazz Band", has been updated with an item by John Dunlop

19/02/18 -  I read with interest Pete Vickers article on early jazz in Britain. Some of these "bands " must have sounded terrible. I have a film made in 1924 at The Piccadilly Cafe in Manchester. The band is a typical Dixieland five piece : tpt. clt. tmb. pno. dms. They are obviously improvising ( no sheet music ) and look to be going like the clappers but of course the film is silent. They were obviously popular as the dance floor is full. The bandstand is tiny and it is amusing to see the trombone player extending his slide among the dancers. How he didn't have it knocked out of his hands is a mystery. Or perhaps he did? - Moe Green. I wonder if this is the one? https://goo.gl/v1VMqh - Fred. "Yes, that's the one. Intriguing isn't it. I would have loved to have heard them". - Moe

19/02/18 - Barrie Marshall has an amazing collection of postcards with a musical theme, and he's uploaded 387 of them to smugmug. He's kindly allowed me to pass on the link so that others can enjoy them at https://goo.gl/WuKG6c. My favourite is this one.

19/02/18 - If you live anywhere near Preston, you'll probably know about Bygone Times, at Eccleston. It's specialises in Antiques, Collectables, Memorabilia, and Vintage, and with more than 500 stall holders spread across 85,000 sq. and enormous 5 floors, it's not for the faint hearted. I was there yesterday and came across four interesting CDs. Two Old Fashioned Love Band CDs, a Merseysippi jazz Band CD and a Chris Barber CD, each selling for 1. Well I couldn't resist, so I bought "Chris Barber's Jazzband and All American Ramblers", and "Mersey Tunnel Jazz" by The Merseysippi Jazz Band and good to hear the two-horn Watters/Scobey sound once again with Pete Daniels & John Lawrence on trumpet & cornet resp.  Presumably not in the Antique category yet, otherwise they would have been twice the price! Apologies to Mike Pembroke for not buying the other two, but I do have put a limit on my extravagant spending. Click here for more details

18/02/18 - There's a one night variety extravaganza coming up at The Lowther Pavilion in St Anne's on the 23rd of this month. It's hosted by Des Day and features top comedian Jonnie Casson. Music will be provided by Deco Delight. There's more information on the Lowther Pavilion web site, click here to access it

18/02/18 - Sometimes someone sends me a comment which I post, and before long it turns into a heated discussion. Such was the case a while ago when Jeff Roberts made what I assume was meant to be an innocent comment about American Culture. Check it out, it's this week's Page of the Week

18/02/18 - Many Happy Returns today to Sheila Collier who started her jazz career with a sit-in with the Southside Stompers, founded by the late Don Bridgewood, and was then invited to be their regular singer.  On Friday, it's Many Happy Returns to former member of the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, trombonist Frank Slater.

18/02/18 - Norman Gibson has sent me a write-up of the Frog & Henry Trio at Morecambe, including a tap dancing video. Mystified? then click here to see and read it.

17/02/18 - There will be a Music Festival in Neston running from 14 April to 24 May.  I am helping to organise the opening concert on 14 April, as per these details, which is a jazz evening with the Jamie Brownfield / Liam Byrne Hot Six with vocalist Grace Williams. This should get the Festival off to a flying start! Anyone who cannot get to Neston to buy tickets at 10 can send me a cheque payable to Neston Civic Society (for this concert only) with a note of their telephone number, and a stamped addressed envelope, so that I can send the tickets back. My address is Clive Edwards, 22 Woodlands Road, Parkgate, Neston, CH64 6RT and my phone number is 0151 336 1190. There will be two more jazz concerts at the end of the Festival and details of these and the other events will follow in due course. - Clive Edwards

17/02/18 - There's a jazz concert in Neston library on Friday 9th March. It is by a three piece group called 52 SKIDOO and titled "The joint is jumping". It sounds like real fun and younger musicians connecting with hot jazz.  This concert has been put on by the library authorities, as part ot the Cheshire Rural Touring Arts programme, which is very encouraging. They are also on 16 March at Macclesfield library, 14 April at Norley Village Hall and 20 April at Kettleshulme Village Hall. - Clive Edwards

15/02/18 - Norman mentioned Ewan Bleach playing two clarinets, both were Bb, one was a Boehm System and one was an Albert System, he trying to come to terms with learning the old style Albert System, he seems to be doing very well to me. - Barrie Marshall

14/02/18 - Well Fred I have to report that there is no doubt that the Frog and Henry Trio UK Tour started last night with the best audience reception I've witnessed in a long while. This was a really good marker for the success of the whole tour. OK, it was a darned cold night up there and some members decided to stay at home. Big mistake ! ( -4C and an ice coated car greeted me when I set off for home ) The latest version of the Fotdella Double Bass Machine behaved itself on it's debut, and created a lot of interest at the interval. Not only is FH Henry an amazing and pleasant young musician, he is a clever engineer to boot ! Ewan Bleach is a rising star. and had the audience in raptures with his playing, moving easily with his choice of two clarinets to alto and tenor saxes. Hadn't seen Dave Neigh before, but he kept the rhythm going strong on his Tuba Machine, also constructed by Henry, whilst accompanying on steel guitar, at the same time of course. Well worth the cold trip up, and all augurs well for a repeat performance tonight with me in Morecambe. - Norman Gibson

11/02/18 - Anybody who followed up the link Jazz It Up With This Fantastic Free Exhibition On British Jazz on 30/01/19 will have read that "The first Dixieland band arrived in the UK in Liverpool in 1919, before moving down to London". In my ignorance I assumed they actually played in Liverpool,but Pete Vickers put me straight by telling me that's where the ship docked and they went straight to London.  It got us talking, and Pete, who has access to the British Newspaper Archives, set off on a trail to see if there was indeed any mention of their arrival in the UK in the newspapers, but it led him further - When did jazz first arrive in Britain? You can see how he got on by clicking here. Pete would be pleased to receive any comments.

11/02/18 - Two people have reported receiving emails supposedly from me with just a link it to an unknown place. Unfortunately just because it has my name on, it doesn't mean to say I've sent it, you can set up an email address and put anybody's name on. I never send a link out without following it with some words that indicate I will have sent it, and in many cases there's a link to my website also, which is a bit of a giveaway.  Be warned!

11/02/18 - I've been surfing the YouTube videos today and enjoying some great jazz from all over the world not least from Chris Barber's big and small bands, and on one video Amy Roberts was playing on flute, and Chris was playing in a wheelchair having broken his ankle. This brings me to this week's Page of the Week when in 2014 Gerry Travers raised the question, "Do you think he is going to play until he drops or should he at 84 years plus, consider managing only, and taking a back (and clearly well deserved) seat? The responses were not surprising..

11/02/18 - Just one mid week daytime jazz event, The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 16 February, 12:30 – 14:30.

11/02/18 - It will be 69 years on Thursday since the Merseysippi Jazz Band was formed and still going strong. That's some record it, and it all began 5 years before Dove Jazz Club promoter Barry Prime was even born, and it will be his birthday on Friday.

11/02/18 - Norman Gibson tells me he's more or less sold out for the Frog & Henry Band, so to repeat Trevor Stent's comments, "I would urge all North West jazz fans to go and see the group Frog and Henry this week", your only option might just be Kendal on Tuesday or Carlisle on Thursday.

10/02/18 - Dear Fred it is with sad news I report the passing of Dave Brennan - banjoist, leader of the Jubilee Jazz Band, Rotherham and of BBC Radio Sheffield jazz prog. fame.  The  "burial" will be private but there is a church service at 11 am Friday 16 Feb at Rotherham Minster for those who wish to attend. - Alan Birkinhead. Trevor Barnes has forwarded further information - "Parade band, I believe, at the burial. After that there is a reception at Sitwell Golf Club (Shrogswood Road, S60 4BY) - static band.  Musicians will want to know about instrument. Wil Robinsons is i/c the static band and John Pashley the parade band. As far as I know all will be most welcome to bring their instruments to the Reception anyway. It would be nice to give Dave a great send off".

10/02/18 -
You can read the latest Dove Jazz Bugle "The Jazzaholics",  by clicking here. The band will be playing at Dove Jazz Club next Saturday.

09/02/18 - I have now set up a tribute page for Mike McCombe, which you can access by clicking here. If you have any memories of Mike when he played with the Mersey's please share them with us.

09/02/18 - Very sad news about Mike McCombe. Mike was instrumental in getting the Merseysippi Jazz Band over to the U.S.  I had some great times with him over there. A lovely drummer, he also worked with the Colyer band. My heartfelt thoughts go to Barbara. - Pete Darwin

09/02/18 - I'm very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. We met a few times over the years, good chap!! - Pete Lay

09/02/18 -  "Hello, I'm Mike McCombe's wife Barbara, and I'm sorry to send the news that Mike passed away on 30 January. As you may know, he was the Merseysippi Jazz Band drummer for many years before moving to California, where he played with the Grand Dominion, Albion and his own band Skunk Creek".

08/02/18 - Just been looking at JazzNorthWest Weekly and came across a couple of interesting articles, one entitled Louis Armstrong returns as Zulu King, and one about Lil Hardin Armstrong

07/02/17 - There's been a price reduction on the Sales Page for a Taylor Trumpets Bb London model. It's in super condition and has been recently refinished.

05/02/18 - "Sidesmen", now that's a term I haven't heard in a while and wasn't even sure if I had it right. Another article from Nourishing Obscurity clears it up for me, and some excellent examples at http://tinyurl.com/ydxm5cel. I hope you have a decent woofer for the first video! I just loved the cartoon video with Acker's "I'll be glad when you're dead ...". Enjoy!

05/02/18 - The news yesterday about the imminent demise of the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors (IAJRC) is so sad. As I understand it, our Music is genuine improvised jazz music whether it is from “way back as far as far back goes” – Duke Ellington, Count Basie, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis, George Lewis, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, et al, to Bird, Miles, Mingus, Monk, Trane, and other Giants from Bebop and Beyond.  There are not many of us left now and we must do all we can to preserve it.  It is genuine, true, improvised, and creative, and too good to lose.  We must not give up on this!  May our music never die – in spite of everything we hear on the media and all the rubbish that claims to be music today.  Yours in Jazz, Alan G Brown.

03/02/18 - OKOM, know what it means?  Well to any newcomers it's an abbreviation of 'Our Kind Of Music'. Back in 2011 John Muskett felt slightly queasy when he encountered the words, "our music". It started a small discussion, which is this week's Page of The Week.

03/02/18 - On Tuesday 6th Feb The SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House from 14:00 – 16:00, This is the only daytime mid week event next week.

03/02/18 - Many Happy Returns next week to Judy Eames on Friday 9th Feb.

03/02/18 - Hi Fred, it was interesting to see the advert for King Oliver although by 1932 Joe Oliver was struggling to play and had not recorded for Victor for several years.I have an interesting piece from a 1936 Downbeat Magazine. It seems Oliver would not accept work in any large city as he didn't want people to see how far he had fallen. There's a review of one of his concerts and it seems that he only appeared for two or three numbers. He suffered terribly with his teeth and there is an interesting piece in " Really the Blues" where apparently on his way home early in the morning Joe would buy a still warm loaf scoop some of it out and fill it with sugar. I know Mezz Mezzrow's book is the biggest work of fiction purporting to be fact ever printed but if this bit is true it could explain his dental problems. - Moe Green

01/02/18 - Well now I've heard it all - "MARSHSIDE, England (Reuters) - Whether celebrating or mourning Britain’s exit from the European Union, you can now do it to music, thanks to a British composer who has set dry EU legal-speak to jazz as part of a project to explore Brexit through art".

01/02/18 -  Secret Peaky Blinders pop-up bar is opening in Leicester this weekend according to The Hinkley Times. Patrons may even see a few scenes from the hit series being acted out - although attendance by Cillian Murphy and counterparts is sadly not expected. As you’d expect from a speakeasy, there will be a secret door from the street, which guests will need to knock on in order to gain access.  There will be live music from a traditional 1920s jazz and swing band and dancing, to enjoy. Plus, you’ll be able to treat yourself to themed drinks, such as Peaky Blinders ale, whisky, rum and gin, and cocktails created especially for the night. Well it might be a gimmick, but if it helps keep the music alive I'm all for it.

01/02/18 - In Oxford, Mississippi they are gearing up for the 44th World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest & Festival - May 24-27, 2018. I could quite fancy seeing one of those in this Country.

01/02/18 -  It seems likely that the Chicago Teds will be live “on air” one afternoon in early March. Date and time to be confirmed. Watch this space.

01/02/18 - For those lucky people down South, I see from my Jazz Northwest Weekly Newspaper that the "Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra", with Wynton Marsalis, will be doing "Benny Goodman: King of Swing" and "Leonard Bernstein at 100" on the 27th and 28th Feb, at the Barbican Centre in London.

January 2018

30/01/18 - Jazz It Up With This Fantastic Free Exhibition On British Jazz - This was my latest notification from Google about the Rhythm & Reaction exhibition at Two Temple Place, near Temple tube station in London, but not before I'd seen a full page spread in yesterdays 'i' Newspaper along with a picture of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band.

30/01/18 - "Might be an interesting night at 'The Railway' in Sale tomorrow night", says Ian Royle. "There'll be Derek Galloway of 'Temps' fame with a wounded shoulder unable to blow his trombone and me recovering from a hand operation attempting a possible (with permission) sit-in with the band. Any hospital staff who like jazz are encouraged to attend".

30/01/18 - That fascinating site I last mentioned on 07/01/18 called 'Nourishing Obscurity' has now featured Ottilie Patterson on a page called  "Trad jazz chantoosie".

29/01/18  - "Have a look https://youtu.be/WNdzbdSpf9I and enjoy", says Norman Gibson. "Hard to believe our luck at getting such a real clarinet talent joining us in just over two weeks. This will just have to be included on the Frog and Henry playlist. Ewan is a worthy match for the great Sidney Bechet!

29/01/18 - Starting tonight, The Merseysippi Jazz Band will play at the Liverpool Cricket Club, Aigburth, Liverpool L19 3QF, starting at 8.00 pm, and very Monday night thereafter. Admission is free but there will be a voluntary collection during the interval at 9.00 pm.

29/01/18 - The February edition of Just Jazz Magazine is  now available, and there are one or two people I can think of in the North West who will be excited to see a picture of the Shake 'Em Up Jazz Band on the front cover spotlighting an article on this year's Fest Jazz 2018 in Brittany. It will probably be outshined though, by an article by Louis Lince entitled, "Traditional Jazz in The North West" (Hello, haven't I seen that title before somewhere?).  It's a three page story behind the scenes of the making of the Rayk Jazz videos which featured NW bands and entitled The Road to Southport Pier - A Jazz Odyssey 2017

28/01/18 - Hi Fred. As there has been no mention of this on your news page, I thought I'd let you know of a milestone event that I attended (and played at) last night. It was Paul Blake's 90th birthday party bash. There was a fantastic cake (click pic for larger version). Paul has been playing clarinet and sax with the Wall City Jazzmen since they first formed, and he hasn't retired yet, although he is considering doing so this year. The Mill Hotel will be under new ownership by the end of January, so the future is uncertain, but I'm confident that the band will find a way to continue. We can't let our fans down! - Alan Jeffs

28/01/18 - Hi Fred, Can I beg a favour please and ask if you could include the following on your news page? After the Crown Inn at Addingham closed its doors for 3 weeks, and hence no jazz, I am pleased to say that my Good Time Jazz Band, will be back playing again at The Crown every Wednesday evening from Wednesday 31st January. Many thanks - Harry Long.

28/01/18 - A special birthday greeting to jazz musician Taff Lloyd who celebrate his 80th birthday today. Happy Birthday Taff.

28/01/18 - Hi Fred, I am pleased to announce that on 18th MARCH 2018 Jazz returns to The Bolton Arms in Leyburn, Wensleydale (monthly) with KATHY BENSON'S CREOLE JAZZ (rags, stomps, spirituals and blues from the classic jazz era) Sunday lunchtime 12.00 'til 3pm (lovely room in ground floor back bar area). Free admission - food available. Please come and support live Yorkshire jazz !  - Kathy Benson

28/01/18 - New Orleans Express was the name of a band that Dr. Ron Lloyd co-founded in Chester in 1975. He had previously been a member of Liverpool University Jazz Band, The Dave Lind Jazzmen and The Gut Bucket Steam Orchestra. The history of this band and where it was in 2012 can be read in this week's Page of The Week and even more at http://tinyurl.com/y78yp5sd

28/01/18 - Many Happy Returns this week to the following musicians - Terry Porter on Monday, Ken Doran on Wednesday, Brian Carrick and Tony Pollitt  on Thursday and Alan Matthews on Saturday.

28/01/18 - If you prefer your live jazz to be in the daytime mid week, then Fleetwood's the place to be this week for Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at the North Euston Hotel on Wed, 31 January, 12:00 – 14:30

27/01/18 - Pete Vickers has been doing a bit of research stateside, and found an interesting advert in the "Daily Inni", the student newspaper of the University of Illinois (click picture for larger version).  It appeared on July 19th 1932, and after further research myself I found several other gig dates in July that year. A little further digging brought me to an interesting advert in the The Urbana Daily Courier, Sept 5th 1919 and an advert for new record releases, including one by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band which you can see by clicking here.

26/01/18 - Helping to celebrate Peter Vickers' (centre) 80th birthday are from left to right. Alan Matthews, James Vickers, Barrie Marshall and Keith Moore. Photo Barrie Marshall, photographer - passing waiter

22/01/18 - Last Wednesday eve turned out to possess weather of the most inclement. As a result, the audience was somewhat decimated - apologies for absence were phoned through. Undeterred, Alex Clarke was at her brilliant best, a two-reed lead fronting a depleted Tame Valley jazz band as Norman Pennington was down with pneumonia. One unforeseen side-effect of the reduced gathering was that "our" table won two prizes in the weekly raffle, a previously unknown phenomenon. - Noel Broadgate

22/01/18 - RE: Legendary NFJO Concert, Royal Festival Hall 14/7/1951, again no mention of Lyttelton and the part he played in the great revival, not the awful trad boom. Is he being airbrushed from history ? - Roy Swift.

22/01/18 - My thanks to the person who spotted some errors on the Rochdale Jazz Club page and some of the events in What's On and notified Tony Sheldon, who rang me today and left a message because he doesn't have internet access.  If anybody else finds any errors, and I'm sure there are plenty, feel free to contact me right away so that I can amend them, I don't bite.

22/01/18 - Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz might have had a good time in Norway, but from Louis's post on Facebook, it seems the journey home was not quite as good. "Back home by 8.00pm this evening. Started off at 7.30am from the hotel in Stavanger to go to the airport for a Copenhagen flight and thence to Manchester. However, the early flight was cancelled due to a technical problem with the plane which had to go back to Copenhagen to be replaced with one that was airworthy. The replacement was 2 hours later than planned at Copenhagen, our flight having left for Manchester 30 minutes prior to our landing. So we were sent on the pretty route to Frankfurt and then via Lufthansa to Manchester, arriving at 5.15pm local time. The good news is that Eric's Trombone, John, Mart and Allen's bags arrived. My banjo was with me as a carry on. Chris's, Eric's and my bags were still in Copenhagen. We are assured they will be delivered to our homes tomorrow morning".  Reminds me of why I'm not keen to go abroad these days.

21/01/18 - You might not have heard yet, but there is football on at the Coffee House in Liverpool tomorrow, so the Merseysippi JB will not be playing there", writes Ed Lee. "In fact they will not be playing there again! From the following Monday (29th), they are returning to Aigburth Cricket Club where they will be in a “cosy downstairs room with access to the bar via a lift and stairs” - Malcolm Hogarth’s words"!

21/01/18 - Many Happy Returns this week on Thursday to Terry Binns, and a special birthday greeting to Pete Vickers who will be celebrating his 80th. On Friday Paul Adams of Lake Records will be tucking into birthday cake.

21/01/18 - From time to time I'm asked where people can pass old jazz records on to, either for financial return or just wanting them to go to a good home. Always a difficult one because many of us have moved on to CD players and no longer have a turntable, also a lot of old recordings are now also available on CD. One place that got a mention on the site earlier last year was Rabbit Records who, if you wish to donate the collection to the National Jazz Archive, can facilitate the sale, with a proportion of the proceeds passed on to benefit the work and continued development of the Archive. Details are on this week's Page of The Week.

20/01/18 - Janet Rodger reports, "Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz had a great gig in Norway last night at the Stavanger Tradjass Festival. There was an enthusiastic and appreciative audience, with lots of people there who the band has met during the 37 trips they have made to Norway over the years. They will be playing two gigs today and are looking forward to entertaining more of their friends".

19/01/18 - It was a pleasant surprise to open the post this morning and find another donation towards the site running costs, this time from Dove Jazz Club. Whilst I do not run the site for monetary return, it is gratifying to know that my efforts are appreciated. Thank You Dove Jazz Club and hope you have a bumper night with the new Roy Walker Band tomorrow, 20th Jan at 8pm.

18/01/18 - There was a good turnout for Jeff Gilpin's funeral yesterday. At the church I was joined by John Gordon (banjo), Bill Smith (cornet), Dave Thomas (clarinet) and Derek Galloway (trombone). We played before, during and after the service some of Jeff’s favourite tunes. Later, at the Dunscar Conservative Club, with trumpeters Dave Pogson and John Percival, clarinettist Barry Aldous (taking a couple of tunes on my bass), and Tenor Saxist Howard Murray, there was more jazz. Joan Gilpin and son Keith were most appreciative of our efforts and particularly of comments already posted (in Remembering) on Fred’s Website. - John Muskett

18/01/18 - My old friend Roy Swift would be pleased by the complete version of  'I Want A Girl' by the Saints on Lake Records. This begins at the beginning and not at Alan's clarinet solo. It was too long for original issues running, from memory, for about 7 minutes. Steve Voce

18/01/18 -  Hello Fred. Just to let you know that The Black Swan at Hollins Green has closed its doors to any further jazz on every first Monday of the month. The entertainments room has now been turned into a full-time dining room. - Martin Bennett (Old Green River Band).

18/01/18 - Guess what Fred? I also have a 12" Vinyl - The Legendary NFJO Concert 14 July 1951. Anybody interested?  (contact via Fred).  - Ruth Brooks

17/01/18 - The New Riverside Jazz Band regular gig at The Wagon & Horses has come to an end. "Not surprising", says Barrie Marshall", as the landlord has stopped all his music in the pub.

16/01/18 - Mart Rodger writes, "Brenda Canty Forrest has let us know of the funeral details for Colin Tomkins. This will be at Wrexham Crematorium on Monday next at 1130 a.m. followed by a buffet at the Hand Hotel in Llangollen".

16/01/18 - John Petters has posted the following in the Ken Colyer Society Facebook page - "Max Collie's Funeral: Just heard from Martin Ross that it will be on Monday 5th February at Woodvale Crematorium, Lewes Road, Brighton, BN2 3QB. at 14:00hrs".

15/01/18 - Re recent conversations on the Legendary NFJO Concert, Royal Festival Hall 14/7/1951, I have a vinyl LP ( priceless now ? ) of the concert reissued by Brian Hainsworth in about 1985/6. Those listed as taking part were Humphrey Lyttelton and his Band, Saints Jazz Band ( obviously Manchester ! ), Graeme Bell and his Aussi Band, the Joe Daniels Jazz Group, the Crane River Jazz Band, and Freddy Randall and his Band. Compere was Deryk Guyler ( of ITMA and Please Sir fame ! ). Sleeve note on this version written by Steve Voce. Most of the bands seem a bit overcome by stage fright, except for the Saints who apparently decided to show “ The Southerners” how it should be done with a very rousing and exciting version of “ I want a girl just like the girl ( that married dear old dad ). It begins, for some reason, with Alan Radcliffe’s clarinet solo which still stirs me all these years on.   Then the band come in and give it their all! - Roy Swift

15/08/18 - I am very sorry to hear of the death of Colin Tomkins. Colin played trumpet with Manchester's famous Zenith 6 band in the late 1950s and early '60s. He was a fine trumpet player and my abiding memory of him was his pleasant and good-humoured character. Happy memories of those good times alongside myself, Mart Rodger, Alan Pendlebury, Derek Gracie, and other members.    I 'm also sad to hear of Max Collie's passing. I was privileged to play in Max's band on a number of occasions , depping for Ron McKay and later for Pete Cotterill, both of them fine drummers. Max was a great band-leader with a strong character, good New Orleans style trombone , and an excellent vocalist.  The tribute to Max features an excellent photo of him and contains a very full and informative resume of Max's exciting and varied career. Thank you Max for all those wonderful memories. - Dave Berry.

15/08/18 - Due to renovations, the Black Horse Jazzmen with not be playing at The Lion in Settle tomorrow or the following two weeks. Normal service will resume on 6th Feb.

14/08/18 - In June 2001 we had a great band play at our jazz club in Preston, and which had not long been put together by the late Jimmy Smith, which he called "The Northern Jazz All Stars", and stars they were, just look at the line-up. It's this week's Page of The Week

14/01/18 - Many Happy Returns this coming week to Band Marshall Jeff Roberts on Thursday, and to reed player John Hallam on Friday

14/01/18 - Just the one mid week daytime jazz event, and that's The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 19 January, 12:30 – 14:30, where there are Tea Rooms and good food available. Free entry but a collection is taken at this event.

14/01/18 - In a very kind gesture, Rochdale Jazz Club sent me a donation towards the cost of running the website. Knowing that jazz clubs are on a tight budget, I tried to offer the donation back to help with club funds, but Tony Sheldon wouldn't hear of it. "We appreciate all you do, and the time you must spend doing it, and so do our members", he said. Many thanks Tony, and many thanks Rochdale jazz club, and to help balance the books, if you haven't been for a while, why not get along to their next event on Sunday 21st when you can see and hear Martin Bennett's Old Green River Band and I'm sure it will be money well spent.

13/01/18 - I have just picked up a fuller description of the Bass Instruments, being introduced into the Frog & Henry Band, from the 2018 'Programme' link on the Fest Jazz website. ' A spectacular sight, Dave Neigh fills out the rhythm section largely on his own, playing banjo and tuba at the same time ( it's true ! ) A foot-operated tuba machine of their own creation. Part of their show also incorporates the newest version of the Fotdella, a 9 string foot-operated double bass making it's very first Festival appearance at Fest Jazz. Essentially a combination of a harpsichord plucking mechanism and a three quarter size contrabass body, with 5 additional strings and a simple foot pedal system'.  Both bass instruments will make their inaugural outings in the UK at Kendal, Morecambe and Carlisle Clubs 13 to 15th. February. - Norman Gibson

13/01/18 - The Parade Jazz Band are having a Mardi Gras with a touch of romance at the Red Lion, Parkgate 13th Feb 8.30. All welcome, fun for all

12/01/18 - "I wonder if you would kindly advertise the following event on your site", writes Linda Spencer. "Zoe Gilby will be visiting The Barlow, Edgworth as part of Edgworth Methodist Church's programme of community events. We have not had a jazz singer at The Barlow before, although we have a thriving folk club and hope that we can generate interest in this type of music. Zoe Gilby is a vocalist and songwriter making a stunning impression at prominent jazz festivals and venues in the UK and internationally. She will be appearing with her quartet at The Barlow, Edgworth, BL7 0AP on Saturday, 17th February". I've checked this lady out and can't see any jazz standards in her repertoire, but what the heck, it's good to have someone willing to give jazz a start.

12/01/18 - Dove Jazz Club has issued its latest copy of The Bugle

11/01/18 - Regulars to the Talbot Hotel jazz weekends, will be delighted to see a TV program first broadcast in 2016. Julie and her daughter Kate were featured on BBC's Bargain Hunt and the repeated episode is now available on iPlayer at - http://tinyurl.com/y9xqlp2k.


10/01/18 - Bass Player Allan Wilcox writers, "Louis Lince told me on Monday that Max's death had been announced on your news page. As you may remember, I played with him many times over the years, and although I had kept in touch with him and knew how ill he was, I was pretty devastated. I've written a sort of memoir that you might want to include, either on the page itself or in Remembering, if you think it suitable". Well I do think it's suitable, it's a name I associate from the early 60s with the likes of Barber, Ball & Bilk so I've set up a tribute page for Max.

09/01/18 - Much admired young female reed player Alex Clarke will be at the Beaky in Ashton-under-Lyme on Wednesday 17th of January, playing with the Tame Valley Stompers. Kick-off 9.00pm, admission 2.00. All welcome.

09/01/18 - Details of Geoff Gilpin's funeral have been sent by John Muskett. "Wednesday 17th January at Mid-day: Service at St Anne’s Parish Church, Turton. The church is actually in Chapeltown, 55, High Street, BL7 0ER. Cremation (family only) is at Overdale (Bolton), and afterwards at Dunscar Conservative club, Hardman’s Lane, Bromley Cross, BL7 9HJ (location of Eagley Jazz Club) – available from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm. It is likely that there will be a jam session if folks would like to bring instruments". Click here for Map and Directions. John has sent detailed travel instructions from M61 should anyone require them.

08/01/189 - The write-up for the the High Society Jazz Band has been brought up to date (other bands please note). My thanks to Dave Bateman.

08/01/18 - Janet Rodger has sent me a cutting from the Daily Express in February 1962 and it's about Chadderton Councillor looking for a jazz band to play in the park. It's very amusing by today's standards, click here to read it

08/01/18 - I was at the 1951 Festival Hall concert- courtesy of H. M. I was at the radio school at RAF Locking, and played in the "NAAFI" band. A "pro" sitter-in was Johnny Picard from the #3 RAF band, based also at Locking; they had a dance outfit, the "Blue rockets", and played regularly at nearby Weston-Super-Mare. Anyway we were pally, and he got me a ride in their band truck for the concert dah'n "the smoke". Great do!, but what rings is Johnny stamping his feet on the wooden slats, and whooping- "I'm gonna play with that band"-- Humph. And he did, for quite a few years.. Anyway, back tracking with the big G, I came across this blog: http://michaelcooper.org.uk/C/1951.htm  A goldmine of (South Coast) period events. loads of musical memories for some of us; + one "star turn".... Michael Miles' "YES/NO" interlude with "Wilson, Kepple, and Betty". ( I must find my old FEZ). har har har, - Jon White

08/01/17 - There's been quite a bit of talk lately of young bands from abroad, so for the sake of balance, here's a young band from the UK, based in London, The Shirt Tail Stompers. are playing tonight at Wilton’s  between Wapping and Whitechapel, close to the historic Tower of London and St Katherine Docks.  A bit too late to set off now I guess, but a name to make a note of for next time I go down. If only I could dance like those youngsters in the follow up video!

08/01/18 - Not a name familiar to me, but I'm sure many out there will recognise his name  - George Kidd who was a trombonist and popular figure on the Scottish jazz scene playing with the Penman Jazzmen, has died aged 78. "He was one of the Scottish jazz scene’s great characters as well as a musician whose trombone-playing abilities were admired by fellow musicians all over the world, if not always recognised by the wider public". His obituary is available on line at http://tinyurl.com/y9txwf4e

08/01/18 - Just to clarify matters following Judy Eames’ post (07/01/17), the all-female group, “‘The Shake’Em Up Jazz Band”, was created by Tuba Skinny leader, Shaye Cohn, for a one-off concert in 2016. Since then it is the wonderful Marla Dixon who has led the band on trumpet. The personnel for Fest Jazz 2018 is Marla Dixon, trumpet; Chloe Feoranzo, clarinet; Defne Incirlioglu, washboard; Haruka Kikuchi, trombone; Molly Reeves, guitar; Julie Schexnayder, bass.  The band is a fine example of light, swinging New Orleans jazz at its best: https://youtu.be/ZPmsFcTHFw0 and we are thrilled that they are coming to our festival.  I would like to take this opportunity to encourage North West jazz fans to go and see Frog and Henry on the mini tour organised by the indefatigable Norman Gibson http://www.jazznorthwest.co.uk/f&h.htm. Superb young musicians who play a style of jazz that is wonderfully refreshing; lovely, interesting people too. They were at Fest Jazz last year and we immediately invited them back for 2018. - Trevor Stent

07/01/18 - More from "Nourishing Obscurity", this time it's Acker Bilk in the spotlight http://tinyurl.com/y9c67z7c

07/01/18 - Tony and I are going to the Chateauneuf Du Faou festival at the end of July. One of the bands, all female, is led by the Tuba Skinny leader. I don't know if she's parted company with them.  We're driving 50 miles in the wrong direction to travel with Tad Newton's coach party.... Leaving just after midnight!!  We still get a few BIg Bear gigs; the most recent was Dec 21st at Hastings. We left here just after midday, expecting to be at the Travelodge by dusk.... got there at 5.45. I keep reading on Facebook about musos having horrendous journeys with road closures, accidents (or carelessnesses as I call them). Anyway it was a great audience and the band played well, we were so glad we'd booked the 30 quid Travelodge option!  Let us know if your travels bring you this way; we've joined the Oxfordshire Jazz Federation committee and Tony's hoping to bring the website into the 21st Century. - Judy Eames

07/01/18 - There can be few visitors to the site who haven't heard or seen the famous NFJO Royal Festival Hall 1951 Concert. The late Geoff Brooks kindly sent me, and others a copy on CD back in 2005 and the discussions that took place at the time are on this week's page of the week

07/01/18 - The only daytime jazz gig mid week is Annie's Saints And Sinners @ The Dog & Partridge, Bollington on Mon, 8 January, 14:00 – 16:00, but check first on 01625 610059

07/01/18 - Many Happy Returns of the day today to Lancaster guitarist Jon Moore

07/01/18 - I find it surprising that information on the Tuba Skinny European Tour seems to have been in the dark. I'm not that well known, but I must have had about five e-mails from a guy called Chalandon advising me of updates, over the last few months, as the European venue list was filling up. I forwarded one or two of these to more influential people, and I know efforts were made to get the tour extended to the UK. without success. The full programme ( with a note saying it is not definitive ) can be found by going to www.jazzogie.org/PressDossierTS.pdf.  I'm fortunate that I've seen TS in 2014, and spent time in the company of Erika, Barnabus and Robin Rapuzzi. Renewed friendship again with Robin last year was the starting point resulting in the Frog & Henry Jazz Trio coming to Kendal JC, myself at Morecambe and Carlisle JC in mid February. We are thankful for that. - Norman Gibson

06/01/18 - Max Collie has died today, having had a serious stroke in 2013. The funeral at Brighton is on a date to be announced.  John Maxwell Collie was born in Melbourne, Australia on 21st February 1931. He first heard professional jazz in 1946 listening to Graham Bell’s lunchtime concerts at The New Theatre Melbourne. By 1948 he was playing with a local band and shortly after, was leading it. In 1963 Max arrived in England for a European tour, and in 1964 decided to stay and joined the London City Stompers, becoming leader after a year. In February 1966, he formed Max Collie's Rhythm Aces and that band went on to become world famous.

06/01/18 - On January 2nd Sammy did a telephone interview for the American talk show The Paul Leslie Hour. It was a spontaneous interview with no rehearsal or script. If you would like to listen to the interview you find it at http://tinyurl.com/yb8bzyrr.

05/01/18 -
There has been a lot of interest shown on this site in the past in New Orleans' Band - Tuba Skinny, and attempts were even made to get them to come to the North West but to no avail. Peter Dennis, after a lot of effort finding it, has kindly sent me their itinerary for their 2018 European tour, so if a trip over the channel takes your fancy, click here. Peter says, "The list should help as it gives the email address of the people to contact re tickets - they have been very helpful. Dendermonde Battaklang contact is Frederik Goossens <ferdinandmorton@hotmail.com>. I am only going to some of the Belgium Concerts and already have tickets - they are going quick - the Honky Tonk Jazzclub is "sold out"

05/01/18 - I read with sadness Mart's report regarding the passing of Colin Tomkins.  Back in 1961 I was privileged to have depped about three time with 'The Zenith Six', at The Clarendon in Oxford Street Manchester. Colin was the trumpet player on those gigs as I recall. Yes, a very fine player indeed.  Colin also depped for Jack Goodier, with us (The John Tippett Band), at The Imperial Club in Stockport on one occasion.  Condolences to Colin's Family, and yes, he will, I'm sure, will be remembered in Manchester jazz history.  Joe Silmon would have seen to that ! - Des Hopkins.

04/01/18 - Mart Roger writes, "Janet and I received an e-mail yesterday from Brenda Canty Forest who was the first wife of Colin Tomkins. Colin was a super trumpet player and he was with the Zenith Six during my time as a member. Colin died on New Year’s Day in Wrexham Hospital. A great grandson was born that morning and Colin sadly died in the afternoon".  Brenda subsequently emailed to say, "We had started our first band in 1954.the Oriole JB and had Rod Hopton trombone and Pete Kennedy clarinet. Colin then played with Pete Haslam's Crescent JB for a while when I was having our first child and then The Zenith 6,then I joined The Crescent later to become the Collegians. We moved to North Wales in 1962 and had a band there where a number of Manchester musicians came and played a few gigs with us at times. There is still only me who remembers all the details and believe he would have liked to be included on your site. He was part of my life for 25 years and I think he would be pleased that he could be remembered in Jazz circles".

03/01/18 - There's been a change this month at Didsbury Cricket Club, The Savannah Jazz Band & Harlem Hot Stompers have swapped about. So for the next four weeks it will be Tame Valley Stompers tomorrow, Harlem Hot Stompers on the 11th, Chicago Teds on the 18th, and the Savannah Jazz Band on the 25th.

03/01/18 - All dressed up and nowhere to go! Well not in the case of Mike Lovell's 4 in a Bar who were at The Bartle Hall Hotel near Preston, playing in the New Year  It was a Gatsby themed evening with over 120 guests who enjoyed a sumptuous dinner and listened and danced to the band. The musicians were Andy Wallis, Chris Howse, Colin Turner and Mike Lovell, looking super smart in white jacket!

03/01/18 - In what might be described as a 'scoop' for the North West, Norman Gibson has booked the, "Frog & Henry jazz trio, from the streets of New Orleans" for Wednesday 14th. February 2018 in Morecambe. You can find details by clicking here, and download the poster here, but to summarise - Tickets can be purchased from The Concert Room, Jubilee Social Club, Torrisholme, Morecambe LA4 6NZ., or Contact Norman Gibson Tel. 01 524-855 770. E-Mail jazz2swing2@gmail.com. Tickets are 9.00 Adv. (10.00 on Door). Norman tells me, "It will be a Charity effort, as any profit that may be made will be given away. I have in mind a local charity our son-in-law has joined up with. It's mission is to see no local child at school without a breakfast. I'm awaiting clearance".

03/01/18 - Nothing to do with Jazz (at least I thought so until I put the word in the search box), as I'd previously been watching a film taken in Blackpool in the 1930's. Check out Huntley Archives and you'll find film of a Harlem night club and Harlem authentic jazz and jiving lindy hop style dancing 1940's, plus short clips of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band in the 1940's and more. All the videos appear to have been posted on YouTube so you may have seen some already.

03/01/18 - More contributions have come in for the Jeff Gilpin tribute page, the latest being from Sam Ellis, Savannah Jazz Band.

01/01/18 -  Back in June 2017 I mentioned a book called "Roots, Radicals and Rockers by Billy Bragg – the skiffle moment and how it changed music".  Barrie Marshall says, " I’ve had some reports of how good it is, a lot about the influence of jazz in the UK and a lot about Ken Colyer, http://tinyurl.com/y75qkxzr. I always said from their early days that without Ken Colyer The Beatles would not have emerged".  Barrie has since sent me a link to a video on the subject - https://youtu.be/hx7U47sH1O4, and Barrie has also uploaded a radio recording he made back in 2008, which you can listen to at http://tinyurl.com/yayuvyyt.

01/01/18 - I took this picture at the first Keswick Jazz Festival before Spats was well known. - Barrie Marshall (click on picture for normal size).

01/01/18 - Happy New Year to you from all at Ayr Jazz Club.  Sadly I have heard of the passing of George Kidd, trombonist for many years with the Penman Jazzmen. I have no details but I am sure that John Sinton (who runs the band) on 01786-823590 or 07721-089012 will be able to update anyone. -  Stuart McLean

December 2017

31/12/17 - There is now a tribute page for Jeff Gilpin and contributions from Graham Martindale and Matt Palmer have been added. I wonder if anybody has a good photograph of Jeff in his Grand Marshall outfit?

30/12/17 - Yes, this is one for us still sticking around on the Jazz Scene. Trombonist Herb Gardner has played 'both side of the tracks' with big bands and traditional Dixieland bands in and around New York City. He worked with Wild Bill, Ruby Braff, Eddie Condon as well as Chico Hamilton, Roy Eldridge and Wynton Marsalis (another 'cross-dresser'!) However at a gig recently an old lady came up to him and asked "Didn't you die?".    Also from Bill Crow's column - "The brilliant classical flautist Julius Baker was still teaching into his eighties and after a particularly brilliant performance for his students he received thunderous applause. Acknowledging the ovation he replied "Hey, you should have heard me when I was seventy five!" - Ian Royle

30/12/17 - Today I had a 'phone call from Joan Gilpin to say that husband Jeff had died yesterday. Jeff was well known to traditional jazz enthusiasts in Bolton for many years. He was a committee member of Eagley Jazz Club (at Dunscar Conservative Club) and was a parade marshal for functions around the north-west. He had a huge enthusiasm for traditional jazz and, in his lively way, was never afraid to communicate this. Although I used to pull his leg a lot, there was great affection between us, and I am sad to see him go.  The funeral is likely be at Bolton's Overdale Crematorium, but details will not be known till after next Tuesday: though there will not be a parade band, there will be some kind of jazz musical tribute. I will try to post more details when I learn them. Harmonious best 2018 wishes to you Fred, Barbara and your readers. - John Muskett

30/12/17 - In 2005 Pete Lay kicked off a discussion about the Performing Rights Society (PRS), in which he said, "Its good to hear of a new venue - in light of the news that the new licensing bill has meant landlords not renewing their music and dance part of the licence, hence killing off live music, and of course the "monster" of PRS who are mind set on destroying jazz clubs and festivals with their charges".  Anything changed?  It's this week's Page of The Week

30/12/17 - Many Happy Returns and best wishes to Brian "Sam" Ellis on Thursday this week.

30/12/17 - There are no midweek daytime jazz events coming up this week.

30/12/17 - The latest edition of Just Jazz Magazine is now out. You can see the content details by clicking here.

29/12/17 - Trombonist Roy Williams is to play at Kendal Jazz Club on Tuesday 9 January - . Roy is recognised as being probably the best jazz trombonist Britain has ever produced, and he is making a one-off journey from the South to appear with the High Society Jazz Band. An evening of high-quality and lively Dixieland jazz is assured. The venue is Kentdale Suite, Kendal Rugby Club, Shap Rd, Kendal, at 8pm. Admission 10.

28/12/17 - Hi Fred, Jon Critchley from the Original Panama Jazz Band told us about your website. We thought you might like to know about the fantastic gig the Original Panama Jazz Band played for our swing dance group: the Cheshire Swing Cats, at Hoole Community Centre in Chester on Sunday 17th December 2017. They played two great danceable sets for over 60 swing dancers for our end of year Christmas do (please see a couple of photos of the band at http://tinyurl.com/y8rqt9qa). A wonderful time was had by all! Thanks and best wishes, - Ruth

24/12/17 - The Ken Burns series "JAZZ" is on more or less all day on New Years Day, a welcome change from the end of the year dross, Well worth watching or committing to the watch later recordings. "PBS America, the British TV channel from America’s Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) today launches on Freeview channel 94. The announcements marks Freeview’s 12th and final channel launch of 2017".  - Peter Vickers

24/12/17 - Next Week's Page of The Week, as previously mentioned, with be Free/Flee as a Bird to the Mountain,, from 2003, about a BBC Radio play which is now available once more to listen to.

24/12/17 - Birthdays coming up this week are Pete Darwin Today,  and Tom Culbert on on Boxing Day, Many Happy Returns to you both

23/12/17 -  "I’ve just enjoyed listening to a BBC radio play Don Taylor: “Flee as a Bird to the Mountain” about a New Orleans jazz group, with music by Bob Dwyer", says Peter Jezard. Good timing Peter because that was the subject of a page I put on in 2003, " 'Flee' or 'Free' as a Bird to the Mountain", which will be next week's Page of The Week.   I remember it well, an excellent play and I'm glad they have repeated it, although I have a recording from the first time round. It's described - "A group of male friends in their 60s revive the schoolboy New Orleans Jazz band that expressed their purist youthful idealism. Youth and its high ideals have a brief musical re-flowering, until tragedy strikes. Has their time has finally passed?   Don Taylor's drama stars Jack Shepherd as Dave, Philip Jackson as Colin, Trevor Cooper as Derek, Thomas Arnold as Dick, Philip Joseph as Bob, Elizabeth Bell as Jenny and Martin Hyder as Chris.  Music by Bob Dwyer's Hot Six.  Director: Peter Kavanagh.  First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003.".

22/12/17 - Had a super night with the Cheshire Swing Cats at their Sunday night party and again on Wednesday night at The Irby Club: Never seen so many happy smiling faces enjoying the music and the dancing: mostly but not all youngsters, either! Good to see. There’s hope yet! - Jon Critchley

22/12/17 - On 20/12/17 - David Whitehead emailed to tell me that we shared an introduction to jazz and the town where we both lived - Preston. I persuaded David to tell me more about himself, and his life with jazz and work, and it's reproduced here.

22/12/17 - Barrie Marshall depping & Keith Moore sitting in with the Silver Bell Band in Preston last night. Good to see the venue filling up nicely before I left around 10pm. It was a good and friendly session, but unfortunately I have to be up at 7-15am on Fridays,

21/12/17 - No sooner had I thrown the question of increasing entrance charges into the pot, than I  had need to ring Tony Sheldon, chairman of Rochdale Jazz Club to check on the prices there for the new year. Tony told me that in fact, as from January 2018 admission charge at the club would be 8. Tony explained - "Our financial year ended in September, and so many bands wanted to play at the club last year that that we  put on extra nights to accommodate, making it three gigs in some months. However, it didn't work!  It meant that we had gigs on successive weeks and the people didn't want to come out that often. The club lost 697 last year, so we had to revamp and stick religiously to just two bands each month with a gap between. We put out a questionaire to our members explaining the situation, and would they be prepared to pay 8 or stick at 7. 56 members responded and everyone said to increase it to 8".  What a nice democratic outcome. I've updated What's On and the club gig list

21/12/17 - As with many emails previously, one comes along that's guaranteed to get follow up emails coming in. When that happens I think it's only fair that they move off the News page to a page where the discussion can continue ad infinitum, (Remember Doom & Gloom). The latest one to come along was from Norman Gibson, on 18/12/17. You can follow the topic "Disrespectful,  irreverent, ignorance, or just having a laugh?" on the Discussions page.

21/12/17 - There's an interesting link in my weekly jazz newspaper this week at http://tinyurl.com/zsba5b8. It's to an item entitled "In New Orleans, There's A Piece Of Music History Around Every Corner" which is probably a must for anyone thinking of going to New Orleans without being on an organised tour. https://acloserwalknola.com/ will take you to places to visit, and a map to pin them down. Lots of videos to check out if you haven't already seen them.

21/12/17 - In the process of updating jazz club gig lists for next year, I have to check to see if there have been any price increases. The average admission charge seems to be around 7 for the smaller jazz clubs, which made me think back to ours which we started at Fulwood & Broughton Cricket in 1999 when we charged 3 admission for the three years that we ran it, plus there was an additional raffle. Our average attendance was around the 70 mark and the bands were quite content with what we paid, which was usually more than the guaranteed amount. I thought it might be interested to see how inflation had affected the pound in our pockets and what we would have to charge today to run the same club. I fully expected to be able to use this to show people that in reality, they are paying the same or even less these days, but using http://tinyurl.com/yba8zk9r I was shocked  to find that the answer was that 3 in 1999 equated to 4.90 today!  That's less than average and less than half the amount some jazz clubs charge, so where's the increased cost coming from? Some bands complain that the money they receive hardly pays the petrol, whilst some clubs can't afford to run any longer and close. So are my calculations amiss?

20/12/17 - Jazz At The Arts - Bollington Arts Centre gig list has been updated for 2018

20/12/17 - Is it just possible that “the banjoist” commenting, apparently adversely, on Doolally Tap had his tongue in his cheek? At least the band plays Chimes Blues in the Oliver/Barber key of C, whereas local purists seem to prefer Bb (never heard an explanation). I noticed that the banjoist in this collection of brash upstarts was very convincingly made up to appear somewhat older than his colleagues: he also appeared to be employing (4 string) guitar tuning on his instrument. Can I thank you for all your efforts and send harmonious Yuletide wishes to you, Barbara and all your readers?Christmas Greetings - John Muskett

20/12/17 - Like yourself I was introduced to the British Jazz scene at the Bodega in 1955 when after 2 years military service in Hong Kong, being exposed to American Forces network broadcasts, and also the repertoire of Joe Wolfendon ( our NAAFI piano 'Fats Waller ' impersonator ) I wanted more. This occurred due to rejoining Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Club, and playing with the A Team away fixtures in the Manchester area. These were often completed by enjoying the liquid hospitality of the Manchester University Students Union, who often had members playing for or against us. The travel was by coach from Starchhouse Square, Preston. (few car owners in those days). On one memorable occasion, on completion of the Bodega gig, the Colyer Band discovered that the coach driver had been persuaded to join in our revelry, and was coerced into taking the rugby team plus the Colyer band members via the East Lancs Road (no motorways at that time) to the Students Union at Liverpool University to see The Merseysippi Jazz band where Licensing hours did not apply. Needless to say, the team returned to Preston in the early hours of the morning and I believe resulted in disciplinary action against the coach driver. I never did find out how the Colyer Band got home. We were all much younger then. - Dave Whitehead. (you can read more about David by clicking here

19/12/17 - Due to a hiccup with page 2 when posting Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz newsletter on Mart's web site, Janet has sent me an amended copy which is available by clicking here.


18/12/17 - Barrie Marshall has alerted to me to what could be a very interesting programme on Radio 4 tomorrow at 9am. Clarke Peters uncovers the stories of black musicians in Europe, from the birth of recorded sound to the height of the jazz age. http://tinyurl.com/y8blu34q

18/12/17 - Referring to your posting 17-12-18, I went to the 'Page of the Week', and then used the link therein for 'Additional information . . . Early Jazz'. A sentence there stood out to me - ' It is also the saga of the first jazz bands, their struggle to adapt to the changing demands of their audiences and the impetus they gave to the roaring twenties'. While new young 'first bands' bringing back the brash swinging 20's music, continue to thrive across Europe, the few that we seem to have here in the UK are not getting the appreciation or help they deserve. As an instance, I picked up a posting on http://www.jazzandjazz.com, where a young band 'Doolally Tap' have been received well by Ramsgate JC, but one of our well known, and long term, banjo players chose to leave this comment "Just who are these irreverent ***** ? No sense of the history of jazz". (Referring to the video I suspect - Fred). That is of no help at all. There is not much difference in the young of today, with respect to all genres of music, as in our day. Remember the sixties ? The very fact that they have a desire to play 'our' form of music should be encouraged. Maybe if this musician were to meet these young guys ( I haven't ) he could help direct them and pass on some of his knowledge. I telephoned Jon Critchley the other day and complimented him on his continued achievements , with the Cheshire Swing Cats dancers coming to his resident jazz sessions. He tells me he has had 21 ! He has adapted, changed/added here and there to suit, 'not too many 150mph numbers' and everyone is happy. Now that, Mr Banjo Man, is progress ! - Norman Gibson

18/12/17 - Eagley Jazz Club gig list has been updated for 2018

18/12/17 - The Latest edition of the Dove Jazz Club bugle is now available on line at http://tinyurl.com/y8x55sl4

17/12/17 -  The gig list for The Fleetwood Hesketh Sports & Social Club, Fylde Rd, Southport, has been updated

17/12/17 - Party night at the Beaky in Ashton-under-Lyne this Wednesday, the 20th December. Norman Pennington has provided, for your entertainment and delight, the full 6-piece Tame Valley Stompers. And what is more (if more were needed) there will be a raffle with a multitude of prizes, the opportunity to perform live with the band, and the usual refreshments will be available, both solid and liquid. And all for the modest admission charge of 2.00!  "Come and join the party" says Noel Broadgate.


17/12/17 - Back in October 2012 I announced a new book had been issued -   “Exploring early jazz: the origins and evolution of the New Orleans style”, written by Dan Hardie. I wonder if anybody bought a copy?  It's this week's 'Page of The Week'.

17/12/17 - Just one midweek daytime jazz event coming up this week - Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at the North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood on Wed, 20 December, 12:00 – 14:30.

17/12/17 - Despite continually fighting serious health problems, today's birthday boy, Harry Swinburne, continued to do a lot for jazz, organising jazz breaks in Llandudno as well as running regular jazz events nearer home in Maghull. Happy Birthday Harry, and keep fighting.  Other birthdays coming up this week are bass player Derek Brown on Tuesday, pianist Noel Broadgate on Wednesday, ex pat (soon to return we hear), cornet player Tony Pringle on Thursday with trombone player Bernard Burke and reed player George Galway on Saturday.  Many Happy Returns to you all.

16/12/17 - Thanks to Ray & Jenny Knight (rayk jazz), the Savoy Jazzmen now have a new band photograph.

14/12/17 - Dove Jazz Club events list has been updated for 2018.

14/12/17 - Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz Newsletter No. 81 has been put on the band website now so anyone who wants to read it will find it there, or you can download it by clicking here. Due to a hiccup, the one on Mart's site has a small error, which should be corrected shortly.

13/12/17 - Jim Lodge from Leeds is the latest musician to join the deps list . Jim plays clarinet, tenor sax and soprano sax

13/12/17 - There's a double dose of Lindy Hopping coming up for The Original Panama Jazz Band: First one this coming Sunday, when they’ve been asked to play at the Cheshire Swing Cat’s Christmas Party, and again on Wednesday at The Irby Club when they dancers will wow the band and the audience with their super dancing during the band's own Christmas Party.

12/12/17 - "Terrific, Fred... on the ball AGAIN", writes Jon White. . Great page on Nourishing Obscurity (11/12). This guy "Dearieme" really knows his onions, and has over 14 pages of jazz history
curated from Youtube, which won't come up automatically with your link, (just Page 1).Page 2 is lady singers, then the old question "Who played the first jazz solo in the twenties", a trip into the "classics" etc.-wonderful".  - Well spotted Jon, here's a better link, there are 11 pages in all, which you can access at the bottom of each page.

12/12//17 -  The Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz January gig at High Lane Conservative Club will be held a week later than usual, i.e. 8th January, which is good news for those regulars who want to stay up late on New Year's Eve and join the revellers.

12/12/17 -  There's a one off charity event coming up in New Mills Derbyshire, where trombone player Eric Brierley and his wife Maggie live. They have organised a "U3A and friends Jazz Party" in aid of the North West Air Ambulance charity.  It's at New Mills Town Hall on 16th December, and will feature Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz. You can get early bird tickets for 8 at New Mills U3A meetings, or from Maggie on 01663 745396, but It will cost you 10 if you want to pay on the door.

11/12/17 - Just come across a web site "http://www.nourishingobscurity.com" which has just included an article, "Revivalist and Trad Jazz 2: UK, Oz and Le Continong". Some pretty good stuff worth looking at - George Webb, Humphrey Lyttelton, Graeme Bell and Ken Colyer, with videos and recordings to boot.  Might be worth adding a comment if only to show there's still interest out there.

10/12/17 - The Pendle Jazzmen's second appearance at their new venue - Ighten Mount Club - saw over fifty people in the audience, enjoying the hot jazz on a very cold night which culminated in a snowy journey home for many.  A special appearance was made by former long-term member Mike Pearson - back to live in Lancashire after several years in Cornwall. Both he and his wife are now fully retired and decided to return to their home county. Despite not playing much for several months Mike delighted the audience and band members by his usual brilliant playing both in the ensembles and on an outstanding solo.  It is hoped that Mike - weather permitting - will be able to make the journey every month and resume as a regular member. The next session will be on Thursday, January 4th, starting at 8p.m.  The rest of the members are Stuart Whiteley (tpt./fl.), John Brunton (clt./ten.), Mike Reddin (gtr./bjo), Dave Joyce (bs.), and Colin Mason (dms.). Admission is free and the venue can be found by clicking here

10/12/17 - A few years back Norman Gibson, of Jazz2Swing2 (Morecambe), and a number of others from up and down the Country, moved heaven and earth to get 'Tuba Skinny' to the UK, but. as he says, failed miserably. However, an equally good opportunity presented itself, and in conversation with Tuba Skinny's Robin Rapuzzi (Wbd) and Todd Burdick (Tuba), over at Fest Jazz Brittany in July, he broached the question 'What would be the likelihood of Ryan, aka FH Henry, bringing his 'Frog & Henry Band' to the UK?' ( see frogandhenry.com ). Ryan was in e-mail contact within a couple of days of the FestJazz Festival finish, with a definitive 'Yes' !! So, since August, lots of information on Countrywide Jazz Clubs, Jazz Festivals, etc. have been provided, to the point where a smaller exploration group will arrive 12th. Feb. 2018 for two weeks. The hope is that the full 7 piece can then plan confidently to tour later in the year. Click here for venues and dates

10/12/17 - Daytime events this week include Annie's Saints & Sinners @ The Dog & Partridge, Bollington 2pm - 4pm (Check with 01625 610059 first), then on Tuesday, 12th December from 12:30 – 14:30, The High Society Jazz Band are at Saint Oswald's Church, Warton, Carnforth. On Friday, The High Society Jazz Band are playing again at Carnforth Railway Station, Warton Road, Carnforth, 12:30 – 14:30.

10/12/17 -  Lots of musician's birthdays to celebrate this week - Moe Green on Monday, Alex Clarke & Barrie Quilliam on Thursday, Richard Knock on Friday and Sam Wood on Saturday. Many Happy Returns and I hope you all have a lovely week.

10/12/17 - The internet has increased communications around the world considerably, and with that comes the good news as well as the bad. It also can create a lot of amazing coincidences and some of those were related on a page back in 2009.  Maybe you've had chance to add some more tales to this page?  "Internet Coincidences" is this week's page of the week.

09/12/17 - The Chicago Teds have two new gigs in a new venue - Eastham Lodge Golf Club (Ferry Rd, Eastham, Wirral CH62 0AP) and the dates are both Fridays: February 2nd and March 9th. The Teds’ gigs at Maghull (14th Dec) and Grappenhall (25th January) will feature the Chicago Teddy Bears Pocket Pantomime!!

09/12/17 - At 8pm on Sunday 17th December, its the last session with the Severnside Jazz Band at The Four Crosses, Bicton, SY3 8EF, and will be the Xmas Party. Then, on 4th Sundays in the month The Severnside Jazz Band led by Dave Sherwood on cornet will play at The Wild Pig, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury, SY3 9JT (was The Brooklands pub).  Meanwhile, Jeff Matthews' Chicago Swing Katz will continue to play at The Wild Pig on the 2nd Sundays in the month. - Malcolm Hogarth

09/12/17 - This from Alan Bell in Belfast - The Jazz at the Downshire Christmas Night is being held next Friday 15 December, doors open from 8pm. The current extreme weather conditions are not very conducive to going out, but I have looked at the forecast for next week and I am confident that the freeze will have petered out by midweek and we should be back to more normal temperatures by next Friday. So I would like to encourage you all to make the effort to come along with your friends and support your club for a seasonal festive night of fun and dancing with the Martello Jazz Band. Santa hats are encouraged along with any other Christmas regalia you care to bring!  Looking forward to seeing you there.

09/12/17 -  This from Keith Allcock - "The forecast for tomorrow suggests that travelling conditions could be very difficult and, with our guest musicians coming quite a distance, we have reluctantly decided to cancel the Jazz Rendezvous session at the Bowling Club. Dave Alexander would have been coming from Wrexham, where the snow warnings are quite severe, and Terry Brunt and Howard Murray from Stockport and, even if they managed to get here, there might be a very poor audience if conditions are bad. It’s a great shame that we’ve had to cancel our Christmas session, which promised to be a really good one, but it seems the sensible thing to do. Hopefully we can assemble the same line-up in the near future".

07//12/17 - At this time of the year it's usual to see resident gigs cancelled over the Christmas Period, so it made a nice change to get an email from Barrie Marshall to tell me that the Sun Street Stompers are playing at their normal venue (the John O'Gaunt in Lancaster), at lunchtime on Christmas Eve and New year's Eve.  Mind you, despite emailing musicians and asking them to check their gig listing, I still have some bands playing on Christmas Day and New Year's Day, so make sure you check before setting out, rather than rely on the information in What's On.

07/12/17 - Good to see that 'What's On In Glossop' are listing the jazz events at the cricket and bowling club, currently showing Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz who are appearing tonight. They have a page called "Trad Jazz At Glossop Cricket & Bowling Club" which includes a picture of the High Society Jazz Band, who are appearing on 19th April 2018, and also links to the Glossop jazz club page on this website for details of the organiser.  Well done somebody!

06/12/17 - Following on from the success of their first CD, Milk of Amnesia which raised 1600 for the Alzheimer's Society, Malcolm Hogarth & John Higham have brought out a second CD - "Forget Me Knot". I don't know where they dig these numbers out from, but some of them are hilarious and I've included three tracks to demonstrate. Click here to check it out.

06/12/17 - The Merseysippi Jazz Band are having 3 Mondays off over Christmas and New Year as Christmas Day and New Year's Day both fall on Mondays. Peter Fryer says, "We have been informed that there is a football match on TV next Monday, 11th December, but we will be there on the 18th.

06/12/17 - When it comes to a drummer's nightmare, I guess carpel tunnel syndrome must be well up the list. Pendle Jazzmen leader and drummer, Colin Mason, is just recovering from such an operation, which he says actually prevented him from drumming for several months. Best wishes to Colin for a speedy recovery.

05/12/17 - Many thanks to the great crowd who turned up for the re-opening of the refurbished "Railway" at Sale to listen to the Canal Street Stompers. The Christmas session will be held on Wednesday 20th December rather than the usual 4th Wednesday in the month. - Derek Galloway

05/12/17 - At our last session at  The Hand Hotel, Llangollen, at 12:30pm on Sunday 2nd December with the Deeside Dixies, we had guests Jon Critchley, (tpt), Terry Perry (rds), Sue Reid (vocals), as well as Mike Pearce (dms) from South Wales each month, Isabel Toner (bs), Andrew MacKenzie (tbn), and Ed Lee for a couple of vocals. The brolly parade featuring 15 to 20 people was our best ever in our 13 years residency, and our raffle with 6 or 7 prizes organised by Judy Gosling had a record take. But it would all have been wasted without our terrific audience. On January 7th , we have guests Phil Lucas (tpt) and Liam Byrne (rds) to complete the line up. The session is from 12:30 to 3pm, entry is free, and good food is available. And in March (4th) we've got John Hallam (rds). Roll on 2018! - Malcolm Hogarth


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