Old News Items
30/06/17 - Bingley Maverick's Jazz List has been updated
30/06/17 - Remembering the great Joe Silmon, friend, musician, author, a human encyclopaedia of North West jazz, and a true gentleman. Joe passed away one year ago this Sunday July 2nd. - Des Hopkins
I have just received a card from Alistair
Hamer informing me of the sad passing of John Rodney Hamer on Saturday 17th
June 2017 at the age of 76 years. Rod and I first met when we were students
at Bolton College of Art in the late 1950’s and I have him to thank for my
life-long love of Jazz in its many forms. Memories of him playing an
eclectic mix of jazz standards on the piano at Ye Olde Man and Scythe in
Bolton will last for ever. He was also instrumental (not just a pun but the
truth) in organising the featured bands who appeared at the annual Arts Ball
held at the Rivington Old Barn, Horwich. The Bands of Alex Welsh, Bruce
Turner and Tubby Hayes stick out in my memory. When saxophonist Simon
Spillett wrote the recent biography of Tubby Hayes I sent him some photos
Rod had taken at one of Tubby’s appearances one of which appears in the
book. Not only was Rod a respected jazz musician around the
Manchester area but he was also a highly talented artist and teacher of art.
He and his wife Val lived their final years together in the village of
Dunsmore Leaf in Buckinghamshire where, until Alzheimer’s disease took hold,
they both ran regular courses in painting and drawing. When I visited him
about five years ago, by when he was well retired from the local jazz scene,
he took great pride in showing me a stone inscription in his garden
commemorating the time one of his heroes and, the cornet player Wild
Bill Davison and his wife stayed at the cottage. I am sure your
posts on the web-site will remind many of a musician who gave pleasure
through his music. As his family say in his
short obituary in the Bucks Gazette,
“He forgot but we did not”. - Harry Owen
29/06/17 - Dear Fred. Just heard sad news that Pete Skiv ( Skivington ). bass - ex Alex Welsh and Laurie Chescoe reunion band, died suddenly. Yours - Ken Ames.
29/06/17 - On that Mainspring Press site, way, way down on the left side there's some really interesting old stuff to tap into, with early recordings, ODJB, Waller, etc. I'll have to go back in there when I have a bit more time. - Norman Gibson
28/06/17 - My thanks to Barrie Marshall for telling me about Brian Rust’s Complete “Jazz and Ragtime Records, 1897-1942” (6th and Final Edition). There's information about it at http://tinyurl.com/ycdkqdet and it can be downloaded free in PDF format from http://tinyurl.com/yb3w4oun.
28/06/17 - "Roots, Radicals and Rockers by Billy Bragg – the skiffle moment and how it changed music" has been reviewed in The Guardian - Books. Did you know The BBC broadcast the final of the World Skiffle Championship on television before launching a weekly radio show called Saturday Skiffle Club on the Light Programme, and Reveille magazine published a four-page special instructing girls on how to dress for a skiffle show?
28/06/17 - The funeral of Rod Hamer, a Dixieland trumpet player born in Bury in 1940, will take place at Hamden Chapel, Chilterns Crematorium, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP7 0ND, on Monday the 10th of July at 11am.
27/06/17 - The Southport Jazz Club gig list has been updated
27/06/17 - I've updated the Buxton Page and there's a lot of things happening there especially with the Buxton Fringe festival.
27/06/17 - My sister, Doreen Rawstron, emailed me to say, "I went into Padiham on Saturday to the town's festival. The Pendle Jazzmen were playing but had competition. An exotic French dancer (the trumpeter had a job to concentrate). She sent me this photograph, and I see what she means! Click on it for larger version. See also http://tinyurl.com/y8jyffen
27/06/17 - You recently reported the death of Rod Hamer. I never met Rod, but I'm sure he was a regular contributor to Alice Garnett's "Jazz Times" which I used to read with great interest 20-odd years ago. - Sam Wood
27/06/17 - I see that the temperance Seven are now set to come to three venues in the North West in October - 20th, Thornton Little Theatre, Thornton, Fylde, FY5 3SZ. and 29th - Platform, Morecambe, LA4 4DB, then on November 18th - Victoria Hall, Settle, BD24 9DZ
26/06/17 - Regarding your mention of The Back o' Town Syncopaters (19/06/17), there is not a lot I can tell you. The band originally came from Glasgow. The only original member left was Ian McNichol the banjo player although when they came to London they had two banjo players ! They had just recorded the theme from " Steptoe and Son " which had a few plays but never got anywhere. The rest of the band were myself. Johnny and Joe and Mike Kingston on tuba a large gentleman who played four to the bar no mean feat with leader Andy Holdorf on trombone who sadly died a couple of years ago. Apart from some work on the continent we never did all that well even though we were managed by Harold Davidson who looked after Kenny Ball and Mr.Bilk In the end I decided I could make better money in the Nightclubs without any travelling and made my excuses and left. I'm afraid that's all I can tell you. The knowledge of the late Joe Silmon is sadly missed. - Moe Green
The Savoy Jazzmen are leading the evening
worship at All Saints' Parish Church Childwall this Sunday 2nd July at 6.30
p.m. The church is on the corner of Childwall Abbey Road, Score Lane &
Childwall Lane. Post code L16 0JW. The service starts with a Mardi Gras
parade from the vicarage garden at 6.20 p.m. The service is suitable for all
ages. Admission is free and there are light refreshments at the end of the
26/06/17 - The Blackpool Jazz & Blues Festival returns for its third year staged at the iconic Winter Gardens. This years festival will host an outdoor event in St John’s Square (weather permitting) on Saturday 1st July 2017. Promoting creative and improvised live music, it's a Free Entry Event. Donations proceeds supporting Trinity Hospice. View the event programme here: http://tinyurl.com/yavfeu2p. Keiith Wadeson tells me that the Wyre levee Stompers are playing on Saturday at 12-30pm (see programme).
26/06/17 - Many Happy Returns to Pete Fielding on Tuesday, and to Tony Smith and Grant Hogan Taylor on Friday
26/06/17 - Did you know you can download a copy of What's On for the next month to save and view off line? Simply go to What's On and look for "Click here for this month's list in PDF form". It's updated weekly so don't forget to come back and download the latest copy. Don't forget to let me know if you spot any errors.
25/06/17 - I was pleased to find some encouragement in John Muskett's letter. Maybe if more of the older generation of musicians could go out of their way a bit, to give help to the younger upcoming musicians, then the 'Keep Supporting the Youngsters' slogan would really mean something ! On the 25 May 2017 you printed my request to help find a band which could play the right music, with some swing, for the group of young Balboa dancers I know. I didn't get any offers ! I found only one on my own when I looked well South. John Beckingham, he of JB's Jazz and Blues band, has been providing music for the Balboa Bunch (dance club) in his area. Unfortunately his lead reeds player, being poorly, was not in a position to travel, otherwise it would have been 'bingo'. Tenacity has however won the day, as a local big band lead sax player has formed a sextet, and ,complete with metronome, will do the job to the correct tempos, from a library of over 300 arrangements. The social Balboa dance evening is set to go July 8th. in Lancaster - report to follow. Good to read Jon Critchley positive report of last Wednesday's 'The Original Panama Jazz Band's' gig, with the Lindy Dancers. - Norman Gibson
Had a super night on the 21st, with members of the Cheshire Swing Cats Club
who turned up in force to stun us all with their exciting dancing. A great
time had by all, hopefully to be repeated! - Jon Critchley
25/06/17 - Hi Fred With reference to the Wool City Jazzmen, the band played at the Market tavern in Bradford as well as other places in the area Benny Netherwood was the leader and all round good egg. I have pictures if interested . Regards Colin Priestley
22/06/17 - Unfortunately there won't be any further updates until Sunday or Monday
22/06/17 - Dear Fred, I read on Bob Hunt’s Facebook page that trombone player John Bennett (of Kenny Ball’s Jazzmen) died on June 10. - Gerard Bielderman
22/06/17 - John Muskett adds his own thoughts on the young bands coming through the jazz scene in Doom & Gloom 8
20/06/17 - Looking forward to The Original Panama Jazz Band’s Wednesday night at The Irby Club this week: Managed to contact some local Jive Lindy Hoppers who will visit the Club and do their stuff: Should be great fun! - Jon Critchley
19/06/17 - I've just been listening to "British Traditional Jazz - "At a Tangent Vol 4", (available from Lake Records) and got to a track by the Back O'Town Syncopators, and the name rang a bell. Searching my site I found three NW jazz musicians who had played with the band - Moe Green, Johnny Tucker, Joe Silmon. Maybe Moe can tell me more about the band. In an article in Just Jazz, Moe said, "I eventually joined the Back 'o' Town Syncopators, with Johnny Tucker (trumpet), who now plays for The Temperance Seven. We went down very well in Switzerland thanks to the tuba played by Mike Kingston. He went on to record Winchester Cathedral, which became a hit in the charts with the New Vaudeville Band".
Dear Mr Burnett, I have some sad news that
may be of interest to you and your readers. My father, Rod Hamer, a
Dixieland trumpet player born in Bury in 1940 passed away peacefully on
Saturday night. He played on the Manchester scene before re-locating
to the south of England where he continued to play on the London scene until
his health stopped him in about 2007. If you think this would be of
interest to any of your readers, or any players that may have know him I’d
be grateful if you might consider mentioning it.
19/06/17 - I've just added some more links to the UK jazz bands section
19/06/17 - I see in Jazz Guide that there's a "Raise The Roof Celebration Jazz & Beer Festival" coming up in Tyldsley between October 6th and 8th with a great Northern line-up. If that wasn't enough to get you out of the chair, that young saxophonist Alex Clarke will be guesting with several of the bands. Full details have been added to the Jazz Festivals Page
18/06/17 - Did you get your copy of the George Lewis DVD recorded in Japan? There's only 6 left at the last count, and if you don't know what I'm talking about, you need to look at this week's Page of the Week (NOW SOLD OUT)
18/06/17 - There are no midweek daytime gigs in the Northwest this coming week, unless you know different,
18/06/17 - Many Happy Returns on Tuesday to Tom Kincaid, and a special birthday greeting on Wednesday to Wally Fawkes, born 21 June 1924. On Thursday Barrie Marshall will be celebrating his 77th birthday.
16/06/17 - I’m currently looking for an adult big band to play with. I’m currently a student at Leeds college of Music and are soon to be graduated in July. I studied Jazz and Classical alto saxophone. I have previous experience in a variety of different set ups including; wind orchestras, big bands and smaller chamber ensembles. I am moving back to Warrington in July and also have my own transport. I will also be starting my PGCE in Secondary Music with specialist instrumental teaching at Manchester Metropolitan and the RNCM in September. - Sophie McCaffery
12/06/17 - Hi Fred, Regarding your reference to Marching Bands, I remember playing “South Rampart St Parade” with the Band of the South Australian Police during our trip to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2000, we were marching around the streets on the outside of the castle and I had to play a Jazz Solo as we marched up a very steep hill on the cobble stones leading up to the rear of the Castle , I must have been fit because I couldn’t do it now, great band great memories. - Cheers Derek Dalton
12/06/17 - On Sunday afternoon, just passed, I met up with fellow jazz promoters Bernard, from Bollington, and Dove Holes' Roger at Turners' Pub in Bollington. We were very kindly invited to attend the 90th. Birthday Celebrations of our very good friend, and long-time passionate jazz stalwart Tony O'Neill. Asked about his youthful good looks, Tony firmly put it down to Beer, Botox and " still got ambition". Re: the latter, if all our jazz clubs could get a regular turnout, as Tony got, there would no longer be any talk of ' Doom & Gloom '. Photograph attached shows us with Tony, (click to enlarge) and one of the musicians who provided the entertainment. Photo courtesy Tony's son Martin. - Norman Gibson ' Good Music makes Good Friends '
11/06/17 - I've just added Swanage Jazz Festival (which takes place Friday 14th to Sunday 16th July 2017), to the Links Page, although disappointed to read - "We are delighted (but also sad) to present our twenty-eighth and final programme. The Festival Board took the decision to end the Festival reluctantly, recognising that age and illness has caught up with us".
Page of the week about Jim Wilkes brought
back some great memories from some fifteen or twenty years ago when, as a
former brass band cornet player I was trying to master the mysteries of
jazz. I met him just a few times, the first of which was at Eagley jazz club
and he was so enthusiastic about helping me. He sent me some information on
chords and invited me to his house for a lesson on how to find my way around
them. The back room of his house was filled with a baby grand piano and the
walls covered in pictures of him performing on an array of different
instruments. With great patience he explained how things worked and played
along with my stumbling trumpet solos, then as I started to catch on, he
played with increasing enjoyment and kept encouraging me to "go for it". It
is a session I will never forget - even though I was a rank beginner he took
great delight in the music and I can clearly picture his smile of quiet
satisfaction when his wife called through that it was fish and chips for
tea. Some time after that Jim became the first jazzer to invite me to
sit in with his band - I felt hugely honoured and he treated me like a
musical equal when, quite obviously I wasn't. Never the less he assured me I
was on the right track and his encouragement helped me to finally get the
hang of it. Later, as leader of a band and with his blessing, I often
sang his song "Life is Brief", the lyrics of which reflect his positive
outlook on life. I still sing it now, and when fronting a band and
communicating with an audience, am greatly influenced by Jim. He was a great
entertainer but more than that he was a lovely chap with a big heart: one of
the great characters that make the jazz scene so rewarding and enjoyable. -
11/06/17 - Midweek daytime jazz includes Annie's Saints And Sinners at The Dog & Partridge, Bollington (check first on 01625 610059), on Mon, 12 June, 14:00 - 16:00 and The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Railway Station on Fri, 16 June, 12:30 - 14:30 Tea Rooms. Good food available. Collection taken
11/06/17 - There's no doubting that one musician who left his mark on audiences and was without doubt a showman, was the late Jim Wilkes who died in July 2006. In this week's Page of the week it's perhaps worth remembering what a great entertainer he was.
11/06/17 - Many Happy Returns to drummer Des Hopkins today. Also Happy Birthday on Tuesday to trombonist Keith Hockin. On Wednesday it's the turn of another trombone player, Richard Leach and Thursday, clarinet player Phil Yates.
10/06/17 - Potholes, loose tarmac, speed bumps, etc. For over 40 years I have taken part in those Whit Friday brass band competitions, until 2 years ago I was felled by an errant traffic cone and ended up with a titanium bracket in my wrist. On the same night one of our brass bass players was felled by a pothole, instrument wrecked and arm and shoulder badly bruised. There's a double risk if you are playing from the dots as well as marching, it's really very hazardous. Last Friday my band, (Eccleston) came first in two of the villages, without my presence, (does that tell you something!) They are a lovely band, and believe it or not, they march perfectly in step!! -- Richard Knock
10/06/17 - Re: The great photos from Alwyn Smith (06.06.17) I plead guilty to playing in my favourite 'Spanish Hat' (Jelly Roll Morton would have approved the 'Spanish Tinge') on that particular parade with Terry Eastwood's handpicked (cheapest available) aggregation. You will note that the whole band negotiates the cobbles/potholes/loose tarmac/discarded chip cartons with consummate skill. Despite the varying length of stride within the ranks of the strolling players, footfall on the left hoofer is precise and clearly visible in the photo. Many of us within that magnificent mob were tutored in the art of New Orleans terpsichore by Dave Donohoe of 'Hi-Life' fame. My missus, well-versed in the tradition of the 'Quick Marches' of the Whit Friday brass band competitions in the Lancashire villages of Delph, Uppermill and Greenfield was astonished that our tribute to the New Orleans Mardi Gras should be dignified by the term 'Marching Band'. I explained that something may be lost in the translation. - Ian Royle
09/06/17 - The Wool City Jazzmen were a Bradford based band for many years playing Monday Nights at the Market Tavern. Ben Netherwood was the leader and subsequently changed from Trombone to Trumpet. Many Musicians played with the band over many years ( I played quite a few gigs on Banjo with them In the 60s) The band was well known locally and played lots of gigs. The only one from the musicians on the recording that I knew was Brian Goldsboro who lived in Leeds and later Wakefield. He also played and recorded with the Yorkshire Jazz Band lead By bob Barclay the Tuba player. Hope this helps. - John Pashley.
08/06/17 - Re Simon Cross question 05/06/17 - Wool City musician was Benny Netherwood (not Nettlewood). Used to listen to them in a pub near the market in Bradford 1960ish but only vague recollection now. Some info on this page:- http://tinyurl.com/y9446mzw - JohnKemp
06/06/17 - Ann Lord writes, "I'm currently researching my family tree and trying to find more information about my maternal grandfather, Frank Blackledge. He was a jazz trumpeter in a trad jazz band called th Aeolians, who were based in the Farnworth/Bolton area. I have photos of the band taken in 1929 when he would have been around 40. There were 6 members of the band. I'd love to find more information about them if anybody can help?".
06/06/17 - "Forget the election on Thursday and come to hear the Temperance Seven at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall [ but only after you have voted!!] " say Derek & Trish Galloway. "Performance starts at 8 o’clock and the new CD is now available. Hope to see you there. We enjoyed the Zulu’s on Sunday night".
Hi Fred, Two pictures from
Milnrow Carnival 2006. Might bring back memories for somebody. The
late Terry Eastwood leading the band. The sousaphone completely hid the
trumpeter with the absolutely superb hat! - Alwyn Smith.
Can only be Ian Royle
straight back from his Spanish holiday - click on the pictures for larger
versions. - Fred
06/06/17 - "I have just received the sad news that Tony Martin, drummer with our Downshire jazz Band died on Saturday morning", writes George Smyth from East Belfast Jazz Club. "Our thoughts go out to his family".
Another super show from the
Tame Valley Stompers playing to an audience of
over 100 last Sunday afternoon at Buxton's Pavilion Arts Centre. This must
be the most popular band at this monthly session, and they always give us a
lot more than the allotted hour. - Sam Wood
Cross asks - "I am wondering if you can shed some light on a vinyl record I
have just purchased within a box at auction? It is a private press of
The Wool City Jazz Band (or Jazz Men), recorded approximately 1954/5 at a
concert in Skipton, featuring Benny Nettlewood tbn., Fred Bagnall tpt.,
Brian Goldsboro bjo., Roy “happy” Harker clt., Pete Yewdall pno., and Geoff
Woodcock tu. I am interested to learn more about these folks".
A quick search on the names reveals that Brian Goldsboro played banjo with
the White Eagles from Leeds - Fred
05/06/17 - As announced on 11/05/17 - Orange and Freeserve email address accounts were disappearing, and I notified those affected who were on my mailing list. Despite that, some remained and as a result the latest news emails for them bounced. Those affected were John Grantham, Norman Cookson, Beryl Sperry, Kenneth Parr and Elizabeth Leslie. If you know any of these people, or indeed if they read this item, can you let them know they need to let me know their new addresses if they wish to keep receiving the news.
04/06/17 - Back in 2010, John Muskett asked for some help with an unusual arrangement by John Cage. Fair enough you may think, unless you know John Cage's work or until you start to look at the replies and you begin to wonder what is fact and what is fiction. It's this week's Page of The Week.
04/06/16 - The SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 6 June, 14:00 – 16:00. That's the only mid week daytime gig I know about apart from Kirkcudbright jazz festival. . 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.
04/06/17 - Many Happy Returns today to trombone musician - Jeff Milner
04/06/17 - Walter Love's Radio Ulster Jazz Club of last Sunday 28th May featured the re-release of Jazz Crusade recordings including Tommy Dorsey & Mugsy Spanier among others. Recent programmes have also remembered The Crane River Jazz Band founded in 1949 and 'Alex Welsh Remembered'. Well worth a listen on BBC IPlayer Radio. - David Evans
30/05/17 - Hi Fred, just to let you know, there's an article about Peter Frank's funeral on the Bradford telegraph and Argus website. A few pictures of the band at http://tinyurl.com/y9l32epl - Andy Henderson
Peter Brown is the latest musician to join
the deps list. Peter is a full-time wedding and party
pianist and traditional jazz is just one of the styles he plays. He says, "I
live and work in the Lake District and for the past three decades have been
the resident pianist at the four star Lakeside Hotel, on Windermere".
Listening to him play on
www.lakesweddingmusic.com I can see we will have to pop in to The
Lakeside sometime soon.
Just a reminder that this may be your last chance to see the New Orleans
Z'hulus. They will be at Macclesfireld this Sunday, 4th June from 7:30pm –
10:30pm, at The Tytherington Club, 90 Dorchester Way, Macclesfield SK10 2JP.
. Advance reservations only, see poster for details.
28/05/17 - On theartsdesk.com web site there's a book review - "Billy Bragg: Roots, Radicals and Rockers, a brief history of revolt in music- riffing on skiffle, and more besides From the Mississippi to the Mersey, a brief history of revolt in music". Take a look at http://tinyurl.com/y9jysal7
28/05/17 - Last week's page of the week, written in 2004, featured the John O'Gaunt in Lancaster and told how Steve Thorn had built it up into a thriving jazz and music pub, and the start of an era. This week's feature was written in the same year and tells of Steve's last day at the pub, and the end of an era!
28/05/17 - Birthdays coming up this week include jazz promoter at Wilmslow, Graham Brook on Thursday, and pianist Brenda Canty-Forrest on Friday. Many Happy Returns.
28/05/17 - Daytime jazz events coming upp mid week are - Mon 29 May 10:30am onwards, The Red Rose Band at Garstang Children's Festival. Wed 31 May 12:00pm – 2:30pm, Mike Lovell 6 in a bar at The North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood - North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood, and Fri 2 Jun 1:00pm – 4:00pm River City Jazz Band at Ruthin Carnival - Ruthin LL15.
27/05/17 - Trevor Stent has sent some superb examples to confirm that all is not doom on the traditional jazz front. Take a look at his contribution to the doom and gloom debate here
Trad Jazz is back on this week at the Cross Keys, Tadcaster Road, York, YO24
1LQ. Not in the North West, but if you fancy a trip to York, this could
make it even better. Ron Burnett (no relation) and his Mardi Gras Jazz band
will be playing at the Cross Keys on 8 and 15 June. On the 29 July the Yorkshire
Stompers return for another session and on 13 July Bob Smeaton’s ‘One Foot in
the Groove’ will be performing with vocalist Marlena Kelli.
26/05/17 - The June edition of just Jazz magazine is now available and the front page listing contents, can be seen here
26/05/17 - Next week sees visiting band Emily Bacon's Good Time Gang with special guest Sammy Rimmington as part of the Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival Fringe, at the Crichton Golf Club Dumfries on Sunday 28 May and then at Carlisle Jazz Club on Thursday June 1st. More details in What's On.
"Last Thursday 18th May John Higham and I had to abandon our busking in Chester
due to rain, but not before being recorded and broadcast by Radio 4's World at
One programme interviewing people in Chester about the election: ", writes
Malcolm Hogarth. "Roger Marshall (Dove Holes) and my son (in
Pembrokeshire) reported hearing us playing Dream a Little Dream of Me from about
23 mins into the broadcast, which you can hear on
BBC4 Listen Again. I
noticed a chap surreptitiously pointing a microphone at us as we played, but I
don't think he tipped us! And while we're about it, Isabel found a picture
of The Cross in Cheshire Life, with John and I busking at it's base. We didn't
get a mention! Fame is achieved in small steps".
25/05/17 - Hello Fred, What a wonderful thing for Malcolm Hogarth and John Higham to rise the funds in Keswick. Truly wonderful. - Dee.
"No I'm not starting up again", writes Norman Gibson in an email with the
subject line "Need a Band". He continued, "but I still have an interest in
helping others where I can. I am in discussion with some young people who wish
to 'dip their feet in the water', and promote an event aimed at getting them and
their friends dancing. Can someone put me onto a very swingy big band band
sounding group of the Goodman/Artie Shaw ilk, who could keep the 'kids' dancing
to the Balboa. This would be a tester, hoping to move to more regular sessions,
hence a very economic fee is being looked for in the first instance. ( that
reminds me of when David and I started ! ) July is the projected date in mind".
25/05/17 - The funeral of musician Peter Frank will take place at Nab Wood Crematorium, Bingley Road, Shipley, BD18 4BG, on Tuesday 30th May at 1.20pm.
24/05/17 - Sue Parish makes an interesting point in her contribution to the "yet more doom and gloom" debate. I for one thoroughly enjoyed watching her recommended YouTube video.
24/05/17 - Following the death of Ken Sims, and at my request, Jon Critchley kindly scanned Ken's series of articles that had appeared in Just Jazz magazine and sent them to me. I had intended putting them all on my site, but I've been waiting for permission from Ken's family. Whilst converting the images into text and photographs, I notified Peter Butler of www.jazzandjazz.com about them, knowing Peter was a personal friend of Ken's. Peter has now put together some condensed extracts which can be seen on his site by clicking here.
23/05-17 - Jon Critchley writes, "I was playing in Mossley Hill, Liverpool last Thursday and Alan Miller was there in the audience: He was the former trombonist with The Blue Magnolia Jass Orchestra, which I also was a member of in the late 60s early 70s. Haven’t seen Alan for many years and would like to get in touch again. I know he lives in Wirral apparently, but I do not have a number for him. Anyone?"
22/05/17 - Had a phone call from Gerry Owen yesterday, it seemed he could access any web site with his iPad except mine, and could I help? Well nobody else reported having this problem, and I was able to access it OK, but having had someone with this problem before, I suggested he initially try switching his router off and then back on, and sure enough that cleared it. I could explain the technical reasoning behind it if anybody is interested, but it's just worth knowing that if you continually cannot access a particular web site, it may just be your router.
Re: Doom & Gloom
item, 20/05, A guaranteed response, yes. But any from young people?! Alas..... -
Well I can always rely on young
John Muskett Jon, he's the latest to add a little twist to the discussion - Fred.
21/05/17 - There are no mid-week daytime jazz events to report this coming week.
21/05/17 - Many Happy Returns this week to pianist Malcolm Hogarth on Friday, and to reed players Bruce Carnaffin and Dave Dixson on Saturday.
21/05/17 - The late Gordon Hughes, a journalist be trade, wrote a series of articles for Just Jazz Magazine, some of which are reproduced on the site. One of these was a piece in 2004 about the John O'Gaunt pub in Lancaster, which was then home to the Sun Street Stompers. A few personnel changes and a few pubs later and the band are still there. The article is this week's Page of The Week
20/05/17 - Young People, young bands, young audiences. Put them together, give them a stir and what do you get? A guaranteed reaction, which is what has happened in the Doom & Gloom part 8 discussion.
20/05/17 - I was quite concerned to read on Facebook that jazz vocalist Sue Reid-Povall had been caught out by cyber crime, and I mention it in the hope it may help other people avoid the same fate. Sue was looking to change her antivirus software and searched for a respected well known commercial provider of security software. Unfortunately she landed on a fake page that had been fraudulently set up and the software she downloaded didn't work. After ringing to complain she was told it was incompatible with Windows 10 and was offered a refund to her debit card. The bank sent a text to ask her to confirm the transaction, which with hindsight Sue realised was the alarm bell she missed. Banks would not normally ask you to authorise a credit, so as you may now have worked out, the fraudsters carried out a debit and cleaned her current account out! Unfortunately there is likely to be no help from the bank as Sue authorised the transaction. So let's be careful out there.
19/05/17 - Musician Bernie Flynn passed away on Tuesday 9th May unexpectedly. He died of of pneumonia. Roy Gregory sent me the news and told me, "We worked together a lot prior to his retiring from playing due to ill health. He had quite a modern piano style and was at home in big bands as well as Trad/mainstream combos. The last time I saw and spoke to him was at Billy Edwards funeral. The three of us played in the Parade Jazzband which I now run. At that time it was a 7 piece band. His funeral is on 2.30 pm Thursday 1st June at Landican cemetery. We played together in the Parade band at the Boathouse Parkgate for many years. He eventually had to give up due to ill health (it's not easy carrying an electric piano and amplifier up a flight of stairs when you're getting on in years). I miss his straight Northern talking and dry wit". - Roy Gregory
19/05/17 - Hi Fred, As you know I played for Peter Frank for fourteen years and was more than saddened by his untimely death. Peter, in addition to being THE most sympathetic bass player I ever worked with in the UK, had a great sense of fun. He was also a very fine artist, specialising in watercolours. If there really is a heaven I can now envisage Peter looking down, bass in hand, chucking my chord sheets all over the stage floor and intoning (as a true Yorkshireman would) "Well, that's tripled the selling price of my paintings overnight". RIP Peter. One of the best guys I ever knew. - Ian Royle
19/05/17 - Dear Fred, It was the efforts of several musicians who raised £600 for The Keswick Mountain Rescue last week, John Higham and I were only two who played. . For the record the other musicians were Dave Dixson (reeds), Isabel Toner (str bass), Nicky Myers (drums), Ed Lee (vocals and keyboard), and Alex Clark (an up and coming young reeds player, who's been mentioned previously in your pages). However, John and I are pleased to mention that we've just sent a third £500 donation to the Alzheimer's Society from the sale of our Milk of Amnesia CD. We're scheduled to start a second CD next week. - Malcolm Hogarth
18/05/17 - One subject that's guaranteed to get people writing in is "young people and jazz". Jeff Matthews starts the latest round off with his comments posted on 15/05/17. Pete Lay & Malcolm Bridge have responded to it. My thoughts, for what they are worth is that I can't see young people wanting to come to the places I've been to early evening, no more than I would go to their places at 2am in the morning. Let them find it for themselves like I did, and get on and swing to it, as I know they already are in places, but I'll probably be in bed! In the meantime read the comments here
18/05/17 - Thanks to Peter Bledge for realising i got the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival dates wrong. It is of course in July, and the New Orleans Swamp Donkey's Traditional Jass Band are playing between the 14th & 18th . More Details at http://tinyurl.com/kvblhz9.
18/05/17 - After a gap of 20 years Sammy Rimington is to visit me in Dumfries again and play with Emily Bacon's Good Time Gang as part of the Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival Fringe. The gig is at the Crichton Golf Club Dumfries on Sunday 28 May 8.0pm and tickets price £12 are available telephone 07471942159. I first brought Sammy to Dumfries back in 1982 and his groups made regular appearances twice a year up until 1997 when sadly it became more difficult to maintain decent audience numbers. However now in 2017 through the auspices of Paul and Liz Bacon we have an opportunity once more to see and hear a very special jazzman and a rare treat awaits all lovers of pure New Orleans Jazz in SW Scotland. Love your updates Fred. Think your dates for the Swamp Donkeys are maybe 2 months early though. As it happens I was down in Morecambe visiting Norman Gibson for his surprise birthday party but didn't realise you were also there or we could have had a good blether. Keep up your good work and many thanks. - Peter Bledge. I have it on good authority that the excellent young pianist Ian Wynne will be in the line-up - Fred
Trumpeter John Higham and pianist Malcolm Hogarth
busked in Keswick during the festival last week-end and raised £600 for the
local mountain rescue team. It makes me wish I could still climb mountains to be
rescued. - Steve Voce.
16/05/17 - The Merseysippi Jazz Band have moved from the Victoria in Aigburth, South Liverpool to THE COFFEE HOUSE, 14 Church Road North, Wavertree, L15 9EF. The start date is MONDAY, 29th MAY (the builders are in on the 22nd), with a slightly earlier start time of 8.00 p.m. until 10.30 p.m. Free admission, cash collection. All welcome.
15/05/17 - Just heard the awful news about Peter Frank, can't believe it. I spoke to him by phone just after his bands show at Leeds Jazz Club the previous night to say how much I had enjoyed his bass playing. I first met Peter in 1953 on the train bound for Bedford and our first day at RAF Cardington as raw recruits. Later we spent two months square bashing at RAF Padgate and then went our separate ways to do our National Service. I re-met Peter years later at Gildersome Lodge and booked his All Stars many times at Leeds Jazz Club. So glad I knew you Peter. RIP - John Wall.
15/05/17 - Howard Murray forwarded me an interesting item about the Nazis and jazz, on a web site. "They expressed their disapproval in a very oddly specific way, at least in the recollection of Czech writer and dissident Josef Skvorecky. he recounted from memory a set of ten bizarre regulations issued by a Gauleiter, a regional Nazi official, that bound local dance orchestras during the Czech occupation". Read it at http://tinyurl.com/bu8tfce . Howard sent it to Roy Gregory and the conversation went like this - Roy: - "Well It didn't do him any good, did it?", Howard:- ""Why ?", Roy:- "Because he still got a flattened 3rd Reich!"
15/05/17 - I recently went to a stage show starring the chef Gino Di Campo. It was a birthday gift. I looked around the theatre audience and the vast majority were certainly older people with very few under the age of 50. Most were quite a bit older. Me included. I also attended at the beginning of this year a regular jazz concert in a large town close to me. Free entrance and very high quality jazz. Eighty people in the audience, but I can't remember seeing someone under the age of 50. It's not just old jazz that is suffering. We should congratulate older audience members for getting up and out of the door to support live music. They keep it going. When people say 'we should encourage younger people' to come to our jazz sessions, what age does 'younger' mean. 15? 20? In my mind audiences today who might be interested in older jazz are likely to be in the 40's+ age group. The Kids don't need a baby sitter as they will be at least teenagers. Mum and dad can get out of the house for a night out together. There are very few people in their 20's interested in jazz of any sort, let alone New Orleans, however good it is. Perhaps once we really understand who our audience is in today's world, we can more effectively market to them. - Jeff Matthews, The Chicago Swing Katz
14/05/17 - This may be the last time you'll get to see the New Orleans's Z'hulus in the North West, as Fraser McCombe told me a few weeks back that it's becoming very difficult to continue his Jazz Specials at The Tytherington Club, in Macclesfield. He has promoted the Z'hulus in Macclesfield since 2012, after a successful annual series of gigs featuring Barry Martyn and the Young Bloods. The Z'hulus are appearing there on Sunday 4th June and it's to help raise funds for East Cheshire hospice. You can find out more by checking out this poster.
14/05/17 - Just had a phone call from Chris Howes to tell me he had a call from Chris Frank to ask him to inform everyone on the jazz scene that his father, bass player Peter Frank (Peter Franks Allstars) , died suddenly last night of a suspected heart attack. Chris told me his last gig was at Bingley with the Aire Valley Jazzmen on Thursday 11th May and the band played well.
14/05/17 - Hi Fred. My name is Ian Kirkby and I live in Ucluelet British Columbia Canada. My aunt Ester Nickson (nee Laria) sang with the Bill Edge Band in the '50s at the Levenshulme Palais. She just died recently and i was wondering if there were any photos and info of her and the band. I was born in Altrincham and moved to Canada as a child in the '60s. Any info you have would be greatly appreciated. Cheers. Ian. You can contact Ian at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd like to know if you were able to help.
14/05/17 - If you are anywhere near Edinburgh this week, it's the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival. My eye caught the fact that the New Orleans Swamp Donkey's Traditional Jass Band are playing today, Monday & Tuesday. More Details at http://tinyurl.com/kvblhz9 See 18/05/17 - Correction for dates
14/05/17 - Deco Delight are doing their bit for charity next Saturday 20th May at 7-30pm, when they will be helping to raise funds for St Paul's Lancaster Roof Appeal. It takes place at the Parish Hall of St. Paul's, 24 Scotforth Rd, Lancaster LA1 4ST Entitled "RAISE THE ROOF' it's live music from the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Tickets, which include refreshments, are £8 in advance. £10 on the door, and are available from St. Paul's Church or the Parish Office. Tel:- 01524 843135.
14/05/17 - The question of dwindling audiences is something that regularly crops up on the site and many people feel the answer is to try and encourage young people to come along too. I've always felt that young and old rarely mix in a club environment especially when the young want to talk and have fun and the older generation want to sit quietly telling them to shhhh!. So the next best thing may be to try to hang on to the audience we have. Many people of my generation feel less inclined to go out at night and that's why I've always tried to encourage mid-week daytime events. I was therefore quite pleased to get a couple of photographs and a report this week from Peter Swensson to say "These two photos were taken last Tuesday at the Palm House. Terry Birkinhead can be seen leading the parade (Click on picture to see both). Super afternoon, 105 people attended". That's some going for a monthly residency. Daytime events this week sees The Savoy Jazzmen playing again at Dobbies Garden Centre, Speke, Liverpool L24 1UX, on Thursday 18 May, between 13:30 and 15:30, and on Friday The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Railway Station between 12:30 and 14:30.
14/05/17 - Now here's something to try at home on a wet day. Back in 2010, Mart Rodger sent me a set of instructions on "How To Dance The Jitterbug". It's this week's Page of The Week
14/0517 - Many Happy Returns today to Paul Medina, and a special birthday greeting for tomorrow to John Barnes who reaches the grand age of 90. Other birthdays coming up this week are Phil Lucas on Tuesday, and Merseysippi Jazz Band musicians John Higham on Thursday, and Peter Fryer on Saturday.
13/05/17 - Thank you for your reporting of my surprise on my birthday. It was particularly pleasing to see you and Barbara there, joining the faithful jazzers who have supported my efforts for most of the years. My wife Meryl, son Michael and son in law Mark, I have to say, did an amazing job getting the band and everyone organised without me getting an inkling. Cunning lot my family - I'll have to be more observant in future ! As you may be aware, in the photo', the attractive young lady sitting with me is my son's wife Rachel. - Norman Gibson
11/05/17 - Surprise! Surprise! Not often Norman Gibson is lost for words but he came close to it last night when he walked in to the Bare Institute in Morecambe for a swift drink before going out for a meal on his birthday (or so he thought). His son Michael had organised a surprise birthday/retirement party for him, and Barbara & I were privileged to have been invited. Retirement from what you may ask, this being Norman's 82nd birthday? As Michael put it, "After organising over 100 jazz gigs by bands from all over the UK and overseas my Dad is finally retiring. The last gig had supposedly happened but we’re organising a surprise gig for his birthday the 10th of May". It was Cafe Society, Norman's favourite band, that kept everyone in joyful mood and entertained for the evening. As Norman addressed the assembled audience he looked at me and said "Fred doesn't know I've retired", well he got that bit wrong, but I did need to hear it from the horse's mouth. Well done Norman for 12 years of promoting our kind of music. I wonder if one day he'll say, "Surprise Surprise, I'm doing just one more!".
11/05/17 - Many Happy Returns today to NW trumpeter Darren Lloyd.
11/05/17 - Some technical information that will affect many of you because there are several on my mailing list. Are you aware that if you have an email address ending in "Orange.net", "Orangehome.co.uk", "Wanadoo.co.uk", "Freeserve.co.uk", "Fsbusiness.co.uk", "Fslife.co.uk", "Fsmail.net", "Fsworld.co.uk" or "Fsnet.co.uk" that your email addresses are about to disappear on 31st May 2017. After this you will not be able to access your account, send or receive any emails from your Orange Email address, or access contacts and emails in any way. See http://tinyurl.com/hkbku6f. If this doesn't affect you personally, it might be worth checking your address book to see if you have any friends who fall into this category. There are a few alternatives you could use, like Yahoo, Microsoft Live, Gmail etc. (click the names for more information). Personally I find Gmail very good and I use the calendar for What's On, and to send me email reminders for birthdays etc. You should also set up an automatic reply on your old email account to tell people your new email address, but it will stop at the end of the month of course. Finally don't forget to let me know your new address if you think I should have it.
10/05/17 - I wonder if you and/or others could assist me in a project I am doing in cooperation with the National Jazz Archive. This is compiling a Working Jazz Bibliography of all aspects off Jazz in Britain since 1940. I enclose a copy in its state thus far which is essentially just the books. The web sites and all the other things are jobs to do! I am moving on to mags and similar things at present. Please have a look at it, please share it with any others who might be interested, and if you have any comments I would be very glad to hear from anyone. - Richard Baker (email@example.com)
Hello Fred, your readers may be interested to
learn that my forthcoming 4 day Festival of Hot Jazz, Big Band Swing,
Cabaret & Dance at Warner’s Thoresby Hall has sold out – with around 400 in
attendance. Consequently, we have been asked back next May. We have
other great events lined up which can be found here:
http://www.tonyjacobs.net/festivals/ - Tony Jacobs.
08/05/17 - The Savoy Jazzmen will be playing in Dobbies Speke Garden Centre, 1a Speke Hall Avenue. Liverpool. L24 1UX, on Thursday 18th May 1.30pm - 3.30pm. More information here Tickets can be booked by ringing 0151 728 3070. If this event is a success they are hoping to book the band each month. Fingers crossed.
08/05/17 - Eagley Jazz Club gig list has been updated until the end of the year
08/05/17 - Dear Fred, I have just heard on Jazz Record Requests that Roy Fisher passed away on 21st March. He was a great friend in the 80s and we created A tribute to Bessie Smith together. Fabulous piano player . My favourite track on the album is 'Wasted Life Blues. 'more should have been written about his musician life. He played Buxton and Hayfield and was well known in that area as well as in Birmingham. Joe Silmon found him again for me through his collaboration with you on your Jazz Pages some years ago. - Sheila Collier
08/05/17 - I see on Jazz Guide news that Hippocampus Jass Band, who appeared at Dove in June last year, have just released a new CD - Rhoh Dis Donc
07/05/15 - Yes, folks a really busy night at the Beaky in Ashton-u-L, celebrating our Norman's Big Birthday. A six-piece band, numerous second half guests including Billy Bedlam on one of his amazing Fartophones. Birthday cake in evidence, as well as pies of the cheese and onion, and meat and potato variety. Jolly John Percival led for part of the second half, and internationally famous drummer, Dave Moore, waved the sticks for a couple of numbers. Another party night coming up on the 17th May, when one of our stalwart supporters, Mark Nolan, is celebrating 20 years "on the wagon". It's all happening! - Noel Broadgate.
07/05/17 - Page of The Week covers some brilliant paintings of NW Jazz Musicians painted by Dr.W Jenkyn Jones, otherwise known as 'Jenks'. He describes himself as a retired GP in Crewe, trad groupie, & amateur artist.
07/05/17 - If going out at night is not your thing these days, you could try Annie's Saints And Sinners @ The Dog & Partridge, Bollington (check first on 01625 610059) on Mon, 8 May, 14:00 - 16:00, or on Tues, 9th May, 14:00 - 16:00, the SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in the beautiful setting of the Sefton Park Palm House, Sefton Park, Liverpool. L17 1AP. Tickets cost £6.00 which includes refreshments.
05/05/17 - I see Woody Allen And His New Orleans Jazz Band are to appear at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Sunday, 02 Jul 2017 at 5pm. http://tinyurl.com/kwbwvgh
05/05/17 - A busy weekend for the Pendle Jazzmen: 1) Usual Thursday evening session at The Inn on the Wharf - now into the sixth year of the weekly residency; 2) a session at the prestigious Ribble Valley Jazz Festival, keeping the flag flying for traditional jazz. The programme was mainly directed to honouring the Original Dixieland Jazz Band who played on the very first jazz records exactly 100 years ago this last month. Among numbers included were At the Jazz Band Ball, Jazz Me Blues, Royal Garden Blues, Tiger Rag as well as more popular tunes of the time - Margie (in 3/4 time), and I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles. 3) - 3. a broadcast on the Hospital Radio, net-worked throughout England, Scotland and Wales, as part of a 48-hour transmission ( 6p.m. Saturday until 6p.m. on Sunday) when these early numbers were featured un the Jazzmen's set. The broadcast was hosted by Richard Smith, a regular member of the Hospitals broadcasting group.
04/05/17 - My brother Mike sent me the attached flyer from 32 years ago", writes Paul Medina. "If my maths is correct. I'm sure there are plenty of names that will conjure up memories for your readers". Click on it for a larger version.
04/05/17 - A B&H Imperial BBb 4 Valve, 19 inch Bell Tuba and a BBb Brass Sousaphone with Hard Case and Mouthpiece have just gone on the Sales Page from two different sellers.
04/05/17 - It seems the Sales Page works well for some, Re the clarinet for sale (02/05/17) - Hans Erwig writes, "Thanks for that. Had already two enquiries. Let you know".
02/05/17 - Many Happy Returns today to Trevor Stent, ex Blue Mags leader and now annual Jazz Festival organiser of A three-day festival on the banks of the Aulne in Châteauneuf-du-Faou in Finistère
02/05/17 - An early 90 's Hammerschmidt "Klingson "B flat redwood (Cocobolo) clarinet, Albert/German system, has just gone on the Sales Page
02/05/17 - It is indeed bad news at the moment - first Bob Hambleton and now Bobby Boyd. He was a great chap and drummer. He played for about a year with the Merseysippi in the early 80s, when Mike McCombe left to up-sticks and live in California. He will be much missed I am sure. Two funerals in two weeks is going a bit. It is making us all feel nervous! - Peter Fryer
02/05/17 - I had an interesting meeting today with Louis Lince, Derek & Trish Galloway, Fraser McCombe and jazz enthusiasts Jenny & Ray Knight who were videoing the occasion as part of their jazz tour of the North West. They will have to do quite a bit of editing and I don't envy them that job, because everyone had something to contribute about the jazz scene in the North West over a 2 hour session. You will be able to see the results of their efforts eventually, but you can see them in action at Didsbury Cricket Club on Thursday with the Tame Valley Stompers, Delph Band Club on Friday with the Spirit of New Orleans, Rochdale Jazz Club with the Harlem Hot Stompers on Sunday, Southport Jazz Club with the Rae Owens trio on Wednesday 10th, and the Ale Emporium, Preston, with the Silver Bell Band on Thursday 11th. Derek & Trish brought an amazing collection of photographs, and Derek told some great stories in his own inimitable style. I asked him to get them written down and scan some photographs and let me put them on the site. Fingers crossed.
01/05/17 - "Hi Fred, I'm out here in Calpe on the Costa Blanca, writes Ian Royle, "And was recently attracted to a site which advertised 'Birds, Lunch and culinary Jazz in Valencia'. Thinking it might have been something like the Hayfield Jazz Festival of my youth with mini-skirted ladies, pie and peas followed by a spot of curry later on with the Red River Jazzmen I delved into the detail. Sadly, the event featured avant-garde jazz music from Norway. The event was, apparently 'original and highly enriching'. I'd love have heard what the late Tommy Burton's comment would have been to that description. Keith Pendlebury would have described it as 'zoo burning'. Bands featured were 'Atomic', 'Elephant9,'Beady Belle', 'Huntsville' and 'Naima' which guaranteed 'a festival of pure musical freedom and experimentation'. I don't blame the musos who are trying to make a crust but it's no wonder many members of the General Public say 'I don't like Jazz'. ".
01/05/17 - The latest tribute to Bob Hambleton has just gone on, this one from Allan Wilcox. I've been searching my photographs but I don't seem to have one of Bob. Can you help?
The reference to
Moondog (29/04/17) in the blogs about the red trombone brought back
memories. I worked with him and he was a good drummer, but a bit eccentric.
He was also an artist and in his house he painted futuristic murals on the
inside walls. He was nicknamed after the briefly famous Moondog. The latter
was an eccentric blind American musician, theoretician, poet, inventor of
musical instruments and occasional street busker. - Barrie Quilliam
01/05/17 - Walter Love's excellent Radio Ulster Jazz Club of Sunday 30.04.17 featured classic jazz tracks including recent releases of performances by Humphrey Lyttelton, Chris Barber and Ben Cohen. Well worth a listen to on BBC IPlayer Radio over the next four weeks. - David Evans
01/05/17 - Jenny & Ray Knight run a web site www.harveydoesjazz.com and have been busy touring the country talking to club organisers, bands and jazzers and videoing the gigs they manage to get to. They are currently in the North West, and they were at High Lane Conservative Club filming Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz. I know of other venues, but as I'm seeing them tomorrow, I'll get the full itinerary and publish it later.
The Bollington Arts
Centre gig list for the Autumn has been updated. Unfortunately there
won't be any sessions in September, as Bernard Selby tells me - "We are
having work done at the Arts Centre and are not 100% certain it will be
finished in time, so are not taking any chances.
30/04/17 - Another musician has just joined the deps list. Bill Buck, drummer from Chester.
30/04/17 - Back in 2012 Moe Green asked this question about Jelly Roll Morton - "I wonder if anyone else finds this ironic about " the inventor of jazz " It seems to me that the average band has very few of his compositions in its repertoire. his most famous recording " Doctor Jazz " was, as we know, not written by him". Well you can read the replies on this week's Page of The Week
30/04/17 - Quite a few birthdays took place whilst we were in Jersey. Derek Vaux, Dave Copperwaite, Eric Brierley, Digby Fairweather, Anthony Mason, Laurie Cooper, Martyn Sharp, Jon Critchley and Sammy Rimington. Today it's Happy Birthday to Dave Pogson, Norman Pennington and Sue Parish. Happy belated birthdays to you all.
30/04/17 - Sad to hear that news about Bob Hambleton and Bobby Boyd. I did not know Bobby, but I can relate to scouse humour from my times with another scouse drummer, the late Bob Jones, such as this story: Two wharfies having lunch, one is doing a crossword puzzle and asks "Who painted the Mona Lisa?" His mate replied "Probably Cammall Lairds- they do all of the Isle of Man boats." However, I did know Bob Hambleton. He was already a fine trombonist when I met him at Sheffield University in 1959 and played in my first Jazzband with Ken Doran. At the time Bob was recovering from a collapsed lung. However, I never ran into him in my days in Manchester with the Dallas and the Smokies. My condolences to both families. - Tony West
30/04/17 - Drummer Bill Buck from Chester is the latest musician to join the deps list.
30/04/17 - Peter Swensson has now provided details for Bobby Boyd's funeral, he writes, "Bobby Boyd passed away Tuesday 25th April. Bobby played drums with the Blue Mags in their early years and joined the Savoy Jazzmen in the late 60’s. When he moved to Wales in the early 80’s he continued playing but mainly with trios & quartets. He was an excellent drummer always listening to what was going on around him. He was a real character and had a wonderful sense of humour. His funeral is at 10.40 on Wednesday 10th May at Blacon Crematorium, Blacon Avenue, Chester. CH1 5BB. After the service everyone is invited back to the Holiday Inn, Westbound A55. Northop Hall. CH7 6HB".
30/04/17 - "A couple of dates of interest to the jazz scene", writes John Percival. On 3rd May at Beaky jazz club, drummer and leader of the Tame Valley Stompers, Norman Pennington, is celebrating a special birthday. I won't give his age away but it starts with 8 and finishes with 0. The full band plus guests will be there and it promises to be a fun night - all welcome. The day after, Thurs 4th May, they are performing at Didsbury jazz club and, interestingly, the gig is being recorded for a special You-Tube feature promoting Trad Jazz! With this in mind the band intend to be on their very best form and put a really good show on. Who better to carry the Trad flag than messrs Brunt, Broomhead & co. It would be brilliant to get a good crowd in and show that Trad is still alive and kicking, so anyone wanting to support the promotion of our music and at a loose end that night....
30/04/17 - That trumpet man is back! The astonishing Enrico Tomasso pays another visit to the River Bar, Hawkshead Brewery, Staveley near Kendal on Tuesday 9 May. He'll be backed by the cream of NW jazzmen, including a great front-line partner in reedman Dave Lee. It all happens at 8pm, with admission at £10 on the door.
It's all sad news on my return I'm afraid,
first this from Derek Harrison - "Sadly, I hear from Lynne that drummer -
Bobby Boyd - passed away early this morning after a long struggle with
illness. Bobby was 'my' drummer for many years with the Derek Harrison Trio,
and I'm sure he will be remembered with affection by a lot of musicians
among your contacts. He played regularly with several Liverpool bands, and
took part in two memorable cruises on board QE2 with the Alan Pendlebury All
Stars. Bob was a fine 'swinging' drummer who drove a rhythm
section perfectly, and he could also provide 'fireworks' on the kit when
required. Above all he was a true 'Scouser', having worked for years as an
electrician with Cammell Lairds, and his Merseyside humour ensured that no
gig ever became boring. Bob was a fine musician, a great companion and a
loyal friend. Ta ra Bob - and keep yer bowels open!". Then came this
from Gerard Bielderman in the Netherlands, "Just read on Bob Hunt’s Facebook
page that on April 21 drummer Colin Miller suddenly died". Gerard has
a website at
http://gerardsdiscos.jimdo.com/ he's a compiler and publisher of
discographies of jazz musicians and jazz bands from all over the world.
I've now added it to my links page.
30/04/17 - Chris Hambleton has written to me following the death of her husband Bob. She says, "He was 77years old and I think reasonably well known in the North West Jazz circuit. He collapsed and died whilst gardening at home on The Great Orme LLandudno on Saturday 15th April. During his Jazz career he played trombone with The Blue Magnolia Jazz Orchestra ( Liverpool), and Panama Jazz( Wirral) most recently with The River City Jazz Band (Denbigh). We moved from Cheshire to Llandudno in 2006. The cremation service will be held at 11am, on Friday 5th May at Denbigh Memorial Park and Crematorium, Glascoed Road ,St Asaph LL17 0LG and after at the Oriel Hotel St. Asaph, where we hope any musicians will bring their instruments for a jam session in the hotel. Family flowers only please but any donations should be made to RNLI Llandudno via T. Conchar and Sons Funeral Directors, 4 Woodland Road West, Colwyn Bay LL29 7DH".
30/04/17 - "Over the past few months The Pendle Jazzmen have been pleased to welcome a number of younger members sitting in with the Band - a very encouraging sign that jazz in not quite on its last legs", writes Colin Mason. 1. John Brunton - our regular clarinet/tenor saxophone player has two sons, Johnlee (guitar) and Gary (bass) who are professional musicians who play and teach music in Germany and France. Both are very fine players and have, at varous times, enhanced our weekly sessions at The Inn on the Wharf. 2. Our regular 'dep'. keyboard player, Keith Fort also has a drummer son - with an excellent technique and feeling for jazz although Steve plays regularly in a rock-style environment. 3. Another 'regular' with the Band is the clarinetist Ted Watton and we have particularly appreciated the presence of his son, Gary, on a number of occasions over the past years. Gary is a peripatetic teacher of percussions as well as appearing in a number of groups. 4. Colin Ball, our trombonist who features every fortnight at The Inn as well as on our regular special engagements also has the support of his daughter on occasions: she is another instrumentalist. 5. Colin Mason also has son who plays a trumpet and this week entertained the audience, sitting in for several numbers at the Inn. Russell is head of Sound Technology Department at Surrey University and was a founder-member of The prize-winning Big Band there. This might make an interesting topic for further development on your site as there must surely be other jazz players who have children who have continued the tradition? A further point: are they all male?
30/04/17 - Alan Jeffs is the latest musician to join the Deps List. Alan plays guitar and lives on the Wirral.
30/04/17 - An Early 1990s 5 piece Premier APK drum kit, as a 'shell only' kit, has just gone on the Sales Page.
30/04/17 - Carlisle jazz club gig list updated
A nice email received by Mike Lovell recently - "What a WONDERFUL
evening of classic jazz at Todwick tonight – such a great, varied programme
and real joined-up music and clever solos. As you heard the Todwick
Jazz Club members very much appreciated your most entertaining music... lots
of really great comments. It was an evening of pure fun –now I am winding
down with a lovely single malt –here’s to you all – keep up the great music.
I would like SIX IN A BAR to come back in 2018 – I am already doing bookings
for the first sixth months of 2018 so will check the Village Hall Diary to
see free dates... and phone you Mike to confirm a date. You make
a jazz organiser’s life so easy... - Sheila Pantry
29/04/17 - Re Eric's comment. It certainly does ring a few bells and a flood of memories..It was the first jazz band that I played with. It was led by pianist Roy Popplewell. I was playing clarinet in those days. It would have been about 1953. Moondog on drums! I only played a few times with him. He was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident shortly after I joined the band.
29/04/17 - Further to correspondence from Barrie Quilliam and Gerry Tomlinson, he of the red-painted trombone was Gabriel Brown. If memory serves he played with Pop's Piccadilly Stompers who also had a drummer using the name Moondog. In more recent times I have played a red trombone but that is of the plastic variety necessitated by an arthritic shoulder but physiotherapy has put that right (more or less) so Eric Brierley is back on brass. - Eric Brierley
29/04/17 - Back from a lovely holiday in Jersey, every day was sunny, although very cold at times. Plenty to catch up now, not least the garden.
18/04/17 - After today it looks like I'm not going to be able to update the site for nearly 2 weeks. Sorry about that folks.
18/04/17 - Jon Critchley sent me a link to a video taken at Ken Sims' funeral which you can see on the tribute page
18/04/17 - I was really saddened & shocked to hear about the sudden death of Bob Hambleton. We worked & travelled together a lot during the 1980s & 90s & became firm friends during that time. - Laurie Cooper.
18/04/17 - Many Happy Returns today to Dumfries musician Jack Wilson.
In reply to Barrie
Quilliam’s comments, I too remember working with a trombonist in the
mid-fifties who painted his trombone red. I can’t recall his full name but I
have a vague recollection that his first name was Gabriel. - Gerry Tomlinson
Very sad about Bob: He joined
the Original Panama Jazz Band in 1997 after leaving
the Blue Magnolia Jass Orchestra and left in 2008
when he and Chris moved to Llandudno and the travelling became too much. His
trombone playing was greatly influenced by Vic Dickenson. I will always
associate the phrase “Funnily enough” with Bob, who, in conversation,
generally began his response with that. Quite a character, our thoughts go
out to wife Chris. - Jon Critchley and The OPJB, past and present.
17/04/17 - I'm informed that a Jazz Evening is on for this coming Friday and Saturday at the Thyme Out Restaurant in Grange -over-Sands. Music will be by a return of 'Duerida New Orleans Specials'. Apparently they are a talented young group of musicians - perhaps someone out there knows more about them ? Tables can be booked from 5pm to 7.30pm on 01539534079 and firstname.lastname@example.org ". Music is set to start at 6pm, and it's advertised as a Thyme Out evening menu plus a couple of New Orleans dishes.
16/04/17 - John Braben, from Brisbane, Australia, is the latest musician to add a message to the Ken Sims tribute page.
to read about Bob Hambleton's death, I worked with him many years ago. Can
anyone confirm that in the early days he used to play a trombone that he had
painted red. Or am I thinking of someone else with a red trombone? -
So sad to hear that bass
player Norman Cuff had died. My sympathy goes to his wife Ann and his
family. Norman was a fantastic and powerful bass player, who played
all the right notes, and it was a pleasure to play with him for many years
in the Alt River Jazzmen from around the Southport/Liverpool area, many
private gigs and residencies at the Crown, Birkdale and the Marine Club in
Southport every week. He had played in the various nightclubs that
than proliferated around Liverpool, particularly with the Jimmy Harris ( an
excellent pianist ) Trio. He played most nights, he said to me, and
invariably was half asleep at his drawing board, working as a draughtsmen,
the next day. He called everyone " Ace" and the funniest occasion Was
when we went to see Boris's Uralsky Jazz men appearing on the Merseysippi
bill at Hartley's in the Albert Dock. He and I got talking to the bass
player and drummer respectively. To hear Norman calling this very puzzled
Russian "Ace" was so crazy and ridiculously funny ! A lovely guy, who
didn't suffer fools gladly, and I have many fond memories of playing with
him. A fine bass player who sadly had to give up playing because of severe
ear problems. - Roy Swift (Former drummer with the Alt River and
16/04/17 - 1920s hot jazz and 1930s swing jazz are coming to Grange-over-Sands Golf Club, on June 9th, with HOT FINGERS TRIO & EMILY, featuring Thomas 'Spats' Langham: banjo, guitar, ukulele & vocal, Malcolm Sked: double bass, sousaphone and/or tuba, Danny Blythe: guitar, clarinet and bass clarinet and Emily Campbell: vocal. For more details and ticket information click here.
16/04/17 - News has just come this minute from the River City Band contact, Curly Jones, that trombone player Bob Hambleton died suddenly yesterday afternoon. Apparently he collapsed whilst doing a bit of gardening. Bob, for many years, also played with the The Original Dam Jazz Band, The Original Panama Jazz Band and The Blue Mags to name but a few.
16/04/17 - Many people in the North West will remember Jazzy Joan and the Whitewater Hotel with great affection. It was one of the first venues that Barbara and I attended regularly when Keith Moore's band was resident there. Back in 2009, Derek Winters wrote a lovely article in Just Jazz about Joan and Eric and the Whitewater Hotel, and it's this week's Page of The Week
16/04/17 - Mid week daytime jazz events this week include - The Jake Leg Jug Band at The Crown Hotel Ballroom on Mon, 17 April, 13:00 – 15:00 as part of the Nantwich Jazz, Blues & Music Festival, and the High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 21 April, 12:30 – 14:30. John Hallam is also "With Friends", at the Burnside Hotel from Friday to Sunday, but you'll need to find out if tickets are still available.
16/04/17 - Many Happy Returns tomorrow to Chris Barber who will be celebrating his 87th birthday. Also another Chris will be having a birthday celebration on Saturday, NW banjo player Chris Mitchell.
16/04/17 - The Sun St Stompers will be having a special guest today at Ye Olde John O'Gaunt. 17 year old virtuoso saxophone player, Alex Clarke, is in the area, and her mother called to ask if she could have a blow with the band.
15/04/17 - And so we had a great send of for Ken Sims on Thursday 14th April. Great to see so many musicians there. There was a New Orleans style send-off for him. Hope you might recognise a few musicians in the picture (click on it for larger version). - Rita Jones
15/04/17 - My liking of all things Cab Calloway, and curiosity, brought up this four minute video by kids - http://tinyurl.com/mq2h92y. It's amusing and you may find an opportunity to slip it in somewhere as an interest item. - Norman Gibson
15/04/17 - New power supply unit bought and fitted and now all is well again. One stupidity lesson learned. Thankfully it only cost £16.48
14/04/17 - Disaster struck yesterday, my PC died. It had been threatening to do so for a while, so it didn't come as a big surprise. It was the graphics card, without it nothing can appear on the screen. I manage to get another one today and it worked fine, but whilst I had it all dismantled I decided to tackle a noisy fan with the help of a little bit of WD40. A word of warning, don't do this with the power lead attached, or like me you too may poke a finger inside and render a power supply useless.
12/04/17 - Jimmie Macgregor writes in the Scottish Herald, "The sad death of Radio 2 presenter Brian Matthew draws a line under an important and exciting period of my life. Brian's long career included the period in the 1960s which saw the huge upsurge of traditional jazz, skiffle and folk music. I was deeply involved in all, so worked with Brian on many occasions. His supreme professionalism was a given, but more than that, he had a quiet understated charm and affability that endeared him to anyone who was lucky enough to know him, be it personally or professionally. A long life well lived. What some people may not know is that Brian wrote an interesting book called, "Trad Mad", it was given to me by someone who knew I had an interest in the subject. Strange thing is, on the inside cover there's a stamped name of a bookshop - "The Joke Shop, 9, New Street, Worcester". He did actually make a record called Trad Mad https://youtu.be/VNG0m_-INPI
12/04/17 John Blackman tells me that the funeral of Norman Cuff will take place at 1-20pm on Thursday 27th April at Thornton Cemetery L23 1TP. There will be a parade band and any other musicians who wish to join in will be very welcome. Any friends who knew Norman will also be welcome to attend the funeral. There will be a reception, followed by a session of jazz afterwards, at Formby Cricket Club, Cricket Path, off Green Lane. L37 7DP.
11/04/17 - After what seems an age of no news, I was pleased to see this photograph of John Barnes tonight on Facebook, looking quite healthy. It had been posted by Jim Douglas. Jim said, "Maggie and I together with our good friend John Morrow visited John and Pat Barnes today. Although I noticed a slight deterioration in both, they seemed to be in reasonable health and appeared well cared for. I managed to snap John and here is the result. We were both so pleased to have seen them again".
11/04/17 - Margaret
Ashworth has emailed me to say, "I
have purchased tickets for Tony Bennett's concert at the Bridgewater Hall
Manchester on Wednesday 5th July 2017 at 8.00 pm. Unfortunately my two
friends are unable now to accompany me and I just wondered if there is
anyone who would like to buy from me 2 tickets as online there do not appear
to be any tickets left. They are: Stalls seats L-13 and L-14. Face
value is £75.00 per ticket. Should anyone wish to buy them from me
please contact me initially at email@example.com with a name and
'phone number and I will happily return a telephone call.
If you are interested in a look at Tony singing at the Palladium for his
85th birthday there is a link here
https://youtu.be/2Pib8MCZ8RE - a true "jazz singer" in my eyes. He
sounded just like this when I saw him in September 2014. He is, of
course, still working most nights all over America - Hollywood, New York,
Florida etc.etc. I am hoping for a good evening when I go!"
11/04/17 - John Blackman called to tell me that Norman Cuff, who had previously been a long time bass player with the WirrOrleans Jazz Band (known as 'Stormin' Norman' within the band) died peacefully at home at 3-40pm on Monday 10th April. He had been unwell for some time and had lately developed pneumonia. Funeral details will be available when known.
11/04/17 - Walter Love's Radio Ulster Jazz Club of Sunday 09.04.17 featured 'The Blues of Ottilie Patterson.' Well worth a listen on BBC Radio IPlayer for the next month. - David Evans
10/04/17 - The Merseysippi Jazz band have been informed by the Victoria that the brewery have decided to run a barbecue on Easter Monday and therefore we will not be playing on Easter Monday, 17th April. This is likely to apply to all bank holiday Mondays from now on this year. - Peter Fryer
10/04/17 - Too much sunshine can be dangerous, so yesterday over 70 people crowded into Buxton's Pavilion Arts Centre to enjoy a swinging session from the Original Panama Jazz Band. An interesting programme and we were treated to well over the allotted hour. - Sam Wood
10/04/17 - I like to keep ahead of the game and some time ago set an alert for when Google logs new pages containing words like 'trad jazz' 'jazz band', 'stompers' etc. Today it notified of the following - "Boys brown Clarke's stompers Size 9 1/2F Hardly worn plenty of life in them Excellent condition". So there we are, ideal for stomping in no doubt.
09/04/17 - Lovely to read the Malley Horne article! My listening career (live) started with the GED Hone band at the MSG so probably been listening to Malley longer than any other musician, although Dave Donohoe & Derek Galloway must come a close second. Haven't seen Malley since he stopped playing at the Garrick but hopefully will see him in Davos. - Fraser McCombe
09/04/17 - "When did the word "jazz" first appear in mainland UK", was a question asked by Norman Gibson back in 2012, and one which raised an interesting discussion. It's this week's Page of the Week.
09/04/17 - The only NW Musician celebrating a birthday this week is Andy Henderson on Wed 13th. Happy Birthday Andy.
09/04/17 - Annie's Saints And Sinners @ The Dog & Partridge, Bollington (check first on 01625 610059) is the only mid week daytime jazz event this week on Mon, 10 April, 14:00 – 16:00
09/04/17 - Southport Jazz Club (Fleetwood Hesketh Social Club) gig list has been updated.
07/04/17 - Andrew Liddle sent me a copy of an interview he did with banjo player Mal Horne about 4 years ago, and which appeared in Just Jazz Magazine. It's now on the site in another of the series, Andrew Liddle Writes
The Anglo-Scottish 'High Society Hotshots' traditional jazz band are set to
make their English debut at Kendal Jazz Club on
Tuesday 11 April at Staveley, building on two very successful concerts North
of the border. The Scots visitors are Mike Daly (trumpet), Kit Carey (banjo)
and Bill Mullin (drums), all seasoned and respected players, who join with
relative locals Peter Boswell (trombone), Brian Gordon (bass) and Bruce
Carnaffin (clarinet). A foot-tapping evening at Hawkshead Brewery is
guaranteed, starting at 8pm. Admission on the door £10.
06/04/17 - Deco Delight will be 'Raising The Roof' at the Parish Hall of St. Pauls. Lancaster on Saturday May 20th at 7pm. It's all in aid of St. Pauls Church Roof Appeal. Click here for more details.
04/04/17 - Trevor Stent writes to urge people to go to see the young French group “Old Chaps” at Morecambe this Friday and Dove Holes on Saturday. Not strict New Orleans jazz but fine young musicians playing a dynamic style that was a huge hit among all generations at Fest Jazz for the last two years….and the singer, Dréo, is superb, a real “life force”! Don’t miss it!”
03/04/17 - Sue Reid- Povall is a 'relatively new' jazz singer just making herself heard in these parts. She tells me she has only been singing for the last six years, but I know she has been appearing here and there recently, and building up a repertoire, and confidence, with the very efficient pianist Malcolm Hogarth, in company with Isabel Toner. She guested last night with the 'High Society Jazz Band' at Roa Island, and, although she did a limited six numbers, she showed she is a very capable singer of the blues. The reception from the audience was very appreciative. What I think we all liked so much as well was her unpretentious delivery, even apologetic ! " sorry it was not exactly Billie Holiday ". Sue will be very welcome on any jazz stage. - Norman Gibson.
https://www.learnjazzstandards.com/ This looks like a great site, if only
for the sound clips of each song. Check out Clark Terry playing “Just Squeeze
Me”. - Jon Critchley
01/04/17 - Ken Sims has now been added to the list of musicians who are no longer with us and who have made an impression on North West jazzers. There's a Ken Sims tribute page here. If anybody has any memories of Ken, particularly when he was playing around Liverpool, I'd love to hear them.
01/04/07 - I have recently re-organised my tribute site to Alan Cooper ( http://tinyurl.com/kgd3lnf ) and it is now far more readable and user-friendly. I thought it might interest you and your readers although it is not north-western and certainly not strictly traditional. - Jamie Evans
01/04/17 - The Savoy Jazzmen are giving a concert on Tuesday 4th April, between 2pn and 4pm, in the beautiful setting of the Sefton Park Palm House, Sefton Park, Liverpool. L17 1AP. Tickets cost £6.00 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. This is the only mid week daytime event this week.
01/04/17 - Mike Hayler & Matt Palmer will be celebrating their birthdays a week today on Saturday 8th April.
01/04/17 - The Mayoress of Preston and members of the Silver Bell Band look on somewhat bemused as Canon Timothy Lipscomb, Vicar of Preston, & Acting Archdeacon of Blackburn, took to the floor in a somewhat unconventional attire. It earned a charity an extra £20 as his partner accepted a bet to ask him for a dance. It was all in aid of the Mayor of Preston's (Councillor John Collins) charity jazz night to raise funds for local charity Heartbeat. John has been a regular supporter of the band and has followed them as they have moved venues in the town, so it came as no surprise that he invited them to play on this special occasion. The band sounded great, and from the word go, many guests were on the floor dancing, not even something I see very often in North West jazz clubs. I think the Mayor will have been well satisfied with the outcome of the evening. (click on picture for larger version).
01/04/17 - The Red River Jazz Band was a very popular band in Manchester, and in 1964 they were one of the winners of the national jazz federation band contest. Dave Berry sent me some pictures and a page was created in February last year. It is this week's Page of The Week. It includes a video of Sheila Collier singing with the band at Dresden Dixie Fest and some audio recordings too.
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