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31/08/18 - Hi Fred What a lovely tribute and good wishes piece John Percival has written to Alex Clarke. John obviously has a leaning towards encouragement of the young, who we have to look on to keep our jazz alive. I've been 'beating the drum' for some time in favour of young bands getting more bookings in Jazz Clubs and Festivals. But while the UK hangs back the Continent is steaming ahead with great young bands emerging with regularity. Age has caught up with me and I have retired from jazz events promotion, but I am finding time again helping the young Frog and Henry Band fill the northern part of their Feb 2019 Tour with the five piece. Sadly Malcolm, Roa Island JC, has retired and we are currently in negotiation with a venue to fill that Feb 15 date, otherwise we were close to releasing a twelve plus venue programme. All good fun, and a pleasant, amiable and seriously enthusiastic bunch of young musicians I have had the good fortune of meeting over the last few years. It would be great to be able to turn the clock back ! Good luck for the future Alex. - Norman Gibson
31/08/18 - Just to let all the friends of these two bands know of their parts in this year's Wirral Arts Festival festival. The Merseysippi have the honour of presenting the opening concert on Saturday 29th September at Heswall Hall: 8 till 10.30. Tickets from Linghams bookshop in Heswall or from the band. Price £10. The Peninsula Jazzmen welcome all comers to Heswall Royal British Legion on Tuesday 2nd October, 8.30 to 11.00. Free admission but donations are welcomed! Both bands look forward to seeing you at the Festival. For full details, check www.wirralartsfestival.co.uk
28/08/18 - The Dixie Beats would like to wish our brilliant reed player, Alex Clarke, all the very best in her studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Alex will appear with us at Eagley on Monday night (3rd. Sept) before setting off next week to start her four year course (although she will still perform with us during vacations and home visits). During the last two years Alex has well and truly established herself on the circuit and seems to have played with everyone in every genre. Despite this considerable success she remains a truly down to earth, good humoured musician and it is an absolute delight to have her as a member of the the band. Her contributions to our arrangements and performances, enthusiasm and personality have made her a key part of our line up and we look forward to welcoming her back as often as she can manage, and when she's an international superstar will be quite happy to be the backing group. Good luck and every success in your studies, Alex - you deserve it. - John Percival;
28/08/18 - Norman Dakers' funeral will be at Peel Green Crematorium at 11am Wednesday 5th Sept. postcode M30 7LW. and afterwards at Irlam Social Club Cutnook Lane, M44 6JS - Tony Dunleavy
28/08/18 - I also remember Doug Whaley, and twice singing with him and the Red River at Dresden Dixieland Jazz Festival, 1985 and 1990.have you seen the clip on U tube? Hoffman Jazz. I am sad that I can’t get over from Sweden to attend his funeral on the 31 August. My love and happy memories to all my music friends, and the times we shared together - Sheila Collier
28/08/18 - I remember Norman Dakers when I joined the Southside Stompers in 1958. He was such good fun! I remember giving him a lift in my Isetta bubble car over the Pennines to Sheffield to play in a Jazz Club over there, and we got lost and had to ask the way. He was a large gentleman, and when I opened the front for him to get out, he almost rocked the little 3 Wheeler over. Another time we got lost in the smog, and I stayed at his mum’s house, borrowing her long nightdress. I was only 18. Happy days. My condolences to his family, - Sheila Collier.
27/08/18 - In readiness for the re-opening of the Garstang Jazz Club on 6th September next week, following the summer recess, Jim Swinnerton has sent me a couple of posters iadvertising what appears should be a great event - click here to view
27/08/18 - Sorry to relay news of the passing of NORMAN DAKERS on Aug 23rd 2018. Norman was an original member of SOUTHSIDE J. B. of Manchester during late 1950's/early 60/s. A fine musician & a larger than life character. His regular saying was 'I used to know lots of jokes, but can't remember any ' , then spent the next half hour rolling them out non-stop. He saw action in Europe during the 1939-45 war, where he sustained a back injury which affected him for the rest of his life. During recent years He, wife Margaret, my wife Jean & myself were frequent visitors to jazz clubs & dining out until ill health hit them. A lovely man, always pleasant (except when he had to wear a tie). Everybody he met was his friend. He will be missed. R. I. P. "Norm" - Frank Cholerton
26/08/18 - Re; Page of The Week. Thank you Fred for showing Laurie Taylor's 'Thinking Allowed' broadcast. He's right. For anyone around at the time the Temple was the place to be with the Mersey's at their excitingly entertaining best. Who cannot remember, with joy, admiration,and a bit of a drunken smile, Liverpool's own Neddy Seagoon aka Pete Daniels playing the part of a Tradjazz Maynard Ferguson. What a terrific band in an amazing period in the cultural history of Liverpool,where there was music before the Beatles. Unfortunately not too many people know that now. The Temple is now a Coffee Bar and Deli called Baby E. - Bob Lamb
26/08/18 - I just read Ian Royle's very accurate description of the weather conditions on Llandudno Pier last Friday 24th August with the River City jazz band, and I've only got one comment to make - I've started with a cold today, I wonder why?! - Laurie Cooper.
26/08/18 - The Temple in Liverpool is the subject of this week's Page of the Week
26/08/18 - Many Happy Returns today to Mike McLachlan & Andrew Mackenzie, and on Tuesday to Keith Shone.
26/08/18 - More midweek daytime Jazz events this week than usual - On Mon, 27 August, 11:00 – 17:00, Deco Delight at Cartmel races, and on Tue 28th August, 13:15 – 16:30, The River City Jazz Band are on Llandudno Pier. Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar will be at The North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood on Wed, 29 August, 12:00 – 14:30. Then finally on Friday The River City Jazz Band are back on Llandudno Pier again from 13:15 – 16:30.
26/08/18 - After the monsoon conditions on Llandudno Pier this last Friday (thanks to all our supporters for their enthusiasm before the thunderstorms), today's show (Sunday 26th August) has been cancelled due to the prospect of further downpours. However the River City Jazz Band will be appearing in wellies, sou'westers, thermal underwear and suitably anointed with goose grease on Bank Holiday Monday and on the Tuesday as well.- Ian Royle
24/08/18 - There is now a tribute page for Doug Whaley, and I've just added the latest email which came from Frank Slater.
24/08/18 - For anyone wishing to catch up with Alex, the Alex Clarke Quartet will be paying at the Congleton Jazz & Blues Festival tomorrow (Saturday 25th), with Special Guest TJ Johnson, formerly of this parish but now resident in London. Also appearing is Liverpool-based Amanda Brown and the Common Ears, who I and countless others had the good fortune to see at Trevor Stent's recent Fest Jazz in Brittany. Other sessions over the weekend include the Beartown Stompers and Swingology.- Barry Pryme
23/08/18 - Sad to hear about Doug'. I played with him many times over the years. He was able to adapt to any style of jazz and Big Band music, I enjoyed every session I did with him. He showed such tenacity to carry on with his playing after the devastating series of strokes he suffered, mastering playing left handed. and having a stand made to hold his trumpet in the playing position Another light has gone out in the jazz world. Rest in Peace Doug - Tony Dunleavy
23/08/18 - Really sad to hear about Doug Whaley’s passing : knew him from his association with local jazz musicians in Whitefield, North Manchester, including Jim Ashton (banjo ) who played in the ‘Cotton City Jazzmen ‘ whose base was a pub , near where I moved to from Whitefield just off Walmersley Road , Bury , in October 1957. Will tell Jim the arrangements: knew Doug wasn’t well , & understand he lived not far from the wake venue, but never got round to visiting him. Wouldn’t have taken much effort as I live in Bolton too! - Brian Taylor.
23/08/18 - I am deeply sorry to hear about Doug. He was just about the best player in the North West and, specifically, one of the nicest fellows you could meet. I hadn't seen him for years, but will always remember him and his playing. - Steve Voce
Ray Murphy is "interested in
meeting someone to play jazz trumpet (dixi) and give me advice,would
like to find a tutor - I live in OL11 area of Greater Manchester. Played
with Owen Bryce in Northampton". Any ideas anyone?
22/08/18 - I am very sad to advise you that I received a call from Colin Whaley, a nephew of Doug Whaley. Colin advised me that Doug passed away on Monday 20th August after being ill for some time. Colin has provided me with the following details relating to the funeral. Colin is quite happy for me to pass on this information for publication on JazzNorthWest. Doug’s funeral will be held at Radcliffe Crematorium at 2.30pm on Thursday 30th August, Postcode M26 4EU. His wake is at Bradshaw Conservative Club, Bradshaw, Bolton, Postcode BL2 3ET – All Welcome. Doug was a brilliant musician and a major influence to many musicians in jazz circles of all genre. He played a big part in my own life as a musician, work colleague and friend since 1957. He will be sadly missed and I have no doubt that his passing marks the end of an era for many of us. - Regards, Barry Aldous
22/08/18 - Could you have filled three pages about your life story at the age of 18? Well North West jazz musician, Alex Clarke, has done just that in the latest edition of Just Jazz Magazine, and what an interesting and well written story she has to tell. Mark my words, this is one determined young lady who is going places. She recently released her first CD and says she's "serious about doing my bit towards the apparent revival of young people playing and enjoying jazz and swing". Well worth getting hold of a copy of the magazine which you can order by clicking here and sending off the form.
20/08/18 - Details have now come through for Alan Duckles' funeral arrangements. His funeral will take place at Lancaster and Morecambe Crematorium on Friday 31st August at 2-30pm, and afterwards at the Greaves Park
20/08/18 - Tonight – the sensational Benny
Goodman Small Groups from the 1930s on Now You Has Jazz, Jazz, Jazz with
Teddy Wilson, Lionel Hampton, Harry James Martha Tilton and the great
Gene Krupa. 8pm on "The
Sound of Spitfire"
20/08/18 - Could you help Marsden Jazz
Festival go with a swing? Well that's the headline in Saddleworth Life.
It's detailed in this week's
JazzNorthWest Weekly. "Marsden Jazz Festival needs you!" It would
appear that Marsden Jazz Festival, is seeking volunteers to help ensure
this year’s event goes smoothly.
19/08/18 - ‘Director/Producer Renee Edwards has crafted a documentary about the embattled tradition of New Orleans’ musicians, and their struggle for continued habitation and survival after their careers have been made barely tenable by natural disaster, poor flood defences and political machinations. - Katrina. “If the musicians ain’t got a chance to live, then what chance has the music got?” - Dr John. The film, "One Note At A Time" is set in the iconic musical backdrop of New Orleans, where the music stopped in 2005 when one of the most destructive hurricanes in American history struck. The flood defences failed, flooding the Crescent City for weeks. Lives were lost and lives were shattered. Many displaced musicians felt compelled to return to the chaos and bleak confusion to play again. This is the story of some who made it back, told in their own words, with those who fought alongside to resuscitate the music scene. I have been in contact with Jane Munro who tells me -"The film is screening at HOME Manchester Aug 24-30. Here is their film page, although tickets won’t go on sale until Tuesday. https://homemcr.org/film/one-note-time/". Check out the trailer below
19/08/18 - Correction - Just one daytime midweek jazz event - The River City Jazz Band on Llandudno Pier on Fri, 24 August, 13:15 – 16:30
19/08/18 - This week's Page of The Week is "What makes a Jazz Club successful"? It was put together by John Muskett from the results of a poll by Norman Gibson and David Wellock back in 2014.
Returns next Saturday to Ben Holder, and on Sunday to Mike McLachlan &
17/08/18 - Mart Rodger writes, "I have just
found a tape recorded in 1956 at The King's Hall in Cheadle Hulme. John
Mayall vocal/piano, Derek Atkins trumpet, Alan Hare trombone, Frank
Booth banjo/guitar, Norman Slater double bass, Gordon Becket drums and
myself Mart Rodger clarinet. There are three numbers "The Sheik of Araby",
"Buckets Got a Hole in It", "If you See Me Comin'. This was Alan Hare’s
16/08/18 - After 24 years of jazz at Roa Island the last gig will be with on the 8 September 2018 with Martin Bennett's Old Green River Band with Alex Clarke. After a minor incident at our last gig, the Roa Island Boat Club informed me that I could no longer serve food at my jazz events. Since Cooking with Jazz has been a major factor in selling 'tickets' I said that I would not continue. I and others are now diverting our support to the Kendal Jazz Club. Val Kennedy is considering putting on a substitute for the Keith Nichols gig at Abbots Hall Hotel, Kents Bank. Paul Loftus also hopes to revive the Prince of Wales Pub, Foxfield, as a jazz venue.
15/08/18 - I've set up a page in memory of Alan Duckles, so if you have any stories or memories you'd like to share, please let me have them. It's because of researchers and emails from distant relatives or old acquaintance Googling people they once knew, that I have come to realise the importance of the tribute pages.
15/08/18 - The new venue for the Wall City Jazz Band is now established. It is Upton-By-Chester Royal British Legion. We will be playing on the second Tuesday of each month. Entry is £4 on the door, inclusive of raffle tickets, and we start at 8 pm. - Alan Jeffs
15/08/18 - Peter Vickers tells me that his book, "The Silver Bell Band - Fifty Years of Music Making", when printed, will be available for £5 which includes postage in the UK.
14/08/18 - Hi Fred, I recently came across a new-ish band (The Peter Johnson Quartet), playing the second Saturday each month at the newly opened Cafelito lounge & bistro, directly opposite the main entrance to Stockport train station, generally from 2.00 to 4.00 pm. With no door charge, a pleasant way to enjoy a coffee, snack or meal during a break from shopping. - Barry Pryme.
14/08/18 - Re: Alan Duckles, very sad. Done
many gigs with Alan and Geraldine. It was only last week I asked Barry
Marshall about him. Great character and a nice guy.
14/08/18 - One or two people told me yesterday that someone had written some nice things about me on your site, so I had a look & found that that person was my old pal Ian Royle. I blushed when I read what he wrote about me. It's always a great pleasure to play alongside Ian, he's a superb player & a great motivator. You either have to try to rise to his level of exuberance or risk being a total passenger. He said to me many years ago "I'll shake you out of your trombone playing lethargy, Cooper" - he did too, & continues to do so! I don't see nearly enough of Ian these days. - Laurie Cooper.
14/08/18 - When Barbara and I went to Lancaster back in the 90s to listen to the first live jazz band after years in the wilderness listening to other music, it was to see The New Riverside Jazz Band at the Wagon & Horses where we met the band leader, Alan Duckles, on the first of many occasions. So it was with sadness that I learned that Alan had passed away yesterday. I took this lovely photograph of Alan and his wife Geraldine back in 2002 when we went out for lunch together (click on it for larger version). Alan had founded the New Riverside Jazz Band and led the band since 1983, and eventually retired in early 2017 following a period of ill health. He also fronted two other bands - Tom Culbert's "Quayside Hot Stompers" and Barrie Marshall's "Sun Street Stompers", and was well known in the Lancaster area having been a teacher there for many years and very much involved with The Footlights Theatre Company based at The Grand Theatre in Lancaster. He was with them for along time as an actor and by all accounts was a good one. Fellow musicians Alan Mathews and Dave Bateman were also in The Footlights the same time.. Geraldine (Gerry) Duckles also played banjo and tenor guitar in those two bands and our thoughts go out to her and their family.
13/08/18 - Many thanks for continuing to present the always enjoyable ( and informative ) Newsletter and helping to keep jazz alive in the North West. If I may revisit the past and the Merseys during their residency at the Albert Dock. Admission was free and downstairs in the vault. I'm sure many readers will remember it and the excellent sessions. One night Ken 'Nob' Baldwin asked me when i arrived if I had been charged a pound to enter. He then told me that a young local 'entrepeneur' (sic) had been standing outside at the entrance charging people a pound to go in ! He had clearly done a flit before i arrived. Those really were the days. - Bob Lamb
13/08/18 - Parrjazz returned to their original base at Studio2, Parr Street at the beginning of June where sessions start at 8.30pm until 11pm and then the jam for musicians. The admission is free. In addition to live music Parrjazz continue to hold their Jazz Jam + the added vinyl jam which last week included a Clarence Williams LP. Do you know the film 'The Legend of 1900' ? The part of Jelly Roll Morton, including the shining diamond-studded tooth, is played by grandson Clarence Williams III and includes a whirlwind of a ' piano duel '. A clip is on YouTube. The resident quartet support the guest musician although there is sometimes a visiting band. A recent appearance was The Grumpah Band from Yorkshire, although not sure what category I'd place them in with bjo/tpt/sousaphone. All I do know that it was one hell of a night. - Bob Lamb
12/08/18 - As band members selfishly take summer holidays, we (Mad Ed Hot Five), have extended out Summer break until Sunday September 9th. Dave Dixson, Stan Williams Mike Swift and a dep for Prof Rippeth ( apparently he will be wrestling with some extra hard sums that day) will be performing alongside my saintly loveliness from ½ 3 thru 6 at the Blue Bell in Halkyn. This is our 13 year you know and our highly valued raffle is a huge attraction. For those not in the know, every week we give away large quantities of shop soiled slightly out of date Jaffa cakes. They keep our regulars..... er, regular. - Ed Lloyd-Hughes
12/08/18 - One lovely lady musician I have yet to meet is Susan Reid-Povall, who grew up surrounded by music, as her father, Roy, was a very accomplished jazz piano player and her aunt, Beryl Reid, was to become very famous in the world of theatre and film. Along with Malcolm Hogarth and partner Isabel Toner she recorded a CD a couple of years ago. You can listen to a sample by going to this week's Page of The Week
12/08/18 - Midweek daytime jazz this week - The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 17 August, 12:30 – 14:30 at Carnforth Railway Station where there are Tea Rooms and Good food available. Also on Friday The Riverside Jazz Band will be playing on Llandudno Pier between 13:15 – 16:30. The Riverside Jazz Band plays daytime gigs on Llandudno Pier on Fridays and Sundays throughout the rest of August and into September plus Bank Holiday Monday.
12/08/18 - Many Happy Returns this week to
a couple of drummers, Alan Davies, now down in the South West, and to
Midland's Graham Smith once a regular visitor to the North West with the
10/08/18 - I'm not a natural book reader, prefer to use them for reference only, but I recently read a book from start to finish, something I haven't done in a long time. However this book was something special. It's a history of a local Preston jazz band, "The Silver Bell Band - Fifty Years of Music Making" by the band leader, Pete Vickers. It's full of photographs and charts the places and events at which the band has played, and the musicians who have been part of it. There are amusing anecdotes, including one where the Pete tells of the "numerous performances at The Gynn Square in Blackpool which were memorable to several members of the band who had visited New Orleans many times. Memorable in that they used the same pungent and flowery toilet cleaner as the well frequented Johnnie White's bar in the crescent city". Pete's first batch of 100 books have already sold out. Perhaps not so much sold out as given out to the many musicians who have featured in it, as well as friends and acquaintances such as myself. If you want a copy, then you'll probably have to wait for the reprint, but you can let me know and I'll pass details on and hopefully reserve you a copy. I'm not sure of the price yet.
10/08/18 - Derek Harrison writes, "My wife and I still run a monthly Jazz Session (2nd Thursday in each month) at The Boathouse Restaurant, Ellesmere, Shropshire. I don't trouble you with it - although it has become one of the best and most popular jazz venues for miles - because I'm aware we are 'on the fringe' of the North-West area you cover mainly. However, since last night's session featured prominent musicians from the north-west, I would like to mention it to you. With myself on piano and my dynamic drummer - Graham 'Rockit' Ashley, we combined Mersyside Vibes player Vic Blackwell, outstanding Bassist Grant Russell and the delightful jazz singer Nat Blooms (both from Manchester). This resulted in a great evening of swinging jazz much appreciated by a full house at The Boathouse. Other musicians featured in Ellesmere have - or are about to be featured - include, Jamie Brownfield - trumpet; Roy Sainsbury - guitar; Mark Challinor's Wabash Jazzmen; The Chicago Swing Katz; Stan Williams - trumpet; together with Terry McGrath and George Huxley. The Boathouse is a venue with a growing reputation and of course, you would be welcome at any time".
09/08/18 - In the latest issue of
JazzNorthWest Weekly, there's an article on Louis Armstrong along
with 44 photographs of him. Scroll down to "Louis Armstrong @ All About
08/08/18 - There's a
new kid on the block, well more like an old kid that's been round the
block and back. Welcome back to Cumbrian band -
The Gentlemen of Jazz, who after an absence have reformed. Led
by Peter Myers, the band are now featured on the site and can be
accessed from the Band Spotlight page otherwise known as the
- "An update about our visit to the Jazz
Centre UK.", writes Jenny Knight. "Rayk jazz (Ray & Jenny Knight and
Louis Lince), were invited to give a brief talk about the documentaries
we have made, "The Road to
Southport Pier - A jazz Odyssey 2017" and "From
the Dee to the Mersey - the jazz odyssey continues". We were
very warmly welcomed by Digby Fairweather and were introduced to
volunteers and Trustees who were there. It was billed as 'A very
special jazz event in our Lecture Theatre at 2pm. Louis Lince and
partners Ray and Jenny Knight join us at 2pm to present a talk about
their pioneering documentaries about jazz in the north-west. Their talk
will feature a unique premier of their second film "From the Dee to the
Mersey". They have a very good audio/visual
system - it was very nice to see the film on the big screen - and the
theatre was full. All the comments were very good and we have been
invited back. If you or anyone "Oop North" should be in the
vicinity of Southend-on-Sea, Essex, we can highly recommend a visit, you
will not be disappointed - and there are plenty of exhibits. Our
third documentary is in editing and the fourth is at the planning
05/08/18 - There are no daytime midweek jazz events this week.
05/08/18 - Page of the week remains the same because the links in Jazz Extras and What's On were not updated. It's Andrew's Liddle's article about the recording of St Thomas Breakdown by Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz
05/08/18 - Many Happy Returns this coming week to Mark Challinor on Tuesday, Keith Moore on Wednesday Frank Lowe on Friday and Harold Salisbury on Saturday.
05/08/18 - We have enjoyed some great jazz events over many years, going back to Queenie Watts' weekend sessions at her Ironbridge Tavern in London's East End in the early sixties, Phil Mason's Bute Festival and visits to NOLA. But we would say that Fest Jazz last weekend in Chateauneuf Du Faou was our Jazz Nirvana. OK, so it rained all day Sunday, but what a brilliant programme of the best of jazz the world has to offer. The 'Shake 'em Up' girls were just fantastic (Trevor Stent rates them best in the world - see jazzandjazz.com) , as were 'Mama Shakers', 'Frog and Henry' with Ewan Bleach, 'Ben Waters' with 16 year old son Tom on sax.. The UK contingent 'Amanda Brown and The Common Ears', 'The Chris Hayward 4' and 'Tad Newton's Jazz Friends' were all very well received. Trevor will have a hard job topping this in 2019, but feel sure many of them will be invited back! - Norman and Meryl Gibson
03/08/18 - 1,300 people accessed the web site last month, and there was a total of 5,100 visits, so still worth pressing on.
03/08/18 - You'd be thinking that the future's looking bright if you read the New Times in Phoenix Arizona, which you probably don't. - "The Lava Hot Jass Band brings its own flavor to New-Orleans-style jazz music. Courtesy of Lava Hot Jass Band, a Group of Arizona State University (ASU) Students Are Bringing New Orleans Jazz to the Desert. Mostly graduate and doctoral students from ASU’s School of Music, as well as alumni, make up the Lava Hot Jass Band. A few younger students, such as trumpet player Liam Connor, are the exception. Wen Wu, a clarinet player from China, is the brainchild of the group. A trip to New Orleans three years ago led to an appreciation for the style, inspiring her to start her own group last year". “I just fell in love with the music," says Wen, who is an orchestral clarinet major. It never really clicked with me until I went to New Orleans. It feels like I finally understand jazz.”. Check them out at rehersal on https://youtu.be/2E7YhMM-wTI
03/08/18 - Sadly, July 30 was the final date at The Mill Hotel for the Wall City Jazz Band. It was a great send off, with the room absolutely packed with enthusiastic jazz fans. All is not lost, however, as I have found a possible new venue which will provide much more seating, dance floor space, and much easier parking. It's the Royal British Legion, Heath Road, Upton-By-Chester CH2 1HX. We will be playing there on Tuesday August 7, as a 'trial' event. - Alan Jeffs
31/07/18 - One of the
nicest parts of maintaining this web site, is putting old friends back
in touch. Last night I had a phone call from Don Bastow trying to
contact Colin Tomkins, and sadly I had to inform him that his funeral
was announced on the site back in January this year. He said he was a
personal friend of Colin & Brenda (now Canty Forrest), and I said I
could pass his details on to Brenda if he wished, and he did. Brenda
replied and said, "Thank you for that, it is amazing. We knew Don from
about 1954 when we all worked at ICI. It wasn’t a jazz friendship but we
did go on holiday a few times with him and his wife in the late 50s and
when we moved to Wales in 1962 we sort of lost touch. Your site has
helped me before in finding friends (and musician friends). I am
thrilled to be able to contact Don Bastow again. Thank you so much Fred
you do a great job.
30/07/18 - The Autumn issue of Just Jazz is now out and you can check out the cover by clicking here
30/07/18 - I don’t know if I missed any mention of the festival here in North Wales on your page but I have been for the last 3 years and it has been a big success yet again. It has attracted a big appreciative audience. The Fringe isn’t expensive and is so popular and even though we had rain showers from time to time it was under cover, and is mostly trad/ mainstream. I must add we had some young graduates from Leeds college called Mangate Swingers Party who we really enjoyed. They played a lot of old standard jazz tunes with a bit of a twist and were so happy. Think we will hear a lot of them in the future. The Main marquee mostly has the Modern jazz. We were there all day for 3 days in the Fringe and heard some fantastic jazz, even Stéphane Grappelli type, and Llandudno Big Swing band ,and others. A very entertaining. weekend, just hope it’s there again next year. - Brenda Canty Forest.
30/07/18 - "Dear Fred, Thank you for mentioning our 61st Anniversary. I’m glad to say Janet is getting better from her foot operation and two bad falls. On the day we were married I was a member with the Zenith Six and our weekly Friday session was at The Clarendon on Oxford Road, Manchester and a picture of the venue is attached. After our wedding we came to our flat in Disley and we were invited to a party that evening with the Zenith Six. We are both very happy and love having so many great friends like yourself and Barbara". - Mart and Janet Rodger
30/07/18 - A headline from Friday's Washington Post - "New Orleans celebrates 300 years of letting the good times roll .... New Orleans turns 300 years this year". Founded in1718 by French Canadian Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, it's quite an interesting article.
29/07/18 - Alex Clarke, the young reed player from South Manchester who has made her presence well and truly known in the North West, is on her way to the Midlands, where the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (Birmingham City University) beckons, and I'm sure we all wish her well for the future. Alex is also really excited to announce that her debut album “Mirage” is finally out and available to purchase. It features Alex Clarke (saxes & flute), Tom Kincaid (piano), Ed Harrison (bass) and Eryl Roberts (drums), You can order a copy for £12 incl. p&p. via http://www.alexclarkejazz.co.uk/new-cd, or find her at a gig and you can take one away with you for just £10! Her next gig is at The Conservative Club, Ashton U Lyne with The Tame Valley Stompers (Beaky Jazz Club) on Wed, 1 August, at 8-30pm
29/07/18 - The rain stopped just after lunch, so a quick decision to dash up to Fleetwood to see and hear Mike Lovell's Four in a Bar at the North Euston in Fleetwood today. Willie Entwistle, Mike, Chris Howse and bass player Ed Harrison. I was quite amused at a sandwich board in the hotel lobby which read, "Soup of The Day" then underneath, "Ham Egg & Chips £7.50" That's some chunky soup. Click on photo for larger version.
29/07/18 - There are no daytime midweek jazz events this week unless you know different?
29/07/18 - Many Happy Returns next week to Jim Swinnerton and Ken Binns on Monday, and to Mike Lovell on Friday. Also congratulations to Mart & Janet Rodger who celebrate their 61st wedding anniversary on Friday. Eleven years earlier, to celebrate their Golden Wedding and dedicated to Janet, Mart and the band recorded the CD, "ALLMART". There to witness the recording in St. Thomas’s, Stockport, was Andrew Liddle, who went on to write the sleeve notes for the CD. Mart is a perfectionist and if you want to know what it takes to get a recording session just right, read Andrew's article about it - St Thomas Breakdown. It's this week's Page of the Week. I've just been listening to this lovely CD and this beautiful recording of Amazing Grace. Also the CD is still available from here
27/07/18 - Last minute change at Carlisle Jazz Club - Emily Bacon's Good Time Gang now playing on Aug 2nd
"Re: Rayk jazz documentaries. As
you may be aware", writes Louis Lince, "We are having severe problems
with people from the other side of the world ripping off our titles on
YouTube and putting pornographic materials up under the name. Legal
action is taking place....BUT .... Good news - the three of us (Ray,
Jenny and I) are giving a presentation in Southend to the Jazz Centre UK
on Saturday 4th August in the afternoon talking about our documentary
series and a big screen viewing of #2 "From the Dee to the Mersey ".
Both our titles have been accepted into their archive for posterity!
We're still working on the editing of #3 and are planning #4 to cover
the Newcastle (not Northwest but oop
25/07/18 - Carlisle Jazz Club gig list has been updated
I love this story from Barrie
Marshall about a regular venue for the Silver Bell
Band. "I was talking to the landlord of the Mad Hatters in Preston
last week, I asked him why they had changed the name from The Ale
Emporium. He said because it was nicknamed The A & E, and when one guy
told a taxi driver to pick him up from pub, the taxi went to the
hospital because he gave the driver the nickname".
Thanks to Sam Ralph, there are more great pictures taken at
Rochdale Jazz Club, this time it's the Aire
Valley Jazz Band with some well known faces that you can see
I've added links to all Sam's photographs on the
Rochdale Jazz Club page
23/07/18 - "An old friend of the band (Sun Street Stompers), turned up today with his sousaphone", wrote Barrie Marshall on Sunday. Arno Bakker did a duet with Paul Guppy on tuba. which you can see at https://youtu.be/czgSGgLquAk.
23/07/18 - The latest edition of Jazznorthwest Weekly, my weekly jazz newspaper, features an article entitled Jelly Roll Morton's House - New Orleans Music Map, as well as lots of other articles which you may find of interest.
23/07/18 - Many NW jazz bands have played at Pickering Jazz Festival in the past including the Quayside Hot Stompers where you can find a video of the band on their page, when they were playing there. So what happened to the Pickering Jazz Festival? Well The Kirkbymoorside Town Blog stated on Saturday - "The Sixth Ryedale Festival of Traditional Jazz will be held in Pickering and starts tomorrow, Sunday, with a week long programme of concerts. The Festival kicks off at the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul at 2.30pm with a spirituals concert featuring the Ryedale Jazz Band. All the other concerts will be held in the Memorial Hall and start each evening at 7.30pm". Some things haven't changed though - The Harlem Hot Stompers play on Monday, July 23, Tame Valley Stompers on Thursday, July 26, "Mick Lovell and his Siz-in-a-Bar" on Saturday, July 28. (I guess that unless they have amended it by now, it's going to be hot 'sizzling' jazz - Fred).
"Bonjour Fred. I had forgotten all about my memoirs of
Duck. I have a few recordings I made on my little cheap cassette
recorder (quality varies) and here are two by The French Quarter Band
from 1985 and one by The Magnolia Band, probably the same year. As
I wrote in my earlier dissertation The M6 Breakdown Band was the regular
Thursday night entertainment. And, as you can hear from the attached
recording, entertainment is certainly was". - Graham Martindale. You can
hear these tracks on the Strawbury Duck page
22/07/18 - Yesterday, on the eve of Fest Jazz getting under way, Peter Butler has posted, on his website www.jazzandjazz.com, the full programme for Fest Jazz 2018. It contains some very good videos of bands appearing, which Festival Director and ex Blue Mags leader Trevor Stent has commented he is very pleased with. All needed now is the weather to be kind. - Norman Gibson
22/07/18 - There's one pub in the North West I've nearly made it to on a couple of occasions, the last time proving that I'd approached it from the wrong end and the road was impassable. It's off the beaten track somewhat, so much so that the Google Camera car has not even ventured near it so you won't find it on Google Street Map. Hard to imagine that The Strawbury Duck (my spell checker tells me that's spelt wrong, but it isn't), in Entwistle, Turton near Bolton, was once a thriving traditional jazz venue. It was mentioned on the site back in 2013 and is this week's Page of The Week
22/07/18 - Daylight Jazz next week includes Deco Delight at Cartmel Races on Monday from 11am and Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at the North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood on Wed, 25 July, 12:00 – 14:30.
Many Happy Returns today to Louis
Lince. On Tuesday it's Brian Singleton's turn to celebrate his birthday,
on Wednesday Les Harris, on Thursday Charlie Bentley, Friday it's Barry
Grummett and next Sunday we have three in a row, Barry Aldous, Rae Owen
and Ton Rippieth. Happy Birthdays to you all.
Bands that appear on the Spotlight Page (Main Menu)
have appeared in What's On during the last 12
months. Unfortunately Payday Loons haven't
had any public gigs in this period and like others, they now appear in
the Whatever Happened to .... section. Their
web page has the same address and can still be found via Google.
Hopefully it won't be too long before they are listed on the Spotlight
Mike Lovell has sent me a couple of
photographs of Anthony Mason, Colin Turner and himself taken at
their gig at Lancaster University, for a graduation ceremony. See
19/07/18 - Hi Fred, Enjoying Davos New Orleans Jazz Festival and passed on your best to Geoff Bull & Ryoichi Kawai. Definitely the best N O style band around. Good to see Tom Kincaid & The Three Bears, doing their usual excellent job backing The Creole Clarinets as well as appearing in their own right. Apart from musicians we are virtually the only Brits here! Plenty of daytime music, perhaps you ought to consider it for 2019? - Fraser McCombe
Nigel Irvine is the latest musician
to join the Deps List. Nigel plays Sousaphone and
Tuba, and although based in London, can travel anywhere in his camper
17/07/18 - Just noticed the post on your website that says there isn't much midweek jazz on this week - but to reassure you and all your readers, the High Society Band will be at Carnforth Station as usual in Friday 20th July at 12.30pm for our 'Jazz Lunch'. - Dave Bateman. Thanks Dave, missed that one - Fred
16/07/18 - There's no session of Jazz Rendezvous at St Helens Bowling Club in August, but it will resume on September 9th with guests Terry Brunt (tbn), Dave Alexander (gtr) and Howard Murray (saxes).
16/07/18 - Hi Fred In your 'Page of the Week', it refers to a 'rake' as a 'ne'er do well'. I can recall my Dad back in NI, when he was giving some words of wisdom, telling us young brothers, to steer clear of some of the bxxxxy rakes around town and the women with them. If you check Wikipedia - 'Rake (Stock Character), you will find that rakes were, although charismatic, very unsavoury individuals. So ending up in St.James Infirmary, or any other one, was quite likely. I do, however, like very much Lucian Barbarin's version of SJI with the Dave Donohoe Jazz Band - Norman Gibson
16/07/18 - Would you buy a used car off this man? Probably not because he doesn't sell them, but yesterday, at 'Tram Sunday' in Fleetwood, as we arrived by the North Euston Hotel where the Wyre Levee Stompers were playing, he was reaching the end of a vocal. It was only when Pete Lindup (tpt) announced his name that I did a double take and realised who the guest trombonist was. Move your mouse over the picture to find out (Can you do that on an iPhone?). More pictures at http://tinyurl.com/ychb3kaa
15/07/18 - I'm sure you are all familiar with the jazz number, "St James' Infirmary", but where was it? That was an interesting discussion that took place in 2011 and is this week's Page of The Week
15/07/18 - The only place you'll find any jazz during the day next week will be in Manchester on Friday when the Manchester Jazz Festival is taking place, but you will be hard put to find any traditional variety I suspect.
Many Happy Returns this coming week
to Bob Pickersgill & Mike Carnie on Friday 20th, and Louis Lince next
Sunday 22nd July.
13/07/18 - Thanks to Dennis Whitehead, I've added a link to an interesting band with a fascinating history - The Water Rats Jazz Band. The bad news, according to their web site is that "this year will be our final tour", but the good news is, "but last year was as well and so will be next year".
13/07/18 - "Please could you let people know that the High Society Band's regular gig at The Bare Village Club at 4.00pm on Sunday 15th July is definitely on, despite the distractions of a certain football competition! There is also quite a lot of music going on in Morecambe over the weekend for the Morecambe Music Festival, but this is the ONLY venue for traditional jazz - and it's free!". - Dave Bateman
10/07/18 - Sorry to hear about Derek Pearce. Until I read Pete Ward's comment I had forgotten about The Duel. It was at the Sportsman as far as I can remember. I don't know what sparked it off as I am sure I was my usual diplomatic self ! Anyway battle commenced although I don't know what the rest of the band thought. It can now be revealed that I won. At least I think so, maybe. - Moe Green.
09/07/18 - Those who are committed followers of the Tour de France on TV will see the the riders pass through the site of Fest Jazz at Châteauneuf-du-Faou on Wednesday 11th July around 14h15 -14h30 (UK time). They will possibly catch the concert of Good Time Jazz in the village square as well ( although with such frenzied excitement in the village and the number of bars open on the streets, it is quite possible that the group, along with most on the local inhabitants, will be horizontal by midday. - Trevor Stent
09/07/18 - The latest Dove Jazz Club Bugle can be seen by clicking here
08/07/18 - Hello Fred, I just picked up the sad news about Derek Pearce's passing. Great bass player and lovely man. I knew him well from playing trombone in Johnny Tippett’s band way back. I remember him once taking umbrage for some unfathomed reason at Moe Green’s drumming at a gig (possibly the Sportsman in Market Street) and having an almighty musical tussle, Derek ramping up his amplifier and Moe responding, with no need at all for electronic assistance. It sure was extremely loud! Don’t think either won. RIP Derek. - Peter Ward
08/07/18 - Back in January 2011, I asked the question - "How many of you were into skiffle and was it all part of the jazz scene? I've only come across one band that plays skiffle these days, Peter Frank Allstars, maybe you know different?". Well you certainly did, so would be interesting to know if those answers still stand? It's this week's Page of The Week
08/07/16 - NW musicians celebrating birthdays this week are Geraldine Duckles on Tuesday, Ian Royle on Wednesday, Cyril Wroe on Thursday and Isabel Toner on Friday. Many Happy Returns to you all.
Wigan Jazz Festival
take place this week, and it's the only place you are likely to find any
daytime jazz midweek. Whether it's your kind of jazz or not, only you
can tell me.
07/07/18 - Many thanks indeed to Cris Challener for his rapid fire delivery of the pics. They magnify very well, being made of dots, painstakingly from a photograph. We're used to megapixel phones now, but these to me are an artistic marker of the times, and as such unique. Thanks for sharing, Cris.
07/07/18 - In response to Jon White's request, Cris Challener has sent me two pictures by Frank Caunce which l have combined. Click on it for enlarged version. There's also one of Bessie Smith at http://tinyurl.com/yb9nmkzc
Hello Fred, Another sad notification.
Bertram Donn, jazz bassist, previously guitarist, of Liverpool collapsed
during a bass solo on a gig on the Wirral. He died in hospital the
same evening but his son(s) made it to the hospital to be with him as he
went. - Howard Murray
06/07/18 - Back in the 1970s I was working for a time in Preston "on loan" to the HI-Fi shop Hardman's Radio. Whilst there I met one Les Powell (I hope I remember his name correctly) who, like me, was a jazz fan and Les and I together with a few others would visit various spots in the area to see jazz. We saw (and spoke with) the great Ruby Braff at a local rugby club. I would collect our group in my car and I remember seeing in Les' hall a picture of Bessie Smith and another, I think, of Ma Rainey. I was so taken with them that I told Les and he said they were by a local artist called Frank Caunce and that if I liked he would ask Frank to do me a couple at a very reasonable price. I chose Charlie Christian and Duke Ellington and I still have them hanging in my sitting room. Frank used a form of pointillism and although I sent (via Les) my thanks I would have liked to have met him and thanked him personally. - Cris Challener
06/07/18 - Tony Talk would love Fest Jazz this year then ! 'Mama Shakers' are there in a couple of weeks time, and also amazing New Orleans all girls 'Shake 'em Up JB' and, of course return of the 'Frog and Henry' collective. His other alternative is to get over to Sunderland weekend 14 July for the 'Shake 'em Up' girls and that very talented lady Gunhild Carling from Sweden. Her visual stage performance would put the acrobatic Cab Calloway in the shade ! The cost of a one night stay would be off-set as the Street Festival is FREE !! - Norman Gibson
Dear Fred, The details of Derek
Pearce's funeral are as follows - Altrincham Crematorium , White House
Lane WA14 5RH, Time 11.30, Afterwards at THe Belmore Hotel Brooklands Rd
Sale M33 3QN. - Stuart T Renn
05/07/18 - We two listened to Mama Shakers at Upton and they were excellent; besides the 1920s "folk" they even performed "digging my potatoes" from my 1950s misspent youth!! A total suprise !!! Anyone own up to remembering that? Trumpet-Angela -so effortless too ;Clarinet-perfect! the whole group were first class. - Tony Talk
Having read Fraser McCombe's note
about Bill Bissonette I have to tell you that my own piece was
drastically edited and toned down before I sent it to you. At the time
of Bissonette's attack on New Orleans Music I was incensed and remember
all too well the effect it had on my dear friends Mike and Pete. Thanks
Fraser for making those comments. I should have been a little more
forthright with mine. - Graham Martindale
04/07/18 - To add to my contribution to the 2012 discussion on band singers I must admit that writing and singing my own lyrics to well known songs is great fun and one of the best ways to entertain an audience. Joe Addy used to sing a song with the Chicago Teds which kept on expanding over the years and had the audience in stitches (I'm sure Brian Singleton will remember it) and Joe didn't HAVE to have a great voice to keep the punters amused. Roy Rogers sang 'It's very clear-Your mothers here to stay' with the same band. That was a pinch from Alan Sherman's version (one day I'll have a go at 'You went the wrong way old King Louis'-it's on You Tube). I also pinched 'Zimmertime' from Frank Brooker (what a plagiarist I am) with ZIMMERTIME (2,3,4,1) AND THE WALKIN' AIN'T EASY (if you can't anticipate the rests you shouldn't be on this site). JOINTS ARE CREAKIN'- AND THE BLOOD PRESSURE'S HIGH...WALK TWENTY FEET...AND YOU END UP WHEEZIN...MY BOXES OF PILLS THEY..STAND UP TWO FEET HIGH'. Jazz singers? Look up Bob Wallis. He could hold an audience in the palm of his epiglottis. Still Swinging. - Ian Royle
02/07/18 - For big band fans, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, directed by Ray McVay, will be playing at the Platform in Morecambe on Friday 27 July, 7.30pm. Tickets: £22
01/07/18 - I have just to tell you what a great night we had at Jazz George Arnold birthday party on Friday night superbandled by Rae Owens whose birthday it was also. You will probably recognise some of his closest friends. I am Jane Shaw from Heysham the one in the middle in blue.
01/07/19 - A balanced view from Mr Martindale and worthy of consideration. However I would suggest that ‘Jazz Northwest’ is self evidently parochial and that we should take care of our own. Therefore let’s remember Mike Hazeldine & Peter Horsfield as important persons in the Jazz NW scene who suffered at the hands of Mr Bissonette. - Fraser McCombe
01/07/18 - Sad to inform you that Derek Pearce died last week after a short illness. He was for many years the bass player for the Salt City Jazzmen and had been playing since the 1950s in and around the Manchester area with almost everybody in that time. A lovely man and a good player he will be much missed. Sadly too his wife Lilian who was also unwell died on the same day Our thought go out to his daughter Janet who was caring for them both - Stuart Renn. Alan Newton also writes, "Derek Pearce, of SALE Manchester, died on Thursday 28th June. He had not been well for some time but was playing his double bass 3 weeks ago. For the last 20years he had been playing 'bass' with The Salt City Jazzmen (based in Nantwich). Previous to this he played with the Chicago Teddy Bears Society Jazzband. Special bass player and special friendly person. Will be missed".
01/07/18 - Hi Fred I see Mama Shakers also on the front page. My feedback from their performance at Upton Jazz Festival tells me they were 'amazing' and 'just wonderful' - and those two descriptions were from a mid-seventies year old and a guy in his early eighties, both long time jazzers. Of course, Mama Shakers are at Fest Jazz end of this month, so I'll be seeing them there ! Good on Upton for taking a punt on upcoming young bands. - Norman Gibson
Midweek daytime jazz events coming up - Tue, 3 July, 14:00 – 16:00, The
SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House.
01/07/18 - Are band singers putting you off the music? Well that was a discussion that took place in 2012. Have things improved? Check out this week's Page of the Week
01/07/18 - Many Happy Returns on Friday to Lindsay Taylor Tony Dunleavy
30/06/18 - Just read the very sad news of the passing of Mike Green. As Dave Kendal stated he was a true gentleman and a great reedman. Although I only booked Mike a couple of times at Leeds Jazz Club due to his Tuesday commitment, he played many corporate functions for me over the years via John Wall Enterprises Entertainment Agency. He will be much missed. RIP Mike. - John Wall.
30/06/18 - The latest edition of just Jazz Magazine is out, nice to see Alex Clarke with her mum and dad and TJ Johnson on the front page. details here
30/06/18 - The most recent England team football result is good news. This means they are not playing on Monday and that will not be an effect on the audience at High Lane Conservative Club on Monday 2nd July. However the weather will be HOT like the jazz music. - Mart Rodger
I was very sad to hear of the passing of Mike,
I used to play in his band ie:- Mike Green and his Music, many years
ago, he was a Gentleman and an excellent player and showman, may he rest
in peace. - Dave Kendall [Trumpet Player]
29/06/18 - Hi Fred, I am sad to inform you that Mike Green, 25yrs reed player in our band 'The Blackhorse Jazzmen', passed away on Wednesday evening. Mike commuted weekly over 100 miles from the Harrogate area over Blubberhouse pass in most weathers to play in Settle (currently the Lion on Tuesdays). He will be missed for his brilliant rapport with the audience, his vast repertoire and his vocals. I am sure others will be able to let us know of his jazz activities in earlier days. Mike's wife asked me to let people know. - Peter Boswell.'
28/06/18 - Sally has
emailed to ask, "Please do you know of any outdoor evening jazz events
in this lovely summer weather?". The immediate answer to that was
none, but tell me how long it's going to last. Then I thought about it
and realised that many pubs will have more people sitting outside than
inside in this hot weather. I put this to Sally and she said, "Would
love to know if there are any pubs where you can sit outside and still
hear the band from the inside! ". So how about it? Only
hurry up before it rains, I'm sure others would like to know too.
28/06/18 - Sad to hear of Big Bill's passing. I played with him when he joined New Orleans Express at one of our monthly Frodsham gigs but I have always had mixed feelings towards Bill. He took a LOT of stick for his claim against "New Orleans Magazine". Totally unnecessary in my view. On the other hand he did a marvellous job organising tours and concerts for New Orleans musicians and his catalogue of recordings is magnificent. PS The views expressed in the above are solely those of myself and in no way should be taken to reflect the opinion of Jazz Northwest, its publishers, personnel or other contributors !!! - Graham Martindale
28/06/18 - Don't get caught out, Kendal Jazz Club, normally monthly on the second Tuesday, will welcome back piano maestro and kingpin of vintage jazz - Keith Nichols, on Wednesday 11 July at the Kentdale Suite, Kendal Rugby Club, starting at 8.00pm. He will be leading a trio with Steve Andrews (reeds) and Roy Cansdale (double bass).Admission £12.50 on the door for guests, £10 members.
28/06/18 - Sad news about Bill. Literally only yesterday I finished reading his 'Easy Rider' book for probably the third time. So many things resonate with me in his story. The visits I made to New York in the late '50s where, like him, I was privileged to hear the De Paris band at Jimmy Ryans, with the wonderful Omer Simeon on clarinet, and to the Metropole to hear Red Allen and J C Higginbotham. Then a number of visits to New Orleans in the early '60s, when I heard and talked with many of the great musicians in the Paddock Lounge, Leroy's Patio, and of course the Preservation Hall. Wonderful days, wonderful music and Bill was a foremost ambassador. i'm sure I'll be reading his book and listening to his music again soon. R.I.P. Bill, with Big Jim and Sammy - Richard Knock
Feedback from a recent trip to
Belgium to see Tuba Skinny - Met all the contacts at 3 concerts in
Belgium and amazed at their dedication to make all a success.
Dendermonde around 120 in a hall opposite the Honky Tonk jazz club. Gent
- 80 local enthusiasts in the Ovaki cinema club a very old building our
favourite venue. Lier - approx 150 I. Concert hall. TS only repeated 1
number for the 3 concerts. Well worth the effort to see them. At Lier we
stayed in the same international hostel as TS and spent at least an hour
having b/fast and chatting to TS. No one else around. All in all a brill
and entertaining experience - Peter Dennis
25/06/18 - The Savoy Jazzmen are leading the worship at All Saints' Parish Church, Childwall Abbey Road, Childwall, Liverpool. L16 0JW this coming Sunday 1st July at 6.20 p. m. The service starts with a parade from outside the Childwall Abbey Pub at 6.20 p. m. Looking forward to John Pashley joining us for this service. As the service is part of the regular pattern of worship in the church there is no admission charge. Light refreshments will be served at the end of the service. Everyone welcome" - Peter Swensson.
25/06/18 - Tonight's "now You Has Jazz, Jazz, Jazz" show for Sound of Spitfire. has some great music : Roy Eldridge in 1937, with Zutty Singleton. Zutty, Pee wee Russell & Joe Sullivan,Sr Rosetta Tharpe, Marie Knight and Sammy Price, Slim Gaillard, Tiny Parham, Bing Crosby and the Condon Mov with Wettling and Wild Bill, Sidney de Paris Blue Note Jazzmen, Teddy Wilson's 1944 Sextet with Big Sid Catlett, Louis Armstrong & Kid Ory and Joe Robichaux. 9pm tonight and repeated 11pm Wednesday.
25/06/18 - Walter Love's superb Radio Ulster Jazz Club programme of Sunday 24.06.18 featured Walter in conversation with the great Colin Bowden, arguably Europe's premier New Orleans Jazz Drummer, who has links primarily with respective Ken Colyer Jazz Bands and latterly the Chris Barber Jazz Band. Well worth a listen on BBC Radio Player in the forthcoming four weeks! - David Evans
24/06/18 - Carlisle jazz Club gig list has been updated
24/06/18 - Ever wondered what might have happened if you had pursued a particular interest when you were younger? Well as a young lad, as well as being a choir boy, I was invited to take part in a junior amateur dramatic production, "Beside the Seaside", which was reviewed in the local paper (Accrington Observer). As a result of that glowing testimonial, I got a part in the school play, Arsenic & Old Lace". I put the review on this site in the hope that some of the others involved, who I was no longer in contact with, might find it via Google, and get in touch, but it never happened. Nothing to do with jazz, but for page of the week, it was the next file on the site alphabetically. Can you spot me? You've only three to pick from!
24/06/18 - Many Happy Returns this week to pianist Pete Major (tomorrow), Pete Fielding on Tuesday, and on Saturday - Grant Hogan-Taylor and ex Yorkshire Stompers leader, Tony Smith.
22/06/18 - Hi Fred, I look forward to the Sunday afternoon jazz in Southport (18/06). I can easily get there on the train. Thank you for all your hard work in keeping up your Jazz page. Kind regards, - Mildred Finney
John Howell's video of 'East Coast
Trot' (18-06-18) has a great Nick Ward solo, and I wonder if he was
influenced by the exuberant style of the great Huub Janssen - see
Youtube 'Huub Janssen (Drummer) Solo ' - Norman Gibson
19/06/18 - "Just read this notice on Jazz Guide News - Would jazzers please note we slipped up with the Jazz Club 90 advert in July's Jazz Guide. Correct info is: - July 22nd - New Orleans Heat, July 29th - Spats Langham's Hot Fingers with Emily Campbell. Sincere apologies to John Howell and his merry band of Jazzers."
18/06/18 - Manchester venue, Band on the Wall has announced that the "Arts Council England has approved £1.65 million stage two Capital funding for the venue’s 'Bigger, Better, Stronger' expansion plan. The funding represents a significant milestone in plans to expand the venue and bring the derelict Cocozza building, at the rear of Band on the Wall, back to life, enabling a greater provision for music performance, education and community projects".
18/06/18 - Just back from a great weekend in Kirkcudbright. Such a well organised Jazz Festival, thanks to Leon McCaig. Here’s some photos from yesterday’s gig in the Cochran Hall, part of Kirkcudbright. 2019 Festival already in the diary. - Mike Lovell
18/06/18 - Just been enjoying reading again all those comments re: scruffy musicians. On checking the Tuba Skinny pic again, I notice the 'best dressed' was our own reed player Ewan Bleach, when he was with them briefly on one of his earlier stays in NOLA. My goodness, and he still dresses casual smart, what an amazing talent he has become. He will, of course, be appearing again with the Frog and Henry Band, when they return, as a five five piece collection, for a three week UK Tour in Feb. '19. Full Northern programme to be announced shortly. - Norman Gibson
18/06/18 - Another very successful jazz venue is 'Jazz Club 90', run by John & Marie Howell in Albrighton, Shropshire. If that's not enough John produces some great videos of the bands that play there. John says, "I thought your readers might like to see the second New Orleans based musician to visit Albrighton in 3 weeks, namely James Evans on clarinet and sax. Backed by Mark Challinor (of Wabash Jazzmen) on banjo and guitar, Howard Worthington on bass and Nick Ward on drums it was a brilliant sesssion. These are the links, about 65 minutes in total: - Panama - https://youtu.be/zLLVq61Ip2g , East Coast Trot - https://youtu.be/b2WbM225YEU, Burgundy Street Blues - https://youtu.be/UFvLC3pffdY, and the start of the 2nd set at https://youtu.be/CcDDiFn5wZU".
18/06/18 - One of the most successful jazz hotels in the North West is soon to start putting on "Sunday afternoon tea & jazz brunches" at a cost of £14.99 per person. The Talbot hotel in Southport, run by Gilbert & Julie Petrie, can surely boast that the best of bands and musicians have played there. I can't begin to name them all but look at this list - Dutch Swing College Band, The Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Chris Barber Big Band, Digby Fairweather, Kenny Ball, Temperance 7, Acker Bilk, George Melly, Syd Lawrence Orchestra, Keith Nichols, Enrico Tomasso, Spats Langham etc. to name a few, so watch this space.
18/06/18 - I've just been looking at the latest July edition of Jazz Guide and counted around 30 festivals, weekends and away days. On the other hand, unless it's my eyesight, the number of jazz clubs/venues seems to be getting less. Maybe as some of us get older our preferences are changing, what do you think? You can subscribe to Jazz Guide for just £10 a year.
17/06/18 - Missing item - My thanks to Tony Clay for sending me photographs of Deco Delight taken at the Talbot Hotel on 1st June. There are more photographs at http://tinyurl.com/ybqbvpzp
17/06/18 - I've just realised that the missing week of news was down to a computer glitch at this end which caused me to restore a previous backup done on the 12th June. That effectively meant anything put on between the 12th and 15th June, was now missing. I should have downloaded the version on the internet, but I didn't, so when I next uploaded the recovered page, some news items were lost. In the meantime, I'll try and work out the missing item(s) and put them back on.
17/06/18 - Belated birthday wishes to Dave Wright, our banjo player and guitarist for almost 15 years: he joined in 1967/8 and left in 1982 when money drew him away (well the day job did). Known as "Nipper" because of his compactness, Dave was 80 on Friday 15th June. Happy birthday Dave! - Jon Critchley and The Original Panama Jazz Band.
17/06/18 - Tame Valley Allstars? They're all stars, always have been! - Sam Wood
17/06/18 - There was an interesting discussion on the site in 2012 as to whether musicians were dressing too 'scruffy' for a paying audience. It's this week's Page of The Week
17/06/18 - Many Happy Returns this week to Tom Kincaid on Wednesday, Wally Fawkes who by reckoning will be 94, and to Barrie Marshall on Friday
17/06/18 - No midday/mid week jazz events this week, but I see that Mart Rodger Trio are playing on the Altrincham-Chester music train. It seems these music trains are a regular weekly event in the summer.
17/06/18 - I see from the latest edition of Jazz Guide that the Tame Valley Stompers are doing a gig at Lamport Hall in Northampton on 22nd July, except they are advertised as the Tame Valley Stompers Allstars. Either that's signalling a change of personnel or is this just for the benefit of the surroundings? The link on the main menu now directs you to the band's own web site at www.tamevalleystompers.co.uk.
Following a red carpet arrival at the New Orleans Museum of Art, King
Felipe the VI and Queen Letizia of Spain enjoyed music by a jazz group
and a cultural performance by Mardi Gras Indians as they ended a visit
to the city celebrating its tricentennial. That's their education
complete then I guess.
No news comes in for a week, then
when it does, it's not good - Sheila Collier has written on Facebook, "Lasse
has fallen and broken his hip while playing with The Spirit of New
Orleans last night in Denmark. He is being operated on now in Herve
Hospital , Copenhagen. I am going there now - it doesn’t look good for
our Jazz tour in Quedlinburg , Germany". Best wishes and hope
Lasse has a speedy recovery Sheila.
09/06/18 - One band that has featured strongly in the North West over the years in various incarnations, and one of the few NW bands led at one time by a female, was the Smoky City Jazz Band, no longer in existence I'm afraid. It first appeared on the scene In 1965 as the Smoky City Six, formed by clarinettist Tony Foulkes. Throughout the 1970s it was called Sheila Collier's Smoky City Jazz Band, and ended it's days under the leadership of Mike Pembroke. You can read all about this in Sheila's wonderful autobiography on this site, but if you want to listen to what the band sounded like in 1976, and again later, why not visit this week's Page of The Week? You won't be disappointed.
09/06/18 - There's only one lunchtime jazz event for you this week and it's the High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 15 June, 12:30 – 14:30 where there's a Tea Room and good food available. A Collection is also taken.
09/06/18 - Many Happy Returns on Monday to drummer Des Hopkins, and on Wednesday to retired trombonist and founder of the Antiques Six Jazz Band, Keith Hockin. On Thursday it's Happy Birthday to another trombone player who also played with the Antique Six - Richard Leach. Have a good week all of you.
- After a shaky start last
month, Garstang Jazz Club today saw double
the numbers coming through the door, and the future suddenly looks
brighter. 18 year old Alex Clarke was the guest this month (how long
before you have stop giving a lady's age away?) and she played like she
was a regular member, as well as playing a lovely solo number, "Do
You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans". For me the slightly
shorter sets than the usual hour long ones, and a lunch in the interval
was spot on. Mike Owen with The Three Bears, Tom Kincaid, Jack Cotterill
and organiser Jim Swinnerton made up the band. The numbers ranged
from "Anywhere You Go", and "Caravan", to Black & Blue and Just A Closer
Walk. During one number, "Georgia", I swear I could hear the strains of
'Sally from our Alley' drifting from Mike Owen's trombone. The next one is
on September 6th after a summer break, and will feature guest Jamie
Brownfield, so make a note in your diary for that one. Click on photo
for larger version and see also
05/06/18 - Coming to the Platform at Morecambe on Friday 8th, direct from London’s world-famous jazz club and combining world-class live jazz, narration and rare archive images and footage, The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars take to the stage to celebrate ‘The Ronnie Scott’s Soho Songbook’. Full details here
05/06/18 - "I have a PA system that is now surplus to requirements, and wonder if anyone over your side of the hills might be able to make use if it?", writes Keith Daniel. "It comprises as follows:- Soundtech (American) QM6 100watt Powered Mixer Amplifier : 2 McKenzie Comp 110 Speaker Cabinets : Various Microphones, associated speaker, microphone and power cables. I am based in West Yorkshire, but any help that you can give to find a good home would be much appreciated. Because I have suffered from Insulin Dependent Type 1 Diabetes for over 45 years, I would hope for a charity donation of £50.00 to Diabetes UK in payment". Contact me for Keith's contact details- Fred
"This is not a spam email but one jazz lover to another sharing an
interesting Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong video link", writes Michael Paras.
It's a video of 'Everything Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong Life, House
Tour And Archives! Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong His Life and A House Tour!
Ricky Riccardi, Director of Louis Armstrong House Museum takes us on a
tour of everything Louis Armstrong! Louis Armstrong House located in
Corona, Queens, and the archives at Queens College Benjamin S. Rosenthal
Library at Flushing, Queens'. You can watch it at
but put aside 51 minutes to watch it, and it's indeed fascinating..
04/06/18 - More photographs taken by Sam Ralph at Rochdale Jazz Club on Saturday. You can see them here. This time it's New Orleans Heat.
04/06/18 - It was good to meet up with old friends 87 year old Harry Swinburne and his wife Mary last night. Many of you will know Harry for the years spent running jazz and big band nights at Maghull Town Hall, and also the jazz weekends at the Chatsworth House Hotel in Llandudno, which he had to give up following health problems. Harry also used to appear on Radio Merseyside gave lectures on jazz and the history of some of the great writers such as Irving Berlin. Harry told me that he still gets telephone enquiries about Llandudno. Click on picture for larger version.
04/06/18 - Not often there's a bargain to be had via this website, but I can now reveal that after recuperating initial production costs, the Original Panama Jazz Band have reduced the price of their latest CD "Something For The Weekend - With A Bit On The Side!", to £5.50 including postage, or at any of the band gigs for £5. For more details check out the band's web page
04/06/18 - John Hallam will be playing with the Carl Sinclair Boogie Band once again this year, and once again it's all in aid of Cancer research UK. It will take place on 25th October, in Culcheth, Warrington, and full details can be found by clicking here.
04/06/18 - It was a great night last night at the Talbot Hotel where we were kindly invited by the delightful owners, Gilbert & Julie Petrie. It was to come and see Spats Langham with his Hot Fingers group which included Danny Blyth and Malcolm Sked playing a variety of instruments including guitar, double bass, banjo mandolin, ukulele, clarinet and tuba, plus vocalist Emily Campbell. I've seen Spats many times, usually as part of another band so this was a first for me. It was extremely entertaining, with such a variety of music and genre ranging from Al Bowley to Sonny Terry and Brownie Magee. Spats' special request for Julie, a solo rendition of 'Whispering Grass' emulating the Inkspots was something to behold. Spats came over to have a chat with Barbara and I, and I felt quite chuffed when he told me that he visited this site most days.
03/06/18 - Undercliffe Cricket Club gig list has been updated
03/06/18 - As we had a few from the North West in our audience at Albrighton Sports and Social Club for the Marla Dixon gig I wonder if you could find space for a reminder about the visit of James Evans next Sunday (10th), James will be known to many as a one time member of Phil Mason's New Orleans All Stars. "I have arranged a gig featuring James Evans, the brilliant young clarinet/sax player who left the UK to live in New Orleans a few years ago. He plays in NO with the Shotgun Jazz Band who's leader Marla Dixon was at the Club in May. Unfortunately James' visit to the UK does not coincide with Marla's (what a gig that could have been!) but is here in June which means the only date he can do is the June 10th...the day of Cosford Air Show. A few years ago this would have meant traffic chaos around Albrighton but the last 3 years have seen vast improvement in traffic management and most cars are now safely in Cosford before the Club opens at 12 noon so we hope that we will get enough support to make it worthwhile....James deserves a full house!" - John & Marie Howell
03/06/18 - The late and lovely Joe Silmon once wrote a review of a book for this site. The book was written by his friend and fellow musician who played on the Manchester scene - Des Hopkins. I don't know if copies of the book are still available, but Joe's review is this week's Page of The Week.
03/06/18 - If you like to get out during the day in the middle of the week to hear some good jazz then how about The Savoy Jazzmen who are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 5 June, from 14:00 – 16:00. Or here's something new - Jim Swinnerton presents The Three Bears trio with Mike Owen and special guest Alex Clarke, and they will be playing at the Kirkland & Catterall Memorial Hall, Preston PR3 0HR near Garstang on Thu, 7 June, 12:00 – 14:30. You won't pay high prices for drinks, as you bring your own drinks and glasses, but the admission price does include a hot pot lunch. Full Details Here. If you haven't been this way before, it's worth making a day of it and calling in at Barton Grange garden centre, just 2 miles further South on the A6. It doesn't cost anything to look, but it might just empty your pockets to buy quality.
03/06/18 - Many Happy Returns of the week to Jeff Milner tomorrow and to Brian Turnock on Thursday
Re: The Poem, Bring back Cab Calloway I say Fred - Norman Gibson
01/06/18 - "Recently on televised choir competitions and at my own gigs I have heard suggestions that entertainment, as an addition to the music, is expected". So writes a jazz musician. He says, "The following lines have come to me as a result", and he sent me this this little poem which you can read if you click here. I think you'll love it. He goes on to say, "If you publish them, perhaps you could do so anonymously to save me from any disputatious conversations, or repercussions from promoters threatening my dwindling gig list".
01/06/18 - Woodvale Rally is coming to Victoria Park, Southport this month on 16th and 17th June. The Blue Magnolia Jazz Orchestra & the Chicago Teddy Bears will be appearing along with Liverpool Harmony Gospel Choir, Mike Byrne & The Sunrockers, The Shakers, The Beatmasters & The Original Quarrymen. It looks to be a great event for the family,
01/06/18 - The gig list for jazz at Bingley Mavericks has been updated thanks to Graham Dawson