Old News Items

June 2018

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

30/08/16 - 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

26/06/18 - This communiqué from JP Alessi, French Preservation Hall New Orleans Jazz Band, forwarded by Brian Turnock.  "Bill Bissonnette - Big Bill Bissonnette passed away this morning, quietly and comfortably. He will be missed by family, friends and fans around the world. He lived his life trying to spread the music he loved, both through his own playing and the recordings that he made of others.   As his final days were upon him he was very introspective, looking back on what he had helped create throughout his life. He was adamant that it was the music that mattered, and he was sure that somewhere there were young musicians hearing New Orleans style jazz and being inspired by it to do their own thing, just like he was inspired by his own idols and mentors: Sammy Penn on drums and Big Jim Robinson on trombone.   His preference was to be cremated without ceremony and those wishes will be honored. In lieu of flowers or cards, I'm sure he would have liked nothing more than for people to remember him by sharing a link to one of his recordings, whatever your personal favorite may have been. He lives on through those recordings and the joy that they bring others.   Many years ago, when facing a life-threatening surgery, he expressed to me that he wasn't worried about the outcome. He believed that there were only two ways it could go. He would either wake up to see me again, or he would wake up to see Big Jim Robinson. He came back to us that day and made many more recordings, many more friends and many more memories over the years, for which we are all very thankful.   Today he has gone to be with Big Jim and the others he had always wanted to see again".

25/06/18 - 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 latest band to be photographed by Sam Ralph at Rochdale Jazz Club, last night was Mike Lovell's Six in a Bar, cracking photographs too here

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 - This week looks like being a hot one, and a cool sea breeze might be just what you need, so why not take a trip to Fleetwood where Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar will be playing on Wednesday, 27 June from 12:00 – 14:30. It's the only mid week daytime jazz event this week.

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 - I've just added a link to Barewalls.com who have a section on Jazz Posters & Art Prints. Just the thing for your music room or maybe something to brighten up your local jazz club.

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

21/06/18 - Two recent photographs have been added to the Lune Valley Jazz Band page

20/06/18 - 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.

18/06/18 - New links under "UK Bands, Musicians, Clubs and other Sites",  have been added to The Dart Valley StompersPete Allen Jazz, and Jazz Salon Rouge,

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.

17/06/18 - 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.

16/06/18 - 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.

08/06/18 - The Frog & Henry 5 piece band has completed 12 days of bookings north of Birmingham, bar one lunch or evening spot.  Tuesday Feb 19 is available anywhere from Liverpool area through to Kendal. As the band is currently touring Southern Germany and Switzerland, any jazz club or swing dance group interested can contact me in the first instance at jazz2swing2@gmail.com for assistance. - Norman Gibson

07/06/18 -  I just have to say, after jazz event No.2 today at Garstang Jazz Club, as a retired promoter, I feel the Club's future is assured. A much bigger audience of real jazz people who appreciate some of the finest younger musicians we have in this country. First time I'd seen 18 year old Alex Clarke, who got so much encouragement from the more seasoned band players. In the fourteen years I was promoting, I think I could count the number of musicians who came on two hands, so it was great to see most of the band members, and wives, of the Spirit of New Orleans band in attendance. Dave Pogson put simply to me ' We like to support the young musicians making their way in our music ' Roll on September, after the Summer break, when I expect Jim to come back full of confidence, when young trumpet maestro Jamie Brownfield guests. Spread the word ! - Norman  Gibson

07/06/18 - 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 http://tinyurl.com/ya5lxtrn.

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

05/06/18 - "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 https://youtu.be/ncyeXKw9j5g 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

02/06/18 -  As part of the Sale Festival 2018, The CANAL STREET STOMPERS will play on Tuesday 12th June 8 till 10.30 in The Chambers at Sale Waterside Arts Centre. Tickets £8 or £6 concessions

02/06/18 - 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

May 2018

31/05/18 - From time to time interest is shown in musicians, bands and venues outside of the North West. In particular bands and musicians from New Orleans like Tuba Skinny, The Shotgun Band, the Shake Em Up jazz band and the Carling Family from Sweden. Search for them on YouTube if you haven't seen them. Today I noticed that Sunderland have a Tall Ships Race coming up, and to tie in with it, a Summer Streets festival with an international theme with acts as far afield as Norway and New Orleans. The all-female Shake Em Up jazz band and Swedish YouTube sensation Gunhild Carling with her band (famous for playing three trumpets at the same time) - will both be making an appearance. It all takes place on Sat 14th July so that's definitely one to travel a bit further afield for.  See poster.

31/05/18 - We wanted to say thank you to all of Keith's fellow Jazz musicians who have supported the family with their messages, reminiscences and not least for those who came to play at the celebration of his life on 4th May, it was lovely to see so many friends representing Keith's jazz playing over the years. Particular thanks to Roy Gregory and the Parade Band who organised the band at the Lever Club and for all the generous donations to Christian Aid and Claire House Children's Hospice in his memory. Many thanks, - Pat & the girls

27/05/18 - If you like to get out and about during the day, then on Monday you can see the Red Rose Band marching quite a distance around Garstang. If however you fancy a flutter, you could pop up to Cartmel Racecourse where Deco Delight are playing between races.

27/05/18 - Remember Tom Culbert's Quayside Hot Stompers?  With the sad loss of Delia Glaister and the retirement of Alan Duckles, it's unlikely we will hear that unique sound locally ever again. So just to remind you of the band, this week's Page of The Week is  a photograph and selection of tunes from their CD.

26/05/18 - Good job it's warm weather, I found this statement on a jazz site that I link to, which I won't name in order to spare blushes. "Please note: work is taking place on our new website ........You may, or may not experience any problems at all, but if you do please bare with us".

26/05/18 - Fifty Six years ago today, Acker Bilk, dressed in the throwback costume of an Edwardian music hall player, becomes the first British artist to top the US pop chart with his instrumental single, “Stranger On the Shore”.

25/05/18 - Many Happy Returns next week to jazz promoter Graham Brook on Friday, and on Saturday to ex Collegians and Crescent Jazz Band pianist Brenda Canty-Forest.

25/05/18 - I came across an interesting musician advert in UK Music industry Magazine - "About The Job - Trad jazz trumpet or clarinet player needed in Reigate this Saturday 26th May. £147, Playing 2x 40 mins between 12 and 3pm., Dress: dinner jacket, black bow tie". Wonder if they pay travelling expenses, or even double pay if you can play both instruments? 

24/05/18 - I'm sure you've heard that this year's Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival was successful, and has clearly established itself. I'm writing to say our Guest Sessions pulled in lots of musicians and customers and will hopefully be running again next year. We had a 1.5 hour busk in the Market Square on Sunday morning, in sunshine instead of the usual rain, collecting for The Keswick Mountain Rescue Team, and a cheque for £425 has been sent to them. Our thanks to all contributors. I hear strains of Happy Birthday coming from your website - Thanks again. - Malcolm Hogarth. Especially for you Malcolm, click here on Saturday (or now if you can't wait) - Fred

24/05/18 - Dear Fred, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me just now, please see below the link that we discussed. It was our Head Gardener that recommended I looked at your page ( And he did tell me that this isn’t the kind of Jazz that he was used to).  As I mentioned on the telephone, we are just starting out doing this kind of event, so we are all very new to this, you never know, maybe we could do something more on your wave length in the future.  Please feel free to have a look at our website and maybe if you have a free Sunday, maybe you would like to visit us.http://tinyurl.com/yavpuj5b  Kind Regards - Lisa Redfern. Events Manager, Adlington Hall. No it's not traditional jazz, but worth checking out as the music is played by two young musicians from the Northern College of Music.

24/05/18 - Our gig with Marla and John Dixon last Sunday was truly fabulous, everything we expected and more with the local guys providing excellent support.  I have put 4 videos, totalling about 85 minutes all together, on YouTube and the links are below.  Marla and John Dixon with Brian Lawrence on bass, Roger Bird on clarinet/sax, Nick Ward on drums and Pete Johnson on trombone. Pete runs his own swing/jazz band but has never played with this type of line-up before, he practised along to Marla's videos on YT to get used to her style and did a great job for us!  Start first set https://youtu.be/YsL_zjBYBsU  : End first set https://youtu.be/Cow6OBoRmas : Part of second set https://youtu.be/dw1oJ_FQoEU : End of gig https://youtu.be/smLLwlEIC10  - John and Marie Howell, Jazz Club 90, Albrighton Sports and Social Club. Photo - Norman Gibson

21/05/18 - Sam Wood asked me if I could include the late Ron Smith on the tributes page. Ron, who played banjo with Annie's Saints & Sinners, died last month

20/05/18 - After making the page "The daft things punters say", the page of the week last week, some more anecdotes came in, so I'll leave it for another week.

20/05/18 - If you like your live jazz with a lunchtime snack, you are out of luck this week, there may be snacks, but no live jazz.

20/05/18 - Many Happy Returns today to Merseysippi Jazz Band trombone player, Peter Fryer. Next Saturday it will be Malcolm Hogarth's turn to celebrate, and on Sunday Bruce Carnaffin and Dave Dixson will also celebrate their birthdays. Many Happy Returns to you all.

19/05/18 -
I see that the Garstang Jazz Club Facebook Page has now been updated to include the next event on 7th June.

18/05/18 - Carlisle Jazz Club gig list has been updated

18/05/18 - The latest edition of Just Jazz magazine has popped through the letter box. You can get your copy by printing off an order form here

16/05/18 -  This Sunday's session at the Bowling Club, St Helens, has been cancelled!  "This means our next session will be on June 10th at 8 pm. Guests already booked (!) are Terry Brunt on trombone, beret and scarf, and Dave Alexander on guitar", says Keith Allcock.

16/05/18 - Thanks for the Pops Coffee video of The Shotgun Jazz Band and I can say that when she is playing with Charlie Halloran (trombone) and Bruce Brackman (clarinet) they sound great. Here is a sample - Malcolm Holland

16/05/18 - "I’m delighted to be playing on June 7th at Jim Swinnerton’s new jazz club at Kirkland Village Hall, Garstang, PR3 0HR, along with Mike Owen and Tom Kincaid’s Three Bears. It starts at 12 noon and entry includes a reputedly epic hotpot lunch! It would be great to see as many faces as possible to support this new venture". - Alex Clarke. I see that the club has a Facebook presence but unless I am doing something wrong, I can't see any mention of the next event, it just tells me "Garstang Jazz Club does not have any upcoming events".  If that's the case, wake up somebody! - FB

16/05/18 - I've just realised 'Pops' Coffee's jazz blog has come to an end. However, his final post 611 points us to his listing of recommended videos of great traditional bands. I, for one, will miss him, and his amusingly written pieces. Oh ! , and thanks 'Pops' for keeping the site open to let us go back through it on a sentimental journey. I must read again the one where he had a real rant about insensitive thrashing drummers. - Norman Gibson

16/05/18 - Ian McCann's 4 to the bar Jazz is back at the Devonshire Arms in Mellor (Stockport), on Tuesday 22nd May with guests John Hallam, Andy Henderson and Dave Parr from 9.00pm till 11.00pm.

16/05/18 - Just seen on Alderleyedge.com that the Beartown Stompers Jazz Band will parade through the village of Alderley Edge setting off from Chorley Hall Lane at 10.30am on Saturday, that's another event that's news to me. Forgive my ignorance, but can somebody tell me the significance of 'Beartown'?

14/05/18 - I was quite surprised to pick up this flyer pushed through the letterbox by the postman, which was headed Preston Jazz & Improvisation Festival. I noticed it was supported by The Arts Council, England, so not surprisingly there was not one traditional; jazz band featured. One name I recognised was local multi style reed player Harold Salisbury who is a first class New Orleans Jazz musician but  will be playing with his jazz Fusion band - Pinto Beans.

14/05/18 - Jon Moreman asks, "Anyone selling a sousaphone?". Details on the Wanted Items page.

14/05/18 - I enjoyed reading about the odd requests that punters ask for, (This week's Page of The Week), they make me laugh. - Mildred Finney

14/05/18 - The New Riverside Jazz Band residency on the first Monday of the month at the Black Bull in Bentham has come to an end. This comes on top of the residency at The Wagon & Horses in Lancaster coming to an end at the end of last year. Unfortunately the band now doesn't have a place to call home.

14/05/18 - Just listening to John Petter's "Spotlight on Mike Poynton, Part 2" broadcast on Spitfire Radio, The show features tracks by Kid Ory / Red Allen, Wild Bill with Strings, Charlie & His Orchestra, Cap'n John Handy & Sammy Rimington, Bessie Smith and Benny Carter. if you've missed it there's a second chance to hear it again on Wednesday at 11pm

14/05/18 - Not often jazz bands receive thank you letters, so Mike Lovell was well pleased to receive this one - "Dear Mike, Chris, Colin, Willie, Andy and John   What a wonderful evening of delightful music and entertainment last night at Todwick Jazz Supper Club 12 May 2018. Please accept my  and the club members grateful thanks for all your efforts. Lots of lovely comments received...... everyone very impressed with all your expertise. Hope you all got home safely. - Sheila"

14/05/18 - The Black Horse Jazzmen gig at The Lion at Settle tomorrow night has been cancelled as the renovations are not yet finished.

13/05/18 - It's been a while since a musician sent me an amusing story about a strange musical request, 13 years in fact, so how about some new ones for "The Daft Things Punters Say" which is this week's page of the week.

13/05/18 - Mike Lovell's Six in a Bar at Eagley Jazz Club last Monday. Photo courtesy Ann Lord

12/05/18 - Happy Birthday today to Martin Bennett. Next week it will be John Barnes' birthday on Tuesday, Phil Lucas on Wednesday, John Higham on Friday and Paul Medina on Saturday. Many Happy Returns to you all.

10/05/18 - Tony Pringle has now been added to the tributes page. Tony was born on 12th December 1936 in a bungalow named "The Anchorage" in the village of Greasby on the Wirral Peninsula. He emigrated to the USA in 1969 where he met Tommy Sancton and they started The Black Eagle Jazz Band

10/05/18 - From time to time a residency comes to an end, and unfortunately nobody lets me know. Whether it was a one off or permanent I'm not sure, but I do know that Norman Gibson, with his wife and sister, did a wasted 100 mile round trip to Radcliffe, Greater M/cr, last night to see one of his favourite bands,  Jeriatric Jazz,  at Dobbies Sports & Social Club, which "What's on" had listed as appearing every 2nd Wednesday in the month. If you do see anything listed in What's On that you know is no longer taking place, please, please contact me and I'll update right away.

09/05/18 - Jim Swinnerton will be presenting the second of his jazz club events at Kirkland Village Hall near Garstang on Thursday June 7th. This time his guest will be 18 year old reed player Alex Clarke, who caused quite a stir with her remarkable jazz playing ability when she last appeared in the Lancs & Cumbria area. Jim on bass, will also have Tom Kincaid on piano, Mike Owen on trombone and Jack Cotterill on drums, a great line-up, one not to be missed. Full details are available here. My thanks to Gudrun Ohara & David Wellock for this photograph taken at the last event when Ben Holder made a guest appearance (click photo for larger version). I'm looking forward to being well enough to make this on

09/05/18  - Sam Ralph has sent me his latest set of photographs taken at Rochdale Jazz Club with the Harlem Hot Stompers

09/05/18 - I have been in touch with Marla Dixon, of the Shotgun Jazz Band in New Orleans, and her gig with us on May 20th is the only one she is doing in the UK (apart from Keswick Festival), I thought this might interest some of your readers who do occasionally travel down to Albrighton.  The gig is the usual time.....1.00 - 3.00 pm and admission £5.00.  Regards, - John and Marie Howell

09/05/18 - I've been wondering how I might be affected by the new General Data Protection Law, but it only seems to apply to businesses and public sector organisations. So added to the fact that I'm not a business and I don't hold any individual's data other than name, and that those who break the rules can be fined up to 4% of annual global turnover for breaching them, means I can sleep easy knowing that in the worse case scenario, 4% of nothing is not worth worrying about.

09/05/18 - The latest issue of Dove Jazz Bugle is now available on line at http://tinyurl.com/y8x55sl4

07/08/15 -  Hi Fred, I know this is not in the North West, but here's some information of a gig we're putting on near to Leeds next Sunday, 13th May, if you'd be so kind as to put it on the site.  The Peter Frank memorial evening, with the Aire Valley Jazz Band. The Wharfedale Inn, Arthington Lane, Arthington LS21 1NL. Sunday 13th May, 2018. 8.30pm until 11.00pm.  Admission £6.00 on the night.  Peter Frank passed away on 13th May, 2017. This event is planned to remember Peter as a great man and fine musician who always supported jazz in the North of England. The Aire Valley Jazz Band is the current name of the Peter Frank Dixieland Allstars.  The line up for the 13th is Frank Brooker on reeds, Andy Henderson on Cornet, Dave Merrell on trombone, Chris Howse on Banjo/Guitar, Phil Kampen on Bass, and Rod McNamara on Drums. - Andy Henderson 07779 240468 : The Wharfedale Inn 0113 284 2921

07/08/15 - The news of Tony Pringle's death and the details of the various Liverpool and Wirral spots, really brings back memories when, straight off the Crosville bus from North Wales I’d hop into the Temple or Picton Rooms before going to my lodgings. I had no idea who I listened to in The Temple but was mesmerised by the trumpeter who had a rapid up and down movement as he played. I was too ignorant to find out who were the players, and possibly too busy studying accountancy to spend time investigating. That was about 1950/51 I suppose. What an idiot I was! - Denys Owen

07/05/18 - "I've got a real corker of a show lined up tomorrow on the Sound of Spitfire!", writes John Petters. "It features the first part of an in depth interview with trombonist, writer, producer and broadcaster. Mike Pointon, recorded last month at my Louis Armstrong Celebration Jazz Festival at Norwich". Mike discusses his influences, illustrating this with some fabulous music, including, John Petters Creole Jazz Band featuring Mike with Cuff Billett, James Evans, Martin Litton, Keith Donald and Tim Phillips, Ken Colyer, Bunk Johnson, George Lewis, The Eureka Brass Band, Muddy Waters, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Red Allen and Albert Nicholas.  Tune tomorrow night (Monday) at 9pm uk time".

07/05/18 - Congratulations to Phil & Nichola Lucas on the birth of Oliver James born on 3rd May. Pictured holding him is proud granddad Jim.

06/05/18 - Page of The Week remains the same because I forgot to change the link on the main Menu and in Jazz Extras

06/05/18 - Many Happy Returns on Thursday to ex? jazz promoter Norman Gibson, on Friday to musicians Darren Lloyds and Saturday to Martin Bennett

06/05/18 - Following on from their successful trip "Oop North" to video NW bands and interview fans and musicians, Jenny & Ray Knight aka RayK Jazz, are all set for their third trip. Jenny has sent me their itinerary as follows - 18th May, 12.30 - 2.30pm High Society Jazz Band : 20th May, 12.30 -3.00pm Sun Street Stompers : 22nd May 8.30 - 11.00pm The Forest New Orleans Jazz Band. Louis Lince did the research for these bands and venues and will be accompanying them. You can find the venues in What's On.

06/05/18 - Barry Pryme sent me this message but I was unable to get it on in time - "Just noticed that the Cerys Matthews programme 10.00am Sunday morning on BBC Radio 6 (digital) is live from Cheltenham Jazz Festival and will feature the well-known Adrian Cox and his latest project Kansas Smitty's House Band". However all is not lost because you can catch it on iPlayer at  http://tinyurl.com/y6vlhyup

06/05/18 - Dear Fred ,Your readers in the Morecambe/Lancaster area will be sad to hear the recent passing of Warren Hutchings, 80. A devoted trad jazz fan Warren was a life long follower of various bands in this region /and his native Gtr Manchester. The funeral/celebration in Lancaster Crematorium on Thurs May 10th at 12.30 mid-day and will be followed by a send off gig at the Bare Village Club. All jazzers welcome with/without instruments. Thank you Fred for all your hard work that you do behind the screens  - Rick Bradshaw and Gilly.

04/05/18 - Word has just come through from two sources that New Black Eagles leader and ex Mersey trumpeter, Tony Pringle, has died.  Tony was a regular contributor to this site and was able to contribute much to the history of jazz on Merseyside. "Sadly Tony passed away yesterday in hospital in America" writes John Dunlop.  "As you know I became the bass player with Tony replacing the tea chest player in the band Tony was forming - the Druids jazz band in the late fifties. We started playing at the Kraal club in New Brighton and we graduated to the Temple in Liverpool before a brief period at the Cavern in Liverpool before the Blue Jeans and subsequently the Beatles took over. With the Druids our clarinettist Brian Williams emigrated to Canada, Vic Sanderson banjo went to Australia, Rusty Hartshorn - drums went to Canada and of course Tony went to America! I did not realise I was that bad!  As you may know Tony eventually formed The New Black Eagle jazz band in the Boston area which he led until he sadly passed away".  Also this message from Bert Thompson, "I just heard that Tony Pringle, leader of the New Black Eagles Jazz Band, did not fully recover from the aortic surgery he had to undergo recently and a heart attack. He passed away yesterday, May 4th--a sad loss for the trad jazz community. He was a most able band leader and had a very personal and identifiable sound on his horn. As we are saying more and more frequently these days, another good one gone".

04/05/18 - May I, through the medium of your website, thank those who sent me "get well" messages when I was recently submitted to Hospital following a stroke. Glad to say, I am greatly improved. Thank you all.  - Noël Broadgate

03/05/18 - I just read on the Jazz Guide web site News Page  that "the multiple award-winning feature documentary, ONE NOTE AT A TIME, which pays homage to the musicians who courageously returned to their hometown of New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, is to be released in UK cinemas late summer (24th August), in the year which marks the 300th anniversary of the founding of the city affectionately considered the birthplace of jazz." Here's the official trailer -

03/05/18 - "The Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival runs next week from Thursday 10th May to Sunday 13th May. I'll be running the Guest Sessions (a free event) daily from 2 to 5 pm, at The Pack Horse Inn on Thu & Sun, and at The Conservative Club on Fri & Sat. There's food and (lots of) beer, etc, at both venues", writes Malcolm Hogarth. "The Guest Sessions are inclusive, so everybody gets a go to play, sing, dance, etc. The house band is bass, drums, keyboard, a front line player (trumpet/trombone/reeds) and banjo, and all players are welcome.  It's meant to be a fun session, providing entertainment and wonderment for the audience. We look forward to having Jazz North West users there to prove that Jazz is tops in the North West. - Malcolm (trainee Northerner, from the South-hiss, boo).

02/05/18 - What at first glance might look like a scene from the Wild West, is in fact Mike Lovell's 'Sticky Rock Three' playing at a “Speak Easy” themed night at Booths Supermarket in Poulton le Fylde last Sunday. It featured Mike with Colin Turner and Anthony Mason. See also http://tinyurl.com/yd24o3un

02/05/18 - Still under the weather at this end, strong antibiotics making me quite weary, so delays in dealing with emails and the news updates I'm afraid, this on top of my son currently in hospital makes it unlikely that we'll make Lancashire's new Garstang lunchtime jazz club tomorrow

April 2018

30/04/18 -
The 20th Anniversary edition of JUST JAZZ magazine is now out, and there's quite a bit of Northern content in it. Apart from some snippets from this site, there's a battle of words taking place between musician Chris Watford of Dallas Dandies and New Orleans Standard-Bearers fame, and Rochdale Jazz Club's chairman, Tony Sheldon.  Dave Donohoe also relates an amusing anecdote comparing band fees with the price of beer.

29/04/18 - Did you know that you can view and print off a month's listing of NW gigs complete with all the notes and descriptions. You can access it via the What's On page, and it's this weeks Page of the Week

29/04/18 - Daytime jazz this week includes the Silver Bell Band who will be playing at a Blue Plaque event in St Anne's on Tue, 1 May, 11:00 – 12:00 outside the opticians on St Andrews Road South. Also on Tuesday the Savoy Jazzmen will be playing in the Palm House in Sefton Park.

Thursday 3rd May will see see a new venture organised by bass player Jim Swinnerton. It's Jim's Three Bears trio with Mike Owen (tbn) & Ben Holder (violin), from 12:00 – 14:30 at Kirkland & Catterall Memorial Hall, Preston PR3 0HR. It starts at 12 noon and admission includes a hotpot lunch, and don't forget to bring your own drinks. This is the start of a new jazz club venture for Jim, and the only one in Lancashire, so hopefully he will get plenty of support.

29/04/18 - Many Happy Returns this week to Dave Pogson, Norman Pennington and Sue Parish on Monday, and Trevor Stent on Wednesday.

29/04/18 - Sadly, I have to report that from now on the Wall City Jazz Band will only be playing once a month at the Mill Hotel. Furthermore, this will be for a 3-month trial period, during which we will have to prove that we can fill the place, or we'll be out, to put it bluntly. Anyway, for the moment, we will remain optimistic. These are the dates that we will be appearing; they are all on the last Monday of the month:  April 30 : May 28 : June 25 and July 30

29/04/18 - Re Mart's front line - Congratulations guys! I remember a gig (a long time ago now) when we totted up the whole band’s ages in the Yarrow River Band and it came to 366, and it was a leap year too. Playing keeps you young, long may it continue! - Richard Knock

27/04/18 - "Another record has been achieved by Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz. All three members of the front line are over 80 years old. I wonder if any other band has a front line over 240 years old?", asks Mart

27/04/18 - Graham Martindale writes, "Good to read Ron Houghton's note about my local jazz radio station, Swing FM, based in Limoges, 45km from where I live.  It's available online using the link you provided and on steam radio at 101.2 fm.  Since changing cars I have sadly lost the ability to listen to BBC Radio 4 on longwave so I listen to Swing FM in my car much more nowadays.  As Ron says it's 24 hours of "proper" jazz & swing with some gospel and blues chucked in. They love their Louis, and Bechet of course, although someone within the organisation has a large collection of organ jazz which pops up from time to time which is not to my taste.   The programming is, however, really varied without straying into anything modern and uncomfortable. Graham went on to tell me more about the station, and you can read his email in full here.

25/04/18 - The next Jazz Rendezvous session at St Helens Bowling Club will be on Sunday May 20th and not the usual second Sunday.

24/04/18 - Hi Fred, Your readers may not be aware of a wonderful jazz radio run 24 hours a day by le hotclub de Limoges. They play great jazz from 20's to 50, Click here to connect. Satisfaction assured. Ron Houghton (ex NWest)

24/04/18 - Once again Sam Ralph has shared some of his amazing photographs taken at Rochdale Jazz Club. This time it was Washington Whirlygig who was in the limelight. Click here to view them.

23/04/18 - Many Happy Returns today to bass player Derek Vaux. On Wednesday it's the turn of Eric Brierley & Digby Fairweather to celebrate their birthdays. On Thursday  Anthony Mason, Laurie Cooper and Martyn Sharp will be having theirs, and it's a double celebration for Jon Critchley on Friday - a birthday and a wedding anniversary on the same day. Congratulations to you all

23/04/18 - Just one daytime gig coming up this week - Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at NORTH EUSTON HOTEL, Fleetwood on Wed, 25 April, 12:00 – 14:30

23/04/18 - The gig list for Eagley Jazz Club has been updated

23/04/18 - Especially for today as suggested by Barrie Marshall This version of St George's Rag by Chris Barber from the album "Elite Syncopations", my favourite album.

22/04/18 - Members of the Eclipse marching band led by Band Marshall Jeff Roberts, at the funeral procession of Dave Copperwaite. Photo supplied by Fraser  McCombe

22/04/18 - Comedy jazz quartet from the Netherlands - The Busquitos - play Staveley Roundhouse Theatre on Wednesday 25 April, 7.30pm. Book online or by phone on 015395 61076. An uproarious night is guaranteed, helped along by a free glass of wine at the interval.

21/04/18 -  A Yamaha long cornet in Lacquer  has just gone on the Sales Page

21/04/18 -  The gig list for Jazz at Maverick's 80s Lounge, Bingley, has just been updated

21/04/18 - The Original Panama Jazz Band will NOT be at The Irby Club on Wednesday 2nd May. We will be back as usual on the 16th May. - Jon Critchley

20/04/18 - I've been a bit off colour the last few days to put it lightly, hence the break in news, but Doc rang this morning to say I had an infection and antibiotic prescription was on its way, so that's the good news (I think). Peter Fryer has also emailed with good news - "The Merseysippi Jazz Band's return to their previous Monday night venue at Liverpool Cricket Club is going well and we have invited our good friend John Hallam to guest with us on Monday, 21st May. All welcome to join us. We now play from 8.00 until 10.30 pm in the smaller Sports bar downstairs. NO MORE STEEP STAIRS TO CLIMB!

17/04/18 - Sorry to see Annie's news about Ron Smith, another real gentleman of jazz. It must be nearly twenty years since I first met Ron, either at the Travellers Rest, Quarnford or the Dog and Partridge at Bollington. I then spent a few years playing alongside Ron in Annie's Saints and Sinners. Apart from those venues, Ron was a willing dep, playing all over the north west. I remember once thanking Ron for coming to the Travellers on a horrible foggy night, just to listen he didn't want to sit-in. Ron's reply was something like this "if we all turned up to each other's gigs we'd all have an audience". There's something to think about! - Sam Wood

17/04/18 - Walter Love's excellent Radio Ulster Jazz Club of Sunday 15.04.18 featured John and Renee Long and the music of Ken Colyer. Well worth a playback on Radio iPlayer! - David Evans

17/04/18 - A top of the range Sax, a Selmer Super Action 80 Series II Soprano Sax, successor to Selmer MKVII, and recently serviced, has just gone on the Sales Page.

17/04/18 - Jelly Roll Morton Show - Now You Has Jazz Jazz Jazz on The Sound of Spitfire Tonight at 9pm, I will be looking at the life and music of Jelly Roll Morton., with recordings by the classic Red Hot Peppers, his Trio, solo work and the New Orleans Jazz Men.  There will be excerpts from Morton's interview with Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress plus track from my Ragtime Revisited album with James Evans and Martin Litton and two great performances by the young duo, Andrew Oliver and David Horniblow, who have embarked on a massive task of recording the Jelly Roll Morton compositions. Look at https://andrewoliver.net/ The show goes out live at 9pm local time or 20:00 utc. It is repeated at 11pm and midnight on Wednesday (22:00 & 23:00 utc)

17/04/18 - Your readers might like to know about a Community Radio Station that opened up here in the Lancaster and Morecambe area last year. It is called 'Beyond Radio' and it broadcasts 24 hours a day on 103.5 FM - and it is possible to tune in via their website. On a Wednesday evening, a lady called Harri Deane presents a programme of jazz and swing from 7.00 - 8.00pm. She has just started a section which features a local band or artist - last week 11th April - it was The High Society Jazz Band, and she played two tracks from one of our live CD recordings, and gave a lot of information about the band and upcoming gigs. She is hoping to develop this into a regular 'gig guide' spot as well. Harri herself is a singer, and will be performing at The Winter Gardens, Morecambe, on Sunday 22nd April from 1.30-4.00pm. You can get more details from their website or from their Facebook page. - Dave Bateman

16/04/18 - After an absence due to refurbishment, and a delayed start due to bad weather, jazz finally returns to The Bolton Arms in Leyburn, Wensleydale next Sunday 22nd.  KATHY BENSON'S CREOLE JAZZ (rags, stomps, spirituals and blues from the classic jazz era) Sunday lunchtime 12.00 'til 3pm (lovely room in ground floor back bar area). Free admission - food available.

14/04/18 - Always interesting to read some of the pen portraits of musicians etc., on the site, and some time ago I listed them all and if you haven't seen them, check out the list on this week's Page of The Week

14/04/18 - The only mid week daytime jazz gig is The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 20 April, 12:30 – 14:30

14/04/18 - Many Happy Returns on Tuesday to Chris Barber celebrating his 88th birthday.  Also to musician Jack Wilson from the Scottish Borders who celebrates his 80th birthday on Wednesday.

13/04/18 - Hi Fred, Many thanks for setting up the Keith Jones tribute page - it's lovely to read all the messages from people who played with Keith over the years.  We would be grateful if you could add the details about his Thanksgiving Service to your page:  Thanksgiving service at 3pm, Bromborough Methodist Church, 175 Allport Lane Bromborough Wirral CH62 7HW. The family request that bright colours are worn, not black, as this is a celebration of Keith's life. Family flowers only. If anyone wishes to make a donation in Keith's memory these will be divided between Christian Aid & Claire House Children's Hospice. Donations c/o the funeral directors: Charles Stephens - Bromborough. 0151 334 1727. Refreshments and Jazz afterwards from 4.30pm at the Lever Club, Greendale Road, Port Sunlight, Wirral CH62 4XB.  Roy Gregory and the Parade Band will be playing but they warmly invite any fellow jazz musicians to sit in with them and play in celebration of Keith.  (Just to warn you - parking at both venues is limited). - Pat & the girls (I'm awaiting the date, will add here as soon as I get it - Fred).   "Sorry, we missed the important thing. Friday May 4th, 3pm at Bromborough Methodist church, 4.30 onwards at the Lever Club". - Pat

11/04/18 -
Just had 3 nights in the Lake District, but took the laptop with me to keep the site updated, (not popular in some quarters), and after a full day out, an evening meal and a glass of red wine, I've discovered that updating the site late at night is not always a good idea. Not only did I get the date of Jim's new jazz club wrong (hurriedly corrected next morning thanks to the sharp eyes of Norman Gibson), Howard Murray has also pointed out that I have suddenly removed Roy Gregory as leader of the Parade Band, and replaced him with Greg Robley who has just gone on the deps list. An easy mistake to make!  Got some nice pics though.

11/04/18 - Hi Fred,  Sad to report that drummer, Tony Tolley has passed away after a long illness.  Tony played many Summer seasons at Blackpool and, in fact, for a number of years he was the drummer with the Bachelors and became known as 'the fourth Bachelor'.  Back in 1980 he was a founder member of The Jazz Knights and of The Bill Barrow Quartet with whom he remained until a couple of years ago when, due to illness, he was forced to retire.  The funeral will take place at Carleton Crematorium, Blackpool on Tuesday 24th April at 1-15 pm.  At the family's request the cortege will be led from the cemetery gates by The Jazz Knights. Any musicians wishing to join the very short march will be very welcome.  - Bill Barrow 01253-777631

11/04/18 - Once again Sam Ralph has produced some cracking photographs taken at Rochdale Jazz Club. It's amazing how Sam manages to re-create the traditional view of a jazz club of years ago, minus the smoke of course. This time it's the Wirrorleans Jazz Band that is in the spotlight. You can see Sam's Pictures by clicking here

11/04/18 - Carlisle Jazz Club gig list has been updated

10/04/18 - Lancashire is to get its only traditional jazz club. The last one was run by Norman Gibson at Morecambe and before you start telling me about Southport, Rochdale or Eagley I must point out that they are in Merseyside and Greater Manchester. Following in his father's footsteps, bass player Jim Swinnerton is starting one near Garstang at Kirkland & Catterall Memorial Hall, at the junction of the A6 and the A586 near Garstang, PR3 0HR. Another bonus is that it's a lunchtime venue, and will include a hotpot lunch. Drinks are free, because you bring your own. It's well worth your support and the first one is on Thursday May 3rd. It all kicks off with a cracking band, just wait until you see the line-up, one of the youngest ever to appear in the County (unless you know diffferent) - Click here for full details. 

10/04/18 - Hi Fred,  Some great news. My Good Time Jazz Band will be returning to it's 'spiritual' home at The Fleece in Addingham (where we played every week for just on 33 years). Sessions will be weekly, commencing on Wednesday 18th April, with a start time of 8:45pm. For the first evening we will have the great Annie Hawkins playing double bass with us and Kathy Benson singing in her own inimitable style  -  Harry Long

10/04/18 - Greg Robley, leader of the Parade Jazz Band, is the latest musician to go on the Deps List

08/04/18 - Full time professional NW Musicians Tom Kincaid, Jim Swinnerton and Jack Cotterill play together as The Three Bears, yet are rarely seen in the North West. All that is about to change and starts at Kendal Rugby Club on Tuesday April 10th (Kendal Jazz Club), with guest violinist Ben Holder, in what promises to be a hard-swinging session. All four musicians are very much at the younger end of the spectrum, and produce melodic improvisations based mainly on the great jazz standards, but adding their own variations. Visitors are welcome, Admission £10 and doors open 7-30pm for 8pm, visitors welcome.

08/04/18 - Frog & Henry Tour page updated

08/04/18 - Many Happy Returns today to Mike Hayler & Matt Palmer

07/04/18 - Norman Gibson has sent me an update on progress with the Frog & Henry 2019 tour.  Nine clubs booked, two pending and just two dates left available to fill.  You can follow progress and check updates at www.jazznorthwest.co.uk/frogandh.htm

07/04/18 - The latest issue of Dove Jazz Bugle is now available on line at http://tinyurl.com/y8x55sl4

07/04/18 - Just one mid week daytime jazz event next week, one that would normally take place on the 1st Tuesday in the month, and that's the Savoy Jazzmen who are giving a concert in the beautiful setting of the Sefton Park Palm House, Sefton Park, Liverpool. L17 1AP. 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.

07/04/18 - One item that bands have to consider, and nobody likes paying, is insurance. More frequently these days event organisers want to see proof of public liability insurance. back in 2009 Jeff Matthews wanted to know any contact details for companies that will offer Public Liability Insurance to bands. I'm sure the details that came forward then are in need of updating, so maybe musicians could check out this week's Page of the Week and send me updated recommendations.

07/04/18 - Many Happy Returns next week to Andy Henderson on Thursday 5th April

06/04/18 - Like other musicians I knew Derek Fleck rather well, I knew him in his Preston days via The Silver Bell and Red Rose Bands, sad, sad news. There are more tributes at http://tinyurl.com/ycs8unwu and http://tinyurl.com/y7zt8b8z - Barrie Marshall

05/04/18 -
Had a trip to Southport last night to the Fleetwood & Hesketh Club where the Parade Band were playing. We arrived to find the place heaving, the car park full, and the only places to park were on the main road.  Not being a football fan, little did I know that Liverpool were playing Manchester City that night, and there were tv screens of football in every room. It delayed the start of the evening by 15 minutes, (until the match interval) which caused one or two grumbles close to us, but after that the TVs in the jazz room were muted. It's been quite a few years since I last saw them, and quite a few changes in personnel. it was good to be able to make myself known to Roy Gregory, Brian Hall and Geoff Parker, and to renew acquaintance with Jim Lucas.  It was poignant evening for the band having just lost their clarinet player Keith Jones, and they dedicated a couple of spirituals to him. What I did particularly enjoy were several two part harmonies sung by Brian & Roy, not something you hear in jazz bands very often.

05/04/18 - Forwarded from Patti Durham - Many Jazz Guide readers will have good memories of West Jesmond Rhythm Kings gigs over many years - when they toured around the UK, playing jazz clubs, festivals, and other venues. I'm sorry to pass on the sad news that Derek Fleck, the band's reeds maestro, died on 28 March, after a short illness. Derek was a fine musician, with a wonderful playing style - one reviewer said he sounded 'jaunty', which greatly amused Derek - he loved the classic hot style that the band liked to do, but he was also a big fan of Lester Young and more mainstream jazz. He was quite an expert on Sandy Brown too. Some of you may know that Derek's day job was as a Weatherman here in Newcastle upon Tyne - he often lectured the band on long gig trips on the mysteries of Arctic Highs and Cold Lows. Derek will be sadly missed, mostly by his wife, Alice, and daughters, Penny and Victoria - but also all of us jazzers.

03/04/18 - Hi Fred, Ron Smith died in hospital last night after a long illness. He was the original banjoist in Annie's Saints and Sinners. He had to stop playing about two years ago when he found he couldn`t lift the banjo let alone play it. There are no funeral details as yet.  Please could you spread the word? - Annie Cousin

03/04/18 - Recently returned from Cornwall. Pleased to find The Great Western Jazz Company continuing their swinging Thursday nights at the Five Degrees West in Falmouth. A full house with food, beer and dancing. The Smugglers is still only twice a month, and I was there on the wrong week this time  - Sam Wood

02/04/18 - At 9pm tonight, John Petters will be presenting his third 'Now You Has Jazz, Jazz, Jazz' show.This weeks show highlights one of the most important figures on the British traditional jazz scene, a musician totally devoted to his art, and a warm hearted and kind soul, who did much to help me in my early days as a jazz drummer.  Stanley Kenneth Sims - Ken to us, passed away a year ago on 29th March 2017. To listen to the show follow this link http://listen.soundofspitfire.co.uk/

02/04/18 -
If you are likely to be down in London at the end of this month, I just read in my JazzNorthWest Weekly online mag, that Keith Nichols' Mayfair Orchestra will be presenting "Midnight in Mayfair", at Cadogan Hall, on 28th April. –

Carroll Gibbons and Fred Elizalde at the Savoy, Sydney Lipton at Grosvenor House, Lew Stone at the Monseigneur, Jack Jackson at the Dorchester, Henry Hall on the BBC and Ambrose at the Mayfair. The bandsmen, men like Sid Phillips, Lew Davis, Tiny Winters, George Chisholm and Nat Gonella were talented and versatile and the crooners, too, soon became stars: Al Bowlly, Sam Browne, Elsie Carlisle and Vera Lynn were just a few. The show will feature a wide range of music from the ’20s and ’30s including Billy Cotton’s Somebody Stole My Gal, Nat Gonella’s Georgia on my Mind, Al Bowlly’s The Very Thought of You, Henry Hall’s Anything Goes and Jack Hylton’s 'You’re the Top'.  


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