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Here's one question that I couldn't help
with, can you? - "Hi Fred, do you know of any Trad in the north of
Scotland, Caithness or Sutherland in particular? ". - Steve Marquis
stalwart of the local jazz scene in Lancashire is that fine band,
The Pendle Jazzmen, so it was disappointing to hear
that the venue they have been playing in weekly for the last eight and a
half years, is closing down. Colin Mason rang me to say that the Inn on The
Wharf in Burnley, is shutting up shop this weekend. That means that the last
gig at this location will take place tomorrow night, so a good send off
would be great if you could manage it. Colin says that jazz fans old and new
are welcome to join them at the wake, and that the band appreciates the
support many have given them over the time spent there, and in particular
the landlord who has managed to keep the weekly event going.
29/08/17 - It's the St Anne's International Kite Festival weekend and Mike Lovell's Sticky Rock Jazz Three are appearing in front of St Anne's Pier Cafe this coming Saturday & Sunday from 1pm till 4pm. I went to the festival last year and it was an amazing spectacle, as was the band of course.
There's a nice article about jazz musician George Shearing on
There is a proposal by the Battersea Society to commemorate him with a blue
plaque on Northcote Lodge School which was previously Linden Lodge School
for the Blind which he attended from when he was twelve till he left at
28/08/17 - Re: Vince Giordano, 12/08/17 & 14/08/17 - I heard Vince's band in Greenwich Village about fifteen years ago - and was duly blown away by his amazing band's interpretations of 1920/30s classic big band recordings. I was leading my classic big band HARLEM at this time, so we had a lot in common, and consequently chewed a lot of "shop" fat. I also spoke at length to his pianist, Conal Fowkes, whom I see is mentioned with his quintet on some of the CDs listed on the email attachments, so I'm assuming that this fine "young" (well, he was then!) musician is still a member of Vince's band. Conal told me that he originated from Loughborough, Leicestershire: knowing that our own dear Annie Hawkins lived there for some time, I asked if he recalled her, and he doubled up with laughter and said that she was his "second Mum"! - Paul Munnery
27/08/17 - I'm trying to find some jazz players to play with in a 50s/60s style. I'm a tenor/alto sax player, and played through university and for a while on the cruise ships in the early 2000s before becoming disenchanted with music a little and moving into IT. I've played a bit here and there, but have recently started playing a lot more again and very much enjoyed it. I've depped with the New Lights Big Band, but ideally looking for more small band/standards stuff. If you know of any jam sessions or similar in the area, or other people who may be looking for doing a bit of rehearsing and the occasional gig that would be ace. - Matthew Darwin. Email me and I'll pass it on - Fred
An article in "Science Daily" states,
"Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain". This has led
the Press Association to add - "A regular boogie-session could also help
improve balance – the loss of which is a symptom of brain degeneration". So
what are you waiting for, the South of England seem to be ahead of us when
it comes to dancing at jazz events. Take your partners please ...
27/08/17 - Liked the publicity for the Temperance Seven CD! Derek Galloway, the vocalist in this historic outfit, is the trombone player with the Old Green River Band at the Black Swan sessions at Hollins Green - Martin Bennett. Derek also plays with the Canal Street Stompers & Bunter's Imperials (Apologies if I've missed one) - Fred.
27/08/18 - Not many bands can say they have been going for 68 years, but the Merseysippi Jazz Band has. I was there for it's 60th birthday celebration, and that occasion is the subject of this week's Page of the Week.
27/08/18 - Daytime gigs during this week include Deco Delight at Cartmel on Bank Holiday Monday, Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at NORTH EUSTON HOTEL, Fleetwood, on Wed, 30 August, 12:00 – 14:30 and The River City Jazz Band on the end of Llandudno Pier on Fri, 1 September, 13:15 – 16:15.
Many Happy Returns this week to bass player
Keith Shone, who celebrates his birthday on Monday.
25/08/17 - If you like to get around and your taste in jazz music is varied, then check out http://tinyurl.com/y78cwleh where you'll find lots of jazz festival programmes to read. If niothing else chack out the Cambridge Companion to Jazz , full of interesting facts. I sent it to Norman Gibson and he says, "The origin of the word jazz is interesting. 'Dance music with vigor and pep' is known. But I like the possibility from the use of jasmine in perfume used in New Orleans". "One of the entries in Bill Crow’s Jazz Anecdotes cites the use of jasmine oil in perfumes popular in New Orleans: ‘To add it to perfume was called “jazzing it up”. The strong scent was popular in the red-light district, where a working girl might approach a prospective customer and say, “Is jass on your mind tonight, young fellow?"
25/08/17 - The list of forthcoming events at Manchester jazz Club has just been updated up to March 2018.
jazz musician who I've seen and heard many times, yet never really met and
know very little about, is Allan Dent. I do know he played with the Dallas
Jazz Band, Smoky City Stompers, Red River Jazzmen
and of course Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz. So it
was with interest that I flicked through the
September issue of Just Jazz Magazine, having spotted his photo on the
front informing all that he will 80 years young on 18th September.
Unless I missed it, Allan still remains to me the quiet unassuming private
musician I've always thought him to be.
24/08/17 - John Pashley tells me, "The Arden Arms in Stockport now has new landlord, he’s keeping Louisiana Highway’s Monday Session as it is for the time being. The line up of the band now comprises John Pashley Trumpet/Vocal, Clarinet and Tenor sax, John Brett (fortnightly) Blues and slide Guitars, Mike Reddin Guitar. Graham Larkin Guitar and vocal. Chris Fryers Bass and Phil Minshull Drums. We play a wide variety of Music with a Louisiana flavour including Jazz, Latin, Calypso, Blues Shuffles and Rock and Roll etc". John also tells me, "We are getting small audiences, so we could do with a boost".
24/08/17 - Hello again Fred. Some bad news and some good news. Firstly, The Blue Magnolia Jass Orchestra have had to part company with their long standing venue at Rose Lane British Legion in Mossley Hill, Liverpool. However, as of next Tuesday (the 29th of August), the band will be starting regular weekly sessions at The Rose of Mossley. Which is the pub right next door! - Andrew Mackenzie.
24/08/17 - Now here's an interesting concept from The Guardian - "Tin Men and the Telephone: the jazz band you control with a smartphone".... The audience could vote if they wanted the band to speed up, slow down, play “nervous”, “relaxed”, “weird” or “take a break”. I'm up for it, so how about it you jazz musicians, is this the ultimate in improvisation?
24/08/17 - Looking through the latest edition of Jazz Guide, I saw this advert for the Temperance Seven latest CD, and it had me in stitches. Also on the Jazz Guide News Web Page there are details of a new CD release by Jeff Barnhart and Spats Langham - "Thanks for the Melody".
My thanks to
my wife Barbara for helping me to trawl through and cross check a month's
gigs that luckily I'd previously saved as a PDF.
We found quite a few that had been 'terminated' to end in previous years,
and I was able to identify them and extend them 'back to the future'.
Hopefully they are all back, but it was also an opportunity to see if they
appeared to still be valid or required updating. Of course the information
is only as good as I get and I do need the co-operation of bands and fans to
keep it updated.
Dear Fred, What a shock for me to see Dave Browning has
died. He and I were at school together in Heaton Moor where I introduced him
to Louis Armstrong and his kind of jazz. Dave was at that time a super
pianist and I used to go to his home in Chorlton for rehearsal. Dave was
with me for my first concert at Cheadle Hulme Methodist Church when he
played piano. It was very soon after this that he took on trumpet and became
an absolutely brilliant world class player of his instrument and I am sorry
I didn’t get an opportunity to play with him in recent time. - Mart Rodger
20/08/17 - The Merseysippi Jazz Band are having to take the night off on Monday, 21st August as the Coffee House has a funeral wake going on. We will be back the following week, 28th when we will have guest musicians with us due to holidays etc. - Peter Fryer
20/08/17 - Change of management at The Black Swan two months ago has resulted in a slight increase in the door money from £5 to £8. These sessions with the Old Green River Band at The Black Swan in Hollins Green on the A57, Manchester Road, continue on the first Monday of each month from 8.30pm, pay at the door. Good swinging music with some very good players plus guests. Well worth a visit. - Martin Bennett
20/08/17 - Mike McLachlan & Andrew Mackenzie are two musicians who celebrate their birthdays this week on Saturday 26th August.
20/08/17 - Manchester Jazz Festival came to an end two weeks ago today and passed somewhat peacefully as far as this site was concerned. Not quite so in the past if you read this page. It's this week's Page of The Week
Only one mid
week daytime jazz event, but that could be wrong when you read what's
happened to my calendar of events! The River City
Jazz Band are on the end of Llandudno Pier on Fri, 25 August, 1:15pm –
had a message on my answer machine from Graham McClelland to inform me that
trumpet player Dave Browning had died peacefully at his home in Wilmslow on
Tuesday this week. Dave was well known in the Manchester area, and searching
the net I discovered there was some controversy surrounding him. According
to Graham, Dave had evidence and a pay slip of £30 to confirm that he was in
fact the trumpet player on the original recording of the Coronation Street
signature tune, but there were counter claims - see
As well as jazz, Dave also played with big bands - NDO, ABC TV Show
band, Johnny Patrick, Syd Lawrence and Alan Hare Bands
seems to have happened to my What's
On calendar which is stored on Google servers so nothing to do with my
PC. Several events, especially repeating ones, are missing or amended to end
after a differing number of repeats, usually meaning they ended anytime
between 2014 and last year, meaning some gigs are no longer appearing.
I am slowly going through the jazz club entries in What's On, but I would
appreciate it if anybody spots anything else wrong in
What's On, could they just to let me know at email@example.com.
I forsee a busy weekend ahead!
Correction to an earlier news announcement -
Annie Hawkins will be playing with the Tuxedo Jazz Band
on Thursday 31st August at The Wallaseyans Club, 140-142 Grove Rd, Wirral,
Wallasey CH45 0JF, UK
Malcolm Hogarth writes, "When busking at The
Cross in Chester yesterday we were followed by a little girl of 10, who
knocked the crowd for six with her playing of guitar and harmonica and her
singing". I found a video of her that was put on a few
days ago at
https://youtu.be/gn0XydhGQYc - Fred
"This is bad news for us and for live music" says Jon Critchley after
receiving this letter - "Hi Jon, We currently have the
Original Panama Jazzband pencilled in for 8 April –
however, from January 2018 the Pavilion Arts Centre will be converting into
a cinema and unfortunately this means we will no longer be able to run the
Sunday Jazz Sessions. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, and
if anything changes we will be in touch. Best wishes, Kerry
Allsop, Programme Officer, Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre.
After Windows 10 tried to update my PC and gave
up with a groan, I left it running on Windows 7. Having successfully installed
Windows 10 on my laptop and got everything running such that I could update
the site from the Isle of Wight, and finding out it wasn't the bad guy it
had been made out to be, I decided to completely delete everything on my
main PC and start by installing Windows 10 from scratch (but not
before making a copy of the hard drive). It's taken most of two days to get
it up and running the way I want it, and hopefully I can now use it as I
have always done. I've still a lot of things to install but we'll get there.
The first job is to make a backup copy of this drive so that there aren't
loads of updates to be installed all over again should danger strike.
Some of your site visitors may have checked out the links, you added for
further information, on Vince Giordano, and now realise what an amazing band
the Nighthawks are. If I could get travel insurance for USA, without
re-mortgaging the house, I think I would make just one more trip to the Big
Apple. The band can be seen, and danced to, Mondays and Tuesdays at the
Iguana on West 54th. St. New York for $20.00. There must be someone you know
who has an upcoming holiday planned to NY ! - Norman Gibson
13/08/17 - This week's Page of the Week features a well know clarinet player and band leader in another article written by Andrew Liddle. It is of course Mart Rodger, who with his wife Janet, recently celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary.
13/08/17 - Many Happy Return on Tuesday to ex NW drummer now living in Cornwall, Alan Davies, and on Thursday to another drummer, Graham Smith.
mid week jazz this week - Annie's Saints And Sinners @ The Dog & Partridge,
Bollington (check first on 01625 610059) on Mon, 14 August, 14:00 – 16:00,
and The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station Fri, 18 August, 12:30 –
12/08/17 - Early Bird Tickets for Keswick jazz & Blues Festival 2018 are now on sale! Four-day stroller pass £120. This offer available until September 15th only. http://tinyurl.com/yb5t4xqk
12/08/17 - UPDATED - Hi Fred Although not strictly Trad this may be of interest to readers, Vince Giordano – There’s A Future In The Past - Harold Troughton. See also https://youtu.be/Ut4paSH_Uo8 and https://youtu.be/gSo0mIxsJz4.
12/08/17 - Annie Hawkins will be playing with the Tuxedo Jazz Band on Thursday 24th August at The Walaseyans. (Correction it's the 31stAug)
12/08/17 - I've just been watching Eagle Jazz Band play "Christopher Columbus" for Jazz Club 90 at Albrightonat https://youtu.be/UPhTHRN8xFg. Led by Matt Palmer on sax and clarinet the line-up is Pete Brown on trumpet and trombone, Terry Williams on trombone, Brian Lawrence on bass, Baby Jools on drums and Brian Mellor on banjo/guitar. This number features Terry and Pete on trombones with the rhythm section.
11/08/17 - Now here's an unusual request. "Parade hats wanted. White top, six-point, cornered hats, in either canvas or vinyl. Scarlette's New Orleans Parade Band needs a few hats to complete their attire!" Please e-mail or phone me if you can help. firstname.lastname@example.org. 07460 974 980. Please check out the band on YouTube, or our Facebook page, "Mike Owen's Scarlette's Serenaders and Scarlette's New Orleans Parade Band". - Mike Owen (Trombone Savant)
11/08/17 - Once again Trevor Stent and his young organising team gave us all another amazing long weekend of great and varied live music. Last year saw a record attendance, but even so, this year, despite some poor weather, that figure was increased upon. Gunhild Carling, from Sweden, with her full 'family' band, was the headline act, and what a star she was. A brilliant entertainer, singer and dancer who played a number of instruments, all well, and even thrilled the local jazzers by playing jazz on a set of Breton Bagpipes ! Trevor, a while back on your news page, suggested the Sweet Peppers could be one of the better bands on the programme, and he was correct. They were well appreciated by the listening audience, but went down a storm with the mass of young swing dancers. This band formed a very noticeable friendship with the Frog and Henry NO Street Band members. Each supporting the other's sessions, and most of them were dancers, so they were very aware of the music to appeal. The Frog and Henry Band included Robin Rapuzzi (Washboard) and Todd Burdick (Tuba) , so it was good to have chat with them as I had made their acquaintance three years ago when they came over with the Tuba Skinny band. The line-up also included Reed player Ewan Bleach, which was my first chance to see this very talented musician, and, to boot, he's a mean swing dancer! The picture was taken by Claude (white haired, in the middle), one of the regular gang of dancers, from a swing club in Brest. - Norman Gibson. A few NW faces there i recognise Norman
Whilst I was away, Mike Pembroke emailed to say, "I'm pleased to inform you
that my collection of Jazz EPs & LPs have found their way to a new home,
having been collected this morning. It was pleasing that the new owner is a
fan who was already known to me. Thanks for your help".
Trevor Stent has emailed - I’ll send more
reports from Fest Jazz 2017 later but I thought I’d share this with you
straight away. Gunhild Carling arrived on the Saturday, gave the most
spectacular shows I have ever seen in my life, found the area and the Fest
Jazz atmosphere “incredible” and stayed on for an extra two days. She did
her weekly streamed television broadcast (100,000 viewers worldwide) from
the festival on the Sunday at the end of a concert from the Dorine de Wit
band. In effect a jam session but quite something! This is the result:
musicians in Dorine’s band did the North West (and South West) proud. They
were magnificent: Dorine on banjo, Dave Vaughn sax, Jamie Brownfield trumpet
and Tom Kincaid piano.) A great session and what a weekend!!
10/08/17 - Hi Fred Although not strictly Trad this may be of interest to readers, Vince Giordano – There’s A Future In The Past - Harold Troughton.
10/08/17 - Back after 10 days on the Isle
of Wight, and very nice it was too.
Hello Fred, I'm pleased I made
it to the Blue Bell last Sunday to say goodbye to Steve and Ness. It was a
super session and the pub was packed. After about five hours of music from
Mad Ed's Hot Five and a number of guests the beer pumps were starting to run
dry. I had a long drive so I left about 9pm with the party still going on! -
05/08/17 - The Sunday afternoon jazz sessions at Sedgley Park Rugby Club have been temporarily suspended owing to the fact that the organiser and pianist Gerry Tomlinson has had an accident and broken his wrist. It is hope that it will not be too long before the sessions can be restored.
05/08/17 - If you want to see some mid week daytime jazz this coming week, you'll need to get down to the end of Llandudno Pier where the River City Jazz Band will be playing on Fri, 11 August, 13:15 – 16:15.
05/08/17 - Page of the week will be updated next weekend. No time this weekend.
05/08/17 - Many Happy Returns next week to Mark Challinor on Monday, and Frank Lowe on Thursday.
Had heard via the grapevine that Mart Rodger had had an accident that
prevented him playing at Buxton Festival, and it appears it was correct as
Mart has written to say "Glad to say I am getting better. I shall be playing
with Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz at High Lane
Conservative Club on Monday 7th August which is almost 8 weeks since my
accident. I would like to thank the reed players who have stood in for
04/08/17 - A late alteration for August 31 for Carlisle Jazz Club, It's now Steve Andrews and friends with Roly Veitch
04/08/17 - Excellent session at Chorley Flower Show with The Cafe Society Band. Well worth a visit next year - Ged Wilson.
Fred, you mention Blue Mags’ TV appearances:
Well, here are some pictures at
http://tinyurl.com/y89f3grh of their very first TV appearance - I guess back in the late 60s / early 70s, when I was with them along with
Ken Sims, Trevor Stent, Alan Miller, Mike McCombe, Bob Hayward, Tom Kirby
and Roger Hewitt, I think. Yes friends, it’s Opportunity Knocks! The
pictures were taken of the TV screen (405 lines?) by my brother Peter with
his 35mm camera (no video recorder), so they are not the best resolution.
Acker Bilk introduced us, and Hughie humorously tried to show him how to
play Stranger On The Shore. We came third, a suspect singer from Flint
who suspiciously (allegedly) won it week after week.
Footnote: Mike McCombe and I were later sacked from the band for
moonlighting with The Merseysippi JB. - Jon Critchley.
Last night at The Irby Club, 21
lindy hoppers turned up. In June, 7 turned up. Last night they
arrived, danced to the band and during our interval they danced great
routines to some of their recorded swing music. The room was packed to down
the corridor. So good to see so many young happy smiley folk having fun and
enjoying our music. Also an extra bonus of Sue Reid singing with us. We will
repeat this soon. - Jon Critchley
of a mix-up on birthdays, I only went and repeated last week's. So
it's actually Many Happy Returns today to Jim Swinnerton and Ken Binns, and
on Thursday, it's birthday greetings to Mike Lovell. Another extra special
event on Thursday, is Mart & Janet Rodger's Diamond Wedding Anniversary, so
many congratulations to you both.
28/07/17 - One jazz musician that I have been in regular contact with since I started this web site, and who I introduced to the internet back in 1994, is Barrie Marshall. Sue Parish wrote an article about Barrie for the Lancaster Guardian some years ago, it's on the site and is next week's Page of The Week
A dramatic price reduction for BBb Brass Sousaphone with Hard Case and
Mouthpiece for Sale. Was £895, NOW £750 ono. See Sales
28/07/17 - Only one midweek daytime jazz event next week and that's River City Jazz Band on the end of Llandudno Pier on Fri, 4 August, 13:15 – 16:15. Perhaps someone could take a photograph of the band for me, they don't seem to be able to get one for the band webpage'
28/07/17 - Musician birthdays coming up next week - see 30/07/17
28/07/17 - Updates and email responses are likely to be intermittent during the next two weeks
Looking forward to next Wednesday (2nd) at The Irby Club: Cheshire Swing
Cats’ Jive Lindy Hoppers make their second appearance dancing to The
Original Panama Jazz Band, and giving a show during our interval! Super
dancing, super music, A great night ahead! - Jon Critchley
27/07/17 - Mike Pembroke (Old Fashioned Love Band) wishes to dispose of his collection of Vinyl EPs, 10"LPs, 12"LPs. He says, "The items are mainly Classic New Orleans, Revivalist, Early and 1940s Big Bands, Mainstream and a few early Modern. A complete list can be e mailed to anyone who is interested and although I would prefer to dispose of them in one package, I would consider splitting by category. I just want them to be collected and go to a good home. Should anyone wish to offer remuneration (however unreasonable) fine, but the object of the exercise is to de-clutter. You can contact details are on the Old Fashioned Love Band web page (These items have now gone)
27/07/17 - I had a copy of an email from Mick Welstead which he sent out to his members. I met Mick and his wife when down in London visiting my daughter. He runs the OLD BARN HALL JAZZ CLUB in Bookham, and his email said, "Hi there, After many attempts of tempting offers to encourage people to support the club (which ALL fell on stony ground), the latest move which I favour is to now charge £12.00 entry. Most are understanding as to why. See how we get on from here". I can already see a few raised eyebrows here in the North West, where no doubt wanting 'summat for nowt' still lingers on in some places.
I attach for your interest
a letter from Kate Williams about Trefor Williams. Her dad, Ian Turner,
asked me to pass it on to as many people that I know, who know Trefor.
Please forward to anyone you may know. - Pete Lay
27/07/16 - Mike Lovell writes on Facebook, "Great gig yesterday at the St George's Hall in Liverpool with some 450 guests including the Lord Mayor of the City of London. SIX IN A BAR Classic Jazz Band along with Anthony Mason. The Lord Mayor comes from Blackpool so alongside some Classic Jazz, performing 'With my Little Stick of Blackpool Rock' was appropriate". Picture shows the band's view.
27/07/17 - Ian Rose's daughter, Jane Heese, has emailed, "Thank you to everyone who came to Dad's funeral and especially to Derek Galloway and his fellow band members who played through the rain. Mum, my sisters and I have also appreciated all the messages, cards and flowers we have received over the last few weeks".
27/07/17 - Hi Fred, I am coming over to the UK for a holiday and have a couple of gigs on trumpet with the Martin Veasey band at the “ Fox & Hounds pub in Lulsley near Worcester.. 1st one is on the 15th August and then the 19th Sept . great band and a very nice venue, from 8.30 till 10.30 pm.. it is a real cosy place with a great atmosphere and excellent meals . also a couple of gigs in the Northeast at Cullercoats , with the Vieux Carre band ...really hoping to see some good bands over in Manchester, I will be staying at times with my brother Wilf Dalton( who plays Sax and lives in Failsworth .. Ian Royle has known him and worked with him many times over the years. should be a good trip. cheers Derek Dalton from OZ
26/07/17 - A last minute addition - "FOUR IN A BAR" Classic Jazz Band at the North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood FY7 6BN, 2:00pm – 4:00pm this coming Sunday
26/07/17 - Very sad to hear about Ian Rose. I have many happy memories of him both as a drummer and a friend with a great sense of fun. I think some will be interested in this historic photograph from the Manchester Sports Guild 1966 Ian, George Lewis, Ged Hone, Mike Longdon and me. It was the last time George appeared in Britain. He died the following year. - Dave Donohoe. There is now a tribute page to Ian - FB
The following guests will be appearing
with the Merseysippi Jazz Band on the dates given -
Monday, 7th August - Dennis Armstrong - cornettist with Yorkshire Post Jazz
Band and the Great Northern Jazz Band. Monday, 14th August -Dave Mott -
versatile reeds player, clarinet and various saxophones. Monday, 21st
August - Dave Thomas - great friend and clarinet player with the Original
Panama Jazz Band Monday, 28th August - Return visit of Dave Mott.
25/07/17 - Sam Wood has written to me about The Bluebell. "Steve will be a hard act to follow - a dispassionate accountant would probably say the pub isn't viable. I'm sure it was Steve's personality and imagination, supported by Ness and son Tom, that kept it going with guided walks, welsh language classes and all sorts of other activities. The pub also became the Post Office (in the corner of the bar!) after the village Post Office closed a couple of years ago. Then there was the music. Apart from the Sunday Jazz there were several other regular weekly and monthly events. This all attracted people to a pub which although remote was easy to get to, only a couple of minutes off the A55. We once realised that Route 66 was the A55 plus VAT!
25/07/17 - One of the friendliest jazz pubs I ever went to was the Blue bell Inn at Halkyn North Wales, where regulars Mad Ed Hot Five play. So I was saddened, in more ways than one, to read on the pub website the following message from Steve Marquis that, "We are moving on and we will be retiring from the Blue Bell Inn so that we can concentrate on my wife Ness to get her to a state of fitness & where she is better able to manage her life-changing medical conditions. We wish you well for the future & hope that you will continue to support the Blue Bell Inn & the new team as you have us in the past. Their intention is to continue with all of the events (walking, music, etc) as normal. Our final day at the Blue Bell Inn will be on Sunday 30th July where we will close at 7pm with the doors being reopened by the new team on Wed 2nd at 5pm.". My best wishes go to Steve and his family.
25/07/17 - Barrie Marshall tells me that since Alan Duckles (cornet), and his wife Gerry (banjo), retired from playing for The Sun Street Stompers, all is well with the band. Peter Boswell has replaced Alan and Lawrence Marshall has replaced Gerry, and as Barrie says, "The bands future looks rosy".
25/07/17 - Another great night at the Beaky in Ashton, such that it deserved a bigger audience. The guest was Richard Slater, causing Bedlam as usual with trombone, pocket cornet and sludge pump! Sitting in for the second half were regulars Jolly John Percival on trumpet, Big Al on banjo, and, first time at the Beaky, Barry Booth on trombone, on day release from the Saints & Sinners. A good night was had by all. Next session, Wednesday 2nd August, kick-off about 9.00pm - see you there? - Noel Broadgate
25/07/17 - One young lady I always enjoy listening to is Kristen Mosca, an amazing young ragtime pianist. Her latest YouTube video posted on 23rd July is called, "Goofing Off At Coke Corner, and well worth a watch at https://youtu.be/J5fVBpnmdS8 when she shows her less serious side, particularly when "She's had no time to practice and has a few drinks in her. Whoops! ".
25/07/17 - On the 9th July I mentioned an
I had come across in The Guardian on line at
a vegan experimental jazz band, and challenged Ian Royle to give me his
opinion and here it is. "First of all their saxophonist Wenzl McGowen (the
one with the traffic cone stuck down the bell of his baritone sax perhaps?)
states that they "are jazz musicians but don't try to play jazz". They're
obviously well schooled technical musicians. They have attracted two and a
half million views on You Tube and so are in great demand commercially and
should I try a few joints of Mary Joanna (I never have by the way) I should
imagine that 'Moon Hooch' would be a perfect accompaniment. In the comments
section, the best was "It's like a gaggle of geese dying beautifully' and I
cannot better that". - Ian Royle
25/07/17 - Geoff Bull is back home in Australia after a tour in Switzerland. Lynda tells me that, "We had a great tour in Switzerland. Geoff's back is at long last suddenly and rapidly healing so we are now very hopeful that he will not need a third procedure". She also told me that there are now only 3 George Lewis DVDs left in the cupboard (NOW SOLD OUT), so this is your final warning if you haven't got yours yet.
25/07/17 - Only two days ago I was commenting on the brief appearances on TV of NW Jazz Bands. Well last night on BBC TV Northwest Tonight, we got a 5 second glimpse of a Fylde Band featuring Pete Lindup (tpt), Bill Barrow (sax), Willie Barrow (bjo), Gerry Clayton (bs) and Peter Eddowes (dms), playing in a tent on Cartmel Racecourse. Hope their horses romped home.
Hi Fred, We are in Brittany waiting eagerly
for Thursday evening and the start of this years Jazz Fest in Chateauneuf du
Faou. We have enjoyed this festival many times before and are sure this year
will be no exception, look forward to meeting up with the many Brits who
come over each year and hope some new ones. Excited about seeing Second Line
Jazz Band many years since we have seen them, don't seem to travel to the
North West anymore. Cheers - Jon and Carole Fletcher
24/07/17 - Hello Fred, Well, Buxton Fringe ended yesterday after 19 very busy days. I didn't get to see the Mart Roger Band - too many other things going. I can see them locally through the year so I give priority to the festival one-offs. Not a Fringe event, but I enjoyed the local violin player Graham Clark's regular Thursday gig last week. George King was on the piano - one of the best! On Saturday I went to see Digby Fairweather's Half Dozen - an Opera Festival event rather than Fringe. A great show from these accomplished musicians. A 90 minute non-stop show, non interval, and then they played on for at least 20 minutes! Certainly good value for money there. That's about all the music covered. - Sam Wood
Thinking of going to New Orleans? Then this
week's JazzNorthWest Weekly might
be a good place to start. "A Stroll
Down Bourbon Street Check out what's happening on the city's most famous
23/07/17 - There are several NW bands that have made appearances on TV, somewhat fleeting in many cases. One band that's been there and got the T shirt is the Blue Magnolia Jass Orchestra. This week's page of the week relates stories of some of their TV appearances.
23/07/17 - The only daytime jazz event you are likely to see this week is The River City Jazz Band on the end of Llandudno Pier on Friday, 28 July, between 13:15 and 16:15.
Belated birthday wishes to Louis Lince,
who celebrated his birthday yesterday. This week sees Brian Singleton
celebrating his on Monday, Les Harris on Tuesday, Charlie Bentley on
Wednesday, Barry Grummett on Thursday, and Barrie Aldous, Ray Owen and Tom
Rippieth on Saturday. Phew, glad I'm not going to all those parties!
22/07/17 - Mike Lovell sent me a few photos, "From a gig we did for a graduation event at Lancaster University on Thursday & Friday. Colin Turner, Dave Lee, Anthony Mason & Me". The rest are at http://tinyurl.com/yammb2cg, http://tinyurl.com/y9pqfdgn, and http://tinyurl.com/ycg9weqz.
Carlisle Jazz Club gig list has been updated
The funeral of drummer Ian Rose will take
place on Wednesday 26th July 2017 at 10 o’clock in the Rowan Chapel at
Stockport Crematorium. SK2 6LS. Afterwards you are invited to join the
family at The Heatons Sports Club, Green Lane Heaton Moor SK4 2NF
Donations in Ian’s memory please to Parkinsons Disease Society.
On Wednesday evening Ian’s band The Canal Street Stompers will play as usual
at The Railway Chapel Road Sale as a celebration of his life. - Derek and
I too was saddened to hear about Ian
Rose. Although haven't seen much of him for the past fifty years or so, I do
remember his drumming and the fact that he was a travel agent in those days,
Commiserations to his family. - Fraser McCombe
16/07/17 - How many jazz musicians can you think of still playing and entertaining at the age of 87, and have been playing for 64 years? I'm sure you can guess who I am thinking of, and Andrew Liddle thinks it's a crying shame that this amazing achievement hasn't been recognised by the Government. In the latest issue of Just Jazz magazine, Andrew writes a letter on the subject, which he has asked me to reprint on the site here.
16/07/17 - How sad to hear about Ian Rose. I played with him on the odd parade job before I left the UK for warmer climes and didn't see him much otherwise but he always greeted me as if we were old friends when I turned up at any of his gigs; and it was always, without any prompting, "fancy a knock?". - Graham Martindale
16/07/17 - Keith Wadeson sent me this photograph of the Wyre Levee Stompers who were performing in front of the north Euston Hotel in Fleetwood today. See also http://tinyurl.com/ybgvejco.
Derek/Trish, Re: Ian Rose, what a shame but probably also a release, but
sadly you have still lost a friend. - My condolences to all - Brian
16/07/17 - Midweek daytime jazz this week features Mike Lovell 6 in a bar at The North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood on Wed, 19 July, 12:00 – 14:30, and The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 21 July, 12:30 – 14:30
Page of The Week
this week is a bit of reminiscing by Ian Royle - The Mad Blower
Many Happy Returns on Thursday to Mike Carnie
and Bob Pickersgill.
15/07/17 - Thank you, Fred, Derek and Trish, Ian Rose, lovely memories of my youth in Manchester. Bless. Xxx - Sheila Colier
Re John Critchley's photo. Surely it's the
verse to 'Bye Bye Blackbird' - Jeff Roberts
14/07/17 - Re: Ian Rose, dreadfully sorry to hear this. I used to work with Ian a lot during the 1970s & 80s, - Laurie Cooper.
14/07/27 - In her latest newsletter, jazz musician and vocalist Sue Parish writes, "I'm pleased to say that recent gigs at Stockport Plaza (sold out...!) and Llangollen International Eisteddfodd (where our version of Good Morning Heartbreak had at least one audience member in tears (in a good way....)) went well. I'm now preparing for two engagements in the next few weeks. On Thursday 20th July I'll be doing a lunchtime concert with longstanding piano colleague Eileen Guppy at 1pm at Garstang Arts Centre. And on August 8th I'll be the guest of swinging string jazz outfit Hotcha when they perform for Kendal Jazz Club at Staveley in the Lake District. Further details and links on the gigs page of my website at http://tinyurl.com/ybxwdgz5
14/07/17 - Jon Critchley has confirmed that the music below is in fact "I Can't Get Starling".
Hi Fred, after the sad loss of Peter Frank a
few weeks ago, there's been some discussion as to if the band should carry
on without him. So, after some long conversations in smoke filled rooms
(well, I've got to make it sound good haven't I), the band will continue
under the name of the Aire Valley Jazz Band. The next gig will be at
Bingley JC on Thursday 27th July. Chris Howse has looked after
the current bookings upto now, however that has been passed onto me, going
forward. I've had some conversations with Ian Royle and we have
decided that I would play most of the gigs on this side of the hills, as he
isn't too keen on the M62 these days, (well, who is really!). I'm sure he'll
be playing with the band in the future. Obviously, we are based over
the other side of the Pennines, however as an ex pat St.Helenser living in
these parts, I'd be very grateful if you could pass on this information to
our friends wherever they may be. - Andy Henderson
Drummer Ian Rose died last night
[13thJuly] Our dear old friend had suffered from Parkinson disease for many
years but never complained. Ian still ran his own band the Canal Street
Stompers and he never missed a beat, a brilliant drummer. Last month Ian
fell and broke his hip and was still recovering in hospital. Funeral details
expected at the end of the month. We send deepest sympathy to Ann and
her three daughters. - Derek and Trish Galloway.
Now before reading further, think about who
you would consider to be/have been the five greatest jazz musicians......
Now ask yourself, how many of them are women, and my bet is none. Well in my
latest JazzNorthWest Weekly
Newspaper there's a chance to play, "Women of Jazz: Stream a Playlist of
91 Recordings by Great Female Jazz Musicians".
Just received an email about the 12th
Bucharest International JAZZ Competition 2018. It's Open for:
instrumentalists and vocalists of all nationalities - Date: 12 - 19 May 2018
Age: up to 40 years old (born after 1st of May 1978 ). That lets most of our
lot out then!
Hi Fred, in answer to Jon Critchley's
question about what tune the photo represents it's obvious. It's Joe
Cocker's " Bird on the Wire " - Moe Green.
12/07/17 - I see the Nottingham Post is heralding the arrival of The Merseysippi Jazz Band next week - "Risley Park Jazz Club is back on Wednesday, July 19 where the legendary Merseysippi Jazz Band travel from Liverpool to present an evening of traditional jazz; they play from 8.30pm-11pm and admission is £9".
12/07/18 - There's a great evening coming up on 10th August in Culcheth, and it's in aid of Cancer research UK. It's the Carl Sinclair Boogie Band with John Hallam. Full details by clicking here
Just thought your 'readers' might like to
know that it is Ralph Wilson's 90th birthday tomorrow (13th July). Ralph has
had a very long and varied career in the local music scene, most recently as
drummer with The Lune Valley Jazz Band, The
New Riverside Jazz Band and The
HIgh Society Jazz Band, until his retirement at the end of 2015. Ralph
was also a favourite with audiences for his vocals, and his sense of humour.
He continues to come along to gigs with both the New Riverside Jazz band and
The High Society Jazz Band to serenade audiences in his inimitable style!
Ralph will be at the High Society gig at Bare Village Club on Sunday, where
we'll celebrate his birthday and look forward to a few of his favourite
vocals. - Dave Bateman
Thanks to Critch for that link, OMG, that's
jazz innit, we know where he's going, but what a route!, he makes us
wait, showing all HIS roots, (see what I did there) har har. hooch NOT. -
As I opened my scanner lid just now, I found the July copy of
Just Jazz and realised that although I'd scanned
the front page, I hadn't mentioned it was now available. As well as a
write-up of Keswick Jazz Festival and a tribute to Ken Sims, it features one
of the NW most popular musicians - John Hallam, and was written of course by
our own NW contributor, Andrew Liddle. Andrew will hopefully be letting me
have a copy in about three months time, but if you can't wait, get your copy
now by clicking here
Re: "Young German lad pounding out the blues". He is very talented,
absolutely no doubt. We all get/got inspiration from our peers, so listen to
piano player Eric Reed, who undoubtedly inspired Luca Sestak, when he
appeared at the 1993 Royal Albert Hall Proms with the Wynton Marsalis
30 mins 20 secs in. I was astounded and still am; it is one of the most
exciting things I’ve heard. Stick that in your pipe, Moon Hooch! - Jon
10/07/17 -A date for jazzers in West Cumbria. The Payday Loons will be performing at The Hub in Workington on Saturday 15 July 1pm - 3pm.
Many Happy Returns today to Geraldine
Duckles, banjo/ukulele player with the Quayside Hot
09/07/17 - Re: Jazz on a Summer's Day in Northern Ireland. If anyone missed it, the film is on line at https://youtu.be/EzcOY4LXtKE
09/07/17 - Looking at the dots above the trees, I think it is "Brrp brrp-brrp-busy line" ! - Jon White
I came across an item in The Guardian on line at
read - "It’s a Monday night in south London, and the crowd at Omeara is
going absolutely wild over a vegan experimental jazz band". I can't
help wondering what Ian Royle would make of
the video? Anyway, what's a
'vegan jazz band'? Does it mean they can't play tunes like "Meat Me
Tonight In Dreamland". I recall Jim Wilkes recorded a number called "We
May Be Old, but Vegan Play The Music"
08/07/17 - Three birthdays to celebrate this coming week. Ian Royle on Tuesday 11th, Cyril Wroe on Wednesday and Isabel Toner on Thursday. Birthday greetings to you all.
08/07/17 - Last week's Page of the Week featured articles from Just Jazz Magazine written by Andre Liddle. Andrew also wrote some interesting article specifically for this site about some of the jazz clubs in the North West, along with some great photographs. I finally found out what John Wall from Leeds jazz Club looks like, having previously spoken to him on the phone several times. "Around The Jazz Clubs" is this week's Page of the Week
08/07/17 - Midweek daytime jazz event this week - Annie's Saints And Sinners at The Dog & Partridge, Bollington (check first on 01625 610059) on Mon, 10 July, 14:00 – 16:00.
08/07/17 - Name That Tune - John Critchley took the photograph and wonders if anybody can name the tune. My guess is "Flee as a bird", what do you think?
For any followers in Northern Ireland, or
indeed visitors there from the NW, the Queen's Theatre Belfast is showing
the film 'Jazz on a Summer's Day' from the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival
tomorrow Sunday. Louis Armstrong, Mulligan, Monk, O'Day and more are of
course in it. More detail at
07/07/17 - Following our successful night with the Jive Lindy Hoppers on June 21st, we are pleased to have them back with the Original Panama Jazz Band on August 2nd, at The Irby Club, our residency. Looking forward to that! - Jon Critchley
Anyone spot this young German lad with an
Italian name POUNDING out the blues? Real 2 handed and foot pedal hard
to the floor!
https://youtu.be/NmCv6UOF22A - Jon White. Well Jon, with 1,453,424
views since 2012, he's obviously made a big impression.
Re: Weenie, I've just read about him
and see amazing clarinetist Dr. Michael White (whom I'm pleased to say I
have met in NO ) has played with Weenie over the last 40 years. You might
wish to quote White's words, 'He (Weenie) makes beautiful phrases that have
meaning. He lets the music breathe' Rather a nice compliment I think. -
Many regular visitors to New Orleans may
have seen 83 years young, bandleader 'Weenie' Farrow of Pres Hall Brass
Band. I came across him at
http://tinyurl.com/y7mfcvy7 via my
JazzNorthWest Weekly newsletter.
Good evening Fred. We have mentioned before
the wonderful virtuosity of Shaye Cohn from the Tuba Skinny band in NO. She
specialises in 1920s style cornet and barrelhouse piano and there are also
examples on YouTube of her skill on accordion and fiddle. Now I have been
amazed to see Shaye on trombone with the all-girl band Shake 'Em Up at
This superb six-piece unit, recorded at the famous Abita Spring Opry, has as
its front line probably the three most influential females in contemporary
New Orleans jazz - Shaye, trumpet player Marie Dixon from the Shot Gun band
and reed player and songstress Chloe Fieranzo. While on the Shake 'Em Up mix
on YouTube I discovered a real gem, with Chloe and Welshman James Evans
enjoying a truly memorable saxophone 'conversation' in Bye Bye Blues at the
Spotted Cat Club -
https://youtu.be/rTFXYDyBRr4 . In all my many years this is probably the
finest piece of jazz I've ever heard. Yes, it was that good. I know that
this is NO jazz as opposed to the British NW variety but I'm certain that
you and your many followers will thoroughly enjoy the talent I have
mentioned. - Brian Gibbons (This video was mentioned last year by Ivan Huke,
but worth a second look for some maybe). - Brian Gibbons
04/07/17 - Of interest to starved traditional jazz fans in North East Wales! Mart Roger Manchester Jazz are playing at Mold Golf Club, Cilcain Road, Pantymwyn, Mold CH7 5EU on Saturday 15th July 2017: 7.30 pm start. Admission £5 only. Telephone: 01352 741513. Looks a very good venue! Best wishes - David Evans
04/07/17 - Hi Fred. Yet more sad news. Bass Player Colin Fabb passed away on 1st July after a stroke. He played with the Panama Jazz Band in the early 80s and also played for several years with The WirrOrleans. He was a founder member of The Merseycats and also played with the Zodiacs. He was a lovely guy and will be sadly missed. Condolences to his wife Ann and family. No funeral details yet. - John Dorgan
Posted on Facebook yesterday by Ian
Bateman - "I have just heard the sad news from Richie Bryant that drummer,
Ron Bowden, has passed away in his sleep last night. His family have asked
that I make the news public through FaceBook. Ron was one of the great
drummers on the British jazz scene with long associations in the bands of
Chris Barber and Kenny Ball and was well respected in the jazz world. The
news is doubly sad, coming so soon after the passing of his long-term band
mate, John Bennett. He will be much missed by us all and I will always
treasure the occasions when I got to perform with him driving the band.
I'm sure we would all extend our condolences to his family and friends".
03/07/17 - Brian Woods writes, "Hello Fred, the last week in June I did a dep job for Derek Galloway’s band at ‘The Railway’ Sale Manchester. On bass was Annie Hawkins - it was a cracking night. The result is I will continue to help out as a dep for Derek’s band (next gig is 26 July) until the return of Ian Rose. Meantime, Annie asked if she could have a session with the Tuxedo Jazz Band, so The wonderful Annie Hawkins will be playing with the Tuxedo Jazz Band on the 13 July at 8-30 pm at The Old Wallaseyans Club, Grove Road, Wallasey, CH45 0JF. Pay on the door £5 includes ticket for raffle".
03/07/17 - "Look who I espied whilst browsing a bookshelf!", says Jon Critchley. "Yes, it is, of course, the dashing Captain Digby Lawson, later to become Sir Digby Lawson, 2nd Baronet and director of ICI Alkali Division, Winnington. He’s staring out of the book cover, next to that chap in colour who’s trying to play a Wall’s cornet whilst sucking on a sackbut. Very interesting". Well spotted Jon
03/07.17 - Bass player Derek Brown has asked me to announce the death of alto sax musician Vic Blagwell last Thursday 29th June. Derek says Vic was from Preston and was well known among local musicians. My research shows that a Vic Blagwell played with the Dennis Langfield band at Burnley Locarno. That brings back memories of doing the waltz and quickstep there in my younger days. No funeral details yet.
Running a web site like this with 561
pages as of today, there's more to it than just keep adding new items and
updating What's On and Jazz
Festivals. Some pages particularly those advertising coming events,
become out of date and need to be rooted out. Then there's a question of
finding the links to those pages and removing them also. The tricky
bit is when it comes to my Links Page where they
point to sites all over the world. In these case it's a question of setting
myself a regular checking schedule, and click on them to see if they are
still active. This morning I was checking the section "Links
to Music on Line", and I could have stopped there all day looking at
some of the amazing music and videos that are now available and I'm sure
there are lots more out there I don't know about.
worth a look, just don't expect to get away from your screen soon!
There's a write-up of this years
Keswick Jazz Festival
on the Jazz Guide web site at
year's festival will take place from Thursday May 10th to Sunday May 13th -
02/07.17 - Many Happy Returns on Thursday to trombone musicians - Lindsay Taylor and Tony Dunleavy.
02/07/17 - Just one mid week daytime jazz event this week and it's the The SAVOY JAZZMEN who are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 4 July, 14:00 – 16:00.
02/07/17 - Andrew Liddle has written many and article and CD review for Just Jazz magazine, and over the years I've reproduced those reviews which have a North West link, including one of yours truly. You can see the list on "Andrew Liddle writes" which is this week's Page of The Week.
01/07/17 - The Wyre Levee Stompers were playing at the Blackpool Jazz & Blues Festival today, and looking at this photograph sent in by Keith Wadeson, the weather was pretty good too. See also http://tinyurl.com/y7nsd9tz.
01/07/17 - The Rae Brothers Festival Band will be performing Live at the United Reformed Church Main Street Cockermouth on the Evening of Saturday 8th July from 7.30 to 10.30pm Full details in What's On or by clicking here
30/06/17 - Bingley Maverick's Jazz List has been updated
30/06/17 - Remembering the great Joe Silmon, friend, musician, author, a human encyclopaedia of North West jazz, and a true gentleman. Joe passed away one year ago this Sunday July 2nd. - Des Hopkins
I have just received a card from Alistair
Hamer informing me of the sad passing of John Rodney Hamer on Saturday 17th
June 2017 at the age of 76 years. Rod and I first met when we were students
at Bolton College of Art in the late 1950’s and I have him to thank for my
life-long love of Jazz in its many forms. Memories of him playing an
eclectic mix of jazz standards on the piano at Ye Olde Man and Scythe in
Bolton will last for ever. He was also instrumental (not just a pun but the
truth) in organising the featured bands who appeared at the annual Arts Ball
held at the Rivington Old Barn, Horwich. The Bands of Alex Welsh, Bruce
Turner and Tubby Hayes stick out in my memory. When saxophonist Simon
Spillett wrote the recent biography of Tubby Hayes I sent him some photos
Rod had taken at one of Tubby’s appearances one of which appears in the
book. Not only was Rod a respected jazz musician around the
Manchester area but he was also a highly talented artist and teacher of art.
He and his wife Val lived their final years together in the village of
Dunsmore Leaf in Buckinghamshire where, until Alzheimer’s disease took hold,
they both ran regular courses in painting and drawing. When I visited him
about five years ago, by when he was well retired from the local jazz scene,
he took great pride in showing me a stone inscription in his garden
commemorating the time one of his heroes and, the cornet player Wild
Bill Davison and his wife stayed at the cottage. I am sure your
posts on the web-site will remind many of a musician who gave pleasure
through his music. As his family say in his
short obituary in the Bucks Gazette,
“He forgot but we did not”. - Harry Owen
29/06/17 - Dear Fred. Just heard sad news that Pete Skiv ( Skivington ). bass - ex Alex Welsh and Laurie Chescoe reunion band, died suddenly. Yours - Ken Ames.
29/06/17 - On that Mainspring Press site, way, way down on the left side there's some really interesting old stuff to tap into, with early recordings, ODJB, Waller, etc. I'll have to go back in there when I have a bit more time. - Norman Gibson
28/06/17 - My thanks to Barrie Marshall for telling me about Brian Rust’s Complete “Jazz and Ragtime Records, 1897-1942” (6th and Final Edition). There's information about it at http://tinyurl.com/ycdkqdet and it can be downloaded free in PDF format from http://tinyurl.com/yb3w4oun.
28/06/17 - "Roots, Radicals and Rockers by Billy Bragg – the skiffle moment and how it changed music" has been reviewed in The Guardian - Books. Did you know The BBC broadcast the final of the World Skiffle Championship on television before launching a weekly radio show called Saturday Skiffle Club on the Light Programme, and Reveille magazine published a four-page special instructing girls on how to dress for a skiffle show?
28/06/17 - The funeral of Rod Hamer, a Dixieland trumpet player born in Bury in 1940, will take place at Hamden Chapel, Chilterns Crematorium, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP7 0ND, on Monday the 10th of July at 11am.
27/06/17 - The Southport Jazz Club gig list has been updated
27/06/17 - I've updated the Buxton Page and there's a lot of things happening there especially with the Buxton Fringe festival.
27/06/17 - My sister, Doreen Rawstron, emailed me to say, "I went into Padiham on Saturday to the town's festival. The Pendle Jazzmen were playing but had competition. An exotic French dancer (the trumpeter had a job to concentrate). She sent me this photograph, and I see what she means! Click on it for larger version. See also http://tinyurl.com/y8jyffen
27/06/17 - You recently reported the death of Rod Hamer. I never met Rod, but I'm sure he was a regular contributor to Alice Garnett's "Jazz Times" which I used to read with great interest 20-odd years ago. - Sam Wood
27/06/17 - I see that the temperance Seven are now set to come to three venues in the North West in October - 20th, Thornton Little Theatre, Thornton, Fylde, FY5 3SZ. and 29th - Platform, Morecambe, LA4 4DB, then on November 18th - Victoria Hall, Settle, BD24 9DZ
26/06/17 - Regarding your mention of The Back o' Town Syncopaters (19/06/17), there is not a lot I can tell you. The band originally came from Glasgow. The only original member left was Ian McNichol the banjo player although when they came to London they had two banjo players ! They had just recorded the theme from " Steptoe and Son " which had a few plays but never got anywhere. The rest of the band were myself. Johnny and Joe and Mike Kingston on tuba a large gentleman who played four to the bar no mean feat with leader Andy Holdorf on trombone who sadly died a couple of years ago. Apart from some work on the continent we never did all that well even though we were managed by Harold Davidson who looked after Kenny Ball and Mr.Bilk In the end I decided I could make better money in the Nightclubs without any travelling and made my excuses and left. I'm afraid that's all I can tell you. The knowledge of the late Joe Silmon is sadly missed. - Moe Green
The Savoy Jazzmen are leading the evening
worship at All Saints' Parish Church Childwall this Sunday 2nd July at 6.30
p.m. The church is on the corner of Childwall Abbey Road, Score Lane &
Childwall Lane. Post code L16 0JW. The service starts with a Mardi Gras
parade from the vicarage garden at 6.20 p.m. The service is suitable for all
ages. Admission is free and there are light refreshments at the end of the
26/06/17 - The Blackpool Jazz & Blues Festival returns for its third year staged at the iconic Winter Gardens. This years festival will host an outdoor event in St John’s Square (weather permitting) on Saturday 1st July 2017. Promoting creative and improvised live music, it's a Free Entry Event. Donations proceeds supporting Trinity Hospice. View the event programme here: http://tinyurl.com/yavfeu2p. Keiith Wadeson tells me that the Wyre levee Stompers are playing on Saturday at 12-30pm (see programme).
26/06/17 - Many Happy Returns to Pete Fielding on Tuesday, and to Tony Smith and Grant Hogan Taylor on Friday
26/06/17 - Did you know you can download a copy of What's On for the next month to save and view off line? Simply go to What's On and look for "Click here for this month's list in PDF form". It's updated weekly so don't forget to come back and download the latest copy. Don't forget to let me know if you spot any errors.
25/06/17 - I was pleased to find some encouragement in John Muskett's letter. Maybe if more of the older generation of musicians could go out of their way a bit, to give help to the younger upcoming musicians, then the 'Keep Supporting the Youngsters' slogan would really mean something ! On the 25 May 2017 you printed my request to help find a band which could play the right music, with some swing, for the group of young Balboa dancers I know. I didn't get any offers ! I found only one on my own when I looked well South. John Beckingham, he of JB's Jazz and Blues band, has been providing music for the Balboa Bunch (dance club) in his area. Unfortunately his lead reeds player, being poorly, was not in a position to travel, otherwise it would have been 'bingo'. Tenacity has however won the day, as a local big band lead sax player has formed a sextet, and ,complete with metronome, will do the job to the correct tempos, from a library of over 300 arrangements. The social Balboa dance evening is set to go July 8th. in Lancaster - report to follow. Good to read Jon Critchley positive report of last Wednesday's 'The Original Panama Jazz Band's' gig, with the Lindy Dancers. - Norman Gibson
Had a super night on the 21st, with members of the Cheshire Swing Cats Club
who turned up in force to stun us all with their exciting dancing. A great
time had by all, hopefully to be repeated! - Jon Critchley
25/06/17 - Hi Fred With reference to the Wool City Jazzmen, the band played at the Market tavern in Bradford as well as other places in the area Benny Netherwood was the leader and all round good egg. I have pictures if interested . Regards Colin Priestley
22/06/17 - Unfortunately there won't be any further updates until Sunday or Monday
22/06/17 - Dear Fred, I read on Bob Hunt’s Facebook page that trombone player John Bennett (of Kenny Ball’s Jazzmen) died on June 10. - Gerard Bielderman
22/06/17 - John Muskett adds his own thoughts on the young bands coming through the jazz scene in Doom & Gloom 8
20/06/17 - Looking forward to The Original Panama Jazz Band’s Wednesday night at The Irby Club this week: Managed to contact some local Jive Lindy Hoppers who will visit the Club and do their stuff: Should be great fun! - Jon Critchley
19/06/17 - I've just been listening to "British Traditional Jazz - "At a Tangent Vol 4", (available from Lake Records) and got to a track by the Back O'Town Syncopators, and the name rang a bell. Searching my site I found three NW jazz musicians who had played with the band - Moe Green, Johnny Tucker, Joe Silmon. Maybe Moe can tell me more about the band. In an article in Just Jazz, Moe said, "I eventually joined the Back 'o' Town Syncopators, with Johnny Tucker (trumpet), who now plays for The Temperance Seven. We went down very well in Switzerland thanks to the tuba played by Mike Kingston. He went on to record Winchester Cathedral, which became a hit in the charts with the New Vaudeville Band".
Dear Mr Burnett, I have some sad news that
may be of interest to you and your readers. My father, Rod Hamer, a
Dixieland trumpet player born in Bury in 1940 passed away peacefully on
Saturday night. He played on the Manchester scene before re-locating
to the south of England where he continued to play on the London scene until
his health stopped him in about 2007. If you think this would be of
interest to any of your readers, or any players that may have know him I’d
be grateful if you might consider mentioning it.
19/06/17 - I've just added some more links to the UK jazz bands section
19/06/17 - I see in Jazz Guide that there's a "Raise The Roof Celebration Jazz & Beer Festival" coming up in Tyldsley between October 6th and 8th with a great Northern line-up. If that wasn't enough to get you out of the chair, that young saxophonist Alex Clarke will be guesting with several of the bands. Full details have been added to the Jazz Festivals Page
18/06/17 - Did you get your copy of the George Lewis DVD recorded in Japan? There's only 6 left at the last count, and if you don't know what I'm talking about, you need to look at this week's Page of the Week (NOW SOLD OUT)
18/06/17 - There are no midweek daytime gigs in the Northwest this coming week, unless you know different,
18/06/17 - Many Happy Returns on Tuesday to Tom Kincaid, and a special birthday greeting on Wednesday to Wally Fawkes, born 21 June 1924. On Thursday Barrie Marshall will be celebrating his 77th birthday.
16/06/17 - I’m currently looking for an adult big band to play with. I’m currently a student at Leeds college of Music and are soon to be graduated in July. I studied Jazz and Classical alto saxophone. I have previous experience in a variety of different set ups including; wind orchestras, big bands and smaller chamber ensembles. I am moving back to Warrington in July and also have my own transport. I will also be starting my PGCE in Secondary Music with specialist instrumental teaching at Manchester Metropolitan and the RNCM in September. - Sophie McCaffery
12/06/17 - Hi Fred, Regarding your reference to Marching Bands, I remember playing “South Rampart St Parade” with the Band of the South Australian Police during our trip to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2000, we were marching around the streets on the outside of the castle and I had to play a Jazz Solo as we marched up a very steep hill on the cobble stones leading up to the rear of the Castle , I must have been fit because I couldn’t do it now, great band great memories. - Cheers Derek Dalton
12/06/17 - On Sunday afternoon, just passed, I met up with fellow jazz promoters Bernard, from Bollington, and Dove Holes' Roger at Turners' Pub in Bollington. We were very kindly invited to attend the 90th. Birthday Celebrations of our very good friend, and long-time passionate jazz stalwart Tony O'Neill. Asked about his youthful good looks, Tony firmly put it down to Beer, Botox and " still got ambition". Re: the latter, if all our jazz clubs could get a regular turnout, as Tony got, there would no longer be any talk of ' Doom & Gloom '. Photograph attached shows us with Tony, (click to enlarge) and one of the musicians who provided the entertainment. Photo courtesy Tony's son Martin. - Norman Gibson ' Good Music makes Good Friends '
11/06/17 - I've just added Swanage Jazz Festival (which takes place Friday 14th to Sunday 16th July 2017), to the Links Page, although disappointed to read - "We are delighted (but also sad) to present our twenty-eighth and final programme. The Festival Board took the decision to end the Festival reluctantly, recognising that age and illness has caught up with us".
Page of the week about Jim Wilkes brought
back some great memories from some fifteen or twenty years ago when, as a
former brass band cornet player I was trying to master the mysteries of
jazz. I met him just a few times, the first of which was at Eagley jazz club
and he was so enthusiastic about helping me. He sent me some information on
chords and invited me to his house for a lesson on how to find my way around
them. The back room of his house was filled with a baby grand piano and the
walls covered in pictures of him performing on an array of different
instruments. With great patience he explained how things worked and played
along with my stumbling trumpet solos, then as I started to catch on, he
played with increasing enjoyment and kept encouraging me to "go for it". It
is a session I will never forget - even though I was a rank beginner he took
great delight in the music and I can clearly picture his smile of quiet
satisfaction when his wife called through that it was fish and chips for
tea. Some time after that Jim became the first jazzer to invite me to
sit in with his band - I felt hugely honoured and he treated me like a
musical equal when, quite obviously I wasn't. Never the less he assured me I
was on the right track and his encouragement helped me to finally get the
hang of it. Later, as leader of a band and with his blessing, I often
sang his song "Life is Brief", the lyrics of which reflect his positive
outlook on life. I still sing it now, and when fronting a band and
communicating with an audience, am greatly influenced by Jim. He was a great
entertainer but more than that he was a lovely chap with a big heart: one of
the great characters that make the jazz scene so rewarding and enjoyable. -
11/06/17 - Midweek daytime jazz includes Annie's Saints And Sinners at The Dog & Partridge, Bollington (check first on 01625 610059), on Mon, 12 June, 14:00 - 16:00 and The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Railway Station on Fri, 16 June, 12:30 - 14:30 Tea Rooms. Good food available. Collection taken
11/06/17 - There's no doubting that one musician who left his mark on audiences and was without doubt a showman, was the late Jim Wilkes who died in July 2006. In this week's Page of the week it's perhaps worth remembering what a great entertainer he was.
11/06/17 - Many Happy Returns to drummer Des Hopkins today. Also Happy Birthday on Tuesday to trombonist Keith Hockin. On Wednesday it's the turn of another trombone player, Richard Leach and Thursday, clarinet player Phil Yates.
10/06/17 - Potholes, loose tarmac, speed bumps, etc. For over 40 years I have taken part in those Whit Friday brass band competitions, until 2 years ago I was felled by an errant traffic cone and ended up with a titanium bracket in my wrist. On the same night one of our brass bass players was felled by a pothole, instrument wrecked and arm and shoulder badly bruised. There's a double risk if you are playing from the dots as well as marching, it's really very hazardous. Last Friday my band, (Eccleston) came first in two of the villages, without my presence, (does that tell you something!) They are a lovely band, and believe it or not, they march perfectly in step!! -- Richard Knock
10/06/17 - Re: The great photos from Alwyn Smith (06.06.17) I plead guilty to playing in my favourite 'Spanish Hat' (Jelly Roll Morton would have approved the 'Spanish Tinge') on that particular parade with Terry Eastwood's handpicked (cheapest available) aggregation. You will note that the whole band negotiates the cobbles/potholes/loose tarmac/discarded chip cartons with consummate skill. Despite the varying length of stride within the ranks of the strolling players, footfall on the left hoofer is precise and clearly visible in the photo. Many of us within that magnificent mob were tutored in the art of New Orleans terpsichore by Dave Donohoe of 'Hi-Life' fame. My missus, well-versed in the tradition of the 'Quick Marches' of the Whit Friday brass band competitions in the Lancashire villages of Delph, Uppermill and Greenfield was astonished that our tribute to the New Orleans Mardi Gras should be dignified by the term 'Marching Band'. I explained that something may be lost in the translation. - Ian Royle
09/06/17 - The Wool City Jazzmen were a Bradford based band for many years playing Monday Nights at the Market Tavern. Ben Netherwood was the leader and subsequently changed from Trombone to Trumpet. Many Musicians played with the band over many years ( I played quite a few gigs on Banjo with them In the 60s) The band was well known locally and played lots of gigs. The only one from the musicians on the recording that I knew was Brian Goldsboro who lived in Leeds and later Wakefield. He also played and recorded with the Yorkshire Jazz Band lead By bob Barclay the Tuba player. Hope this helps. - John Pashley.
08/06/17 - Re Simon Cross question 05/06/17 - Wool City musician was Benny Netherwood (not Nettlewood). Used to listen to them in a pub near the market in Bradford 1960ish but only vague recollection now. Some info on this page:- http://tinyurl.com/y9446mzw - JohnKemp
06/06/17 - Ann Lord writes, "I'm currently researching my family tree and trying to find more information about my maternal grandfather, Frank Blackledge. He was a jazz trumpeter in a trad jazz band called th Aeolians, who were based in the Farnworth/Bolton area. I have photos of the band taken in 1929 when he would have been around 40. There were 6 members of the band. I'd love to find more information about them if anybody can help?".
06/06/17 - "Forget the election on Thursday and come to hear the Temperance Seven at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall [ but only after you have voted!!] " say Derek & Trish Galloway. "Performance starts at 8 o’clock and the new CD is now available. Hope to see you there. We enjoyed the Zulu’s on Sunday night".
Hi Fred, Two pictures from
Milnrow Carnival 2006. Might bring back memories for somebody. The
late Terry Eastwood leading the band. The sousaphone completely hid the
trumpeter with the absolutely superb hat! - Alwyn Smith.
Can only be Ian Royle
straight back from his Spanish holiday - click on the pictures for larger
versions. - Fred
06/06/17 - "I have just received the sad news that Tony Martin, drummer with our Downshire jazz Band died on Saturday morning", writes George Smyth from East Belfast Jazz Club. "Our thoughts go out to his family".
Another super show from the
Tame Valley Stompers playing to an audience of
over 100 last Sunday afternoon at Buxton's Pavilion Arts Centre. This must
be the most popular band at this monthly session, and they always give us a
lot more than the allotted hour. - Sam Wood
Cross asks - "I am wondering if you can shed some light on a vinyl record I
have just purchased within a box at auction? It is a private press of
The Wool City Jazz Band (or Jazz Men), recorded approximately 1954/5 at a
concert in Skipton, featuring Benny Nettlewood tbn., Fred Bagnall tpt.,
Brian Goldsboro bjo., Roy “happy” Harker clt., Pete Yewdall pno., and Geoff
Woodcock tu. I am interested to learn more about these folks".
A quick search on the names reveals that Brian Goldsboro played banjo with
the White Eagles from Leeds - Fred
05/06/17 - As announced on 11/05/17 - Orange and Freeserve email address accounts were disappearing, and I notified those affected who were on my mailing list. Despite that, some remained and as a result the latest news emails for them bounced. Those affected were John Grantham, Norman Cookson, Beryl Sperry, Kenneth Parr and Elizabeth Leslie. If you know any of these people, or indeed if they read this item, can you let them know they need to let me know their new addresses if they wish to keep receiving the news.
04/06/17 - Back in 2010, John Muskett asked for some help with an unusual arrangement by John Cage. Fair enough you may think, unless you know John Cage's work or until you start to look at the replies and you begin to wonder what is fact and what is fiction. It's this week's Page of The Week.
04/06/16 - The SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 6 June, 14:00 – 16:00. That's the only mid week daytime gig I know about apart from Kirkcudbright jazz festival. . Tickets cost £5.00 which includes refreshments. Tickets can be reserved by ringing 0151 726 9304 or alternatively you can pay at the door. Further information can be obtained from Peter Swensson 0151 722 1478.
04/06/17 - Many Happy Returns today to trombone musician - Jeff Milner
04/06/17 - Walter Love's Radio Ulster Jazz Club of last Sunday 28th May featured the re-release of Jazz Crusade recordings including Tommy Dorsey & Mugsy Spanier among others. Recent programmes have also remembered The Crane River Jazz Band founded in 1949 and 'Alex Welsh Remembered'. Well worth a listen on BBC IPlayer Radio. - David Evans
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