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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 at http://tinyurl.com/ya4k3nxn. 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, check out the attractions.

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 one.

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 at http://tinyurl.com/yakedmum.

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'.  

March 2018

01/04/18 - Due to last minute changes, the next Savoy Jazzmen gig at the Palm House will be on the 10th April, not the 3rd, so no midweek daytime jazz events this week after all.

01/04/18 - Thanks to Ray & Jenny Knight  who took videos of several NW Bands, I now have a lovely photograph of Keith Jones, and the tribute page has been updated tpo include it.

01/04/18 - Does political correctness still affect bands these days?  Back in 2006 many musicians had fun deciding what may or may not be regarded as a political correct title or lyrics. It's this week's Page of the Week

01/04/18 - The only mid week daytime jazz even this week is The SAVOY JAZZMEN who are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 3 April, 14:00 – 16:00

01/04/18 - Many Happy Returns today to Ged Hone.
 

31/03/18 - Messages of sympathy and remembrance are coming in for Keith Jones' family and I've set up a tribute page where I have added them. Unfortunately I don't have a good photograph of Keith at the moment.
 

30/03/18 - Sorry to hear that Keith Jones, clarinettist with the Original Panama Jazz Band for many years, also The Parade Jazzmen and The Downtown Dixies, passed away last night. Our thoughts go out to his wife Pat and family. He was a good and enthusiastic musician, bandsman and friend to many. Jon Critchley

30/03/18 - In the February edition of Just Jazz Magazine, Louis Lince wrote an article entitled "Traditional jazz in the North West", and it's about the story behind the videos that Ray & Jenny Knight came up to do. Thanks to all concerned, I've now reproduced the article on this site, which you can see by clicking here
 

29/03/18 - The 20th Anniversary edition of Just Jazz magazine is now available, and features a photograph of missing NW musician, Isabel Toner. Intrigued?  Then you need to get hold of a copy of the magazine, details here

29/03/18 - "Ribble International Valley Jazz Festival", and "Countdown to Fest Jazz 2018 Begins Now …" are just two items in this week's release of Jazznorthwest Weekly that may be of interest to NW readers.
 

28/03/18 - Funeral details for DAVID COPPERWAITE.  The funeral will take place on Wednesday 18th April 2018 at 11.30 in the Rowan Chapel, Stockport Crematorium.  The Eclipse Parade Band will play outside Dave and Carol’s house before progressing to the cemetery, where they will escort the hearse into the chapel.  Family flowers only. Donations to Parkinsons UK [Stockport branch].  Afterwards Carol invites friends and musicians to join family at the Romiley Liberal Club 1 Beech Lane Romiley, SK6 4AL - Derek and Trish Galloway
 

27/03/18 - Updated - Newspaper article now on line. Alan Jeffs tells me that a photographer from a local (to Chester and area) free newspaper called The Standard visited us last night and took a few pictures, and Paul Blake has already been interviewed by them. This is in preparation for an article about the Wall City Jazz Band's 25th anniversary at The Mill. The article should appear either this Thursday or the week after. It would have been nice to have our long-standing drummer, Bill Buck, in the photos, but he's away on holiday in some hot country (can't think why).  Sadly Paul has decided to retire from his position as band leader, and next Monday (Easter Monday 2 April) will be the last time he will be appearing in this role. We will be giving him a good send-off, with cake etc so it will be a great night, albeit emotional. He won't be retiring completely, however, as he will always be welcome to join us as a guest player. Paul has asked me to take over the running of the band, and I have accepted, although I'm not sure what I have let myself in for! The Mill is now under new ownership, so the future is unsure, but I will do my best to keep the band going successfully. Our faithful audience deserve it!

27/03/18 - Just to let you know that the New Riverside Jazz Band will not be playing at the Bull on Easter Monday due to the pub's Easter Events plans. - Peter Boswell

27/03/18 - Hi Fred,  It was great to find out that the "Le Vieux Carre Jazz Club" was started up in the 50s by Mart Rodger at a pub in Urmston then moved to the Thatched House off Market St.  Thanks for your help. - Alan Pearce.

27/03/18 - Val Kennedy has emailed to say, "We’ve decided to organise a jazz gig at Abbot Hall Hotel, Kents Bank, Grange-over--Sands and I would very much appreciate it if you would advertise this event on your NW jazz web site gig list". It features Hot Fingers Trio & Emily - Thomas 'Spats' Langham: banjo, guitar, ukulele & vocal Malcolm Sked: double bass, sousaphone and/or tuba Danny Blythe: guitar, clarinet and bass clarinet Emily Campbell: vocal. Professional jazz musicians known for their audience rapport Friday 15th June 2018,  7 to 10.30 pm (with bar)  So click here for more details, price includes a sandwich supper before the gig.

27/03/18 - Tributes have been coming in for Dave Copperwaite and they have now all been added to Dave's Tribute Page
 

26/03/18 - Some more cracking photographs from Sam Ralph, taken last night at Rochdale Jazz Club where the  Doc Houlind's Revival (Denmark), were performing. Check out https://goo.gl/1jw7Tc

26/03/18 - Another last minute message that gets a second chance from John Petters - Don’t forget my second Now You Has Jazz, Jazz, Jazz show tonight on the Sound of Spitfire at 20:00 utc (9pm UK time) and again on Wednesday at 22:00 utc (11pm UK time).  Tracks by Gene Krupa, Benny Goodman, Sr Rosetta Tharpe, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, The Mound City Blue Blowers, Wild Bill Davison, Sidney Bechet,, Brownie & Sticks McGee, Billiie Holiday with Count Basie, Slim Gaillard, Kenny Davern and Jelly Roll Morton. http://listen.soundofspitfire.co.uk/

26/03/18 - "There is a special event tonight that no-one else has mentioned", wrote Alan Jeffs, but which I didn't see until it was too late. "Tonight (Monday 26 March) marks the 25th anniversary of the Wall City Jazzmen playing at The Mill Hotel in Chester. We will be having a little celebration!".  Many Happy Returns all.

26/03/18 - Regarding Alan Pearce's memories. The Blue Note club on Market St. M/cr. was the Sportsman's Restaurant. It was owned by Scottish and Newcastle Breweries and adhered to Scots licence laws. the bar closed at 9.30 ! This didn't seem to spoil the enjoyment as the audience still stayed for the final hour.  Regarding the drummer on the photo. Sorry John but it is not Ray Mack. It could be Max Kaminsky's brother in law for all we know. Very frustrating though.  As for that joke about drummers. I first heard it about 40yrs.ago and the bloke who told it to me still needs to walk with a stick! - Moe Green.

26/03/18 - Just realised I was a few weeks out on the birthday calendar. So it's birthday greetings today to Richard Vernon, Bert Schroeder tomorrow, and Ed Lloyd-Hughes, Jon Penn, and Paul Munnery on Wednesday.
 

25/03/18 - Just looking for this week's page of the week, I came across Mart Rodger's 70th birthday party where 10 years later I had added a link to a radio interview he did with  Mike Sweeney & Gerald Jackson on BBC Radio Manchester,  just before his 80th Birthday. It seems I had dated that interview as 1st February 1916. Crikey that would make Mart now still playing strong at 182, some going that!  Mart's 70th party is this week's Page of the Week.

25/03/18 - Midday midweek jazz this week - Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at NORTH EUSTON HOTEL, Fleetwood on Wed, 28 March, 12:00 – 14:30

25/03/18 - Although the weekend has been fully booked for some time, due to cancellations through ill health, John Hallam & Friends Jazz at The Burnside 13th-15th April, now have 2 double rooms available, please contact quickly if you are interested.  Contact details on the jazz festivals page
 

24/03/18 - The Ale Emporium in Preston, where the Silver Bell Band have a residency, has been renamed the "Mad Hatters".
 

23/03/18 - Norman Gibson was quite amused by a joke from resident quizzer Barry Simmons on Eggheads last night following a music round. He said "What do you call a man who hangs around with musicians"?   The answer was "A Drummer".  Wonder if Moe Green saw that one?

23/03/18 - That photo of the Vieux Carre Jazz Club card brought back some memories! When Mart started the band, Mart Rodger Jazz Aces, at age 16 to 17, they played at first at a pub in Urmston and called it Le Vieux Carre Jazz Club. Possibly this was the idea of Bill Brennan who was the manager of the band. Later they moved into the Thatched House pub, just off Market Street in Manchester and used the title again. Mart was then asked by Her Majesty’s Government to enrol in the Army as he became 18 and Eric Batty took over the band. A few years later, Dizzie Burton became the leader but the band finished sometime after that. - Janet Rodger

23/03/18 - Carlisle Jazz Club gig list has been updated.

23/03/18 -  Tributes are coming in, following the death of Dave Copperwaite. Dave now joins many other greats on the tribute page.

23/03/18 - Our dear friend trumpet player DAVID COPPERWAITE died today after a long illness. We will post more information and funeral details later. - Derek and Trish Galloway

23/03/18 - I've just amended Matt Palmer's mobile number on the dep's list after he discovered there was a slight error in one digit, which of course was enough to make it useless. If any musicians made a note of it since October last year, it might be worth checking you have it correct.
 

22/03/18 - The gig list for The Fleetwood Hesketh Sports & Social Club, Fylde Rd, Southport, has been updated.

22/03/18 - The John Petters radio programme - Now you has Jazz Jazz Jazz, will be available on Sound of Spitfire Radio on Monday evenings at 9pm and repeats on Wednesdays at 11pm.

22/03/18 -  Dave Davis hopes to be able to aid the discovery of the Teagarden drummer. He says, "I've attached a better photo' of him".


21/03/18 - Re: The mystery drummer with Jack Teagarden 19/03/18 - I’ve been pondering this, and just now, sitting having a coffee, the name Ray McKinley came into my head. So I think it’s him, but like Steve Voce, could be wrong! See photo attached - Jon Critchley

21/03/18 - In the UK we sometimes refer to made up groups of musicians as a 'telephone band', and 'Loose Marbles', (12/03/13) 'Smoking Time Jazz Club' etc., all fall into this category of Royal ( that's Roy-al ) Street musicians getting together. 'Loose Marbles' have been around for quite some time,and Shaye Cohn ( Trumpet/Keybaord ), among others, can be found in earlier videos. In the Malcolm Holland video Marla Dixon { 'Shot Gun JB' & 'Skake 'em Up JB' ), husband John ( 'Shot Gun JB' Bjo ) and Robin Rapuzzi, on drums instead of his usual washboard, ( 'Tuba Skinny' and ''Frog & Henry' ) are joining up. This is all quite common in NOLA and results in some great music. - Norman Gibson (see also http://tinyurl.com/yd5tgfy8)

21/03/18 - Re: The mystery drummer with Jack Teagarden 19/03/18 - Given the style of Teagarden's suit and the Slingerland drum kit it must have been taken in the late '40's or very early '50's. I notice another double bass at the back so it could have been a two band session. The drummer could be Morey Feld but I'm not definite. Moe Green.

21/03/18 - I wonder how many people remember the days when you had to pay for membership to most jazz venues before you were allowed in. When I used to go in the fifties, if you forgot your membership card, you didn't get in. Things have changed since those days, even the atmosphere in the clubs, no looking through thick smoke to try and see who's playing the solo. I remember going to the Bluenote Jazz Club on Market Street in Manchester, Youngers No 3 was 1/9d ( 8p) a pint and if you felt really flush Youngers No 1 was 3/6d ( 17.5p) a pint. At the end of the night you could leave after a great night with sore eyes, lung full of smoke, ringing ears and slightly inebriated all for under a quid, even your bus fare home. I used to belong to several clubs, some of the membership cards shown, Bodega and Thatched House cards have been mislaid. Unfortunately the club Le Vieux Carre I can't remember where this was, perhaps someone can enlighten me. What a great jazz scene it was in them days. - Alan Pearce.   Alan sent me several membership cards which I'm sure will bring back a lot of memories to some people, click on the image to see them

21/03/18 - "Back safe and sound", writes globe trotting Norman Gibson. "I've heard that Fest Jazz ticket sales, at this point, compared to last year same time, are doubled. I believe that the Frog and Henry tour could well have had a good effect on that, as many fliers, provided by Trevor, were handed out and Fest Jazz was mentioned a lot at their concerts. Of course, F & H will be in France again this year, so they had motive!  We bumped into a couple of jazzers we know from Leicestershire, while strolling in Puerto Rico. Small world !".

21/03/18 - Hopefully by tomorrow recovering from what appears to be flu - shivers, aches, can't keep awake. That's twice in two years even after the jab, must be the wrong kind of flu!  It's a good sign that I've felt like putting a bit of news on.
 

19/03/18 - 9pm - 10pm, Just listening to John Petters with his new radio programme, "The jazz Show" on  http://listen.soundofspitfire.co.uk/. This is a brand new internet station, based near John in Spalding Lincolnshire. If it's available later I'll let you have the link. Tonight is part 1, so at least there's more to come.

19/03/18 - I must bow to superior knowledge, Fred. That's an old Al Gay. I knew a young one!   But following up on your suggestion, can anyone help Jazz Journal by identifying the drummer in this photo of Jack Teagarden with Max Kaminsky, Hungnuts Picou and Jack Lesberg?  The 'S @P' on the bass drum may not refer to him. He maybe sitting in on someone else's drums. - Steve Voce. (Click on picture for larger version).

19/03/18 - Whether or not it was Al Gay, I remember him as a great guy. I played with him at the MSG when he guested with Nev Taylor's Jump Band I think. As a callow youth, I asked him about the 'pro' scene down in the 'Smoke' (I'd had quite a few offers) and he advised about the five-to-a-flat wall to wall empty beer bottle scene so I took his wise advice! His favourite story was about the quartet he'd put together which was advertised as 'Al's Gay Quartet'. Heaven knows what sort of audience turned up. Those were the days before PC reared its ugly head! - Ian Royle

19/03/18 - Many Happy Returns this week to John Dunlop on Wednesday who reaches the great age of 80. Apologies for publishing the wrong date last week John, only just realised, hope I got it right this time.

19/03/18 - Due to (probably) a chance alignment of the planets next Wednesday 21st, The band playing at The Irby Club will be more recognisable as The Merseysippi Jazz Band. Jon Critchley is indisposed a little health-wise; Laurie Cooper thinks that it would be better to entertain his wife that night as it’s their wedding anniversary; Dave Thomas has been coerced into dog sitting for his daughter; Bill Buck has decided it’s preferable to holiday in the sun rather than trudge up the Wirral. Good news is that Malcolm Hogarth, Isabel Toner, Dave Dixson, Pete Fryer and John Hyam will be there, all jollied along by our good friend and ace drummer Brian Singleton of the Chicago Teddybears Society Jazz Band. Maybe that band’s erudicious piano player / vocalist Ed Lee will also be on hand; what a bonus. All this assuming the weather is fair. Fingers crossed, - Jon Critchley

19/03/18 - The Roa Island Jazz Club gig list has been updated


17/03/18 - Oh dear some things are not meant to be and we can’t control the weather.  Unfortunately CREOLE JAZZ at The Bolton Arms in Leyburn is cancelled tomorrow lunchtime due to snow / bad weather forecast. If you can post this on your site I would be grateful.  The next one will be Sunday 22nd April 12.00 – 3.00pm. - Kathy Benson

17/03/19 - This from Dove Jazz Club - "We're very sorry that, actually for the first time in twenty seven years, we have to advise the cancellation of tonight's concert by the High Society Jazz Band. Because of their concern at the forecast possibility of adverse weather later today causing disruption they have reluctantly decided not to travel to Dove.  Unfortunately at such short notice we are unable to find an alternative for you.  We offer sincere apologies to all members who were planning to come and support us for any inconvenience that this causes and we look forward to seeing you again in the future".

17/03/18 - Congratulations to Dave Davies – Al Gay is confirmed at the mystery clarinettist. No prize I’m afraid but the interest the query has received has prompted the editor to contemplate starting a regular feature.  Please encourage your followers to subscribe to the NJA Newsletter – 30 years and going strong. We’ve been in existence since 1964 and are bowing to anno domini by slowly merging with the NJA. We both have the same aims in preserving the UK’s jazz heritage. - Graham Langley
 

15/03/18 - Well it looks like Dave Davis has clinched it. He's sent me a couple of photographs of Al Gay, and one is off my site here,  the other is this one on the right taken from an Alex Welsh video on YouTube

15/03/18 - To me, http://tinyurl.com/yawuzoy4 with my aged eyesight, looks like Al Gay, Rod Hamer and Mike Hogh. - Louis Lince

15/03/18 - A Windsor Tenor Banjo circa 1929 is the latest item to go on the Sales Page

15/03/18 - Enjoyed the Loose Marbles set……liked the Emile Barnes style clarinettist. Saw them in NOLA last year, probably catch up with them, Shotgun Jazz Band and Tuba Skinny again this year. I see T.S. are on the ‘big stage’ in Jackson Square again at the French Quarter Festival (Thursday 12th April) - Pete Lay

15/03/18 - Regarding the photograph at http://tinyurl.com/yawuzoy4, I've had two 'maybe' for Al Gay, and one definitely not. So this from Pete Lay has really turned it into a puzzle - "Hi Fred, Definitely Al Gay in Rod Hamer’s photo. Lovely guy and musician, sadly missed. - Pete Lay".

15/03/18 - In your news, somebody is trying identify a clarinet player. I think that he may be Al Gay. - Howard M.


14/03/18 - Hi Fred, Hope you're well!  That's definitely not Al Gay in the Rod Hamer photo. - Steve Voce

14/03/18 -
Re. Graham Langleys' enquiry about the clarinet player in the Rod Hamer photo'. It looks like Al Gay.  - Dave Davis.

14/03/18 - Thanks for pointing out the Pete Vickers article - interesting stuff. I expect he realises that the photo of the Preston outfit was of one of the adult kazoo / drum marching bands which held great sway in the 20s & 30s. Known as 'Jazz' bands, but having no relationship to jazz, they had a huge following particularly in the North. They still exist today but only among children as far as I know.  - Graham Langley, Archivist, British Institute of Jazz Studies

14/03/18 - As part of Neston Music Festival 2018, as well as the Brownfield Byrne Hot 6 on Saturday 14th April, we're hosting Billy Thompson' s Gypsy Jazz Band (in the Stephane Grappelli style). He plays over a whole range of styles but is exceptionally good and such an entertainer-everyone enjoys the band's performances. They'll be at St Thomas' Church Parkgate on Thursday May 24th from 7.30pm. Tickets £10 available at Mozkitos, Parkgate Square, or from 0151 336 2530 but we usually sell out pretty quickly so hurry. Refreshments available - Ina Bushell

14/03/18 - As I promised I would keep you informed, I am sorry to have to report that jazz at The Crown in Addingham has come to a sudden end as from today (no session tonight) until further notice. This is due to refurbishment work. We are ever optimistic that it will recommence sometime in the not too distant future. In the meantime we will be looking for a temporary venue - once again I will keep you posted. Many thanks - Harry Long

14/03/18 - By strange coincidence, the same National Jazz Archive Newsletter it is revealed that "Jim Godbolt’s wonderful book, A History of Jazz in Britain, 1919–50, is available again from publishers Northway Books, thanks to a reprint to coincide with the exhibition Rhythm & Reaction at Two Temple Place. It covers the trail-blazing American artists of the twenties and thirties, their influence on British musicians, the specialist magazines, rhythm clubs, discographers and pundits, and the fascinating cloak-and-dagger plots to defy the Musicians’ Union ban". Peter Vickers must be psychic! (see 13/03/18).

14/03/18 - Just received an email from Graham Langley, asking me if I receive the National Jazz Archive Newsletter (which I didn't, but I do now), as they are looking to identity a clarinettist playing with Rod Hamer (born in Bury, Lancashire in 1940), and John Ritchie, You can see it at http://tinyurl.com/yawuzoy4. Anybody help?


13/03/18 - Eddie Condon once accused Paul Whiteman (!) of trying to "make a lady" of jazz. Well the monochromatic "Loose marbles" carry on that concept well. I didn't really want to "like" them, but their "bandsmanship" is awesome, and I listened to the improvisations on the "Great American songbook" all the way. I think it will jerk a few comments; Moe Green will have clocked the sartorial elegance of the slide guitar guy, (let down hugely by the vast PA mixer in back!), Shades of Felix Mendelssohn!- curses., Eccles,- I've given my age away. - Jon White

13/03/18 - On 11/02/18 I posted an item about the Original Dixieland Jazz Band arriving in Liverpool, and Peter Vickers took up the cudgel and dug into the British Newspaper Archives.  He produced an article about the arrival of jazz in Britain, which he has now expanded upon. You can see the more detailed article by clicking here. Peter would be pleased to receive any comments.

13/03/18 -  A distinctive wraparound tuba that was stolen last month from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in New Orleans is back. Creative director and musician Ben Jaffe said he recovered the 12-year-old Italian sousaphone Monday, thanks to a tipster who wished to remain anonymous. He didn't elaborate on exactly how he got it back. More information at http://tinyurl.com/ybxuuy69


12/03/18 - Hi Fred I've just found this very interesting and enjoyable band, "The Loose Marbles", on YouTube at https://youtu.be/9EFAhHT9AEE and if you have an hour to spare I'm sure you and your readers will also enjoy it. Malcolm Holland


11/03/18 - Now our previous drummer is no longer with SIX IN A BAR Classic Jazz Band, we are very happy to announce that John Smith has now joined the band on drums. We look forward to a new chapter in the band, playing and singing arrangements of some of rarely played 1920s/30s pieces along with some great standards. - Mike Lovell


10/03/18 - Where did 16 years go?  Were you there? This poster sent to me by Sheila Collier, also a photo at  http://tinyurl.com/y8gwlgrv. You can see a larger version of the poster by clicking on it.

10/03/18 - If you want to see and hear your jazz in daylight hours during the week, then Carnforth Station is the only place to be with The High Society Jazz Band on Fri, 16 March, 12:30 – 14:30

10/03/18 - One band that has been going for over 60 years in the NW, is the Original Panama Jazz Band, and this week's page of the week is 60 Years Of The Original Panama Jazz Band 1954-2014 by Jon Critchley

10/03/18 - Many Happy Returns on Wednesday to John Dunlop who by my reckoning has reached a milestone in his life. Have a great day John.

10/03/18 -  Creole Jazz is back at The Bolton Arms in Leyburn (Wensleydale). The first one is Sunday lunchtime 12.00 – 3.00pm 18th March 2018 in the ground floor rear bar area. Free admission – food available. Most events will take place on the 3rd Sunday in the month, but check What's On where you will also find more information.


09/03/18 - Bernie Hives reminded me that there once a photo of him and Earl Hines outside the  Club Hangover in San Francisco featured on the site, and he was right, I dug it out and here it is.


08/03/18 - ‎Bengt Johansson‎ wrote on Facebook - "Today, March 8, it is 30 years since Ken Colyer passed away. Time goes, but The Guv'nor and his music are still very much alive. RIP.".

08/03/18 - I quite agree Ian Royle, I look at myself on video, and think ‘Who’s the miserable old git on trumpet! - Richard Knock.

08/03/17 - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05y4790 is where you'll find music and an interview with the Chicago Teds on Radio Merseyside. It starts 40minutes in. 29 days left to listen

08/03/18 - Just discovered, somewhat belatedly, that NW musician Andrew Mackenzie came 5th in the British Jazz Awards in Nov 2017. Well done Andrew


07/03/18 - Ian Royle writes, "I hope to be allowed to sit in on Thursday night in Sale with Charlie's band. It'll be my first time out since last November in Spain following an op for 'trigger finger' so it'll be a very gentle blow if it happens. I really enjoyed Louis Lince's two documentary videos featuring jazz bands in our area. It was great to see so many guys I know personally still blowing. My main criticism - and I'll bet my mercurial mate Terry Brunt would agree-It's great to play this joyous music we all love, so why not SHOW IT?? Most of the guys in both of those videos seem to be emulating Miles Davis's attitude to their audience. Ever watched Henry 'Red' ? Louis? Ory? You don't scowl at your followers. Most of those facial expressions would turn milk into yoghurt. C'mon guys -we're supposed to be entertaining people! ".

07/03/18 - The Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Jane Mackenzie, is hosting a charity ball in the town on March 10 at 7pm, with live music from Jeff Matthews band, the Chicago Swing Katz. It would appear that David Beckham is also doing his bit for the charity ball, the 42-year-old has agreed to personalise what he writes on his donated Man U shirt to whoever wins it. More details at http://tinyurl.com/ycuwu8u9


06/03/18 - The latest edition of 'Dove Jazz Club Bugle' is now available on the club web site.

06/03/18 - Hello Fred You are doing an excellent job in difficult times!! Watched that Jane Mc Donald " New Orleans ". Oh dear me!! nil points out of a 100?? Paint drying is better!! Could have been anywhere? Is that about right?? Anywhere in the NorthWest Jazz scene would have been good! Yours in the Jazz desert. Tony Cain


05/03/18 - Forwarded by Ian Royle who originally received it from John Westwood - I am including two links regarding Club Hangover "where there is never a cover charge - never a door charge." It was a popular San Francisco Jazz Club in the 1950's. The first link includes almost 30 live radio broadcasts, each 30 minutes long, recorded in the mid 50's. Kid Ory, Armstrong, Muggsy, Fatha Hines, Teagarden and Ralph Sutton are all featured. The audio quality is quite good. Just scroll down the page for the list of programs. It begins just below the picture of Muggsy. I think you will like these- Ian. http://tinyurl.com/ybxqjhzs The second link includes some history of the club, with some great old photos and articles.http://tinyurl.com/yaddnv3q 


04/03/18 - Just to let you know that the Doc Houlind Revival all Stars will be in Louth March 24th;Rochdale 25th and Barnsley 26th.They will be our only gigs north of the Midlands during our three week trek around the U.K.and it will be great to meet up with old friends again - Brian Turnock

04/03/18 - It would appear that quite a few musicians who served in the forces, spent time at RAF Padgate, judging by the contributions I received in 2006 about the place. It's this week's Page of the Week.

04/03/18 - Many Happy Returns today to Rosie Harrison. On Tuesday it's Roy Williams' birthday and on Friday Mart Rodger & Colin Smith will be celebrating theirs. Many Happy Returns to one and all.

04/03/18 - The SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 6 March, 14:00 – 16:00. It's the only mid week daytime jazz event.


03/03/18 - The Canal Street Stompers will play an extra gig on Wednesday 7th March at the Railway in Sale at 8.30.  This is to replace the one cancelled last week, due to bad weather. Back to normal then on the last Wednesday in the month - Derek Galloway

03/03.18 - There's a jazz concert coming up soon in Neston library on Friday 9th March. It is by a three piece group called 52SKIDOO and titled "The joint is jumping". It sounds like real fun and younger musicians connecting with hot jazz. This concert has been put on by the library authorities, as part of the Cheshire Rural Touring Arts programme, which is very encouraging. They are also on 16 March at Macclesfield library, 14 April at Norley Village Hall and 20 April at Kettleshulme Village Hall.- Clive Edwards

03/03/18 Jon Critchley has got his deerstalker on and spyglass at the ready. He says, "I’m pretty sure that this photo at http://tinyurl.com/yabajb3n was taken more recently than the 1950s, and I make an educated guess, as they do on Eggheads, that it was around the late 1990s because the piano player is clearly on his mobile phone, probably a Nokia". He went on to say, "I’ve found out that the Lambda Record Company, who’s sign is in the photo, was based in Crosby, near Southport and recorded local bands and also Mersey groups such as Gerry & The Pacemakers later in 1961. I’m wondering if the piano player on the mobile phone is Terry Burstall who still lives in Southport and was a member of the mentioned Alt River Jazz Men , as was David Blackledge. Maybe Robin Tankard on bass? Another interesting and gripping fact is that the photo was taken at 10 past six. I’m doing my best. Cheers".

03/03/18 - Re: the picture at at http://tinyurl.com/yabajb3n, I think the picture of the band was probably from the late 1950’s, not 1940’s !  The clarinettist is David Blackledge who played in the band after coming down from Cambridge University in the late 1940’s. a fine player who was later with me for many years in Southport’s Alt River Jazzmen. He was also a fine cricketer who played for Liverpool Cricket Club up to the mid 1960’s in their halcyon days of Husband and Tyler.  The trumpeter is/was Roger Higham. Brother of John. Who was at Liverpool University in the mid 50’s.playing in various bands there, He later was with the Wirrorleans band, and is currently still playing with the Peninsular Jazz Band in Heswall.  Both fine players. - Roy Swift

03/03/18 - Another cancelled event - New Orleans Wiggle at New Mill Club,  Holmfirth, Sun, 4 March.


02/03/18 - We have had a poor spell of the weather here in Disley and I hope it improves for our Monthly Jazz at High Lane on Monday coming. I am glad we had our Charity concert in Goostrey for St.Lukes Hospice last Saturday. We have raised £11,886 for this charity so far and that makes myself and my fellow musicians very pleased.  In addition to this Janet and I met Poynton ten year old boy Joseph Whitworth who has been in a wheelchair since he was four years old. He wants to go to Poynton High School later this year and he cannot go unless he has a special new wheelchair with a cost of £25,000. Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz will be playing to help the fund raising at Poynton Methodist Church on Saturday 10th March and tickets are £8 and I hope those who can will make it.  - Mart Rodger

02/02/18 - Jazz on A Sunday at Rochdale has been cancelled this weekend due to current weather situation.

02/03/18 - Those of you who don't normally watch the series 'Cruising with Jane McDonald' on Channel 5, may be interested to know that tonight at 9pm, "the singer delves into the American Deep South, sailing along the Mississippi. She samples the jazzy vibes of vibrant New Orleans, before being introduced to her latest floating home, the American Queen, the world's largest steamboat".


01/03/18 - Following their successful night there in January, the Chicago Teds now have a series of monthly gigs at Eastham Lodge Golf Club. There are two this month, then one a month through to December. They are always on a Friday but not always the same Friday. All details have been added to the website. Also, it is now confirmed that the Teds will appear on Radio Merseyside on the afternoon of Tuesday March 7th between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. - Ed Lee Click here for more details

01/03/18 - Cancellations received today - The Pendle Jazzmen and the Tuxedo Jazz band tonight, However it's business as usual for the Silver Bell Band tonight.

February 2018

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

26/02/18 - The internet is always full of surprises. I was looking to see if Tony Sheldon still wrote his Rochdale Jazz Club write-ups for his local newspaper, which also appeared on Rochdale Online  when I came across some great photographs taken at the club by Sam Ralph, a professional photographer. Check them out at http://tinyurl.com/y8nas9re.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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