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September 2017

  • 15/09/17 - Barrie Marshall has uploaded photographs taken at the 'Jazz Breakfast at The Apothecary' for the Lancaster Jazz Festival. They feature Barrie Marshall, Peter Boswell. Malcolm Hogarth and Isobel Toner.
     

  • 25/09/17 - George Smyth has written to tell me that The East Belfast Jazz Club, which has been running successfully for over five and a half years now, is closing. George himself was diagnosed with a serious illness and underwent major surgery at the end of last year. He says, "At this point I would like to sincerely thank the members of the band – Trevor Foster, Leslie Brookes, Billy Dickson, Victor Staley, Billy Richardson, Billy Byson, the late Tony Martin, and of course our singer, Caroline Browne.  The final night of the East Belfast Jazz Club will be Friday 29th September 2017, so let’s make it a good night and remember the good times!".

  • 24/09/17 - I've made a slight change to to the font on this page. It's slightly larger and no longer in bold type. Hope it's OK out there, but I was having problems on a new monitor I had to get this week..

  • 24/09/17 - Mid week daytime jazz this week can be found at The North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood, where Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar will be playing on Wednesday 27th from 12 noon, and at Carnforth Railway Station on Fri 29 Sep  at12:30pm where The High Society Jazz Band will be playing.
     

  • 24/09/17 - It will be 4 years this week since the great reed player Jimmy Thomson from the Fylde Coast passed away, so I thought it would be nice to make his tribute page this week's page of the week.

  • 24/09/17 - Carlisle Jazz Club gig list has been updated.

  •  23/09/17 - Referring back to the posting on 11.09.17, I can tell you that the Frog and Henry Band planning, is moving along now at a pace. Terry Cheney (Jazz Guide),  is on board with full assistance, and a feature appears on the Jazz Guide web site at  http://tinyurl.com/y9kox3l2. The European tour could now extend from June to September, and an exploratory UK visit could happen even as early as February 2018, followed by a later visit after Fest Jazz finishes at end of July. - August or September. Most members of the band are swing dancers, so they know the repertoire to suit the rising numbers of dancers seeking the right music. Jazz Clubs, and Swing Dance Clubs, can show interest in taking this band by either mailing me at jazz2swing2@gmail.com. or terry@thejazzguide.co.uk. Ryan Baer's e-mail, received this morning, tells me two of the Clubs ( one as a result of your earlier posting ) which I recommended, have made 'standing offers' for dates in April, so another probability enters the mix. One thing now seems assured, F & H will be here next year. -  Norman Gibson

  • 22/09/17 - I saw in Jazz Guide that there's a "Raise The Roof Celebration Jazz & Beer Festival" coming up in Tyldsley between October 6th and 8th with a great Northern line-up. If that wasn't enough to get you out of the chair, that young saxophonist Alex Clarke will be guesting with several of the bands. Full details have been added to the Jazz Festivals Page

  • 21/09/17 - Rosie Harrison will be one of Andrew's Jazz Friends on Wednesday at The Fleetwood Hesketh, Southport, 8:30pm. Andrew posted this photograph on the JazzNorthWest Facebook page.

  • 21/09/17 - A KING 2B (G) Trombone is the latest item to go on the Sales Page

  • 20/09/17 - Colin Mason tells me he is actively looking for a new venue and is very hopeful. However if anybody out there has any contacts in the hospitality industry who may be able to help, I'm sure he'd be pleased to hear from you. His contact details are on the Pendle Jazzmen web page

  • 18/09/17 -  I was sorry to learn of Trefor Williams’ death. Bass players meet only infrequently, and have few opportunities to discuss their trade, but I was lucky enough to meet and talk with Trefor on several occasions when the bands we played with were booked together. He was a wizard at New Orleans Revivalist playing, but from our discussions was clearly knowledgeable of (and doubtless could play) many other styles. I greatly enjoyed talking bass matters with him, and he was kind enough to make encouraging noises about my own playing. A lovely man. - John Muskett

  • 18/09/17 - Hi Fred I am pleased to tell you that my FOUR IN A BAR have been asked to play at this years Lancaster Music Festival. Line-up will be... Me on trombone . Chris Howse on tenor guitar, plectrum banjo and vocals . Colin Turner on bass saxophone . Andy Wallace on reeds. Our gigs are on Sunday 15th October 3pm till 5pm... Bowerham Hotel 6pm till 8pm... Williamson Park-Ashton Memorial.
     

  • 18/09/17- For this year's Lancaster Jazz Festival, Isabel and I were asked by Barrie Marshall to play in his Sun Street Stompers for the 10:30am Jazz Breakfast at The Apothecary. What is significant is that the pub has a Bechstein grand piano that's playable. That's two pubs I now know with pianos, and I'm on record as not believing in miracles! - Malcolm Hogarth
     

  • 18/09/17- The Wyre Levee Stompers & Duncan Reid Skiffle are performing for the Fylde RFC's "Jazz On A Winter's Day The Penultimate" which will take place on Sunday, 10 December 2017 3pm. Full details are available by clicking here. Tickets are already going fast.

  • 18/09/17 - Just back from a 2 day break in the Lakes, spoilt only by a biker, who, as we waited behind another car on Wrynose Pass to leave room for oncoming traffic to pull into a passing place, decided it wasn't there to stop in at all, and swung out and then back in like a TT racer. Unfortunately he must have thought there was only one car to swerve round and swung back in too soon, ripping a hole in my bumper and wing. For his sins he finished up on the floor, but after a few moans and groans decided he wasn't hurt.  We were shaken and stirred, but otherwise OK.  Car goes in next week to be fixed.

  • 16/09/17 - Manchester Jazz Festival took place at the end of July and beginning of August. How the flavour has changed, A page entitled "Manchester Jazz Festival - As it used to be! 2nd September 1978" is this week's Page of The Week.

  • 16/09/17 - Congratulations to Allan Dent who will be celebrating his birthday on Monday 18th. On that same day Mike Reddin will also be celebrating his birthday

  • 15/09/17 - Charlie Bentley  writes, "There is a beer festival on Sunday 1st October 2017 at Wythenshawe Cricket and Sports Club, 78 Longley Lane, Manchester (Northendon) M22 4JF. There will be a jazz ensemble Hot Treacle playing between 2.00pm and 5.00pm with a slightly unusual line-up (myself included). The music will be a mixture of ballads, traditional jazz, skiffle, any requests as long as they are not too silly. One band I was with were asked to play some Led Zeppelin this was with a line-up of two banjos, trombone, sousaphone etc. Admission is free and there will be food available including of course a selection of beers to try".

  • 15/09/17 - One of the places I missed from the list of venues that Ray & Jenny Knight visited in the NW, was the Conservative Club at High Lane Disley to video Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz. Well now there's news of even more to come.  Jenny Knight has emailed me to say, "Hi Fred, Just to let you know that our next trip (by Rayk Jazz) will be in October, next month), to Chester, Liverpool and the Wirral. Louis Lince will be with us for some of the trip. He is also finalising the bands. Will let you know exact details when I have them".

  • 15/09/17 - John Dunlop has emailed to tell me that "Tony Pringle has sold up in USA and is returning to the UK. to live in Wirral. He has of course been the leader of the New Black Eagle Jazz Band for many, many years after originally being the leader of our Druids Jazz Band where I played bass".

  • 15/09/17 - My wife Margaret and I attended Phil Yates' funeral yesterday. It was well attended with some mourners left with standing room only. I'm sure Phil will be missed as apart from being a fine musician he was such a nice guy. We met his wife and daughter. Some facts and humour as Phil I'm sure would have enjoyed were told by John, the brass bass player from Yarrow River Jazz Band. - Gerry & Margaret Clayton. Another funeral which took place yesterday was that of Dave Browning. Mart Rodger told me, "It was a super funeral for David Browning yesterday and the number of musicians there to say goodbye was tremendous".

  • 14/09/17 - Kendal Jazz Club has a new home - The Kentdale Suite, The New Kendal Rugby Club Club House, Shap Rd, Kendal LA9 6NY

    14/09/17 - The Sun Street Stompers New Orleans Jazz Quartet will play a Jazz breakfast at The Apothecary, Penny Street, Lancaster, on Saturday September 16th 10:30 till 12 noon. The band will consist of Barrie Marshall (clarinet), Peter Boswell (trumpet),  Malcolm Hogarth (piano) and  Isabel Toner on double bass

  • 13/09/17 - Trefor Williams funeral will take place on Tuesday September 26th, 2017 @ 1.30pm - St. John's Church, St John's Road, Folkestone, Kent CT19 5BQ. No Flowers Please. There will be donations to a charity. It will be a traditional funeral, with hymns etc, but a TRIO will play during the service.

  • 12/09/17 - Back in early May, Louis Lince rang me and invited me over to a meeting with Ray & Jenny Knight who were coming up from Braintree in Essex to the North West to do a series of videos on Jazz in this part of the country. Also at the meeting were Fraser McCombe, and Derek & Trish Galloway. Louis interviewed us and Ray & Jenny recorded the event. Later they went to Didsbury Cricket ClubRochdale Jazz ClubDelph Band Club, Southport Jazz Club and The Ale Emporium in Preston.  There's was one thing for sure, I certainly didn't envy the amount of editing they were going to have to do to get it down to under an hour, but after many hours, they did and I can reveal that it's been launched on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/jazzodessey/ which you are invited to 'Like', but for those who have an aversion to Facebook, you can see the results of their hard work at https://youtu.be/6uQSSKdOoOs. They intend coming up again some time in the future to cover some of the places they missed this time.

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  • 12/09/17 - Here's a last-minute reminder that Jeff Barnhart and Spats Langham are at Kendal Jazz Club tomorrow night (Wednesday). It will be the last gig at Staveley before the club moves to the new Kendal Rugby Club next month.

  • 12/09/17 - Boston (USA) Associated Press has published the following -  "A recent college graduate accused of killing his mother, grandparents and a caregiver was described on Monday as a good friend and talented jazz musician who showed no signs that he was troubled".  Mmmm...  that description applies to most of the ones I know!

  • 11/09/17 - Norman Gibson has reminded me of an interesting web site based in Nottingham that I haven't mentioned since Tuba Skinny began hitting the headlines here six years ago. - playing traditional jazz blogspot  Yesterday's blog is about the USA  all-ladies Shake 'Em Up Jazz Band. Norman told me, "Marla playing cornet, is of course better known with the Shot Gun JB, and you know she is booked for Keswick, although her husband John, travelling with her, is not officially booked as yet.   Ryan Baer, who played in the Tuba Skinny JB, intends to visit the UK as part of his European tour between June and September 2018 with his full Frog and Henry Band. The line-up is expected to include Robin Rapuzzi ( washboard ) and Todd Burdick ( Tuba ) both Tuba Skinny players and Ewan Bleach reeds."  Norman says, "My intention is to come out of 'retirement' to get them on as their first booking promise. I have been forwarding a lot of contact details to Ryan, but any promoters who wish to consider taking them to let me know at jazz2swing2@gmail.com  Ryan has a different mindset to the problematic Tuba Skinny, who a group of us couldn't entice over about three years back. A lot of early showings of interest at this point will help".
     

  • 11/09/17 - John Pashley is the guest musician joining the Tuxedo Jazz Band this Thursday 14 Sept 8 30pm at The Old Wallaseyans Club, Wallasey.

  • 10/09/17 - Eddie SImpson was a man who lived on the Fylde Coast and did a tremendous amount of work in the area to support Traditional Jazz. His initial aim was to bring a selection of bands to the area because his wife was no longer able to travel to jazz festivals. Sadly she died following an accident, just before his first event in 2000.  The late Gordon Hughes wrote an article about the end of  Mad For Trad which is this week's page of the week.

  • 10/09/17 - For those who don't like being out at night now the light is fading, there's Annie's Saints And Sinners @ The Dog & Partridge, Bollington, Mon, 11 September, 14:00 – 16:00, but check first on 01625 610059. If you live further North there's The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 15 September, 12:30 – 14:30. More lunchtime events on Sundays so check What's On
     

  • 10/09/17 - Plenty of birthdays coming up this week - Many Happy Returns today to Tom 'Spats' Langham, then to Tony Ormesher on Tuesday , Roy Swift on Wednesday, and Harold Troughton and Richard Lord on Friday.

  • 10/09/17 - I see on JazzGuide News Page that Lake Records have released recordings of Mike Daniels, Steve Lane and Freddy Randall.

  • 07/09/17 - Re: Dave Browning 21:08:17 -  The funeral will take place on  Thursday 14th September at Vale Royal Crematorium, Northwich, CW9 8RP at 11.30am. - Mart  Rodger
     

  • 07/09/17 - Updated to include the time - More tributes have come in for Phil Yates, and Rachael has now sent me the funeral details. His funeral will be on September 14th at Thornton Crematorium, Lydiate Lane, Thornton, Merseyside. L23 1TP at 3-20pm.  Map.  There will then be a gathering at The Royal Hotel in Waterloo for food/drink/sharing memories of Phil. It would be lovely to see as many people there as possible. - Rachel.

  • 07/09/17 - We have been asked by the widow of Maurice Van Eyck to sell off his vast collection of Jazz & Blues CDs with all proceeds going to his grandchildren.If anybody is interested please contact philippe.de.smet.trombone@skynet.be and he will send a list of the material. Many thanks ,  Brian Turnock
     

  • 07/09/17 - Sheila Collier writes re: Trefor Williams - "The most lovely person, kind and caring, and, not least, a very special musician, playing his bass, Big Bertha with feeling and empathy, like himself"

  • 05/09/17 - This from Pete Lay at 08:54 today - "R.I.P. TREFOR WILLIAMS!!  Passed away about an hour or so ago".  
     

  • 04/09/17 - There is now a tribute page for Phil Yates who died two days ago. He joins the list of many jazz musicians who are no longer with us.

  • 04/09/17 - It was such a shock it's hard to know what to say. Phil Yates was an accomplished musician and good friend. He joined the Yarrow River band in December 2003, and was still with us on a recent private gig in May of this year. Of course he was well known on the Liverpool scene with a number of bands, and I was always particularly happy when I was asked to dep and knew that Phil was on the gig. He recently played with the Tuxedo band both in Wallasey and Southport depping for Gerry Owen. My thoughts are with Jocelyn and Rachel at this sad time for them. Phil's untimely passing is a loss to us all. - Richard Knock

  • 04/09/17 - Very sad to hear about Phil Yates, he was a founder member, like myself, of "Jazz 'n it" the band was formed through members of your Jazz northwest web site. Our thoughts go to Phil's family. - Gerry & Margaret Clayton

  • 04/09/17 - Barbara & I were privileged to receive an invite from our old friends Mart & Janet Rodger, to attend an evening at Disley Golf Club to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Saturday 2nd September. We had a lovely meal followed by music and entertainment, and it was lovely to see the spirit of friendship and fellowship that Mart & Janet had developed over the years with friends, neighbours and fellow churchgoers, as well as their lovely family.  Rather than drive home on Saturday night, we stayed overnight in Adlington, and rounded it off on Sunday with a trip to the Otter, Owl and Wildlife Park at Chapel en le Frith, then through the Peak District National Park via Hope Valley, Castleton, Lady Bower Reservoir and the Snake Pass, and it was a delightful journey home. More pictures - http://tinyurl.com/ycbzljcz and http://tinyurl.com/y7j6zyvt.

  • 04/09/17 - "Hi Fred - we were disappointed to learn, after the trip out to Fleetwood, that there was no jazz at the North Euston, as a folk and blues festival was on in its place. Never mind, we listened to some different music in various venues around the town". - Dave Wellock.  Me too Dave, unfortunately nobody told me!

  • 04/09/17 - The latest issue of JazzNorthWest weekly is out and it features a section entitled, "10 of the Best Northern Jazz Venues", not my choice I hasten to add.

  • 03/09/17 - Just a reminder about the session at St Helens Bowling Club next Sunday evening, September 10th, Jazz Rendezvous with guests at St Helens Bowling - please note that, in response to audience preferences, we’ll start at 8 pm and finish at 10 30 pm. We have three fine guests, all of whom are well known throughout the north-west and beyond. Our old friend Terry Brunt, of the scarf and beret, will be on trombone, Dave Mott will be on reeds, and Malcolm Hogarth will be on piano, fresh from playing at the Bude Jazz Festival in Cornwall. Hoping for a really good turn-out - Keith Allcock

  • 03/09/17 - I was on my way home from a lovely weekend away, when I received this devastating news from Rachael Yates - "This is Phil Yates' daughter. It is with sadness that I must inform you that Phil Yates passed away yesterday,  from a feared heart attack (we are yet to find out). I know that he was a big follower of your website and played a big part in the NW jazz community playing clarinet (such as The Mathew Street, Downtown Dixies, Yarrow River and Jazzin' It). I thought it would be nice if you could mention this on your website, so as to spread the word as well as celebrate his life? ".      Phil was just 67 on 15th June, and was a giant of a man with a most gentle nature. I know he read this site daily because as soon as I put a request on the site, Phil was invariably the first to answer if it was something he was able to help with. I first met Phil at the Wray Village scarecrow festival near Lancaster, where the New Riverside Jazz Band were playing, and Phil was chatting to fellow reed player, Barrie Marshall. Phil invited us to go over to see the Mathew Street Jazz Band, in Mathew Street Liverpool, which we did.  Barbara & I send our condolences to Rachael and the rest of her family. Once I know the funeral details I'll put them on the site.

  • 02/09/17 -  In answer to Steve Marquis's question. Tell him to Google XS Promotions. They are the north of Scotland's leading music and entertainment specialists and are agents for a band called the Buchaneers (trad, early 20s and 30s jazz), Four in the Bar and Havana Swing.  Good luck - Dave Wellock.

  • 02/09/17 - Have you heard of Merton Cahm?  Hopefully he's still going strong but I don't know. He was on the earlyish Manchester Jazz scene, in the late 40s and 50s, but now lives in Tel Aviv, and is still playing clarinet and tenor sax., in both Dixieland and Classical Music settings. He's the subject of this week's Page of The Week which was an item by the late Joe Silmon.
     

  • 02/09/17 - The only mid week daytime gig coming up is The SAVOY JAZZMEN who are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 5 September, 14:00 – 16:00

  • 02/09/17 - Many Happy Returns next week to Howard Worthington and Tony Davis (Midlands) on Sunday.

  • 01/09/17 - Rick Lunt pointed in me in an interesting direction. It's an interview with John Gieves-Watson of the Temperance Seven, Bob Kerr's Whoopee Band and 'Bill Posters Will Be Band'. Part one and Part two are on the Musical Talk Podcast site.


August 2017

  • 30/08/7 - Here's one question that I couldn't help with, can you?  - "Hi Fred, do you know of any Trad in the north of Scotland, Caithness or Sutherland in particular? ". - Steve Marquis
     

  • 30/08/17 - A stalwart of the local jazz scene in Lancashire  is that fine band, The Pendle Jazzmen, so it was disappointing to hear that the venue they have been playing in weekly for the last eight and a half years, is closing down. Colin Mason rang me to say that the Inn on The Wharf in Burnley, is shutting up shop this weekend. That means that the last gig at this location will take place tomorrow night, so a good send off would be great if you could manage it. Colin says that jazz fans old and new are welcome to join them at the wake, and that the band appreciates the support many have given them over the time spent there, and in particular the landlord who has managed to keep the weekly event going. 

  • 29/08/17 - It's the St Anne's International Kite Festival weekend and Mike Lovell's Sticky Rock Jazz Three are appearing in front of St Anne's Pier Cafe this coming Saturday & Sunday from 1pm till 4pm. I went to the festival last year and it was an amazing spectacle, as was the band of course.

  • 29/08/17 - There's a nice article about jazz musician George Shearing on http://tinyurl.com/ybkqrbd3.  There is a proposal by the Battersea Society to commemorate him with a blue plaque on Northcote Lodge School which was previously Linden Lodge School for the Blind which he attended from when he was twelve till he left at sixteen.

  • 28/08/17 - Re: Vince Giordano, 12/08/17 & 14/08/17 - I heard Vince's band in Greenwich Village about fifteen years ago - and was duly blown away by his amazing band's interpretations of 1920/30s classic big band recordings. I was leading my classic big band HARLEM at this time, so we had a lot in common, and consequently chewed a lot of "shop" fat.  I also spoke at length to his pianist, Conal Fowkes, whom I see is mentioned with his quintet on some of the CDs listed on the email attachments, so I'm assuming that this fine "young" (well, he was then!) musician is still a member of Vince's band. Conal told me that he originated from Loughborough, Leicestershire: knowing that our own dear Annie Hawkins lived there for some time, I asked if he recalled her, and he doubled up with laughter and said that she was his "second Mum"! - Paul Munnery


  • 27/08/17
    - I'm trying to find some jazz players to play with in a 50s/60s style.  I'm a tenor/alto sax player, and played through university and for a while on the cruise ships in the early 2000s before becoming disenchanted with music a little and moving into IT. I've played a bit here and there, but have recently started playing a lot more again and very much enjoyed it. I've depped with the New Lights Big Band, but ideally looking for more small band/standards stuff.  If you know of any jam sessions or similar in the area, or other people who may be looking for doing a bit of rehearsing and the occasional gig that would be ace. - Matthew Darwin.  
    Email me and I'll pass it on - Fred
     

  • 27/08/17 - An article in "Science Daily" states, "Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain".  This has led the Press Association to add - "A regular boogie-session could also help improve balance – the loss of which is a symptom of brain degeneration". So what are you waiting for, the South of England seem to be ahead of us when it comes to dancing at jazz events. Take your partners please ...

  • 27/08/17 - Liked the publicity for the Temperance Seven CD! Derek Galloway, the vocalist in this historic outfit, is the trombone player with the Old Green River Band at the Black Swan sessions at Hollins Green - Martin Bennett.  Derek also plays with the Canal Street Stompers & Bunter's Imperials (Apologies if I've missed one) - Fred.

  • 27/08/18 - Not many bands can say they have been going for 68 years, but the Merseysippi Jazz Band has. I was there for it's 60th birthday celebration, and that occasion is the subject of this week's Page of the Week.

  • 27/08/18 - Daytime gigs during this week include Deco Delight at Cartmel on Bank Holiday Monday, Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at NORTH EUSTON HOTEL, Fleetwood, on Wed, 30 August, 12:00 – 14:30 and The River City Jazz Band on the end of Llandudno Pier on Fri, 1 September, 13:15 – 16:15.

  • 27/08/17 - Many Happy Returns this week to bass player  Keith Shone, who celebrates his birthday on Monday.

  • 25/08/17 - If you like to get around and your taste in jazz music is varied, then check out http://tinyurl.com/y78cwleh where you'll find lots of jazz festival programmes to read. If niothing else chack out the Cambridge Companion to Jazz , full of interesting facts. I sent it to Norman Gibson and he says, "The origin of the word jazz is interesting. 'Dance music with vigor and pep' is known. But I like the possibility from the use of jasmine in perfume used in New Orleans".   "One of the entries in Bill Crow’s Jazz Anecdotes cites the use of jasmine oil in perfumes popular in New Orleans: ‘To add it to perfume was called “jazzing it up”. The strong scent was popular in the red-light district, where a working girl might approach a prospective customer and say, “Is jass on your mind tonight, young fellow?"

  • 25/08/17 - The list of forthcoming events at Manchester jazz Club has just been updated up to March  2018.

  • 25/08/17 - One NW jazz musician who I've seen and heard many times, yet never really met and know very little about, is Allan Dent. I do know he played with the Dallas Jazz Band, Smoky City Stompers, Red River Jazzmen and of course Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz.  So it was with interest that I flicked through the September issue of Just Jazz Magazine, having spotted his photo on the front informing all that he will 80 years young on 18th September.  Unless I missed it, Allan still remains to me the quiet unassuming private musician I've always thought him to be.

  • 24/08/17 - John Pashley tells me, "The Arden Arms in Stockport now has new landlord, he’s keeping Louisiana Highway’s Monday Session as it is for the time being. The line up of the band now comprises John Pashley Trumpet/Vocal, Clarinet and Tenor sax, John Brett (fortnightly) Blues and slide Guitars, Mike Reddin Guitar. Graham Larkin Guitar and vocal. Chris Fryers Bass and Phil Minshull Drums. We play a wide variety of Music with a Louisiana flavour including Jazz, Latin, Calypso, Blues Shuffles and Rock and Roll etc". John also tells me, "We are getting small audiences, so we could do with a boost".

  • 24/08/17 - Hello again Fred. Some bad news and some good news. Firstly, The Blue Magnolia Jass Orchestra have had to part company with their long standing venue at Rose Lane British Legion in Mossley Hill, Liverpool. However, as of next Tuesday (the 29th of August), the band will be starting regular weekly sessions at The Rose of Mossley. Which is the pub right next door! - Andrew Mackenzie.

  • 24/08/17 - Now here's an interesting concept from The Guardian - "Tin Men and the Telephone: the jazz band you control with a smartphone".... The audience could vote if they wanted the band to speed up, slow down, play “nervous”, “relaxed”, “weird” or “take a break”.  I'm up for it, so how about it you jazz musicians, is this the ultimate in improvisation? 

  • 24/08/17 - Callander Jazz & Blues Festival has just been added to the Jazz Festivals Page

  • 23/08/17 - My thanks to my wife Barbara for helping me to trawl through and cross check a month's gigs that luckily I'd previously saved as a PDF. We found quite a few that had been 'terminated' to end in previous years, and I was able to identify them and extend them 'back to the future'.  Hopefully they are all back, but it was also an opportunity to see if they appeared to still be valid or required updating. Of course the information is only as good as I get and I do need the co-operation of bands and fans to keep it updated.

  • 21/08/17 - Dear Fred,    What a shock for me to see Dave Browning has died. He and I were at school together in Heaton Moor where I introduced him to Louis Armstrong and his kind of jazz. Dave was at that time a super pianist and I used to go to his home in Chorlton for rehearsal. Dave was with me for my first concert at Cheadle Hulme Methodist Church when he played piano. It was very soon after this that he took on trumpet and became an absolutely brilliant world class player of his instrument and I am sorry I didn’t get an opportunity to play with him in recent time. - Mart Rodger

  • 20/08/17 - The Merseysippi Jazz Band are having to take the night off on Monday, 21st August as the Coffee House has a funeral wake going on. We will be back the following week, 28th when we will have guest musicians with us due to holidays etc. - Peter Fryer

  • 20/08/17 - Change of management at The Black Swan two months ago has resulted in a slight increase in the door money from £5 to £8. These sessions with the Old Green River Band at The Black Swan in Hollins Green on the A57, Manchester Road, continue on the first Monday of each month from 8.30pm, pay at the door. Good swinging music with some very good players plus guests. Well worth a visit. - Martin Bennett

  • 20/08/17 - Mike McLachlan & Andrew Mackenzie are two musicians who celebrate their birthdays this week on Saturday 26th August.

  • 20/08/17 - Manchester Jazz Festival came to an end two weeks ago today and passed somewhat peacefully as far as this site was concerned. Not quite so in the past if you read this page. It's this week's Page of The Week

  • 20/08/17 - Only one mid week daytime jazz event, but that could be wrong when you read what's happened to my calendar of events! The River City Jazz Band are on the end of Llandudno Pier on Fri, 25 August, 1:15pm – 4:15pm

  • 19/08/17 - I had a message on my answer machine from Graham McClelland to inform me that trumpet player Dave Browning had died peacefully at his home in Wilmslow on Tuesday this week. Dave was well known in the Manchester area, and searching the net I discovered there was some controversy surrounding him. According to Graham, Dave had evidence and a pay slip of £30 to confirm that he was in fact the trumpet player on the original recording of the Coronation Street signature tune, but there were counter claims - see http://tinyurl.com/ybvsggy8As well as jazz, Dave also played with big bands - NDO, ABC TV Show band, Johnny Patrick, Syd Lawrence and Alan Hare Bands

  • 19/08/17 - Something seems to have happened to my What's On calendar which is stored on Google servers so nothing to do with my PC. Several events, especially repeating ones, are missing or amended to end after a differing number of repeats, usually meaning they ended anytime between 2014 and  last year,  meaning some gigs are no longer appearing. I am slowly going through the jazz club entries in What's On, but I would appreciate it if anybody spots anything else wrong in What's On,  could they just to let me know at jazznorthwest.co.uk@gmail.com. I forsee a busy weekend ahead!

  • 18/08/17 -  Correction to an earlier news announcement - Annie Hawkins will be playing with the Tuxedo Jazz Band on Thursday 31st August at The Wallaseyans Club, 140-142 Grove Rd, Wirral, Wallasey CH45 0JF, UK

  • 17/08/17 - Malcolm Hogarth writes, "When busking at The Cross in Chester yesterday we were followed by a little girl of 10, who knocked the crowd for six with her playing of guitar and harmonica and her singing". I found a video of her that was put on a few days ago at https://youtu.be/gn0XydhGQYc - Fred

  • 16/08/17 - "This is bad news for us and for live music" says Jon Critchley after receiving this letter - "Hi Jon,  We currently have the Original Panama Jazzband pencilled in for 8 April – however, from January 2018 the Pavilion Arts Centre will be converting into a cinema and unfortunately this means we will no longer be able to run the Sunday Jazz Sessions. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, and if anything changes we will be in touch.  Best wishes,  Kerry Allsop, Programme Officer, Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre.

  • 15/08/17 - After Windows 10 tried to update my PC and gave up with a groan, I left it running on Windows 7. Having successfully installed Windows 10 on my laptop and got everything running such that I could update the site from the Isle of Wight, and finding out it wasn't the bad guy it had been made out to be, I decided to completely delete everything on my main PC  and start by installing Windows 10 from scratch (but not before making a copy of the hard drive). It's taken most of two days to get it up and running the way I want it, and hopefully I can now use it as I have always done. I've still a lot of things to install but we'll get there. The first job is to make a backup copy of this drive so that there aren't loads of updates to be installed all over again should danger strike.

  • 14/08/17 - Some of your site visitors may have checked out the links, you added for further information, on Vince Giordano, and now realise what an amazing band the Nighthawks are. If I could get travel insurance for USA, without re-mortgaging the house, I think I would make just one more trip to the Big Apple. The band can be seen, and danced to, Mondays and Tuesdays at the Iguana on West 54th. St. New York for $20.00. There must be someone you know who has an upcoming holiday planned to NY ! - Norman Gibson

  • 13/08/17 - This week's Page of the Week features a well know clarinet player and band leader in another article written by Andrew Liddle. It is of course Mart Rodger, who with his wife Janet, recently celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary.

  • 13/08/17 - Many Happy Return on Tuesday to ex NW drummer now living in Cornwall, Alan Davies, and on Thursday to another drummer, Graham Smith.

  • 13/08/17 -Daytime mid week jazz this week - Annie's Saints And Sinners @ The Dog & Partridge, Bollington (check first on 01625 610059) on Mon, 14 August, 14:00 – 16:00, and The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station Fri, 18 August, 12:30 – 14:30

  • 12/08/17 - Early Bird Tickets for Keswick jazz & Blues Festival 2018 are now on sale!   Four-day stroller pass £120. This offer available until September 15th only. http://tinyurl.com/yb5t4xqk

  • 12/08/17 - Annie Hawkins will be playing with the Tuxedo Jazz Band on Thursday 24th August at The Walaseyans. (Correction it's the 31stAug)

  • 12/08/17 - I've just been watching Eagle Jazz Band play "Christopher Columbus" for Jazz Club 90 at Albrightonat https://youtu.be/UPhTHRN8xFg.  Led by Matt Palmer on sax and clarinet the line-up is Pete Brown on trumpet and trombone, Terry Williams on trombone, Brian Lawrence on bass, Baby Jools on drums and Brian Mellor on banjo/guitar.  This number features Terry and Pete on trombones with the rhythm section.

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  • 11/08/17 - Now here's an unusual request.  "Parade hats wanted. White top, six-point, cornered hats, in either canvas or vinyl. Scarlette's New Orleans Parade Band needs a few hats to complete their attire!" Please e-mail or phone me if you can help. miketrampbone@gmail.com.  07460 974 980.  Please check out the band on YouTube, or our Facebook page, "Mike Owen's Scarlette's Serenaders and Scarlette's New Orleans Parade Band". - Mike Owen (Trombone Savant)

  • 11/08/17 - Once again Trevor Stent and his young organising team gave us all another amazing long weekend of great and varied live music. Last year saw a record attendance, but even so, this year, despite some poor weather, that figure was increased upon. Gunhild Carling, from Sweden, with her full 'family' band, was the headline act, and what a star she was. A brilliant entertainer, singer and dancer who played a number of instruments, all well, and even thrilled the local jazzers by playing jazz on a set of Breton Bagpipes !  Trevor, a while back on your news page, suggested the Sweet Peppers could be one of the better bands on the programme, and he was correct. They were well appreciated by the listening audience, but went down a storm with the mass of young swing dancers. This band formed a very noticeable friendship with the Frog and Henry NO Street Band members. Each supporting the other's sessions, and most of them were dancers, so they were very aware of the music to appeal. The Frog and Henry Band included Robin Rapuzzi (Washboard) and Todd Burdick (Tuba) , so it was good to have chat with them as I had made their acquaintance three years ago when they came over with the Tuba Skinny band. The line-up also included Reed player Ewan Bleach, which was my first chance to see this very talented musician, and, to boot, he's a mean swing dancer!   The picture was taken by Claude (white haired, in the middle), one of the regular gang of dancers, from a swing club in Brest. - Norman Gibson. A few NW faces there i recognise Norman

  • 11/08/17 - Whilst I was away, Mike Pembroke emailed to say, "I'm pleased to inform you that my collection of Jazz EPs & LPs have found their way to a new home, having been collected this morning. It was pleasing that the new owner is a fan who was already known to me. Thanks for your help".

  • 10/08/17 - Trevor Stent has emailed - I’ll send more reports from Fest Jazz 2017 later but I thought I’d share this with you straight away. Gunhild Carling arrived on the Saturday, gave the most spectacular shows I have ever seen in my life, found the area and the Fest Jazz atmosphere “incredible” and stayed on for an extra two days. She did her weekly streamed television broadcast (100,000 viewers worldwide) from the festival on the Sunday at the end of a concert from the Dorine de Wit band. In effect a jam session but quite something! This is the result: http://tinyurl.com/y89uwhdz. The musicians in Dorine’s band did the North West (and South West) proud. They were magnificent: Dorine on banjo, Dave Vaughn sax, Jamie Brownfield trumpet and Tom Kincaid piano.) A great session and what a weekend!!
     

  • 10/08/17 - Hi Fred Although not strictly Trad this may be of interest to readers, Vince Giordano – There’s A Future In The Past - Harold Troughton.

  • 10/08/17 - Back after 10 days on the Isle of Wight, and very nice it was too.

  • 07/08/17 - Hello Fred, I'm pleased I made it to the Blue Bell last Sunday to say goodbye to Steve and Ness. It was a super session and the pub was packed. After about five hours of music from Mad Ed's Hot Five and a number of guests the beer pumps were starting to run dry. I had a long drive so I left about 9pm with the party still going on! - Sam Wood.
     

  • 05/08/17 - The Sunday afternoon jazz sessions at Sedgley Park Rugby Club have been temporarily suspended owing to the fact that the organiser and pianist Gerry Tomlinson has had an accident and broken his wrist. It is hope that it will not be too long before the sessions can be restored.

  • 05/08/17 - If you want to see some mid week daytime jazz this coming week, you'll need to get down to the end of Llandudno Pier where the River City Jazz Band will be playing on Fri, 11 August, 13:15 – 16:15.

  • 05/08/17 - Page of the week will be updated next weekend. No time this weekend.

  • 05/08/17 - Many Happy Returns next week to Mark Challinor on Monday, and Frank Lowe on Thursday.

  • 05/08/17 - I Had heard via the grapevine that Mart Rodger had had an accident that prevented him playing at Buxton Festival, and it appears it was correct as Mart has written to say "Glad to say I am getting better. I shall be playing with Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz at High Lane Conservative Club on Monday 7th August which is almost 8 weeks since my accident.  I would like to thank the reed players who have stood in for me".

  • 04/08/17 - A late alteration for August 31 for Carlisle Jazz Club, It's now Steve Andrews and friends with Roly Veitch

  • 04/08/17 - Excellent session at Chorley Flower Show with The Cafe Society Band. Well worth a visit next year - Ged Wilson.

  • 04/08/17 - Fred, you mention Blue Mags’ TV appearances: Well, here are some pictures  at http://tinyurl.com/y89f3grh of their very first TV appearance - I guess back in the late 60s / early 70s, when I was with them along with Ken Sims, Trevor Stent, Alan Miller, Mike McCombe, Bob Hayward, Tom Kirby and Roger Hewitt, I think. Yes friends, it’s Opportunity Knocks! The pictures were taken of the TV screen (405 lines?) by my brother Peter with his 35mm camera (no video recorder), so they are not the best resolution. Acker Bilk introduced us, and Hughie humorously tried to show him how to play Stranger On The Shore. We came third, a suspect singer from Flint County Council who suspiciously (allegedly) won it week after week. Footnote: Mike McCombe and I were later sacked from the band for moonlighting with The Merseysippi JB. - Jon Critchley.

  • 03/08/17 - Last night at The Irby Club,  21 lindy hoppers turned up. In June, 7  turned up. Last night they arrived, danced to the band and during our interval they danced great routines to some of their recorded swing music. The room was packed to down the corridor. So good to see so many young happy smiley folk having fun and enjoying our music. Also an extra bonus of Sue Reid singing with us. We will repeat this soon.  - Jon Critchley

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  • 30/07/17 - Bit of a mix-up on birthdays, I only went and repeated last week's.  So it's actually Many Happy Returns today to Jim Swinnerton and Ken Binns, and on Thursday, it's birthday greetings to Mike Lovell. Another extra special event on Thursday, is Mart & Janet Rodger's Diamond Wedding Anniversary, so many congratulations to you both.

  • 28/07/17 - One jazz musician that I have been in regular contact with since I started this web site, and who I introduced to the internet back in 1994, is Barrie Marshall. Sue Parish wrote an article about Barrie for the Lancaster Guardian some years ago, it's on the site and is next week's Page of The Week

  • 28/07/17 - A dramatic price reduction for BBb Brass Sousaphone with Hard Case and Mouthpiece for Sale. Was £895, NOW £750 ono. See Sales Page
     

  • 28/07/17 - Only one midweek daytime jazz event next week and that's River City Jazz Band on the end of Llandudno Pier on Fri, 4 August, 13:15 – 16:15. Perhaps someone could take a photograph of the band for me, they don't seem to be able to get one for the band webpage'

  • 28/07/17 - Musician birthdays coming up next week - see 30/07/17

  • 28/07/17 - Updates and email responses are likely to be intermittent during the next two weeks

  • 28/07/17 - Looking forward to next Wednesday (2nd) at The Irby Club: Cheshire Swing Cats’ Jive Lindy Hoppers make their second appearance dancing to The Original Panama Jazz Band, and giving a show during our interval! Super dancing, super music, A great night ahead! - Jon Critchley

  • 27/07/17 - Mike Pembroke (Old Fashioned Love Band) wishes to dispose of his collection of Vinyl EPs, 10"LPs, 12"LPs. He says, "The items are mainly Classic New Orleans, Revivalist, Early and 1940s Big Bands, Mainstream and a few early Modern. A complete list can be e mailed to anyone who is interested and although I would prefer to dispose of them in one package, I would consider splitting by category. I just want them to be collected and go to a good home. Should anyone wish to offer remuneration (however unreasonable) fine, but the object of the exercise is to de-clutter.  You can contact details are on the Old Fashioned Love Band web page (These items have now gone)

  • 27/07/17 - I had a copy of an email from Mick Welstead which he sent out to his members.  I met Mick and his wife when down in London visiting my daughter. He runs the OLD BARN HALL JAZZ CLUB in Bookham, and his email said, "Hi there, After many attempts of tempting offers to encourage people to support the club (which ALL fell on stony ground), the latest move which I favour is to now charge £12.00 entry. Most are understanding as to why. See how we get on from here". I can already see a few raised eyebrows here in the North West, where no doubt wanting 'summat for nowt' still lingers on in some places.

  • 27/07/17 - I attach for your interest a letter from Kate Williams about Trefor Williams. Her dad, Ian Turner, asked me to pass it on to as many people that I know, who know Trefor.  Please forward to anyone you may know. - Pete Lay
     

  • 27/07/16 - Mike Lovell writes on Facebook, "Great gig yesterday at the St George's Hall in Liverpool with some 450 guests including the Lord Mayor of the City of London. SIX IN A BAR Classic Jazz Band along with Anthony Mason. The Lord Mayor comes from Blackpool so alongside some Classic Jazz, performing 'With my Little Stick of Blackpool Rock' was appropriate". Picture shows the band's view.

  • 27/07/17 - Ian Rose's daughter, Jane Heese, has emailed, "Thank you to everyone who came to Dad's funeral and especially to Derek Galloway and his fellow band members who played through the rain. Mum, my sisters and I have also appreciated all the messages, cards and flowers we have received over the last few weeks".

  • 27/07/17 - Hi Fred, I am coming over to the UK for a holiday and have a couple of gigs on trumpet with the Martin Veasey band at the “ Fox & Hounds pub in Lulsley near Worcester.. 1st one is on the 15th August and then the 19th Sept . great band and a very nice venue, from 8.30 till 10.30 pm.. it is a real cosy place with a great atmosphere and excellent meals . also a couple of gigs in the Northeast at Cullercoats , with the Vieux Carre band ...really hoping to see some good bands over in Manchester, I will be staying at times with my brother Wilf Dalton( who plays Sax and lives in Failsworth .. Ian Royle has known him and worked with him many times over the years. should be a good trip. cheers Derek Dalton from OZ

  • 26/07/17 - A last minute addition - "FOUR IN A BAR" Classic Jazz Band at the North Euston Hotel,  Fleetwood FY7 6BN, 2:00pm – 4:00pm this coming Sunday

  • 26/07/17 - Very sad to hear about Ian Rose. I have many happy memories of him both as a drummer and a friend with a great sense of fun.  I think some will be interested in this historic photograph from the Manchester Sports Guild 1966  Ian, George Lewis, Ged Hone, Mike Longdon and me.  It was the last time George appeared in Britain. He died the following year. - Dave Donohoe. There is now a tribute page to Ian - FB

  • 26/07/17 - The following guests will be appearing with the Merseysippi Jazz Band on the dates given - Monday, 7th August - Dennis Armstrong - cornettist with Yorkshire Post Jazz Band and the Great Northern Jazz Band. Monday, 14th August -Dave Mott - versatile reeds player, clarinet and various saxophones.  Monday, 21st August - Dave Thomas - great friend and clarinet player with the Original Panama Jazz Band  Monday, 28th August - Return visit of Dave Mott.

  • 25/07/17 -  Sam Wood has written to me about The Bluebell. "Steve will be a hard act to follow - a dispassionate accountant would probably say the pub isn't viable. I'm sure it was Steve's personality and imagination, supported by Ness and son Tom, that kept it going with guided walks, welsh language classes and all sorts of other activities. The pub also became the Post Office (in the corner of the bar!) after the village Post Office closed a couple of years ago.  Then there was the music. Apart from the Sunday Jazz there were several other regular weekly and monthly events. This all attracted people to a pub which although remote was easy to get to, only a couple of minutes off the A55. We once realised that Route 66 was the A55 plus VAT!

  • 25/07/17 - One of the friendliest jazz pubs I ever went to was the Blue bell Inn at Halkyn North Wales, where regulars Mad Ed Hot Five play. So I was saddened, in more ways than one,  to read on the pub website the following message from Steve Marquis that, "We are moving on and we will be retiring from the Blue Bell Inn so that we can concentrate on my wife Ness to get her to a state of fitness & where she is better able to manage her life-changing medical conditions. We wish you well for the future & hope that you will continue to support the Blue Bell Inn & the new team as you have us in the past. Their intention is to continue with all of the events (walking, music, etc) as normal. Our final day at the Blue Bell Inn will be on Sunday 30th July where we will close at 7pm with the doors being reopened by the new team on Wed 2nd at 5pm.". My best wishes go to Steve and his family.

  • 25/07/17 - Barrie Marshall tells me that since Alan Duckles (cornet), and his wife Gerry (banjo), retired from playing for The Sun Street Stompers, all is well with the band.  Peter Boswell has replaced Alan and Lawrence Marshall has replaced Gerry, and as Barrie says, "The bands future looks rosy".

  • 25/07/17 - Another great night at the Beaky in Ashton, such that it deserved a bigger audience. The guest was Richard Slater, causing Bedlam as usual with trombone, pocket cornet and sludge pump! Sitting in for the second half were regulars Jolly John Percival on trumpet, Big Al on banjo, and, first time at the Beaky, Barry Booth on trombone, on day release from the Saints & Sinners. A good night was had by all. Next session, Wednesday 2nd August, kick-off about 9.00pm - see you there? - Noel Broadgate

  • 25/07/17 - One young lady I always enjoy listening to is Kristen Mosca, an amazing young ragtime pianist. Her latest YouTube video posted on 23rd July is called, "Goofing Off At Coke Corner, and well worth a watch at https://youtu.be/J5fVBpnmdS8 when she shows her less serious side, particularly when "She's had no time to practice and has a few drinks in her. Whoops! ".

  • 25/07/17 - On the 9th July I mentioned an article I had come across in The Guardian on line at http://tinyurl.com/ycfutscy about a vegan experimental jazz band, and challenged Ian Royle to give me his opinion and here it is. "First of all their saxophonist Wenzl McGowen (the one with the traffic cone stuck down the bell of his baritone sax perhaps?) states that they "are jazz musicians but don't try to play jazz". They're obviously well schooled technical musicians. They have attracted two and a half million views on You Tube and so are in great demand commercially and should I try a few joints of Mary Joanna (I never have by the way) I should imagine that 'Moon Hooch' would be a perfect accompaniment. In the comments section, the best was "It's like a gaggle of geese dying beautifully' and I cannot better that". - Ian Royle
     

  • 25/07/17 - Geoff Bull is back home in Australia after a tour in Switzerland. Lynda tells me that, "We had a great tour in Switzerland. Geoff's back is at long last suddenly and rapidly healing so we are now very hopeful that he will not need a third procedure". She also told me that there are now only 3 George Lewis DVDs left in the cupboard, so this is your final warning if you haven't got yours yet.

  • 25/07/17 - Only two days ago I was commenting on the brief appearances on TV of NW Jazz Bands. Well last night on BBC TV Northwest Tonight, we got a 5 second glimpse of a Fylde Band featuring Pete Lindup (tpt), Bill Barrow (sax), Willie Barrow (bjo), Gerry Clayton (bs) and Peter Eddowes (dms), playing in a tent on Cartmel Racecourse. Hope their horses romped home.

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  • 25/07/17 - Hi Fred, We are in Brittany waiting eagerly for Thursday evening and the start of this years Jazz Fest in Chateauneuf du Faou. We have enjoyed this festival many times before and are sure this year will be no exception, look forward to meeting up with the many Brits who come over each year and hope some new ones. Excited about seeing Second Line Jazz Band many years since we have seen them, don't seem to travel to the North West anymore. Cheers - Jon and Carole Fletcher

  • 24/07/17 - Hello Fred,  Well, Buxton Fringe ended yesterday after 19 very busy days.  I didn't get to see the Mart Roger Band - too many other things going. I can see them locally through the year so I give priority to the festival one-offs.  Not a Fringe event, but I enjoyed the local violin player Graham Clark's regular Thursday gig last week. George King was on the piano - one of the best!   On Saturday I went to see Digby Fairweather's Half Dozen - an Opera Festival event rather than Fringe. A great show from these accomplished musicians. A 90 minute non-stop show, non interval, and then they played on for at least 20 minutes! Certainly good value for money there.  That's about all the music covered. - Sam  Wood

  • 24/07/17 - Thinking of going to New Orleans? Then this week's JazzNorthWest Weekly might be a good place to start. "A Stroll Down Bourbon Street Check out what's happening on the city's most famous street".

  • 23/07/17 - There are several NW bands that have made appearances on TV, somewhat fleeting in many cases. One band that's been there and got the T shirt is the Blue Magnolia Jass Orchestra. This week's page of the week relates stories of some of their TV appearances.

  • 23/07/17 - The only daytime jazz event you are likely to see this week is The River City Jazz Band on the end of Llandudno Pier on Friday, 28 July, between 13:15 and 16:15.

  • 23/07/17 - Belated birthday wishes to Louis Lince, who celebrated his birthday yesterday. This week sees Brian Singleton celebrating his on Monday, Les Harris on Tuesday, Charlie Bentley on Wednesday, Barry Grummett on Thursday, and Barrie Aldous, Ray Owen and Tom Rippieth on Saturday. Phew, glad I'm not going to all those parties!

  • 22/07/17 - Mike Lovell sent me a few photos, "From a gig we did for a graduation event at Lancaster University on Thursday & Friday. Colin Turner, Dave Lee, Anthony Mason & Me". The rest are at http://tinyurl.com/yammb2cg, http://tinyurl.com/y9pqfdgn, and http://tinyurl.com/ycg9weqz.

  • 22/07/17 - Carlisle Jazz Club gig list has been updated

  • 20/07/17 - The funeral of drummer Ian Rose will take place on Wednesday 26th July 2017 at 10 o’clock in the Rowan Chapel at Stockport Crematorium. SK2 6LS.  Afterwards you are invited to join the family at The Heatons Sports Club, Green Lane Heaton Moor SK4 2NF   Donations in Ian’s memory please to Parkinsons Disease Society.   On Wednesday evening Ian’s band The Canal Street Stompers will play as usual at The Railway Chapel Road Sale as a celebration of his life. - Derek and Trish Galloway

  • 18/07/17 - I too was saddened to hear about Ian Rose. Although haven't seen much of him for the past fifty years or so, I do remember his drumming and the fact that he was a travel agent in those days, like me.
    Commiserations to his family. - Fraser McCombe

  • 16/07/17 - How many jazz musicians can you think of still playing and entertaining at the age of 87, and have been playing for 64 years?  I'm sure you can guess who I am thinking of, and Andrew Liddle thinks it's a crying shame that this amazing achievement hasn't been recognised by the Government. In the latest issue of Just Jazz magazine, Andrew writes a letter on the subject, which he has asked me to reprint on the site here.

  • 16/07/17 - How sad to hear about Ian Rose. I played with him on the odd parade job before I left the UK for warmer climes and didn't see him much otherwise but he always greeted me as if we were old friends when I turned up at any of his gigs; and it was always, without any prompting, "fancy a knock?".  - Graham Martindale

  • 16/07/17 - Keith Wadeson sent me this photograph of the Wyre Levee Stompers who were performing in front of the north Euston Hotel in Fleetwood today. See also http://tinyurl.com/ybgvejco.

  • 16/07/17 - Derek/Trish, Re: Ian Rose, what a shame but probably also a release, but sadly you have still lost a friend. - My condolences to all - Brian  Woods
     

  • 16/07/17 - Midweek daytime jazz this week features Mike Lovell 6 in a bar at The North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood on Wed, 19 July, 12:00 – 14:30, and The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 21 July, 12:30 – 14:30

  • 16/07/17 - Page of The Week this week is a bit of reminiscing by Ian Royle - The Mad Blower

  • 16/07/17 - Many Happy Returns on Thursday to Mike Carnie and Bob Pickersgill.

  • 15/07/17 - Thank you, Fred, Derek and Trish, Ian Rose, lovely memories of my youth in Manchester. Bless. Xxx - Sheila Colier

  • 15/07/17 - Re John Critchley's photo. Surely it's the verse to 'Bye Bye Blackbird'  - Jeff Roberts
     

  • 14/07/17 - Re: Ian Rose, dreadfully sorry to hear this. I used to work with Ian a lot during the 1970s & 80s, - Laurie Cooper.

  • 14/07/27 - In her latest newsletter, jazz musician and vocalist Sue Parish writes, "I'm pleased to say that recent gigs at Stockport Plaza (sold out...!) and Llangollen International Eisteddfodd (where our version of Good Morning Heartbreak had at least one audience member in tears (in a good way....)) went well.  I'm now preparing for two engagements in the next few weeks. On Thursday 20th July I'll be doing a lunchtime concert with longstanding piano colleague Eileen Guppy at 1pm at Garstang Arts Centre.  And on August 8th I'll be the guest of swinging string jazz outfit Hotcha  when they perform for Kendal Jazz Club at Staveley in the Lake District.  Further details and links on the gigs page of my website at http://tinyurl.com/ybxwdgz5

  • 14/07/17 - Jon Critchley has confirmed that the music below is in fact "I Can't Get Starling".

  • 14/07/17 - Hi Fred, after the sad loss of Peter Frank a few weeks ago, there's been some discussion as to if the band should carry on without him. So, after some long conversations in smoke filled rooms (well, I've got to make it sound good haven't I), the band will continue under the name of the Aire Valley Jazz Band.  The next gig will be at Bingley JC on Thursday 27th July.   Chris Howse has looked after the current bookings upto now, however that has been passed onto me, going forward.   I've had some conversations with Ian Royle and we have decided that I would play most of the gigs on this side of the hills, as he isn't too keen on the M62 these days, (well, who is really!). I'm sure he'll be playing with the band in the future.  Obviously, we are based over the other side of the Pennines, however as an ex pat St.Helenser living in these parts, I'd be very grateful if you could pass on this information to our friends wherever they may be. - Andy Henderson
     

  • 14/07/17 - Drummer Ian Rose died last night [13thJuly] Our dear old friend had suffered from Parkinson disease for many years but never complained. Ian still ran his own band the Canal Street Stompers and he never missed a beat, a brilliant drummer. Last month Ian fell and broke his hip and was still recovering in hospital. Funeral details expected at the end of the month.  We send deepest sympathy to Ann and her three daughters.  - Derek and Trish Galloway.

  • 13/07/17 - Now before reading further, think about who you would consider to be/have been the five greatest jazz musicians......   Now ask yourself, how many of them are women, and my bet is none. Well in my latest JazzNorthWest Weekly  Newspaper there's a chance to play, "Women of Jazz: Stream a Playlist of 91 Recordings by Great Female Jazz Musicians".

  • 12/07/17 - Just received an email about the 12th Bucharest International JAZZ Competition 2018. It's Open for: instrumentalists and vocalists of all nationalities - Date: 12 - 19 May 2018 Age: up to 40 years old (born after 1st of May 1978 ). That lets most of our lot out then!

  • 12/07/17 - Hi Fred,  in answer to Jon Critchley's question about what tune the photo represents it's obvious. It's Joe Cocker's " Bird on the Wire " - Moe Green.
     

  • 12/07/17 - I see the Nottingham Post is heralding the arrival of The Merseysippi Jazz Band next week - "Risley Park Jazz Club is back on Wednesday, July 19 where the legendary Merseysippi Jazz Band travel from Liverpool to present an evening of traditional jazz; they play from 8.30pm-11pm and admission is £9".

  • 12/07/18 - There's a great evening coming up on 10th August in Culcheth, and it's in aid of Cancer research UK. It's the Carl Sinclair Boogie Band with John Hallam. Full details by clicking here

  • 12/07/17 - Just thought your 'readers' might like to know that it is Ralph Wilson's 90th birthday tomorrow (13th July). Ralph has had a very long and varied career in the local music scene, most recently as drummer with The Lune Valley Jazz Band, The New Riverside Jazz Band and The HIgh Society Jazz Band, until his retirement at the end of 2015. Ralph was also a favourite with audiences for his vocals, and his sense of humour. He continues to come along to gigs with both the New Riverside Jazz band and The High Society Jazz Band to serenade audiences in his inimitable style! Ralph will be at the High Society gig at Bare Village Club on Sunday, where we'll celebrate his birthday and look forward to a few of his favourite vocals. - Dave Bateman

  • 11/07/17 - Thanks to Critch for that link, OMG, that's jazz innit, we know where he's going, but what a route!,  he makes us wait, showing all HIS roots, (see what I did there) har har. hooch NOT. - Jon White
     

  • 11/07/17 - As I opened my scanner lid just now, I found the July copy of Just Jazz and realised that although I'd scanned the front page, I hadn't mentioned it was now available. As well as a write-up of Keswick Jazz Festival and a tribute to Ken Sims, it features one of the NW most popular musicians - John Hallam, and was written of course by our own NW contributor, Andrew Liddle. Andrew will hopefully be letting me have a copy in about three months time, but if you can't wait, get your copy now by clicking here

  • 10/07/17 - Re: "Young German lad pounding out the blues". He is very talented, absolutely no doubt. We all get/got inspiration from our peers, so listen to piano player Eric Reed, who undoubtedly inspired Luca Sestak, when he appeared at the 1993 Royal Albert Hall Proms with the Wynton Marsalis Septet: http://tinyurl.com/y7sqmjoy 30 mins 20 secs in. I was astounded and still am; it is one of the most exciting things I’ve heard. Stick that in your pipe, Moon Hooch! -  Jon Critchley
     

  • 10/07/17 -A date for jazzers in West Cumbria. The Payday Loons will be performing at The Hub in Workington on Saturday 15 July 1pm - 3pm.

  • 09/07/17 - Looking at the dots above the trees, I think it is "Brrp brrp-brrp-busy line" ! - Jon White

  • 09/07/17 - I came across an item in The Guardian on line at http://tinyurl.com/ycfutscy, which read - "It’s a Monday night in south London, and the crowd at Omeara is going absolutely wild over a vegan experimental jazz band".  I can't help wondering what Ian Royle would make of the video? Anyway, what's a 'vegan jazz band'?  Does it mean they can't play tunes like "Meat Me Tonight In Dreamland". I recall Jim Wilkes recorded a number called "We May Be Old, but Vegan Play The Music"

  • 08/07/17 - Three birthdays to celebrate this coming week. Ian Royle on Tuesday 11th,  Cyril Wroe on Wednesday and Isabel Toner on Thursday. Birthday greetings to you all.

  • 08/07/17 - Last week's Page of the Week featured articles from Just Jazz Magazine written by Andre Liddle. Andrew also wrote some interesting article specifically for this site about some of the jazz clubs in the North West, along with some great photographs. I finally found out what John Wall from Leeds jazz Club looks like, having previously spoken to him on the phone several times.  "Around The Jazz Clubs" is this week's Page of the Week

  • 08/07/17 - Midweek daytime jazz event this week - Annie's Saints And Sinners at The Dog & Partridge, Bollington (check first on 01625 610059) on Mon, 10 July, 14:00 – 16:00.

  • 08/07/17 - Name That Tune -  John Critchley took the photograph and wonders if anybody can name the tune. My guess is "Flee as a bird", what do you think?

  • 08/07/17 - For any followers in Northern Ireland, or indeed visitors there from the NW, the Queen's Theatre Belfast is showing the film 'Jazz on a Summer's Day' from the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival tomorrow Sunday. Louis Armstrong, Mulligan, Monk, O'Day and more are of course in it. More detail at http://tinyurl.com/yc78ywpa .

  • 07/07/17 -  Following our successful night with the Jive Lindy Hoppers on June 21st, we are pleased to have them back with the Original Panama Jazz Band on August 2nd, at The Irby Club, our residency. Looking forward to that! - Jon Critchley

  • 07/07/17 - Spotted on the Internet by Jazz Guide - Isle of Bute jazz festival - http://tinyurl.com/ycoxhn6d

  • 07/07/17 - Anyone spot this young German lad with an Italian name POUNDING out the blues?  Real 2 handed and foot pedal hard to the floor! https://youtu.be/NmCv6UOF22A - Jon White.  Well Jon, with 1,453,424 views since 2012, he's obviously made a big impression.
     

  • 07/07/17 - Re: Weenie,  I've just read about him and see amazing clarinetist Dr. Michael White (whom I'm pleased to say I have met in NO ) has played with Weenie over the last 40 years. You might wish to quote White's words, 'He (Weenie) makes beautiful phrases that have meaning. He lets the music breathe' Rather a nice compliment I think. - Norman

  • 06/07/17 - Many regular visitors to New Orleans may have seen 83 years young, bandleader 'Weenie' Farrow of Pres Hall Brass Band. I came across him at http://tinyurl.com/y7mfcvy7 via my JazzNorthWest Weekly newsletter.

  • 05/07/17 - Good evening Fred. We have mentioned before the wonderful virtuosity of Shaye Cohn from the Tuba Skinny band in NO. She specialises in 1920s style cornet and barrelhouse piano and there are also examples on YouTube of her skill on accordion and fiddle. Now I have been amazed to see Shaye on trombone with the all-girl band Shake 'Em Up at https://youtu.be/m-X8NliVHUc. This superb six-piece unit, recorded at the famous Abita Spring Opry, has as its front line probably the three most influential females in contemporary New Orleans jazz - Shaye, trumpet player Marie Dixon from the Shot Gun band and reed player and songstress Chloe Fieranzo. While on the Shake 'Em Up mix on YouTube I discovered a real gem, with Chloe and Welshman James Evans enjoying a truly memorable saxophone 'conversation' in Bye Bye Blues at the Spotted Cat Club  - https://youtu.be/rTFXYDyBRr4 . In all my many years this is probably the finest piece of jazz I've ever heard. Yes, it was that good. I know that this is NO jazz as opposed to the British NW variety but I'm certain that you and your many followers will thoroughly enjoy the talent I have mentioned. - Brian Gibbons (This video was mentioned last year by Ivan Huke, but worth a second look for some maybe). - Brian Gibbons

  • 04/07/17 - Of interest to starved traditional jazz fans in North East Wales!  Mart Roger Manchester Jazz are playing at Mold Golf Club, Cilcain Road, Pantymwyn, Mold CH7 5EU on Saturday 15th July 2017: 7.30 pm start. Admission £5 only. Telephone: 01352 741513. Looks a very good venue!   Best wishes - David Evans

  • 04/07/17 - Hi Fred. Yet more sad news. Bass Player Colin Fabb passed away on 1st July after a stroke. He played with the Panama Jazz Band in the early 80s and also played for several years with The WirrOrleans.  He was a founder member of The Merseycats and also played with the Zodiacs. He was a lovely guy and will be sadly missed. Condolences to his wife Ann and family. No funeral details yet.  - John Dorgan

  • 04/07/17 - Posted on Facebook yesterday by Ian Bateman - "I have just heard the sad news from Richie Bryant that drummer, Ron Bowden, has passed away in his sleep last night.  His family have asked that I make the news public through FaceBook.  Ron was one of the great drummers on the British jazz scene with long associations in the bands of Chris Barber and Kenny Ball and was well respected in the jazz world.  The news is doubly sad, coming so soon after the passing of his long-term band mate, John Bennett.  He will be much missed by us all and I will always treasure the occasions when I got to perform with him driving the band.  I'm sure we would all extend our condolences to his family and friends".

  • 03/07/17 - Brian Woods writes, "Hello Fred,  the last week in June I did a dep job for Derek Galloway’s band at ‘The Railway’ Sale Manchester. On bass was Annie Hawkins - it was a cracking night.  The result is I will continue to help out as a dep for Derek’s band (next gig is 26 July) until the return of Ian Rose.  Meantime, Annie asked if she could have a session with the Tuxedo Jazz Band, so The wonderful Annie Hawkins will be playing with the Tuxedo Jazz Band on the 13 July at 8-30 pm at The Old Wallaseyans Club, Grove Road, Wallasey, CH45 0JF.  Pay on the door £5 includes ticket for raffle".

  • 03/07/17 - "Look who I espied whilst browsing a bookshelf!", says Jon Critchley. "Yes, it is, of course, the dashing Captain Digby Lawson, later to become Sir Digby Lawson, 2nd Baronet and director of ICI Alkali Division, Winnington. He’s staring out of the book cover, next to that chap in colour who’s trying to play a Wall’s cornet whilst sucking on a sackbut. Very interesting".  Well spotted Jon

  • 03/07.17 - Bass player Derek Brown has asked me to announce the death of alto sax musician Vic Blagwell last Thursday 29th June. Derek says Vic was from Preston and was well known among local musicians. My research shows that a Vic Blagwell played with the Dennis Langfield band at Burnley Locarno. That brings back memories of doing the waltz and quickstep there in my younger days. No funeral details yet.

  • 03/07/17 - Running a web site like this with 561 pages as of today, there's more to it than just keep adding new items and updating What's On and Jazz Festivals. Some pages particularly those advertising coming events, become out of date and need to be rooted out. Then there's a question of finding the links to those pages and removing them also.  The tricky bit is when it comes to my Links Page where they point to sites all over the world. In these case it's a question of setting myself a regular checking schedule, and click on them to see if they are still active. This morning I was checking the section "Links to Music on Line", and I could have stopped there all day looking at some of the amazing music and videos that are now available and I'm sure there are lots more out there I don't know about. Well worth a look, just don't expect to get away from your screen soon!

  • 03/07/17 - There's a write-up of this years Keswick Jazz Festival on the Jazz Guide web site at http://tinyurl.com/yb39ys56. Next year's festival will take place from Thursday May 10th to Sunday May 13th - 2018

  • 02/07.17 - Many Happy Returns on Thursday to trombone musicians - Lindsay Taylor and Tony Dunleavy.

  • 02/07/17 - Just one mid week daytime jazz event this week and it's the The SAVOY JAZZMEN who are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 4 July, 14:00 – 16:00.

  • Click here for larger photograph02/07/17 - Andrew Liddle has written many and article and CD review for Just Jazz magazine, and over the years I've reproduced those reviews which have a North West link, including one of yours truly. You can see the list on "Andrew Liddle writes" which is this week's Page of The Week.

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  • 01/07/17 - The Wyre Levee Stompers were playing at the Blackpool Jazz & Blues Festival today, and looking at this photograph sent in by Keith Wadeson, the weather was pretty good too. See also http://tinyurl.com/y7nsd9tz.

  • 01/07/17 - The Rae Brothers Festival Band will be performing Live at the United Reformed Church Main Street Cockermouth on the Evening of Saturday 8th July from 7.30 to 10.30pm Full details in What's On or by clicking here

June 2017

  • Click here for larger version30/06/17 - Remembering the great Joe Silmon, friend, musician, author, a human encyclopaedia of North West jazz, and a true gentleman. Joe passed away one year ago this Sunday July 2nd. - Des Hopkins

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  • 29/06/17 - I have just received a card from Alistair Hamer informing me of the sad passing of John Rodney Hamer on Saturday 17th June 2017 at the age of 76 years. Rod and I first met when we were students at Bolton College of Art in the late 1950’s and I have him to thank for my life-long love of Jazz in its many forms. Memories of him playing an eclectic mix of jazz standards on the piano at Ye Olde Man and Scythe in Bolton will last for ever. He was also instrumental (not just a pun but the truth) in organising the featured bands who appeared at the annual Arts Ball held at the Rivington Old Barn, Horwich. The Bands of Alex Welsh, Bruce Turner and Tubby Hayes stick out in my memory. When saxophonist Simon Spillett wrote the recent biography of Tubby Hayes I sent him some photos Rod had taken at one of Tubby’s appearances one of which appears in the book.   Not only was Rod a respected jazz musician around the Manchester area but he was also a highly talented artist and teacher of art. He and his wife Val lived their final years together in the village of Dunsmore Leaf in Buckinghamshire where, until Alzheimer’s disease took hold, they both ran regular courses in painting and drawing. When I visited him about five years ago, by when he was well retired from the local jazz scene, he took great pride in showing me a stone inscription in his garden commemorating the time one of his heroes and, the cornet player Wild Bill Davison and his wife stayed at the cottage.   I am sure your posts on the web-site will remind many of a musician who gave pleasure through his music. As his family say in his short obituary in the Bucks Gazette, “He forgot but we did not”.  - Harry Owen
     

  • 29/06/17 - Dear Fred. Just heard sad news that Pete Skiv ( Skivington ). bass - ex Alex Welsh and Laurie Chescoe reunion band, died suddenly. Yours -  Ken Ames.

  • 29/06/17 - On that Mainspring Press site, way, way down on the left side there's some really interesting old stuff to tap into, with early recordings, ODJB, Waller, etc. I'll have to go back in there when I have a bit more time. - Norman Gibson

  • 28/06/17 - My thanks to Barrie Marshall for telling me about Brian Rust’s Complete “Jazz and Ragtime Records, 1897-1942” (6th and Final Edition). There's information about it at http://tinyurl.com/ycdkqdet and it can be downloaded free in PDF format from http://tinyurl.com/yb3w4oun.

  • 28/06/17 - "Roots, Radicals and Rockers by Billy Bragg – the skiffle moment and how it changed music" has been reviewed in The Guardian - Books. Did you know The BBC broadcast the final of the World Skiffle Championship on television before launching a weekly radio show called Saturday Skiffle Club on the Light Programme, and Reveille magazine published a four-page special instructing girls on how to dress for a skiffle show?

  • 28/06/17 - The funeral of Rod Hamer, a Dixieland trumpet player born in Bury in 1940, will take place at Hamden Chapel, Chilterns Crematorium, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP7 0ND, on Monday the 10th of July at 11am.

  • 27/06/17 - The Southport Jazz Club gig list has been updated

  • 27/06/17 - I've updated the Buxton Page and there's a lot of things happening there especially with the Buxton Fringe festival.

  • 27/06/17 - My sister, Doreen Rawstron, emailed me to say, "I went into Padiham on Saturday to the town's festival. The Pendle Jazzmen were playing but had competition. An exotic French dancer (the trumpeter had a job to concentrate). She sent me this photograph, and I see what she means! Click on it for larger version. See also http://tinyurl.com/y8jyffen

  • 27/06/17 - You recently reported the death of Rod Hamer. I never met Rod, but I'm sure he was a regular contributor to Alice Garnett's "Jazz Times" which I used to read with great interest 20-odd years ago. - Sam Wood

  • 27/06/17 - I see that the temperance Seven are now set to come to three venues in the North West in October - 20th, Thornton Little Theatre, Thornton, Fylde, FY5 3SZ. and 29th - Platform, Morecambe, LA4 4DB, then on November 18th - Victoria Hall, Settle, BD24 9DZ

  • 26/06/17 - Regarding your mention of The Back o' Town Syncopaters (19/06/17), there is not a lot I can tell you. The band originally came from Glasgow. The only original member left was Ian McNichol the banjo player although when they came to London they had two banjo players ! They had just recorded the theme from " Steptoe and Son " which had a few plays but never got anywhere. The rest of the band were myself. Johnny and Joe and Mike Kingston on tuba a large gentleman who played four to the bar no mean feat with leader Andy Holdorf on trombone who sadly died a couple of years ago. Apart from some work on the continent we never did all that well even though we were managed by Harold Davidson who looked after Kenny Ball and Mr.Bilk In the end I decided I could make better money in the Nightclubs without any travelling and made my excuses and left. I'm afraid that's all I can tell you. The knowledge of the late Joe Silmon is sadly missed. -  Moe Green

  • 26/06/17 - The Savoy Jazzmen are leading the evening worship at All Saints' Parish Church Childwall this Sunday 2nd July at 6.30 p.m. The church is on the corner of Childwall Abbey Road, Score Lane & Childwall Lane. Post code L16 0JW. The service starts with a Mardi Gras parade from the vicarage garden at 6.20 p.m. The service is suitable for all ages. Admission is free and there are light refreshments at the end of the service.
     

  • 26/06/17 - The responses to Doom & Gloom version 8 below, have been added to the web page, plus a response from Trevor Stent with a link to a Sweet Peppers video which is well worth a watch.

  • 26/06/17 - The Blackpool Jazz & Blues Festival returns for its third year staged at the iconic Winter Gardens. This years festival will host an outdoor event in St John’s Square (weather permitting) on Saturday 1st July 2017.   Promoting creative and improvised live music, it's a Free Entry Event.  Donations proceeds supporting Trinity Hospice.  View the event programme here: http://tinyurl.com/yavfeu2p. Keiith Wadeson tells me that the Wyre levee Stompers are playing on Saturday at 12-30pm (see programme).

  • 26/06/17 - Many Happy Returns to Pete Fielding on Tuesday, and to Tony Smith and Grant Hogan Taylor on Friday

  • 26/06/17 - Did you know you can download a copy of What's On for the next month to save and view off line?  Simply go to What's On and look for "Click here for this month's list in PDF form".  It's updated weekly so don't forget to come back and download the latest copy. Don't forget to let me know if you spot any errors.

  • 25/06/17 - I was pleased to find some encouragement in John Muskett's letter. Maybe if more of the older generation of musicians could go out of their way a bit, to give help to the younger upcoming musicians, then the 'Keep Supporting the Youngsters' slogan would really mean something !  On the 25 May 2017 you printed my request to help find a band which could play the right music, with some swing, for the group of young Balboa dancers I know. I didn't get any offers ! I found only one on my own when I looked well South. John Beckingham, he of JB's Jazz and Blues band, has been providing music for the Balboa Bunch (dance club) in his area. Unfortunately his lead reeds player, being poorly, was not in a position to travel, otherwise it would have been 'bingo'.  Tenacity has however won the day, as a local big band lead sax player has formed a sextet, and ,complete with metronome, will do the job to the correct tempos, from a library of over 300 arrangements. The social Balboa dance evening is set to go July 8th. in Lancaster - report to follow. Good to read Jon Critchley positive report of last Wednesday's 'The Original Panama Jazz Band's' gig, with the Lindy Dancers. - Norman Gibson

  • 25/06/17 - Had a super night on the 21st, with members of the Cheshire Swing Cats Club who turned up in force to stun us all with their exciting dancing. A great time had by all, hopefully to be repeated! -  Jon Critchley
     

  • 25/06/17 - Hi Fred With reference to the Wool City Jazzmen, the band played at the Market tavern in Bradford as well as other places in the area Benny Netherwood was the leader and all round good egg. I have pictures if interested . Regards Colin Priestley

  • 22/06/17 - Unfortunately there won't be any further updates until Sunday or Monday

  • 22/06/17 - Dear Fred,  I read on Bob Hunt’s Facebook page that trombone player John Bennett (of Kenny Ball’s Jazzmen) died on June 10.  - Gerard Bielderman

  • 22/06/17 - John Muskett adds his own thoughts on the young bands coming through the jazz scene in Doom & Gloom 8

  • 20/06/17 - Looking forward to The Original Panama Jazz Band’s Wednesday night at The Irby Club this week: Managed to contact some local Jive Lindy Hoppers who will visit the Club and do their stuff: Should be great fun! - Jon Critchley

  • 19/06/17 - I've just been listening to "British Traditional Jazz - "At a Tangent Vol 4",  (available from Lake Records) and got to a track by the Back O'Town Syncopators, and the name rang a bell. Searching my site I found three NW jazz musicians who had played with the band - Moe Green, Johnny Tucker, Joe Silmon.  Maybe Moe can tell me more about the band. In an article in Just Jazz, Moe said, "I eventually joined the Back 'o' Town Syncopators, with Johnny Tucker (trumpet), who now plays for The Temperance Seven. We went down very well in Switzerland thanks to the tuba played by Mike Kingston. He went on to record Winchester Cathedral, which became a hit in the charts with the New Vaudeville Band".

  • 19/06/17 - Dear Mr Burnett, I have some sad news that may be of interest to you and your readers. My father, Rod Hamer, a Dixieland trumpet player born in Bury in 1940 passed away peacefully on Saturday night.  He played on the Manchester scene before re-locating to the south of England where he continued to play on the London scene until his health stopped him in about 2007.  If you think this would be of interest to any of your readers, or any players that may have know him I’d be grateful if you might consider mentioning it.
     

  • 19/06/17 - I've just added some more links to the UK jazz bands section

  • 19/06/17 - I see in  Jazz Guide that there's a "Raise The Roof Celebration Jazz & Beer Festival"  coming up in Tyldsley between October 6th and 8th with a great Northern line-up.  If that wasn't enough to get you out of the chair, that young saxophonist Alex Clarke will be guesting with several of the bands. Full details have been added to the Jazz Festivals Page

  • 18/06/17 - Did you get your copy of the George Lewis DVD recorded in Japan? There's only 6 left at the last count, and  if you don't know what I'm talking about, you need to look at this week's Page of the Week

  • 18/06/17 - There are no midweek daytime gigs in the Northwest this coming week, unless you know different,

  • 18/06/17 - Many Happy Returns on Tuesday to Tom Kincaid, and a special birthday greeting on Wednesday to Wally Fawkes, born 21 June 1924. On Thursday Barrie Marshall will be celebrating his 77th birthday.

  • 16/06/17 - I’m currently looking for an adult big band to play with. I’m currently a student at Leeds college of Music and are soon to be graduated in July. I studied Jazz and Classical alto saxophone. I have previous experience in a variety of different set ups including; wind orchestras, big bands and smaller chamber ensembles. I am moving back to Warrington in July and also have my own transport. I will also be starting my PGCE in Secondary Music with specialist instrumental teaching at Manchester Metropolitan and the RNCM in September. - Sophie McCaffery

  • 12/06/17 - Hi Fred, Regarding your reference to Marching Bands, I remember playing “South Rampart St Parade” with the Band of the South Australian Police during our trip to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2000, we were marching around the streets on the outside of the castle and I had to play a Jazz Solo as we marched up a very steep hill on the cobble stones leading up to the rear of the Castle , I must have been fit because I couldn’t do it now, great band great memories. - Cheers Derek Dalton

  • 12/06/17 - On Sunday afternoon, just passed, I met up with fellow jazz promoters Bernard, from Bollington, and Dove Holes' Roger at Turners' Pub in Bollington. We were very kindly invited to attend the 90th. Birthday Celebrations of our very good friend, and long-time passionate jazz stalwart Tony O'Neill. Asked about his youthful good looks, Tony firmly put it down to Beer, Botox and " still got ambition". Re: the latter, if all our jazz clubs could get a regular turnout, as Tony got, there would no longer be any talk of ' Doom & Gloom '. Photograph attached shows us with Tony, (click to enlarge) and one of the musicians who provided the entertainment.  Photo courtesy Tony's son Martin. - Norman Gibson ' Good Music makes Good Friends '

  • 11/06/17 - I've just added Swanage Jazz Festival (which takes place Friday 14th to Sunday 16th July 2017),  to the Links Page, although disappointed to read -  "We are delighted (but also sad) to present our twenty-eighth and final programme. The Festival Board took the decision to end the Festival reluctantly, recognising that age and illness has caught up with us".

  • 11/06/17 - Page of the week about Jim Wilkes brought back some great memories from some fifteen or twenty years ago when, as a former brass band cornet player I was trying to master the mysteries of jazz. I met him just a few times, the first of which was at Eagley jazz club and he was so enthusiastic about helping me. He sent me some information on chords and invited me to his house for a lesson on how to find my way around them. The back room of his house was filled with a baby grand piano and the walls covered in pictures of him performing on an array of different instruments. With great patience he explained how things worked and played along with my stumbling trumpet solos, then as I started to catch on, he played with increasing enjoyment and kept encouraging me to "go for it". It is a session I will never forget - even though I was a rank beginner he took great delight in the music and I can clearly picture his smile of quiet satisfaction when his wife called through that it was fish and chips for tea.  Some time after that Jim became the first jazzer to invite me to sit in with his band - I felt hugely honoured and he treated me like a musical equal when, quite obviously I wasn't. Never the less he assured me I was on the right track and his encouragement helped me to finally get the hang of it.  Later, as leader of a band and with his blessing, I often sang his song "Life is Brief", the lyrics of which reflect his positive outlook on life. I still sing it now, and when fronting a band and communicating with an audience, am greatly influenced by Jim. He was a great entertainer but more than that he was a lovely chap with a big heart: one of the great characters that make the jazz scene so rewarding and enjoyable. - John Percival
     

  • 11/06/17 - Midweek daytime jazz includes Annie's Saints And Sinners at The Dog & Partridge, Bollington (check first on 01625 610059), on Mon, 12 June, 14:00 - 16:00 and The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Railway Station on Fri, 16 June, 12:30 - 14:30 Tea Rooms. Good food available. Collection taken

  • 11/06/17 - There's no doubting that one musician who left his mark on audiences and was without doubt a showman, was the late Jim Wilkes who died in July 2006. In this week's Page of the week it's perhaps worth remembering what a great entertainer he was.

  • 11/06/17 - Many Happy Returns to drummer Des Hopkins today. Also Happy Birthday on Tuesday to trombonist Keith Hockin. On Wednesday it's the turn of another trombone player, Richard Leach and Thursday, clarinet player Phil Yates.

  • 10/06/17 - Potholes, loose tarmac, speed bumps, etc. For over 40 years I have taken part in those Whit Friday brass band competitions, until 2 years ago I was felled by an errant traffic cone and ended up with a titanium bracket in my wrist. On the same night one of our brass bass players was felled by a pothole, instrument wrecked and arm and shoulder badly bruised. There's a double risk if you are playing from the dots as well as marching, it's really very hazardous. Last Friday my band, (Eccleston) came first in two of the villages, without my presence, (does that tell you something!) They are a lovely band, and believe it or not, they march perfectly in step!! -- Richard Knock

  • 10/06/17 - Re: The great photos from Alwyn Smith (06.06.17) I plead guilty to playing in my favourite 'Spanish Hat' (Jelly Roll Morton would have approved the 'Spanish Tinge') on that particular parade with Terry Eastwood's handpicked (cheapest available) aggregation. You will note that the whole band negotiates the cobbles/potholes/loose tarmac/discarded chip cartons with consummate skill. Despite the varying length of stride within the ranks of the strolling players, footfall on the left hoofer is precise and clearly visible in the photo. Many of us within that magnificent mob were tutored in the art of New Orleans terpsichore by Dave Donohoe of 'Hi-Life' fame. My missus, well-versed in the tradition of the 'Quick Marches' of the Whit Friday brass band competitions in the Lancashire villages of Delph, Uppermill and Greenfield was astonished that our tribute to the New Orleans Mardi Gras should be dignified by the term 'Marching Band'. I explained that something may be lost in the translation. - Ian Royle

  • 09/06/17 - The Wool City Jazzmen were a Bradford based band for many years playing Monday Nights at the Market Tavern. Ben Netherwood was the leader and subsequently changed from Trombone to Trumpet. Many Musicians played with the band over many years ( I played quite a few gigs on Banjo with them In the 60s) The band was well known locally and played lots of gigs. The only one from the musicians on the recording that I knew was Brian Goldsboro who lived in Leeds and later Wakefield. He also played and recorded with the Yorkshire Jazz Band lead By bob Barclay the Tuba player. Hope this helps. - John Pashley.

  • 08/06/17 - Re Simon Cross question 05/06/17 - Wool City musician was Benny Netherwood (not Nettlewood). Used to listen to them in a pub near the market in Bradford 1960ish but only vague recollection now. Some info on this page:- http://tinyurl.com/y9446mzw - JohnKemp

  • 06/06/17 - Ann Lord writes, "I'm currently researching my family tree and trying to find more information about my maternal grandfather, Frank Blackledge. He was a jazz trumpeter in a trad jazz band called th Aeolians, who were based in the Farnworth/Bolton area.  I have photos of the band taken in 1929 when he would have been around 40.  There were 6 members of the band.  I'd love to find more information about them if anybody can help?".

  • 06/06/17 - "Forget the election on Thursday and come to hear the Temperance Seven at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall [ but only after you have voted!!] " say Derek & Trish Galloway. "Performance starts at 8 o’clock and the new CD is now available. Hope to see you there. We enjoyed the Zulu’s on Sunday night".

  • 06/06/17 - Hi Fred,  Two pictures from Milnrow Carnival 2006. Might bring back memories for somebody.  The late Terry Eastwood leading the band. The sousaphone completely hid the trumpeter with the absolutely superb hat! - Alwyn Smith. Can only be Ian Royle straight back from his Spanish holiday - click on the pictures for larger versions. - Fred
      

  • 06/06/17 - "I have just received the sad news that Tony Martin, drummer with our Downshire jazz Band died on Saturday morning", writes George Smyth from East Belfast Jazz Club. "Our thoughts go out to his family".

  • 06/06/17 - Another super show from the Tame Valley Stompers playing to an audience of over 100 last Sunday afternoon at Buxton's Pavilion Arts Centre. This must be the most popular band at this monthly session, and they always give us a lot more than the allotted hour. - Sam Wood
     

  • 05/06/17 - Simon Cross asks - "I am wondering if you can shed some light on a vinyl record I have just purchased within a box at auction?  It is a private press of The Wool City Jazz Band (or Jazz Men), recorded approximately 1954/5 at a concert in Skipton, featuring Benny Nettlewood tbn., Fred Bagnall tpt., Brian Goldsboro bjo., Roy “happy” Harker clt., Pete Yewdall pno., and Geoff Woodcock tu.  I am interested to learn more about these folks".   A quick search on the names reveals that Brian Goldsboro played banjo with the White Eagles from Leeds - Fred
     

  • 05/06/17 - As announced on 11/05/17 - Orange and Freeserve email address accounts were disappearing, and I notified those affected who were on my mailing list. Despite that, some remained and as a result the latest news emails for them bounced. Those affected were John Grantham, Norman Cookson, Beryl Sperry, Kenneth Parr and Elizabeth Leslie. If you know any of these people, or indeed if they read this item, can you let them know they need to let me know their new addresses if they wish to keep receiving the news.

  • 04/06/17 - Back in 2010, John Muskett asked for some help with an unusual arrangement by John Cage. Fair enough you may think, unless you know John Cage's work or until you start to look at the replies and you begin to wonder what is fact and what is fiction. It's this week's Page of The Week.

  • 04/06/16 - The SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 6 June, 14:00 – 16:00. That's the only mid week daytime gig I know about apart from Kirkcudbright jazz festival. . Tickets cost £5.00 which includes refreshments. Tickets can be reserved by  ringing 0151 726 9304 or alternatively you can pay at the door. Further information can be obtained from Peter Swensson 0151 722 1478.

  • 04/06/17 - Many Happy Returns today to trombone musician - Jeff Milner

  • 04/06/17 - Walter Love's Radio Ulster Jazz Club of last Sunday 28th May featured the re-release of Jazz Crusade recordings including Tommy Dorsey & Mugsy Spanier among others. Recent programmes have also remembered The Crane River Jazz Band founded in 1949 and 'Alex Welsh Remembered'. Well worth a listen on BBC IPlayer Radio. - David Evans


May 2017


  • 30/05/17 -
    Hi Fred, just to let you know, there's an article about Peter Frank's funeral on the Bradford telegraph and Argus website. A few pictures of the band at http://tinyurl.com/y9l32epl  - Andy Henderson

  • 30/05/17 Peter Brown is the latest musician to join the deps list. Peter is a full-time wedding and party pianist and traditional jazz is just one of the styles he plays. He says, "I live and work in the Lake District and for the past three decades have been the resident pianist at the four star Lakeside Hotel, on Windermere". Listening to him play on  www.lakesweddingmusic.com  I can see we will have to pop in to The Lakeside sometime soon.
     

  • 30/05/17 - Just a reminder that this may be your last chance to see the New Orleans Z'hulus. They will be at Macclesfireld this Sunday, 4th June from 7:30pm – 10:30pm, at The Tytherington Club, 90 Dorchester Way, Macclesfield SK10 2JP.  . Advance reservations only, see poster for details
     

  • 28/05/17 - On theartsdesk.com web site there's a book review - "Billy Bragg: Roots, Radicals and Rockers, a brief history of revolt in music- riffing on skiffle, and more besides From the Mississippi to the Mersey, a brief history of revolt in music".  Take a look at http://tinyurl.com/y9jysal7

  • 28/05/17 - Last week's page of the week, written in 2004, featured the John O'Gaunt in Lancaster and told how Steve Thorn had built it up into a thriving jazz and music pub, and the start of an era. This week's feature was written in the same year and tells of Steve's last day at the pub, and the end of an era!

  • 28/05/17 - Birthdays coming up this week include jazz promoter at Wilmslow, Graham Brook on Thursday, and pianist Brenda Canty-Forrest on Friday. Many Happy Returns.

  • 28/05/17 - Daytime jazz events coming upp mid week are - Mon 29 May 10:30am onwards, The Red Rose Band at Garstang Children's Festival. Wed 31 May 12:00pm – 2:30pm, Mike Lovell 6 in a bar at The North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood - North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood, and Fri 2 Jun 1:00pm – 4:00pm River City Jazz Band at Ruthin Carnival - Ruthin LL15.

  • 27/05/17 - Trevor Stent has sent some superb examples to confirm that all is not doom on the traditional jazz front. Take a look at his contribution to the doom and gloom debate here

  • 26/05/17 - Trad Jazz is back on this week at the Cross Keys, Tadcaster Road, York, YO24 1LQ.  Not in the North West, but if you fancy a trip to York, this could make it even better.  Ron Burnett (no relation) and his Mardi Gras Jazz band will be playing at the Cross Keys on 8 and 15 June. On the 29 July the Yorkshire Stompers return for another session and on 13 July Bob Smeaton’s ‘One Foot in the Groove’ will be performing with vocalist Marlena Kelli.
     

  • 26/05/17 - The June edition of just Jazz magazine is now available and the front page listing contents, can be seen here

  • 26/05/17 - Next week sees visiting band Emily Bacon's Good Time Gang with special guest Sammy Rimmington as part of the Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival Fringe, at the Crichton Golf Club Dumfries on Sunday 28 May and then at Carlisle Jazz Club on Thursday June 1st. More details in What's On.

  • 25/05/17 - "Last Thursday 18th May John Higham and I had to abandon our busking in Chester due to rain, but not before being recorded and broadcast by Radio 4's World at One programme interviewing people in Chester about the election: ", writes Malcolm Hogarth.   "Roger Marshall (Dove Holes) and my son (in Pembrokeshire) reported hearing us playing Dream a Little Dream of Me from about 23 mins into the broadcast, which you can hear on BBC4 Listen Again. I noticed a chap surreptitiously pointing a microphone at us as we played, but I don't think he tipped us!  And while we're about it, Isabel found a picture of The Cross in Cheshire Life, with John and I busking at it's base. We didn't get a mention!   Fame is achieved in small steps".
     

  • 25/05/17 - Hello Fred,  What a wonderful thing for Malcolm Hogarth and John Higham to rise the funds in Keswick.  Truly wonderful. - Dee.

  • 25/05/17 - "No I'm not starting up again", writes Norman Gibson in an email with the subject line "Need a Band".  He continued, "but I still have an interest in helping others where I can. I am in discussion with some young people who wish to 'dip their feet in the water', and promote an event aimed at getting them and their friends dancing. Can someone put me onto a very swingy big band band sounding group of the Goodman/Artie Shaw ilk, who could keep the 'kids' dancing to the Balboa. This would be a tester, hoping to move to more regular sessions, hence a very economic fee is being looked for in the first instance. ( that reminds me of when David and I started ! ) July is the projected date in mind". Email jazz2swing2@gmail.com 
     

  • 25/05/17 - The funeral of musician Peter Frank will take place at Nab Wood Crematorium, Bingley Road, Shipley, BD18 4BG, on Tuesday 30th May at 1.20pm.

  • 24/05/17 - Sue Parish makes an interesting point in her contribution to the "yet more doom and gloom" debate.  I for one thoroughly enjoyed watching her recommended YouTube video.

  • 24/05/17 - Following the death of Ken Sims, and at my request, Jon Critchley kindly scanned Ken's series of articles that had appeared in Just Jazz magazine and sent them to me.  I had intended putting them all on my site, but I've been waiting for permission from Ken's family. Whilst converting the images into text and photographs, I notified Peter Butler of www.jazzandjazz.com about them, knowing Peter was a personal friend of Ken's. Peter has now put together some condensed extracts which can be seen on his site by clicking here.

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    23/05-17 -
    Jon Critchley writes, "I was playing in Mossley Hill, Liverpool last Thursday and Alan Miller was there in the audience: He was the former trombonist with The Blue Magnolia Jass Orchestra, which I also was a member of in the late 60s early 70s. Haven’t seen Alan for many years and would like to get in touch again. I know he lives in Wirral apparently, but I do not have a number for him. Anyone?"


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  • 22/05-17 - There is now a tribute page set up for Peter Frank. If you have any memories to share, please send them to me.

  • 22/05/17 - Had a phone call from Gerry Owen yesterday, it seemed he could access any web site with his iPad except mine, and could I help?  Well nobody else reported having this problem, and I was able to access it OK, but having had someone with this problem before, I suggested he initially try switching his router off and then back on, and sure enough that cleared it. I could explain the technical reasoning behind it if anybody is interested, but it's just worth knowing that if you continually cannot access a particular web site, it may just be your router.

  • 21/05/17 - Re: Doom & Gloom item, 20/05, A guaranteed response, yes. But any from young people?! Alas..... - Jon Critchley.   Well I can always rely on young John Muskett Jon, he's the latest to add a little twist to the discussion - Fred.
     

  • 21/05/17 - There are no mid-week daytime jazz events to report this coming week.

  • 21/05/17 - Many Happy Returns this week to pianist Malcolm Hogarth on Friday, and to reed players Bruce Carnaffin and Dave Dixson on Saturday.

  • 20/05/17 - I was quite concerned to read on Facebook that jazz vocalist Sue Reid-Povall had been caught out by cyber crime, and I mention it in the hope it may help other people avoid the same fate. Sue was looking to change her antivirus software and searched for a respected well known commercial provider of security software. Unfortunately she landed on a fake page that had been fraudulently set up and the software she downloaded didn't work. After ringing to complain she was told it was incompatible with Windows 10 and was offered a refund to her debit card. The bank sent a text to ask her to confirm the transaction, which with hindsight Sue realised was the alarm bell she missed. Banks would not normally ask you to authorise a credit, so as you may now have worked out, the fraudsters carried out a debit and cleaned her current account out!  Unfortunately there is likely to be no help from the bank as Sue authorised the transaction.  So let's be careful out there.

  • 19/05/17 - Musician Bernie Flynn passed away on Tuesday 9th May unexpectedly. He died of of pneumonia. Roy Gregory sent me the news and told me, "We worked together a lot prior to his retiring from playing due to ill health. He had quite a modern piano style and was at home in big bands as well as Trad/mainstream combos. The last time I saw and spoke to him was at Billy Edwards funeral. The three of us played in the Parade Jazzband which I now run. At that time it was a 7 piece band. His funeral is on 2.30 pm Thursday 1st June at Landican cemetery. We played together in the Parade band at the Boathouse Parkgate for many years. He eventually had to give up due to ill health (it's not easy carrying an electric piano and amplifier up a flight of stairs when you're getting on in years). I miss his straight Northern talking and dry wit". - Roy Gregory

  • 19/05/17 - Hi Fred,  As you know I played for Peter Frank for fourteen years and was more than saddened by his untimely death. Peter, in addition to being THE most sympathetic bass player I ever worked with in the UK, had a great sense of fun. He was also a very fine artist, specialising in watercolours. If there really is a heaven I can now envisage Peter looking down, bass in hand, chucking my chord sheets all over the stage floor and intoning (as a true Yorkshireman would) "Well, that's tripled the selling price of my paintings overnight". RIP Peter. One of the best guys I ever knew. - Ian  Royle

  • 19/05/17 - Dear Fred, It was the efforts of several musicians who raised £600 for The Keswick Mountain Rescue last week,  John Higham and I were only two who played. . For the record the other musicians were Dave Dixson (reeds), Isabel Toner (str bass), Nicky Myers (drums), Ed Lee (vocals and keyboard), and Alex Clark (an up and coming young reeds player, who's been mentioned previously in your pages).  However, John and I are pleased to mention that we've just sent a third £500 donation to the Alzheimer's Society from the sale of our Milk of Amnesia CD. We're scheduled to start a second CD next week. - Malcolm Hogarth

  • 18/05/17 - One subject that's guaranteed to get people writing in is "young people and jazz". Jeff Matthews starts the latest round off with his comments posted on 15/05/17. Pete Lay & Malcolm Bridge have responded to it. My thoughts, for what they are worth is that I can't see young people wanting to come to the places I've been to early evening, no more than I would go to their places at 2am in the morning. Let them find it for themselves like I did, and get on and swing to it, as I know they already are in places, but I'll probably be in bed!  In the meantime read the comments here

  • 18/05/17 - Thanks to Peter Bledge for realising i got the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival dates wrong. It is of course in July, and the New Orleans Swamp Donkey's Traditional Jass Band are playing between the 14th & 18th . More Details at http://tinyurl.com/kvblhz9.

  • 18/05/17 - After a gap of 20 years Sammy Rimington is to visit me in Dumfries again and play with Emily Bacon's Good Time Gang as part of the Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival Fringe. The gig is at the Crichton Golf Club Dumfries on Sunday 28 May 8.0pm and tickets price £12 are available telephone 07471942159.  I first brought Sammy to Dumfries back in 1982 and his groups made regular appearances twice a year up until 1997 when sadly it became more difficult to maintain decent audience numbers. However now in 2017 through the auspices of Paul and Liz Bacon we have an opportunity once more to see and hear a very special jazzman and a rare treat awaits all lovers of pure New Orleans Jazz in SW Scotland.  Love your updates Fred. Think your dates for the Swamp Donkeys are maybe 2 months early though. As it happens I was down in Morecambe visiting Norman Gibson for his surprise birthday party but didn't realise you were also there or we could have had a good blether. Keep up your good work and many thanks. - Peter Bledge.   I have it on good authority that the excellent young pianist Ian Wynne will be in the line-up - Fred

  • 18/05/17 - Trumpeter John Higham and pianist Malcolm Hogarth busked in Keswick during the festival last week-end and raised £600 for the local mountain rescue team. It makes me wish I could still climb mountains to be rescued. - Steve Voce.
     

  • 16/05/17 - The Merseysippi Jazz Band have moved from the Victoria in Aigburth, South Liverpool to THE COFFEE HOUSE, 14 Church Road North, Wavertree, L15 9EF.  The start date is MONDAY, 29th MAY (the builders are in on the 22nd), with a slightly earlier start time of 8.00 p.m. until 10.30 p.m. Free admission, cash collection. All welcome.

  • 15/05/17 - Just heard the awful news about Peter Frank, can't believe it. I spoke to him by phone just after his bands show at Leeds Jazz Club the previous night to say how much I had enjoyed his bass playing. I first met Peter in 1953 on the train bound for Bedford and our first day at RAF Cardington as raw recruits. Later we spent two months square bashing at RAF Padgate and then went our separate ways to do our National Service. I re-met Peter years later at Gildersome Lodge and booked his All Stars many times at Leeds Jazz Club. So glad I knew you Peter. RIP - John Wall.

  • 15/05/17 - Howard Murray forwarded me an interesting item about the Nazis and jazz, on a web site. "They expressed their disapproval in a very oddly specific way, at least in the recollection of Czech writer and dissident Josef Skvorecky. he recounted from memory a set of ten bizarre regulations issued by a Gauleiter, a regional Nazi official, that bound local dance orchestras during the Czech occupation". Read it at http://tinyurl.com/bu8tfce . Howard sent it to Roy Gregory and the conversation went like this - Roy: - "Well It didn't do him any good, did it?", Howard:- ""Why ?", Roy:- "Because he still got a flattened 3rd Reich!"

  • 15/05/17 - I recently went to a stage show starring the chef Gino Di Campo. It was a birthday gift. I looked around the theatre audience and the vast majority were certainly older people with very few under the age of 50. Most were quite a bit older. Me included. I also attended at the beginning of this year a regular jazz concert in a large town close to me. Free entrance and very high quality jazz. Eighty people in the audience, but I can't remember seeing someone under the age of 50. It's not just old jazz that is suffering.  We should congratulate older audience members for getting up and out of the door to support live music. They keep it going. When people say 'we should encourage younger people' to come to our jazz sessions, what age does 'younger' mean. 15? 20? In my mind audiences today who might be interested in older jazz are likely to be in the 40's+ age group. The Kids don't need a baby sitter as they will be at least teenagers. Mum and dad can get out of the house for a night out together. There are very few people in their 20's interested in jazz of any sort, let alone New Orleans, however good it is. Perhaps once we really understand who our audience is in today's world, we can more effectively market to them. - Jeff Matthews, The Chicago Swing Katz

  • 14/05/17 - This may be the last time you'll get to see the New Orleans's Z'hulus in the North West, as Fraser McCombe told me a few weeks back that it's becoming very difficult to continue his Jazz Specials at The Tytherington Club, in Macclesfield. He has promoted the Z'hulus in Macclesfield since 2012, after a successful annual series of gigs featuring Barry Martyn and the Young Bloods. The Z'hulus are appearing there on Sunday 4th June and it's to help raise funds for  East Cheshire hospice. You can find out more by checking out this poster.

  • 14/05/17 - Just had a phone call from Chris Howes to tell me he had a call from Chris Frank to ask him to inform everyone on the jazz scene that his father, bass player Peter Frank (Peter Franks Allstars) , died suddenly last night of a suspected heart attack. Chris told me his last gig was at Bingley with the Aire Valley Jazzmen on Thursday 11th May and the band played well.

  • 14/05/17 - Hi Fred. My name is Ian Kirkby and I live in Ucluelet British Columbia Canada. My aunt Ester Nickson (nee Laria) sang with the Bill Edge Band in the '50s at the Levenshulme Palais. She just died recently and i was wondering if there were any photos and info of her and the band. I was born in Altrincham and moved to Canada as a child in the '60s. Any info you have would be greatly appreciated. Cheers. Ian. You can contact Ian at ianandmargie@gmail.com. I'd like to know if you were able to help.

  • 14/05/17 - If you are anywhere near Edinburgh this week, it's the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival. My eye caught the fact that the New Orleans Swamp Donkey's Traditional Jass Band are playing today, Monday & Tuesday. More Details at http://tinyurl.com/kvblhz9 See 18/05/17 - Correction for dates

  • 14/05/17 - Deco Delight are doing their bit for charity next Saturday 20th May at 7-30pm, when they will be helping to raise funds for St Paul's Lancaster Roof Appeal. It takes place at the Parish Hall of St. Paul's,  24 Scotforth Rd, Lancaster LA1 4ST  Entitled "RAISE THE ROOF' it's live music from the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Tickets, which  include refreshments, are £8 in advance. £10 on the door, and are available from St. Paul's Church or the Parish Office. Tel:- 01524 843135.

  • 14/05/17 - The question of dwindling audiences is something that regularly crops up on the site and many people feel the answer is to try and encourage young people to come along too. I've always felt that young and old rarely mix in a club environment especially when the young want to talk and have fun and the older generation want to sit quietly telling them to shhhh!.  So the next best thing may be to try to hang on to the audience we have.  Many people of my generation feel less inclined to go out at night and that's why I've always tried to encourage mid-week daytime events. I was therefore quite pleased to get a couple of photographs and a report this week from Peter Swensson to say "These two photos were taken last Tuesday at the Palm House. Terry Birkinhead can be seen leading the parade (Click on picture to see both). Super afternoon, 105 people attended".   That's some going for a monthly residency. Daytime events this week sees The Savoy Jazzmen playing again at Dobbies Garden Centre, Speke, Liverpool L24 1UX, on Thursday 18 May, between 13:30 and 15:30, and on Friday The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Railway Station between 12:30 and 14:30.

  • 14/05/17 - Now here's something to try at home on a wet day. Back in 2010, Mart Rodger sent me a set of instructions on "How To Dance The Jitterbug". It's this week's Page of The Week

  • 14/0517 - Many Happy Returns today to Paul Medina, and a special birthday greeting for tomorrow to John Barnes who reaches the grand age of 90.  Other birthdays coming up this week are Phil Lucas on Tuesday, and Merseysippi Jazz Band musicians John Higham on Thursday, and Peter Fryer on Saturday.

  • 13/05/17 - Thank you for your reporting of my surprise on my birthday. It was particularly pleasing to see you and Barbara there, joining the faithful jazzers who have supported my efforts for most of the years. My wife Meryl, son Michael and son in law Mark, I have to say, did an amazing job getting the band and everyone organised without me getting an inkling. Cunning lot my family - I'll have to be more observant in future ! As you may be aware, in the photo', the attractive young lady sitting with me is my son's wife Rachel. - Norman Gibson

  • 11/05/17 - Surprise! Surprise! Not often Norman Gibson is lost for words but he came close to it last night when he walked in to the Bare Institute in Morecambe for a swift drink before going out for a meal on his birthday (or so he thought). His son Michael had organised a surprise birthday/retirement party for him, and Barbara & I were privileged to have been invited. Retirement from what you may ask, this being Norman's 82nd birthday?  As Michael put it, "After organising over 100 jazz gigs by bands from all over the UK and overseas my Dad is finally retiring. The last gig had supposedly happened but we’re organising a surprise gig for his birthday the 10th of May". It was Cafe Society, Norman's favourite band, that kept everyone in joyful mood and entertained for the evening. As Norman addressed the assembled audience he looked at me and said "Fred doesn't know I've retired", well he got that bit wrong, but I did need to hear it from the horse's mouth. Well done Norman for 12 years of promoting our kind of music. I wonder if one day he'll  say, "Surprise Surprise, I'm doing just one more!".

  • 11/05/17 - Many Happy Returns today to NW trumpeter Darren Lloyd.

  • 11/05/17 - Some technical information that will affect many of you because there are several on my mailing list. Are you aware that if you have an email address ending in "Orange.net", "Orangehome.co.uk", "Wanadoo.co.uk", "Freeserve.co.uk", "Fsbusiness.co.uk", "Fslife.co.uk", "Fsmail.net",  "Fsworld.co.uk" or "Fsnet.co.uk" that your email addresses are about to disappear on 31st May 2017. After this you will not be able to access your account, send or receive any emails from your Orange Email address, or access contacts and emails in any way. See http://tinyurl.com/hkbku6f. If this doesn't affect you personally, it might be worth checking your address book to see if you have any friends who fall into this category. There are a few alternatives you could use, like Yahoo, Microsoft Live, Gmail etc. (click the names for more information).  Personally I find Gmail very good and I use the calendar for What's On, and to send me email reminders for birthdays etc. You should also set up an automatic reply on your old email account to tell people your new email address, but it will stop at the end of the month of course. Finally don't forget to let me know your new address if you think I should have it.

  • 10/05/17 - I wonder if you and/or others could assist me in a project I am doing in cooperation with the National Jazz Archive. This is compiling a Working Jazz Bibliography of all aspects off Jazz in Britain since 1940. I enclose a copy in its state thus far which is essentially just the books. The web sites and all the other things are jobs to do! I am moving on to mags and similar things at present. Please have a look at it, please share it with any others who might be interested, and if you have any comments I would be very glad to hear from anyone. - Richard Baker (richbake@btinternet.com)

  • 09/05/17 - Hello Fred, your readers may be interested to learn that my forthcoming 4 day Festival of Hot Jazz, Big Band Swing, Cabaret & Dance at Warner’s Thoresby Hall has sold out – with around 400 in attendance.  Consequently, we have been asked back next May. We have other great events lined up which can be found here: http://www.tonyjacobs.net/festivals/ - Tony Jacobs.
     

  • 08/05/17 - The Savoy Jazzmen will be playing in Dobbies Speke Garden Centre, 1a Speke Hall Avenue. Liverpool. L24 1UX, on Thursday 18th May 1.30pm - 3.30pm. More information here Tickets can be booked by ringing 0151 728 3070.  If this event is a success they are hoping to book the band each month. Fingers crossed.

  • 08/05/17 - Eagley Jazz Club gig list has been updated until the end of the year

  • 08/05/17 - Dear Fred, I have just heard on Jazz Record Requests that Roy Fisher passed away on 21st March.  He was a great friend in the 80s and we created A tribute to Bessie Smith together. Fabulous piano player . My favourite track on the album is 'Wasted Life Blues. 'more should have been written about his musician life.  He played Buxton and Hayfield and was well known in that area as well as in Birmingham.  Joe Silmon found him again for me through his collaboration with you on your Jazz Pages some years ago.  - Sheila Collier

  • 08/05/17 - I see on Jazz Guide news that Hippocampus Jass Band, who appeared at Dove in June last year, have just released a new CD - Rhoh Dis Donc

  • 07/05/15 - Yes, folks a really busy night at the Beaky in Ashton-u-L, celebrating our Norman's Big Birthday. A six-piece band, numerous second half guests including Billy Bedlam on one of his amazing Fartophones. Birthday cake in evidence, as well as pies of the cheese and onion, and meat and potato variety. Jolly John Percival led for part of the second half, and internationally famous drummer, Dave Moore, waved the sticks for a couple of numbers. Another party night coming up on the 17th May, when one of our stalwart supporters, Mark Nolan, is celebrating 20 years "on the wagon". It's all happening! - Noel Broadgate.

  • 07/05/17 - Page of The Week covers some brilliant paintings of NW Jazz Musicians painted by  Dr.W Jenkyn Jones, otherwise known as  'Jenks'. He describes himself as a retired GP in Crewe, trad groupie, & amateur artist.

  • 07/05/17 - If going out at night is not your thing these days, you could try Annie's Saints And Sinners @ The Dog & Partridge, Bollington (check first on 01625 610059) on Mon, 8 May, 14:00 - 16:00, or on Tues, 9th May, 14:00 - 16:00,  the SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in the beautiful setting of the Sefton Park Palm House, Sefton Park, Liverpool. L17 1AP. Tickets cost £6.00 which includes refreshments.

  • 07/05/17 - Many Happy Returns this week to Morecambe Bay's jazz promoter Norman Gibson on Wednesday 10th May, and to Martin Bennett on Friday 12th.

  • 05/05/17 - I see Woody Allen And His New Orleans Jazz Band are to appear at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Sunday, 02 Jul 2017 at 5pm. http://tinyurl.com/kwbwvgh

  • 05/05/17 - A busy weekend for the Pendle Jazzmen: 1) Usual Thursday evening session at The Inn on the Wharf - now into the sixth year of the weekly residency;  2) a session at the prestigious Ribble Valley Jazz Festival, keeping the flag flying for traditional jazz. The programme was mainly directed to honouring the Original Dixieland Jazz Band who played on the very first jazz records exactly 100 years ago this last month. Among numbers included were At the Jazz Band Ball, Jazz Me Blues, Royal Garden Blues, Tiger Rag as well as more popular tunes of the time - Margie (in 3/4 time), and I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles.  3) - 3. a broadcast on the Hospital Radio, net-worked throughout England, Scotland and Wales, as part of a 48-hour transmission ( 6p.m. Saturday until 6p.m. on Sunday) when these early numbers were featured un the Jazzmen's set. The broadcast was hosted by Richard Smith, a regular member of the Hospitals broadcasting group.

  • 04/05/17 - My brother Mike sent me the attached flyer from 32 years ago", writes Paul Medina. "If my maths is correct. I'm sure there are plenty of names that will conjure up memories for your readers". Click on it for a larger version.

  • 04/05/17 - A B&H Imperial BBb 4 Valve, 19 inch Bell Tuba and a BBb Brass Sousaphone with Hard Case and Mouthpiece have just gone on the Sales Page from two different sellers.

  • 04/05/17 - It seems the Sales Page works well for some, Re the clarinet for sale (02/05/17) - Hans Erwig writes,  "Thanks for that. Had already two enquiries. Let you know".

  • 03/05/17 - The latest edition of the Dove Jazz Club Bugle is now available at http://tinyurl.com/m6px2eq

  • 02/05/17 - Many Happy Returns today to Trevor Stent, ex Blue Mags leader and now annual Jazz Festival organiser of A three-day festival on the banks of the Aulne in Châteauneuf-du-Faou in Finistère

  • 02/05/17 - An early 90 's Hammerschmidt "Klingson "B flat redwood (Cocobolo) clarinet, Albert/German system, has just gone on the Sales Page

  • 02/05/17 - It is indeed bad news at the moment - first Bob Hambleton and now Bobby Boyd. He was a great chap and drummer. He played for about a year with the Merseysippi in the early 80s, when Mike McCombe left to up-sticks and live in California. He will be much missed I am sure. Two funerals in two weeks is going a bit. It is making us all feel nervous! - Peter Fryer

  • 02/05/17 - I had an interesting meeting today with Louis Lince, Derek & Trish Galloway, Fraser McCombe and jazz enthusiasts Jenny & Ray Knight who were videoing the occasion as part of their jazz tour of the North West. They will have to do quite a bit of editing and I don't envy them that job, because everyone had something to contribute about the jazz scene in the North West over a 2 hour session. You will be able to see the results of their efforts eventually, but you can see them in action at Didsbury Cricket Club on Thursday with the Tame Valley Stompers, Delph Band Club on Friday with the Spirit of New Orleans, Rochdale Jazz Club with the Harlem Hot Stompers on Sunday, Southport Jazz Club with the Rae Owens trio on Wednesday 10th, and the Ale Emporium, Preston, with the Silver Bell Band on Thursday 11th. Derek & Trish brought an amazing collection of photographs, and Derek told some great stories in his own inimitable style. I asked him to get them written down and scan some photographs and let me put them on the site. Fingers crossed.

  • 01/05/17 - "Hi Fred, I'm out here in Calpe on the Costa Blanca, writes Ian Royle, "And was recently attracted to a site which advertised 'Birds, Lunch and culinary Jazz in Valencia'. Thinking it might have been something like the Hayfield Jazz Festival of my youth with mini-skirted ladies, pie and peas followed by a spot of curry later on with the Red River Jazzmen I delved into the detail. Sadly, the event featured avant-garde jazz music from Norway. The event was, apparently 'original and highly enriching'. I'd love have heard what the late Tommy Burton's comment would have been to that description. Keith Pendlebury would have described it as 'zoo burning'. Bands featured were 'Atomic', 'Elephant9,'Beady Belle', 'Huntsville' and 'Naima' which guaranteed 'a festival of pure musical freedom and experimentation'. I don't blame the musos who are trying to make a crust but it's no wonder many members of the General Public say 'I don't like Jazz'. ".

  • 01/05/17 - The latest tribute to Bob Hambleton has just gone on, this one from Allan Wilcox. I've been searching my photographs but I don't seem to have one of Bob. Can you help?

  • 01/05/17 - The reference to Moondog (29/04/17) in the blogs about the red trombone brought back memories. I worked with him and he was a good drummer, but a bit eccentric. He was also an artist and in his house he painted futuristic murals on the inside walls. He was nicknamed after the briefly famous Moondog. The latter was an eccentric blind American musician, theoretician, poet, inventor of musical instruments and occasional street busker. - Barrie Quilliam
     

  • 01/05/17 - Walter Love's excellent Radio Ulster Jazz Club of Sunday 30.04.17 featured classic jazz tracks including recent releases of performances by Humphrey Lyttelton, Chris Barber and Ben Cohen. Well worth a listen to on BBC IPlayer Radio over the next four weeks. - David Evans

  • 01/05/17 - Jenny & Ray Knight run a web site www.harveydoesjazz.com and have been busy touring the country talking to club organisers, bands and jazzers and videoing the gigs they manage to get to. They are currently in the North West, and they were at High Lane Conservative Club filming Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz. I know of other venues, but as I'm seeing them tomorrow, I'll get the full itinerary and publish it later.


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