Well Frog and Henry completed their five
bookings in the North West and, having got such good receptions, they have
committed to another tour in 2019. Jazz clubs take note ! Meryl and I went down
to the Caledonia in Liverpool for the final one. A good decision it was too, as
Laurent, reeds player with Berlin's 'Old Fish JB', decided to fly in and join
them. Unusual for a Monday night, the Cally was full to bursting. we met up with
a few we knew, including Ian and Sheila, better known as GI Jive, the dancers
who generally appear with the 'Swing Commanders'. The 'more more' calls resulted
in a late session to just short of midnight. It was a long haul getting the tour
together, but now I am retiring very happily. - Norman Gibson
Further to Pete's correspondence re early jazz in
Britain. He may be interested in this extract from The Oxford Companion to
Black British History. 'In1914 Victor Joynes Imperial Four played at the
Lotus Club and the drummer Louis Mitchells Beaux Arts Orchestra at Princes
Restaurant. Mitchell, who later claimed to be the first first man to bring
jazz to Britain returned in 1915 with the pianist Dan Kildares Clef Club
Orchestra to appear at Ciro's Club. He toured widely in 1915-17 and his 1917
tour with his Seven Spades was especially influential in exposing
African-American music to a wider audience' - Jeff Roberts
Hi Fred, 1921 this is the show "Hello
America" that was heralded as the source of the jazz invasion to come in
and features ' The Piccadilly Four'. There are lots of other clips adjacent.
- Pete Vickers
Many thanks to Alan Grubb, one of the members of the Isle
of Man Jazz Club which organised the Isle of Man Jazz Festival for 40 years,
for sending me a photograph taken at Laxey Glen Ballroom when the
Merseysippi Jazz Band were playing along with Nat Gonella & Bruce Turner. It
was a time when the late Mike McCombe was on drums, and Alan's Letter and
photo have been added to Mike's Tribute Page
I read with interest Pete Vickers article on early
jazz in Britain. Some of these "bands " must have sounded terrible. I have a
film made in 1924 at The Piccadilly Cafe in Manchester. The band is a
typical Dixieland five piece : tpt. clt. tmb. pno. dms. They are obviously
improvising ( no sheet music ) and look to be going like the clappers but of
course the film is silent. They were obviously popular as the dance floor is
full. The bandstand is tiny and it is amusing to see the trombone player
extending his slide among the dancers. How he didn't have it knocked out of
his hands is a mystery. Or perhaps he did? - Moe Green. I wonder if this is
the one? https://goo.gl/v1VMqh - Fred.
"Yes, that's the one. Intriguing isn't it. I would have loved to have heard
them". - Moe
Marshall has an amazing collection of postcards with a musical theme, and
he's uploaded 387 of them to smugmug. He's kindly allowed me to pass on the
link so that others can enjoy them at
https://goo.gl/WuKG6c . My favourite is this one.
If you live anywhere near Preston, you'll probably know
about Bygone Times, at Eccleston.
It's specialises in Antiques, Collectables, Memorabilia, and Vintage, and
with more than 500 stall holders spread across 85,000 sq. and enormous 5
floors, it's not for the faint hearted. I was there yesterday and came
across four interesting CDs. Two Old Fashioned Love Band
CDs, a Merseysippi jazz Band CD and a Chris Barber CD, each selling for £1.
Well I couldn't resist, so I bought "Chris Barber's Jazzband and All American
Ramblers", and "Mersey Tunnel Jazz" by The Merseysippi
Jazz Band and good to hear the two-horn Watters/Scobey sound once again
with Pete Daniels & John Lawrence on trumpet & cornet resp. Presumably
not in the Antique category yet, otherwise they would have been twice the
price! Apologies to Mike Pembroke for not buying the other two, but I do have put a limit on my
extravagant spending. Click here for more details
There's a one night variety extravaganza
coming up at The Lowther Pavilion in St Anne's on the 23rd of this month.
It's hosted by Des Day and features top comedian Jonnie Casson. Music will
be provided by Deco Delight. There's more
information on the Lowther Pavilion web site,
click here to
Sometimes someone sends me a comment which I post, and
before long it turns into a heated discussion. Such was the case a while ago
when Jeff Roberts made what I assume was meant to be an innocent comment
about American Culture. Check it out, it's this week's
Page of the Week
Many Happy Returns today to Sheila
Collier who started her jazz career with a sit-in with the Southside
Stompers, founded by the late Don Bridgewood, and
was then invited to be their regular singer. On Friday, it's Many
Happy Returns to former member of the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, trombonist
Norman Gibson has sent me a write-up of the Frog & Henry
Trio at Morecambe, including a tap dancing video. Mystified? then
click here to see and read it.
There will be a Music Festival in Neston
running from 14 April to 24 May. I am helping to organise the opening
concert on 14 April, as per these details, which
is a jazz evening with the Jamie Brownfield / Liam Byrne Hot Six with
vocalist Grace Williams. This should get the Festival off to a flying start!
Anyone who cannot get to Neston to buy tickets at £10 can send me a cheque
payable to Neston Civic Society (for this concert only) with a note of their
telephone number, and a stamped addressed envelope, so that I can send the
tickets back. My address is Clive Edwards, 22 Woodlands Road, Parkgate,
Neston, CH64 6RT and my phone number is 0151 336 1190. There will be two
more jazz concerts at the end of the Festival and details of these and the
other events will follow in due course. - Clive Edwards
There's a jazz concert in Neston
library on Friday 9th March. It is by a three piece group called 52
SKIDOO and titled "The joint is jumping". It sounds like real fun and
younger musicians connecting with hot jazz. This concert has been put
on by the library authorities, as part ot the Cheshire Rural Touring Arts
programme, which is very encouraging. They are also on 16 March at
Macclesfield library, 14 April at Norley Village Hall and 20 April at
Kettleshulme Village Hall. - Clive Edwards
Norman mentioned Ewan Bleach playing two
clarinets, both were Bb, one was a Boehm System and one was an Albert
System, he trying to come to terms with learning the old style Albert
System, he seems to be doing very well to me. - Barrie Marshall
Well Fred I have to report that there is no doubt
that the Frog and Henry Trio UK Tour started last night with the best
audience reception I've witnessed in a long while. This was a really
good marker for the success of the whole tour. OK, it was a darned cold
night up there and some members decided to stay at home. Big mistake ! (
-4C and an ice coated car greeted me when I set off for home ) The
latest version of the Fotdella Double Bass Machine behaved itself on
it's debut, and created a lot of interest at the interval. Not only is
FH Henry an amazing and pleasant young musician, he is a clever engineer
to boot ! Ewan Bleach is a rising star. and had the audience in raptures
with his playing, moving easily with his choice of two clarinets to alto
and tenor saxes. Hadn't seen Dave Neigh before, but he kept the rhythm
going strong on his Tuba Machine, also constructed by Henry, whilst
accompanying on steel guitar, at the same time of course. Well worth the
cold trip up, and all augurs well for a repeat performance tonight with
me in Morecambe. - Norman Gibson
Anybody who followed up the link
Jazz It Up With This Fantastic Free Exhibition On British Jazz on
30/01/19 will have read that "The first Dixieland band arrived in the UK
in Liverpool in 1919, before moving down to London". In my ignorance I
assumed they actually played in Liverpool,but Pete Vickers put me
straight by telling me that's where the ship docked and they went
straight to London. It got us talking, and Pete, who has access to
the British Newspaper Archives, set off on a trail to see if there was
indeed any mention of their arrival in the UK in the newspapers, but it
led him further - When did jazz first arrive in Britain? You can see how
he got on by clicking here. Pete would be
pleased to receive any comments.
Two people have reported receiving emails supposedly
from me with just a link it to an unknown place. Unfortunately just
because it has my name on, it doesn't mean to say I've sent it, you can
set up an email address and put anybody's name on. I never send a link
out without following it with some words that indicate I will have sent
it, and in many cases there's a link to my website also, which is a bit
of a giveaway. Be warned!
I've been surfing the YouTube videos today and enjoying some great jazz
from all over the world not least from Chris Barber's big and small
bands, and on one video Amy Roberts was playing on flute, and Chris was
playing in a wheelchair having broken his ankle. This brings me to this
week's Page of the Week when in 2014 Gerry
Travers raised the question, "Do you think he is going to play until he
drops or should he at 84 years plus, consider managing only, and taking
a back (and clearly well deserved) seat? The responses were not
Just one mid week daytime jazz event,
The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station
on Fri, 16 February, 12:30 – 14:30.
It will be 69 years on Thursday since
the Merseysippi Jazz Band was formed and still going strong. That's some
record it, and it all began 5 years before Dove Jazz Club promoter Barry
Prime was even born, and it will be his birthday on Friday.
Norman Gibson tells me he's more or less sold out for
the Frog & Henry Band, so to repeat Trevor Stent's comments, "I would
urge all North West jazz fans to go and see the group Frog and Henry
this week", your only option might just be Kendal on
Tuesday or Carlisle on Thursday.
Dear Fred it is with sad news I
report the passing of Dave Brennan - banjoist, leader of the Jubilee
Jazz Band, Rotherham and of BBC Radio Sheffield jazz prog. fame.
The "burial" will be private but there is a church service at 11
am Friday 16 Feb at Rotherham Minster for those who wish to attend. -
Alan Birkinhead. Trevor Barnes has forwarded further information -
"Parade band, I believe, at the burial. After that there is a reception
at Sitwell Golf Club (Shrogswood Road, S60 4BY) - static band.
Musicians will want to know about instrument. Wil Robinsons is i/c the
static band and John Pashley the parade band. As far as I know all will
be most welcome to bring their instruments to the Reception anyway. It
would be nice to give Dave a great send off".
You can read the latest Dove Jazz Bugle "The
Jazzaholics", by clicking
here. The band will be playing at Dove Jazz Club
I have now set up a tribute page for
Mike McCombe, which you can access by clicking
here. If you have any memories of Mike when he played with the
Mersey's please share them with us.
Very sad news about Mike McCombe. Mike was
instrumental in getting the Merseysippi Jazz Band
over to the U.S. I had some great times with him over there. A
lovely drummer, he also worked with the Colyer band. My heartfelt
thoughts go to Barbara. - Pete Darwin
I'm very sorry to hear of Mike's
passing. We met a few times over the years, good chap!! - Pete Lay
"Hello, I'm Mike McCombe's wife Barbara, and
I'm sorry to send the news that Mike passed away on 30 January. As you
may know, he was the Merseysippi Jazz Band
drummer for many years before moving to California, where he played with
the Grand Dominion, Albion and his own band Skunk Creek".
There's been a price reduction on the
Sales Page for a Taylor Trumpets Bb London
model. It's in super condition and has been recently refinished.
"Sidesmen", now that's a term I
haven't heard in a while and wasn't even sure if I had it right. Another
article from Nourishing Obscurity clears it up for me, and some
excellent examples at
http://tinyurl.com/ydxm5cel. I hope you have a decent woofer for the
first video! I just loved the cartoon video with Acker's "I'll be glad
when you're dead ...". Enjoy!
The news yesterday about the imminent demise of the
International Association of Jazz Record Collectors (IAJRC) is so sad.
As I understand it, our Music is genuine improvised jazz music whether
it is from “way back as far as far back goes” – Duke Ellington, Count
Basie, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis, George Lewis, Benny
Goodman, Artie Shaw, et al, to Bird, Miles, Mingus, Monk, Trane, and
other Giants from Bebop and Beyond. There are not many of us left
now and we must do all we can to preserve it. It is genuine, true,
improvised, and creative, and too good to lose. We must not give
up on this! May our music never die – in spite of everything we
hear on the media and all the rubbish that claims to be music today.
Yours in Jazz, Alan G Brown.
OKOM, know what it means? Well
to any newcomers it's an abbreviation of 'Our Kind Of Music'. Back in
2011 John Muskett felt slightly queasy when he encountered the words,
"our music". It started a small discussion, which is this week's
Page of The Week.
On Tuesday 6th Feb The SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a
concert in Sefton Park Palm House from 14:00 – 16:00, This is the only
daytime mid week event next week.
Many Happy Returns next week to Judy
Eames on Friday 9th Feb.
Hi Fred, it was interesting to see the advert for
King Oliver although by 1932 Joe Oliver was struggling to play and had
not recorded for Victor for several years.I have an interesting piece
from a 1936 Downbeat Magazine. It seems Oliver would not accept work in
any large city as he didn't want people to see how far he had fallen.
There's a review of one of his concerts and it seems that he only
appeared for two or three numbers. He suffered terribly with his teeth
and there is an interesting piece in " Really the Blues" where
apparently on his way home early in the morning Joe would buy a still
warm loaf scoop some of it out and fill it with sugar. I know Mezz
Mezzrow's book is the biggest work of fiction purporting to be fact ever
printed but if this bit is true it could explain his dental problems. -
Well now I've heard it all - "MARSHSIDE,
England (Reuters) - Whether celebrating or mourning Britain’s exit from
the European Union, you can now do it to music, thanks to a British
composer who has set dry EU legal-speak to jazz as part of a project to
explore Brexit through art".
Secret Peaky Blinders pop-up bar is opening in
Leicester this weekend according to
The Hinkley Times. Patrons may even see a few scenes from the hit
series being acted out - although attendance by Cillian Murphy and
counterparts is sadly not expected. As you’d expect from a speakeasy,
there will be a secret door from the street, which guests will need to
knock on in order to gain access. There will be live music from a
traditional 1920s jazz and swing band and dancing, to enjoy. Plus,
you’ll be able to treat yourself to themed drinks, such as Peaky
Blinders ale, whisky, rum and gin, and cocktails created especially for
the night. Well it might be a gimmick, but if it helps keep the music
alive I'm all for it.
Jazz It Up With This Fantastic Free Exhibition On British Jazz -
This was my latest notification from Google about the Rhythm & Reaction
exhibition at Two Temple Place, near Temple tube station in London, but
not before I'd seen a full page spread in yesterdays 'i' Newspaper along
with a picture of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band.
"Might be an interesting night at 'The
Railway' in Sale tomorrow night", says Ian Royle. "There'll be Derek
Galloway of 'Temps' fame with a wounded shoulder unable to blow his
trombone and me recovering from a hand operation attempting a possible
(with permission) sit-in with the band. Any hospital staff who like jazz
are encouraged to attend".
That fascinating site I last mentioned on 07/01/18
called 'Nourishing Obscurity' has now featured Ottilie Patterson on a
page called "Trad
Starting tonight, The Merseysippi
Jazz Band will play at the Liverpool Cricket Club, Aigburth, Liverpool
L19 3QF, starting at 8.00 pm, and very Monday night thereafter.
Admission is free but there will be a voluntary collection during the
interval at 9.00 pm.
The February edition of Just Jazz
Magazine is now available, and there are one or two people I can
think of in the North West who will be excited to see a picture of the Shake
'Em Up Jazz Band on the front cover spotlighting an article on this year's
Fest Jazz 2018 in Brittany.
It will probably be outshined though, by an article by Louis Lince entitled,
"Traditional Jazz in The North West" (Hello, haven't I seen that title
before somewhere?). It's a three page story behind the scenes of the
making of the Rayk Jazz videos which featured NW bands and entitled
The Road to Southport Pier - A Jazz
Hi Fred. As there has been no mention of this on your news page, I thought
I'd let you know of a milestone event that I attended (and played at) last
night. It was Paul Blake's 90th birthday party bash. There was a fantastic
cake (click pic for larger version). Paul has been playing clarinet and sax
with the Wall City Jazzmen since they first
formed, and he hasn't retired yet, although he is considering doing so this
year. The Mill Hotel will be under new ownership by the end of January, so
the future is uncertain, but I'm confident that the band will find a way to
continue. We can't let our fans down! - Alan Jeffs
Hi Fred, Can I beg a favour please and ask if you could
include the following on your news page? After the Crown Inn at Addingham
closed its doors for 3 weeks, and hence no jazz, I am pleased to say that my
Good Time Jazz Band, will be back playing again at The Crown every Wednesday
evening from Wednesday 31st January. Many thanks - Harry Long.
A special birthday greeting to jazz
musician Taff Lloyd who celebrate his 80th birthday today. Happy Birthday
Hi Fred, I am pleased to announce that on 18th MARCH 2018 Jazz returns to
The Bolton Arms in Leyburn, Wensleydale (monthly) with KATHY BENSON'S CREOLE
JAZZ (rags, stomps, spirituals and blues from the classic jazz era) Sunday
lunchtime 12.00 'til 3pm (lovely room in ground floor back bar area). Free
admission - food available. Please come and support live Yorkshire jazz !
- Kathy Benson
New Orleans Express was the name of a
band that Dr. Ron Lloyd co-founded in Chester in 1975. He had previously
been a member of Liverpool University Jazz Band, The Dave Lind Jazzmen and
The Gut Bucket Steam Orchestra. The history of this band and where it was in
2012 can be read in this week's Page of The Week
and even more at
Many Happy Returns this week to the following musicians -
Terry Porter on Monday, Ken Doran on Wednesday, Brian Carrick and Tony
Pollitt on Thursday and Alan Matthews on Saturday.
If you prefer your live jazz to be in the
daytime mid week, then Fleetwood's the place to be this week for
Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at the North Euston Hotel
on Wed, 31 January, 12:00 – 14:30
- Pete Vickers has been doing a bit of research
stateside, and found an interesting advert in the "Daily Inni", the student
newspaper of the University of Illinois (click picture for larger version).
It appeared on July 19th 1932, and after further research myself I found
several other gig dates in July that year. A little further digging brought
me to an interesting advert in the The Urbana Daily Courier, Sept 5th 1919
and an advert for new record releases, including one by The Original
Dixieland Jazz Band which you can see by
- Helping to celebrate Peter
Vickers' (centre) 80th birthday are from left to right. Alan Matthews, James
Vickers, Barrie Marshall and Keith Moore. Photo Barrie Marshall,
photographer - passing waiter
Wednesday eve turned out to possess weather of the most inclement. As a
result, the audience was somewhat decimated - apologies for absence were
phoned through. Undeterred, Alex Clarke was at her brilliant best, a
two-reed lead fronting a depleted Tame Valley jazz
band as Norman Pennington was down with pneumonia. One unforeseen
side-effect of the reduced gathering was that "our" table won two prizes in
the weekly raffle, a previously unknown phenomenon. - Noel Broadgate
RE: Legendary NFJO Concert, Royal
Festival Hall 14/7/1951, again no mention of Lyttelton and the part he
played in the great revival, not the awful trad boom. Is he being airbrushed
from history ? - Roy Swift.
thanks to the person who spotted some errors on the Rochdale Jazz Club page and some of the events in
What's On and notified Tony Sheldon, who rang me today and left a
message because he doesn't have internet access. If anybody else finds
any errors, and I'm sure there are plenty, feel free to
contact me right away so that I can amend them, I
Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz might have had a
good time in Norway, but from Louis's post on Facebook, it seems the journey
home was not quite as good. "Back home by 8.00pm this evening. Started off
at 7.30am from the hotel in Stavanger to go to the airport for a Copenhagen
flight and thence to Manchester. However, the early flight was cancelled due
to a technical problem with the plane which had to go back to Copenhagen to
be replaced with one that was airworthy. The replacement was 2 hours later
than planned at Copenhagen, our flight having left for Manchester 30 minutes
prior to our landing. So we were sent on the pretty route to Frankfurt and
then via Lufthansa to Manchester, arriving at 5.15pm local time. The good
news is that Eric's Trombone, John, Mart and Allen's bags arrived. My banjo
was with me as a carry on. Chris's, Eric's and my bags were still in
Copenhagen. We are assured they will be delivered to our homes tomorrow
morning". Reminds me of why I'm not keen to go abroad these days.
21/01/18 - You
might not have heard yet, but there is football on at the Coffee House in
Liverpool tomorrow, so the Merseysippi JB will not be playing there", writes
Ed Lee. "In fact they will not be playing there again! From the following
Monday (29th), they are returning to Aigburth Cricket Club where they will
be in a “cosy downstairs room with access to the bar via a lift and stairs”
- Malcolm Hogarth’s words"!
Many Happy Returns this week on Thursday
to Terry Binns, and a special birthday greeting to Pete Vickers who will be
celebrating his 80th. On Friday Paul Adams of Lake Records will be tucking
into birthday cake.
21/01/18 - From
time to time I'm asked where people can pass old jazz records on to, either
for financial return or just wanting them to go to a good home. Always a
difficult one because many of us have moved on to CD players and no longer
have a turntable, also a lot of old recordings are now also available on CD.
One place that got a mention on the site earlier last year was Rabbit
Records who, if you wish to donate the collection to the National Jazz
Archive, can facilitate the sale, with a proportion of the proceeds passed
on to benefit the work and continued development of the Archive. Details are
on this week's Page of The Week.
Janet Rodger reports, "Mart
Rodger Manchester Jazz had a great gig in Norway last night at the
Stavanger Tradjass Festival. There
was an enthusiastic and appreciative audience, with lots of people there who
the band has met during the 37 trips they have made to Norway over the
years. They will be playing two gigs today and are looking forward to
entertaining more of their friends".
19/01/18 - It
was a pleasant surprise to open the post this morning and find another
donation towards the site running costs, this time from
Dove Jazz Club. Whilst I do not run the site for monetary return, it is
gratifying to know that my efforts are appreciated. Thank You
Dove Jazz Club and hope you have a bumper night with
the new Roy Walker Band tomorrow, 20th Jan at 8pm.
There was a good turnout for Jeff
Gilpin's funeral yesterday. At the church I was joined by John Gordon
(banjo), Bill Smith (cornet), Dave Thomas (clarinet) and Derek Galloway
(trombone). We played before, during and after the service some of Jeff’s
favourite tunes. Later, at the Dunscar Conservative Club, with trumpeters
Dave Pogson and John Percival, clarinettist Barry Aldous (taking a couple of
tunes on my bass), and Tenor Saxist Howard Murray, there was more jazz. Joan
Gilpin and son Keith were most appreciative of our efforts and particularly
of comments already posted (in Remembering) on
Fred’s Website. - John Muskett
18/01/18 - My
old friend Roy Swift would be pleased by the complete version of 'I
Want A Girl' by the Saints on Lake Records. This begins at the beginning and
not at Alan's clarinet solo. It was too long for original issues running,
from memory, for about 7 minutes. Steve Voce
Hello Fred. Just to let you know that The
Black Swan at Hollins Green has closed its doors to any further jazz on
every first Monday of the month. The entertainments room has now been turned
into a full-time dining room. - Martin Bennett (Old
Green River Band).
Guess what Fred? I also have a 12" Vinyl - The Legendary NFJO Concert 14
July 1951. Anybody interested? (contact via Fred).
- Ruth Brooks
The New Riverside Jazz Band regular gig at The Wagon
& Horses has come to an end. "Not surprising", says Barrie Marshall", as the
landlord has stopped all his music in the pub.
16/01/18 - Mart
Rodger writes, "Brenda Canty Forrest has let us know of the funeral details
for Colin Tomkins. This will be at Wrexham Crematorium on Monday next at
1130 a.m. followed by a buffet at the Hand Hotel in Llangollen".
John Petters has posted the following in
the Ken Colyer Society Facebook page - "Max Collie's Funeral: Just heard
from Martin Ross that it will be on Monday 5th February at Woodvale
Crematorium, Lewes Road, Brighton, BN2 3QB. at 14:00hrs".
15/01/18 - Re
recent conversations on the Legendary NFJO Concert, Royal Festival Hall
14/7/1951, I have a vinyl LP ( priceless now ? ) of the concert reissued by
Brian Hainsworth in about 1985/6. Those listed as taking part were Humphrey
Lyttelton and his Band, Saints Jazz Band ( obviously Manchester ! ), Graeme
Bell and his Aussi Band, the Joe Daniels Jazz Group, the Crane River Jazz
Band, and Freddy Randall and his Band. Compere was Deryk Guyler ( of ITMA
and Please Sir fame ! ). Sleeve note on this version written by Steve Voce.
Most of the bands seem a bit overcome by stage fright, except for the Saints
who apparently decided to show “ The Southerners” how it should be done with
a very rousing and exciting version of “ I want a girl just like the girl (
that married dear old dad ). It begins, for some reason, with Alan
Radcliffe’s clarinet solo which still stirs me all these years on.
Then the band come in and give it their all! - Roy Swift
I am very sorry to hear of the death of
Colin Tomkins. Colin played trumpet with Manchester's famous Zenith 6 band
in the late 1950s and early '60s. He was a fine trumpet player and my
abiding memory of him was his pleasant and good-humoured character. Happy
memories of those good times alongside myself, Mart Rodger, Alan Pendlebury,
Derek Gracie, and other members. I 'm also sad to hear of
Max Collie's passing. I was privileged to play in Max's band on a number of
occasions , depping for Ron McKay and later for Pete Cotterill, both of them
fine drummers. Max was a great band-leader with a strong character, good New
Orleans style trombone , and an excellent vocalist. The
tribute to Max features an excellent photo of him
and contains a very full and informative resume of Max's exciting and varied
career. Thank you Max for all those wonderful memories. - Dave Berry.
15/08/18 - Due
to renovations, the Black Horse Jazzmen with not be playing at The Lion in
Settle tomorrow or the following two weeks. Normal service will resume on
In June 2001 we had a great band play at
our jazz club in Preston, and which had not long been put together by the
late Jimmy Smith, which he called "The Northern Jazz All
Stars", and stars they were, just look at the line-up. It's this week's
Page of The Week
14/01/18 - Many
Happy Returns this coming week to Band Marshall Jeff Roberts on Thursday,
and to reed player John Hallam on Friday
Just the one mid week daytime jazz event,
and that's The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth
Station on Fri, 19 January, 12:30 – 14:30, where there are Tea Rooms and
good food available. Free entry but a collection is taken at this event.
14/01/18 - In a
very kind gesture, Rochdale Jazz Club sent me a
donation towards the cost of running the website. Knowing that jazz clubs
are on a tight budget, I tried to offer the donation back to help with club
funds, but Tony Sheldon wouldn't hear of it. "We appreciate all you do, and
the time you must spend doing it, and so do our members", he said. Many
thanks Tony, and many thanks Rochdale jazz club,
and to help balance the books, if you haven't been for a while, why not get
along to their next event on Sunday 21st when you can see and hear
Martin Bennett's Old Green River Band and I'm sure
it will be money well spent.
I have just picked up a fuller description of the Bass Instruments, being
introduced into the Frog & Henry Band, from the 2018 'Programme' link on the
Fest Jazz website. ' A spectacular sight, Dave Neigh fills out the rhythm
section largely on his own, playing banjo and tuba at the same time ( it's
true ! ) A foot-operated tuba machine of their own creation. Part of their
show also incorporates the newest version of the Fotdella, a 9 string
foot-operated double bass making it's very first Festival appearance at Fest
Jazz. Essentially a combination of a harpsichord plucking mechanism and a
three quarter size contrabass body, with 5 additional strings and a simple
foot pedal system'. Both bass instruments will make their inaugural
outings in the UK at Kendal, Morecambe and Carlisle Clubs 13 to 15th.
February. - Norman Gibson
The Parade Jazz Band are having a Mardi Gras with a
touch of romance at the Red Lion, Parkgate 13th Feb 8.30. All welcome, fun
"I wonder if you would kindly advertise
the following event on your site", writes Linda Spencer. "Zoe
Gilby will be visiting
The Barlow, Edgworth as part of Edgworth Methodist Church's programme of
community events. We have not had a jazz singer at
The Barlow before,
although we have a thriving folk club and hope that we can generate interest
in this type of music. Zoe Gilby is
a vocalist and songwriter making a stunning impression at prominent jazz
festivals and venues in the UK and internationally. She will be appearing
with her quartet at The Barlow, Edgworth, BL7 0AP on Saturday, 17th
February". I've checked this lady out and can't see any jazz standards in
her repertoire, but what the heck, it's good to have someone willing to give
jazz a start.
10/01/18 - Bass
Player Allan Wilcox writers, "Louis Lince told me on Monday that Max's death
had been announced on your news page. As you may remember, I played with him
many times over the years, and although I had kept in touch with him and
knew how ill he was, I was pretty devastated. I've written a sort of memoir
that you might want to include, either on the page itself or in
Remembering, if you think it suitable". Well I do
think it's suitable, it's a name I associate from the early 60s with the likes of Barber, Ball
& Bilk so I've set up a tribute page for Max.
Much admired young female reed player
Alex Clarke will be at the Beaky in Ashton-under-Lyme on Wednesday 17th of
January, playing with the Tame Valley Stompers.
Kick-off 9.00pm, admission £2.00. All welcome.
Details of Geoff Gilpin's funeral have been sent by John Muskett. "Wednesday
17th January at Mid-day: Service at St Anne’s Parish Church, Turton. The
church is actually in Chapeltown, 55, High Street, BL7 0ER. Cremation
(family only) is at Overdale (Bolton), and afterwards at Dunscar
Conservative club, Hardman’s Lane, Bromley Cross, BL7 9HJ (location of
Eagley Jazz Club) – available from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm. It is likely that
there will be a jam session if folks would like to bring instruments".
Click here for Map and Directions.
John has sent detailed travel instructions from M61 should anyone require
The write-up for the the
High Society Jazz Band has been brought up to date
(other bands please note). My thanks to Dave Bateman.
Janet Rodger has sent me a cutting from the Daily Express in February 1962
and it's about Chadderton Councillor looking for a jazz band to play in the
park. It's very amusing by today's standards,
click here to read it
I was at the 1951 Festival Hall concert-
courtesy of H. M. I was at the radio school at RAF Locking, and played in
the "NAAFI" band. A "pro" sitter-in was Johnny Picard from the #3 RAF band,
based also at Locking; they had a dance outfit, the "Blue rockets", and
played regularly at nearby Weston-Super-Mare. Anyway we were pally, and he
got me a ride in their band truck for the concert dah'n "the smoke". Great
do!, but what rings is Johnny stamping his feet on the wooden slats, and
whooping- "I'm gonna play with that band"-- Humph. And he did, for quite a
few years.. Anyway, back tracking with the big G, I came across this blog:
http://michaelcooper.org.uk/C/1951.htm A goldmine of (South Coast)
period events. loads of musical memories for some of us; + one "star
turn".... Michael Miles' "YES/NO" interlude with "Wilson, Kepple, and
Betty". ( I must find my old FEZ). har har har, - Jon White
There's been quite a bit of talk lately of young bands from abroad, so for
the sake of balance, here's a young band from the UK, based in London,
The Shirt Tail Stompers. are
at Wilton’s between Wapping and Whitechapel, close to the historic
Tower of London and St Katherine Docks. A bit too late to set off now
I guess, but a name to make a note of for next time I go down. If only I
could dance like those youngsters in the follow up video!
Not a name familiar to me, but I'm sure
many out there will recognise his name - George Kidd who was a
trombonist and popular figure on the Scottish jazz scene playing with the
Penman Jazzmen, has died aged 78. "He was one of the Scottish jazz scene’s
great characters as well as a musician whose trombone-playing abilities were
admired by fellow musicians all over the world, if not always recognised by
the wider public". His obituary is available on line at
08/01/18 - Just
to clarify matters following Judy Eames’ post (07/01/17), the all-female
group, “‘The Shake’Em Up Jazz Band”, was created by Tuba Skinny leader,
Shaye Cohn, for a one-off concert in 2016. Since then it is the wonderful
Marla Dixon who has led the band on trumpet. The personnel for Fest Jazz
2018 is Marla Dixon, trumpet; Chloe Feoranzo, clarinet; Defne Incirlioglu,
washboard; Haruka Kikuchi, trombone; Molly Reeves, guitar; Julie Schexnayder,
bass. The band is a fine example of light, swinging New Orleans
jazz at its best:
https://youtu.be/ZPmsFcTHFw0 and we are thrilled that they are coming to
our festival. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage North
West jazz fans to go and see Frog and Henry on the mini tour organised by
the indefatigable Norman Gibson
http://www.jazznorthwest.co.uk/f&h.htm. Superb young musicians who play
a style of jazz that is wonderfully refreshing; lovely, interesting people
too. They were at Fest Jazz last year and we immediately invited them back
for 2018. - Trevor Stent
07/01/18 - Tony and
I are going to the Chateauneuf Du Faou festival at the end of July. One of the
bands, all female, is led by the Tuba Skinny leader. I don't know if she's
parted company with them. We're driving 50 miles in the wrong direction to
travel with Tad Newton's coach party.... Leaving just after midnight!! We
still get a few BIg Bear gigs; the most recent was Dec 21st at Hastings. We left
here just after midday, expecting to be at the Travelodge by dusk.... got there
at 5.45. I keep reading on Facebook about musos having horrendous journeys with
road closures, accidents (or carelessnesses as I call them). Anyway it was a
great audience and the band played well, we were so glad we'd booked the 30 quid
Travelodge option! Let us know if your travels bring you this way; we've
joined the Oxfordshire Jazz Federation committee and Tony's hoping to bring the
website into the 21st Century. - Judy Eames
There can be few visitors to the site who
haven't heard or seen the famous NFJO Royal Festival Hall 1951 Concert. The late
Geoff Brooks kindly sent me, and others a copy on CD back in 2005 and the
discussions that took place at the time are on this week's
page of the week
07/01/18 - The only
daytime jazz gig mid week is Annie's Saints And Sinners @ The Dog & Partridge,
Bollington on Mon, 8 January, 14:00 – 16:00, but check first on 01625 610059
Many Happy Returns of the day today to
Lancaster guitarist Jon Moore
07/01/18 - I find
it surprising that information on the Tuba Skinny European Tour seems to have
been in the dark. I'm not that well known, but I must have had about five
e-mails from a guy called Chalandon advising me of updates, over the last few
months, as the European venue list was filling up. I forwarded one or two of
these to more influential people, and I know efforts were made to get the tour
extended to the UK. without success. The full programme ( with a note saying it
is not definitive ) can be found by going to
www.jazzogie.org/PressDossierTS.pdf. I'm fortunate that I've seen TS
in 2014, and spent time in the company of Erika, Barnabus and Robin Rapuzzi.
Renewed friendship again with Robin last year was the starting point resulting
in the Frog & Henry Jazz Trio coming to Kendal JC, myself at Morecambe and
Carlisle JC in mid February. We are thankful for that. - Norman Gibson
Max Collie has died today, having had a
serious stroke in 2013. The funeral at
Brighton is on a date to be announced. John Maxwell Collie was born in
Melbourne, Australia on 21st February 1931. He first heard professional jazz in
1946 listening to Graham Bell’s lunchtime concerts at The New Theatre Melbourne.
By 1948 he was playing with a local band and shortly after, was leading it. In
1963 Max arrived in England for a European tour, and in 1964 decided to stay and
joined the London City Stompers, becoming leader after a year. In February 1966,
he formed Max Collie's Rhythm Aces and that band went on to become world famous.
06/01/18 - On
January 2nd Sammy did a telephone interview for the American talk show The Paul
Leslie Hour. It was a spontaneous interview with no rehearsal or script. If you
would like to listen to the interview you find it at
05/01/18 - There has been a lot of interest shown on
this site in the past in New Orleans' Band - Tuba Skinny, and attempts were even
made to get them to come to the North West but to no avail. Peter Dennis, after
a lot of effort finding it, has kindly sent me their itinerary for their 2018
European tour, so if a trip over the channel takes your fancy,
click here. Peter says, "The list should help as it
gives the email address of the people to contact re tickets - they have been
very helpful. Dendermonde Battaklang contact is Frederik Goossens <email@example.com>.
I am only going to some of the Belgium Concerts and already have tickets - they
are going quick - the Honky Tonk Jazzclub is "sold out"
05/01/18 - I read
with sadness Mart's report regarding the passing of Colin Tomkins. Back in
1961 I was privileged to have depped about three time with 'The Zenith Six', at
The Clarendon in Oxford Street Manchester. Colin was the trumpet player on those
gigs as I recall. Yes, a very fine player indeed. Colin also depped for
Jack Goodier, with us (The John Tippett Band), at The Imperial Club in Stockport
on one occasion. Condolences to Colin's Family, and yes, he will, I'm
sure, will be remembered in Manchester jazz history. Joe Silmon would have
seen to that ! - Des Hopkins.
Mart Roger writes, "Janet and I received an
e-mail yesterday from Brenda Canty Forest who was the first wife of Colin
Tomkins. Colin was a super trumpet player and he was with the Zenith Six during
my time as a member. Colin died on New Year’s Day in Wrexham Hospital. A great
grandson was born that morning and Colin sadly died in the afternoon".
Brenda subsequently emailed to say, "We had started our first band in 1954.the
Oriole JB and had Rod Hopton trombone and Pete Kennedy
clarinet. Colin then played with Pete Haslam's
Crescent JB for a while when I was having our first child and then The Zenith
6,then I joined The Crescent later to become the
Collegians. We moved to North Wales in 1962 and had a band there where a
number of Manchester musicians came and played a few gigs with us at times.
There is still only me who remembers all the details and believe he would have
liked to be included on your site. He was part of my life for 25 years and I
think he would be pleased that he could be remembered in Jazz circles".
- All dressed up and nowhere to go!
Well not in the case of Mike Lovell's 4 in a Bar who were at The Bartle Hall
Hotel near Preston, playing in the New Year It was a Gatsby themed evening
with over 120 guests who enjoyed a sumptuous dinner and listened and danced to
the band. The musicians were Andy Wallis, Chris Howse, Colin Turner and Mike
Lovell, looking super smart in white jacket!
03/01/18 - In what
might be described as a 'scoop' for the North West, Norman Gibson has booked
the, "Frog & Henry jazz trio, from the streets of New Orleans" for Wednesday
14th. February 2018 in Morecambe. You can find details by
clicking here, and download the poster here, but to summarise - Tickets can be purchased from The Concert
Room, Jubilee Social Club, Torrisholme, Morecambe LA4 6NZ., or Contact Norman
Gibson Tel. 01 524-855 770. E-Mail
firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are £9.00 Adv. (£10.00 on Door). Norman tells
me, "It will be a Charity effort, as any profit that may be made will be given
away. I have in mind a local charity our son-in-law has joined up with. It's
mission is to see no local child at school without a breakfast. I'm awaiting
Nothing to do with Jazz (at least I thought
so until I put the word in the search box), as I'd previously been watching a
film taken in Blackpool in the 1930's. Check out
Huntley Archives and you'll find
film of a Harlem night club and Harlem authentic jazz and jiving lindy hop style
dancing 1940's, plus short clips of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band in the
1940's and more. All the videos appear to have been posted on YouTube so you may
have seen some already.
Back in June 2017 I mentioned a book called
"Roots, Radicals and Rockers by Billy Bragg –
the skiffle moment and how it changed music". Barrie Marshall
says, " I’ve had some reports of how good it is, a lot about the influence of
jazz in the UK and a lot about Ken Colyer,
http://tinyurl.com/y75qkxzr. I always said from their early days that
without Ken Colyer The Beatles
would not have emerged". Barrie has since sent me a link to a video on
the subject -
https://youtu.be/hx7U47sH1O4, and Barrie has also uploaded a radio recording
he made back in 2008, which you can listen to at
- I took this picture at the first Keswick Jazz
Festival before Spats was well known. - Barrie Marshall (click on picture
for normal size).
Happy New Year to you from all at
Ayr Jazz Club. Sadly I have heard of the passing
of George Kidd, trombonist for many years with the Penman Jazzmen. I have no
details but I am sure that John Sinton (who runs the band) on 01786-823590
or 07721-089012 will be able to update anyone. - Stuart McLean
31/12/17 - There is
now a tribute page for Jeff Gilpin and contributions
from Graham Martindale and Matt Palmer have been added. I wonder if anybody has
a good photograph of Jeff in his Grand Marshall outfit?
Yes, this is one for us still sticking around
on the Jazz Scene. Trombonist Herb Gardner has played 'both side of the tracks'
with big bands and traditional Dixieland bands in and around New York City. He
worked with Wild Bill, Ruby Braff, Eddie Condon as well as Chico Hamilton, Roy
Eldridge and Wynton Marsalis (another 'cross-dresser'!) However at a gig
recently an old lady came up to him and asked "Didn't you die?".
Also from Bill Crow's column - "The brilliant classical flautist Julius Baker
was still teaching into his eighties and after a particularly brilliant
performance for his students he received thunderous applause. Acknowledging the
ovation he replied "Hey, you should have heard me when I was seventy five!" -
30/12/17 - Today I
had a 'phone call from Joan Gilpin to say that husband Jeff had died yesterday.
Jeff was well known to traditional jazz enthusiasts in Bolton for many years. He
was a committee member of Eagley Jazz Club (at Dunscar Conservative Club) and
was a parade marshal for functions around the north-west. He had a huge
enthusiasm for traditional jazz and, in his lively way, was never afraid to
communicate this. Although I used to pull his leg a lot, there was great
affection between us, and I am sad to see him go. The funeral is likely be
at Bolton's Overdale Crematorium, but details will not be known till after next
Tuesday: though there will not be a parade band, there will be some kind of jazz
musical tribute. I will try to post more details when I learn them. Harmonious
best 2018 wishes to you Fred, Barbara and your readers. - John Muskett
In 2005 Pete Lay kicked off a discussion
about the Performing Rights Society (PRS), in which he said, "Its good to
hear of a new venue - in light of the news that the new licensing bill has
meant landlords not renewing their music and dance part of the licence,
hence killing off live music, and of course the "monster" of PRS who are
mind set on destroying jazz clubs and festivals with their charges".
Anything changed? It's this week's Page of The
30/12/17 - Many
Happy Returns and best wishes to Brian "Sam" Ellis on Thursday this week.
There are no midweek daytime jazz events
coming up this week.
Trombonist Roy Williams is to play at
Kendal Jazz Club on Tuesday 9 January - . Roy is
recognised as being probably the best jazz trombonist Britain has ever produced,
and he is making a one-off journey from the South to appear with the
High Society Jazz Band. An evening of high-quality and
lively Dixieland jazz is assured. The venue is Kentdale Suite, Kendal Rugby
Club, Shap Rd, Kendal, at 8pm. Admission £10.
28/12/17 - Hi Fred,
Jon Critchley from the Original Panama Jazz Band told us about your website. We
thought you might like to know about the fantastic gig the Original Panama Jazz
Band played for our swing dance group: the Cheshire Swing Cats, at Hoole
Community Centre in Chester on Sunday 17th December 2017. They played two great
danceable sets for over 60 swing dancers for our end of year Christmas do
(please see a couple of photos of the band at
wonderful time was had by all! Thanks and best wishes, - Ruth
The Ken Burns series "JAZZ" is on more or
less all day on New Years Day, a welcome change from the end of the year dross,
Well worth watching or committing to the watch later recordings. "PBS
America, the British TV channel from America’s Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
today launches on Freeview channel 94. The announcements marks Freeview’s 12th
and final channel launch of 2017". - Peter Vickers
24/12/17 -Next Week's Page of The Week, as previously
mentioned, with be Free/Flee as a Bird to the Mountain,,
from 2003, about a BBC Radio play which is now available once more to listen to.
24/12/17 -Birthdays coming up this week
are Pete Darwin Today, and Tom Culbert on on Boxing Day, Many Happy Returns to
just enjoyed listening to a BBC radio play Don Taylor: “Flee as a Bird to
the Mountain” about a New Orleans jazz group, with music by Bob Dwyer",
says Peter Jezard. Good timing Peter because that was the subject of a page I put
on in 2003, " 'Flee' or 'Free' as a Bird to the
Mountain", which will be next week's Page of The Week. I remember it well, an excellent play and I'm glad
they have repeated it, although I have a recording from the first time
round. It's described - "A group of male friends in their 60s revive the
schoolboy New Orleans Jazz band that expressed their purist youthful
idealism. Youth and its high ideals have a brief musical re-flowering, until
tragedy strikes. Has their time has finally passed? Don Taylor's
drama stars Jack Shepherd as Dave, Philip Jackson as Colin, Trevor Cooper as
Derek, Thomas Arnold as Dick, Philip Joseph as Bob, Elizabeth Bell as Jenny
and Martin Hyder as Chris. Music by Bob Dwyer's Hot Six.
Director: Peter Kavanagh. First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003.".
Had a super night with the Cheshire Swing
Cats at their Sunday night party and again on Wednesday night at The Irby
Club: Never seen so many happy smiling faces enjoying the music and the
dancing: mostly but not all youngsters, either! Good to see. There’s hope
yet! - Jon Critchley
On 20/12/17 - David Whitehead emailed to tell
me that we shared an introduction to jazz and the town where we both lived -
Preston. I persuaded David to tell me more about himself, and his life with
jazz and work, and it's reproduced here.
22/12/17 - Barrie Marshall depping & Keith Moore sitting in
with the Silver Bell Band in Preston last night.
Good to see the venue filling up nicely before I left around 10pm. It was a
good and friendly session, but unfortunately I have to be up at 7-15am on
No sooner had I thrown the question of increasing
entrance charges into the pot, than I had need to ring Tony Sheldon,
chairman of Rochdale Jazz Club to check on the
prices there for the new year. Tony told me that in fact, as from January
2018 admission charge at the club would be £8. Tony explained - "Our
financial year ended in September, and so many bands wanted to play at the
club last year that that we put on extra nights to accommodate, making
it three gigs in some months. However, it didn't work! It meant that
we had gigs on successive weeks and the people didn't want to come out that
often. The club lost £697 last year, so we had to revamp and stick
religiously to just two bands each month with a gap between. We put out a
questionaire to our members explaining the situation, and would they be
prepared to pay £8 or stick at £7. 56 members responded and everyone said to
increase it to £8". What a nice democratic outcome. I've updated
What's On and the club gig
As with many emails previously, one comes
along that's guaranteed to get follow up emails coming in. When that happens
I think it's only fair that they move off the News page to a page where the
discussion can continue ad infinitum, (Remember Doom & Gloom). The latest
one to come along was from Norman Gibson, on 18/12/17. You can follow the topic
"Disrespectful, irreverent, ignorance, or just having a laugh?" on the
In the process of updating
jazz club gig lists for next year, I have to
check to see if there have been any price increases. The average admission
charge seems to be around £7 for the smaller jazz clubs, which made me think
back to ours which we started at Fulwood & Broughton Cricket in 1999 when we
charged £3 admission for the three years that we ran it, plus there was an
additional raffle. Our average attendance was around the 70 mark and the
bands were quite content with what we paid, which was usually more than the
guaranteed amount. I thought it might be interested to see how inflation had
affected the pound in our pockets and what we would have to charge today to
run the same club. I fully expected to be able to use this to show people
that in reality, they are paying the same or even less these days, but using
http://tinyurl.com/yba8zk9r I was
shocked to find that the answer was that £3 in 1999 equated to £4.90
today! That's less than average and less than half the amount some
jazz clubs charge, so where's the increased cost coming from? Some bands
complain that the money they receive hardly pays the petrol, whilst some
clubs can't afford to run any longer and close. So are my calculations
Jazz At The Arts - Bollington
Arts Centre gig list has been updated for 2018
Is it just possible that “the banjoist”
commenting, apparently adversely, on Doolally Tap had his tongue in his
cheek? At least the band plays Chimes Blues in the Oliver/Barber key of C,
whereas local purists seem to prefer Bb (never heard an explanation). I
noticed that the banjoist in this collection of brash upstarts was very
convincingly made up to appear somewhat older than his colleagues: he also
appeared to be employing (4 string) guitar tuning on his instrument. Can I
thank you for all your efforts and send harmonious Yuletide wishes to you,
Barbara and all your readers?Christmas Greetings - John Muskett
Like yourself I was introduced to the British Jazz scene at the Bodega in
1955 when after 2 years military service in Hong Kong, being exposed to
American Forces network broadcasts, and also the repertoire of Joe Wolfendon
( our NAAFI piano 'Fats Waller ' impersonator ) I wanted more. This occurred
due to rejoining Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Club, and playing with the A
Team away fixtures in the Manchester area. These were often completed by
enjoying the liquid hospitality of the Manchester University Students Union,
who often had members playing for or against us. The travel was by coach
from Starchhouse Square, Preston. (few car owners in those days). On one
memorable occasion, on completion of the Bodega gig, the Colyer Band
discovered that the coach driver had been persuaded to join in our revelry,
and was coerced into taking the rugby team plus the Colyer band members via
the East Lancs Road (no motorways at that time) to the Students Union at
Liverpool University to see The Merseysippi Jazz band where Licensing hours
did not apply. Needless to say, the team returned to Preston in the early
hours of the morning and I believe resulted in disciplinary action against
the coach driver. I never did find out how the Colyer Band got home. We were
all much younger then. - Dave Whitehead. (you can read more about David by
Due to a hiccup with page 2 when posting Mart Rodger
M/cr Jazz newsletter on Mart's web site, Janet has sent me an amended
copy which is available by clicking here.
Barrie Marshall has alerted to me to what could be a very
interesting programme on Radio 4 tomorrow at 9am. Clarke Peters uncovers the
stories of black musicians in Europe, from the birth of recorded sound to
the height of the jazz age. http://tinyurl.com/y8blu34q
Referring to your posting 17-12-18, I went to the 'Page
of the Week', and then used the link therein for 'Additional information
. . . Early Jazz'. A sentence there stood out to me - ' It is also the saga
of the first jazz bands, their struggle to adapt to the changing demands of
their audiences and the impetus they gave to the roaring twenties'. While
new young 'first bands' bringing back the brash swinging 20's music,
continue to thrive across Europe, the few that we seem to have here in the
UK are not getting the appreciation or help they deserve. As an instance, I
picked up a posting on
http://www.jazzandjazz.com, where a young band 'Doolally Tap' have been received
well by Ramsgate JC, but one of our well known, and long term, banjo players
chose to leave this comment "Just who are these irreverent ***** ? No sense
of the history of jazz". (Referring to the video I suspect - Fred).
That is of no help at all. There is not much difference in the young of
today, with respect to all genres of music, as in our day. Remember the
sixties ? The very fact that they have a desire to play 'our' form of music
should be encouraged. Maybe if this musician were to meet these young guys (
I haven't ) he could help direct them and pass on some of his knowledge. I
telephoned Jon Critchley the other day and complimented him on his continued
achievements , with the Cheshire Swing Cats dancers coming to his resident
jazz sessions. He tells me he has had 21 ! He has adapted, changed/added
here and there to suit, 'not too many 150mph numbers' and everyone is happy.
Now that, Mr Banjo Man, is progress ! - Norman Gibson
Party night at the Beaky in
Ashton-under-Lyne this Wednesday, the 20th December. Norman Pennington has
provided, for your entertainment and delight, the full 6-piece Tame Valley
Stompers. And what is more (if more were needed) there will be a raffle with
a multitude of prizes, the opportunity to perform live with the band, and
the usual refreshments will be available, both solid and liquid. And all for
the modest admission charge of £2.00! "Come and join the party" says
Back in October 2012 I announced a new book had been
issued - “Exploring early jazz: the origins and evolution of the
New Orleans style”, written by Dan Hardie. I wonder if anybody bought a
copy? It's this week's 'Page of The Week'.
Just one midweek daytime jazz event
coming up this week - Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at the North Euston Hotel in
Fleetwood on Wed, 20 December, 12:00 – 14:30.
Despite continually fighting serious health problems, today's birthday boy,
Harry Swinburne, continued to do a lot for jazz, organising jazz breaks in
Llandudno as well as running regular jazz events nearer home in Maghull.
Happy Birthday Harry, and keep fighting. Other birthdays coming up
this week are bass player Derek Brown on Tuesday, pianist Noel Broadgate on
Wednesday, ex pat (soon to return we hear), cornet player Tony Pringle on
Thursday with trombone player Bernard Burke and reed player George Galway on
Saturday. Many Happy Returns to you all.
Thanks to Ray & Jenny Knight (rayk jazz), the Savoy
Jazzmen now have a new band photograph.
Mart Rodger M/cr
Jazz Newsletter No. 81 has been put on the band website now so anyone
who wants to read it will find it there, or you can download it by
Due to a hiccup, the one on Mart's site has a small error, which should be
Jim Lodge from Leeds is the latest musician to join the
deps list . Jim plays clarinet, tenor sax and soprano sax
There's a double dose of Lindy Hopping
coming up for The Original Panama Jazz Band: First
one this coming Sunday, when they’ve been asked to play at the Cheshire
Swing Cat’s Christmas Party, and again on Wednesday at The Irby Club when
they dancers will wow the band and the audience with their super dancing
during the band's own Christmas Party.
Fred... on the ball AGAIN", writes Jon White. . Great page on Nourishing
Obscurity (11/12). This guy "Dearieme" really knows his onions, and has over
14 pages of jazz history
curated from Youtube, which won't come up automatically with your link,
(just Page 1).Page 2 is lady singers, then the old question "Who played the
first jazz solo in the twenties", a trip into the "classics" etc.-wonderful".
- Well spotted Jon,
here's a better link, there are 11 pages in all, which
you can access at the bottom of each page.
Rodger M/cr Jazz January gig at High Lane Conservative Club will be held
a week later than usual, i.e. 8th January, which is good news for those
regulars who want to stay up late on New Year's Eve and join the revellers.
There's a one off charity event coming up in New
Mills Derbyshire, where trombone player Eric Brierley and his wife Maggie
live. They have organised a "U3A and
friends Jazz Party" in aid of the North West Air Ambulance charity.
It's at New Mills Town Hall on 16th December, and will feature
Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz. You can get early
bird tickets for £8 at New Mills U3A
meetings, or from Maggie on 01663 745396, but It will cost you £10 if you
want to pay on the door.
Just come across a web site
"http://www.nourishingobscurity.com" which has just included an article, "Revivalist
and Trad Jazz 2: UK, Oz and Le Continong". Some pretty good stuff worth
looking at - George Webb, Humphrey Lyttelton, Graeme Bell and Ken Colyer,
with videos and recordings to boot. Might be worth adding a comment if
only to show there's still interest out there.
The Pendle Jazzmen's second appearance at their new venue
- Ighten Mount Club - saw over fifty people in the audience, enjoying the
hot jazz on a very cold night which culminated in a snowy journey home for
many. A special appearance was made by former long-term member Mike
Pearson - back to live in Lancashire after several years in Cornwall. Both
he and his wife are now fully retired and decided to return to their home
county. Despite not playing much for several months Mike delighted the
audience and band members by his usual brilliant playing both in the
ensembles and on an outstanding solo. It is hoped that Mike - weather
permitting - will be able to make the journey every month and resume as a
regular member. The next session will be on Thursday, January 4th, starting
at 8p.m. The rest of the members are Stuart Whiteley (tpt./fl.), John
Brunton (clt./ten.), Mike Reddin (gtr./bjo), Dave Joyce (bs.), and Colin
Mason (dms.). Admission is free and the venue can be found by
A few years back Norman Gibson, of
Jazz2Swing2 (Morecambe), and a number of others from up and down the
Country, moved heaven and earth to get 'Tuba Skinny' to the UK, but. as he
says, failed miserably. However, an equally good opportunity presented
itself, and in conversation with Tuba Skinny's Robin Rapuzzi (Wbd) and Todd
Burdick (Tuba), over at Fest Jazz Brittany in July, he broached the question
'What would be the likelihood of Ryan, aka FH Henry, bringing his 'Frog &
Henry Band' to the UK?' ( see
frogandhenry.com ). Ryan was in e-mail contact within a couple of days
of the FestJazz Festival finish, with a definitive 'Yes' !! So, since
August, lots of information on Countrywide Jazz Clubs, Jazz Festivals, etc.
have been provided, to the point where a smaller exploration group will
arrive 12th. Feb. 2018 for two weeks. The hope is that the full 7 piece can
then plan confidently to tour later in the year. Click here for venues and dates
Daytime events this week include Annie's Saints &
Sinners @ The Dog & Partridge, Bollington 2pm - 4pm (Check with 01625
610059 first), then on Tuesday, 12th December from 12:30 – 14:30,
The High Society Jazz Band are at Saint Oswald's
Church, Warton, Carnforth. On Friday, The High Society
Jazz Band are playing again at Carnforth Railway Station, Warton Road,
Carnforth, 12:30 – 14:30.
Lots of musician's birthdays to celebrate
this week - Moe Green on Monday, Alex Clarke & Barrie Quilliam on Thursday,
Richard Knock on Friday and Sam Wood on Saturday. Many Happy Returns and I
hope you all have a lovely week.
The internet has increased communications around the
world considerably, and with that comes the good news as well as the bad. It
also can create a lot of amazing coincidences and some of those were related
on a page back in 2009. Maybe you've had chance to add some more tales
to this page? "Internet Coincidences" is
this week's page of the week.
The Chicago Teds
have two new gigs in a new venue - Eastham Lodge Golf Club (Ferry Rd,
Eastham, Wirral CH62 0AP) and the dates are both Fridays: February 2nd and
March 9th. The Teds’ gigs at Maghull (14th Dec) and Grappenhall (25th
January) will feature the Chicago Teddy Bears Pocket Pantomime!!
At 8pm on Sunday 17th December, its the last session with
the Severnside Jazz Band at The Four Crosses, Bicton, SY3 8EF, and will be
the Xmas Party. Then, on 4th Sundays in the month The Severnside Jazz Band
led by Dave Sherwood on cornet will play at The Wild Pig, Meole Brace,
Shrewsbury, SY3 9JT (was The Brooklands pub). Meanwhile, Jeff
Matthews' Chicago Swing Katz will continue to play at The Wild Pig on the
2nd Sundays in the month. - Malcolm Hogarth
This from Alan Bell in Belfast - The Jazz
at the Downshire Christmas Night is being held next Friday 15 December,
doors open from 8pm. The current extreme weather conditions are not very
conducive to going out, but I have looked at the forecast for next week and
I am confident that the freeze will have petered out by midweek and we
should be back to more normal temperatures by next Friday. So I would like
to encourage you all to make the effort to come along with your friends and
support your club for a seasonal festive night of fun and dancing with the
Martello Jazz Band. Santa hats are encouraged along with any other Christmas
regalia you care to bring! Looking forward to seeing you there.
This from Keith Allcock - "The forecast for
tomorrow suggests that travelling conditions could be very difficult and,
with our guest musicians coming quite a distance, we have reluctantly
decided to cancel the Jazz Rendezvous session at the Bowling Club. Dave
Alexander would have been coming from Wrexham, where the snow warnings are
quite severe, and Terry Brunt and Howard Murray from Stockport and, even if
they managed to get here, there might be a very poor audience if conditions
are bad. It’s a great shame that we’ve had to cancel our Christmas session,
which promised to be a really good one, but it seems the sensible thing to
do. Hopefully we can assemble the same line-up in the near future".
At this time of the year it's usual to
see resident gigs cancelled over the Christmas Period, so it made a nice
change to get an email from Barrie Marshall to tell me that the
Sun Street Stompers are playing at their normal
venue (the John O'Gaunt in Lancaster), at lunchtime on Christmas Eve and New
year's Eve. Mind you, despite emailing musicians and asking them to
check their gig listing, I still have some bands playing on Christmas Day
and New Year's Day, so make sure you check before setting out, rather than
rely on the information in What's On.
Good to see that 'What's
On In Glossop' are listing the jazz events at the cricket and bowling
club, currently showing Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz who
are appearing tonight. They have a page called "Trad Jazz At Glossop Cricket
& Bowling Club" which includes a picture of the High
Society Jazz Band, who are appearing on 19th April 2018, and also links
to the Glossop jazz club page on this website for
details of the organiser. Well done somebody!
Following on from the success of their
first CD, Milk of Amnesia which raised £1600 for
the Alzheimer's Society, Malcolm Hogarth & John Higham have brought out a
second CD - "Forget Me Knot". I don't know where they dig these numbers out
from, but some of them are hilarious and I've included three tracks to
demonstrate. Click here to check it out.
The Merseysippi Jazz Band are
having 3 Mondays off over Christmas and New Year as Christmas Day and New
Year's Day both fall on Mondays. Peter Fryer says, "We have been informed
that there is a football match on TV next Monday, 11th December, but we will
be there on the 18th.
When it comes to a drummer's nightmare, I
guess carpel tunnel syndrome must be well up the list.
Pendle Jazzmen leader and drummer, Colin Mason, is just recovering from
such an operation, which he says actually prevented him from drumming for
several months. Best wishes to Colin for a speedy recovery.
Many thanks to the great crowd who turned up for the re-opening of the
refurbished "Railway" at Sale to listen to the Canal Street Stompers. The
Christmas session will be held on Wednesday 20th December rather than the
usual 4th Wednesday in the month. - Derek Galloway
At our last session at The Hand
Hotel, Llangollen, at 12:30pm on Sunday 2nd December with the Deeside
Dixies, we had guests Jon Critchley, (tpt), Terry Perry (rds), Sue Reid
(vocals), as well as Mike Pearce (dms) from South Wales each month, Isabel
Toner (bs), Andrew MacKenzie (tbn), and Ed Lee for a couple of vocals. The
brolly parade featuring 15 to 20 people was our best ever in our 13 years
residency, and our raffle with 6 or 7 prizes organised by Judy Gosling had a
record take. But it would all have been wasted without our terrific
audience. On January 7th , we have guests Phil Lucas (tpt) and Liam Byrne (rds)
to complete the line up. The session is from 12:30 to 3pm, entry is free,
and good food is available. And in March (4th) we've got John Hallam (rds).
Roll on 2018! - Malcolm Hogarth
Dear Fred, Some good news. The Palm House have booked the
Savoy Jazzmen back again for next year. They are
very pleased with the concerts, On average over 100 people attend and many
join in the Mardi Gras parade numbers. - Peter Swensson
A Framus Guitar in its original build, bought in 1958,
one owner, and a P. Mauriat 'Special Hand Made' System 76 straight Soprano
Sax, are two items which have gone on the Sales
Page this month.
As there won't be any updates after tomorrow until
Tuesday, I'd like to wish retired leader of the New
Riverside Jazz Band, Alan Duckles, a very Happy Birthday on Monday, and
also a reminder that the The Savoy Jazzmen are
giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 5 December, 14:00 –
part of my exercise regime, I walk to the paper shop most mornings. Today
was a very cold day so I wrapped up well ready for the 1 mile walk, and
having previously downloaded 131 Bob Wallis Storyville Jazzmen tracks from
Spotify, I was in good company. Trying to set my pace to the rhythm I did
the return trip in record time, coffee wasn't even waiting for me when I got
home. I'd forgotten the rate at which bands of that era played, and I
don't know about 'My Old Kentucky Home, I was pretty worn out when I got
back to mine. Many years ago I would have felt like dancing my way home! Ah
those were the days! Is it me or have many of the bands, like me, also
slowed down as the years have gone by?
Mike Lovell tells me that last night at
Roa Island Jazz Club, held in the Yacht Club, the weather was horrible...
force 8 gale and driving rain...but the fans braved the elements and came in
their dozens. He said, "We, SIX IN A BAR Classic Jazz
Band played there last night to a full house. Encouraged by the
enthusiastic audience, we responded and a great night was had by all. Doing
a great job guesting with us, were John Smith on drums with Dave Strutt on
trumpet and flugelhorn. Just shows you that what is great, is when an
audience is prepared to ‘weather the storm’ to see and hear some jazz.
Norman Gibson says, "Of course Ottilie Patterson was the singer on the
'Holiday film' with Barber. We were outside this home of her birth not that
many weeks back. I've passed it many times over the years, but wasn't aware
of it until the plaque was unveiled on it recently. There's the official
https://youtu.be/vpklJHg3WmI which Norman says "I was invited to
attend but couldn't make it over. I like
it is an ordinary Ottilie jazz fan presenting his own piece of video in his
'aul' Belfast accent. Less than a thousand YouTube viewers have seen it".
Few people would associate Nat Gonella
with the clarinet, but it seems he did have one, and you can read more in
this week's Page of The Week in which Derek Brown also
recalls having one of Nat's trumpets in his possession for many years.
Many Happy Returns today to Dave Berry. Birthday
celebrations won't start until Wednesday for Tony West, and Friday for Paul
Marks. Birthday best wishes to you all.
Just one midweek daytime jazz coming up -
Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at the North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood on Wed, 29
November, 12:00 – 14:30
The Canal Street Stompers return to the newly
re-furbished Railway in Sale on Wednesday 29th November. Jazz starts at 8.30
till 11pm.Hope to see you all there. - Derek Galloway
Just had a call from Peter Eddowes who
had been watching the Holiday film. He said, "I wonder how many people
realise that the bathing sequence was actually filmed in Morecambe"? I said
I'd guessed as much because I recall all those bathing contests taking place
there. It seems Morecambe ran the Miss Great Britain concerts from 1945, and
in 1957, the year the film was said to have been made, it was won by Leila
Williams.The following year she became the first female Blue Peter
presenter, co-presenting with Christopher Trace. Peter felt that
Lancaster Council wouldn't be happy to be featured in a film about
Blackpool, but after a discussion it was realised that we don't think the
film actually mentions Blackpool, in fact it only became obvious to me after
it had started. Those with sharper eyes probably spotted that whoever
uploaded it to YouTube, had decided to call it "Blackpool Holiday 1957".
In the Blackpool film "Holiday", the Barber band is heard
playing tunes a semitone above the usual keys, suggesting that the sound
track has been speeded up (to achieve synchronisation with the divers?!)
which would contribute to the fast tempos offending Moe. Harmoniously. -
Hi Fred, I found
the film Holiday fascinating. It brought back a long gone era that lots
of us remember. I was delighted to see the shots of the aircraft ( a
DeHavilland Fox Moth for any anoracks out there ) I had my first ever flight
in one a few years earlier at Southport in fact it could have been this very
plane. I agree with Jon about the Bathing Beauty Contest. Seeing hordes of
leering men does not make for comfortable viewing but nobody thought of
these contests in that way then. I thought that the frenetic tempos of the
Barber band began to grate after a while but an enjoyable reminder of a much
simpler time. - Moe Green
It's our 11th birthday this Sunday at the Blue Bell in Halkyn. 11 years of
beer testing and frolics, marvellous raffle prizes and rampant cacophonic
outrage... How DO we do it? Sadly our magnificent guitar and banjoisté MIKE
SWIFT is off to hang upside down for a while. Confirms what I thought about
him, something of the night.... He claims to be off to Australian. We have
in his place the celebrated GARY POTTER so things are going to be a bit
sparky I think. So there it is... Jaffa cakes, beer, hot band, panoramic
views and no budget blues...come on down. This I know constitutes a naked
plug Fred but any other form of nakedness might frighten the sheep...- Mad
Ed Hughes. As long as there's
bit of news included, you're forgiven - Fred
Yes, Fred I had to re-run the bathing sequence a good few times before that
tune clicked, (distracted see). Everybody loved that "Marilyn " wannabe!
Back in the day we would have roared at the old fellas "Gawping". Aint so
funny now though, is it? Masterly editing though, and thanks to jazz
for bringing all our yesterdays back in glorious colour, bet Moe devoured
this, stylistically, of course. - Jon White
Roger Marshall tells me that the committee at Dove jazz
Club has decided that the proceeds of the Raffle at the Hot Fingers
concert this weekend will be donated to the Russell Bennett Memorial Trust
along with a donation from the Club. Roger says, "Even if you are unable to
attend our extravaganza with Tom Langham but would like to give a donation
we would be only too happy to pass any contribution you may wish to make on
to the Trustees if you forward it to me at 31, Dale Road, Dove Holes,
Buxton. SK17 8BG. Cheques should be made payable to the Russell Bennett
Re: The film
"Holiday.". Ron Bowden must have practised long and hard to get
those cymbal shots right on time as the divers entered the water!
He must have used a splash cymbal? - a Joe Silmonesque gag! - Howard Murray.
I was quite amused by the choice of track for the beauty contest - Fred
Many Happy Returns this coming Wednesday to John Meehan, drummer and leader
of the Savannah Jazz Band
For those who prefer the daylight hours for their
visits to jazz venues, I'm afraid it's going to be a bleak week as there are
Page of the week this week? Well I suppose it had to come round some time,
it's my personal page detailing how I got to where
I am today, and if you keep digging and following links, you'll even see
what I got up to as a teenager, read even more in an article by Andrew
Liddle, and listen to my appearance on Radio 4. It's all been well
hidden up until now.
I've just twigged that the film "Holiday"
mentioned in News item 16/10/17, is available in full on YouTube:
Those were the daze..... - John Westwood
fact that we had over 90 happy souls in the audience shows the popularity of
this unique band to our Club ensemble". Well that was something that
certainly caught my eye, not something you hear from most jazz clubs. So
where did I read it? Dove Jazz Club Bugle. The club featured The Ragtime Band on 14th
October. I think the next issue of The Bugle is imminent so keep your eye on
the club's Dove Bugle Page
- Hi Fred, Just found this on the
internet. - We probably played here in the mid 60s. We used to come down
from London once a month and play weekends in Chatfields Hotel, West Street,
Brighton. I remember on one weekend Colin Smiths Jazz Band, (Acker Bilk's
trumpet player at the time) with Alan Price on piano, (who went on to make
his own pop hits like "House that Jack built", "Jarrow Song" as well as hits
with Georgie Fame), were in Brighton. They were playing at a Club just up
the road and when they finished their gig they came down to our joint and we
all played together. Great memories. - Mike Lovell
15/11/17 - Back
by popular demand, 17th December, 7-9pm,
Plas Newydd in Llangollen hosts
it's second Jazz@Plas Christmas; an evening of traditional jazz standards
and Christmas Classics in the beautiful grounds of one of North Wales most
treasured heritage sites performed by local musicians Grace Williams
(vocals) Pete Beresford (piano) David Alexander (guitar) and Jamie
Brownfield (trumpet). The performance will begin at 1900, but arrive at 1830
for mulled wine and a mince pie (included in the ticket price). You
can purchase tickets in advance at Llangollen Tourist Information Centre
(01978860828), at eventbrite using this link
http://tinyurl.com/y7aveakb or on
the night at Plas Newydd (subject to availability). An evening for
friends and family to enjoy!
Jon Critchley writes, "The Original
Panama Jazz Band is delighted to be playing at The Cheshire Swing Cats’
Christmas Party on December 17th at Hoole Community Centre, Chester. The
Cats regularly visit us at The Irby Club, so it’s nice to return the
14/11/17 - Well
we might be struggling on occasions to find some mid week daytime jazz event
on this side of the Pennines, but I did see in "Where
Can We Go", there's one every week in York - "Traditional Jazz
every Thursday afternoon, 1.00pm – 3.30pm. Cross keys pub, 32 Tadcaster
Road. York YO24 1LQ, Tel: 01904 700854. Free admission and parking, dog and
child friendly, food (a Jazz menu) available. Tel 01904 700854 This Thursday
16 Nov at the Cross Keys we have the Tim New Jazz band This is a new line –
up of York musicians that went down a storm last time they played at the
Cross Keys with James Lancaster on Trumpet, Tim New on sax, Mike Barnham on
guitar , Bob Smeaton on keyboard, Nick Merriam on bass; Paul Smith on drums.
The band will be playing lots of well known jazz tunes with vocals from the
fabulous Marlena Rose."
The Saturday George Lewis played The Free
Trade Hall I was playing with the Jazz Aces at the Thatched House our
regular venue. I distinctly remember George appearing at some point in the
evening. Bill Entwhistle took a photo of him with our band. I never saw the
photo and my memory is hazy but he was there. - Moe Green.
Dublin musician Doug O'Brien is looking for a 2nd hand 'King 2B' trombone.
He is a regular visitor to the greater Manchester area, if by any chance
anyone had a King 2b for sale, he would view, try and buy. Contact me email@example.com
or call Doug direct + 353 86 873 7665 - Des Hopkins.
"Here is the link for Jamie's Jabbo Smith
session at this year's Whitley Bay Jazz Party", writes Julie Brownfield - "https://youtu.be/GD_8glxBI4U.
Keith Nichols directing Jamie Brownfield - trumpet, Ewan Bleach - clarinet &
alto sax, David Boeddinghaus - piano, Elise Sut - brass bass, Spats Langham
- banjo, Hope you enjoy!".
12/11/17 - The
2nd Almondbury Jazz Festival. - This one day jazz festival which is raising
funds for Ruddi’s Retreat – a local charity providing holidays for families
of children who are facing life changing illness - is on 18th November.
In Almondbury HD5 8XF nr. Huddersfield. The Conservative Club, the Woolpack
Inn and the Radcliffe Arms are close together along Westgate, opposite the
church. From 12.30pm there are a total of ten bands appearing in those three
venues and one in the church, where food is served. Last year all the venues
were very busy and in Almondbury parking is restricted. The website is
www.almondburyjazzfestival.co.uk.New Orleans Wiggle is at the
Conservative Club from 8.30 pm with Eric Brierley as guest on trombone. -
Reading about George Lewis at the Free
Trade Hall reminded me of how I almost heard the band. I was in the RAF and
had agreed to meet other members of the Druids Jazz band to go and see the
concert. I came down with the Flu, but still hitch hiked from Wiltshire to
Manchester and in the rain. I arrived in terrible shape but headed for the
bar and a whisky. The band could be heard playing the first of two concerts.
I passed out, was woken by a policeman, had my money returned and was taken
to catch a train to Liverpool. I missed the whole thing and the party
afterwards. It is burned into my memory banks! - Tony Pringle
Many Happy Returns on Tuesday to
trombonist Ken Parkinson.
Daytime jazz mid week this week, includes Annie's
Saints And Sinners @ The Dog & Partridge, Bollington, Mon, 13 November,
14:00 – 16:00 (check first), and The High Society Jazz
Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 17 November, 12:30 – 14:30 where there
are Tea Rooms with good food available. There's a collection taken at this
A beautiful instrument; hardly used and
in absolutely clean and pristine condition. That's how a Taylor Chicago Jazz
46 Trumpet is described that has just gone on the Sales
There will be a jazz night in the newly refurbished Devonshire Arms, 307
Longhurst Ln, Mellor, Stockport SK6 5PP, on Friday 15th December with Ian
McCann, Andy Henderson, Dave Parr and Dave Thomas from 8.30 till 11.00. Home
cooked food available until 8.00pm.
An American BBb Sousaphone made by the
Reynolds Co. has just gone on the Sales Page for £850 ono
09/11/17 - It
was good to see the comment by my friend Bill Isbister about George Lewis at
the Free Trade Hall. I was there along with other members of the
legendary Southside Stompers and it was an evening I shall never forget.
It was on a Saturday which was our normal club night but we shut up shop
because George was performing that evening and we never regretted it. - Alan
Thanks to John & Marie Howell for the
Spotify link. I've had an account with Spotify for ages and never used it. I
logged on to the Lewis / Colyer link and was just off to bed when "Weary
Blues" reawakened my weary body so I'm now here at the laptop listening to
the rest of the tracks. I was only twelve when this was recorded, old enough
now though to have many car rental companies add a ridiculous premium to
enable me to drive one of their vehicles, but lucky enough to have seen and
met some of the jazz legends still around when I reached my mid-to-late
twenties. - Graham Martindale.
Who'd be a jazz promoter? The Friday night band at "The
Talbot Jazzmas Party" next weekend has had to be changed yet again. I'll
put the details of the new band on here as soon as I get them. - Late news -
It's to be my local band, the Silver Bell Band
Now for something completely different.
Many of you will be know or have heard Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz's pianist,
Roger Browne. What you may not know is that his other passion is amateur
dramatics both directing and acting in plays. Well this could be your last
chance to see him in black tights in a very strong cast of four bringing you
a delightful play, full of poignancy, humour, and a few home truths about
age, ageing and the eccentricities of thespians, enlarged as they cope with
retirement. Just go along to St Werburgh’s Hall on St Werburgh’s Road, in
Chorlton next week and have a thoroughly entertaining and uplifting evening
– 7.30pm start. The play is called “Quartet” and was written by Ronald
Harwood, who also had a hit with “Dresser”. Roger says, "You can
secure a seat or three by calling the box office line on 0759 382 7201 or by
calling me on 07590 641 386. He says, "I would love too see you there.
08/11/17 - Not
sure if Courtney Pine is your cup of tea, but just in case, Band on the Wall
are delighted to announce the fourth edition of the Jazz Directors Series,
featuring jazz saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Courtney Pine C.B.E.,
taking place February 2018.
The High Society Jazz Band has played at Grange Over
Sands Golf Club on several occasions, but normally it's a private event. The
band is there again on Saturday 25th November, but this time the event is
open to everyone. Tickets are available at £17.50, which includes a
substantial meal. Anyone interested should contact the Club directly - email
firstname.lastname@example.org - phone 01539533180
The George Lewis DVD arrived safely,
thank you. I have four recorded tracks of George Lewis playing with the Ken
Colyer rhythm section at the Manchester Free Trade Hall on his first post
war European tour. You could have heard a pin drop when he played Burgundy
Street, a very emotional time for the audience who were just entranced. One
fairly small man with a clarinet keeping the audience absolutely spellbound.
I will never forget it. - William Isbister, Moosbach. Germany.
Nearly missed a couple of birthdays this week. Best wishes to Graham
Martindale and Terry Brunt on Friday.
05/11/17 - Page of the week this week
features a musician who is a regular contributor to this site -
Just one daytime midweek jazz event
coming up - The SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House
on Tue, 7 November, 14:00 – 16:00.
05/11/17 - Many
Happy Returns this week to Harry Roberts on Tuesday, and Peter Brown on
- There has been a change of programme at the
Talbot Hotel for the Jazzmas Party Time 2017 on Nov
17th - 19th, Swing Zing will now be playing on the Friday night. Swing
Zing will feature Jeremy Huggett and his very talented Jazzband. Capturing the
jump jive and swing sounds of the 40s and 50s, including Louis Prima, Louis
Jordan, Duke Ellington, Fats Domino, and Nina Simone.
Due to a late cancellation The Doc Houlind
Revival All Stars has a date free on its 2018 UK tour which is Tuesday March
27th. As we will be in Barnsley the night before we would prefer it to be
in the North or the Midlands if possible. If any club or individual can help us
out it would be much appreciated. Fee would be negotiable. - Brian Turnock.
Contact details are - E Mail
email@example.com or tel 0032 472 813999
03/11/17 - Another
lovely thing is to happen tomorrow. We played at their Wedding in 1992 and the
couple have asked us to play again for their 25th Anniversary. They have
requested a tune we did 25 years ago called “A Kiss To Build a Dream On” - Mart
Fred, no shortage of young dancers at the
40th Guinness Jazz Festival Cork Ireland, last weekend, with an overall
attendance estimated in the city at 40,000. Its just the same for
our Sunday sessions in Sin E Dublin, large attendances, mostly young boys and
girls discovering Dixieland jazz for the first time and loving it. The downside
is we have a shortage of musicians who want to play our kind of music. Plenty of
excellent young players, but no interest in older jazz styles. In
Cork we played six sessions, two a day, to packed houses at the wonderful
Clayton Cork City Hotel. Delighted to have had some great musicians with
us, including two from the North West, Tom Kincaid on piano, and John McCormick,
bass. - Des Hopkins.
received a couple of new promo videos from Tony Jacobs featuring 'Shake
That Thing!' - The Great British Swing Dance Show, starring the Swing Time
Jivers, the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra, Tony Jacobs & Catherine Sykes.
Some people out there may have known Harold
Pendleton, who was born in Southport in 1924 and died on 22 September this year.
I picked up his obituary from The Guardian. "Hearing a local Dixieland jazz band
live was a thrilling revelation to the teenager, and though a chartered
accountancy training and a City job on his move to London in 1948 delayed his
destiny, it arrived when Pendleton asked a fellow browser in a Soho record shop
where the nearest jazz club was. The recipient of that query turned out to be
Chris Barber. He went on to manage Chris Barber’s band when in 1959 their cover
of Sidney Bechet’s Petite Fleur sold more than a million copies". You can read
his amazing life story and full obituary at
30/10/17 - How many
different styles of jazz can you think of? Well, "A
Passion For Jazz" has come up with 25, and they don't even list 'Traditional
Jazz' or 'Dinner Jazz' (whatever that may be), although I suppose 'Classic Jazz'
covers our kind of music. Hats off to them for attempting to define the
various jazz forms, I wouldn't know where to start.
Re: Howard Murray's comments on dancing, when Jenny, Ray &
I were videoing the Wall city band at their Monday residency we saw
local folks dancing to the music. Great to see folk doing what the music
was intended for.
29/10/17 - Great
article about the jazz with young French folks dancing to swing music. The
attitude of the separation of age-groups is a British thing. I've seen very
mixed age groups in Europe but not perhaps on the scale of that lively video. --
Nearer home, Jeff Lewis' knock-out band plays at a pub in Liverpool, The
Caledonia and have been found by local 'swing club', dancers who do jive etc.
and dance in the manner usually associated with our style of music. They don't
outnumber the rest of the audience but they do participate far more. They often
have routines, clearly rehearsed and much in the manner of stage dancing. In the
old terms, the joint was jumping! -- With Martin Bennett's
band, we get a couple of gigs a year at Heriots Rugby Club in Edinburgh where a
jazz event is held by "Heriots Jazz & Jive Club". Here the very purpose is
dancing and the older, less gymnastic dancers, share the large dance floor with
younger Jivers, doing their own thing and doing it especially well. Again I
think they rehearse. I get quite out of breath just watching! -- I sat-in
with the Wall City Jazzmen in Chester...a couple of jivers came on and set the
heather alight! -- Drummer John Petters ..in the south, puts on Swing and JIve
nights with success but I hear that his finding is that using the word Jazz does
nothing to bring 'em in. -- So it seems that there may well be
a market or a revival but marketing jazz has never been high on the list for
jazz bands or promoters. Free pub jazz has not done much to further the
cause and brewery managers should be shot at birth. "They're jazz
musicians.They love it. They'll play for nothing!" Or Telford's Warehouse
Chester a few years back.. Sunday lunch time. So packed that the band had to
order their interval beer over the PA. A junior Manager, from H.O. fresh out of
college came in doing his rounds. "What's that band doing there? Get rid of it..
You could get another 25-30 people standing in that space!" Need I say
more? - Howard Murray.
One of the links on my
Link Page is to Fred's Guide to Dining Out - places
I have either visited or read about, in Lancashire and surrounding areas. It's a
map showing where the places are located, and today I've added a few more, so if
you fancy eating out, check it out. I can't make any
guarantees about the quality of food, but for each venue there's a link to their
web site, so you can check out the menus.
29/10/17 - Many Happy Returns this week to musicians
Roger Browne on Wednesday and Danny Riley on Thursday,
clocks have gone back and the dark nights are starting earlier but there are no
mid week daylight jazz events this week, unless of course you know different.
One thing that is bound to be a
cause for heated debate amongst musicians is whether or not membership of the
musician's union is worth it or not. Back in 2008 it was debated on the site and
I wonder if any musicians have had cause to change their views since then. It's the
subject of this week's Page of The Week.
few months back you mentioned a book by Peter Kerr called “ Don’t Call Me Clyde”
Journey of a Sixties Stomper” what a great story about an excellent Band “The
Clyde Valley Stompers’’ they were one of my favourite bands and a great loss to
the UK trad scene when they were disbanded by Ian Menzies who owned the name but
never made the band famous, that was left to Peter and the rest of the Band to
do, remind your readers to read the book and they won’t be disappointed it shows
how some people are more interested in the money than doing the right thing . -
Derek Dalton from Adelaide
Keith Robinson has asked to go on my News mailing List, but unfortunately I am unable to reply
to his email address that is coming up. If you are reading this Keith, perhaps
contact me again and let me have the correct address. Don't forget anybody can
request the News emailed to them twice a week, just Send an email with the
subject "Add Me", plus your name and email address,
I just mentioned yesterday that Cafe Society are playing at the Heron Theatre,
and Anthony Mason tells me that the gig is a sell out, so no more tickets I'm
26/10/17 - Would
you believe it's almost two years since Cafe Society
made an appearance in What's On That meant it got
relegated from the band spotlight page last December. I'm pleased to say that
it's now made a welcome return. Colin Turner writes, "Although North-West jazz
clubs do not beat a path to Cafe Society's door, the Heron Theatre at Beetham,
which is between Carnforth and Milnthorpe, has no such inhibitions and is
presenting the band on Saturday, 28th October. Hopefully the gig will be as
successful as the one we played a couple of years ago at this splendid venue".
Not actually a North West jazz issue but
would you be kind and mention the Save Swanage Jazz Festival campaign, which has
6 days left to achieve pledges of £900. It's always been a great festival and to
lose it would be a loss to us oldies, and all those fantastic up-and- coming
musicians that are filling us with hope. See
http://tinyurl.com/ycu38eft - Malcolm
and Isabel. I just checked
and with 5 days to go now, it looks like the goal posts have moved, but the
battle is still being won - £16,197 pledged of £15,000 goal, 247 backers and
still 5 days to go
26/10/17 - Well
Fred what can I say ? Do you ever think the young will mix with the older and
dance and enjoy the music of the new young kids on the block like this?
Here, just gone out on Youtube, The Old Fish Band from Berlin knock out some of
the best music around in Europe just now. I was there, and the other interesting
thing is the number of players in there dancing ! Some eagle eyed jazz fan will
pick out one of the UK's finest young reeds players Ewan Bleach swinging his
stuff with guys and gals from the Sweet Peppers JB. Brilliant, come on Keswick,
Bude, etc., get in with the flow, the UK dancing young are out there, they just
want this music
https://youtu.be/f0OYxiNgkcM - Norman Gibson
The Forest are not playing at their usual
venue (Union Exchange, Colne) on Tuesday 31st October. Unfortunately the room
has been booked for a children's Halloween party and they won't be playing that
night. Normal service will be resumed the week after. - Colin Bostock.
Mart Rodger Manchester
Jazz website now has tracks off some of their records plus tracks from a
performance at Hayfield Jazz Festival in 1988. Mart says, "Sadly Joe Palin, Tim
Roberts and Pete Cotterill have all passed away but we still have very talented
jazz musicians playing these days. Also there are two DVDS of lovely tunes".
Here is a quick way to look
24/10/17 - One of
the North West' s favourite reed players must be John Hallam. In July this year
an interview with Andrew Liddle was featured in Just Jazz
Magazine. Andrew kindly sent me his copy for inclusion on the site and you
can read it here
Always nice to get one of these - "Hi Fred,
I follow a number of Bands that are listed on your Website when possible and
find the standard really very good. On Sunday night, my wife and some friends
went to see the North West based band "Deco Delight"
at Baildon Hall. I have to say that Deco Delight is one of the best Bands
I have seen in a long time. The Music and Entertainment value was
excellent. Everyone had a superb evening. If anyone hasn't seen them, I can only
say that they are in for a real treat. Thank you for your website that keeps me
and many other Jazz Fans out there, informed about what's going on". - Peter
24/10/17 - The
Archers has never been the same since Tom Forrest left in 1997, but I think it’s
worth listening to if only for the very feint incidental music behind (usually
Linda’s) conversations: For instance, a few weeks ago I detected the Hot Five
playing “West End Blues”; then more recently Sidney Bechet; Yesterday it was the
Louis Armstrong All-Stars with “Ain’t Misbehavin”. Today, I could hear The
Andrews Sisters doing “Bei Mir Bist Du Schon”. God knows what Linda was saying
though, I lost the plot; some say years ago. I like to think that the BBC is
using The Archers as a subliminal attempt to revive national interest in proper
Jazz. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s episode! - Jon Critchley
If you missed the Temperance Seven at Thornton little Theatre last Friday,
there's still time to catch them this Sunday 29th, at The Platform, Morecambe,
3:00pm – 4:30pm.
22/10/17 - The non
musicians amongst us no doubt know the difference between a trumpet, trombone,
tuba or clarinet, and some may even know the differences when it comes to more
than one type, but how many of us know anything about mouthpieces? Back in
2007 Dave Copperwaite was after a particular mouthpiece and the late Eric
Holroyd offered some advice. However when some of the replies included words
like 64D, Double Cup, and Rudy Muck 17c, I began to wonder if we were on the
right subject or even a wind-up! It's a fascinating story and some very
interesting discussions ensued. It's this week's
Page of The Week
If you are one of the many who don't like
going out at night, there's just one lunchtime jazz event this week - Mike
Lovell's 6 in a bar at the North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood on Wed, 25 October,
12:00 – 14:30
Just outside my catchment area, but Matt
Palmer asks, "I don't know if you would post this, but Loughborough Dynamo F. C
presents a jazz supper evening, with Thomas "Spats" Langham's Hot Fingers with
Emily Campbell on Friday February 9th 2018. 8.00 - 10.30pm? Tickets £10
including supper. Limited tickets available, book early to avoid disappointment.
- Licensed bar, Ample parking, Raffle. Call Ros on 07421 993978 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org for further
details or bookings.
19/10/17 - As
mentioned earlier, the George Lewis DVD is no longer available and therefore no
longer being advertised. If you missed your copy, there is now one
available at approximately half price. The late Geoff Brooks bought one and was
only able to watch it once or twice before he passed away. His widow Ruth is
offering his copy for just £10 including p&p. Please
let me know if you are interested and I'll pass your
- Mike Lovell sent me
montage of some of the photos that Barrie Marshall took, and passed on, of
FOUR IN A BAR in the Cafe at the Ashton Memorial on Sunday evening. Mike
Lovell, trombone : Andy Wallis, reeds : Chris Howse, banjo/guitar : Colin
Turner, bass saxophone. Click on the picture as always, if you'd like
to see a larger version.
It was our jazz session in Poynton at The Royal British Legion Club last
night. Because of the strength of wind I was worried and expected no one to
come and listen to Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz. Well 20 people came and we
all had a super evening. I would like to thank those jazz fans for coming
to listen to us. - Mart Rodger (Manchester Jazz).
Colin Mason & Stuart Whitely are all set
to appear on Radio Lancashire on 27th October, at approximately 2pm
where they will be talking about thePendle Jazzmen's new venue in Burnley at
Mount Bowling Club Ltd, Romford St, Burnley which starts on 2nd November at
8pm. Stuart will be taking his trumpet to the studio, but I think Colin
might be drawing the line at taking his drum kit. We shall see/hear.
I have just been watching the news on TV, and when it ended I flicked over
to Freeview channel 7 which at peak times in this area of Lancashire is
usually "That's Lancashire" but at other times is "Talking Pictures TV", as
mentioned by Graham yesterday. I instantly recognised Chris Barber band
playing to scenes of a coastal holiday area which I recognised as Blackpool
and the Fylde Coast. It turned out to be the film
The Parade Jazz Band Annual Halloween party ????
Held on 31st October 2017, 8-30pm start in the Red Lion pub, 16 The Parade, Parkgate,
Neston CH64 6SA. Free entrance Raffle optional Fine jazz Fancy dress
optional Fun and frivolity a plenty Great hospitable informal atmosphere All
welcome - Wendy Neumann
What a talented parade of guests does our Norman
(Pennington) arrange for the delectation and delight of the crowd at the
Beaky in Ashton-under-Lyme. Last session we welcomed Mike Mason, renowned
horn player from Macclesfield (rumours that he moonlights with the Cheshire
Hunt are entirely unfounded). For the next session - October 18th - we have
Richard Slater, a.k.a. Billy Bedlam, on valve bedpan and hosepipe, and
finally, on Wednesday 1st November, we will be joined by that talented young
reeds player, Alex Clarke, who captivated us all on her last visits. All
welcome; bring an instrument and sit in second half.
Bonjour Fred, Where I live in France I
watch UK television via Freesat. A new channel appeared recently, "Talking
Pictures TV", which shows black & white films and various oddities, short
biographies of old movie and comedy stars, interviews (one with Acker) etc..
I think many are culled from the National Film Archive. Trolling through the
listings I came across "Glimpses: Who were you with last night
1963 with the Paramount Jazz Quartet"
which I recorded and watched last night. What a lovely surprise - piano,
bass, guitar (none known to me) and my old friend Ron Mackay playing,
scatting and clearly enjoying himself in his inimitable fashion. Wonderful
stuff. It's on YouTube but in much poorer quality under Acker's name plus
another clip of the same quartet playing "Ship Ahoy". - Graham Martindale
The High Society Jazz Band are at Carnforth Station on
Fri, 20 October, 12:30 – 14:30, and is this mid week's only daytime event.
Birthdays coming up this week - Dave Bateman (gtr/bjo) on Wednesday, and Suzanne
Mott (voc) on Thursday. Many Happy Returns to you both.
14/10/17 - "Speaking
the Unspeakable", was the heading of a series of comments in April 2009 on
this site about band fees, a subject guaranteed to raise the hackles of some and
pleas of poverty from others. It's this week's Page of The
Week and makes for very interesting reading. It also shows - nothing much
The Deps List has been
updated as much as possible, lots of changes of phone numbers and email
addresses, some I deleted because both failed and there was no way of contacting
the person. Some I have had to leave with the email addresses crossed out, so
whether those phone numbers are valid or not is difficult to say it was taking
too much time to verify them. If you see someone you know on the list with a
crossed out email address please let them know.
14/10/17 - "No
doom or gloom pervades the atmosphere of the Blue Bell in Mynydd Helygain (Halkyn)
to use your poor inarticulate English", writes Mad Ed Hughes. "The new landlord
loves MAD ED'S HOT 5 as we come to the 11th year of our
tenure. Sunday 15.30 thru 18.00, a valuable bottle of wine to be won AND large
boxes of Jaffa cakes too...... Ooh!".
I decided to take a look at the
Deps List today, and I sent out emails to all the
addresses listed to check they were still valid. So far I've had 21 bounced
because the addresses were incorrect. If I can't get them corrected I may have
to publish the names and ask for your help.
13/10/17 - "A bit
of daytime Jazz Northwest", writes Ian Royle, "The Jazz Northwest I'm referring
to is North West of Alicante on the Costa Blanca here in Spain. The Arena Bar in
Denia holds daytime jazz sessions on Sundays with Colin Fraser's Jazz Quintet
this coming Sunday playing mainstream jazz. Colin is a '"See You Jimmy" in your
face sort of Scots trombone player and a great entertainer. The following
Thursday, TK's 'Simply Jazz' features time changes as leader Terry Kennedy sings
'All of Me' in 5/9 time for Dave Brubeck aficionados. Very clever stuff. The
raising of eyes among the rhythm section members shows their appreciation of his
musical expertise. I played at the Arena Bar last Sunday deputising for top
Costa Blanca trumpet man Mike Summers with his ' New Jubilee Jazz Band' .It was
a great fun afternoon with one or two guys I'd met out here before and some
knockout musos who I hadn't".
13/10/17 - Now that
the Old Fashioned Love Band has disbanded, Moe Green finds himself available for
dep jobs, and as such has now joined the deps list
There will be no jazz at the Railway in Sale
on Wednesday 25th October. The pub is closed for refurbishment and will re-open
on 17th November. Jazz resumes as usual on the last Wednesday of the month,
Wednesday 29th November at 8.30pm. Hope to see you all there - Derek Galloway
(Canal Street Stompers).
A couple of last minute gigs just in. -
Tomorrow evening,(13th) 5.30 till 7.30, An Evening With
The Sun Street Stompers at The Storey Institute. Lancaster, Part of The
Lancaster Music festival. Also - Bazzer's Jazzers (busking trio) at
Atticus Book Shop, 26 King St,
Lancaster LA1 1JY. Saturday the 14th, 12.00 till 13.00
12/10/17 - Here is
an unusual one from Barrie Marshal, "A musician friend of mine has some
clarinets for sale, they are all the same model, Elkart CL100, first they have
not fallen off the back of a lorry, they came from a school, they have stickers
on them from The Music Cellar of Preston, I had a blow on them, 19 in all, 12 of
them were good enough for me to play on gigs, three without thumb rests the
others just needed looking at and some mouthpiece caps missing, he just wants to
get them off his hands, he is not asking a lot, maybe a school would be
interested, he lives in Garstang. These have now been sold - FB
An H N White King 2B Liberty Trombone Circa
1949, "in wonderful condition", has just gone on the
10/10/17 - It's
been a while, but jazz is back at Sale Conservative Club, well at least for one
event. The Chicago Teds are there on 15th Dec. See poster
for more details
A Yamaha PSR 215 keyboard (61 keys) has just
gone on the Sales Page.
Due to a hiccup in the refurbishment of the
pub and its re-launch weekend, The Frisco Bay Hot Stompers are now playing at
The Bolton Arms in Leyburn (Wensleydale) on Sunday lunchtime 29th October, not
22nd as stated in previous news item. The line up is Harry Long on cornet, Gerry
Smith on reeds, John Crisp on trombone, David Reid on banjo, Dave Stanley on
drums, Tom Derbyshire on string base and me on piano and vocals. FREE ADMISSION
– food available. - Kathy Benson
08/10/17 - Ray &
Jenny Knight are all set to start a series of video recordings of NW jazz bands
tomorrow night. They will be recording on 9th,10th, 12th, 17th, 19th, 23rd and
24th October. Check out What's On to see which are the
bands to be recorded. Look for 'Video night'.
08/10/17 - In March
2006, Moe Green talked to Just Jazz about his life in
jazz as a drummer. It was reproduced on this site and is this week's
Page of the Week
Many Happy Returns this week to Doug Whaley
and Jack Cotterill on Monday and to Gerry Clayton on Friday.
08/10/17 - Mid week
daytime jazz this week - Annie's Saints And Sinners @
The Dog & Partridge, Bollington (check first on 01625 610059) on Mon, 9 October,
14:00 – 16:00
Well Fred, all I can say is, the JOG picture
must have been painted on a very sunny day. Barrie in blue trousers ? I've never
known such a thing! - Norman Gibson
- This popped up on Facebook, it’s a painting of
Ye Olde John O’Gaunt commissioned by Steve Thorn with The Sun Street
Stompers, its by an artist called Chas Jacobs who
does lots of painting round Lancaster and Morecambe. Musicians - Arno Bakker.
Sousaphone. Paul Guppy, double bass. Barrie Marshall, clarinet. Alan
Duckles, cornet. Dave Bateman, banjo. Steve Thorn, tenor saxophone. The
painting was done over twenty years ago - Barrie
05/09/17 - Updated
After playing every week at The Inn on
the Wharf for more than five years, members of the Pendle Jazzmen were
shocked and disappointed at the recent sudden closure - symptomatic of the
fate of many hostelries throughout the country. Efforts have been made to
find another venue which can offer the same or better facilities in order to
keep in touch with the very loyal followers. A new venue has now been found:
The Ighten Mount Bowling Club is on
Romford Street, BB12 8AF. The facilities are excellent, the Band playing
in the Ground Floor Lounge with its own bar providing the full range of
drinks - beers, wines, spirits, and non-alcoholic - from the well- stocked
bar. A special feature will be hot suppers in the form of pie and peas. A
problem sometimes is the lack of adequate and safe parking: not so here as
the club has its own large car park right outside. The sessions will be
every month on the 1st Thursday with the doors opening at
7.00p.m., ready for the start at 8.00p.m. Admission is free but a raffle
will be held each week to go towards covering expenses. Members of the band
are greatly looking forward to their first appearance at Ighten Mount Club,
greeting old friends and welcoming new friends. This will be on THURSDAY,
NOVEMBER 2nd. Particular thanks are due to the Club Steward, Graham Slade,
for his support. Further details can be obtained by ringing 01282 423230
(the club) or 01282 699571 - Colin Mason
That's it, the last George Lewis DVD, a historical
recording of George Lewis on Japanese TV, has now been ordered and reserved.
It's been a lovely partnership with Geoff Bull in Australia, and so
rewarding that 330 people have enjoyed it so much.
I have just worked out that my Band, The Sun Street
Stompers, has played approximately 1700 times in Lancaster, since
forming in 1985 at the Olde John O'Gaunt, thanks to Steve Thorne. It has
played every Sunday in the city, including a couple of other venues, with
the exception of high days and holidays and I'm the only founder member
still playing in the band. The band has done other gigs in Lancaster but I
can't remember where! Great thanks to landlady Claire Tomlinson for letting
the band go back to its roots at the JOG, so I could continue this long
standing tradition. - Barrie Marshall
Just read your news page and see that Gerry Clayton has
put a picture of the advert for a Riverboat Shuffle in 1961 with The
Beatles. This is a programme of Liverpool Jazz festival we played in
January 1960 while the Beatles were in Hamburg and Ringo was with Rory
Storm and the Hurricanes and the Supporting groups on the last page of the
programme! Brenda Canty-Forrest
It was indeed a pleasure to get to
George's final night of promoting East Belfast Jazz Club. The atmosphere was
great, but then it usually has been good with the normal fifty or so crowd.
Social chat, dancing and BYO drinks and the walls bedecked with jazz posters
- just how a little jazz club should be. And, believe it or not, a mixed
group of about ten young people turn up and join in. Reed player Trevor
Foster was heard to say " We ( the band ) felt inspired tonight - just like
aul' times" Good luck George, and we know you will be a keen attendee and
supporter. And, just to round our weekend off, we had right tasty Cajun
meals at Papa Joe's New Orleans Restaurant in Bangor Saturday night. -
NOW SOLD OUT - That's it! Just one left, first come first served.
The George Lewis DVD has all but sold out, there
won't be any more
The final night of the East Belfast Jazz Club was on
Friday last & what a night it was the hall was packed to capacity. The
audience really enjoyed themselves & the band was on top form. It was great
to see my old my old friend Norman Gibson & his wife Merle from Heysham
there, they came over especially for the occasion. I also have one piece of
good news, the Martello Jazz band have offered to carry on for a trial
period of 3 months & if this works out it will become permanent, it will no
longer be the E. B. J. C. it will be called "Jazz at the Downshire". At
least we will still be keeping jazz alive in Belfast - George Smyth
The latest edition of Just Jazz magazine is now
out. Details are here.
- A fascinating bit of history sent in by Gerry Clayton.
Acker Bilk and the supporting band - The Beatles. If you can't see it too
well, click on the picture. Maybe you'll get a few thousand pounds in offers
Drummer Bill Williams passed away 11 years ago on this day in 2006. His
tribute page is the subject of this week's Page of
The SAVOY JAZZMEN
are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tuesday 3 October, 14:00 –
16:00. It's the only mid week mid day concert this week.
Many Happy Returns on Sunday to Brian
Ellwood, and on Wednesday to Pete Lindup
Clive Edwards tells me that the Friends of
Neston Library have arranged an evening of hot jazz on Wednesday 25 October
2017 at 7.30pm, with well known musicians Andy Henderson, Andrew Mackenzie,
Howard Murray, Pete Darwin. Dave Alexander, Keith Allcock and vocalist Grace
Williams. Clive says of Grace, "I heard the sit in with Five & a Penny at Alexender's a few months ago and thought she would work well with the band.
Keith Allcock and I have been friends since the 1950's and he has arranged
the band for me. Neston Library is a good venue and the event should make a
profit to help them". Click here for full details of
Mike Pembroke writes, "I wish to inform
that the final appearance of the Old Fashioned Love Band will take place
next Monday October2nd at Dunscar Conservative Club (Eagley
jazz club). For this farewell performance we will be joined by Mel Hill,
our trumpet player for at least 12 of the 15 years that the band has
existed, and who, along with Jake Reeves was a member of the previous 1960s
OFL incarnation. I would just like to thank all those who have supported us
during a very happy period. This obviously includes promoters, festival
organisers, and particularly the fans who attended sessions and those have
just bought our CDs both in the UK and other parts of the world".
Many Happy Returns on Saturday to Keith
Allcock, and unless I have it wrong it's going to be a special decade one to
celebrate. Congratulations Keith.
"Thursday 28th Sept Andy, Ritchie, myself (Greg
Robley), Liam Rogers on Dobro and Percussionist Joss Jones will be
performing at St. Peter's Church in Pwllheli. We will start at 7.30pm and
refreshments in the form of tea, coffee and wine will be available. All
profits go towards supporting the worthy cause of Pwllheli Food Bank.
Hopefully we'll see a few of you there. Thanks" - Greg
Last weekend we were invited to the Talbot Hotel by Gilbert & Julie
Petrie to join them one evening for one of their
amazing value weekend jazz events. We went on Friday night when John Gordon's
Dixie Kings were playing which included John Hallam, along with Mike Burns,
Laurie Cooper, Derek Brown and Duggie Tyldesley. Gilbert does an amazing job
to make sure everybody is catered for, including birthday and anniversary
wishes and a special cake for the occasions. He also made sure we were sat
with the familiar faces of Jon & Kay Critchley. An excellent evening of
first class jazz.
Re: Beer festival on Sunday 1st October 2017
at Wythenshawe Cricket and Sports Club, 78 Longley Lane, Manchester
(Northendon) M22 4JF. The jazz ensemble Hot Treacle will be playing between
3.00pm and 6.00pm and not 2.00pm and 5.00pm. - Charlie Bentley
Remember trombone player Mike Pearson?
Well he's back and he's emailed to say, "Hi Fred, after ten years in sunny
Cornwall I have relocated to sunny Fleetwood in Lancs. If anyone needs a
trombone player, the mobile number and email on your deps
list is still ok! ".
The High Society Jazz
Band will be playing an extra gig at Carnforth Station this Friday (29th
September) at the usual time of 12.30 - 2.30pm. This is partly to test out
whether there is enough support for two gigs a month, because their regular
3rd Friday gigs have been very popular over the summer month.
Hi Fred, I appreciate that you are North
West bound, but I am sort of in mid country between East and West!!! I
wondered i you would be kind enough to mention that Jazz is returning to the
Bolton Arms in Leyburn (Wensleydale) as a taster on Sunday lunchtime, 22nd
October 2017 12.00 ‘til 3.00pm (FREE ADMISSION – food available), thereafter
to be confirmed on a monthly Sunday lunchtime basis. The band on 22nd
October is THE FRISCO BAY HOT STOMPERS, an 8 piece band led by Harry Long on
cornet with myself on piano and vocals. I do hope you can add this to your
news up-date. If you require any further information please let me know. -
- 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
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..
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
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.
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
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
email@example.com. 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
A KING 2B (G) Trombone is the latest item to
go on the Sales Page
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
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
- 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.
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
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.
Just back from a 2 day break in the Lakes,
spoilt only by a motor-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.
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
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
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".
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".
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".
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
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
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.
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 Club,
Rochdale Jazz Club, Delph 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
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.
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!
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.
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
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".
John Pashley is the guest musician joining
the Tuxedo Jazz Band this Thursday 14 Sept 8 30pm at The Old Wallaseyans
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org and he will send a list of the
material. Many thanks , Brian Turnock
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
This from Pete Lay at 08:54
today - "R.I.P. TREFOR WILLIAMS!! Passed away about an hour or so
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. -
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
- 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 -
"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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
Many Happy Returns next week to Howard
Worthington and Tony Davis (Midlands) on Sunday.
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 two are on the Musical Talk Podcast site.
Here's one question that I couldn't help
with, can you? - "Hi Fred, do you know of any Trad in the north of
Scotland, Caithness or Sutherland in particular? ". - Steve Marquis
stalwart of the local jazz scene in Lancashire is that fine band,
The Pendle Jazzmen, so it was disappointing to hear
that the venue they have been playing in weekly for the last eight and a
half years, is closing down. Colin Mason rang me to say that the Inn on The
Wharf in Burnley, is shutting up shop this weekend. That means that the last
gig at this location will take place tomorrow night, so a good send off
would be great if you could manage it. Colin says that jazz fans old and new
are welcome to join them at the wake, and that the band appreciates the
support many have given them over the time spent there, and in particular
the landlord who has managed to keep the weekly event going.
It's the St Anne's
International Kite Festival weekend and Mike Lovell's Sticky Rock Jazz
Three are appearing in front of St Anne's Pier Cafe this coming Saturday &
Sunday from 1pm till 4pm. I went to the festival last year and it was an
amazing spectacle, as was the band of course.
There's a nice article about jazz musician George Shearing on
There is a proposal by the Battersea Society to commemorate him with a blue
plaque on Northcote Lodge School which was previously Linden Lodge School
for the Blind which he attended from when he was twelve till he left at
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
trying to find some jazz players to play with in a 50s/60s style. I'm
a tenor/alto sax player, and played through university and for a while on
the cruise ships in the early 2000s before becoming disenchanted with music
a little and moving into IT. I've played a bit here and there, but have
recently started playing a lot more again and very much enjoyed it. I've
depped with the New Lights Big Band, but ideally looking for more small
band/standards stuff. If you know of any jam sessions or similar in
the area, or other people who may be looking for doing a bit of rehearsing
and the occasional gig that would be ace. - Matthew Darwin.
Email me and I'll pass it on - Fred
An article in "Science Daily" states,
"Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain". This has led
the Press Association to add - "A regular boogie-session could also help
improve balance – the loss of which is a symptom of brain degeneration". So
what are you waiting for, the South of England seem to be ahead of us when
it comes to dancing at jazz events. Take your partners please ...
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 -
Derek also plays with the Canal Street Stompers & Bunter's Imperials
(Apologies if I've missed one) - Fred.
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.
Daytime gigs during this week include Deco Delight
at Cartmel on Bank Holiday Monday, Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at NORTH EUSTON
HOTEL, Fleetwood, on Wed, 30 August, 12:00 – 14:30 and The River City Jazz
Band on the end of Llandudno Pier on Fri, 1 September, 13:15 – 16:15.
Many Happy Returns this week to bass player
Keith Shone, who celebrates his birthday on Monday.
like to get around and your taste in jazz music is varied, then check out
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?"
The list of forthcoming events at Manchester
jazz Club has just been updated up to March 2018.
jazz musician who I've seen and heard many times, yet never really met and
know very little about, is Allan Dent. I do know he played with the Dallas
Jazz Band, Smoky City Stompers, Red River Jazzmen
and of course Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz. So it
was with interest that I flicked through the
September issue of Just Jazz Magazine, having spotted his photo on the
front informing all that he will 80 years young on 18th September.
Unless I missed it, Allan still remains to me the quiet unassuming private
musician I've always thought him to be.
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".
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.
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?
My thanks to
my wife Barbara for helping me to trawl through and cross check a month's
gigs that luckily I'd previously saved as a PDF.
We found quite a few that had been 'terminated' to end in previous years,
and I was able to identify them and extend them 'back to the future'.
Hopefully they are all back, but it was also an opportunity to see if they
appeared to still be valid or required updating. Of course the information
is only as good as I get and I do need the co-operation of bands and fans to
keep it updated.
Dear Fred, What a shock for me to see Dave Browning has
died. He and I were at school together in Heaton Moor where I introduced him
to Louis Armstrong and his kind of jazz. Dave was at that time a super
pianist and I used to go to his home in Chorlton for rehearsal. Dave was
with me for my first concert at Cheadle Hulme Methodist Church when he
played piano. It was very soon after this that he took on trumpet and became
an absolutely brilliant world class player of his instrument and I am sorry
I didn’t get an opportunity to play with him in recent time. - Mart Rodger
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
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
McLachlan & Andrew Mackenzie are two musicians who celebrate their birthdays
this week on Saturday 26th August.
Manchester Jazz Festival came to an end two weeks ago today and passed
somewhat peacefully as far as this site was concerned. Not quite so in the
past if you read this page. It's this week's
Page of The Week
Only one mid
week daytime jazz event, but that could be wrong when you read what's
happened to my calendar of events! The River City
Jazz Band are on the end of Llandudno Pier on Fri, 25 August, 1:15pm –
had a message on my answer machine from Graham McClelland to inform me that
trumpet player Dave Browning had died peacefully at his home in Wilmslow on
Tuesday this week. Dave was well known in the Manchester area, and searching
the net I discovered there was some controversy surrounding him. According
to Graham, Dave had evidence and a pay slip of £30 to confirm that he was in
fact the trumpet player on the original recording of the Coronation Street
signature tune, but there were counter claims - see
As well as jazz, Dave also played with big bands - NDO, ABC TV Show
band, Johnny Patrick, Syd Lawrence and Alan Hare Bands
seems to have happened to my What's
On calendar which is stored on Google servers so nothing to do with my
PC. Several events, especially repeating ones, are missing or amended to end
after a differing number of repeats, usually meaning they ended anytime
between 2014 and last year, meaning some gigs are no longer appearing.
I am slowly going through the jazz club entries in What's On, but I would
appreciate it if anybody spots anything else wrong in
What's On, could they just to let me know at email@example.com.
I forsee a busy weekend ahead!
Correction to an earlier news announcement -
Annie Hawkins will be playing with the Tuxedo Jazz Band
on Thursday 31st August at The Wallaseyans Club, 140-142 Grove Rd, Wirral,
Wallasey CH45 0JF, UK
Malcolm Hogarth writes, "When busking at The
Cross in Chester yesterday we were followed by a little girl of 10, who
knocked the crowd for six with her playing of guitar and harmonica and her
"This is bad news for us and for live music" says Jon Critchley after
receiving this letter - "Hi Jon, We currently have the
Original Panama Jazzband pencilled in for 8 April –
however, from January 2018 the Pavilion Arts Centre will be converting into
a cinema and unfortunately this means we will no longer be able to run the
Sunday Jazz Sessions. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, and
if anything changes we will be in touch. Best wishes, Kerry
Allsop, Programme Officer, Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre.
After Windows 10 tried to update my PC and gave
up with a groan, I left it running on Windows 7. Having successfully installed
Windows 10 on my laptop and got everything running such that I could update
the site from the Isle of Wight, and finding out it wasn't the bad guy it
had been made out to be, I decided to completely delete everything on my
main PC and start by installing Windows 10 from scratch (but not
before making a copy of the hard drive). It's taken most of two days to get
it up and running the way I want it, and hopefully I can now use it as I
have always done. I've still a lot of things to install but we'll get there.
The first job is to make a backup copy of this drive so that there aren't
loads of updates to be installed all over again should danger strike.
Some of your site visitors may have checked out the links, you added for
further information, on Vince Giordano, and now realise what an amazing band
the Nighthawks are. If I could get travel insurance for USA, without
re-mortgaging the house, I think I would make just one more trip to the Big
Apple. The band can be seen, and danced to, Mondays and Tuesdays at the
Iguana on West 54th. St. New York for $20.00. There must be someone you know
who has an upcoming holiday planned to NY ! - Norman Gibson
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.
Many Happy Return on Tuesday to ex NW drummer now living in Cornwall, Alan
Davies, and on Thursday to another drummer, Graham Smith.
mid week jazz this week - Annie's Saints And Sinners @ The Dog & Partridge,
Bollington (check first on 01625 610059) on Mon, 14 August, 14:00 – 16:00,
and The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station Fri, 18 August, 12:30 –
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.
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
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.
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. -
A few NW faces there i recognise Norman
Whilst I was away, Mike Pembroke emailed to say, "I'm pleased to inform you
that my collection of Jazz EPs & LPs have found their way to a new home,
having been collected this morning. It was pleasing that the new owner is a
fan who was already known to me. Thanks for your help".
Trevor Stent has emailed - I’ll send more
reports from Fest Jazz 2017 later but I thought I’d share this with you
straight away. Gunhild Carling arrived on the Saturday, gave the most
spectacular shows I have ever seen in my life, found the area and the Fest
Jazz atmosphere “incredible” and stayed on for an extra two days. She did
her weekly streamed television broadcast (100,000 viewers worldwide) from
the festival on the Sunday at the end of a concert from the Dorine de Wit
band. In effect a jam session but quite something! This is the result:
musicians in Dorine’s band did the North West (and South West) proud. They
were magnificent: Dorine on banjo, Dave Vaughn sax, Jamie Brownfield trumpet
and Tom Kincaid piano.) A great session and what a weekend!!
10/08/17 - Back after 10 days on the Isle
of Wight, and very nice it was too.
Hello Fred, I'm pleased I made
it to the Blue Bell last Sunday to say goodbye to Steve and Ness. It was a
super session and the pub was packed. After about five hours of music from
Mad Ed's Hot Five and a number of guests the beer pumps were starting to run
dry. I had a long drive so I left about 9pm with the party still going on! -
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.
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.
Many Happy Returns next week to Mark Challinor
on Monday, and Frank Lowe on Thursday.
Had heard via the grapevine that Mart Rodger had had an accident that
prevented him playing at Buxton Festival, and it appears it was correct as
Mart has written to say "Glad to say I am getting better. I shall be playing
with Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz at High Lane
Conservative Club on Monday 7th August which is almost 8 weeks since my
accident. I would like to thank the reed players who have stood in for
- A late
alteration for August 31 for Carlisle Jazz Club,
It's now Steve Andrews and friends with Roly Veitch
Excellent session at Chorley Flower Show
with The Cafe Society Band. Well worth a visit
next year - Ged Wilson.
Fred, you mention Blue Mags’ TV appearances:
Well, here are some pictures at
http://tinyurl.com/y89f3grh of their very first TV appearance - I guess back in the late 60s / early 70s, when I was with them along with
Ken Sims, Trevor Stent, Alan Miller, Mike McCombe, Bob Hayward, Tom Kirby
and Roger Hewitt, I think. Yes friends, it’s Opportunity Knocks! The
pictures were taken of the TV screen (405 lines?) by my brother Peter with
his 35mm camera (no video recorder), so they are not the best resolution.
Acker Bilk introduced us, and Hughie humorously tried to show him how to
play Stranger On The Shore. We came third, a suspect singer from Flint
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.
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