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DECEMBER 2019
 

06/12/19 - Hi Fred, I would be very grateful if you could tell your readers that The Good Time Jazz Band will NOT be playing at The Fleece at Addingham again until the 8th January (hopefully) as the management want to use ‘our’ room for other events over the Festive Season.  All best wishes to you for Christmas and the New Year from over the hill here in Yorkshire. - Harry Long

06/12/19 - Glossop Jazz Club gig list has been updated. for next year

06/12/19 - This from Warwick School on Facebook - "We are delighted to announce that Alex Clarke, our Music Assistant, has won the Rising Star category in the 2019 British Jazz Awards. Many Congratulations!" - Details here

06/12/19 - Tuesday 17th Dec. at La Casa Vieja bar/ restaurant in St Helens.  Excellent location . Top site for a jazz atmosphere. Great Jazz ,Featuring St Helens own Andy Henderson and Friends, playing and singing melodic jazz standards. The fun starts at 9.00.p.m. until 11.00 p.m. Good food ,beer and wines available .  Admission is free or, you can pre-book a table and a meal, just bell Manuel on 01744 454613 and mention Jazz Night. Menu here - Pete Darwin
 

04/12/19 - The Canal Street Stompers will be playing at the Railway in Sale on Wednesday 18th December 2019 at 8.30 This is a week early due to the holidays We wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Jazzy New Year Jazz resumes on Wednesday 29th January 2020 - Derek & Trish Galloway

04/12/19 - For some reason I forgot an important daytime event tomorrow. It's Garstang Jazz Club and the outstanding jazz violinist, Ben Holder, is the guest of honour accompanied by Tom Kincaid, Jim Swinnerton and Jack Cotterill. Mind you I'm in good company as Ben has forgotten to put it on his gig list as well.  It's called Gingerlocks and the Three Bears, and it all starts at  12 noon tomorrow.  The admission price of £12 includes a very good hotpot or vegetarian option, but don't forget to take your own drinks. I notice that one pub on the A6 is offering hot pot for £8.99, and the drinks would certainly cost more, so that makes the jazz a bargain!

03/12/19 - When I went to Rochdale on Sunday, I finally got to say hello to Sam Ralph. I am pleased to say Sam has now uploaded his photographs of the Wall City Jazzmen & Irene Martin, and you can see them by clicking here

03/12/19 - When the Original Panama Jazz Band resume playing at The Irby Club in 2020 on the 15th January, the starting time will be 8pm instead of 8.30pm. Jon Critchley says, "Earlier start, earlier finish (about 22.15) should prove popular with our audience, and all at no extra cost! We might even have time for an encore if asked (that’ll be the day!)"

03/12/19 - The final touches have now been carried out on Terry Perry's tribute page, my thanks to Jon Critchley for sending me a copy of the Order of Service.

03/12/19 - Barry Marshall has just rung to tell me he will be coming out of hospital later today. Apart from feeling tired, he says he has very little pain.

02/12/19 - Today was the funeral of my beloved husband, Terry Perry - and what a day it was! Jazz musicians and brolly paraders gave of their all, helping to make what is inevitably a sad occasion into a time of real celebration - of Terry, of jazz music, of family, friends and community. I hope you won't mind - via your website - passing onto all concerned my heartfelt gratitude and that of our extended family. It made me feel immensely proud to be part of the North West Jazz community and I had so much positive feedback from family and friends, saying how much they had enjoyed the parade and the music, both at the Crematorium and at the wake. I know that a number of musicians had gigs this evening and that makes me all the more grateful that they were prepared to give so much of their time and effort. Then there were the musicians who weren't playing, but were there to pay respects to Terry and I loved hearing their reminiscences about him. A very Big Thank You to them. - Shelley Perry.

02/12/19 - Dear Fred, It is with Sadness that I let you know of the death of Eberhard Kraut, in Leonberg, Germany on the 27th November, after a long battle with Cancer.  Eberhard was a Great devotee of the Great New Orleans clarinet player "George Lewis" and it was with love of the music of George Lewis that Eberhard and I were to meet and become Great friends over the years.  Eberhard was a clarinet player in his own right, but I think he will be best remembered for his Historical work and writings about the Clarinet of George Lewis, the Model made by the wonderful Harry Pedler, and in Metal. Eberhard had a Private Historical Clarinet Museum with a vast selection of clarinets of which he spent a lifetime of work researching the history of each individual clarinet, and tracing the history of the evolution of the instrument. Eberhard will be a Huge loss to the Music of New Orleans and in particular the clarinet of George Lewis, but we are thankful he leaves behind him an unbridled legacy of the history and recordings of the clarinet in New Orleans Music. Our thoughts we extend to his wife Christel at this sad time. - Brian Carrick

02/12/19 - Bob Pickersgill informs me that throughout Dec. "Anything goes" are playing at the Stonewell Tap Lancaster every Thursday at 5pm. as opposed to our usual every other Thursday.

02/12/19 - Brian Taylor tells me that John Hallam will be playing with Gerry Tomlinson Trio on Sunday afternoon at Sedgley Park RUFC Clubhouse , Park Lane , Whitefield , North Manchester 1:00 -3:30 pm on Sunday 8 December. Those gigs are few and far between these days, so don't miss out.

02/12/19 - Last night I made a supreme effort to get away from this computer and keyboard and get out. The reason? Apart from Tony Sheldon having asked me on several occasions to make the 70 mile round trip to visit Rochdale Jazz Club again, The Wall City Jazz Band were playing there, and as I said on 28/11 this was my first and last chance to see this band on its penultimate performance. Some familiar faces I recognised immediately - Jon Critchley,  Andrew MacKenzie and Geoff Parker. We were not disappointed and we were happy to stay to the end, which is unusual for one early riser amongst us. The band treated us to a  variety of numbers from ensemble to individual solo performances from Jon, Geoff and Andrew, and to top it off, vocals from professional vocalist Irene Martin. Also marking another first on the night was a chance to say hello to Sam Ralph who takes those great photos at the club. Hopefully he will be posting the latest for the site soon.

02/12/19 - Trevor Stent, ex Blue Mags leader now living in France, writes, "Every year a number of jazz fans from the North West, come to Fest Jazz.in Brittany. The Early Bird tickets (56€) have just gone on sale for next year’s edition (24 – 26 July) and Tad Newton is again organising a coach with hotel accommodation included (tadjazzfriends@gmail.com for those interested). The line-up again includes plenty of fresh, young European bands including these two which should appeal to your readers: The Ragtime Nightmare and the Jungle jazz Band. And in a rare and very welcome example of “big business” supporting traditional jazz, Brittany Ferries are again sponsoring the event with a special package of fares, crossings and tickets . Don’t hesitate to write to us for further information! contact@fest-jazz.com.".
 

01/12/19 - Just received a letter from BT to say that the cost of hosting this site with rise by 75% on 1st January. Can you believe that?  So the hunt is on to find somewhere else, but it will still be at www.jazznorthwest.co.uk. I'll let you know progress, but hopefully disruption will be minimal. One thing for certain, it's going to take a while to upload 606 pages plus 103 music files!

01/12/19 - Daylight Jazz this week includes The Savoy Jazzmen in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 3 December, 14:00 – 16:00, Manchester Jazz ( Christmas Party ) at The Royal Hotel, in Hayfield on Wed, 4 December, 12:00 – 14:30 at the Royal Hotel, Market St, Hayfield, High Peak SK22 2EP, UK (map) and Jazz over the Pennines at The Cross keys in York on Thu, 5 December, 13:00 – 15:30.

01/12/19 - Many Happy Returns to Paul Marks who celebrated his birthday today, and on Tuesday, it's a special celebration for Howard Murray who reaches the grand young age of 80. Howard said recently, quoting from a communication, Riches beyond the dreams of avarice - "your state pension will increase by 25p per week.".

01/12/19 - Doug Jackson has written to me, "Hi Fred, I've been meaning to drop you a line for some time, after finding your splendid website. I wrote a weekly jazz column on the dear old Stockport Advertiser from 1956 to ‘59, when many of the bands you feature were either well established or just getting going. You can read Doug's letter here where he talks of Mart Rodger, Dallas, Pendlebury Brothers, Alan Hare and more, plus a free offer.

 

NOVEMBER 2019

30/11/19 - Re Bert Weedon (28/11/19), I also was given a guitar and the Bert Weedon Play in a Day book for my 8th birthday (57 years ago). It was obviously the wrong day, as I still can't play it! - Barry Pryme

30/11/19 - Carlisle Jazz Club gig list has been updated
 

29/11/19 - The Wabash Jazzmen will be at Didsbury Cricket Club, Manchester on Thursday January 9th in the new year covering for The Savannah who are playing elsewhere.  The line up will be Jon Critchley - trumpet, Mike Pembroke - trombone, Jonny Spall - reeds, Richard Vernon - string bass and Mark Challinor - banjo, guitar and ukulele. We can promise an evening of our usual brand of exciting, driving hot jazz.  Apparently attendances at the club have fallen drastically in recent weeks. On behalf of all the bands who regularly play at Didsbury, could we put out an urgent appeal for lovers of traditional jazz to keep supporting the club and try to bring along new friends to boost the numbers. Let's not risk losing this fabulous venue which has been so successful for all these years. - Mark Challinor

29/11/19 - Alwyn Smith saw this death notice in last Saturday's Rochdale Observer, "DWIGHT GIDNEY 'IKE' Peacefully on Saturday 16th November. Loving Husband of Ruth, Dad, Grandad and Great-Grandad. Funeral Service will take place on Monday 2nd December at Newbold Baptist Church at 12 45pm followed by an interment at Rochdale Cemetery at 2pm".  Alwyn wrote to me, "I don’t know about “Ike”, but a Dwight Gidney used to play trumpet (I think) on the Manchester jazz scene in the 1960’s and 1970’s. I suspect this may be he. A call to the funeral director didn’t confirm he played trumpet, but did elicit the information that his is a musical family. Perhaps you have a more knowledgeable contact who could confirm which band(s) he played with". Well he does get a mention on my site here, here, here and here.

29/11/19 - The latest edition of Just Jazz Magazine is now available, see front cover for contents

28/11/19 - Poor old Barrie, hope he gets sorted really soon. Just shows how easy it is to do yourself harm at our age, could happen to any of us at any time. - Laurie Cooper

28/11/19 - Coincidentally, Howard Murray has also sent me a video link, this one is called "The Story of the Guitar Part 1 - In the Beginning".  Howard says, "Just get Bert Weadon and Brit Rock out out of the way.. It bucks up no end". I'll have you know I have a guitar just a foot away as I type, and without Bert's "Play in a day" book it wouldn't be there. I think Barbara may well wish the book hadn't been published though.

28/11/19 - Just received a video link from Ed Lloyd Hughes (Mad Ed), and although I've mentioned it before, it's well worth another mention. It's a film called "Holiday", centred on Blackpool, and  this is one that you mustn't turn the sound down for. I seem to recall there was a complaint last time I featured it that the stated location was incorrect for the Morecambe lido action. I suppose the same could be said for the sand yachts at Lytham, but one thing is for sure, you won't see some of these sights again folks!

28/11/19 - Hi Fred, This is to let you know that the Black Horse Jazzmen will not be at the Royal Oak Settle on either Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve which both fall on Tuesdays. But we will be there on Monday December 23rd instead of the Tuesday and at the usual start time of 8 pm.  A happy Christmas to you and to visitors to your much appreciated website.

28/11/19 - Just had a phone call from Lancaster clarinet player, Barrie Marshall. Seems Barrie is currently in Lancaster General Hospital after slipping on some leaves in an alleyway, resulting in a broken elbow which he's now waiting to have pinned. The sad thing was he was sat in a puddle for 15 minutes unable to get up, just waiting for somebody to pass the end so he could call for help. He's been told he will be out of action for some time as far as clarinet playing is concerned. Here's wishing him a speedy recovery.

28/11/19 - The gig list for the Jazz at The Phoenix Jazz Suite in Stoke, has been updated

28/11/19 - Hi Fred. I have some sad news to report about the Wall City Jazz Band. Our monthly sessions at Upton by Chester British Legion will not be continuing after this year. As with other bands, we have reached a point financially where it is no longer viable to carry on. We will be appearing at Rochdale Jazz Club on Sunday December 1, then our final date will be at Upton by Chester on Tuesday December 3rd. I'd like to thank everyone (including you) who have supported the band, especially in the last two difficult years. - Alan Jeffs (guitarist and band leader). Sad to hear that Alan, one of the few bands I never got to see and they have been going since 1954. - Fred
 

26/11/19 - Dear Fred, Some good news. The Sefton Park Palm House have confirmed our Tuesday afternoon concerts for 2020. We will be there between 2-4p.m on the first Tuesday of each month other than January & August. The concerts are free and light refreshments are available. We must be doing something right. - Peter Swensson (Savoy Jazzmen}.
 

24/11/19 - Daytime Jazz midweek can be found this week at The North Euston Hotel on the Esplanade in Fleetwood on Wed, 27 November, 12:00 – 14:30, where The North Euston Orpheans will be playing. Adm £6. or if you live in the opposite direction, there's Jazz over the Pennines at The Cross keys in York on Thu, 28 November, 13:00 – 15:30.

24/11/19 - Many Happy Returns to Dave Berry on Tuesday, Mike Pearson on Thursday and Tony West on Friday.

24/11/19 - I don’t think Harold Troughton should worry overmuch (20/11/19). Numbers are dwindling in every walk of life. My local archaeology club has closed, my Rotary club is down from 40 to a dozen, the Freemasons and Round Table are also well down. We all know the reason, I’m sure. - Denys Owen

24/11/19 - To Roger & Hilda Bywater - "gutted to have missed the Tenement Jazz Band", - they will be at Dove Jazz Club on Sat 22 Feb next year. - Barry Pryme

24/11/19 - Michael Parker’s old grandfather is almost certainly right as in that year I would pop into The Temple on a Sunday night to listen to the band. I would be on the way, by Crosville bus , from home in North Wales to my lodgings near Penny Lane. I’m older than his old grandfather, being 93 in ten days time. - Denys Owen

24/11/19 - Michael Parker writes, "l have a 12” LP by Merseysippi Jazz Band - live at Temple Restaurant. ADM 18 which predates ADM 23/24 stated by record collector mag as the earliest known recorded example on the label. It’s a Deroy Sound Service record - 33 1/3 rpm but thick and heavy, probably lacquer as it doesn’t bend at all. My 84 year old uncle, the previous owner is 99% sure it was recorded in 1955. Can anybody shed any light on this?".

24/11/19 - Absolutely gutted to have missed the Tenement Jazz Band appearances on their short north west tour last week end. We saw them at Matt & Phreds in February this year where they were absolutely brilliant, and have followed them since then. This tour seems to have gone under the radar as it didn’t seem to have been publicised anywhere. We look forward to the next time they venture south of the border - Roger & Hilda Bywater

23/11/19 - Hi Fred, I don't know what I would do without your site! Some time ago I saw a reference to the Tenement Jazz Band which prompted me to have a look at them.  As we always try to book younger musicians (if only because it brings down the average age in the club by 50 years!) we eventually fixed a date for last Sunday.  One of the biggest audiences we have had were all "blown away" by this brilliant 5 piece band, so much so that for the first time ever I have put all the gig, as separate videos, on the "Videos" page at www.jazzclub90.co.uk.  Unfortunately we can't fix a date for next year, I have only 3 dates left, none of which they can do so we have a long wait until 2021! - John & Marie Howell

23/11/19 - The Original Panama Jazz Band is not at the IRBY Club on Wednesday 4th December, but will be there on 18th December for the Christmas party!

21/11/19 - Another great set of photographs of Washington Whirligig taken by Sam Ralph at Rochdale Jazz on a Sunday last weekend. For the photographers amongst us, I asked Sam how he managed to get a such a small depth of field, and Sam said , "I was using a very shallow depth of field due to it being low light and I also stopped using flash which then dictated me having to use new idea's. I do tend to try different things like being very close up with the long lens and really getting in there to try and capture the feeling and atmosphere".
 

20/11/19 - After 5 years of playing at the Rainhill Ex-Services Club, The Dixie Kings played their last night on the 10th November. Harold Troughton told me that audiences were dwindling and it wasn't worth carrying on.

20/11/19 - I spotted an item in the local paper on Monday under the heading of "Things to do", and it said to head to Eagley Jazz Club tonight to see The Harmony Hounds. I sent it to Ann Lord who replied, "To promote our club, I use newspapers as part of our promotional strategy.  More importantly, I use social media, including your wonderful website!  However, I have always maintained that ''word of mouth'' is the best method of advertising for small, niche-interest entertainment such as Trad Jazz.  We've seen average audience attendance increase by around 15% to 20%  this year (when other clubs are closing down).  Many reasons, but we keep in mind that our members come to us primarily to listen to great music but also to be entertained with a group of like-minded people, where everyone is welcomed, valued and has a great time, in a comfortable, friendly venue. - we're a large, happy family! ". Well done Ann great to see the club thriving - Fred

17/11/19 -  Thank you to Barrie Quilliam for the information. I went to your Links Page and followed the Trad Jazz Videos to find very abbreviated shots of the Vancouver Dixiefest 2008 to see that Mart and the band were the second band on it, sadly switched to next band mid-solo! Allan Dent couldn’t come with us that time so you will see Jon Critchley on trumpet. What fun those Festivals were. At 7:00 on the red line as it plays, is the Climax Jazz Band from Toronto who we met often at Festivals over there. They are all in navy shirts and Chris Daniels plays double bass with them. A nice shot of Chris is at 7:1, he lived in Hazel Grove before emigrating to Canada many years ago. - Janet Rodger

17/11/19 - Just one daylight jazz event this week and it's over the Pennines at The Cross keys in York on Thu, 21 November, 13:00 – 15:30

17/11/19 - Many Happy Returns this week to Savannah Jazz Band leader - John Meehan, on Friday 22nd Nov.
 

16/11/19 - "As part of a recent 'facelift' we've just given our website we have put on 71 minute show by T J Johnson and his Band when he was last performing at our club - if any of your readers are interested in seeing this show go to http://youtube.com/embed/zMj4QVTayh4" - Alec - PROMOTER - Bedale and Northallerton Jazz and Swing Cabaret Club
 

14/11/19 -  I have just discovered www.jazzradio.com which I listen to on my Ipod. Each time you log on you are given a choice of Mellow Jazz, Classic Jazz or Piano Jazz. The Classic Jazz is mainly Trad. It is completely free. There are very few adverts and no Presenter. There is also a Premium version for which you have to pay. - Barrie Quilliam.  This and other 'music on line' stations are listed on my Links Page here. - Fred

14/11/19 - Sorry to hear about Gordon Stafford's death. I remember him depping for an aiiing clarinettist with one of the major British trad bands in a Free Trade Hall concert in the 1960s. I think he was featured on High Society. Sadly, I can't remember which band. May be another of your subscribers was at the concert and has a better memory than my 79-year-old one. - Chris Lee

14/11/19 - Slightly before I joined the northwest jazz scene but the sketches by Tony Babington are fantastic. Lots of long-haired and hairy musicians around in that era methinks. - Graham Martindale

14/11/19 - This from Charlie Bentley - "Re- HOT TREACLE, sorry to have to say but the new venture at the Horse & Farrier in Gatley namely last Sunday in the month will not be carrying on. The brewery have decided after two gigs they are and will be losing money. I’d like to thank all the people who came to the two gigs and maybe we can try again somewhere else"

14/11/19 - Malcolm Hogarth  has sent me the following :- "Details from Shelley regarding the wake at The Devon Doorway, 2 Telegraph Rd, Heswall, Wirral CH60 2SA (tel: 0151 348 4462) on behalf of Terry Perry:  The venue is booked from 12 noon; the whole area is allotted until 3pm and half the area will be available for a further 2 hours, although proceedings are expected to wind up around 4pm.  Music can be played in an area next to where food will be provided, and there will be space to put some instruments, while a spare office will also be available to put further instruments. Music will be started off by a 'Big Easy' based band most likely comprising Jim Lucas (tpt), Dave Dixson (rds), Peter Fryer (tbn), John Hill (kbd), Dave Rigby (bjo/gtr), Peter Ellison (dms) (if available). Unfortunately, Isabel Toner (str bs) can't be there. Other musicians will join in as the playing develops".

14/11/10 -  Hi Fred, those sketches by Tony Babington are wonderful. It brought it all back looking at pictures of my friends,some sadly no longer with us and then I saw two pictures of me ! Thanks Tony for bringing back the memories. - Moe Green.

13/11/19 - There is now a tribute page set up in memory of Gordon Stafford, who played many years in the North West before moving to Cornwall

13/11/19 - The latest Dove Jazz Club Bugle "Hot Fingers Bugle November 2019" is now available on the Dove Jazz Club web site
 

12/11/19 - An update from Malcolm Hogarth on Terry Perry's funeral at Landican Crematorium, Arrowe Park Rd, Birkenhead, Wirral CH49 5LW, 11am Monday Dec 2nd:  There is to be a parade to follow the hearse from the Landican gates to the Central Chapel (where the service is to be held). All musicians are invited to play in the parade, assembling at about 10:30am. The hearse will probably arrive at 10:45am, so musicians need to be ready to play. We would like second liners to follow the parade with brolly's if you have them. We want to give Terry a good 'Big Easy' send-off.  The parade band is requested to play for a short time after the service starting with Alexander's Rag Time Band, a favourite of Terry's.  It is expected that there will be music at the Devon Doorway, 2 Telegraph Rd, Heswall, Wirral CH60 2SA (tel: 0151 348 4462) for the wake, but we have to discuss the details with the Management to fit in with their clientele. Details to follow.

12/11/19 - I have just been reliably informed by Mike Lovell, that well known and loved clarinet player, Gordon Stafford, died yesterday at the age of 81. Gordon had in fact been  playing with Mike Lovell since Mike moved down to Cornwall. Although Gordon was living in the South West, he was well known up here having played with Johnny Tippett's Jazzmen, who were based in Stockport., and according to Tony Pollitt in "The forty years of the Savannah Jazz Band", was one of its early members. Alan Davies has also emailed to say, "Being from Cheshire, Gordon played with my band Delta Jazz quite a few times near Chester, then again when he joined the NW exiles in Cornwall he contributed much to several bands, including the local Armada Jazzband and my own Tamar Jazz. Gordon's talent and personality will be sorely missed.

12/11/19 - Tony Babington writes, "I followed many of the jazz bands in the late 1960s and 70s, especially Zenith 6, Keith Pendlebury and Alan Hare Big Band in and around Didsbury, Midland Hotel, The Jazz Palace, Salford amongst others. I spent a lot of time doing sketches and caricatures of the musicians and have quite a large collection which may be of interest to your followers. Any feedback or comments would be welcomed.

11/11/19 - Now here's a bargain, but you'll need to be quick!  Over 240 Just Jazz Magazines from 1998 - 2019 and they are all yours for just 99p plus £3 postage if you are quick off the mark. So Click here now - Too Late, All Gone

11/11/19 - Another lunchtime mid week venue which didn't get a mention was The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station, on Friday from 12:30 – 14:30.

11/11/19 - Walter Love's splendid Jazz Club programme of Sunday 10.11.19 on Radio Ulster featured post-war 'Golden Age of Jazz' in Britain and Europe including Humphrey Lyttelton, Ken Colyer, Chris Barber, not forgetting the Dutch Swing College, Merseysippi, Apex & Alex Welsh jazz bands to name a few. Well worth a listen on BBC Radio IPlayer. - David Evans
 

10/11/19 - Many Happy Returns today to Terry Brunt and ex-pat Graham Martindale. On Thursday, birthday wishes also go to Ken Parkinson.

10/11/19 - Correction - Two venues offering lunchtime jazz this week. Martin Bennett's Swamplanders at The Royal Hotel, in Hayfield on Wed, 13 November, 12:00 – 14:30, and Jazz over the Pennines at The Cross keys in York on Thu, 14 November, 13:00 – 15:30. For more information see What's On for those dates. The Savoy Jazzmen gave a concert in Sefton Park Palm House last week, my mistake.

09/11/19 - Further to Mark Taylor's message about Mark Townson who is in France. Barrie Marshall mentioned that Mark is a great Musician and I fully agree with his comments.  I had the great privilege of working with Mark for a number of years with the Bob Moffatt Jazz Quartet. We played every Monday night at the John O Gaunt pub in Lancaster as well as the usual Private bookings. We made a C. D. in 1997 and one of the numbers on it was Marks own composition called J. O. G. Blues, after the name of the pub. We even had some Press coverage when the C. D. was launched.  Picture shows.. L to R Malcolm Hall, Peter Eddowes, Bob Moffatt & Mark Townson.  "Moff" (as he was affectionately known as) was a big "Ellington" Fan, and he used to have a Parrot he called "Duke".  Sadly Moff and Malcolm passed away some time back but fond memories of the good times we had. - Peter Eddowes. (Click on photo for larger version).

09/11/19 -
Nothing to do with jazz, but something many of you are probably beginning to take advantage of in later years, - The NHS. Check out this video at https://vimeo.com/234301515 and let me know if you have been offered this solution yet. I can't help but see problems as shown in my cartoon here - Fred

09/11/19 - John Westwood has passed on details of a site that has links to lots of American jazz band videos at www.wxyzvideos.com/

09/11/19 - Terry Perry’s wife, Shelley, has asked me to pass on these details of Terry’s funeral:  It will be at Landican Crematorium, Arrowe Park Rd, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH49 5LW, (main chapel) at 11am on Monday 2nd December. Shelley would like a parade from the gate. Music outside after the service and later at The Devon Doorway, 2 Telegraph Rd. Heswall, Wirral CH60 2SA.

08/11/19 - Messages of condolence and tributes have poured in for Terry Perry, you can read the page by clicking here
 

07/11/19 - Mark Taylor mentioned Mark Townson who plays in France, he is a Lancaster musician, very well respected, more of a blues/pop man, not a New Orleans man at all, a fine musician, the best guitar player in Lancaster when he lived here, I'm pleased he is playing with Angie Palmer again, I took his wedding pictures, I took this one of him on a gig. - Barrie Marshall

07/11/19 - Not sure you can answer this Fred, but I would be interested to hear news of the boys from the Red River Jazzmen. I know about Dave Potts and Pete Staples but wondered about my old friend Pete Mooney, we go back to 50's school days.  - Peter Webb.
 

06/11/19 - Last week the Harlem Hot Stompers celebrated their 50th Anniversary in front of a full house at Didsbury Cricket Club. There to enjoy  the celebrations was Barry Prime who has sent me a small write-up and photographs, which you can see and read by clicking here

06/11/19 - I have received details of John Howlett's funeral arrangements, and musicians are invited to play him out at the crematorium in Morden, North East Surrey on Friday 22nd November at 12 noon. I have more details if anyone requires them.

05/11/19 - There is now a tribute page in memory of Terry Perry.

05/11/19 - I was alerted today to the fact that The Big Chris Barber Band would be playing at the Concorde Club on 4th December, and not knowing where it was I looked it up (it's next to Southampton Airport). There was no mention that Chris would not be playing, which didn't surprise me, but what did, was the fact it says, "Over 18s only" !  Still the devil's music then?

05/11/19 - There were 1300 visitors to the website last month, 5.04%  up on last month.

05/11/19 - Clive Edwards has just heard from Shelley, that her husband Terry Perry died from a severe stroke yesterday, Monday 4th November at 12.35 midday. He will be greatly missed from the local jazz scene, had run the Big Easy band for many years and was clarinet and sax dep of choice for many bands. He was also an accomplished arranger and vocalist. The Big Easy made two CDs for us to remember him by and lots of love from jazz friends will be there to support Shelley.
 

04/11/19 - In a follow up email about the Vieux Carre Jazzmen 31/10, Derek Dalton writes, "I was based in the North East during my time when I sat in with the Vieux Carre Jazzmen in Newcastle , at that time I was the regular trumpet player with the Phoenix Jazz men run by Gordon Solomon ( he gave Sting his name when Sting Played Bass with the Band in the early 70s ) I ended up playing lead trumpet with The Jack Hawkins Band at the Blackpool Locarno before joining Ken Mackintosh for a short while at the Hammersmith Palais then emigrated to Adelaide South Australia. (I know there are a few Bands called The vieux Carre in the UK so I thought I would clarify which Vieux Carre it was.)"

04/11/19 - On 28/09 Peter Taylor wrote asking if anyone could help him with a 78 rpm disc from Northern Sound Services in Newcastle upon Tyne by Papa Mutt Lester, and his Red Hot Blue blood Jazzmen. He now writes, "Many Thanks for putting Bruce Carnaffin in touch, I have had a lot of interchange with him and also Bill Harper who lives in France as I do. We have some local musicians, French and English. There is a guitarist called Mark Townson who has been involved with JazzNorthWest, I was wondering if you had come across him at all?  He was playing with his lady Jenny (on bass guitar) this afternoon in a local cafe with a selection of local singers ( including Angie Palmer whom I believe was local to you) - a great afternoon!" - Peter. Two birds with one stone in this pen portrait by Sue Parish - Fred.
 

03/11/19 - As mentioned previously, John Hallam will be at the Farmer's Arms, Bispham, Parbold, at 1pm - 3.30pm, on 10th Nov with Tom Kincaid's Three Bears, and the sessions looking like they are set to continue... with Andrzej Baranek Trio appearing on the 12th Jan next year.

03/11/19 - Many Happy Returns this week to Harry Roberts on Wednesday and to Peter Brown on Friday

03/11/19 - Jazz in the daylight hours midweek includes The Savoy Jazzmen who are giving a concert in  in the beautiful setting of the Sefton Park Palm House, Sefton Park, Liverpool. L17 1AP on Tue, 5 November, 14:00 – 16:00 (Further information can be obtained from Peter Swensson 0151 722 1478). Also on Thursday, 7 November Garstang Jazz Club plays host to Martin Bennett’s Old Green River Band from 12:00 – 14:30 at Kirkland & Catterall Memorial Hall, Preston PR3 0HR.

03/11/19 - Jazz on A Sunday at Rochdale has announced the Band of the year for 2018/19. It's the Frog & Henry Band, and will be presented with the trophy when they return there in February.

03/11/19 - Just inside the area covered by this site is The Phoenix Suite inside the Longton Rugby Club in Stoke on Trent. This club features different jazz musicians every Wednesday from 7pm - 9pm, hosted by Peter Robinson (gtr/bjo/bs), and has now been included in the Jazz Clubs Page.

 

OCTOBER 2019

31/10/19 - Derek Dalton in Australia, who back in the early Sixties used to sit in on trumpet with the original Vieux Carre Jazzmen, writes, "Last Year I was visiting Hereford where my friend Paula’s Auntie lives and I went to the Hereford Jazz Club and it was a lovely crowd and I even managed to have a sit in on Trumpet with the Band that night, most enjoyable atmosphere and well worth a visit."

31/10/19 - John Howlett (Trombone) – John passed away this morning. He was the regular trombone player with the Sussex Jazz Kings before joining The Great Northern Jazz Band.

31/10/19 - Carlisle Jazz Club gig list has been updated thanks to Bill Duckworth

31/10/19 - Re: 28/10 Ken Colyer - Droitwich.  It wasn't Ken Colyer's Jazzmen as it was at the time.... Trombonist Len Baldwin being the only member from Ken's band, I think the rest are probably made up from Bristol/Gloucester/Wiltshire area musos. Dave Grey (bass), who had only just moved to the area from Kent, recently passed away, it's possibly Roy Kirby (banjo), the drummer is unknown to me, the clarinettist is, the Ian Wheeler inspired, Neil Dunning.  Hope that's helpful - Pete Lay
 

30/10/19 - My computer has been down for a week, and I've just caught up to find the really sad new of Peter's passing. Over the years i was involved in running jazz evenings Peter was one of those thoroughly nice guys you never forget. I recall back at the last Holywood Jazz Festival in NI, the Rae Brothers' Band van broke down and it took around a week to get repaired. In the meantime the musicians were put up in a boarding house in my hometown of Bangor. When I asked Peter how they were getting on, he just said " They can take as long as they like fixing the van, I'm loving it here and the food's great". I feel very sad I will not be seeing him again. -  Norman Gibson

30/10/19 - The latest edition of Just Jazz Magazine is now out and filled with all things jazz of the traditional kind.

30/10/19 - A couple of mistakes in this earlier posting, it should have read - There's a Christmas Jazz Special coming up in Alsager featuring Enrico Tomasso, Tom Kincaid, Ashley John Long and Jack Cotterill. It's on 20th December and you can get more details here

29/10/19 - Clive Edwards has set up his annual jazz concert for Neston Library on Friday 8th November as shown in this poster. Please get or order your tickets at the library or book online. It is recommended to park in central Neston and walk down to the library.  This is Andrew MacKenzie's own band and and Alex Clarke is coming all the way from Warwick. It will be special, so do please come.  Clive says he expects to have T.J. Johnson's band for the Neston Music Festival, so watch this space!
 

28/10/19 - From The Linlithgow Gazette - "Skiffle and blues band The Dodge Brothers are set for a very special concert at the Bo’ness Hippodrome next year, as part of the venue’s silent film festival HippFest. Saturday, March 21, 2020, will see the return of The Dodge Brothers to Bo’ness to accompany the 1930 silent film ‘City Girl’ screening during the Hippodrome’s silent film festival.  The Dodge Brothers are a skiffle-and-blues band producing new songs written and performed in the old style, harking back to the days of jug-band blues and early rock’n’roll".  Bo'ness is about 9 miles West of the Forth Bridge.

28/10/19 - Nostalgia from the Hereford Times -  "TODAY'S old picture from the files of the Worcester News dates back to August 1977 when the Droitwich Jazz Club had at their special guest the British king of trad jazz Ken Colyer and his band. The gig was a scoop for the club, which had only started up earlier in the same year, but which already had a membership of 80, with more people joining all the time.".  It doesn't name the musicians, can you?

28/10/19 - Walter Love's 'Jazz Club' of Sunday 27.10.19 on Radio Ulster 'Remembering Bill Dixon' featured the notable contribution of 'Wild Bill,' sousaphone and double bass player in the celebrated George Chambers' Apex Jazz Band from Belfast. Listen again on BBC Radio IPlayer. - David Evans

28/10/19 - Those of you who have attended Upton Jazz Festival in the past may be aware that there have been pessimist reports about its future. So if you want to know the latest, check out  this Jazz Guide News page.

28/10/19 - Jazz at Bingley Mavericks - Gig list has been updated

28/10/19 -  Re: your comment 22/10/19 to Dave Donohoe's playing of Iko Iko.  When we had Dave's band "The Rocky Mountain Lounge Lizards' which drew packed rooms-full at the Cross Keys in Uppermill, Dave introduced IKO and I was a little displeased. "What !!! ...a 2 chord tune? Three chords is bad enough but two? C'mon!"  2 chorii in, I was eating umble pie (Sorry Spell-check. T'aint Humble. Don't care if you don't like it! Get over it!)) and was staggered by how much I could hurl myself into 2 TWO Norwegians (Chords, Fjords..?) - Howard Murray
 

27/10/19 - Sam Ralph has been busy taking more great photos at Rochdale Jazz Club, This time it's Amy Roberts and the Richard Exhall quintet. Click here to view them

27/10/19 - Daytime midweek jazz includes The North Euston Orpheans at NORTH EUSTON HOTEL, Fleetwood. Adm £6, on Wed, 30 October, 12:00 – 14:30. On Thursday there's jazz over the Pennines at The Cross keys in York YO24 1LQ, on Thu, 31 October, 13:00 – 15:30.

27/10/19 - Many Happy Returns on Friday to pianist Roger Browne, and on Saturday to trumpet musician Danny Riley.

27/10/19 - Apologies for the somewhat erratic updates to the site. In the last 6 weeks I've spent more time visiting family members in hospital than I have on my computer! If your email is still awaiting attention I'll get round to it soon.
 

22/10/19 - I remember seeing and listening to the Dave Donohoe Band playing 'Iko Iko' and thoroughly enjoying it, so wonder what you think of this latest version as Arcade Fire team up with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for a reworking of the Mardi Gras classic called “Iko Kreyòl”?

22/10/19 - This from Brian Carrick on Facebook - "Dear Friends and Music Fans, I am sorry to have to announce the passing of my good friend and trumpet player Peter Wright.  Peter was diagnosed with Terminal Cancer five weeks ago, but his passing within such a short period of time has shocked us all. Our thoughts and condolences we extend to Peters family at this sad time.  Peter has been a mainstay on the British traditional Jazz Scene for more than 50 years ,and with my Heritage Hall and Algiers Stompers for the past 40 years. Rest in Peace".
 

21/10/19 - Couldn't agree more with my good friend John Muskett re the musical taste for GOOD music. Judith Durham of the seekers an excellent and much underrated JAZZ VOCALIST. Keep up the good work Fred

21/10/19 - The Speak Easy in Preston, formerly The PR1 Bar, formerly Mad Hatters, and before that The Ale Emporium (all in the last three years), has apparently closed, leaving  the Silver Bell Band homeless after nearly 12 years of playing at the establishment. Roy Freeman is currently looking for a new home.

20/10/19 – Hot Treacle. - "After our first gig at the Horse and Farrier in Gatley on 29th September which went quite well with reasonable attendance, we are performing again on Sunday 27th October with a view to a regular monthly gig namely the last Sunday in the month. We will be playing between 8.00pm and 11.00pm. The pub serves a varied menu of food each Sunday until 7.00pm so one can be well fed then well fed again with some jazz, blues, Skiffle with a few giggles along the way" - Charlie Bentley.

20/10/19 - The only daytime jazz this week is on the other side of the Pennines at The Cross keys in York on Thu, 24 October, 13:00 – 15:30.

20/10/19 - Hi Fred, it is with sadness to inform you of the recent death of “wild” Bill Dickson the bass and sousaphone player with the Apex Jazz band from Northern Ireland. “Wild Bill” as he was known played with the Apex for many years and was quite a colourful character around the jazz scene. He will be sadly missed. - Gerry Thompson

20/10/19 - This from Brian Bennett (Vieux Carre Jazzmen) on Facebook - Sad news that jazz trumpeter, Pete Wright, passed away on Wednesday 16 October. RIP Pete.
 

17/10/19 - Just read the para. about Rod Mason and Huddersfield. I haven’t heard of the venue, but I do know Rod Mason who I saw at Marsden Festival at the weekend. Rod is a fine Modern saxophonist, a retired Head of Music at a Huddersfield school. A very different world to the Rod Mason we knew. I recollect seeing him with the Piccadilly Six in Zurich in the 70’s, if my memory is correct. He did live in Switzerland for some time. Another little story of an amazing coincidence, I landed up in Stuttgart one evening to see a jazz friend and saw a sandwich board outside a Bar near the Bahnhof. Tonight ‘The Trevor Richards Trio’, with Bob Barton, an old friend from my days (nights) on the Birmingham jazz scene. He nearly fell off his Piano stool when I walked in! What a night we had and I caught a midnight train back to Ostend! - David Woonton

17/10/19 - The Parade Jazz Band is having its Annual Halloween party on 29th October at Old Quay, Parkgate 8 30 pm all welcome.

17/09/19 - Hi Fred, Re: Mary McGowan, My late good friend and band-mate Charlie Gall, (?the original trumpeter with the Clydes) told this story of their concert with Louis. They asked if Mary could sing and Joe Glaser said the only concert vocalist was Louis, they spoke about this with Louis and he told Charlie a little later "The canary will sing" and I believe she did! Greetings from Toronto, - Mike Walmsley

17/10/19 - Re article from Ian Pickles 10.10.19, regarding my great friend, and may I say confidant, John Pashley. The band in question played Sunday nights at the Jack & Jill pub in Allerton Bradford, members were John Pashley (trumpet) Alan Bramley (trombone) Martin (kid) Boyd (clarinet and sax) Alan Morrison (tuba bass ) Taff Lloyd (banjo) Bill Evans (drums) sitting in on Piano (Miss Maureen). Also the late great piano of Clive Yeadon, who spent many years with the Dave Donohoe Band. - Bill Evans

16/10/19 - Hello Fred,  Most impressed by Slide by Slide's Georgy Girl. It may not be what audiences think of as traditional jazz, but it's good music played by very competent and thinking musicians showing what they can do. After watching it I YouTubed a Seekers' version and found their live performance before a huge crowd - I think in Australia. In the sixties I liked their music, but watching them now I thought they were fantastic - possibly this is because of the lack of appeal to me of much modern pop music. YouTube then directed me to the performance at Barack Obama's inauguration of "This Land is Your Land" led by Pete Seeger, a great favourite of mine whom I saw in Liverpool in !961, and Bruce Springsteen (not so much a favourite) - a moving experience I felt, as was another video of Eric Bogle singing "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda", a song which never fails to affect me.  Not jazz, but interesting (to me) music. Best wishes to all,  Harmoniously, John Muskett

16/10/19 - When they get it wrong, boy do they get it wrong!  I received an email from Spotify advising me of "Upcoming shows near Preston". one of which was a poster of the Rod Mason Hot Five on Wed Oct 23rd at "Small Seeds". Well a bit of digging told me that Small Seeds is a Live Music Venue in Huddersfield, 57 miles way!  If that wasn't bad enough, it's listed as "Shri - Featuring Rod Mason & Marc Layton-Bennett", and if I've got the right man, Shri is a British Asian multi-instrumentalist and producer. Shri specializes is acoustic, electric ... Having previously played percussion in Indus Creed, a leading rock band in India. Rod Mason Hot Five? I think not unless they can perform miracles. The Rod Mason of Hot Five fame died on 8th January 2017.

16/10/19 - Mary McGowan, who died four years ago aged 85, was singer with the Clyde Valley Stompers and Lonnie Donegan was among her fans. She performed for The Queen and was hailed by jazz legend Louis Armstrong, but she walked away from the spotlight for a quiet family life. A new stage play about the Glasgow jazz legend is to tour the country, and her eldest son, Robert, has revealed his pride in seeing his mum’s story brought back to life. "The Sweetest Growl" is at the Traverse in Edinburgh from Tuesday to Saturday and The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, from October 22-26. Watch this space if I hear of it coming South.
 

13/10/19 - Thought you might like to know that the videos I put on YouTube last week of "Slide by Slide" took our total up to the magic 500.....the first one was Heart of England Jazz Band recorded in 2007, many others feature bands from your part of the world. - John Howell, Jazz Club 90. You won't hear this number played in many jazz clubs - Fred

13/10/19 - Readers of Just Jazz Magazine will already have read the article, "The forty years of the Savannah Jazz Band" which appeared in the September edition, but for those who are missing out on the only UK magazine to specialise in our kind of music, the article has now been reproduced on this site with kind permission of the band and the magazine.

13/10/19 - Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival Early Bird ticket sales will finish on Saturday the 18th of October. Three day tickets - Thursday to Saturday and Friday to Sunday tickets will be available from the 18th of this month priced at £125.

13/10/19 - Ayr Jazz Club gig list has been updated for next year in What's On, their own web site calendar is not yet updated.

13/10/19 - Bass player Ken Ames, a regular site reader from London who I met at  Rochdale Jazz Club with the Pedigree Jazz Band, has sent me details of a new location for the "One More Time" jazz band, on Tuesday Nights at Brentford Lock and says, " Although not in the North. In case folk are in London I attach new gig information Thank you". So let me know if you want a copy.

13/10/19 - If you want to listen to live jazz without going out on a dark night, than there are two choices - Jazz over the Pennines at The Cross keys in York on Thursday with the  Paul Smith’s Jazz Collective from 1pm, and/or The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Friday from 1pm

13/10/19 - My calendar says it's Gerry Clayton's birthday today, but Facebook tells me it was yesterday, so whichever day it was, Happy Birthday Gerry. Other musicians celebrating birthdays this week include Dave Bateman on Thursday and Suzanne Mott on Saturday. Birthday greetings to them all.
 

10/10/19 - Just a quick email to thank you for putting the link to our jazz club (Newbold Vernon) in your latest email. I know we are south of you but we do have quite a few bands from 'up north' especially Savannah who have been coming every January for many years. As with all jazz clubs these days any publicity is welcome. We are actually doing fairly well and getting new people, mainly do to publicising the club on various sites. I also use the Press Association site where you can advertise for free and it goes to lots of people. (NW Promoters and musicians please note - FB).  We enjoy reading your emails and the website is great if we are travelling your way to see what's going on. - Maureen and Kelvin Smith
 

10/10/19 - Re: John Pashley, Much has been said about Pash - or Fats as he was affectionately known to some - and, for me personally, he had a lot to answer for ! For it was his band being engaged by the landlord of what was my regular Sunday night haunt in the late 70s - the Jack & Gill, not far from my then home in Allerton, Bradford - that first got me interested in trad jazz. And I have never looked back ! However, John's recent passing has gotten me harking back to that period, and for the life of me I cannot recall the drummer and banjo players. Martin Boyd, and occasionally a young Dominic Groves, were on reeds ; John on trumpet, of course ; Alan Bramley on trombone ; Alan Morrison on tuba. In the interval Maureen Dyson would play the pub’s upright piano, though she wasn’t part of the band. It's possible that Bill Evans may have been the drummer....but in those far-off days I didn’t know Bill, so that is mystery no.1. Mystery no.2 is the banjo. It certainly wasn’t Dick Speight - I would have remembered, as not much more than a decade earlier Dick had been my English teacher at Belle Vue Boys’ Grammar School in Bradford. Can anyone of a Yorkshire persuasion enlighten me....and put my mind at rest? - Ian Pickles

10/10/19 - John Hallam has managed to secure two more gigs at the Farmer's Arms, Bispham, Parbold, along with the Jamie Brownfield quintet with Tom Kincaid, on Sunday 13th Oct at 1pm - 3.30pm, and again on 10th Nov with Tom Kincaid's Three Bears. What's On will be updated soon with more details.

10/10/19 - The Sun Street Stompers are only playing from 12.30 till 2.00 on Sunday because of the Lancaster Music Festival. Lots of bands will be playing at The John O'Gaunt, they all get just an hour and a half. - Barrie Marshall

 

09/10/19 - Re-iterate that the Frog and Henry tour mentioned on Jazz Guide website is going to be the one for 2021. Same time of year though. If it comes off, it sounds very interesting musically. - Pete Lay
 

08/10/19 - You may be wondering why so much news is one day? Well Jazz News is like waiting for a bus, you wait ages and then several come at once. Make sure you don't miss any announcements by having it delivered twice a week via email, Send an email to me with the subject "Add Me", plus your name, and just for interest, your location, and you will be added to my mailing list. Your email addresses are never passed on without permission.

08/10/19 - Roger Marshall writes, "We are pleased to announce our special presentation for mid-October featuring as it does the world class clarinet playing of the now London based Adrian Cox alongside a trio of his fellow London chums. It has now been confirmed that their ‘Profoundly Blue’ CD has been nominated in the Best Album’ category in the 2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards which is a real feather in the caps of these four exceptional musicians and most richly deserved. You can read the Dove Bugle by clicking here.

08/10/19 - Now for something completely different!  Ever heard of a 'Skiffle Orchestra'?. Well The London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra are to perform in the unique surroundings of the Halifax Minster during this year's Halifax Comedy Festival on Thursday October 24 at 7:30pm. The Orchestra promises an energetic, colourful, bizarre, tuneful and hilarious evening of musical entertainment incorporating a wealth of instruments, costume changes and numerous props. To the band the word ‘skiffle’ means ‘anything goes’, as long as it is musical, entertaining and fun. And it will always be full of surprises. If songs such as "Learn the Washboard", "Suffer Canine Constipation", and "Polka with a horse, frog, snake and pig" tickle your fancy. then the Minster is the place for you. Skiffle as we know it?  The jury is still out on that one.

08/10/19 -  Mal Horne, who has played far and wide, notably with the much-travelled Dave Donohoe Band, one of the Europe’s most respected and well-known New Orleans style bands, will be playing at the next Jazz Rendezvous session at St Helens Bowling Club next Sunday, October 13th at 8 pm., for the first time. Other guests will be Dave Thomas (clarinet) and Pete Fryer (trombone).

08/10/19 - Back in January, on the 10th, I wrote, "There's been a lot of talk about young bands coming out of France & New Orleans, well I've just  come across a new one (well new to me), nearer to home in Edinburgh. From what I've seen and heard so far, I'm hoping they will come down over the border". That was The Tenement Jazz Band, and they have arrived. On Wednesday they will be at Kendal Jazz Club, and on Thursday at Carlisle Jazz Club. After that they are off to Portmahomack, and if you thought Barrow was out on a limb, check out Post Code IV20 1YD. You can listen to a taster of their sound on their web site at www.tenementjazzband.com/

08/10/19 - Brian Heppenstall has written to say, "I see on your site a reference to Nat Gonella and his Conn Cuprion trumpet. I have access to a Wornell Special trumpet in Bflat/C which reputedly belonged to him. I can only find one other trumpet of the same manufacture in the Hertenberger Collection in the USA. Can any of your readers throw any light on the source/provenance of this model. I can only find that it was manufactured in Bohemia(Czech Republic) about 1937 under US and GB patents? I cannot find any other models form this manufacturer after lengthy internet searches. I have some photos which I can provide if anyone can offer more information. Many thanks for your web site-I will use it more now I have found it".

08/10/19 -  There's an extra jazz event at The Stonewell Tap in Lancaster because of the Lancaster Music Festival. Anything Goes Swing trio are playing this Thursday from 5pm. "The best selection of real ales in the town too", says Bob Pickersgill.

06/10/19 - The Jazz Buddies were new to me, when they popped up in, "Where Can We Go", a site I've suggested bands could use. It's a traditional Jazz band making their second appearance at Newbold Verdon Jazz Club down in Leicestershire (outside my area so please don't rush in with more!).  "They are committed to bringing new life to the Dixieland and trad jazz classics of Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden, Jelly Roll Morton etc. This band has the firepower to do just that. Fronted by trumpet player Arthur Brown, the Jazz Buddies are likely to field reedman Matt Palmer, trombonist Mike Owen, Brian Mellor on Banjo, Pete Robinson on double bass and drummer Tim Jones".  A new band - but some old faces I think!

06/10/19 - Just read on Jazz Guide News about the "Frog & Henry Big Band Tour". At first I thought it meant a big tour, rather than a big band, but no, Frog & Henry will tour as a 10-11 piece band in Jan/Feb, 2021,  Specifically from Jan 15 - Feb 3. That should be interesting!

06/10/19 - Manchester Jazz Society Programme has been updated

06/10/19 - For the first time that I can recall, there are four midweek daytime Jazz events this week.  The Savoy Jazzmen are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 8 October, 14:00 – 16:00 where entry there is now free.   On the same day, in fact, with a clear run, you could fit them both in, The Chicago Teddybears Quartet are at Sooty's Garden Centre Tarleton from 16:30 – 18:00 where admission is £13 but includes a hotpot supper. On Wednesday Manchester Jazz are at The Royal Hotel, in Hayfield from 12:00 – 14:30, and finally at little further afield, there's Jazz over the Pennines at The Cross keys in York from 13:00 – 15:30. In all cases, check out What's On for more details.

06/10/19 - Many Happy Returns on Wednesday to Jack Cotterill.
 

04/10/19 - Graham Brook, jazz promoter at Tuesday Jazz & Swing at Wilmslow, has written to me (yes, a real letter), to tell me he's putting on a special one-off on Friday October the 18th. It's the Temperance Seven, and Graham says, it's a rare gig for them at an unusually low admission charge of just a tenner on the door. So sounds like one you need to get there early for. Derek Galloway, who has been the compere and vocalist with the Temperance Seven for 41 years, told me - "Many fans ask when are you playing ‘up north?’ Well now you can see them locally". Click here for poster and details


03/10/19 -
The new monthly lunchtime Hayfield Jazz Venue begins next Wednesday. It will continue on the 9th Oct, 13th Nov, 4th Dec, and 15th Jan, at the Royal Hotel starting at 12 noon.  The first session will feature Manchester Jazz. Admission is £8, and I hope it will get lots of support from those who don't like going out on dark nights. Next month will see  Martin Bennett's Swamplanders there.

03/10/19 - You may be aware that The British Jazz Awards have recently put forward their nominations and opened voting for 2019, The northwest jazz scene can hopefully be proud of the fantastic support it has given Alex Clarke over the last four years in her developing career and which has undoubtedly been invaluable in helping her to be nominated in the Rising Star category this year. She just got my vote, click here to add yours.

03/10/19 - A week later than the normal slot, The Harlem Hot Stompers will be celebrating their 50th at Didsbury on be 31st October, a change from the 24th.
 

02/10/19 - Further to Denys Owen's request for how to dispose of 78's 29/09/19, he wrote, "I have two gramophones. One is a portable my mother gave me as an 18th birthday present during ww2 as she was fed up me turning records with my fingers.marks still to be seen on the record labels. She paid £6 which was a biggish sum in those days. But the spring runs down before playing the complete disc The second has a repro horn. Rather impressive and does produce a loudish sound after a change of needle every three minutes. The 78s seem to suit these machines.  Did I say ‘disc’? I meant ‘record’ of course".  Happy days, I can relate to this myself - Fred

02/10/19 - Paul Loftus has sent me final details on the two gigs at Coniston Institute,   He says, "Everyone will know Spats but, The Budapest Cafe Orchestra (sorry not jazz orchestra as stated before) is something different, I did see this band about 2 years ago on the Village hall series of concerts, and they were 'slimmed down' but excellent".

02/10/19 - Following the very successful jazz evening at Poulton le Fylde in January, which was to raise funds for the community hall, Deco Delight have been asked to return for a second time this Saturday at the charity run Victoria Park Community Centre in Poulton-le-Fylde FY6 7BE.. Full details can be found by clicking here
 

SEPTEMBER 2019
 

30/09/19 - There is now a tribute page on the site for Nev Taylor. If you have any memories of Nev, please send them to me so I can add them.

30/09/19 - Congratulations to proud parents, Richard Exhall & Amy Roberts. Richard posted this photo on Facebook on 26th Sept., and said, "Please say hello to our new arrival... welcome Jago Tiberius Exall-Roberts to this mad world. I think he's got his work cut out!  Here he is in all his charming beauty with proud parents.
 

29/09/19 - I have quite a number of 78s, jazz and swing,  and at the age of 92 and ten months with no close family I have no alternative other than to dispose of them. Can anyone suggest how? - Denys Owen. Sensible answers only please - Fred

29/09/19 -  Sheila Collier writes, "I sang with Lasses band at TIsvilde High School in Denmark last week where they have jazz residential courses for retired people and one gentleman came up to me and said, ‘You have had a very interesting life, I looked you up on line and found out all about your story'.  Thank you for that !  With love from Sheila". Sheila is hoping to come over next year and celebrate her birthday singing in NW clubs and has been in touch with Jim Swinnerton to help organise gigs, so anybody out looking to book them get in touch and I'll pass details on whilst there is still time.

29/09/19 - If you don't fancy going out at night whilst the weather is bad, you can go along during the day to Garstang Jazz Club on Thu, 3 October, 12:00 – 14:30 where you can hear Frank Brooker, and Eugine Farrer with the Three Bears. If you live close to the Pennines, you might consider Jazz over the Pennines at The Cross keys in York on Thu, 3 October, 13:00 – 15:30.

29/09/19 - Many Happy Returns this week to Keith Allcock tomorrow, Brian Ellwood on Tuesday, and Pete Lindup on Friday.

28/09/19 - Grant Taylor. writes, "It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that my dad Nev Taylor, passed away on Tuesday September 24th 2019.  He died peacefully in Perth Royal Infirmary surrounded by his family.  Nev is survived by his ‘beautiful Scottish wife’ Cathie, 4 children and 6 grandchildren.  Nev was an active drummer on the Manchester scene from the early 1950’s until 1973 when the family moved to Perthshire.  Nev played with a number of bands including The Mart Roger Jazz Aces, Alan Hare’s Bluenote Jazzmen, Randy Coleville and Pete Haslam Collegians, The Dallas Jazz Band, The Harlem Hot Stompers and his own Nev Taylor Jump Band.  Funeral details are October 14th 3pm Perth Crematorium followed by a reception at Auchterarder Golf Club.".

28/09/19 - Peter Taylor writes, "I have a 78 rpm disc from Northern Sound Services in Newcastle upon Tyne.  It is marked 'Copy of customers own recording' and features Tishomingo Blues by Papa Mutt Lester, and his Red Hot Blue blood Jazzmen. Its not in the best of condition and does not play too well!  Named on the sleeve in blue ink are Papa Mutt Lester- TPT, Bill Simpson & Trevor Johnson - Clarinet, Dave Peacock -Trombone, John Coroy? & Pete Martin- Banjo, Bill Harper -Piano & Bob Burton -Drums.  I think it dates from 1950s, the record is on an aluminium base.  If anyone has any knowledge of the band or any of the artists I would be most interested and grateful !!".
 

27/09/19 - Carlisle Jazz Club gig list has been updated
 

26/09/19 - I had a call yesterday from someone who went to an event I highlighted as a daytime jazz event this week, and he was told it was last week. Bill Barrow tells me, "We have been experiencing terrible difficulties with the management.  There have been last-minute changes regarding our appearances, delays in our obtaining payment and one of the band incurred a £70 parking charge when management failed to feed details of his car registration into the system.  The greatest difficulty has been that, although we were booked specifically to play a programme of Dixieland and Trad Jazz we have been asked to provide music for dancing e,g, square tango, St Bernard's Waltz etc and the music has been advertised as part of a lunch and entertainment package at £8.99 ( no lunch, no music !!!) .  Can you believe that we have found ourselves referred to as The Bill Barrow String Quartet ( comprising piano, bass, drums and reeds !!!)  Bill says, "would you please offer my apologies to the person who travelled over from Garstang, and remove further entries from What's On".

26/09/19 - News from abroad - Ian Royle writes, "We are absolutely sweltering out here on the Blanca after the worst storms for a hundred years. Hailstones like golf balls (holes in the roof) etc. Went to the Arena Bar in Javea last Sunday to sit in for a couple of numbers with the Mike Summers 'New Jubilee Jazz Band'. Mike plays a very respectable 'Bix-ish' style on a long model cornet. However, a member of the band is trombonist Michael Kasche. There was a post on your site recently about entertaining audiences. Michael is the Costa Blanca answer to Terry Brunt (without the scarf). I've never seen a guy work so hard with so much enthusiasm. He has the subtlety of a cathartic monster (as Humph might say and yes-his 'sound' reminds me of Gary Valente). Marvelous guy, lovely afternoon."

26/09/19 - I've just opened the Pash tribute page again and read the new observations.  Loved Brian's comments. I also played my mp3 extract once more. It still tickles me even though I've listened to it many times over the years so I do hope people take the time to listen to it. - Graham Martindale
 

25/09/19 - A newspaper report states, "The Duke &  Duchess of Sussex were invited to meet a Muslim Cape Town family, and have afternoon tea in their home. Before sitting down with the Samodien family, the couple were treated to a performance outside by the Cape Town 7 Steps Minstrels – a jazz band who wore blazers in the colours of the South African flag, and the royals watched and clapped as the minstrel’s leader Iasmaeel Dean twirled and danced. With his face painted white, and wearing an elaborate feathered red headdress and matching suit, the performer posed for a picture with the royals". Minstrels and painted faces!, Can't see that taking off over here without a few problems.
 

25/09/19 - The latest edition of Just Jazz Magazine has popped through the letter box, and it's full of interest from the retirement of Chris Barber, and The origins of Preservation Hall pt 2., to an auto biography from Tom Culbert called, "My Jazz Life", and a tribute to Denis Gilmore
 

23/09/19 - More tributes have continued to come in for John Pashley

23/09/19 - I've said before that it's very rewarding to put people in touch via the web site. Up until 2010 I had regular emails from Adrienne Ferst in Australia, and then in April that year I received an email from Michelle Osborne to say "For the last 18 years Adrienne has been apart of my family she is my step mother. It is with great sadness that I am letting you know that Adrienne passed away on 25th April 2013 at about 8pm. Fast forward six years and I get an email from Amanda Carter saying, "This is a massively long shot, but I was trying to find a relative called Adrienne Ferst, who grew up in Liverpool but emigrated to Australia". Thankfully, because I archive all my old emails, I was able to put them in touch.  Amanda writes, "Thank you again for passing on my email to Michelle. She did reply, so that’s a really nice outcome. I do hope you get lots of enjoyment from your website. It’s great for people with a common interest to have a place to share news, memories, as well as find information on long lost relatives!

22/09/19 - As far as I know, there are no NW musicians celebrating birthdays this week, unless you know different?

22/09/19 - There's a choice of daylight jazz events this week. The North Euston Orpheans are at the North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood. on Wed, 25 September, 12:00 – 14:30, Adm £6. and on the same day further down the coast, The Jazz Knights Quartet are playing at Blackpool's Norbreck Castle Hotel from 13:00 – 15:00. On Thursday, there's Jazz over the Pennines at The Cross keys in York, YO24 1LQ, from 13:00 – 15:30
 

21/09/19 - John Pashley is the latest jazz musician to join the Tributes Page
 

20/09/19 - Sad news, i’m afraid. John Pashley’s daughter-in-law Helen rang, to say that John had passed away today (Friday) around mid-day. He had been diagnosed with terminal cancer some months ago and has bravely coped with the problems since, some in hospital and also being cared for by Maureen and family.  A proud Yorkshireman, he was a popular musician, mainly on trumpet (and vocals), but also played many other instruments. I last saw him in December 2018, when he ‘depped’ with the Savoy Jazzmen at The Palm House, Sefton Park, Liverpool in the afternoon and then at Widnes RUFC in the evening.  John had a ‘catholic’ music taste, but his first love was the jazz of New Orleans, and he played in many parade bands. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with Maureen, Helen and family. R.I.P. John. - Terry Birkinhead.

 

20/09/19 - Dear Fred For those who remember these musicians noted, this video celebrating the life of Frederick 'Bismack' Shaw. Geoff Cole seated, and playing - John Lawes clt, John Keen tpt, Tim Wake bjo,  Mike Pointon tbn. Max Emmons tpt, and Pete Brooks bass - Ken Ames
 

19/09/19 - We had the pleasure of being entertained by the Dixie Beats on 2nd September at Eagley Jazz Club, and I have to say, I've never seen the Club so lively and animated!  What an amazing, high energy performance by this local band who just get better with each visit.  Also, it's brilliant to see young musicians playing Jazz!   I filmed their finale for our facebook page which you can view. - Ann Lord

19/09/19 - Blackpool Jazz & Lights  2020 added to Jazz Festivals & Weekends. There is a special guest appearances from Doc Houlind's New Orleans Revival Jazz Band from Denmark plus a very rare appearance up North from the Legendary Jazz, Blues & Gospel Singer Miss Christine Tyrrell (formerly of the Phil Mason Band). Christine will be performing with all 5 bands over the course of the weekend and is sure to wow the audience with her classic songs Dr Jazz, Running Wild & Feel my Leg plus many more. Other bands appearing include Baby Jools & The Jazzaholics, New Orleans Heat, The Eagle Jazz Band & Washington Whirligig. 3 nights accommodation on a half-board basis & all that jazz £230pp for the weekend - £50 deposit to book. No single supplements.
 

17/09/19 - Remember The Vipers Skiffle Group. Eu today features them in an article posted yesterday. They were Formed in the Spring of 1956 by Wally Whyton, (later to find fame as a presenter of children's TV shows).
 

15/09/19 - Jon Critchley writes, "Quite a line-up change this week for The Original Panama Jazz Band at The Irby Club on the 18th whilst I’m away on holiday enjoying myself, the young (well, younger), singing, finger-clicking, happy, engaging but married Phil Lucas will be trumpeting and leading Dave Thomas, Dave Alexander, Ed Lloyd Hughes, Bill Buck and, making his return to the band after enforced absence, Laurie Cooper.  Well, back to another litre of pils now...

15/09/19 - Many Happy Returns to Harold Troughton & Richard Lord today, and to Mike Reddin on Wednesday

15/09/19 - Midweek daylight jazz events coming up - Jazz over the Pennines at The Cross keys in York on Thu, 19 September, 13:00 – 15:30, Anything Goes Swing trio at The Stonewell TAP in Lancaster, Thu, 19 September, 17:00 – 19:00, and  The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station, Fri, 20 September, 12:30 – 14:30.


11/09/19 -
Maggi Brierley is organising some afternoon (12.00-2.30) gigs starting in October at The Royal Hotel, in Hayfield. Manchester Jazz are doing the opening session on October 9th. I'm always  pleased to see midweek daytime jazz, some older fans don't find it easy to venture out on dark nights.

10/09/19 - There will be no jazz at Didsbury Cricket Club on 26th September.

09/09/19 -  We went to this charity event by The Chicago Teds yesterday (Sunday afternoon) and it was a cracking session. Herewith my comments :- 
Sunday 8th September : Chicago Teddy Bears Society Jazz Band at Haydock Park Golf Club, Newton-le-Willows. An afternoon concert, as Rae Owens told us - divided into 3 halves. “Jazz for Joy” was a tribute to Joy Singleton, the late wife of drummer and bandleader Brian. 140 or so fans warmed to a super performance from this all-star band, including trumpeter Jimmy Lucas’s son Phil, who sat in on trumpet for many numbers. Humph would have been proud of Jimmy’s “Bad Penny Blues”, and the rarely heard (in Trad. Bands) “Water Melon Man” brought the place down. The event raised a substantial sum – yet to be finalised – for Cancer Research UK, in memory of a lovely lady. - Terry Birkinhead.

 

08/09/19 - To make a change from jazz venues closing, HOT TREACLE will be appearing at the Horse & Farrier in Gatley, Cheadle, Cheshire on Sunday 29th September 2019 from 8.0pm to 11.0pm possibly leading to a regular monthly gig. Car parking is available and admission is free. Band is a 4-pice comprising some familiar faces I dare not say old for fear of recriminations. Music will be a mixture of Jazz, Blues, Skiffle with some giggles thrown in along the way and even the chance of a banjo solo. - Charlie Bentley

08/09/19 - Correction to the birthday greetings item. The gig list shown for Jazz Club 90 was for the October events, the rest of this month sees Second Line Jazz tonight, Chris Pearce's Frenchmen Street Jazz Band on the 15th, The Carl Sinclair Trio on the 22nd, and Washington Whirligig on the 29th.

08/09/19 - Dear Fred, I write to you today about a regular contributor to your excellent web-site. Peter Swensson has played with the ‘Savoy Jazz Band’ since his demobilization from serving as a National Serviceman in the British Army. Peter joined the Savoy Jazz band on October 18th 1960, he has performed with the band without a break continually until present day. Perhaps you may agree Fred that this is indeed a long time to play with the same band. Maybe you might consider mentioning on your site, Peter Swensson’ unique experience. Hopefully the article may generate interest amongst your contributors and followers. Regards, Geoff Hogarth. (Agreed Geoff - Fred)

08/09/19 - Many Happy Returns this week to Spats Langham on Tuesday, Tony Ormesher on Thursday, and just over the edge of this area, on Friday, it's Many Happy Returns to promoter John Howell who runs Jazz Club 90 in Albrighton. This month you can see Slide by Slide (Richard Leach and Kevin Grenfell), The Eagle Jazz Band, The Wabash Jazz Quintet, and the Sussex Jazz Kings.

08/09/19 - If you are looking for some daytime jazz events midweek this week, you may have to travel a bit further than usual, but what a place to be - York. Ros Lewis’s Tailgaters at The Cross Keys Of York, 32 Tadcaster Rd Dringhouses, York YO24 1LQ on Thu, 12 September, 13:00 – 15:30. Food available, free admission, free parking (register your car at the bar). The pub is dog friendly and child friendly and even adult humans seem to like it!
 

04/09/19 - Good morning Jazz North West, I have attached a press release and related images in relation to a brand new 6-day Jazz Festival taking place in Essex next month. With big discounts on hotel accommodation at the Park Inn Palace Hotel (when you mention the Festival), it might make for a great weekend away for your readers.  As a non-profit event, taking place with no corporate sponsorship or arts funding, I would be most grateful of any attention you are able to give the festival. Best wishes - Darren Harper, Founder. (let me know if you want a copy, seems to be a mixture of jazz styles including traditional jazz - Fred)

04/09/19 - The Jazz Rendezvous sessions at St Helens Bowling Club will start again on Sunday 15th September at 8 pm. John Higham will be organising this session, so some hot, swinging jazz is assured. "Hope you can make it.", says Keith Allcock
 

03/09/19 - My thanks to Brian Taylor for sending this photograph of the 'new kid on the block', Michael Grant, who played with the Dixie Beats last night. He tells me, "There was a varied selection of tunes by ‘The Dixie Beats ‘ : from the ‘Saints’ , ‘ Georgia ‘ ‘ What a wonderful world ‘ to the best tune for me ‘St. Thomas’ which I have only heard performed previously by the great Sonny Rollins . ( Still with us fortunately) !
 

02/09/19 - I was very saddened to hear the report on your site about the death of Bob Wilber - arguably the greatest soprano saxophone the world has ever known - he was a phenomenal musician. I was first introduced to Bob by John Taylor - leader of the Wolverines Jazz Band based in Rochdale back in the 70's. John was writing a discography of Bob but I don't think he ever completed it as he fell foul of Pug Horton - Bob's wife and a great singer - when he was staying with them in the States. Sadly I only played briefly with Bob but I was lucky enough to be in 'digs' with him and took advantage of having many long conversations with regarding his time when he studied - and lived - with Sidney Bechet, and his less than complimentary stories of his time playing with Benny Goodman. In his career he played with virtually every Jazz Great including Louis , Duke, Jack Teagarden, Bobbie Hackett etc. He even got a Grammy Award for his score and arrangement of the music for the film 'Cotton Club' with Richard Gere. However he always said his favourite gig was playing the Ellington Concert at the Royal Festival Hall in January 1989 in front of HM The Queen. Duke originally wrote the music for the Queen back in 1957 but instructed that only one disc was to be pressed and delivered to her at Buckingham Palace! I always found Bob to be very supportive, generous of his time and made you feel very comfortable in his presence. He will be greatly missed. - David Moore

01/09/18 - Many Happy Returns this week to Howard Worthington & Midlands based Tony Davis

01/09/19 - The Savoy Jazzmen are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tuesday at 2pm, and Garstang Jazz Club will feature The Three Bears on Thursday 5th. Those are the only two midweek daytime jazz events this week.

01/09/19 - Pat & I will be at Eagley Jazz Club tomorrow night to see the Dixie Beats & Michael’s debut . Currently at Sedgley Park RUFC Clubhouse watching afternoon gig by Munch Manship & The Gerry Tomlinson trio . So that’s all good!  - Brian Taylor.

01/09/19 - Way back in 2017 you kindly published a note about the weekly Thursday afternoon Jazz Sessions that I was starting at the Cross Keys pub in the City of York (32 Tadcaster Road, YO24 1LQ); not strictly the North West but nevertheless it is within easy reach for people living on the ‘West Coast of Yorkshire’ and there’s many other attraction to fill the day. I’m delighted to report that these sessions have proved to be very popular with jazz musos (for a modest fee) and audiences alike. I think it might be helpful to recognise that whilst many of the evening based jazz clubs are having a hard time my Thursday afternoon sessions have gone from strength to strength. It’s interesting to note that up and down the UK there are quite a few similar weekday sessions. As far as I can make out the key success factors for the Cross Keys jazz sessions have been that it fills what might be a dull afternoon for many, the pub is on an excellent bus route (in evening there is severe curtailment of buses services generally), it has a large car park, admission is free, food is available and a different band appears each week. I would be interested to learn of the experience elsewhere with weekday afternoon jazz sessions. - Alan Bramley

01/09/19 - I'm really pleased to tell you that Dixie Beats have now been joined by terrific young clarinettist, Michael Grant who will share reed spot with Alex Clarke, who's availability is now a little restricted as she starts her new job at Warwick School (Good Luck Alex!). Michael is an outstanding musician playing several different genres , and his addition means the average age of the band is now under 45! Our next few gigs will feature either Alex or Michael and we are excited about the prospect of getting a booking for which they are both available - their combined energy and talent will give us a new dimension. Michael makes his debut with us at Eagley Jazz Club on Monday night (2nd Sept). - John Percival.  (Michael plays with the young band I came across recently - The Jelly Roll Jazz Band - Fred)

01/09/19 - On the 11th of October The Temperance Seven are back in the North-West as part of the Wirral Arts Festival. They are in concert at the Heswall Hall Telegraph Road CH60 0A, first note 8pm.Tickets available from the Hall and Linghams Booksellers also in Telegraph Road.The following day,the 12th,The band cross the Pennines to give a concert at the Huddersfield Town Hall at 7-15pm.  - Mike Deighan.


AUGUST 2019

30/08/19 - The Five & A Penny web page has been updated

30/08/19 - The Early Bird 4 Day pass is now available for Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival at £145.00. Gives full access to all venues for the full four days of the festival from Thursday May 7th to Sunday May 12th.

30/08/19 -  Interesting to see how Peter Swensson is promoting the gig at the Palm House. When we had a residency at the now-closed George in Buxton I gave the Tourist Information Centre one of our A4 posters with some extra details written on. They had a folder for anything like that. I don't know if anyone came along as a result, but I thought it was something worth trying. If there was anything remotely "jazzy" at the Opera House on one our nights someone in the band (can't remember who that was!) would pop over with some blu-tack and do a bit of discreet fly posting. - Sam Wood

30/08/19 - The September edition of Just Jazz Magazine is now out and for fans of the Savannah Jazz Band there's five pages celebrating the band's of playing.

30/08/19 - An obituary for Bob Wilber has now appeared in the Glasgow Herald
 

29/08/19 - An interesting definition from Howard Murray - "A jazz musician is somebody who puts £5000 worth of instruments in a £500 car and drives 50 miles for a £5.00 gig!  A Rock guitarist plays 3 or 4 chords to hundreds of people.  A jazz guitarist plays hundreds of chords to 3 or 4 people".

29/08/19 - We are all saddened to hear of the declining audience numbers at traditional jazz clubs and venues, so it's up to all of us to help promote them. Sometimes I feel like I'm preaching to the converted when it comes to this site, so it was good to have Google alert me to a posting by a band leader in a site I've mentioned previously - "Where Can We Go". No wonder Peter Swensson can boast an audience of 193 when you read this. We can  all help promote the music by doing things like this, it doesn't have to be down to the band leader, and it's free!.
 

28/08/19 - My thanks to the other musicians who emailed in support of the job offer I sent out, some of whom have put in a bid for the job. I don't wish to start any agro  amongst musicians, so I won't be publishing them other than the one already on, but I'm grateful to them for taking the time to email their support.

28/08/19 - The Savoy Jazzmen trio will be providing entertainment on Saturday 31st August between 12 - 4 p.m. for the annual Duck Race & Family Fun Day at Ffrith Community Centre, Wrexham, LL11 5LH.

28/08/19 - Jack Cotterill presents a night of Jazz and Swing with the one the worlds finest reeds-men, Adrian Cox. Backed by the Tom Kincaid trio, the concert will be set in the beautiful surroundings of St Mary's church, Alsager. It will also be a 'bring your own drinks/booze' event. World class Jazz, beautiful surroundings, and cheap drinks, what's not to love? Please go to https://www.wegottickets.com/event/481167 for tickets, or see www.JackCotterill.co.uk  for more details.
 

26/08/19 - I wasn’t the least bit offended by the lady’s terms. She is clearly aware that the fee offered us not much, but I know of bands that travel many, many miles for a gig that, when expenses at 46p/ mile are deducted, very little is left, perhaps no more than there would be if they did this as local gig. And sometimes we get gigs from gigs. I am a professional musician, not because of my skills, but by default: I’m a pensioner with no other source of earned income. I’ll bet the £200 fee, that most of the bands on your website are too. MU rates? These bands wouldn’t do 90% of their gigs if they demanded MU rates. The music’s on the way out anyway I’m sorry to say, so why jeopardise it further? I hope a local band takes the gig and exposes more people to the music: I think this the only way to get a wider audience, because many established jazz venues won’t, don’t or can’t let themselves be known via wider medias other than your site, or “Just Jazz”, or “Jazz Guide”. - Jon Critchley

26/08/19 - If you are a musician reading this, you probably got an email from me about a 3/4 hour job in Chorley that was being offered for a trio for £200 for a small domestic celebratory event. I agree it wasn't MU rates, but the lady in question only had a small budget and had no idea what it would cost. So I was a little surprised to get this response - "Thanks for sending this on. These aren't professional rates and hiring musicians for this type of fee shouldn't be encouraged. She needs to be more realistic with what it costs to hire entertainment on a Saturday night in June".  My response was not to shoot the messenger, as it was down to individuals to decided whether it was worth it or not, as I am neither a musician, agent or a promoter. I do the site as a hobby and hopefully as a service, so I hope other professional musicians were not equally offended.

26/08/19 - The latest edition of JazzNorthWest Weekly is out, and in this issue is a very interesting item on a rare vintage typewriter from the 1950s  that was designed to type sheet music, and notes on the staff. Also you can read about Marsden Jazz Festival having been nominated for 'Jazz Venue of the Year'.
 

25/08/19 - The Bingley Mavericks Jazz Club gig list has been updated

25/08/19 - There is a photograph of the River City Jazz Band now on the band's page. It was taken on Llandudno Pier where the band has had a successful run for some years now.

25/08/19 - Re Gresford Trustm (24/08), Is 'celebration' the best way to remember the Gresford Pit disaster? Perhaps there's a better word. I'm nearly 93 and was a conscripted Bevin Boy there for four years from 1944. So knew many relatives of the trapped men .However whatever we call it, I'm sure funds are still needed so let's all support it. - Denys Owen

25/08/19 - Tell Mike I have a rather attractive floral dress that might fit him! Gosh, hope I haven’t offended the LGBT community - Jon Critchley.

25/08/19 - Mike Carnie writes, "Great to watch these guys do the Jive. Thinking of taking it up myself, but is there anyone out there selling a yellow suit !!!".

 

25/08/19 - Back in January this year Google notified me (and I commented on it), that a new band had appeared in Edinburgh - The Tenement Jazz Band. From there they have made great strides forward and were encouraged to venture South of the border. Today Google notified that the, "Jelly Roll jazz Band" were playing at Lund Village Hall, which to me sounded like a telephone band put together for the occasion, choosing a name for it that I hadn't come across before. What a surprise I got" Check them out at www.thejellyrolljazzband.co.uk/ . Also check out the videos at https://youtu.be/efGdeoirikA  and https://youtu.be/UAjnZKcY-TM.
 

25/08/19 - Many Happy Returns this week to Mike McLachlan & Andrew Mackenzie on Monday and Keith Shone on Wednesday.

25/08/19 - Quite a crop of daytime jazz events mid week. On Mon, 26 August, The River City Jazz Band will be playing on Llandudno Pier from 13:15 – 16:30. On Wed, 28 August, The North Euston Orpheans will be playing from 12:00 – 14:30 at The North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood, whilst further down the road in Blackpool The Jazz Knights Quartet will be playing at Blackpool's Norbreck Castle Hotel from 13:00 – 15:00. Then on Friday, 30 August, The River City Jazz Band are back on Llandudno Pier.
 

24/08/19 - Philip Edwards has emailed, "Just thought I would contact you to let you know that on the 7 Sept 2019 Gresford Trust is 70 years old and is celebrating with a concert on the Trust grounds we have a world class jazz guitarist Esmond Sellwyn playing in a trio the and other acts and rides on the Pant yr Ochian steam train also punch and Judy all children accompanied by parents free (under 16) the entrance fee is £5.00 in advance £6.00 on the gate please spread the word in the jazz circles ( there is a bar serving Wrexham larger and a Guest bitter at reasonable prices)".


22/08/19 -
For those who remember the richly talented Richard Williams - animator of Roger Rabbit fame - he was also a good cornet player and leader of Dick’s Six - sadly passed away recently. A really good and kind man. - Ken Ames

22/08/19 - Undercliffe Cricket Club gig list has been updated

22/08/19 - The Harmony Hounds web page has been updated with a new photograph
 

21/08/19 - Apart from providing a service of new views and information, one of the objects of this site to maintain historical information about traditional jazz in the North West of the UK, and the musicians that were part of that scene. Today I was informed of a site with a similar objective. It comes from ex Wallasey musician Terry McGrath, who writes, "It's something that Norman Field and I put together recently, showing 300+ photos of Midlands traditional Jazz musos from the 1950s to the present.  Your North-Westerners may find it interesting."  It's at http://brumtradjazz.co.uk.
 

20/08/19 - I couldn't figure why Frog & Henry would take a gig in Carlisle right after Bude Festival - they're blooming miles apart !! But I see they have made it into another mini tour of nine events ! And, their next official UK tour starts when they return mid January '20, and that has now grown to 29 events. I'm so pleased I was able to encourage and help them to give the UK a try a couple of years back, now venues seem to be clambering to get them booked, so this old fart of 84 years can just get on with attending as many gigs as possible, and enjoy their repertoire, superb musicianship and friendliness. See Frog & Henry Tours - Norman Gibson

20/08/19 - Best wishes go to David Haviland who is moving from Glossop to Selby in the next couple of months. Following the death of Stan Coram in March 2011, David has continued to send me the details of events at Glossop Jazz Club and has now written to say, "We at Glossop hope that you are keeping well.  The Club continues to thrive and although I am moving house to Selby members have volunteered to keep jazz in Glossop. I hope to move before the end of October and am helping by booking bands for 2020. ( I'll forward these to you later). In the meantime these are the names etc. of the new coordinators (see web page for details). Thank you very much for your support over the past 8 years. Glossop Jazz Club now has a thriving membership"

20/08/19 - The Merseysippi Jazz Band have decided to take the night off from our residency at Liverpool Cricket Club next Monday, 26th August, bank holiday Monday, since three members would be absent and dep availability is causing problems. We will back the following week. - Peter Fryer
 

19/08/19 - Richard Slater is after a sousaphone - details on the Wanted Page

19/08/19 - The latest issue of JazzNorthWest Weekly is out and includes an article on Chris Barber's retirement, plus an item about the San Jacinto Club in New Orleans.

19/08/19 - Dear Fred, just to let your readers know that Roy Whittaker, bass player, passed away on Tuesday 13th August at Royal Blackburn Hospital. He was 91. He recorded an interview with Walter Love for his Sunday night BBC Radio Ulster Jazz Club programme in March this year featuring his jazz memories. Funeral 30th August in Haslingden, Rossendale. Details will be published in the Burnley Express & Rossendale Free Press. - Mrs Jo Whittaker. (The episode is no longer available on iPlayer unfortunately. Jo's telephone number is available if anyone wants it. - FB).
 

18/09/19 - Just one midday midweek jazz event - The River City Jazz Band on Llandudno Pier on Fri, 23 August, 13:15 – 16:30.

15/08/19 - After regularly checking www.chrisbarber.net without success, Howard Murray & Pete Lay inform me that there is now an official statement on Chris Barber's retirement on the site.
 

14/08/19 -  I have learned that before The Jubilee Stompers play at Phase 1 on the 27 August (see 11/08/19), there will be a talk by Prof Catherine Tackley, Head of Music at Liverpool University (also a musician). Being the centenary of the ODJB landing in Liverpool she will discuss the impact of jazz on popular culture and the role the City of Liverpool played in bringing jazz to these shores. - Bob Lamb
 

13/08/19 - The Big Chris Barber Band is to appear at Buxton Pavilion on 11th September. Details here. My thanks to Mike Feltham for letting me know.
 

12/08/19 - An announcement in the Irvine Times informs me that the New Orleans Joymakers jazz band is back at the Harbour Arts Centre later this month, where they will perform at the Irvine venue on Sunday, August 18, between 2pm and 4.30pm. Irvine is further North and further West than Holyhead on Anglesey in case you are wondering!.

12/08/19 - JazzNorthWest Weekly is out, and there's an item on Bessie Smith, as well as the late Bob Wilber who died on August 4 at his home in Chipping Campden aged 91.
 

11/08/19 -  Parrjazz, not known for trad, are putting on a classical treat on August 27 at Phase 1, 40 Seel Street, Liverpool 1. The Jubilee Stompers headed by trumpeter Martin Smith play the music of Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Bix Beiderbecke, the ODJB et al. Free entrance before 9pm. Details on www.parrjazz.co.uk ... " What's On " . Thanks Fred....makes a change from the fusion/mod/jazzrock usually associated with Parrjazz - Bob Lamb, Chester.

11/08/19 - I'm very reluctant to publish health details about musicians, unless it comes direct from the person concerned or close family. It's difficult to ignore an email from respected bandleader Chris Walker, who asks me, "Did you know that Chris Barber is no longer appearing with his band. I understand that he is in a home suffering from dementia. But what a life he has had and for longer than many of his contemporaries. I am given to believe that the band is still honouring existing contracts but without Chris". As a follow up, Chris says "I’m happy for you to publish if it is a tribute to the man. I heard about it at a musicians union meeting and I do think it is important that people realise that the band is continuing without Chris".

11/08/19 - Just one daytime mid week jazz event coming up - The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 16 August, 12:30 – 14:30 at Carnforth Railway Station, Warton Road, Carnforth

11/08/19 - A special 80th birthday greeting today to Harold Salisbury. Birthday greeting also to a couple of drummers, Alan Davies on Thursday, and to Graham Smith on Saturday.
 

09/08/19 - I have been trying to contact Roger Wigley, jazz organiser at Didsbury Cricket Club but the published number is not recognised. Does anybody know how i can contact him?

09/08/19 - Ten years ago today, 9 August 2009, I had my first blow with Mad Ed's Hot Five at the Blue Bell Halkyn. A life-changing experience, I've haven't been the same since! - Sam Wood

09/08/19 - Hi Fred, In case you don't already know, Bob Wilber has died aged 91. - Regards, Dave Davis. See obituary http://tinyurl.com/y66jqfgy

09/08/19 - I’ve just announced on the Chicago Teds'  website that the 1940s Day which was to be held this Saturday (10th) in the Market Square at Darwen has been postponed for two weeks because of the impending bad weather. It will now take place on Saturday 24th - same times, same place - and The Teds will be playing as planned - Ed Lee


08/08/19 - The Roa Island Jazz Club that was, has risen again like the proverbial Phoenix, and once again run by promoter/chef/host/raconteur, Malcolm  Cookson, only this time it's further up the road at Bardsea, in the The Bardsea Malt Kiln Village Hall, and will be known as the Bardsea Jazz Club. Click the name to see the new page and list of forthcoming events.

 

05/08/19 - After spending time updating the site, I rarely feel like checking an abundance of messages on Facebook, and I must apologise for only just picking this up posted on 19th June to jazznorthwest announcements page - "Dear Mr Burnett, I do not know if you have an obituaries page for your site, but I have some sad news that may be of interest to you and your readers.  My father, Rod Hamer, a Dixieland trumpet player born in Bury in 1940 passed away peacefully on Saturday night.  He played on the Manchester scene before re-locating to the south of England where he continued to play on the London scene until his health stopped him in about 2007.  If you think this would be of interest to any of your readers, or any players that may have know him I’d be grateful if you might consider mentioning it in a tweet or something you consider appropriate.  Kind regards - Alistair Hamer".  I'm still working out how I can reply direct! See also announcement in Bury Times
 

04/08/19 - Just one midweek daytime jazz event coming up - The River City Jazz Band on Llandudno Pier on Fri, 9 August, 13:15 – 16:30.

04/08/19 - Birthdays being celebrated this week include - Mark Challinor on Wednesday, Keith Moore on Thursday and Frank Lowe on Saturday. Many Happy Returns to you all.

04/08/19 - Anybody see Alex Clarke on TV on Friday night?  In a programme called, "Celebrity 5 Go Barging", Shaun Williamson (Barrie from Eastenders) and Anita Harris, left  their barge to visit Rode Hall farmer's market in Congleton, where Shaun treated th shoppers to a rendition of  Mustang Sally accompanied by Alex. If you get fed up watching, skip to 44 minutes in.

July 2019


31/07/19 - 
Good to see the recent message from Alan Davies about the famous Smugglers Inn. Pleased to hear the 51 Club is still going strong with their twice-a-month sessions. Unfortunately my recent visits to Cornwall have been on the "in-between" weekends! I'm hoping to have better luck next time, which will be September/October - so not too long to wait. - Sam Wood


30/07/19 -
A nice message from drummer Alan Davies - "Hello Fred,  Just a small seasonal reminder to all jazz fans and musicians ‘up country’ who may holiday down ‘ere. Further to a recent visit to the long established ‘51 Club’ venue at the Smugglers Inn at St.Erth Praze near Hayle in lovely west Cornwall which always welcomes visiting fans,  lunchtime jazz events continue fortnightly on Sundays 1pm to 3-30pm. Indeed, fine jazz can be coupled with an excellent Sunday roast lunch in a convivial atmosphere.  Also, as I reach the mature age of 80 in August, after some 60 years of playing jazz on Merseyside, the north west, North Wales, Germany and recently here in the south west, I wish to especially remember and thank all the musician friends with whom I had the pleasure to meet and enjoy ‘gigging’ with over all those years. Happy times. With a very special Thanks to you Fred, for all your fine work in keeping us all connected. - Jazzy Cheers!"

30/07/19 - Congratulations to Norman Pennington, leader of the Tame Valley Stompers who finally plucked up courage to ask Dorothy to marry him!  The wedding took place on 17th July, and they honeymooned in Stratford upon Avon. Never one to miss a trick, it fitted in nicely with a gig the band played at Lamport Hall in Northampton, an hour away.


29/07/19 - Have you ever been to one of those 40's weekend?  They can be really fascinating to see. There's one coming up in Morecambe this next weekend called "MORECAMBE 1940’S REVIVAL". An added feature is that Bob Pickersgill's, "Anything Goes Swing Trio" who only recently went on the site, will be playing at the Morecambe Hotel on Saturday at 1pm. No doubt the band will be wearing trousers with turnups!


28/07/19 - Jazz is jazz they tell me, usually when I have to turn down a request to publicise an event that I don't consider to be of interest to most visitors to this site. I have long since giving up trying to define what is "traditional jazz", and what isn't. The easiest way is to throw it back, tell them what I think people will expect to hear, and ask if they think their event fits the bill. The last thing I want is people to see something in What's On, only to find it's fusion, dinner, modern or whatever they like to call it. Paul Kabrna was very understanding about an event coming up in Barnoldswick he had asked me to publicise, that I decided it was worth a mention, even though as Paul said, "It's more straight-ahead Sinatra / Buble style". If that tickles your fancy, take a look at his flyer here.

28/07/19 -  I know this is not in the Northwest but talking with some locals at Pickering last night, they visit your website frequently and I was hoping you could mention this: The O.P.J.B. played to a full house at the Pickering Memorial Hall on Saturday night (so full they had to clap vertically) and we overran our allotted time at the end of the night. The band members had had an awful drive there in atrocious weather, so after the announcements and thanks to all, I declined the invitation to do an encore so that the band could start their long journeys home. I just wanted to apologise to those folk who were there and will see this, and hope they weren’t too upset. - Jon  Critchley

28/07/19 - There are two midweek lunchtime concerts this week. On Wednesday there's the The North Euston Orpheans at the North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood, where admission is just £6, and takes place between 12:00 – 14:30. On Thursday Anthony Mason, and Pete Lindup, join up with the 3 Bears at Garstang Jazz Club between 12:00 – 14:30 at the Kirkland & Catterall Memorial Hall, Preston PR3 0HR, where admission is £12 and includes a very nice hotpot or vegetarian lunch.
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28/07/19 - Several musician's birthdays coming up this week - On Monday there's Barry Aldous, Rae Owen, and Tom Rippieth's Birthdays, on Tues it's celebrations for Jim Swinnerton and Ken Binns, and on Saturday it's time for Mike Lovell to celebrate with his family down in Cornwall as he reaches his 75th birthday.


27/07/19 -
The Chicago Teddybears are playing a charity concert, "Jazz for Joy" in aid of Cancer Research UK, which is in memory of Brian's wife Joy.  ALL monies raised at this concert will be handed over, as the band will be hiring the room and will not be taking any fees from the proceeds. This is a lovely idea, and one I hope many of you out there will support. It will be taking place on the afternoon of Sunday 8th September between 1pm and 4pm. More details on this flyer.


26/07/19 - The Chicago Teddybears will NOT be playing at Maghull in August as they are otherwise engaged in Blackpool. However, the Jonny Dale Quartet WILL be appearing - Jonny Dale (drums), Tom Sykes (piano), John Padfield (reeds), Pablo Sonnaillon (bass) with Simmone (vocals). Also the regular gig at Grappenhall on 22nd August will be at the Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Chester Road, Warrington WA4 2QG - literally “round the corner” from their usual venue.  All other details remain the same and the band will be back at the Community Centre from September.

26/07/19 - When I saw Witham after the name Wickam Bishop on the map, I knew immediately where it was. When we married, Meryl and I lived in South Woodham Ferrers, which is due South of Wickham Bishop, on the river Crouch. There was a cracking restaurant in Witham that we regularly frequented. I do not think the jazz club goes back to the period 1965 to 1974 or i would have heard of it. It's a small world Fred ! - Norman Gibson
 


25/07/19 - Wickham Bishops Jazz Club has just been added to the UK Jazz Club's links. If like me, you don't know where it is, there's a map on their page which you can zoom out from until you work it out. Let's hope Martin Bennett and the Old Green River Band have no such problem finding it, they are there on October 12th

25/07/19 - The latest edition of Just Jazz Magazine has popped through the letterbox. Click here to see what's in it.


24/07/19 - Garstang Jazz Club gig list has been updated

24/07/19 - Norman and Meryl Gibson say the long trip,to Edinburgh on Monday 15th. was well worth it for the triple bill show 'Shake 'em Up JB ', 'Meschiya Lake ' and 'Tenement JB '. Norman writes, " 'Shake 'em UP' did their usual high standard performance the first hour. After a brief break, reshuffle of seating and mics, 'Meschiya' came on with 'Tenement' and my goodness what a brilliant singer and high energy performer she is. For those who haven't yet seen 'Tenement', they are not just an exceedingly good young jazz band, but it was revealed that Meschiya had sent her arrangements over from New Orleans, and the boys learned and rehearsed them so well they accompanied her without any need for sheet music. Bearing in mind her directions to the band for pauses, slow passages , etc. were all by arm, head and body movements, and all spot on, and more often with her back to them ! At the end 'Shake 'em Up' came back on for the big finale, and everyone was amazed to see Haruka (S 'em Up) play trombone while carrying here few months old child, wearing large ear protectors, in a front pouch carrier. I do have a little bit of video on my 'phone and will get some help to get to you soon".

24/07/19 - Carlisle Jazz Club gig list has been updated

22/07/19 - A great photograph of the Wyre Levee Stompers at Tram Sunday in Fleetwood yesterday that appeared on Facebook. The photo was taken by Keith Wadeson using Pete Lindup's camera, a team effort you might say.

22/07/19 - Gwen and Martin write, "We are so few in number now that we have decided to wind up our weekly jazz on Thursdays at Ye Olde Fleece Inn, Kendal. We do not have funds to pay the bands. This Thursday 25th July will be our last with The Sun Street Stompers from Lancaster. Thanking you for putting our bands on your wonderful website".
 

21/07/19 - Many Happy Returns this week to Louis Lince on Monday, Brian Singleton on Wednesday, Les Harris on Thursday Charlie Bentley on Friday and Barry Grumett on Saturday.

21/07/19 - Daytime midweek jazz this week includes The Jazz Knights Quartet at Blackpool's Norbreck Castle Hotel on Wed, 24 July, 13:00 – 15:00 (could be a good place to cool off if the weather forecast is anything to go by), and alongside Llandudno Jazz Festival which take place between 26th and 28th of July, The River City Jazz Band are playing on Llandudno Pier on Fri, 26 July, from 13:15 – 16:30.


19/07/19 -
I read in "Gloucester News", that earlier this month a special charity polo day at Beaufort Polo Club raised more than £38,000 for the Alzheimer's Society. Wow that's some going in one day and one to be commended, but you may wonder where's the jazz connection? Well reading on it said, "The day began with a sparkling drinks reception on the lawn, kindly sponsored by Nyetimber, before guests were seated for lunch in idyllic Cotswold surroundings, with entertainment from the New Delta Jazz Band.

19/07/19 - Bingley Mavericks web page has been updated

19/07/19 - Had a nice surprise when I was working in Denmark last week with Doc Houlind. Who should come along but Sheila Collier. The last time I saw her was around 50 years ago at the MSG when I was with the Barry Martyn band. She looked gorgeous then and still does - Brian Turnock. You can click on the picture for a larger version - Fred

17/07/19 - There's a new band on the Spotlight Page, playing regularly every other Thursday in Lancaster, it's the "Anything Goes Swing Trio"
 

15/07/19 - Bass player Derek Brown has rung me to ask if I could announce the death of a well known local drummer, Johnny Mayer from Preston, who died on 21st June at the age of 76.

14/07/19 - Pete Lindup has written on Facebook - "Absolutely devastated this morning to hear of the passing of John Lewin after a short illness. Stalwart bass-player with the Wyre Levee Stompers for 40+ years. R.I.P. John".

14/07/19 - Various cornet mutes and mouthpieces along with a guide price list, have just gone on the Sales Page

14/07/19 - Many Happy Returns next Saturday to Bob Pickersgill and Mike Carnie who share birthday dates.

14/07/19 - Just one lunchtime jazz event during the week - The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 19 July, 12:30 – 14:30.


12/07/19 - A 5-String G Banjo, East German, has just gone on the Sales Page

12/07/19 - The 'Shake 'em Up' amazing all girl band started their European Tour down at Chateanauf du Faou this past weekend. Fellow musicians and friends of Pete Butler and ex Blue Mags leader Trevor Stent, may enjoy this video, when they 'sat in' with the girls at an impromptu session at the local pub. I mentioned before that the girls are at Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival next week with 'Tenement JB'. Fest Jazz have a great line-up this year again at the end of the month. - Norman Gibson
 

11/07/19 - The gig list for Southport Jazz Club at The Fleetwood Hesketh, has been updated

11/07/19 - Sam Slide has been busy at Buxton Festival's fringe events once again representing the jazz fraternity where he not only played the trombone but he also gave the audience a music lesson and linked songs to his life, but as Sam says, "I haven't yet seen anything else that could be called jazzy".  You can read a review here.
 

10/07/19 - Many Happy Returns tomorrow to Geraldine Duckles, on Thursday to Ian Royle, on Friday to Cyril Wroe and Saturday to Isobel Toner.
 

09/07/19 - Bert Schroeder has written, " "Hi Fred, after 65 years I have taken up the Trombone again, (school  brass band) and I'm after a trombone stand".  Malcolm Hogarth has replied, "Hi Fred, Sorry, I can't help with a trombone stand, but am writing to give encouragement to Bert. It'll be great to see and hear him on the scene again!". Maybe someone else can help?

09/07/19 - Yes we were four of the 193 who, all the way from St.. Asaph, attended The Savoy Jazzmen's Palm House marvellous concert. Preceded by an excellent lunch at Bistro Noir. The Savoy 'boys' were certainly on form . What a day it was! - Denys Owen

09/07/19 -
Many musicians will remember Clarrie Henley, writer, musician and sub editor of a national newspaper, who died in January 2015. Well I've just had an email from David Hack, son-in-law of Clarrie's widow who told me that Alice Henley had passed away. She was 90 years old. "She had been ill in recent months but was in a very comfortable care home in Kendal for the last few weeks of her life. She passed away peacefully in her sleep last Tuesday. The funeral is being held on Monday 15th July at 12.30 pm at Beetham Hall Crematorium, near where Alice lived at our business. Family flowers only; any donations to Barnados, Alice's chosen charity.

04/07/19 - Hi I have just come across your article regarding my father Alan Riley. What a lovely read I will be ever proud of him, I will show this article to my sister I’m sure it will bring a tear to her eye like mine.  -  Susannah Mort nee Riley.


03/07/19 - The Kendal Jazz Club July concert is on the 17th of this month (not the normal 2nd Wednesday), and features the Brownfield/Byrne Quintet, a younger band which references the jazz greats of the 30s and 40s, but with a modern twist. The venue is Kendal Rugby Club at 8pm, admission £12.50 (£10 members).

 

02/07/19 - In what must be the understatement of the year, and speaking about today's concert with the Savoy Jazzmen in Sefton Park Palm House in Liverpool, where the record was broken with 193 attendees, Peter Swensson says, "The concerts are now free but still a very encouraging turnout"! There is no concert in August, the next one being Tuesday 3rd September.  The photograph (click on it for a larger version) shows Parade Marshall, Terry Birkinhead, announcing the next parade number to an 'encouraging' audience.

02/07/19 - I've just heard via John Westwood, that Dave Stevens had recently passed in his 90's. Some may remember Dave from when in the '50s, he played with Dickie Hawdon's Band, then Mick Mulligan, Sandy Brown and most famously, Alexis Korner, right into when he set up his 'Blues Incorporated'. Dave emigrated to  Australia in the 60s, and in 1947 he played in London, at a concert by the Graeme Bell Australian jazz band.  One of my favourite jazz pieces is on a Terry Lightfoot track on a Traditional Jazz CD, where Dickie Hawdon plays, "Dave's Departure", and it seems this was written to mark the departure of Dave Stevens to Australia. There is an announcement posted by Ryde Regional Radio 2RRR, and an article in the Australian Daily Telegraph


01/07/19 -
Rick Bradshaw  writes, "We regret that, due to a mistake by the management of the Bare Village Club having double booked the venue, the testimonial for the late WARREN HUTCHING on Friday, has had to be cancelled. We therefore apologise to anyone who has been inconvenienced."

01/07/19 - The Savoy Jazzmen are once again leading the service at All Saints' Childwall Parish Church, Childwall Abbey Road, Childwall, Liverpool. L16 0JW. next Sunday 7th July at 6.20 p.m.  We are grateful to Richard Knock who will be depping for Derek Skepper and as usual Terry Birkinhead will be leading the parade and taking part in the service.  The service starts with a Mardi Gras parade at 6.20 p.m. a short distance from the Childwall Abbey Pub.  Everyone welcome, young & old and as this service follows the normal pattern of worship in the church there is no charge and tea. coffee and squash will be served at the end of the service.  Further details from Peter Swensson. 0151 722 1478


June 2019

30/06/19 - "I've just had an exchange with a good friend in Spain wherein we debated the vexed question of Louis Armstrong's' birthday", writes John Westwood.  Many of us have always celebrated 4th July as the day (it also happens to be Pam's birthday, as well as Independence day!) but for the last 10 years the argument has continued. This article  gives us something to think about, eh?

30/06/19 - The July edition of Just Jazz magazine is out, and includes an "In Memoriam" item by Bert Thomson in California about Denis Gilmore,  trumpet player on the Manchester scene in the 50’s 60’s. At last it has prompted me to correct the spelling of his name throughout the site.

30/06/19 - Happy Birthday today to Tony Smith and Grant Hogan Taylor. Next Saturday Lindsay Taylor and Tony Dunleavy will be celebrating theirs.
 

29/06/19 - A couple of daytime jazz events during the week this week.  The Savoy Jazzmen are giving a concert in the beautiful setting of the Sefton Park Palm House, Sefton Park, Liverpool. L17 1AP. Entry is now free and refreshments are available. Further information can be obtained from Peter Swensson 0151 722 1478. Also on Thursday it's time for this month's Garstang Jazz Club session which this month featuring John Hallam, and Mike Owen, with the 3 Bears. It takes place from 12:00 – 14:30 and there's a very nice hot pot and vegetarian option lunch included at Kirkland & Catterall Memorial Hall, Garstang, Preston PR3 0HR (see poster)
 

28/09/16 - I was half watching The One Show on TV last night, when I had one of those, "I know him", moments. There will be some out there who remember the amazing concerts put on by Tom & Christine Baron in Blackpool known as  a "Swinging Jazz Party", and featuring American greats such as Dick Hyman, Randy Reinhart, Randy Sandke, John Allred, Ken Peplowski, Marty Grosz and many others including from the UK, Enrico Tomasso, Roy Williams, Alan Barnes, Len Skeat and Bobby Worth. Well last night on TV, there was Tom, sprightly as ever, playing tennis with a couple of youngsters. If you remember Tom, check this out and you'll find him 51 minutes into the program. There's more about Tom here.

28/0619 - Carlisle Jazz Club gig list has been updated
 

27/06/19 - Alex Clarke had to pull out of a gig on July 28th at Albrighton as she had the chance to play with the TJ Johnson Band at a Festival in Denmark that weekend. I thought it was a gig too good to refuse so I raised no objection although a lot of people would be disappointed, including many from your area who travelled to Albrighton to see her first gig for us.  I am pleased to say now that New Orleans Heat needed a dep on reeds for their gig on July 7th and Alex has agreed to do it so she will be back sooner than we expected. We usually get a good crowd for NOH, this news should make it even better! - John Howell

27/06/19 - On Friday 5th July starting at 7.30pm at the Bare Village Club near Morecambe, there is a testimonial event celebrating the life of WARREN HUTCHINS, a lifelong supporter of trad jazz, who passed away last year.  A galaxy of jazz players from the greater Lancaster area will perform and also there will be a raffle in aid of “Defying Dementia. All Donations welcomed. Details from Dave Bateman 01524 822065  - Gillian Pride.
 

26/06/19 -  Reading James Cowe reminds me that the granite used in Liverpool's Albert Dock came from Kirkcudbright.  Not connected with trad jazz ? Well engineer Jesse Hartley would never have guessed that 180 years later his magnum opus would provide a most wonderful setting for a long and now, much missed, tenancy of the Merseysippi Jazz Band. And it was free.  One night, when I went in, the late Ken 'Nob' Baldwin, asked me if I'd been charged, which I hadn't. He then told me that a local scally had been standing outside at the top of the stairs charging people a shilling to go in ! Truly the good old days - Robert Lamb

26/06/19 - I've added a link to Low Cost Jazz Art Prints that are available from FreeArt.  FreeArt offers free small art prints of over 40 million high-quality images! There are styles for everyone. To receive an art print, all you have to pay is a shipping fee of $1.99. FreeArt makes it a goal to always ship the art within one business day. For up to 30 days after purchase, it also offer a money-back guarantee.
 

25/06/19 - "Europe heat wave WARNING: 40C soaring heats to hit holiday hotspots this week", so reads the Daily Express headlines today. So if you feel the need to strip off and cool down, how about this for an idea sent in by Barry Pryme - "All That Jazz, Blues & Real Ale 2019", A fantastic weekend of Jazz and real ale in a naturist environment. Barry says,  I can manage the Jazz and Real Ale - not sure about the environment!
 

24/06/19 - Though this site is restricted to traditional jazz, however that may be defined, my weekly jazz newsletter has a much wider scope, and it's out now with several reviews of the Glasgow Jazz Festival in the Arts & Entertainment section.

24/06/19 - Washington Whirligig were playing at Rochdale Jazz Club on Sunday night, and there to record proceedings, which include a birthday tribute to promoter Tony Sheldon, was photographer Sam Ralph. His picture can be seen on line by clicking here.

24/06/19 -  I heard the Tenement Jazz Band, also the Wally Fawkes recording on Jazz Record Requests on Saturday afternoon, both worth hearing. I check before it starts so that I don’t miss something I would like to hear. At one time the BBC used to give you a list of what will be played, but they stopped and now just list the records as each tune is played. I contacted Alyn Shipton about this and he puts the tunes on his blog, alynshipton.co.uk/blog. Hope this is a help! - Janet Rodger

24/06/19 - I was just getting ready to go a few miles to enjoy a good ale and listen to Mad Eds mad carousing when I read your news that it had ceased. Living as I do in wild north Wales this is a major blow. Almost, almost as terrible as the day when I could no longer travel to work by tram and had to go by uncomfortable smelly fume producing bus! - Denys Owen.
 

23/06/19 - We had a fabulous night at Matt & Phreds in Manchester last Friday night listening (and dancing to) the fabulous Tenement Jazz Band which consists of a young group of musicians from Edinburgh. Within a very short amount of time the audience was hooked! This performance bodes well for the future of Traditional Dixieland/New Orleans jazz. Well done Tenement Jazz Band. We can’t wait for their next tour “down South”. - Roger and Hilda Bywater

23/06/19 - Our reeds player in the Merseysippi Jazz Band, Dave Dixson, is away on holiday for three weeks and we have the following deps at Liverpool Cricket Club, Aigburth Road, Garston, L19 3QF 0151 427 2930, 8 - 10:30pm: - Mon 24th June John Hallam,  Mon 1st July Terry Perry,  Mon 8th July Dave Thomas.  It's free entry and we play in the bar downstairs. - Malcolm Hogarth

23/06/19 - Alan Brown has emailed to say, "Due to forthcoming refurbishment of the Unicorn Hotel, Manchester Jazz Society is moving to The Britons Protection, adjacent to the Bridgewater Hall. Our meetings will be on Tuesdays.". The MJS Web Page has been updated.

23/06/19 - I must agree with Derek Watters and say that Kirkcudbright Festival is excellent value for money, mostly top class bands, with my highlight being Rose Room, who excelled on their Saturday evening set. A lovely little town, very welcoming to visitors and shops were the staff were pleasant and helpful. In short ten out of ten.. - James Cowe

23/06/119 - "I went along to Matt & Phreds Jazz Bar last night to catch up with the Tenement Jazz Band prior to their quite extensive tour around the UK early next year. I was pleased to unexpectedly bump into Norman & Meryl from Morecambe also visiting, and would urge readers to seek out this fine New Orleans-style band around the Northwest in February next year. For readers not familiar with Matt & Phreds in Manchester, I guess this is the nearest I've come across to an old New Orleans jazz club. The diary lists all gigs, with Jamie Brownfield featuring regularly with Tom Kincaid, Jack Cotterill & Ken Marley (free entry). It's also refreshing to see that the audience is mainly sub-40yo lapping up 'our' brand of jazz". - Barry Pryme

23/06/19 - Many Happy Returns this week to Pete Major on Tuesday and to Pete Fielding on Wednesday.

23/06/19 - Whilst out and about yesterday I received a passed on message from Michael Gibson to say, "My Dad, Norman, asked me to email you to let you know that the Tenement Jazz Band will be on Jazz Requests today, Saturday, at 4 pm on BBC Radio 3. He’s in Manchester at Matt & Phreds". Well I was in the car when the program started, but not when the band appeared so I'll be listening to the programme on iPlayer and if you haven't heard it before, you can also hear the great Wally Fawkes, who recently celebrated his 95th birthday, play, "Wally plays the blues" as well as Chris Barber's - "Going Up The River".- Fred
 

23/06/19 -  "Thanks for the link to the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues. If that didn't clash with Buxton Fringe I think I'd be heading north!", writes Sam Wood from Buxton. "Noticed Meshiya Lake is there - an excellent singer, formerly with Tuba Skinny. Some other interesting-looking bands I must check out on You Tube. Good to see so many young-looking bands including the Tenement Jazz Band which appeared at Matt and Phred's recently.  Still busy getting ready for my Fringe show - I've got past worrying now, just accepted it's going to happen and give it my best shot. If only those bags of stage gear would pack themselves!!!".

23/06/19 - Dear Fred. For those who knew Dave Evans, Late drummer with Excelsior Vintage , Keith Smith, Bobby Mickleburgh Confederates , Champion Jack Dupree , recently One More Time ,and many more, a favourite with American guests notably Al Casey, in his home area in Brentford there is now a memorial bench. Well deserved. best wishes. - Ken Ames

23/06/19 - Just one mid week daytime jazz event this week- The North Euston Orpheans at the North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood. Adm £6 on Wed, 26 June, 12:00 – 14:30
 

22/06/19 - Bingley Mavericks jazz club gig list has been updated. My thanks to Graham Dawson for keeping me updated

22/06/19 - I got an email this week that looked very exciting when I followed it up. It was from Beena Khetani who wrote, "I am contacting you from Sonder Radio, an online station aimed at older people based in Manchester.  I came across your North West Jazz website and thought you might be interested in a show we've recently started to make called Colin and James' Jazz Moments - the links are http://tinyurl.com/y3mza73q and http://tinyurl.com/y6arwn6h. Colin is a North West Jazz scene veteran and James a young music student from the RNCM who is a lover of all things Jazz. Together chat about their favourite pieces. Well I listened and I've commented back, but I'd like to know what you think.

22/06/19 - Following the departure of Mike Lovell, who has now moved down to the South Coast, Anthony Mason tells me that "the band members have decided to change the name of the previous '6 in a bar classic jazz band' to 'The North Euston Orpheans' in deference to the Savoy Orpheans. The next jazz afternoon under the new name will take place on the 26 June at the North Euston Hotel at Fleetwood from 12 till 2.30, where  admission will be £6.00".  Click here to view the new poster.
 

21/06/19 - Roger Williamson emailed last Monday to say, "Yesterday I visited the Bluebell Inn at Halkyn. Good beer, friendly atmosphere but sadly no jazz. The barman was not sure whether this was a one-off or whether Mad Ed's Hot Five had finished permanently. This is not meant as a criticism of your excellent website (without which I would never have known of Mad Ed's Hot Five or several other bands/venues) but rather to reinforce your good advice to double check before setting off on a long journey. Please keep up the good work". Unable to contact Ed, I finally received confirmation from trombone player Tom Rippeth,  "I am afraid we stopped playing there a few months ago. I’m sorry we failed to let you know".  Barbara and I went there some years ago and it was a lovely venue, well run by then landlord, Steve Marquis.

21/06/19 - Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival has an interesting line-up next month, well worth a look.


18/06/19 -  Just come home from the Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival which was excellent. 4 nights of brilliant jazz from some top-line jazz bands, including guest players from overseas. All this for only £62.50 for the full weekend. We are looking forward to returning next year for another 4 nights of great jazz. This is a photo of Baby Jools and the Jazzaholics -. Derek Watters

16/06/19 - Many Happy Returns this week to Tom Kincaid on Thursday, Wally Fawkes, who by my reckoning will be 95 on Friday, and Barrie Marshall on Saturday.

16/06/19 - If you like lunchtime jazz during the week, then there's just one event for you - The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 21 June, 12:30 – 14:30 at Carnforth Railway Station, Warton Road, Carnforth. where's there's Tea Rooms and Good food available, and lovers of the film 'Brief Encounter can revel in nostalgia!

16/06/19 - Some happier news to report this time! A new manageress at The Fleece (in Addingham) has agreed to a resumption of my Good Time Jazz Band playing there weekly again on Wednesday evenings with a start time of 9:00pm. This return will begin on the 3rd July and, hopefully, we will have a long and happy residency there once more. - Harry Long
 

15/06/19 - The results of the 2018 British Jazz Awards are out, and a well known NW traditional jazz musician is listed (with winner at number 1, runners up 2-5): Tenor Sax - 1 Karen Sharp, 2 Dave O’Higgins, 3 Art Themen, 4 Robert Fowler, 5 John Hallam
 

12/06/19 - Jean King has written to say, "Reg King is a big supporter of your Jazz Page. He had a heart attack on our way home to Vancouver from UK, but is home recuperating".  Hope you make a speedy recovery Reg, I've been there and got the T shirt and I'm still here working hard. Reg & Jean were born in Liverpool and went to listen to the Merseysippi Jazz Band many times at the Cavern and the Temple.

12/06/19 - "Acoustic folk and 1930s dance-hall jazz coming soon to Keswick", is a headline in 'Cumbria Crack'. It's happening on Sunday 23 June, and Sunday 30 June. Intrigued? then check out this page
 

10/06/19 - An interesting write-up in The Scotsman about the Leith Jazz Festival, includes a paragraph, "This year, there was still a smattering of world-class jazz but there were none of the established classic or trad jazz bands that appeared in previous years, and it was more of a challenge to find familiar names amongst the astonishing 62-strong list of gigs shoehorned into the three days.".  Nothing new there then! I was checking on the actual location of Leith, although I knew it was in Scotland near Edinburgh, what surprised me was that it is further West than Blackpool, so definitely in the NW of the UK!

10/06/19 - I have to say Fred, after looking at the Kirkcudbright JF line-up for a full 3 day weekend + a Thursday evening session, that this little festival certainly deserves the utmost support at the amazingly low weekend stroller price of only £ 62.50. Heck ! many of the same musicians are there and Keswick was £ 120.00. If I wasn't so darned busy with moving coming up I'd be there ! OK I'll make up for this missed opportunity at Edinburgh, when I meet up with the Shake 'em Up girls again, and get to see and hear the rising Tenement JB. - Norman Gibson

10/06/19 - Terry Birkinhead has sent me a small report of the Savannah 40th Anniversary Concert in Huddersfield, which I've added to the 40th Anniversary Page
 

09/06/19 - Other than being able to buy a whole day, or afternoon ticket at Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival for Friday, there are no daytime jazz gigs mid week this week.

09/06/19 - Many Happy Returns this week to Des Hopkins on Tuesday, Keith Hockin on Thursday, Richard Leach on Friday and Dave Wright on Saturday.

09/06/19 - Garstang Jazz Club gig list has been updated.

08/06/19 - Despite my concerns over privacy, Dee from Manchester is quite insistent that I should post the fact that Terry Brunt has recently lost his long time partner Jan. She says, "He is one of life's beautiful although meshuga quirky person but truly dedicated and to watch him with his students fills your heart with joy. Everyone loves him. I truly think you should give a mention about Jan. He, like I, was devastated. It is with respect to the mere fact he is a musician of great outstanding and later if people have not heard, it will be very sad. My husband and I, (sounds like the Queen) like most people, adored him. We have to support him. If people did not hear, it would be tragic.
 

05/06/19 - The note yesterday about Chicago Teds at Southport, prompts me to send another note of a Teds gig near Rochdale.  On Friday 14th June the Chicago Teds will play a charity event with proceeds to St James Church. The gig is in the Parish Hall Sunday School, School Lane, Ashworth OL11 5UR. 7.30pm start. Tickets £10 which includes Strawberries & Cream! There will be a Bar!  Information & Tickets available from Chris Bryning on 01706 650053 - Dave Woonton

05/06/19 - "Can you publish in coming events that The Eclipse Parade Band is out and about on Sat. 8th, 15th and 29th June, and Sun 30th June and 28th July", writes Jeff Roberts. Well they are all now in What's On so check out the dates for the places.
 

04/06/19 - The latest issue of the Dove Bugle is now out in time for the High Society Jazz Band appearing at Dove Jazz Club on the 15th June

04/06/19 - The Pedigree Jazz Band were appearing at Rochdale Jazz Club on Sunday. and there to capture it as usual was Sam Ralph. You can see his photographs by clicking here

04/06/19 - On Tuesday 18th June The Chicago Teds are playing at a charity event to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. The gig is in the Tithe Barn, Meols Hall, Botanic Road, Churchtown, Southport PR9 7LZ and it kicks off at 7:30. Tickets are £10 which includes a glass of wine. More details from Val (01704 550761) or Pam (01704 226658).  The Teds are also doing an afternoon concert, 1-4pm, at Haydock Park Golf Club in September. For  details click on image..
 

02/06/19 - I see Jazz Guide News features details of the Tenement Jazz Band and Frog & Henry tours in England.

02/06/19 - Many Happy Returns today to pianist Brenda Candy-Forrest (Tomkins), and trombonist Jeff Milner on Tuesday.

02/06/19 - As the Savoy Jazzmen gig in Sefton Park had to be cancelled for this week, there's just one daytime midweek jazz event coming up. It's at Garstang Jazz Club where the Brownfield/Byrne Hot Six will be playing from 12pm to 2-30pm and you can enjoy a choice of hotpot or butter pie in the interval, and believe me, it's good too!


May 2019

30/05/19 -  A new venue in the NW this weekend, John Hallam with the Tom Kincaid  Trio at the Farmer's Arms near Parbold, L40 3SL. If you need directions, go to What's On, click on the event, then click on the "map" link

29/05/19 - I know we are out of your area but the musicians who come to us do travel far and wide, even over the border from the North West!!!   Nick Ward is known throughout the UK as an excellent drummer and he brought in his Jelly Roll Quartet a couple of gigs ago with Jon Penn on piano, John Maddocks on clarinet and Brian Mellor on banjo (in place of Spats Langham). They would be worth booking by any club in the North West!  I am sure many of your readers will know all or some of this quartet and might like to see these videos; - Looking for a Little Bluebird Ponchetrain Chevy Chase, & Sidewalk Blues   - Jon & Marie Howell, Jazzclub90. You can see the full list of excellent videos from jazzclub90 via Jazz Extras and selecting  Videos on YouTube and elsewhere. Jazzclub90 is currently number 11 in the list. - Fred
 

28/05/19 - A photograph of John Hallam playing with the Gerry Tomlinson Trio at Sedgley Park Rugby Club in Whitefield near Bury on Sunday, was kindly sent in by Brian Taylor.

27/05/19 - The next session of Jazz Rendezvous at St Helens Bowling Club will take place on June 16th. Please note that this is not the usual second Sunday in the month, but a week later.
 

26/05/19 - Our concert at the Sefton Park Palm House on Tuesday 4th June has been cancelled. They are carrying out some major work on the floor. The Savoy Jazzmen will be back on Tuesday 2nd July. - Peter Swensson

 

26/05/19 - Just one daytime jazz event midweek - 6 in a bar at NORTH EUSTON HOTEL, Fleetwood. Adm £6 on Wed, 29 May, 12:00 – 14:30 at The North Euston Hotel, The Esplanade, Fleetwood FY7 6BN, UK (map)

26/05/19 - Many Happy Returns this week to Malcolm Hogarth today, Bruce Carnaffin and Dave Dixson on Monday, and to Wilmslow jazz promoter, Graham Brook on Saturday


24/05/19 - Re Bill Williamson's letter. I well remember the Clarendon pub on Oxford Rd. On Fri. nights it was a trad club and on Sat. it was modern ( Club 43 ) run by Eric Scriven. I can't remember his partner who went on to manage Maynard Ferguson. There were some great bands who played there and one Sat our band played there which was very daunting. I remember the Left Wing Coffee Bar. It was run by my friend the late John Rowland and I used to stagger out in the grey light of dawn. As I recall the resident drummer was an American called Sammy based at Burtonwood Airfield. The Clarendon had to make way for the Mancunian Way and '43' moved to Amber St nr. Shudehill where it featured some top American musicians. - Moe Green.

24/05/19 - Bill Williamson was right there was a bar on Oxford Road called Frascati.  I used to go in the 50s with my then boyfriend.He is right their music was more modern.  We only frequented the bar for a short time because our taste was trad jazz. - Mildred Finney

 

23/05/19 - Barrie Quilliam also writes, "I have been listening to Jazz FM for many years. Formerly, they broadcast mainly mainstream such as Diana Kraal, Chet Baker, Ella Fitzgerald with Louis Armstrong, Oscar Peterson. Recently they have started playing a lot of what you might call “Contemporary” Jazz, that is not to my taste.  Can anyone recommend a radio station the broadcasts mainly mainstream either on FM or Digital".

23/05/19 - I was very interested in Bill Williams’s piece about Frascati’s. In the 1950’s I played there on piano with a mainstream band led by Alan Hare on trombone. Alan was also a very accomplished jazz pianist. I had been playing in a very “trad” piano style. In the interval, on the first night, he showed me how I could play in a more modern style which would be more suitable for the music the band was playing. I accepted his advice with enthusiasm. I have always remembered that turning point in my musical career. - Barrie Quilliam

23/05/10 - There's nothing wrong with Bill Williamson's memory. Frascati's was a bar on Oxford Road that featured modern jazz and people like Joe Palin and, I think, Stan Robinson used to play there. Harry Isaacs

23/05/19 - I was interested in your item concerning jazz in St Asaph cathedral. I live within a few yards of the cathedral but neither I , nor my jazz friends were aware of it, other than through gossip but as it was gossip we ignored it. Our fault perhaps! - Denys Owen. I gather there is a lady who keeps a mailing list so will try and get her details for you - Fred

23/05/9 - Re Bill Williamson’s query about a modern jazz club on Oxford Road ( “ Club 43 “ aka , I think , as the “Clarendon “ think that was the name of the pub ) : used to go myself occasionally. Best gig there in the late 50’s was “ The Jazz Couriers “ : Ronnie Scott/ Tubby Hayes ,both ts. , Terry Shannon pno, Jeff Clyne bs. , & Phil Seamen,drs. And that was followed by an all nighter at the “Left Wing Coffee Bar on Lincoln Square. Caught first electric train back to my parent’s home in Whitefield from Manchester Victoria station on Sunday morning. - Brian Taylor. (Looking forward to seeing John Hallam playing with the Gerry Tomlinson trio at Sedgley Park RUFC clubhouse 1:00-3:30pm on Sunday 26 May.)

23-05/19 -  Sadly, I have to announce that our session next Wednesday 29th May at The Fleece will be the last for my Good Time Jazz Band as the pub want to use the room for "quiz nights etc" This will, possibly, be the end of our 40 years of playing jazz in Addingham - 30 years at The Fleece, 6 years at The Crown and a final year back at The Fleece. I shall, of course, be looking for a new venue and in the meantime the band will be playing at Bingley Jazz Club (Mavericks) on the 4th July and the 8th August. I will keep you informed of any developments.-  Harry Long

23/05/19 - "That's The Way to Do It".  I see the Hereford Times has a good write-up on  Upton Jazz Festival which takes place from June 27 to June 30. Plenty of advance publicity is always the best way to achieve results.

23/05/19 - Just in case some of your site visitors may like Manouche/Gypsy music, Stochelo Rosenberg and Paulus Schafer will be appearing on a Day of Django on June 7th. at Preston Jazz Festival. £12.50 and £8.00 concession. - Norman  Gibson
 

21/05/19 - More photographs from Sam Ralph.  This time it's the Aire Valley Jazz Band who played last Sunday at  Rochdale jazz Club.

21/05/19 - Subsequent to the references to The Sportsmans, Bodega et al I was eating dinner at my daughters house and the white Italian wine on the table was "Frascati". I remember going as a teenager in the 50,s to a bar on Oxford Rd of the same name, where a more modern jazz of the day was played. Are my memories correct? comments please. - Bill Williamson

21/05/19 - Clive Edwards writes, "The Neston Music Festival concludes with two major concerts, one by Dale Storr "Sounds of New Orleans"  on Wednesday 22 May  at Neston Cricket Club and the other by The Original Panama Jazz Band on Friday 24 May at Neston Civic Hall. Both concerts start at 7.30pm. Tickets at £7.50 will be available on the door.  Both venues have a bar. There is ample parking at the Cricket Club and park in Neston's large free car park for the nearby Civic Hall". Click here to read more

21/05/19 -
Glossop Jazz Club gig list has been updated
 

20/05/19 - I also enjoyed our evening at St Asaph Cathedral on Saturday.  .As you can imagine the acoustics were fantastic and the band in good form. Mart would have been proud. I chatted with Eric Brierley who I’d known back in the 50’s and Chris Pendlebury who I knew as a young boy when his dad Alan played with the Zenith Six.  I just wish we had known about it sooner as more of our friends could have come.  - Brenda Canty-Forrest

20/05/19 -  I went to the concert given by the "Manchester Jazz" band at St. Asaph Cathedral, on Saturday evening. Bit sad really as this is the first gig I’ve attended since Mart's passing.  As you might expect, a brilliant Jazz Gig well attended and much enjoyed by everyone present. It seems the friends of the Cathedral are intending to put more gigs on in the future so I offered to send them your web address, both for your completeness, and their publicity. - Martin Snow

20/05/19 - Sorry to learn of Tom Culbert’s poor health.  50 years ago last week he and I appeared with the New Era Jazzband on Opportunity Knocks.   And I mean that most sincerely folks ! - Ron Houghton
 

19/05/19 - I just read about Tom Culbert’s retirement owing to ill health. I’m so sorry to hear that, because as you know he ran The Quayside Hot Stompers for some years. With that band, and through Tom’s influence and of course Alan Duckles fine cornet playing,  I played stuff I never thought I would. Now there's only me and Colin Turner who are still playing. - Barrie Marshall

19/05/19 - I too was sorry to hear the news about Tom Culbert's retirement from playing. The Forest New Orleans Jazz band will never sound the same again without Tom. His driving style, heavily influenced by the early jazz greats really drove the bands along. In my opinion, he is one of the best piano players around for this kind of music. He was also always very encouraging towards me as a piano player myself, giving me invaluable advice on band piano playing. - Mark Croasdale

19/05/19 - There are no mid week daytime jazz gigs this week, so time to get the gardening done.

19/05/19 - Many Happy returns today to Paul Medina, and tomorrow night, when The Merseysippi Jazz Band @ Liverpool Cricket Club in Aigburth, they will no doubt be singing Happy Birthday to Peter Fryer.

19/05/19 - Somebody could be about to get a bargain. The 9 first class traditional jazz CDs that I put on eBay were standing at little more that what it will cost to post them yesterday, but it is beginning to change today. The Sale ends tonight so if you haven't already done so, check out the list here.
 

16/05/19 - I am very sorry to hear of Tom's retirement from playing. He has been a great player over the years. I first met and played with him in north London in the early 1960s., when we played at the Black Bull N20 and then at Kentish Town with the late Brian Greene's band. Our paths crossed again when I moved back to the north in 2002. May he have a long and happy retirement. - Louis Lince

Louis16/05/19 -
The success of the Frog and Henry band in the UK just grows and grows ! So far for 2020 there are 23 venues booked (15 this year ), and these are now all listed on their website -  Norman Gibson. There's a fair few in the NW as well - Fred

16/05/19 - I have to report that owing to ill health, Tom Culbert , the long standing pianist of The Forest New Orleans Jazz Band, has sadly had to retire from playing.
He will be sorely missed by all the boys in the band, and his adoring fans.  Local pianist, Frank Cooke, who has been deputising for Tom for the past few weeks, has agreed to join the band permanently. - Jack Moore

16/05/19 - Hi Fred, I'd like to send a link to Ian W Seaman for the 1066 Jazz Club in Hastings who have New Orleans jazz on a weekly basis in his area. For instance on 23rd May the visiting band will be Sarah Spencer's Transatlantic band which I'm sure he'll enjoy. http://www.1066jazzclub.co.uk/ - Malcolm Holland.
 

14/05/19 - For those who donated to our Keswick Mountain Rescue busk in the Market Square, Keswick on Sunday 12th May and subsequently at our Guest Session in the Pack Horse Inn, I've sent a cheque for £435 off today, a rounded-up amount raised.  Thanks to all the donors and those who took an interest in our playing. - Malcolm Hogarth


14/05/19 -
Janet Rodger writes, "You had an item recently in the News Page about membership cards. Well this is the one I had for the Bodega! (on Cross Street, Manchester). It was the biggest jazz club at the time, probably about 1955. A question about the Vieux Carre membership reminded me that that club was started at I think, the Victoria Hotel in Urmston when Mart Rodger’s Jazz Aces were in their infancy. Bill Brennan was the manager of the band and I feel sure that this name was his idea". The card has been added to the Old Jazz Clubs Page

14/05/19 - "Just found this when I downloaded the radio app to my iPhone: It’s called the “UK 1940s Radio Station” it is what it says, super stuff! A new radio station to me, anyway!".  - Jon Critchley. This, and more on line music stations are on my links page - Fred.

14/05/19 - In case anybody has been wondering if Mike Lovell has been feeling homesick since leaving these parts to go to Cornwall, take a look at these photographs he has sent me, and see what you think. Mind you i think I might be a little concerned about the shark in the second one!  Mike says, "I’ve just been playing with some great guys in the Sandbar at Praa Sands. I’ve been booked as a guest at their next months gig. Really looking forward to it. The clarinet player is Gordon Stafford who is on your deps. page. What a beautiful venue, right on the beach".

14/05/19 - Hi Fred, I sadly live in a barren place for N.O. Jazz , the South twixt Hastings & Eastbourne at least not a lot is advertised. If there are any of your readers that are aware if Christine Tyrell is still singing perhaps they could let me know. She is well remember here with the Phil Mason Band. Great website much valued keep it going. - Ian W Seaman.

14/05/19 - Deco Delight are playing at a Charity night to raise funds for the Air Ambulance on Saturday 18th. It takes place at the Nazareth Unitarian Church at Church Street Padiham BB12 8JH at 7-30pm.

12/05/19 - Hi Fred, It was good to meet up with you last Sunday at the Wyre Levee Stompers monthly gig at the North Euston Hotel.  Just to let you know, my band, The Jazz Knights Quartet have secured a monthly residency at Blackpool's Norbreck Castle Hotel commencing 24th July.  The band will be performing a programme of Traditional / Dixieland jazz from 1-00 to 3-00 pm in the hotel ballroom where the band started out in 1980 providing in-house entertainment as a replacement for all-in wrestling !!!  The current Quartet comprises Chris Walton (piano) Frank Carter (bass) Pete Eddowes (drums) and myself on reeds. - Bill Barrow

12/05/19 - Just one mid week daytime jazz event for you - The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 17 May, 12:30 – 14:30 where there is a Tea Room and good food available.

12/05/19 - Many Happy Returns to Martin Bennett today. On Wednesday, it is John Barnes' birthday, and I can't help wondering how he is. I know he has dementia and in a home, but hopefully he can find enough in his memory to celebrate.  Any update news welcome. On Thursday one young musician who will definitely be celebrating is Phil Lucas, happy birthday Phil. Saturday takes us back to my end of the spectrum with birthday wishes to  John Higham.
 

10/05/19 - I made a suggestion some years ago to a promoter of a local jazz club that as we were in a University City, he could perhaps offer free or reduced price admission to encourage young people who might be encouraged to dance, but it was declined. So I was somewhat pleased to get this email from Ann Lord at Eagley Jazz Club - "At last Monday's event, we were entertained by the very excellent Dixie Beats. Their saxophonist was a very talented young lady, who brought along some of her student friends. It was great to see young people both playing in and watching Jazz bands! As such, the Committee has decided to introduce a Student charge of £3.  I will watch developments with interest - Fred

10/05/19 - How do I manage to do it?  The latest lot of my CDs for sale, listed here, managed to go on without any link to the eBay page where they can be bid for. This has now been corrected. No wonder only 13 people have seen it when I last checked.

10/05/19 -  The Original Panama Jazzband is appearing as part of the Neston Music Festival on May 24th at Neston Civic Hall (see “What’s On” for details): Point is, we were to have had Sue Reid as our guest singer, but as Sue is not too well at present, we have instead been fortunate to have the fine vocalist Jacky Quilliam with us, to sing some of the songs associated with the Chicagoan jazz and style which we will be featuring heavily in our programme. We wish Sue a speedy recovery in the meantime! - Jon Critchley

09/05/19 - Just watching on catch-up the 'For One Night Only - Jazz 625' programme from last Friday night on BBC4. This pays homage to the original programme that run from 1964 to 66 on the new BBC2 channel, and the 625 refers to the high-def format of the time. Filmed live at this year's Cheltenham Jazz Festival, it features performances by current artists, and also contains fabulous nostalgic footage from the original programmes, including all the jazz greats of the time - Oscar Peterson, Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk et al. Also clips from early Soho clubs - Ronnie Scotts, Flamingo, 100 Club etc. It's filmed entirely in Black & White - or is my telly on the blink!  - Barry Pryme.

09/05/19 - I like "The Hot Sardines"": reminds me of the French band "Caravan Palace" (wish they'd come over), great lively jazz, visual and made for dancing which is what it's all about. No introspective dirge!  - Jon Critchley
 

08/05/19 - Preston's only New Orleans Jazz venue, "PR1", formerly the Mad Hatters, The "Ale Emporium" and before that, the "Bitter Suite",  has been renamed yet again. This time it will go under the name "Speakeasy". Tomorrow night the Silver Bell Band will be playing there from 8-30pm, as they do every other week.

08/05/19 - Brilliant New York band ' The Hot Sardines '. on their way back from Japan, China, Honolulu, Check Rebublic and Austria, will do three performances down South 16th to 18th July in Bristol, Saffron Walden and London. View their video of ' Bei Mir Bist du Schon ' on Youtube or their website. - Norman Gibson

08/05/19 - I just thought I would mention that the last two Sundays at Ye Olde John O’Gaunt have been very busy. I’m pleased to say that the audience is not all geriatrics. Lots of much younger people turn up on a regular basis with it being at lunchtime and on a busy Main Street with people coming into town from the railway station. People hear the band and pop in to see what is going on and often stay, every lunchtime for 33 years without a break, long may it continue. - Barrie Marshall

08/05/19 - A 'Report from York' from a recently exported John Muskett reads, "Meryl and I are settling in well at York. We regularly attend Thursday lunchtime jazz (weekly) sessions at The Cross Keys, Tadcaster Road (visitors who park should log-in their vehicle registration details at the bar). The organiser is trombonist Alan Bramley who has north-west connections, being a graduate of Liverpool University. He has been kind enough to book me for five sessions since our arrival. The music is what might be called non-doctrinaire traditional jazz, with some excellent musicians participating – I have met up with long standing colleagues Frank Brooker, Richard Speight, Andy Henderson and Malcolm Hogarth among others. Last week the audience appreciated clarinettist Tony Denton paying tribute to Mart Rodger by playing Colin Smith’s composition “I Believe In Rainbows”: Tony had depped with the Mancunians on occasions for Mart.  Soon after we arrived in York, Alan Bramley and Alec Crow (who runs Bedale Jazz Nights) contacted me. Both had got my details from Fred’s Website, so a big cheer and many thanks to you. Not yet visited Bedale club, as their fortnightly sessions clash with my Delph appearances with Spirit of New Orleans – when I’ve a night off from SONO I’ll try to get there. I’ve also done a couple of gigs with New Orleans Wiggle, based in the Holmfirth area".

07/05/19 - I know I do harp on about bands with YOUNG musicians. But this one. a family of musicians from Quiimper France, has a very young coy little girl who turns out to be the vocalist in this rendering of 'Bei Mir Bist du Schon'. https://youtu.be/kZ1WLIA5DuE. This Family, Issac et Nora, are the latest booking at Fest Jazz end of July. Norman Gibson. Perhaps we have a similar jazz family here in the NW. If there is let me know - FB.

07/05/19 - There's another great selection of CDs up for grabs as from tomorrow night, and you can preview them here

07/05/19 - Pete Lay has emailed to say, "I received some very sad news today from Renee Long. John Long passed away on Saturday morning May 4th. He died from a cracked skull and brain haemorrhage suffered after a fall in hospital, where he had undergone a pace-maker fitting on Thursday.  As you can imagine Renee is in the state of shock at the moment, because it was an unexpected death. No funeral details until later in month.  R.I.P. John".  For those not familiar with the names, John and Renee Long, concerned that the live performances of the Ken Colyer band would only be heard once, bought themselves high-quality recording equipment, and with Ken's consent recorded the band for others to enjoy, e.g. "Colyer at Wimbledon"  Upbeat URCD 275, "Ken Colyer And His Handpicked Jazzmen", Ken Colyer Trust ‎– KCT 2R, and "The Cranes Fly Again" URCD 281.
 

06/05/19 - Eagley Jazz Club is holding its annual Hot Pot Supper on 3rd June. The menu consists of Lamb hot pot, followed by a choice of cheesecake, Creme Brulee or cheese and biscuits and tea/coffee. Doors open at 6.30pm for 7pm dinner, followed by the band at 8pm, the fantastic Dave Donohoe band. Anyone who would like to attend should reserve tickets through Ann Lord (as soon as possible!) on 07938171684.

06/05/19 - "Jazz at the Factory Tapp bar Kendal Thursday 9th May is CANCELLED", write Gwen & Martin Tordoff.  "Starting next week at Ye Olde Fleece Inn Kendal ,14 Highgate,Kendal LA9 4SX with Boogie Bill and the Billionaires with Emma on vocals. Time 8:30 to 10:30 pm. £5:00 on the door. We are a small group of jazz friends who try to keep jazz going in Kendal. I’ll let you have more dates and bands as soon as I can. Thanks for all you do".  

06/05/19 - Many thanks for the publicity you gave to the charity event New Orleans to New York. Roger Browne put on a fantastic show last Friday and I am delighted to say that £1,100 was raised for The Christie. Thanks again for your help it was really appreciated.

06/05/19 - Hi Fred, Thank you for including details of the Roger Browne concert on Friday. I, along with a friend, attended on Friday and it was a superb evening - well worth the journey from Bury to Timperley. Roger was on top form, as I thought he would be, with a superb mix of music and stories.  - Margaret Ashworth
 

05/05/19 - Having seen both the Mama Shakers and Shake 'em Up bands at Chateauneuf du Faou last year (and, incidentally, met Norman for the first time), let me recommend fellow readers of your newsletter to make every effort to see both. I'll also second Norman's commendation of the Pershore festival. Sadly, Barbara and I can't make it this year. - Malcolm Bridge

05/05/19 - We had a run up to Fleetwood this afternoon, where according to my What's On, the Wyre levee Stompers were playing at 2-30pm. We arrived halfway through the first set to discover it now starts at 2pm so that's one thing that's now been corrected. As a result of this, seats were hard to come by, quite refreshing to see so many people enjoying the music. Mike Pearson is now with the band having returned to the North to Fleetwood, from Cornwall. Owing to the recent death of Alan Riley, Mike's arrival was somewhat timely.

05/05/19 - Barrie Marshall writes, "While wading through all my books I came across a bunch of Melody Makers from the 1950's, interesting stuff, I found this. I will look for more stuff".

05/05/19 - Peter Swensson tells me that the jazz concerts at Sefton Park Palm House are now free. Refreshments are available.

05/05/19 - Mid Week daytime jazz this week includes The Red Rose Band at Burnley May Day Parade on Mon, 6 May, 12:30 – 14:30, and The River City Jazz Band on Llandudno Pier at Mon, 6 May, 13:15 – 16:30. On Tuesday The SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House Tue, 7 May, 14:00 – 16:00. Then on Thursday it's the start of the Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival.

05/05/19 - Many Happy Returns on Friday to Norman Gibson, and on Saturday to Darren Lloyd.

05/05/19 - Sorry to read that Roger Higham has retired from playing: he was a fine cornetist and he is a fine chap. We trumpeters are getting to feel a bit lonely!  - Jon Critchley

05/05/19 - I asked Mike Lovell if he'd settled in down South, and he replied, "Not only am I rehearsing with Mike Lunn, piano, banjo, guitar and Gordon Stafford clarinet, with the intention of going out as a 4 piece (when we’ve found a descent double bass or tuba player), but I’ve also joined the Lostwithiel Town Brass Band. -  No peace for the wicked!!! ".
 

03/05/19 - I recorded a video of the Wabash Jazzmen on my phone at Garstang Jazz Club yesterday, which is now on the Wabash Jazzmen Web Page near the bottom of the page and I hope you'll agree, the result is quite acceptable.
 

02/05/19 - I mentioned in earlier reviews, on the Frog and Henry Band, that their success would be picked up by other exciting young bands, who would follow to the UK. Well I see Pershore will have very lively young French band 'Mama Shakers' playing Sat. and Sun.17/18th August. Really nice little festival is Pershore I might add. Also amazing all girl band from New Orleans 'Shake 'em Up' will be at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival in July 2019, together with the 'New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Traditional Jass Band' and gutsy blues singer Meschiya Lake. Edinburgh's own 'Tenement Jazz Band' also appearing. It's worth looking at the EJ&BF website to view a very full programme over about ten days. Norman - Norman Gibson

02/05/19 - It is with much sadness that the Peninsula Jazzmen have to announce the retirement of their long standing trumpet / cornet player, Roger Higham, for health reasons. We have enjoyed his company and his playing for quite some time and he will be missed by us and by our supporters. Thanks Roger!

02/05/19 - One of my favourite bands was playing locally today at Garstang Jazz Club. It was Mark Challinor's Wabash Jazzmen, and it wasn't surprising to me to find the car park filling up rapidly when I arrived. Unfortunately it turned out that the other half of the Memorial Hall was being used for a polling station, and audience numbers were down on last month, but that just means more people missed out on a fantastic session. Any jazz promoter will tell you that you can always think of reasons why this has happened, but you can never really be sure. The one thing about the Wabash Jazzmen is that you get plenty of variety, with the odd duet and trio complementing a programme of standards balanced with not so well known numbers. Jim Swinnerton was the guest on bass, not surprising as it's his jazz club and he has previously played regularly with the band.  Regular bass player Richard Vernon lives down in the Potteries so he was no doubt  happy to be spared the travelling
 

01/05/19 - Here's one trombone player definitely going places, according to David Leithead - https://youtu.be/udf7w7ZjnXg

01/05/19 - The usual 'Chicago Teds’ gig at Grappenhall on the third Thursday of each month will NOT take place on 23rd of this month because the venue in Bell House Lane is being used as a polling station for the European elections.

April 2019

30/04/19 - Carlisle Jazz Club gig list has been updated

30/04/19 - Tom from the Tenement Jazz Band emailed me to say, "We're delighted (and a more than a little surprised to be honest) to have been nominated by an industry panel in the Best Band category at the Scottish Jazz Awards (alongside such other wee bands as the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra). We hope this represents a positive sign for interest in traditional jazz in Scotland and beyond, and it's great to have our hard work over the last 18 months or so recognised in this way. While the nominations were by panel, the winners will be decided by public vote. SO - that's where we'd greatly appreciate your readers' help. If they could spare a couple of minutes to vote for us via the following link, we'd be hugely appreciative! Voting closes at 5pm on Tuesday 21st May, and the awards take place in Glasgow on Sunday June 9th. www.jazzfest.co.uk/awards/. Thanks so much, and we continue to gain a great deal of insight and education from your website, for which we're very grateful".

30/04/19 - I just read an item on Facebook posted by Jim Douglas about Salford born Roy Williams - "Just been to the  Luton and Dunstable University Hospital to see how Roy Williams is doing. He is down but NOT OUT!  Roy has indeed suffered a stroke but all that has been noticeably affected is his speech making it difficult for him to talk normally. He is more frustrated than anything but understands he has to remain in hospital for tests and observation. He sends his best wishes and thanks to all his concerned fellow musicians and fans. Let’s wish him a speedy & full recovery" Here Here Jim.

30/04/19 - Bernie Hives, from Detroit, Michigan, is a regular visitor to this site. He has just posted a newspaper cutting to me, and a note that said, "Nice to have someone like this in your neighbourhood". Well I found the article on line, and he's right, it is just what we need.

29/04/19 - Sam Ralph was back in action at Rochdale Jazz Club this weekend, photographing the Parade Jazz Band.

29/04/19 - Free lunchtime concerts coming up at Morecambe Platform Theatre - Ermystead Grammar School Swing Band 7th May, Jazz Standards performed by Val Baulard and the Boscats on 21st May, and The fabulous Morecambe Ukulele Orchestra on 28th May. All at 12.45pm
 

28/04/19 - One that nearly got away - Many Happy Returns today to a banjo player from Southport - Wilf Jenkinson
 

28/04/19 - Denis Gilmore tribute page updated

28/04/19 - If you forget to come back and check this page and find you've missed out, why not have the latest news emailed to you each week? Your email addresses are never passed on without permission. My email address is jazznorthwest.co.uk@gmail.com, Send an email with the subject "Add Me", plus your name, and you will be added to my mailing list.

28/04/19 - Just one daytime mid week jazz event this week, and what an event it will be. It's been some time since this band came to Lancashire,  but that's about to change. Mark Challinor’s Wabash Jazzmen are coming to Garstang Jazz Club on Thu, 2 May, 12:00 – 14:30. It's in the Kirkland & Catterall Memorial Hall, Preston PR3 0HR. BYO drinks, but not your lunch, as that is included in the admission price of £12.

28/04/19 - Many Happy Returns on Tuesday to Dave Pogson, Norman Pennington and Sue Parish. On Thursday it's birthday wishes to Trevor Stent, ex Blue Mags leader now living in France who does a sterling job organising the Fest Jazz, at Châteauneuf-du-Faou.

28/04/19 - Following the report by Dave Wellock (22/04/19) that Chris Barber had fallen and broken his hip, so didn't appear at Ilkley, also reported in the Ilkley Gazette, I've been asked, "Someone out there must know how Chris Barber is progressing since his hip injury fall? Good news welcome".  Well I've not been able to find any update myself, but I see that tickets for The Chris Barber Band - 70th Anniversary Concert at Nottingham Playhouse are still being sold for Wednesday 10 July 2019

28/04/19 - So sorry to read about the death of Denis Gilmore. Terrific player. Lovely man, and great company. Up to him emigrating he was on trumpet with our band for a few years, and prior to that he was the piano player. Spent some memorable times with Dennis and his wife Sam on a visit to California. I've lost contact through us both re-locating, so if Peter and/or Des would be kind enough to contact me, I would love to talk to them. - Dave Donohoe
 

28/04/19 - The gig list for Bollington Arts Centre has been updated

28/04/19 - Mike Hart, Edinburgh Jazz Festival founder, and director for well over 20 years was a key player in virtually the entire history of the Edinburgh traditional jazz scene. His passing will be marked by celebrating the music and musicians of traditional Edinburgh jazz, from the early 1950’s to today, and referencing the style that Mike brought to the early years of EJBF. Norrie Thomson, Graham Blamire, and Hamish McGregor, long time colleagues of Mike, have put together a special programme with will feature recreations of The Climax Jazz Band, The Society Syncopators and Scottish Jazz Advocates, Mike’s main bands as a musicians, but will also present many of the musicians who knew and worked with Mike, still active today. -  www.edinburghjazzfestival.com

28/04/19 - Today is your last chance to bid for this latest collection of CDs
 

27/04/19 - The latest edition of Just Jazz has come through the letterbox. Click here to see front cover and contents.

27/04/19 - Denis Gilmore has now joined the list of departed musicians on the Tributes Page. Although I created this site in 1995, the list was started much later, and it's sad to see the 148 names of musicians, promoters, band marshalls etc. that have gone on since then.

27/04/19 - Congratulations today to Jon Critchley, not only because it's his birthday as announced earlier, but also to Jon & Kay who celebrate their wedding anniversary today.
 

25/04/19 - Planning on going to New Orleans this year? Then there's an article on where to go and what to do around Jackson Square in this week's edition of JazzNorthWest Weekly where you can also preview the Original Soundtrack from "Bolden" as played by Winston Marsalis. Also London Jazz News has picked out some of the jazz and jazz-related concerts from this year's BBC Proms. "This year, the main jazz event is the music from the Duke Ellington Sacred Concerts. Directed by Peter Edwards with the Nu Civilisation Orchestra, it marks something of a high point of the Orchestra’s work around Ellington".
 

24/04/19 - Thanks for your news about Denis Gilmore, which of course I was sad to hear. I did not know Denis well, but he played with Dave Donohoe for a spell in Manchester and I used to go and listen. He was always very kind to me and would let me have a blow, sometimes changing from trumpet to piano. - Martyn Sharp
 

23/04/19 - My thanks to Keith Wadeson for an updated photograph of The Wyre Levee Stompers. The web page has been updated. Other bands please take note!

23/04/19 - I have just read the sad news on your page about the death of Denis Gilmore. he was a fine trumpeter and pianist. It was due to your site that I was able to contact him again after many years, and we corresponded, then he stopped replying a while ago. I do know that he hadn't had the best of health in the last few years and had stopped playing. Moe Green may know more. Please send my condolences to his family. Brenda Canty- Forrest (was Tomkins).

23/04/10 - Such fond memories of lovely Denis Gilmore . In the early 60s with the Southside Stompers . He was a good friend and lovely trumpet player He worked for Echo Instruments as a rep going into East Germany and Poland in the old cold war days . .will you open a tribute page ? I have a nice photo or two I could send . My best wishes to his family - Sheila Collier

23/04/19 - Please note that on 30th April The Black Horse Jazzmen will not be playing at The Royal Oak in Settle as the ‘RIDE To STRIDE’ Festival connected with the Settle Carlisle Railway takes over venues near the railway every year and is putting on the appropriate sort of Folk Music from early evening till late at The Oak and other venues along the line. We are of course at the Oak tonight 23rd April with Steve Lister and Paul Palmer as guests and we will be back every Tuesday from the 7th May. - Peter Boswell
 

22/04/19 - I’ve just spent a very pleasant Easter Sunday afternoon on the pier at Llandudno playing with Curly Jones’ River City Jazzband. Happy time with good fellow musicians, and an appreciative crowd of listeners. Thanks, Curly and gang! - Richard Knock. You might have had even more listeners if it had been in What's On, I will ask Curly for a list - Fred

22/04/19 - Hi Fred - my younger brother recently went to see the Chris Barber Big Band in Ilkley but while the band still fulfilled the gig, sadly Chris had fallen and broken his hip, so didn't appear. Get well soon, Chris. - Dave Wellock
 

21/04/19 - Alan Pearce kindly sent me some more memorabilia from his early jazz days in Manchester which I've added to some club membership cards he sent previously. There was obviously quite a lot going off in Manchester at the time and it's all been put together here

21/04/19 - I got the “Melody Maker” mags from Sid, and great reading they are, brings back a lot of memories from 1959 / 1960s, when I got interested in Jazz: It was on the up, not the wane, as we must sadly realise today. One item in the September 19th, 1959 edition is a bit poignant though: a review of new pop singles includes Bobby Darin’s “Mack The Knife”. It says: that “the single has been banned in America because of fear of it inciting teenage violence”.  Oh, the times, they AREN’T a-changing”!?  Yours optimistically, Jon Critchley

21/03/19 - The request for info on "Swing Machine" reminds me that some years ago I asked for info on another Liverpool band called “Earl Scott and his band “ without success. In the 1940s it was a really good swinging group, quite unlike the usual dance orientated bands and was in great demand from those interested in swing. I well recall tickets being extremely hard to obtain. The pianist was Jim Cumming who also ran a cocktail bar type of group, popular in the days when the city had several “proper” night clubs. I don’t really expect anyone to remember them, it’s a long time ago and you’re all far too young. - Denys Owen

21/04/19 - Might your readers be interested in a show at Birmingham Town Hall next Sunday April 28th? A matinee. It’s called SHAKE THAT THING!-The Great British Swing Dance Show and features my Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra and the UK’s premier Swing Dance Company – The Swing Time Jivers. I sent you a couple of YouTube videos a while ago. Here’s another: https://youtu.be/_lntsQK6fg0.  I’m presenting three Festivals Of Hot Jazz, Big Band Swing and Cabaret for Warner’s Leisure Hotels this year – and a further four in 2020. Please see my Festivals page for further details: https://tinyurl.com/y6pl9mff. I recently returned from 10 fantastic days in NYC. I was privileged to be invited to sit in with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks on four occasions. If you’re visiting, do catch his show – every Monday and Tuesday evening at the Iguana on West 54th Street. Here is his website: http://vincegiordano.com/ - Tony Jacobs

21/04/19 -  I'm pleased to let musicians and jazz fans alike know that we'll be running the Guest Sessions again at the 2019 Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival (Thu 9th to Sun 12th May) every day from 2pm to 5pm in the Packhorse Inn, (just off Market Square). It's free entry and we aim to get all musicians a blow during the sessions. We ask all readers to please support the Festival. - Malcolm Hogarth

21/04/19 - After getting it so wrong about Simon Wallace's events (16/04/19), I'm annoyed with myself that I hadn't previously found https://youtu.be/-nsrEmGOJtQ. It should be most interesting to learn of Simon's experiences there... I've wondered about it all for years. - John Westwood

21/04/19 - Glad to hear from Bernie Hives that Black and Tan is going strong in the States although I prefer the name Mississipp Mud as I was introduced to this beverage indirectly through jazz. - Moe Green.

21/04/19 - Here's a most delightful poster by Magda Boreysza commemorating the tenth anniversary of Tuba Skinny. - Trevor Barnes (click on picture for larger version).

21/04/19 - Just heard on a Facebook post from his son Pete, that Denis Gilmore sadly passed away in California this morning, having emigrated there in the 80’s. Denis was a well known and very fine trumpet player on the Manchester scene in the 50’s 60’s era. Mainly with Pete Haslam, and also Johnny Tippett's Jazzmen among others. He continued to play for many years in the US. RIP Denis. - Des Hopkins.
 

20/04/19 - The page listing the next batch of CDs to be sold in aid of the website and Prostate Cancer UK, has been updated, it was unfortunately showing the date had expired, it doesn't expire until 28th April.

20/04/19 - Plenty of celebrations this week. Many Happy Returns to Chris Mitchell on Monday, Derek Vaux on Tuesday, Eric Brierley on Thursday, Anthony Mason, Laurie Cooper and Martyn Sharp on Friday and Jon Critchley on Saturday.

20/04/19 - Doug Ball is asking, "Could you please tell me if you have heard of a band called The Swing Machine from Liverpool. If you have do you have there contact details". Doug says it's a  a quartet or quintet. Anybody know the band?

20/04/19 - Following the departure of Mike Lovell to Cornwall, The 6 in a Bar web page has been updated. The new band will be playing at the North Euston Hotel on Wednesday the 24th April, commencing at 12 noon, the only mid week daytime jazz event this week. Strictly speaking, pending the return to performing of Willy Entwistle, it will only be 5 in a Bar, but hopefully the band will return to full strength in the very near future. At the North Euston Hotel on Sunday afternoon, 28th of April, 4 in a Bar will be playing in the main bar area from 2.00 pm.
 

19/04/19 - Thanks to your site (03/04/19), I have found homes for the Melody Makers, the Storyville, the Bunk Johnson and the Jazz Archivist magazines, but nobody seems interested in Footnote, New Orleans Music and the Just Jazz ones. - Sid Bailey
 

18/04/19 - There's a new band formed in Lancaster under the leadership of Alan Mathews. It's the Church Street Strutters featuring Dave Strutt (trumpet) Barrie Marshall (clarinet/sax) Alan Mathews (Trombone) Lawrence Marshall (banjo/guitar), Paul Guppy (Sousaphone), Robin Andrews (washboard) and Laura Andrews (Vocals). They will play on the Second Tuesday in the Month, commencing 14th May from 8—10.30pm at The Butcher & Tonic, Church Street, Lancaster (opposite the SUn Hotel), and it's Free admission

17/04/19 - The Four Buskerteers in Lancaster today - Robin Andrews, Lawrence Marshall, Barry Marshall and Paul Guppy.

16/04/19 - A slight correction - Following John Westwood's comment on the Seventh City Jazz Band, my name is Simon Wallace and I was just off to Thailand not Brunei and there I did on three occasions have a musical audience with the late King of Thailand who was a great composer who also played the sax, clarinet and trumpet.  I would be more than willing to write briefly about those audiences if you thought that your readers might be interested - Simon Wallace, Melbourne, Australia. I've said yes - Fred
 

15/04/19 - Val Kennedy tells me, "We’ve decided to organise a jazz gig at the Lambert Hotel (formerly Abbot Hall Hotel), Kents Bank, Grange-over-Sands. It's  Hot Fingers Trio and Emily on Friday 14th June 2019 and includes a sandwich supper, bar & chat. You can read the full details here

15/04/19 - Looks as though the 'liquid' theme continues on the News Page, with Bernie's flashback yesterday. Barry Marshall's comments about the Sun Street Stompers reminded me of the blurb issued by Cheltenham's Quay Street Jazzmen back in 1962. This was given to me at the very first 'live' tape recording I ever did, which was at a Cheltenham Town Hall concert (and earned me a few bob from the BBC!).  The next one I did was some time later, of the Seventh City Jazzmen at the Post House, Leeds/Bradford - I must try and find that tape; it was a good session. Simon Wallace their then trumpet player was flying out to Brunei the next day to practice his dentistry with a charity there. I had a phone call from him subsequently in which he not only thanked me for the tape-copy but went on to tell me about his playing in the band led by the Sultan of Brunei, who played a mean Hawkins-style sax! He subsequently moved on to Australia but at that point I lost track of him altogether.  That half-century is rolling by so fast! - John Westwood

15/04/19 - In an earlier email, Mike Lovell told me - "The SIX IN A BAR name, I think will continue for a while only at the North Euston, mainly for the sake of continuity as far as the customers are concerned. Cafe Jazz Quintet no longer exists. Sticky Rock 3 carries on until Anthony Mason tells you otherwise. 4 IN A BAR continues for the Sunday gigs, again for the same reason as above.  Anthony is taking over 6 in-a-bar & 4 in-a-bar

15/04/19 - Mike Lovell writes, "Just a quick note to tell you I’m leaving for Cornwall tomorrow, and to thank you for all your support and friendship over the years, it has really been appreciated.  I will miss all the ‘stuff’ I’ve been involved with but I’m looking forward to a new adventure (I’ve already got a reeds player and piano/baritone uke player, interested in getting something going down in the West Country). Plenty of venues to explore.  I will thank them all personally of course, but a big thank you to most of the musicians I’ve had the pleasure of playing with over the years.  It’s been nice and has been a privilege to lead and play in a 1920s/30s jazz band, SIX IN A BAR, a Great American Song Book Band, CAFE JAZZ QUINTET, a fun trio, STICKY ROCK THREE and all the other bits in between" 

15/04/19 -  For three years now, across the North of England, The Midlands and North Wales, Roger Browne has been giving illustrated concerts “New Orleans to New York”, playing his piano with a mix of music from the roots of jazz, inspired by Jelly Roll Morton, Scott Joplin, Fats Waller, Dave Brubeck, Errol Garner and Oscar Peterson, to his own jazz interpretations of classics from the world of Musical Theatre, by composers such as Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jimmy van Heusen, Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers etc. The presentation is interspersed with tales of hilarious moments from his lifetime of playing jazz around the world and being involved in over a hundred stage productions. Roger says, "I now have a chance to turn this very popular presentation into a full night of fundraising to support improvement in outpatient facilities at The Christie Hospital. The official organisers are providing a cheese, wine, and pate supper during the interval. I would be so pleased to see you there supporting this cause. The date is Friday 3rd May – 7.30pm arrival for 8.00pm start". More details here
 

15/04/19 - I've just finished putting together another collection of 9 CDs which will go on eBay in a couple of days. Though I say it myself this is a great selection featuring bands from Canada, Australia, Ireland and the UK. You can see a preview by clicking here

15/04/19 - I was looking for a vocal version with verse of "Yes sir, that's my baby" but saw there was a video by Gunhild Carling at https://youtu.be/bD3VvuRY4vM. I have one or two tracks of her singing so thought it might be suitable. I was quite surprised when I played the video and she set off at a pace with her trombone. Rather enjoyed it. - Graham Martindale
 

14/04/19 -  Tell Moe that the Black and Tan (06/04/19), is alive and well in the States, and is a popular imbibement at my local watering hole. You can also buy it by the jug already mixed where it goes by the name" Mississippi Mud " probably an apt name. - Bernie Hives, Detroit

14/04/19 - Eagley Jazz Club gig list has been updated and now contains a full schedule of events up to the end of the year.

14/04/19 - The Latest Dove Jazz Club Bugle is available on line in advance of the Wabash Jazzmen appearing there on 20th April.

14/04/19 - An honest comment about his band from Barrie Marshall - "What can I say about the Sun Street Stompers? Not a lot, nobody famous in the band, not the best techniques, we have not played in famous bands and we make the odd mistake but just laugh at it.  Some of us have been thrown in at the deep end with famous musicians at jazz festivals when they guested with the band for a few numbers. We have three band leaders who run their own bands, but the main thing about this band is we really enjoy ourselves, good time music for bums on seats.  The band has been doing this every Sunday for 33 years so we must be getting something right".

14/04/19 - Many Happy Returns this week from me and someone else who wishes to remain anonymous - to Chris Barber who will be celebrating his 89th birthday on Wednesday. Also to Jack Wilson just North of the border, who is celebrating his 81st on Thursday.

14/04/19 - Just one midweek daytime jazz event for you - The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Friday, 19 April from12:30 – 2:30pm
 

13/04/19 - Barrie Marshall has sent me an extract from an Offbeat Magazine about the clarinet as described by Shaye Cohn, but I think you may find the whole article about Tuba Skinny interesting by reading it here


12/04/19 -
Readers might like to know that tonight's BBC4 programme at 9.00pm 'Rock Island Line' - predominantly about Lonnie Donegan's skiffle hit - contained some good Jazz references. About 20mins in, presenter Billy Bragg gives a potted biography of Ken Colyer, including the jumping of his ship to get to New Orleans, and fabulous video of him playing with George Lewis. Contributions from Chris Barber and mentions of early Jazz pioneers add to the interest. - Barry Pryme.  Thanks Barry, and Chris celebrates his 89th birthday on Wednesday this week. The programme can be viewed at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000433l.


10/04/19 -
Two recent Walter Love Jazz Club programmes on Radio Ulster feature 'A Veteran Remembers,' Roy Whittaker's reminiscences of jazz in Northern Ireland in the 40s and more recently, 'Boogie Woogie- a perennial favourite! Well worth a listen to both programmes on BBC Radio Player - David Evans
 

09/04/19 - I've just been notified that The Budapest Ragtime Band are returning to the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival on the 12-21st July this year. Doesn't look like the full programme is available yet.

09/04/19 - Mention Hiroshima, and what comes to mind?  Well John Westwood tells me to check out https://youtu.be/BwsYunImRJs and https://youtu.be/hxQq0ALFwEU and prepare to be surprised. If that's not enough, he says to take a look at this amazing collection of videos. It's all happening out in the far East it seems.

09/04/19 - Alan Riley now joins the ranks of departed musicians on the Tribute Pages. Alan was well known on the Fylde Coast and if you have any memories or played with him, let me know and I will add them to Alan Riley's Page
 

08/04/19 - The Savannah Jazz Band is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year. To mark the occasion both Peter Butler (jazz&jazz), and myself, have each put together special pages. If you can add any of your own comments I'd be pleased to include them on my page.

08/04/19 - Sam Ralph was at Rochdale Jazz Club again last night, busy taking lots of photographs of the Dart Valley Stompers. Sam says, " "There are a few different kinds of photos I tried last night if you have any thoughts please let me know as I am just trying out new things and idea's".

08/04/19 - I seem to remember that the top drink at the Sportsman's, (Down the stairs in Market street ) was YOUNGERS No 3, a potent brew for young teenage jazz fans! Keep up the great work Fred - Bill Williamson

08/04/19 - Speaking of 'Guinness Plus' I will always remember the tipple of the late, much revered 'Spanish Fred' (John Bassnett) who drank 'Poor Man's Black Velvet'. This was half Guinness and half cider. Glowing cigarette in holder (right hand),pint in left hand and right elbow on the mantel above the fireplace at the Warren and Bulkely in Stockport listening to the jazz, 'Spanish' would pontificate the merits of New Orleans in contrast to 'modernist trash'. He had a rather narrow view of of our music but he was a great source of encouragement to many a young musician, including me. - Ian Royle

08/04/19 - I have read on Facebook that founder member and one time leader of the Fylde Coast Jazzmen, has passed away. This post from Rodney Goth on 5 April at 09:55 · It is with great sorrow, I have to inform you that Alan Riley died last night, A great sax player, and friend, Will be sadly missed. Details to follow as and when.  RIP mate - Rodders
 

07/04/19 - The latest 2019 Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival Schedule is now available on line here

07/04/29 - Reading Moe's comment on the Black & Tan drink ( I'm a Mild drinker & only drink Guinness when I go back 'home'), it reminded of being in a round of six at a stag night. One of the guys there drank Martini and Lemonade. I went up to get my round in, and got as far " it's still the same round as before - - - ", when she cut in and said " I know, it's two pints of bitter, two lagers, a mild and a 'fairies'. Obviously, I never told the guy what she said, and I've seen him recently and he still drinks the same ! I just hope he doesn't visit your jazz site! - Norman

07/04/19 - Many Happy Returns to Matt Palmer & Mike Hayler on Monday and to Andy Henderson on Friday.
 

06/04/19 -  Alan Pearce couldn't remember where Le Vieux Carre club was. It was The Thatched House off Market St. I played there with The Jazz Aces. Roy Williams played trombone with us before he left for greater things! In the Sportmans I was introduced to Black and Tan. Half of draught Guinness half of mild. A barman today probably wouldn't what it was. Happy ( hic ) days. Moe Green.

03/04/19 - Last year Alan Pearce sent me photographs of his old jazz club membership cards, and it got mentioned on the news page at the time. I have now put them together with some of the messages received on a page that can be accessed from Jazz Extras as it's a piece of NW jazz history.

03/04/19 - I have amassed a large collection of jazz magazines which I am trying to find loving homes for, I do not want to just throw them in the skip!

Here we go: - Footnote - Most issues from a collection of 104 from 20 volumes : New Orleans Music - 184 issues complete from 15 volumes : Storyville - 52/139/140/141/142/143 : Bunk Information - 2013/2014/2015/2016/2017/2018 : Jazz Archivist - 13 copies in all 1994 to 2016 : Jazz Beat 3  : Jazzology 3 : Melody Maker - 15 from 1959 & 1960 : Jazz News - 1 from 1998 : Cricket (copy) - 1897 : All free to collector or postage paid from Sid Bailey 01273 430311, 35 Edgehill Way, Portslade, East Sussex BN4 2PU : richardsbailey@talktalk.net

03/04/19 - Last chance today to bid for this CD collection of mine.
 

02/04/19 - Sue Reid has sent me details of "The International Guitar Festival of Great Britain, organised by Wirral Council".  Sue says, "Some of this is Jazz and some of it isn't so it may not be appropriate for your site but I thought I'd see what you think". Will I think it could well be of interest to many jazz followers, so details are available here

02/04/19 - Just a quick thank you to all the lovely folk that turned up at High Lane Conservative Club last night to see Manchester Jazz at their monthly venue. A great turn-out that included 6 young new comers who enjoyed themselves and will be returning with some mates next month - they wanted to dance and next month they will. - Louis Lince
 

01/04/19 - My thanks to Peter Sinclair for sending me a link to this tweet at https://goo.gl/sPhhDv. "On this day, 1 April (really!), one hundred years ago, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band disembarked in Liverpool. They travelled by train to London and, according to the band's biographer H.O. Brunn, spent their first night in dressing rooms at the Hippodrome". I found more on the story of their arrival in the UK at https://goo.gl/D3xgf1.

01/04/19 - Sometimes you have to just wonder if it's for real, or something to do with the date. I've just received an email asking if I'd like to consider a feature and maybe an interview with a band that is described as, "An exciting collaboration of talented northern jazz artists, creating and performing original large scale jazz compositions. The group bring together their wide musical influences, including middle eastern harmonies; high energy, dance-able afro-jazz; and heavy metal and rock grooves".

March 2019
 

31/03/19 - Sad to hear the news about Geoff Gilbert. He would often call me from New Orleans to keep me up to date with local news. Condolences and best wishes to Diana. - Pete Lay

31/03/19 - Frank Gibson Tribute Evening - Manchester Jazz Society and members of the Gibson family will be paying tribute to drummer Frank Gibson who died in November. Selections of Frank’s favourite recordings will be played. Frank's friends and colleagues are all welcome and can bring in appropriate recordings and offer their memories of Frank whose popularity and presence on the Manchester Jazz scene is much missed.   This will be held at The Unicorn in Church Street Manchester starting at 7.30pm on Thursday 11th April  - Eddie Little : Secretary Manchester Jazz Society

31/03/19 - Midweek daytime jazz this week consists of The Savoy Jazzmen on Tuesday between 2 – 4 p.m. who are giving a concert in the beautiful setting of the Sefton Park Palm House, Sefton Park, Liverpool. L17 1AP, and Garstang Jazz Club which presents finest saxophone player from Edinburgh John Burgess with Jamie Brownfield on trumpet accompanied by jazz's favourite boy band - The Three Bears on Thursday April 4th, 12.00 noon at Kirkland Village Hall nr Garstang PR3 0HR.
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30/03/19 - I am Geoff Gilbert's brother and co founder of Geoff Gilbert's Gothic Jazz Band.  I have today received telephone call from my sister in law Diana with the sad news that Geoff has this morning passed away after a fairly torrid time in hospitals and hospice. Sad as this news is it is a happy release for him. He leaves many happy memories of jazz times here in England and particularly in Australia and latterly in New Orleans. - Alan Gilbert.

30/03/19 - Following the death of Mart Rodger, the band held a meeting at which it was decided to continue running the band as a working unit - but renamed "Manchester Jazz". This has the full blessing of Mart's widow Janet. The band will honour all existing bookings, including their own club, held on the first Monday evening of the month at High Lane Conservative Club - The next one being April 1st. The band are using a variety of deps until a decision is made as to who will be asked to join the band on Clarinet. Eric Newton has helped us out over the last two weeks and will be at High Lane next Monday.  Pianist Roger Browne (07590 641386) and Banjo/Guitarist Louis Lince (0161 494 9899) will be approaching existing and potential venues to seek work for the future and they would be delighted to receive any calls in the meantime. Please watch this space! - Louis Lince

30/03/19 - Many Happy Returns this coming week to Ged Hone on Monday April 1st, and to Jim Lucas next Saturday.
 

29/03/19 - Mart Rodger's funeral took place at St George's Parish Church , Poynton, today. Large Parish churches are rarely fully occupied these days, but on this occasion the church was full to the brim with golfers, musicians, jazz fans and friends from his Methodist church. Unfortunately my camera was not set for the best resolution for the procession to the church, but it is still quite viewable. and conveys the essence of the occasion. I've also added the order of service booklet to Mart's tribute page, along with a lovely bit of history from Neville Taylor.

 

28/03/19 - The gig list for the Fleetwood Hesketh Club at Southport has been updated.

28/03/19 - Just read on Jazz Guide News that there's a new venue in the North West. It's the Farmer's Arms in Bispham. No, not the one near Blackpool, this is on Chorley Rd., Bispham, near Parbold L40 3SL, where John Hallam is starting a new Sunday afternoon Jazz event (not monthly), but hopefully at regular intervals. John will be playing with the Tom Kincaid trio from 1pm to 3pm on Sunday 2nd June. and admission will be £8. Click here to view flyer at thejazzguide.co.uk

28/03/19 - For about a month now, the Cafe Society web site has been down due to a hacker according to Anthony Mason. I'm pleased to report it is now fully restored and you can see it by clicking Cafe Society on the main menu

28/03/19 - A King 2b Liberty Trombone (H N White) has just gone on the Sales Page, replacing the Rath R10 Trombone that was advertised previously.


26/03/19 - Tributes continue to pour in for Mart Rodger, the tribute page is being updated most days.
 

25/03/19 -  Just to let you know that Alan Noble, string bass and guitar player, died recently and his funeral will be at Nab Wood Cemetery near Bradford on Friday 29th March at 10.10am. Alan produced a chord book which is used by a lot of jazzmen. He played with our band the 'Blackhorse Jazzmen' frequently some 20yrs ago. - Peter Boswell
 

24/03/19 - The next collection of CDs has now gone live on eBay and ends on 3rd April. Click here for a detailed list. Proceeds go towards the web site and this time a donation will be made to Prostate Cancer UK.

24/03/19 - Issue 252 of Just Jazz Magazine is now out, and the NW takes pride of place on two pages in the form of an article by Dennis Armstrong -"Remembering the Merseysippi Jazz Band", and "Rising Star Alex" - a welcome surprise guest at Sutton Coldfield Trad Jazz Club - Alex Clarke

24/03/19 - Just one midweek daytime jazz event this week, and it's Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at NORTH EUSTON HOTEL, Fleetwood on Wed, 27 March, 12:00 – 14:30. This is Mike's farewell gig as he leaves the NW to live in Cornwall soon. Time for a swinging send-off I guess.

24/03/19 - Many Happy Returns this week to Richard Vernon on Tuesday, Bert Schroeder on Wednesday, Ed Lloyd-Hughes, Jon Penn and Paul Munnery on Thursday, and Stan William on Saturday.
 

23/03/19 - The Harmony Hounds are back - Chris Howse says "Yes, the band that was started on St Cecilia’s day in 1987 by Chris Howse, Colin Turner and Willy Entwistle, is out of quarantine and showing no signs of any canine diseases ( maybe a touch of rabies) !!   The original three have returned to their posts and with the addition of two new members are now a five piece.  The line up is: Andy Henderson- cornet,  Willy Entwistle- reeds/violin,  Colin Turner- bass saxophone,  Chris Howse -banjo, guitar and vocals,  John Smith- drums.   We hope a few people are old enough to remember us and we look forward to seeing you at our opening gig at Southport jazz club on Wednesday the 24th July.    Further dates at the moment are: Leeds Jazz Club 20th August, Eagley Jazz Club 18th November and Rochdale Jazz Club 19th January 2020".

23/03/19 - Barbara and I have always said that we have found jazzers on the whole to be very kind and friendly people. This was never more the case than when I sent out an email on my musicians mailing list yesterday to ask for help. A lady in Warrington told me that her 85 year old father, who was once a jazz musician, is now in a care home on the Fylde Coast, but he has no-one to talk to about jazz and his condition makes it hard for him to see any point in engaging with people who don't share his enthusiasm or knowledge. His memory and cognitive functioning aren't great, but he absolutely remembers his Jazz and uses his iPad to play all kinds of music on YouTube. She was hoping someone might spare time to go and visit him. I was overwhelmed by the response from musicians offering to help in various ways, some of whom even remembered him. My thanks to you all, it makes running this web site all the more rewarding. Now watch this video at https://goo.gl/BuoNi2 as an example of how 'music reminiscence therapy' can help, kindly sent to me by John Westwood
 

20/03/19 - My thanks to Robert Webb for the generous purchase of the last collection of CDs. The next lot are now in the pipeline if you want a sneak preview

20/03/19 - I've just received an emailed press release for JazzAscona 2019 if anybody wants a copy.

20/03/19 - Mart Rodger's funeral service will take place at St. George’s Parish Church,  Fountain Close, Poynton, Stockport SK12 1NH, on Friday, 29th March at 11.00 a.m.

20/03/19 - From now on, the Wall City Jazz Band will only be playing once a month at Upton by Chester British Legion. This will be on the first Tuesday of every month - Alan Jeffs

20/03/19 - I'm grateful to all those people who have bid for the latest collection of CDs. The bidding ends at 7pm tonight and I'm overwhelmed at the generosity of fellow jazzers who have so far bid an amazing amount. The money will contribute to the running costs of the site and also benefit the Alzheimer Society.

20/03/19 - The Parade Jazzband now have a new home. The band plays from 8.30 pm every Tuesday at The Old Quay Parkgate Neston Wirral CH646QJ. Roy Gregory tells me, "It's s a large venue with excellent parking, good beer and excellent food at really good prices. All are welcome".
 

19/03/19 - Sam Ralph has been busy again at Rochdale Jazz Club, this time taking photographs of Doc Houlind Revival Band from Denmark. They had been voted 'band of the year' for 2018, and this was the first opportunity to present the band with their trophies. What a great idea.  More photographs on Sam's web site.
 

18/03/19 - Llandudno Jazz Festival has been added to the Jazz Festivals NW page. Although I couldn't spot any mention of Traditional Jazz, last year Brenda Canty Forrest told me, "The Fringe wasn’t expensive and was so popular and even though we had rain showers from time to time it was under cover, and is mostly trad/ mainstream". The Alloa Advertiser reports, "As well as the main stage marquee presenting high-end jazz across three days, performances will be spread out throughout the venue with trad jazz in the Upper Courtyard, jazz jams in the Hall and Stage B - formerly known as the Fringe stage - with popular jazz, soul and more for the festival which will be hosted this year by the returning artist Alan Barnes".
 

17/03/19 - Hello again Fred, at my request you kindly publicised the Pasadena Roof Orchestra concert at Lowther Pavilion, Lytham and I just wanted to let you know the evening was a great success. Not quite a sell out but plenty there and a great atmosphere. I was heartened that the people sitting around me, some of whom hadn’t been familiar with the band previously, and some who had, all said they’d really enjoyed the concert and would come again. So, a good result all round and I thought you should know. Always good to get positive feedback!   Many thanks and best wishes - Marilyn Mulroy

17/03/19 - Many Happy Returns to John Dunlop who will be celebrating his 81st birthday on Thursday.

17/03/19 - There are no mid week daytime jazz concerts this week, unless you know different?
 

16/03/19 -  "Yesterday Barbara and I visited Carnforth station refreshment rooms (after consulting this website) to hear the High Society Jazz Band, from 12.30 to 2.30. Our 108 mile round trip was definitely worth it, with the excellent quintet entertaining 40 or so fans.( Not many bands play “Flatfoot” !) Personnel : - Dave Bateman ( bjo / voc.), Peter Boswell (tpt), Bruce Carnaffin (clt), Robin Andrews (dms / w’bd/ harmonica / voc.), and Paul Guppy – guest on brass bass (virtuoso stuff), depping for Gerry Clayton, unfortunately on sick leave and we wish him well". - Terry Birkinhead

16/03/19 - Readers of the March edition of Jazz Guide may have come across an advert for Martin Bennett's Swamplanders at The Micker Brook in Cheadle, a new venue "starting Monday 4th May". It should of course be Saturday 4th May, and it will take place thereafter every 1st Saturday in the month providing there is enough support. It will be corrected in the April issue.
 

15/03/19 - Many musicians have contributed to Mart Rodger's Tribute Page, but I'm sure there are many jazzers out there who have enjoyed listening to Mart and the band, and I'd love to add your memories if you'd let me have them.

15/03/19 - The PR1, home of the Silver Bell Band in Preston, has changed hands again as Beer Brothers have pulled out and the lady running the pub has taken it over. "It's good news", says Roy Freeman, "because she loves the music".
 

14/03/19 - Messages of shock, sympathy and support have poured in following the news of Mart Rodger's death. I have collected them all and put them together on a tribute page which is located here.

14/03/19 - I had a shock phone call from Mart Rodger's wife Janet today, to tell me that Mart had died in Stepping Hill hospital last night after being ill for a week. He'd had a very high temperature all week, and they operated on him yesterday afternoon. It seems he had a massive infection round his replacement hip, and it had to be taken out. She told me that had he survived, he would have been the most unhappy man in the world, which I can understand.  Janet will let me know when the funeral arrangements are available.
 

13/09/19 - My apologies if you have looked at the next bunch of CDs that have gone up for sale and saw that it had expired. That was the start date that had expired, it doesn't end until 20th March. I've amended the page now to show the correct run down time.

13/03/19 - The High Society Jazz Band gig at Bare Village Club, Morecambe, scheduled for this Sunday, has been moved to the following Sunday, 24th March

13/03/19 - Roger Browne regular pianist since 1995 with Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz, will be giving an amusing and entertaining recital/talk/concert featuring personal adaptions of an ecclectic mix of styles underpinned by fascinating stories of the characters and experiences that have shaped his amazing life in music. It takes place at Bowdon Rugby Club on Friday 3rd May.

13/03/19 - The Dart Valley Stompers, based in the South West, are set to travel North  covering Rochdale, Barnsley & Leeds on 7th, 6th and 9th of April respectively.  The band was formed in 2005 with the aim of playing lively and exciting Traditional & New Orleans jazz and features Award Winning Reed Player Jeremy Huggett on Clarinet, Saxophones & Vocals.
 

11/03/19 - I had a call from John Meehan tonight (leader of the Savannah Jazz Band), to remind me that this year the band will be celebrating 40 years since it was founded in Spring 1979. John joined the band in October that year, and some time later became the band leader. The band members in the beginning were, Paul Harrison (clt), Tony Smith (tpt), Peter Gledhill (tbn), Terry Mellor (dbl bs) and Bob Slater (bjo). John would like help from jazzers and musicians, who can remember who the previous drummer was, and especially any memories you may have as a listener, band member or dep. Please send them to me and I'll add them to a celebratory web page.  Apparently at the last gig in Didsbury, John asked the audience if any of them actually lived in Didsbury, and nobody put their hand up!  Maybe we could find who has travelled the furthest to listen to them?  He is hoping to organise an anniversary celebration at The Keys Hotel in Huddersfield around June time.

11/03/19 - Re: The latest CD Clearout -  The Geoff Bull CD is excellent, well worth buying! For anyone who doesn’t know Geoff then be assured that he is a fine trumpet player & band leader and at home with some of the best New Orleans musicians, who feature on this CD.  As for Monty Sunshine, well I blame him for my love of New Orleans music for it was the liner notes of an EP featuring Monty that set me on the path. George Lewis was mentioned and I sought out an LP and was captivated.- Fraser McCombe
 

10/03/19 - Just one mid week daytime jazz event this week - The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 15 March, 12:30 – 14:30, where there are Tea Rooms and Good food available. A Collection is taken at this event.

10/03/19 - Just looking at WhereCanWeGo and I see that the Savoy Jazzmen's venue is now listed for Tuesday, well done Peter Swensson, hope it improves your audience size.
 

09/03/19 - Re: Mike Feltham's fun with trombones - Many thanks - absolutely great!  Malcolm Hogarth (and Isabel when she gets a chance to see and listen to it)

09/03/19 - "The heart of Poulton's community is beating ever stronger as the former St Chad's Hall, now known as Vicarage Park Community Centre, played host to an evening of jazz with a sprinkling of comedy by the popular band Deco Delight", writes community correspondent Yvonne Fielding in the Blackpool Gazette. "The Centre has undergone extensive refurbishment thanks to the effort of the local community fundraising over a number of years and now proudly opens its doors once again to events, community activities and concerts. The jazz evening was organised primarily to raise funds for the continued needs of the Centre and cabaret-style seating with tables and chairs set the scene for a sparkling evening of entertainment and refreshments of cheese and wine. Spokesperson Wendy Barnes said: "It was a brilliant night and the band went down a storm. "They generously gave their services for free and we raised over £600. "We would love to have them back for a ticketed event in the future".   Peter Eddowes passed this item on to me and said, "Good to know that we are doing something right. A really nice publicity plug don't you think?".
 

08/03/19 - One video I think may have had a mention on here before is one that Mike Feltham pointed out and said, "Not quite jazz", but trombonists out there should enjoy this, and to be fair, all musicians probably will.  "I've seen it before, but well worth a second or even a third viewing", writes Paul Medina. It always amazes me how each player has learnt his part off by heart.  If you like the musical humour, then have a look Mnozil Brass.

08/03/19 - The missing date for Eagley Jazz Club on 3rd June has now been filled. The Dave Donohoe Jazz Band will be playing.

08/03/19 - My Thanks to George Bell, from Seascale,Cumbria who purchased the last bundle of CDs. The next collection of 9 will go on Ebay on Sunday night at 7pm. This time there are CDs from USA, Finland and Australia as well as some familiar bands from the UK, three of which are no longer playing, so this may be your last chance to get hold of a copy of the CD. Click here for a preview of the listing

08/03/19 - Bingley Mavericks Jazz Club gig list has been updated

05/03/19 - Yesterday a disk drive which stores all my documents, photographs and music, died a sudden death. I replaced it today and left it to restore all but yesterday's work which was waiting to be backed up. Be warned, it could happen to you, think about backing up your drive(s) before it's too late. - Fred

05/03/19 - Photographer Sam Ralph was busy again at Rochdale Jazz Club on Sunday night, this time it was Mike Owen's Scarlette's Serenaders in the flashlight. Checkout the photographs here - Fred
 

04/03/19 - The Parade Jazzband start a new venue on Tuesday 5th March at 8.30 - 11pm. It's at The Brewers Arms 1 Park Street, Neston CH64 3RP.  It’s Mardi Gras so we’ll be playing New Orleans style music and there will be free beads. Brollies optional but welcome - Roy Gregory

04/03/19 - The NW Castle jazz weekend page has been updated - Fred
 

03/03/19 - Roy Gregory writes, "I now have details of John Shevill’s funeral. They are as follows:-   11th March 2019, Southport Crematorium, 158 Southport Rd Southport PR85JQ.  Cortege arrives 10.30. March to chapel-approx 150 yds. Headed by the Parade Jazzband. Service 10.40 - 30 mins to 11.10.  The Band will play outside for people leaving.  Reception is at the Masonic Hall. Duke St. Southport PR81LS Lord St. end.

03/03/19 - The SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in in the beautiful setting of the Sefton Park Palm House, Sefton Park, Liverpool. L17 1AP. T on Tue, 5 March, 14:00 – 16:00. and Baby Jools and The Jazzaholics are appearing at Garstang Jazz Club on Thu, 7 March, 12:00 – 14:30 at Kirkland & Catterall Memorial Hall, Preston PR3 0HR. These are the only two mid week daytime jazz events this week. - Fred

03/03/19 - Many Happy Returns today to Merseyside bass player Jim West, Rosie Harrison tomorrow, and to Mart Rodger & Colin Smith who share birthdays on Saturday. - Fred

03/03/19 - At the end of January I mentioned a free website www.wherecanwego.com where band managers, club organisers or fans could list their events. I was having a look today and was pleased to see that someone at Rochdale Jazz Club had taken the trouble to put their events on. Good for you as I've not found any other clubs in the North West who took up the suggestion. I see the Original Panama Jazz Band are shown as playing weekly at the Irby Club thanks to Jon Critchley. That's two down and plenty to go, and it doesn't cost a penny.  Apologies if I missed one that someone took the trouble to put on. - Fred
 

02/03/19 - Enjoy a bit of good detective work?  Well I'm beginning to find this story fascinating and would love someone in Yorkshire to follow it up.   "Hello Fred,  I noticed the item dated 25/2/19 with the photo sent by Pip Bensley.   It's well known that Louis Armstrong came to Yorkshire in 1968, playing at the famous Batley Variety Club. Louis was met at Leeds Bradford airport by a young Enrico Tomasso. Rothwell is a small town on the southern outskirts of Leeds, so perhaps there is a connection with this 1968 visit? The Yorkshire Post Newspaper has good archives - it might be worth enquiring there.  Interesting to see the twin record deck in the photo but it doesn't look like a local radio studio. Possibly hospital radio, factory broadcasting, or just a keen amateur? - Sam Wood

02/03/19 - Two cornets (not the ice cream variety), have just gone on the Sales Page. - Fred

02/03/19 - Happy Birthday to Roy Gregory! It's now ten years since I first met Roy, with Mad Ed's Hot Five. This led on to many enjoyable sessions at the Blue Bell, and I haven't been the same since!  - Sam Wood

02/03/19 - Re: The number of instruments on stage during the Frog & Henry tour - At Garstang I had a long natter with Ewan Bleach.  It seems the German reed player had only brought his clarinet with him, the alto and tenor saxes he was playing belonged to Ewan, that means Ewan had taken two clarinets, bass sax, baritone sax, soprano sax, alto sax and tenor sax on the tour with him! - Barrie Marshall
 

01/03/19 - The March edition of Dove Jazz Bugle is now available to read here - Fred

February 2019

28/02/19 - My thanks to those who responded to my query re hissing in the ears, but I am far from needing a hearing aid! I have been diagnosed as not detecting very high frequencies, but I can hear perfectly well. For now. Unless I protect my ears with good ear protectors to cut down the decibels entering them. I don’t want to amplify them! - Jon Critchley

28/02/19 - I will be delighted when Jon Critchley returns -ex accident- to Irby !    Am I alone in thinking that his Hissing comes from the fact that, for some years... he plays Trumpet???   Rather well too!!   I would guess that he exceeds a 707 on take off?? or should that be a 380 nowadays?? Whatever, COME BACK SOON!!! and bring Dave Thomas with YOU -  (Over the Border -  Anne and Hissing Tony)

28/02/19 - Undercliffe Cricket Club gig list has just been updated - Fred

28/02/19 -  Frazer McCombe (25/02.19) drew attention to Ewan having five instruments on stage. Before reed player Lauren joined the Northern part of the F & H tour, Will was in that seat with two clarinets, one a bass, and tenor sax, Ewan, on the other hand, had soprano, tenor, baritone and bass saxes and the two clarinets. David with the tuba machine and banjo, FH Henry two guitars, and Kermane just his violin. I make that a total of fourteen - quite a stage full ! Ten videos can be viewed on Peter Butler's ( www.jazzandjazz.com ) new Youtube site. Have a look. - Norman Gibson

28/02/19 - I've just been watching videos taken by Peter Butler (jazz&jazz) of Frog & Henry, filmed at Tad Newton's Walnut Tree Jazz Club, in Blisworth. You can tell Ewan Bleach is from Oxford, only an Englishman would pour himself a cup of tea halfway through a number. Check out this video of  Bunk Johnson's "The Girls Go Crazy" - Fred

28/02/19 -  There are a limited number on 1 Day tickets now available for Keswick Jazz Festival so you can just buy the ones that fit in with your plans. For a limited period you can now buy any mixture of Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday tickets at £45 each. - Fred

28/02/19 - I refer to Jon Critchley’s message about hearing aids. I have the same problem with hearing high frequency notes and have both the free NHS and the Boots hearing aids. The Boots aid costs well over £2,000 and is recommended by “Which”. The Boots aid has re-chargeable batteries and the NHS aid is free and is provided with free dry batteries for life. You are given a card which allows you to collect a regular supply of about ten batteries when needed, and both provide equal performance. I only purchased the Boots aid because the earlier NHS model was not as good. Your GP will refer you to an NHS hearing clinic. I was first alerted to the loss of hearing when other musicians complained that I was playing too loud. The biggest loss of hearing is in my right ear, probably caused by always having my amplifier next to me on the right hand side of the keyboard - Barrie Quilliam

28/02/19 - Mardi Gras comes to High Lane.   Monday 4th March is Lundi Gras – the day before Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) itself. Mart Rodger’s Manchester Jazz will be celebrating at High Lane Conservative Club, commencing at 8.00pm. Mardi Gras (celebrated in the UK as Pancake Tuesday) is the last carnival celebration party before Ash Wednesday.   In New Orleans people dress in the three official Mardi Gras colours of Green, Gold and Purple and enjoy themselves parading and partying. Please do join us in the spirit of Mardi Gras. The band will be playing a miscellany of Mardi Gras and New Orleans tunes to listen to and enjoy. Bring a friend and lose yourselves for an evening of fun and frivolity. - Mart Rodger

28/02/19 - The latest edition of Just Jazz Magazine has just popped through the letter box. You can see what's inside this issue by clicking here - Fred

28/02/19 - More photographs from Sam Ralph at Rochdale Jazz Club. This time, it's the Frog & Henry Band - Fred

25/02/19 - Just wanted to pass on the details that the Pasadena Roof Orchestra is to appear at Lowther Pavilion Theatre in Lytham on Friday 8th March. www.lowtherpavilion.co.uk  Still some tickets left for lovers of 1920s and 30s jazz - Irving Berlin, Ray Noble, Cole Porter, Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington etc and in the words of the band – ‘Pack up your troubles, come on get happy, and experience an evening of superlative live music, with more than a dash of wit and humour’. I’ve seen them several times and it’s always a good night, it would be great if you could give them a mention and we could get a full house. - Marilyn Mulroy

25/02/19 -  "I just thought we should send you a note to say what a great night we had on Saturday with Frog and Henry. We saw them in Brittany in 2017 and thought they were one of the standout bands of the Festival, so we were delighted when they approached us for a gig, nearly as delighted as our audience were on Saturday that we had managed to book them. Special praise has to be given to Hilda and Roger Bywater the dancers from Tarporley, who came to Bollington for the first time and it was the third time last week that they had seen F & H, some recommendation eh!  Best wishes, Bernard and Carole Selby".  "A very enjoyable concert from the Frog & Henry band at Garstang. The musicianship and arrangements were terrific and I wish them well for the future". - Mal Horne

25/02/19 - Further to the comments about the Liverpool jazz festival, check out the schedule for the Nantwich Jazz & Blues Festival. The future of jazz in any form is not safe in these organiser’s hands, and I refer not just to traditional jazz.  Further to Pete Lindup’s comment about the future of the music being safe in the hands of the Tenement, Frog & Henry, etc: yes but only if similar age audiences come to watch, otherwise who will they play it to? I think it needs to come out onto the streets for the young people to hear, because the established clubs perhaps don’t know how to attract them through the doors. - Jon Critchley

25/02/19 - After last year's success, with many events selling out in advance, the 2019 Neston Music Festival is running from 26 April to 25 May. Of particular interest to jazz aficionados will be the Northern Rhythm Big Band at Neston Civic Hall on 3 May, Sue Reid at St Thomas's Parkgate on 15 May, Dale Storr at Neston Cricket Club on 22 May and the Original Panama Jazz Band at Neston Civic Hall on 24 May. Full details, including ticketing, are at www.neston.org.uk . - Mike Shipman

25/02/19 - Hi Fred, nice to see you again, enjoying the Frog & Henry band at Garstang Jazz Club. What a fabulous Quintet ! My brother hadn’t heard of them but had heard of Ewan Bleach and that he was a bit special. How right he was ! “Weary Blues” with Jim Swinnerton sitting in nearly blew the roof off, and Ewan’s “Si tu vois ma Mere” was beautiful. A musician sat next to us was literally purring with delight.  I believe the band have already got potential dates for a 2020 tour – I suspect all the dates will be a sell-out after this tour. - Terry Birkinhead.

25/02/19 - My thanks to Robert Webb in Tunbridge Wells who supported this site and the Alzheimer's Society by buying my last collection of CDs on Ebay. If you missed out, there's a chance to have another go as a collection nine more CDs have just gone on eBay. Click here for details. - Fred

25./02/19 - Pip Bensley writes, "I have just bought the attached photograph and saw there was some kind of jazz connection and wondered whether you could cast any light on it. The cuttings on the wall are “Louis makes true Rothwell boy’s dearest wish” and “jazz club story goes on record”. I see there's a Rothwell on the outskirts of Leeds - Fred

25/02/19 -  We can see now that young and old can all enjoy 'our' kind of jazz, when it's of the style and quality of musicianship of Frog & Henry. The Cheshire Swing Cats had to respond to their demand for tickets, by moving their event to a larger venue to accommodate 114 + band and organising group. Very successful event.' - Norman Gibson.  Check out the photos at https://goo.gl/pWnt58  - Fred

25/02/19 - Equally free - Jazznorthwest Weekly is out! 25 February 2019 Edition. Of particular interest to many of you, could be an article in the Leisure section, from Gibson.  the new York Times - "Jazz on The Edge of Change" at  https://goo.gl/7rrGa8 about the origins of the music. How did the 369th Infantry Regiment band led by James Reese Europe playing in the courtyard of a Paris hospital for wounded Americans, have any influence on jazz? You may wonder. - Fred

25/02/19 - Hello Fred, The new issue of Jazz Journal s available (free) today at www.jazzjournal.co.uk - Steve Voce

25/02/19 - In common with most of us who are ‘getting on’ I’ve also been told that I have loss in high frequencies. However, my experience with ‘free’ hearing tests is that they always result in the offer of an expensive, (sometimes very) solution, which doesn’t really work. When I hear hissing sounds, I like to assume it’s due to a hearing deficiency, and not just audience reaction! (????) - Richard Knock

25/02/19 - Just to confirm that Frog & Henry were equally well received at Bollington on Saturday night. Everybody I spoke to were full of praise for the high musical standards of the band. A fresh approach to the music we love. How many musicians are on stage with a bass sax,baritone sax,soprano sax and two clarinets, one Boehm & one Albert system.  And that’s just one of them!   An unusual repertoire and yet some familiar tunes.  - Fraser McCombe
 

24/02/19 - I used to think that the hissing in my ears after gigs was audience generated (and maybe sometimes it still is!) But, it’s something I’ve got used to: Not whilst I’m playing, but particularly when I’ve got home and I’m lying in bed; even this morning as I write, although due to a fall the other week, I haven’t played for a few weeks. So when Boots offered a free hearing test, Kay and I went last Friday. Kay’s turned out to be spot-on, but I was diagnosed as having problems with the very high frequencies. The specialist put it down to playing and recommended hearing protectors which I since have found out can cost from a tenner to £140 and more. He said I should not be subjected to more than 80dB, which is relatively quiet. Got a dB app on my phone and I will monitor the level on the next gig. Have other musicians experienced this and can anyone recommend any particular make / type? Boots recommended ACS (who I since discovered are ACS’s U.K. dealers). Seems a bit over the top to spend £140 on protection but then again what price is good hearing? Cheers, - Jon Critchley

24/02/19 - A couple of musician's birthdays to celebrate this week - Jamie Brownfield, 27 on Tuesday, and Roy Gregory, 55 on Saturday.

24/02/19 - Just one mid week daytime jazz event this week - Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood on Wed, 27 February, 12:00 – 14:30
 

23/02/19 - Garstang Jazz Club gig list has been updated

23/02/19 - "Absolutely fantastic performance from Frog and Henry at Garstang Jazz Club. Great comments from everyone I spoke to." - Jim Swinnerton

23/02/19 - Roy Gregory, leader of the  Parade Jazzband, writes "It is with great regret that I have to report that John Shevill has passed away.  John has been the drummer with the Parade Jazzband for well over 10 years. His considerable contribution to the band will be sadly missed as will his wit and humour. He last played with us on Tuesday 19/2/19. He was in good spirits and played well. John was 86 years of age but appeared to be in good health. His sudden death has come as a shock to us all. I will give details of funeral arrangements when I get them. We intend to give him a rousing musical send off.
 
 

22/02/19 - When it come to other bands, musicians rarely give praise unless it's well and truly earned. So these comments tell it like it was yesterday at Garstang jazz Club. "Loved the band, first class music, first class musicians and I had two long conversations with Ewan Bleach and tried out each other’s clarinets, an afternoon I won’t forget, and I took nearly sixty pictures. The sad thing is no young people in the audience", - Barrie Marshall. "Frog & Henry playing at the Garstang Jazz Club yesterday, to a full house. One of the most enjoyable performances I have had the pleasure of being at and listening to. Great, not often played repertoire, professionally played by five superb musicians. Wonderful to hear young musicians with such an authentic feel for the music. I look forward to seeing them again".-  Mike Lovell.  "Well, what a superb afternoon, five (young!) guys who have assimilated the 'old' syle jazz and given it the authentic approach. The future of the music is assured whilst in the safe hands of Mr. Bleach and his boys!" - Peter Lindup.

22/02/19 - Dear Fred, I went to bed very happy at 11.30 last night, after reading your e-mail. Your acknowledgement of Frog and Henry, after you witnessed them yesterday at Garstang, and I quote, " I now realise why you rate them so highly, they were brilliant ", meant a lot to me. Assisting them these last two years has been a joy ! The broader significance of how well the band is being received, on this second tour, is not lost on me. More young musicians in NOLA are getting the message, the 'Shake 'em Up' amazing all girl band will be back, and more will follow, But, more importantly, young musicians here, eg Tenement JB, are getting the message. Dependent on Brexit, we could see European young bands, like 'French rag', 'Sweet Peppers', 'Hot Sugar Band' etc making visits here to really liven up our jazz scene. Thanks Fred.-  Norman Gibson 
 

20/02/19 - Carlisle Jazz Club gig list has been updated

20/02/19 - The Kirkbymoorside Town Blog – Ryedale, North Yorkshire, reports that "The 7th Ryedale Traditional Jazz Festival will take place from 21 to 27 July 2019, in Pickering, on Sunday at 2.30pm in St Peter and St Paul’s church, and all other concerts at 7.30pm in Pickering Memorial Hall". It also includes a list of events which you can see here.

20/02/19 - Neil Clarke writes, "Last month, the Wolfgang Jazz Club (which had put on jazz every Wednesday evening for many years) was forced to cease due to the loss of the use of its regular venue. However, the good news is that the club is re-launching as the Alsager Golf & Country Club Jazz Society, Audley Rd., Alsager. The new club will put on jazz every Thursday evening from 9pm until 11pm. To cover the cost of the move and to ensure we can continue putting on top artists, there will be a small charge of £3 per head on the door. However, I think you will find the drinks good value at the bar and the facilities more spacious and comfortable. There is plenty of level car parking right outside the doors and all facilities are on the ground floor. We will continue to hold a raffle to supplement the door income. Your attendance & support would be very much appreciated to help to keep the club alive and hopefully grow as it adapts to its new location and format. The first gig at this new venue will be on THURSDAY 21st February and will feature Alex Clarke (reeds & flute), Andrzej Baranek (keys), Nigel Cartwright (bass) and Roger Keay (drums)".     I have my doubts that the club will be featuring traditional jazz bands as we know them, so have asked Neil for clarification. Future gigs can be found on the Alsager Golf & Country Club Jazz Society Facebook page.
 

19/02/19 - What a busy, but amazing weekend, Meryl and I have had. Travelled to Plymouth, a whole day Friday in brilliant sunshine enjoying such a fantastic Passing Out Parade, at HMS Raleigh, of our eldest Grandson Jacob, as he starts his challenging career in the Royal Navy. Then Saturday over to Dove Holes for a full house ( getting on a 100 ) performance by Frog and Henry Band, which included Barry's 65th. birthday celebration and the drinkies that went with that ! There was a standing ovation at the end - could have been for Barry ? For those people who asked me ' Will Ewan be bringing his Bass saxophone ?' - the answer is 'Yes'. Too tired to get to the Caledonia in Liverpool tonight, but Kendal (Wed) and Garstang ( Thurs noon ) here we come. FH Henry tells me a lot of the 2020 Tour is arranged already - that tells me he really likes us in the UK and I can now retire ( again ! ) - Norman Gibson

19/02/19 - In my new life as part-time rock, country, blues and swing drummer I have also taken up entertaining the public at our monthly musical soiree (and other functions when asked) with songs which our audience and my fellow musicians have never come across before e.g. Hello my baby, Let's pretend there's a moon, My little bimbo, Out in the cold again. My search for new songs leads me in diverse directions and I came across a recording of Darktown Strutters Ball which I hadn't heard before.... Joe Brown's 1960 version, his first "hit" record. So the twain doth meet, albeit not often. - Joe Brown & the Bruvvers - The Darktown Strutter's Ball - Graham Martindale (France).
 

17/02/19 - "We had a fantastic night at the Heron theatre in Milnthorpe last night with The Hot Fingers Trio (Spats Langham & Emily Campbell)", writes Gudrun Ohara
 

16/02/19 - Just one daytime midweek jazz event coming up, and it's the much talked about Frog & Henry Band who will be playing at Garstang Jazz Club on Thu, 21 February, 12:00 – 14:30 at the Kirkland & Catterall Memorial Hall, Preston PR3 0HR. Lunch is included in the £12 entry fee, so this has to be the bargain of the year and I would be surprised if it wasn't a full house!

16/02/19 - The Seventh Liverpool International Jazz Festival will take place from Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th February 2019 at The Capstone Theatre, and is supported by Liverpool Jazz, but as Mike Feltham says, "No mention of Trad Jazz !".

16/02/19 - After its extensive refurbishment the Southey Street Methodist Church is to be one of the venues again for the Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival - including the ever-popular Sunday Service. The Festival organisers are very pleased to welcome the church back as a long-term supporter of the festival as well as a great Jazz and Blues venue. The church is looking fantastic with greatly improved and renewed facilities. Refreshments will be available again, provided by the lovely volunteers at Southey Street Church.

16/02/19 - Many Happy Returns today to Barry Pryme who is no doubt celebrating his 65th birthday with the Frog & Henry Jazz Band at Dove jazz Club. Next week it's a Happy Birthday wishes to Sheila Collier on Monday 18th, and to Frank Slater who will celebrate his 82nd birthday on Saturday.

16/02/19 - The Deco Delight web page has been updated to include a photograph and video from the charity event at The Vicarage Park Community Centre in Poulton-le-Fylde

16/02/19 -  With all the head spinning information associated with Brexit, it suddenly occurred to me that none of the media (or your page) has investigated the impact of a no deal on musicians and promoters. I decided therefore to do some research myself. Contacting the government was a waste of time as was a phone call to the musicians union.  However an e-mail to Brussels did furnish results. Whilst still in the developmental stage, some definite decisions had been made and here are the findings as supplied by Jeff Roberts.

15/02/19 -
One of Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz CD tracks will be played on Radio Manchester this Sunday on the programme Unforgettable between 10.00pm and midnight. Georgia On My Mind is the track and we would like to thank the JAZZFAN for sending in the request. Allan Dent trumpet, Eric Brierley trombone/vocal, Colin Smith double bass, Mart Rodger clarinet, Tim Roberts banjo, Joe Palin piano and Pete Staples drums. Regretfully the last three have passed away from this world.
 

13/01/19 - "The Blackhorse Jazzmen celebrate our 25th Anniversary next Tuesday 19th February at the Royal Oak in Settle. We have played a regular weekly session for that whole period though changing venues about 6 times. Three of the current quartet are original members. Some of our frequent deps. will join us for the occasion. We thank our regular supporters for their loyalty which has kept the sessions going. I must take this opportunity to congratulate the Merseysippi on reaching their magnificent 70th this month. How long has your fantastic site been going now Fred? - Peter Boswell". I can't establish the actual date Peter, but by my reckoning, it started around 1995 at the latest, which makes it 25 years next year (see this article). - Fred.

 

11/02/19 - In their latest newsletter, the Tenement Jazz Band from Scotland has announced that it is playing at The Blue Arrow, Glasgow on 24th Feb, and Matt & Phred's in Manchester on the 21st June. Not one to be left behind, Norman Gibson writes, "We've been to Matt & Phred's, there's a Travelodge just round the corner. We're planning on going in June".

11/02/19 - Sorry to hear of the demise of Roy Pellett. I have a copy of his excellent compilation of anecdotes from BBC's much lamented radio series Jazz Score. I notice that the book can still be obtained from abebooks.co.uk - Trevor Barnes

11/02/19 - Thanks to Sam Ralph, once again we have some great pictures of the Chicago Teddybears Society Jazz Band taken at Rochdale Jazz Club last night.
 

10/02/19 - Just one mid week daytime jazz event this week, The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 15 February, 12:30 – 14:30

10/02/19 - The Merseysippi Jazzband will be celebrating their 70th birthday this week on 14th Feb, but the celebrations start tomorrow night at Liverpool Cricket Club in the Sports Bar, downstairs. Jamie Brownfield will be a guest with  the band.

10/02/19 - Do you forget to check this page regularly?  Why not have it sent to you twice a week via email?  Simply send an email to jazznorthwest.co.uk@gmail.com with the subject "Add Me".

09/02/19 - My next collection of 9 CDs will be on eBay tonight at 9-30pm, and you can preview them here. They seem to be going quite well and I'm pleased somebody wants them, at the same time any money received is contributing to the web site and to the Alzheimer's Society.

08/02/19 - I have just heard the sad news that Roy Pellett has passed away . He was based in Plymouth and had a lengthy career with much time spent touring the continent . He was a member of the Leathertown Jazzband, Bob Wallis Storyville Jazzband . plus. Rod Mason and latterly his own band. See pictures. Best wishes. - Ken Ames
 

07/02/19 -  The Micker Brook, a pub/diner/pizzaria at Cheadle-Stonehouse, near Stockport, has booked Bennett's Swamplanders for every first Saturday for the rest of the year, starting on Saturday 4th May. The venue has a dance floor and is ideal for anyone interested at all in jiving and Lindy Hopping, as well as listening to Dixieland Swing. Bennett's Swamplanders is a five piece band from The Old Green River Band featuring Stan Williams on trumpet, Howard Murray on various saxes, Howard Worthington on double bass, Bill Buck on drums and myself on keyboard. The opening night will also be supporting the Diane Oxberry Ovarian Cancer Fund/Charity with a raffle. Raffle prizes would certainly be appreciated. Evenings Kick Off at 8.30 finishing at 11pm. Entrance £10 pp on the door on the night. - Martin Bennett

07/02/19 - Hi Fred, I really enjoy your emails even though I’m over on the east side of the midlands. Yes I picked up on the Tenement band and they are now coming to our beautiful jazz club in Louth early 2020. We also have Frog and Henry coming to Louth this March picked up from your email. Thank you.  Great to get news and Info from North West. - Linda Scrutton

07/02/19 - That's my daughter on stage at Garstang Jazz Club - this lovely photo of Alex Clarke posted by mum Sarah, on Facebook

07/02/19 - The Savoy Jazzmen web page photograph has been updated

07/02/19 - Stranraer and Blackpool are two jazz venues added to the Jazz Festivals and weekends breaks page

07/02/19 - Not having heard much about Dr. Michael White's activities for a few years, it's a treat to hear him play with Shaye, and a great relief to hear that our music still does exist today! https://youtu.be/RaXgkkbcpsE - John Westwood
 

04/02/19 - The gig list for Jazz at Bingley Mavericks has been updated

04/02/19 - Pete Lay may be interested to know that a copy of the George Lewis double LP was for sale internationally a couple of years ago for $1,400 - Brian Legan

04/02/19 - Let’s not get too gung-ho about Frog and Henry being on same bill as the Rolling Stones. Great as it is.   The Stones are appearing as a separate entity to the Fest itself with a stand alone concert on the Thursday before the weekend events. With F&H appearing in the ‘Economy Hall Tent’ where you get to hear some of the local bands – not on the main stage – a bit like Glastonbury where they have more than one stage. But, it’s pleasing that at least some local bands get to feature at this Festival which has changed dramatically since its inception nearly 50 years ago. It’s no wonder the French Quarter Festival three weeks before Jazz Fest has become the ‘peoples festival’ featuring everything/everyone local or those ‘in town’. Hoping to see F&H there this coming April, along with Tuba Skinny, Shotgun Jazz Band, and many other of the Frenchman Street bands.    So pleased that folk have picked up on the Tenement Jazz Band – who will also be touring ‘South’ next March, with an appearance at a Warner Jazz Break at Sinah Warren (March 1st) and at Sylvie’s Place (March 4th) with some other gigs in between. Incidentally buy their CD – it’s pretty damn good – shades of a night in the Spotted Cat or d.b.a in New Orleans. - Pete Lay


03/02/19 -
Many Happy Returns to Alan Matthews who is celebrating his 80th birthday today. On Saturday 9th Feb it's "Many Happy Returns" to Judy Eames.

03/02/19 - Daytime jazz events this week include The Savoy Jazzmen at Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 5 February, 14:00 – 16:00, and Garstang Jazz Club on Thu, 7 February, 12:00 – 14:30 at Kirkland & Catterall Memorial Hall, Preston PR3 0HR.

03/02/19 - As Frog & Henry are playing to a sold out lunchtime booking today in Holland, I checked out the 'Classic Jazz Concert Club' website.. Their mission is to provide " original jazz from the period 1910 to WWII from Ragtime to Swing, and Hot Jazz of the 20's and 30's". There is a 'Video' link to their own Youtube listing of 170 videos of bands who have played for them (looks like I'll be busy). They include Ewan Bleach and 'Basin St. Brawlers', many of 'Spat's' Langham's Hot Combination and the Bratislava Hot Combination and others I am not aware of ,and need to look at. With latest Liverpool University booking F & H will be doing a total of 15 concerts in the North now ! See Details here - Norman Gibson
 

01/02/19 - I hear that the charity gig at  The Vicarage Park Community Centre in  Poulton-le-Fylde, which featured Deco Delight, went down so well, the band were given a booking for a paid concert later in the year. This photo of the band on stage was taken by Christopher Gannon, who also took a video of the band playing an unusual version of "The Saints". More photographs and videos here 

01/02/19 - I've just updated Eagley Jazz Club admission charges and membership details, plus a membership application form.

January 2019

30/01/19 - Stopped snowing? Wondering where to go?  Band leaders and fans take note. Many year ago when Barbara and I ran a jazz club I used to post it in a web site called "Where can we go". It's still going strong, and I have just been reminded by a notification from Google that someone has created a post with the words 'Trad Jazz'. Here it is - "Trad Jazz", - A Traditional Jazz Band plays every first Monday of each month. 8.30 to 11pm. Free entry. The White Hart, 27 Churchgate, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 1UD. Mon 4 Feb, Mon 4 Mar, Mon 1 Apr.  So what are you waiting for? Get posting your venue at www.wherecanwego.com. I found two events in Leicester straight off, none round here though!

30/01/19 - A collection of Cymbals from a retired drummer and teacher, has just gone on the Sales Page
 

29/01/19 - The Doc Houlind Revival All Stars commence a 26 day UK tour on March 1st.  The only jobs north of the Trent are March 17th Rochdale and March 18th Barnsley. It would be nice to meet up with old friends along the way.  -  Regards Brian Turnock

29/01/19 - Hi Fred, I see Dorian has LPs for sale 26/01/19 - . I’m pleased to see the one on eBay is worth money. I’d consider selling my copy if I could get same money for it. It would interesting to see what other gems are amongst the other 299 items. - Pete Lay

29/01/19 - As John Westwood (who sent me the link) says, "I bet this took a few hours to scan" - https://goo.gl/4njHH5 It's a 1925 catalogue of 'His Master's Voice' records. I thought I'd search it for the word "jazz", I daren't repeat on here what I found! - Fred

29/01/19 - Well Fred, on 05-01-19 you wrote - " A lot of things can happen in a few days etc". And I can tell you, that since that posting, an amazing lot has happened. Who needs Facebook , Twitter, etc., when we have you. Tom Pickles contacted me, at your suggestion, regarding possible venues for the Tenement JB in June. As Ryan 'Frog and Henry', has the most up to date contact details for his booked venues, I put these two young guys together. Result ! - Tenement JB will play at Tad Newton's Walnut JC 19th June, Bedford Golf Club JC 20th. and Matt and Phred's in Manchester 21st. Bookings being sought en-route to Northampton 17/18th June - anyone got any ideas ? In turn, Tom has fixed F & H up with three gigs in Scotland 12th. to 15th Feb., thus solving the problem we've had filling the Roa Island date, which had to be cancelled. Best of all, a friendship has developed with Ryan and Tom, and Tom will be going out to NOLA to meet up at the time of the Jazz Fest, when F & H will be playing on the same bill as the Rolling Stones. Incidentally, it was Tom who facilitated the 'Shake 'em Up' band's engagements at Edinburgh and Durham last year. Thanks Fred for getting this started. - Norman Gibson

29/01/19 - We look forward to Sunday lunchtime jazz at the John O'Gaunt in Lancaster. Barrie Marshall has got a swinging good team together and lots of guests come to join them. It’s a real pleasure  listening to the music. I am sending you a little picture as Barrie is otherwise occupied. All the best -  Gudrun O'Hara.  Click on the picture for a larger version - FB
 

27/01/19 - Just one mid week daytime gig coming up - Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at the North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood on Wed, 30 January, 12:00 – 14:30

27/01/19 - Many Happy Returns on Tuesday to Terry Porter, on Thursday to Ken Doran,  and on Friday to Brian Carrick and Tony Pollitt.
 

26/01/19 - The Chicago Teddybears are delighted to announce that the fabulous Jamie Brownfield will play trumpet with the band at our gig at Eastham Lodge on Friday March 1st. See the web page for more details.”

26/01/18 - More details for the forthcoming event at Garstang Jazz Club on 7th Feb have just been added.

26/01/19 - Maybe I'm starting a trend?  Dorian Legan writes, "I have a lot of jazz records for sale and I am starting to list them through eBay. This is the first one I have listed, and I am told that it is the most valuable one: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/273670384246. I have around 300 ready to go, and will be listing them all over the next few days. If you could post a link to the listing I sent it would be much appreciated, and of course I will make a donation on the sale if it manages to go, just ask the winning buyer to let me know he found it via your website.  If you could let people know that more will be coming and to keep an eye on my store page that would be great".
 

25/01/19 - My next batch of CDs are now about to go live on eBay tonight, but you can see a preview here. There's a signed Chris Barber CD and double CD of skiffle music (61 tracks) included making 10 CDs in all, with a starting price of just £4 and free postage.

25/01/19 - The latest edition of Just Jazz magazine is now out.
 

24/01/19 - Pilgrim tenor banjo 19 fret ( brand new in 2016) has been reduced yet again, must be a bargain by now. See Sales Page
 

23/01/19 - Bradley Walsh and son are in New Orleans tonight, ITV 8pm

23/01/19 - Denis Goodwin (Halifax) is the latest musician to go on the deps list. Denis says, "I'm a drummer with drums kit parade etc all styles 43 years pro now semi retired. Deep pocket powerful swing many albums TV film etc. fluent in New Orleans jazz".

22/01/19 - Just realised I was a week premature with the birthday wishes which I've now taken off So it's Many Happy Returns today to Southport reed player, Mike Smith, and tomorrow to Liverpool bass player John McCormick. On Friday it's birthday wishes to Paul Blake & Terry Binns, and on Saturday to Paul Adams.

22/01/19 - Digby Fairweather has written on Facebook, "Did you see the edition of Panorama last night spotlighting the serial killing by Doctor Jane Barton at Gosport War Memorial Hospital. If so did you see the listing of Nathaniel Gonella amongst the hundreds of dead? That was Britain's first great jazz trumpeter Nat Gonella. Three months previously Nat had played a West End week with my Half Dozen and had only gone in for the resetting of a broken elbow".

22/01/19 - Hi Fred, According to a fella called Fellers, the video being praised by so many, was one of 33 'movies' collected at the Juan-le-Pins Jazz Festival, Antibes France between 9 and 12 July 1960. Go down the list at the left and 'click' on 'Antibes' all 33 'movies' can be viewed by clicking each one on the right of the box. There is more on the de Paris brothers on Fellers' page. Thanks to John, this video is making a lot of us happy and wanting more. - Norman Gibson
 

21/01/19 - Can I add my appreciation of the de Paris video of St. Louis Blues? The clarinettist, Garvin Bushell, with whose work I’m not very familiar, is a worthy successor to Omer Simeon. Sometimes I feel that Simeon was the supreme traditional performer on clarinet – other personal favourites in that idiom are Dodds, Noone, Bechet, Bailey and Hall. Further points of interest are the employment of guitar rather than banjo, the presence of Hayes Alvis on bass (one of Ellington’s double double-bassists with Billy Taylor in the late 1930’s) but insufficiently well recorded for me to form an impression, and the playing of the tune in its “written” key of G (and Gm).  
A bonus was YouTube’s follow-up of a concert video of “In a Persian Market” from 1964 by Acker Bilk. A real show-stopper, and, interestingly, a tune recorded by Wilbur de Paris somewhat earlier.  Happy New Year to all, Harmoniously, John Muskett


21/01/19 -
As a counter to the closing or non-closing of the Bowerham pub in Lancaster you might like to mention my first jazz gig at the Queens Arms on Walney Island this Saturday 26 Jan. First jazz at this pub for a very long time. This seems likely to strengthen the pub. Lovely Olde Worlde place but with under floor heating! and open fires. My jazz food of course. Alan Beacham's 6 piece jazz and blues band which played very successfully these last 3 years at Roa Island. This venture moves on from the 24 years at Roa Island. A few seats left. My phone number is 01229 823279 or e:mail morganist@outlook.com - Malcolm Cookson

21/01/19 - Following from the recent comments re the de Paris band, I can’t believe that it’s taken until my 80th year to discover the Omer Simeon trio recording with Sam Price on piano and Zutty Singleton on drums ‘Clarinette a la Creole’, 8 absolute gems of recordings by 3 absolute New Orleans masters. So for anyone who has remained as ignorant as me, ‘Google’ it, you will be entranced. - Richard Knock

21/01/19 - Thanks to Barrie Marshall for advising me that the Bowerham pub in Lancaster is not closing, the 53 - 70 room students accommodation, is in fact planned for the pub bowling green. 53-70 students next door to a pub, that can only mean good news for the pub and live music.

21/01/19 - Good to see that others enjoy this video. Steve Voce makes the point that the clarinet is Albert system, but misses the fact that it is the equally-more-rarely-heard Garvin Bushell who plays it. Fits beautifully, anyway. - John Westwood
 

20/01/19 - Beautiful stuff by the De Paris Brothers. They played so easily, with their technical abilities never challenged by their material. But this was a sad time when Sidney De Paris's continuing ill-health overtook him, and a second trumpet had to be employed to give him relief. Omer Simeon, noticeably playing an Albert system had become a bit piercing as he got older. Wilbur was always a superbly accomplished player (ex-Ellington, for example) and with this band he always let his improvising fall on the obvious phrases that came to mind, rather than ones that might disturb the intellects of his audiences. The pianist, Wilbert, is very calm and unaffected by what's goping on, but he played beautifully and with good taste. - Steve Voce

20/01/19 - No midweek daytime jazz events this week.
 

18/01/19 - It's in the local paper that The Bowerham pub in Lancaster, home to many jazz bands in the past, is to be turned into student flats. Nothing new there then!

18/01/19  - Re: The fundraising gig for Poulton Community Centre on 26th Jan. After pointing out there were no contact details for on the poster for people not familiar with Poulton le Fylde and the ticket seller, Poulton IT,  Peter has updated me and details have now been added to the poster Page
 

16/01/19 - Just watched (listened) to the you-tube clip from John Westwood of the de Paris band with Wilbert Kirk. Wonderful, certainly one of my favourite bands. I saw (heard!) them perform at Jimmy Ryan's in New York in the late '50s more than once, with the fantastic Omer Simeon on clarinet; that brought back such memories. Fantastic arrangements, absolutely top rate stuff; I wish I could live that experience again, but sincere 'thanks for the memory' John. - Richard Knock

16/01/19 - The Merseysippi Jazz Band are celebrating their 70th birthday in February. We play at Liverpool Cricket Club in the Sports Bar, downstairs on Monday, 11th February, starting at 8.00 p.m. till 11.00. We will have the very talented Jamie Brownfield guesting with us on trumpet and we would like it to be a night to remember. All welcome to join us but get there early to get a seat. - Peter Fryer, Band Secretary.

16/01/19 - Re: My comment about 'Swing Dance Clubs picking up on young bands', Just heard from the Cheshire Swing Cats, they have just passed their break-even number, with most payments in, and feel confident of a full house now for Frog and Henry next month. See what I mean ? - Norman Gibson

16/01/19 - Just stumbled across this, which features the rarely-heard Wilbert Kirk on what is, for once, a well-recorded kit!  https://youtu.be/uJca5Kk97Yc. Once again, those were the daze, eh? - John Westwood

16/01/19 - I should imagine a few eyebrows will be raised at this item from Associated Press -  "The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has got satisfaction: The Rolling Stones are among the headliners for the 50th anniversary festival. Organizers on Tuesday confirmed reports that Mick Jagger and his band will play. ".
 

15/01/19 - The gig list for Eagley Jazz Club has just been updated
 

14/01/19 - A grand fundraising event is taking place on Saturday 26th January 2019 at 8pm featuring the DECO DELIGHT BAND Playing music from the 1920s-30s-40s. It's to raise funds for the VICARAGE PARK COMMUNITY CENTRE.  Tickets available in advance only from Connect IT, Poulton-le-Fylde. Admission £12 including Cheese & Wine Supper Licensed Bar & Raffle.

14/01/19 - The funeral arrangements for Noel Broadgate are  - Friday 25 January , 12 noon at St. Peter’s church in Haslingden, BB4 6NZ.  There will be a Crematorium service following this then back to St. Peter’s hall.  We would love to welcome any of my dads friends - Jill Broadgate


13/01/19 -
Yes Mark Croasdale is correct Fred, we do need to see more young bands here. But problem is, when they do emerge, like Leeds based 'Alligator Gumbo', they get picked up by the swing dance groups, and do not seem to get enough recognition by our jazz clubs!   Although having said that, I see Darlington Jazz Club have them booked for their July 6 lunchtime event. 'Doolally Tap' are mainly young ( just one old geezer in it ). So, 'Tenement's' arrival on the fuller UK scene should certainly help things along. As Mark is obviously open to experience varying young outfits, he may like 'Tcha Badjo', 'The Wiyos', 'Le Bardi Manchot' and 'The Sweet Peppers', who's videos can be easily found. - Norman Gibson

13/01/19 - Just one midweek daytime gig for you this week, it's the High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 18 January, 12:30 – 14:30 where there's Tea Rooms and good food available. A Collection is normally taken to help pay for the band.

13/01/19 - Many Happy Returns this week to Jeff Roberts on Friday, and to John Hallam on Saturday.
 

10/01/19 - Great news the read about the Tenement Jazz band in Scotland... I have had a listen on YouTube, they really have that New Orleans street musician feel to them. We just need a few more to appear now, and more vibrant venues and audiences. We do seem to be short of younger people playing and following this kind of music in the UK. Not enough exposure I suspect is the issue, a bit of a vicious circle. Keep up the good work. - Mark Croasdale


09/01/19 - Carol Stott has emailed to say, "Arthur Atherton passed away. His cremation is at Springfield 17th Jan 3.30, wake at his home in Woolton, (details available - FB).  All his jazz followers would be very welcome."    Although I never met Arthur, he had emailed me in the past, and he must have been very well known on Merseyside judging by the endless number of videos he put on YouTube - FB

09/01/19 - It was a good gig at The Royal Oak last night with the Black Horse Jazzmen, plenty of people and a decent room. Peter had decided that from now on the band is going to sit down, not because he thinks we are all getting old he just likes the idea, Tuba Skinny influence.  Alison went to see how many people were in the old venue, only four people. - Barrie Marshall

09/01/19 - Good to see Jim has now got four events scheduled for his Garstang Jazz Club on your 'NW JAZZ CLUBS' page. He certainly means business with his venture of jazz promotion, with talented musicians he knows so well, to an ever growing audience. He is taking the Frog and Henry Band, who I help promote in the UK, and his venue, in the catchments area of Blackpool, Preston and Lancaster, will give a lot of jazz fans the opportunity to see these five amazing young men, play the real music of The Streets of New Orleans, with flair and panache. Jim, it seems, intends working on the same entry price, with hot pot lunch, for every gig, making this a real snip not to be missed. - Norman Gibson

09/01/19 - This message today from Jill Broadgate - "My mother has asked me to contact you to let you know that my father, Noel Broadgate, died this morning. My mum Carole is keen that you share this sad news with his jazz friends and  will contact you again once we have funeral arrangements. Sorry to be the bearer of such sad news, he will be greatly missed.  He had a recovery and rehabilitation following his stroke but then became ill around September and had been battling various conditions.  He became very poorly over the weekend and then sadly died early this morning in hospital".  There is now a tribute page in memory of Noel, so if you have any memories you'd like to share, or messages for the family, please email me for inclusion
 

08/01/19 - Sam Ralph has come up with another great set of photographs he's taken at Rochdale Jazz Club.  This is second time around for the Tame Valley Stompers. So as I struggle to get a decent picture for some of the bands on this site, why not do us both a favour and see if you can get Tony Sheldon to book your band?

08/01/19 - The Dove Jazz Club Bugle welcoming the Roy Walker Band is now ready to read on line.
 

07/01/19 - The previous batch of your CDs for sale had me worried as I hadn’t seen the Alton Purnell/ N O Rascals session for a long time ! Extended visit to loft today revealed the original vinyl LP, panicked again because cover in Japanese and didn’t know who was playing, anyway eventually discovered that I must have researched it because I had fully catalogued it. - Fraser McCombe

07/01/19 - Sale Conservative Club has now been added to the list of Jazz Clubs.
 

06/01/19 - Mike Hayler, Phil Lucas and Rae Owens will be joining Ian McCann at the Devonshire Arms, Mellor, on 22nd January from 9.00pm till 11.00pm.

06/01/19 - I'm told that as from Tuesday 8th Jan, the Black Horse Jazzmen will be playing at The Royal Oak in Settle, having moved from The Lion in Settle
 

05/01/19 - Carlisle Jazz Club gig list updated

05/01/19 - There are no midweek daytime jazz gigs coming up, unless you know different, in which case, let me know

05/01/19 - A lot can happen in a few days. Since posting the item about the Tenement Jazz Band on the 2nd, several enquiries from various jazz promoters have resulted, and I've received a copy of the current CD, "New Orleans Wiggle" (where have I heard that name before?) from the band (you can hear the tracks here).  Sax player Tom Pickles tells me, "We hope to have some gigs in the North West at some point in June. We've got a Sunday-Tuesday to fill before heading down to the Midlands for some gigs organised by Tad Newton".

05/01/19 - Many Happy Returns to Lancaster guitarist Jon Moore on Monday

05/01/19 - My next batch of CDs are now live on eBay, you can see details here.

 

02/01/19 - Congratulations and Thanks to George Smyth in Belfast who is the new lucky owner of the last collection of CDs that I put up for sale. There's another collection in the pipeline and you can get a preview here

02/01/19 - There's been a lot of talk about young bands coming out of France & New Orleans, well I've just come across a new one (well new to me), nearer to home in Edinburgh.  From what I've seen and heard so far, I'm hoping they will come down over the border.  Have a look and listen to the Tenement Jazz Band at  https://youtu.be/SPDnnXoMCg8. In 2018, the same year they were formed, they played at the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival as well as Dundee Jazz Festival.  If you want to hear more check out https://goo.gl/3A8n9y and listen to tracks released in July. You'd think they've been playing together for years (I suspect they have) - FB

02/01/19 - Doug O’Brien, Dublin trombonist, passed away on December 28th. RIP.  Long time player with The Cluskey Hopkins Guinness Band, The Jazz Coasters, and Des Hopkins Band. A regular ‘sitter in’ on both the Belfast and Manchester scene. His funeral will take place tomorrow (Thursday). -  Des Hopkins.

 

 

01/01/19 - Less than 24hours left to bid for nine great jazz CDs as part of my spring cleaning operation. Currently going for less than £3 each.

 

01/01/19 - A Happy New Year to all site visitors, and a special Happy New Year today to Neville Dickie who will be celebrating his 82nd Birthday today and describes himself as "Decrepit, but still performing!!". Happy Birthday Neville.

 


 

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