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March 2017

  • 24/03/17 -The schedule for this year's Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival has now been released and is available via download from the festival website. Click this link to take you to the site and look for the download button in the blue headers. Some of the free sessions have yet to be confirmed but all the main venues are now completed.

  • 22/03/17 - Hi Fred, Many thanks again and following the information from Margaret Ashworth I have spoken to Chris Holmes (19/03/17).  I will be sending him the photograph which I sent you a copy of - Mart Rodger.

  • 21/03/17 - There's a new page appeared on www.udiscovermusic.com/ , it's entitled "Louis Armstrong Session Musician For the Blues Divas" at http://tinyurl.com/k48m3k2. I'm no jazz historian, but you might just find something in there that's new to you

  • 21/03/17 - Ex Blue Mags leader from Merseyside, musician and now Jazz Festival Organiser, Trevor Stent is hard at it organising this year Jazz Fest in Brittany, his March newsletter is here.

  • 20/03/17 - I didn't see your latest post and page about Arts Council before I sent my email. Can't even claim credit for the joke. Don't know if you heard it,  but years ago on Jazz Score dear John Barnes told a tale about playing his C Melody Sax in the wrong key by mistake and getting an Arts Council grant the next week! He also claimed that Trevor Bailey was brother of Mildred Bailey. So perhaps he was fibbing? - Phil Morris.

  • 20/03/17 - Surprisingly I've only had two guesses at the signature quiz, maybe you thought it was too obvious?  Well some were but there were some difficult ones too. So click here and Name that Name, or are the jazz experts out there not as knowledgeable as they would have you believe?

  • 20/03/17 - From time to time I get enquiries about disposing of record collections. Sometimes expectations of value are unreal, and sometimes people are only too happy to donate them to someone who would appreciate them. If you are looking to donate them, then how about Rabbit Records & Sell your vinyl and support the National Jazz Archive. Founded in 1988 by trumpeter Digby Fairweather, the Archive’s vision is to ensure that the rich tangible cultural heritage of jazz is safeguarded for future generations of enthusiasts, professionals and researchers. Click here for more details

  • 20/03/17 -  On the 27th of April, Angela Brown is putting on T.J Johnson at Mellor and Townscliffe Golf Club. The cost is £18 including supper and it is strictly ticket only. I'm waiting for times, but it's obviously evening. Telephone 01663 743219 for more information. 

  • 19/03/7 - Hi Fred, We have lived in this house for over 42 years and I am clearing the loft. I came across this picture of Pete Staples, Chris Holmes and Pete Taylor. I know we have lost the two Pete's but I wonder if anyone knows what has happened to pianist Chris Holmes.  I have also been asked by a friend what has happened to Frank Booth who was involved in running clubs. However, he played trombone with me back in 1952 and I have a photograph of Frank Booth on trombone, Alex Gordon on double bass, Geoff Wych on guitar although he was pianist, Ralph Silvester on banjo, Nev Taylor on drums, Peter Eccles on trumpet and myself on clarinet.  I shall be interested to hear any news on Chris Holmes and Frank Booth. - Mart Rodger. (click on picture for larger version).

  • 19/07/17 - If there's anything guaranteed to raise a few hackles, it's a discussion on one of the following topics. Traditional Jazz on the BBC, The Arts Council, Jazz Services and the Musician's Union. Well you can imagine what happened when three of those topics got together. "Jazz Services, do they help us?", was the subject back in May 2010 and is now the subject of this week's Page of The Week.

  • 18/03/17 - I've met Gerry Clayton since my return to NW, thro the benevolence of Bruce Carnaffin and have forgiven him for calling me a "plastic scouser" and, now I know his past, for being a rocker!. Phil Morris

  • 17/03/17 - I was delighted to hear the recording of "Great Having You Around" as played by Rod Mason at a Pub in Torquay in 1971 this as included in John Westwood's email to you dated 16th January 17. I composed this song as a tribute to Louis just after Louis's death.   This is the first time I have heard this particular recording and it captures completely the atmosphere at the Palk Arms and the musicianship of Rod. I played Banjo in Rod's band for four years or so just prior to this session. The Banjoist on this occasion is John Withers. He is now in Australia and he recently sent me his band's version of the song where the singer has an emotional hiccup when he sings the line "So sorry when you had to go".   Kenny Ball did a stirring Louis-type solo in his version of the song.  I have just found your Website. Congratulations on an excellent production. - Peter Sumner

  • 17/03/17 - Another great night at the Beaky in Ashton. Our special guest was young Alex Clarke. The aficionados among the audience wondered about a two reed-player front line, but they need not have worried. - it was superb! Come the second half, they were augmented by stalwart Big John Percival, and Tony Dunleavy, first time he has joined us on trombone. What a line-up, what a night! Recommended

  • 17/03/17 - Hi Fred, Good to read your page about the Iron Door Club in Liverpool.  I used to go there on Wednesday afternoons in 1962 for jam sessions with the Big Three. I was in those days one of those "New Music" types being a member of Karl Terry & the Rockin' Cruisers. One of our band jackets is on display in the Liverpool museum (click on picture). I was "converted" to Trad Jazz when I was invited to join Cyril Wroe's Festival Jazz Band in 1989. Hope this is of interest to you and your readers. - Gerry Clayton (bass).  John Dodgshon has also been stirred into adding his memories to the iron door page.
     

  • 17/03/17 - Sammy Rimington will be featured with Emily Bacon´s Good Time Gang at Dumfries on May 28th, and Carlisle on June 1st. Details at www.baconsjazz.co.uk

  • 15/03/17 - What a great night’s New Orleans jazz we had at Widnes RUFC on Monday 13th March with the visit of Doc Houlind’s International All Stars from Denmark. An audience of just under 50 (including 8 jazz musicians) warmly appreciated this super band on it’s UK tour - all great musicians and friendly people. Top man for many of us was Jesper Capion Larsen on clarinet - absolute magic in the George Lewis mould. Following their performance, my son Paul went to congratulate Jesper on his playing. He thanked Paul, then said“ You are too young to be here !” Paul’s reply “ I am 54!” which brought the whimsical reply - “You are still too young !”  Yes, I’m afraid my son is sadly in a minority of his generation listening to our marvellous music.  But then I suppose we are also in a small minority in our generation - though a very fortunate one ! - Terry Birkinhead
     

  • 15/03/17 - Hi Fred, Not sure what Alex will do at end of her A-levels; she may go away for a while but if she stays local she will hopefully stay with us. We will continue to search for young players and our next plan is to establish relationships with local schools who have good music departments - we meet regularly to rehearse so can always invite youngsters who have the ability and interest to come along occasionally and hopefully cultivate that interest. Alex is the second gem we've found; we had a pianist, Ian Wynn (early 20s) who played with us last year before going to France on sabbatical. He is doing very well on the Paris jazz scene. We've also found a gifted guitar/banjo player in Scot Johnson. He is a little older (42) and comes from a rock background as well as being a solo artist but is a brilliant jazz player. It's great to see these younger musicians playing with and learning from our senior members like Eddie and Ted. We have a pretty good line up now and if/when Ian comes back from France it will be truly formidable and with a relatively young profile. We just need to work hard to get the gigs to show the young talent we have - as well as jazz clubs we hope to find some new venues outside the normal circuit and try to get younger and more diverse audiences too. Big ideas but we can but try. - John Percival

  • 14/03/17 - Clive Edwards tells me there is to be another jazz event at Neston Library this year, which will include some 'hot' jazz. It's on 20th April, although it's not one he has organised this time. You can see a poster by clicking here

  • 14/03/17 - Have I got an interesting challenge for you, especially any philographists out there?  Michael Nesbitt sent me some photographs of signatures he had come across as a book collector. They are in a book called "Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans" and it is signed by Louis and 14 other musicians. He needs help with some of them, but I thought you might find it an enjoyable moment to work them all out for yourself. So click here and Name that Name.

  • 14/03/17 - I am delighted to announce that Alex Clarke has joined the Dixie Beats on reeds. One of the band's aims is to find and encourage young musicians to get into our sort of music and Alex fits the bill perfectly - a prodigious talent and the sense of humour necessary to put up with us. Undoubtedly she has a great future in music and has many musical commitments as well as working hard on her A levels, but with the support of Mum and Dad has managed to fit us in and will make her debut with us at Rochdale Jazz Club on April 23rd (she is also guesting with the Tame Valley Stompers at Beaky on March 15th). We are proud to have her with us and hope that part of that bright future will involve entertaining audiences as a member of the Dixie Beats. Thanks to Paul Medina for his help - John Percival
     

  • 13/03/17 - Keith Daniels has a collection of Just Jazz magazines which run from January 2011 to January 2014, (issue No 153 to issue No 188 inclusive). He says, "They are now surplus to requirements and are free to a good home, anybody interested"? Keith is in West Yorkshire – LS13 1NT, and would by happy to liaise regarding handover/collection. Contact me for Keith's email address

  • 12/03/17 - Young Alex Clarke will be a guest with the Tame Valley Stompers this Wednesday 15th March, 9pm at Beaky Jazz Club, Beaconsfield Conservative Club,  Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 6QL.

  • 12/03/17 - Many Happy Returns to Amy Roberts who celebrates her birthday this coming Wednesday.

  • 12/03/17 - What does jazz mean to you, I had an interesting poem from Nick Balmforth in 2013 which I've made this week's page of the week.

  • 12/03/17 - From next Thursday 16 March Bingley Jazz Club is moving to a new venue. This will be Mavericks 80s Lounge at 148 Main Street, Bingley BD16 2HL with no change in the main features of the club, however there is a change to the next event -  Thu 16 Mar, Aire Valley Jazzmen ( in place of Jim Wright’s Rhythm Deluxe).

  • 12/03/17 - Following Tony Jacob's visit to New York (05/03/17) and  his recommendations, bass player Gerry Clayton has pointed me to a web site at jazznearyou.com which if you have location enabled, will do as the title says, but click on "Change City" and you can select anywhere in the world. Not sure it covers traditional jazz though, but that could be down to nobody telling them!

  • 12/03/17 - A change to the programme at Glossop Jazz Club - the Harlem Hot Stompers will now be playing there this coming Thursday 16th March. Colin Turner will be guesting on Bass Saxophone.

  • 09/03/17 - Jazz Unlimited is no longer doing the regular Monday night at the John O' Gaunt in Lancaster. John Whittaker says, "I'll let you know if we restart there, or find some other venue".

  • 09/03/17 - The DOC HOULIND INTERNATIONAL JAZZ BAND from Denmark is in the North West this month. They will be appearing at Dove Jazz Club on 11th March, and Widnes RUFC on 13 March. Full details are in What's On

  • 08/03/17 - Re: Tony Jacobs (letters 05/03/17) - jazzers planning a visit to New York, and, well anyone else interested in the rise of young musicians playing Hot Jazz, should go to this link for an insight into the City's jazz culture. http://tinyurl.com/gqn6hqt It was published in 2013 and no doubt there will be update info somewhere. - Norman Gibson
     

  • 08/03/17 - I've suspected for a long time that there was something fishy about the line 'He's the one who makes me get out both my dancing shoes' in Dr Jazz as most people sing it. (Would I have got out only one of them if it hadn't been for him?) If you listen to the beautifully clear recording that accompanies Tony Davis's tribute page on your website, you'll find that the words are unmistakably 'bow tie 'n' dancing shoes'. Now that makes much more sense. -  Allan Wilcox

  • 08/03/17 - The March edition of Just Jazz magazine has been out for a week now. As far as I am aware it is the only ~magazine catering for traditional jazz in the UK, and as such deserves our support. You can find an order slip here

  • 07/03/17 - The Dove Jazz Club Doc Houlind Bugle March 2017 is now available on line at  http://tinyurl.com/hdvdwzj

  • 07/03/17 - Philip Morris and Mike McCombe has just sent me their memories of The Iron Door which I've added.

  • 07/03/17 - Rod Mason's obituary appeared in the Guardian yesterday. You can read it at http://tinyurl.com/zqfz5ja

  • 05//03/17 - Finally after 22 years of Charity fund raising, Geoff Rutherford of Buckley & Mold Lions Club has called it a day, The Original Panama Jazzband has played at The Miner’s Arms every year since Geoff, who used to run the Miners Arms, started his open air concerts, inspired by the shocking loss of his son over 22 years ago. He, we and other bands have helped in total to raise over £50,000 towards many charities. We wish him well for the future and will miss his enthusiasm, hospitality and his black pudding baps. Jon Critchley

  • 05/03/17 - Writing from Detroit, Bernard Hives said "I stumbled across this group just recently. They stood out for two things. One....their youth, they are all 30 something and include one female and Two...their mix of instruments.. Alto, tenor saxes, trombone, banjo and sousaphone ( with an occasional trumpet and violin thrown in). I like their versions of Panama and Livery Stable Blues, all on You Tube.  Check out https://detroitpleasuresociety.com/ Good to see and hear the younger generation.

  • 05/03/17 - A couple of interesting video links from John Westwood - Dutch Swing College Band - 1960 - Meet The Band and Dutch Swing College Band & Rod Mason 1984 My Gal Sal

  • 05/03/17 - Tony Jacobs has just emailed me - "I spent the month of January in New York City (lucky me) where, overall, the weather was a lot nicer than here! If any of your readers are planning to visit the Big Apple, they will be overwhelmed by the choice of great jazz - and there appears to be a huge interest among younger musicians and singers in performing 1920s and '30s music and they are quite superb".  Tony has sent some recommendations and if you click here you can read his email in full.

  • 05/03/17 - Hi Fred, This is just to wish a Happy 80 th Birthday to Roy Williams, my 2nd cousin....... not a lot of people know that we share great grandparents! His mother and mine were great friends in their younger days and when I first saw him at The Thatched House in Manchester I didn't know that!  Also Happy Birthday to Mart . I met up with him, Janet and Eric Brierley in Nant Peris last year ,when they played in the local church. It was lovely to catch up after so many years.  Can't recall Colin, but also Happy Birthday! - Brenda Canty-Forrest (nee Tomkins).

  • 05/03/17 - The funeral of Mike Dine (504 records) will be at Eltham Crematorium, Crown Woods Way, London SE9 2NL.  It is on Thursday 23rd March at 1.45pm for a 2pm service. We will be meeting after at the Guy Earl of Warwick, Park View Rd, Welling DA16 1TB.  It's been very difficult to calculate how many of Mike's friends and acquaintances from the jazz world will be there so it may be a little cosy! - Ken Ames. Louis Lince also tells me, "On page 35 of Just Jazz there is a fine obituary from Tom Stagg (Mike's business partner in 504 records) and a moving tribute from Paul Adams (Lake Records).".
     

  • 05/03/17 - Correction to next week's daytime jazz events - The Mount in Fleetwood gigs are cancelled. "New management and they don't want any music". - Mike Lovell
     

  • 05/03/17 - Birthdays coming up this week - The great Roy Williams, born in Salford in 1937 so a special birthday coming up for Roy on Monday. On Thursday, two musicians who played together for many years, Mart Rodger and Colin Smith share birthdays. Many Happy Returns to you all.

  • 05/03/17 - Jim Swinnerton posted on Facebook yesterday, "Happy birthday Dad. My father would have been 78 years old today. Treasured memories of a great bloke". Quite agree Jim, and it's only fitting that Page of The Week this week should be your dad's series of articles on the Manchester Sports Guild,  which he wrote for Just Jazz, and where where he did so much work for jazz.

  • 05/03/17 - "Hi Fred, Rather Belated response to recent events: Iron Door Club... thought I should contribute, then found I had done in 2009!". - Philip Morris. It happens to the best of us Philip, but you have managed to find an extra snippet, which I've added to the Iron Door Page and also your memory of Tony Davis which has gone on his Tribute Page. - Fred.
     

  • 05/03/17 - Mid Week daytime jazz coming up - The Savoy Jazzmen are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House, on Tue, 7 March, 14:00 – 16:00, L17 1AP. On  Fri, 10 March, 13:00 – 15:30, Mike Lovell's Cafe Jazz Quintet are at THE MOUNT PUB, Fleetwood, FY7 6QE. Free Admission.

  • 05/03/17 - Good news from the Beaky in Ashton-u-Lyne. The entrance fee for non-members is kept at £2! Twelve months membership is a mere £13 (for those of the elderly persuasion); and this entitles the Member to all the facilities of the Club, not just to Jazz Nights. The guest last Wednesday was Mick Mason (is he a saint or a sinner?), accompanied by the house band, augmented later in the second half by the regular suspects - Alan on banjo, and Big John Percival on trumpet. Delicious butties at half time, washed down by a Guinness - another great night! - Noel Broadgate

  • 03/03/17 - Sarah is a Facebook friend of mine and I was able to meet her and hear her playing at the Albrighton Jazz Club. Sarah also sings. She has great energy and I am sure audiences in the North would love to hear her playing. She's a great performer of jazz and blues. I hope to invite her to guest with my band soon. - Jeff Matthews

  • 02/03/17 - I have just relocated back to the UK after having lived in the USA for the past 23 years and am looking for gigs either as a guest musician, as a dep musician, with my band (Sarah Spencer's Transatlantic Band) and with the band with whom I also play (Mike Owen's Scarlette's Serenaders).  I play reeds (primarily tenor sax, alto sax, soprano sax, bari sax and am in the process of dusting off my clarinet chops) and sing (classic blues and all sorts of other stuff, but not in 'girl singer' keys).  I live in Surrey, but, after living in the USA for 23 years, am used to driving ridiculous distances and, right now, would welcome any call!  - Sarah Spencer

  • 02/03/17 - Thanks for sending me this lovely extra information Fred...very interesting to know that Geoff can confirm my memory of The Iron Door club ,I will get in touch with him and perhaps we can share some other memories! - Brenda Canty Forrest.
     

  • 02/03/17 -  Re Page of The Week,  the Iron Door club in Liverpool it has now acquired a reputation of being the forgotten club, this is of course the result of the Cavern clubs phenomenal rise in popularity made possible by the Beatles connection.   I was dumb-founded to read Brenda Canti Forrest’s account of the surprise visitors alighting from the taxi in Temple Street, over the years I have often thought of that night, the great man appeared at the Iron Door. Brenda Conti Forrest’s recollection of that night’s events satisfied me that I was not dreaming and Count William Basie did in fact appear.  I have found the advert we placed in the Liverpool Echo, for the event, Brenda is correct, in thinking that another band was booked in addition to the Collegians it was Les Harris’s Hot Six. See also http://tinyurl.com/hads298 - Geoff Hogarth.

  • 02/03/17 - The guitar player playing bass with his feet is Ryan Baer (28/02)/17. He can be seen playing with Tuba Skinny on YouTube from a few years ago. - Ed Lloyd Hughes

  • 02/03/17- The funeral of Geoff Purdy is at 2.15pm in the Cypress Chapel, Stockport Crematorium. - Louis Lince

  • 02/03/17 - We had some new pictures of Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz taken and these are now on the website. These were taken at Poynton Legion Club just over a week ago where I am glad to say the jazz fan attendance is on the increase. - Mart Rodger

  • 01/03/17- Just been for my morning constitutional to collect the papers, and with the aid of my phone and some Bluetooth ear buds, I was able to listen to the third part of "Jazzed Up: How Jazz Changed Britain". It's now reached my era when Bebop met Trad, so quite interesting.


February 2017

  • 28/02/17 - Can I offer this YouTube clip of the week. A tribute to Bix by the best Dixieland band on YouTube https://youtu.be/d1m6NVpXhGw - Trevor Barnes. Thanks Trevor, some great names at that concert, many, if not all, have visited the North West in the past, to Greater Manchester, Blackburn and Tom Baron's Swinging Jazz Party in Blackpool.

  • 28/02/17 - I'm grateful to Grand Marshall and jazz promoter, Terry Birkinhead, for sending me a write-up on Tony Davis' funeral which I was unable to attend. I've added it to the end of the Tony Davis Tribute Page

  • 28/02/17 - "Brenda Canty-Forrest writes, "Hi Fred, I've just read the post about the Iron Door club "Page of The Week". Pete Haslam's Collegians played there in the early days,, probably 1960, We had been going to the Cavern and got quite a following there , and were booked for the Iron Door club... so If my memory serves me correctly, we turned up in Temple street and there was a big pile of builders rubble outside. Think there was another band playing, but as we pulled up in the van, a taxi stopped right near this pile of rubbish and who do you think stepped out of the taxi? "  Well if you want to find out, check out Page of The Week and prepare to be surprised. I've added to the bottom of the page.

  • 28/02/17 - An interesting YouTube video sent to me this week. https://youtu.be/-2lo5Iz3gRY Video was taken in New Orleans and is entitled "Best New Orleans street musician I've seen". Might be a good idea if bass players didn't watch it though.

  • 27/02/17 - Last week at the York Street Bingley Jazz Club (shortly to move to the Old Midlands Hotel on Main Street) I had the great pleasure, as a member of the 'Aire Valley Stompers' to hear a very fine New Orleans British stalwart the cornetist Dennis Armstrong accompanied by that cricket loving maestro of the banjo/guitar, John Richardson.   I sat back and listened, a shandy at my elbow, to a magical little session of New Orleans Jazz as Dennis, John and Peter Frank played and weaved their melodies and harmonies. As Humph said 'I Play as I Please' and this applies to both Dennis and myself. Dennis has a superb double album of his recordings available from denmojazz@blueyonder.co.uk  with the proceeds going to The British Heart Foundation. Top Guy Dennis. - Ian Royle

  • 27/02/17 - Ref the query by Ruth Pearce on 18/02/17, , Joan and I have visited Tenerife every winter for 15 years or so, but we have never found any traditional jazz. However, this year - following a tip-off from ex-pat altoist Steve Dunderdale - we spent two Sunday afternoons at the Finca in Chayofa, a village just above Los Cristianos. This large and popular restaurant hosts a fine mainstream/Latin quintet from 1.30 to 4pm. Well worth a visit, The music is free and meals are reasonably priced, but it's OK to just listen without eating. - Bruce Carnaffin

  • 27/02/17 - I've had an email from Geoff Purdy's partner Mary asking me if I  could let people know that Geoff Purdy passed away on Thursday the 23rd. The funeral will take place on March 6th at 2.1pm Stockport Crematorium. Geoff was a stalwart of Didsbury Cricket club, and when I was struggling to get a gig list from Roger, Geoff could be relied upon to send me a copy.

  • 26/02/17 - Re: The first jazz recording ever, 100 Years of Jazz (Barrie Marshall). On February 26th 1917 the Original Dixieland Jass Band recorded 2 sides for Columbia - The Original Dixieland One Step and Livery Stable Blues. - The first commercial recording to sell over one million copies. - Happy anniversary Jazz - perhaps we might get a message from the Queen!!!!!  - Chris Walker
     

  • 26/02/17 - Does "The Iron Door Club" in Liverpool mean anything to you?  Back in 2008, John Irwin told me about the place and his memories of playing banjo with two bands that played there. It's this week's Page of The Week

  • 26/02/17 - Just heard from Ken Ames that earlier this week it was discovered that the late Dave Evan's flat has been ransacked and all his drums taken. They trashed the flat but we believe no photos or memorabilia were taken only the drums. A despicable act by some low life who has no respect for the dead. Ken has passed on the message - "Please spread the word and keep a look out for anyone selling a drum kit or parts of a drum kit".

  • 26/02/17 - No mid week daytime jazz this week, happen as well looking at the weather forecast!

  • 26/02/17 - Many Happy Returns today to Jamie Brownfield, and to Roy Gregory on Thursday, Jim West on Friday and Rosie Harrison on Saturday.

  • 26/02/17 - Hi Fred, The first jazz recording ever, recorded on February 26th 2017, 100 years ago today.  https://youtu.be/9chC3kBlDdQ - Barrie Marshall

  • 25/02/17 - I’ve just finished watching ” Celebrity Carry On Barging”. It featured a bunch of dubiously dressed misfits trying to navigate their way through a wet passage. It had me gripped from the beginning until very nearly later. Come on Channel 5, more please.  - Jon Critchley

  • 25/02/17 - Owing to the musical retirement of Alan and Gerry Duckles The Sun St Stompers have two new regular musicians in the band, Peter Boswell on trumpet and Lawrence Marshall on banjo, all is well and the weekly Sunday lunch session at The John O'Gaunt will continue. - Barrie Marshall

  • 25/02/17 - I was very surprised to read your email. Alan Duckles & I formed our first jazz band in Morecambe & Lancaster many years ago. He is one year younger than I, and I retired from regular playing a little over one year ago. I still “sit in” and I suppose the same will go for Alan. I wish him the best as we share many memories of some musical struggles and successes.  - Trevor Hodgson

  • 23/02/17 - On Monday Feb 27th as it’s the day before Mardi Gras, Louisiana Highway will be playing Mardi Gras songs and tunes at the Arden Arms, Stockport.

  • 23/02/17 - I've just been having a word with the leader of The New Riverside band,  Alan Duckles. Following a rather unpleasant bout of flu, which has caused Alan to miss many of this year's gigs, he has decided to retire from playing. Alan says it has been a struggle trying to keep his lip in good shape.  Along with his wife Gerry, Alan also played with the Sun Street Stompers, and they both will now retire from playing, although Gerry will still be available for the odd dep job.  So a bit of a shake-up coming up on the Lancaster jazz scene, so watch this space.  It's an end of an era for us because it was back in the 90's that Barbara and I went to see our first live jazz band after years in the wilderness. It was the New Riverside Jazz Band at The Wagon & Horses in Lancaster led by Alan Duckles.

  • 23/02/17 - A 30 minute prog about Jack Jackson : "Rhythm and Radio Fun Remembered" on Radio 4 extra.  Quite revealing says Ed Hughes.

  • 23/02/17 - Tomorrow night on Channel 5 at 8pm - Celebrity Carry On Barging.  What's that got to do with jazz?  Well Ed Lloyd Hughes writes, "This coming Friday will see Mad Ed's Hot 5 on national network telly... Channel 5 at 8pm. David Dixson on cheap tin saxophone, John Higham on tpt and singing with his voice, Al Tunstall playing piano, Heather Taylor sings like she means it and Meee. We will also be joined by Lorraine Chase, Debbie McGee, Simon Callow and Nigel Havers in minor roles.  Ahem. Programme is called 'Celebrity Carry on Barging'. Simon Callow appears as Barbra Windsor.....
     

  • 22/02/17 - Hi Fred: I’ve been trying to contact drummer Tony Carter, who was drummer with The Original Panama Jazzband for many years until ill health forced him to stop. Tony is a super chap, and as far as I know still lives in Wirral. I would appreciate any news or help in contacting him. Regards, Jon Critchley

  • 22/02/17 - Whilst this does not relate directly to your area I feel sure many of your readers would have seen and met big Ray Woodfield and his wife, Molly, at one of the many jazz festivals where Ray was selling his CDs and records. Sadly Ray passed away last week and his funeral is on the 13th March . Ray was a familiar sight around the jazz scene and was well known by both musicians and jazzers. Red Beans N Rice his local, and favourite band will be in attendance at the church. I can pass on more details if anyone requires them. Keep up the good work, Dennis Whitehead.

  • 22/02/17 - Episode 2: of "Jazz Up, How jazz changed Britain", was on Radio 4  yesterday, in which Kevin Le Gendre continues his exploration and looks at the influence of the visits of Duke Ellington before and after World War Two.  It can be heard again at http://tinyurl.com/jjf5awj

  • 22/02/17 - Mart Rodger's 4 piece band is back at Frankies Wine Bar, in Disley on Thursday evening, it's only just gone in What's On

  • 20/02/17 - The great man just won't lie down.  As Lynda Bull came to send out the very last George Lewis DVD, she found another 7 hiding in a drawer. No this isn't a sales gimmick, this is a genuine find, and I know the feeling only too well of opening a drawer and finding something that's been missing for years.

  • 19/02/17 - Having had to turn back last year (failing clutch), we made sure to make the 100 mile round trip this time to Roa Island Jazz Club, to catch up with Keith Nichols' Hot Five. What a great night with an amazingly enthusiastic audience of nigh on a hundred I guess. Who said our jazz is on the wane ? OK, we had heard many of their key solo numbers before. but all the finest of musicianship, innuendos and entertaining banter are still all there a plenty. Keith managed to announce their Sophie Tucker early in the first half to avoid any slip up, should he a have a wee dram later ! Malcolm's food ? Well Keith Floyd has taught him well, though this time he had given one of Rick Stein's recipes a go. A fine nosh it was too. We don't know how he manages it all, but sincerely hope he keeps it going for a long time yet. His format is unique in the Jazz Club world. - Norman Gibson Jazz2Swing2

  • 19/02/17 - Hi Fred, Just spotted your note 14th Feb regarding the Fylde Coast Jazz Band. We normally consist of Willy Barrow, banjo. Alan Riley, trombone, Dave Lee on clarinet. These are the original members of the Fylde Coast Jazz Band.  New(er) members to complete the line up are John Smith, drums, Pete Lindup, trumpet and myself on double bass.  Our last concert at the Lowther Pavilion was minus Dave Lee as he was away on holiday. His place was taken by Bill Barrow.  Hope this solves your query.  Best wishes and thanks for your great web site, - Gerry Clayton.

  • 19/02/17 - I had an email from Rita Jones to tell me that Ken Sims, ex scouser and Acker Bilks cornet player for many years, is currently in North Middlesex hospital, Sterling Way, London N18 1QX. Now it's my policy not to publicise musician's health problems, unless the person concerned, or close relative, gives permission. In this case, knowing he was a personal friend of Jon Critchley, I passed the message on to Jon. Jon immediately got on the phone to the hospital and as a result sent me this message. "I rang the hospital and they told me he’s on Podium 1, which I thought might be a new drug, but that’s the name of the ward!  They gave me his mobile number so I rang him this morning:  He was surprised how we got to know and I said Rita Jones, a fan, had contacted Fred.  I said I didn’t know he had any fans! He’s been in since before Christmas, and is so bored, no radio, no TV, and the CDs he’s got, he’s heard them all before, he’s on most of them, he says!  He wants everyone to ring him to relieve the boredom". Jon Critchley and myself have the number should anyone like to give him a ring. As Jon says, "He said he wants everyone to know, he’s so bored, and would love to hear from people."

  • 19/02/17 - Touring show 'Swinging at The Cotton Club' featuring the Harry Strutters Orchestra and the Lindy Hoppers are appearing at Oldham Coliseum this Thursday 23rd at 7:30.  Tickets still available. - Jeff Roberts

  • 18/02/17 - Just one daytime midweek jazz event coming up this week - Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at The North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood on Wed, 22 February, 12:00 – 14:30.

  • 18/02/17 - Many Happy Returns to trombonist Frank Slater who celebrates his birthday this week on Thursday 23rd March.

  • 18/02/17 - Hi Fred,  You do not know me but I read all your jazz news all very interesting.  I am just watching a live cam from Los Cristianos in Tenerife and there is a jazz band playing just saw the back of them going into a tent just wondering is you or anyone may know who they are they certainly look English and the music is good, loads of people listening and a few dancers as well. Will be interested to hear if you find anything out with all your contacts. - Ruth Pearce, Cheltenham

  • 18/02/17 - Back in 2008, after attending the Isle of Man Jazz Festival, David Fox gave a fan's review of the event, stating that he wouldn't be going the following year unless something different was on offer. This prompted John Muskett to ask what would make him return. Cue for a discussion on What makes a good band? which is also the cue for this week's  Page of the Week.

  • 17/02/17 - Earlier this week, In the car one morning, I caught the start of this programme on Radio 4 - "Jazzed Up: How Jazz Changed Britain Radio 4".  It sounds like quite a promising series It's available on BBC iPlayer at http://tinyurl.com/glvkasp. It starts with the ODJB recording/visit and carried on with Harry Roy. - Keith Garner

  • 15/02/17 - Tributes are pouring in, in memory of Tony Davis, and you can read them by clicking here. There is also a tribute page in the Liverpool Echo which concentrates more on his days with The Spinners which were undoubtedly one of the country's top folk groups.

  • 14/02/17 - Just spotted in my local paper that the Fylde Coast Jazzmen are playing at The Lowther Pavilion in Lytham at 7-30pm tonight. Now I haven't seen that band listed for years, so wonder who will be in it, original members Dave Lee, Alan Riley and Willy Barrow perhaps?

  • 13/02/17 -  I have a lot to be grateful to Tony Davis for when this site started up, and I've created a tribute page to him, where I have included my own memories. Please feel free to let me have your memories of this great man so I can share them with other readers.

  • 13/02/17 - Fred, Some sad news I’m afraid. Tony Davis passed away last Friday, 10th February at the home of his daughter Jackie in Great Sankey, Warrington. He had been in hospital a few days previously but returned home on the Thursday and passed away peacefully at home the next day. Tony was a wonderful character who did a tremendous amount of work for jazz in the Northwest - remember his Jazz FM radio programmes on Sunday evenings ? He was a lone voice promoting our Traditional Jazz on the airwaves. He also, with the help of his wife Beryl, promoted jazz concerts at New Brighton, which raised thousands of pounds for charities - the Mozambique flood disaster and the Gujarat earthquake in India - with musicians donating their time for free. Tony’s funeral is on FRIDAY 24TH FEBRUARY, at 3pm at Warrington crematorium (Walton Lea), Chester Road, Higher Walton WA4 6TB. The family have said that if jazz musicians wish to attend and play a tribute to Tony, they would be most welcome. Our sincere condolences are with Tony’s widow, Beryl and all her family. Regards -  Terry Birkinhead

  • 13/02/16 - Dear Fred, We heard the Merseysippi Jazz Band many times at the Cavern and the Temple. Remember those nights well. Never to be forgotten! We now live in Vancouver but we were born in Liverpool.  Hope you get better soon. A nasty flu that one!  We met you in Manchester at a Mart Rodgers concert a few years ago.  - Reg & Jean King.

  • 12/02/17 - Still coughing, still aching across eyes, teeth and neck, but thankfully on the turn at last, well I must be or I wouldn't be updating this page, I certainly didn't feel like it earlier this week!  My commiserations to the many of you out there who also been attacked with the same nasty cough and flu virus.

  • 12/02/17 - This week's Page of The Week features the Imperial Parade Band.  Quite a few musicians in the pictures taken in 1972 are still playing today, but showing a little wear and tear in comparison unfortunately.

  • 12/02/17 - Midweek daytime jazz this week includes Annie's Saints And Sinners @ The Dog & Partridge, Bollington (check first on 01625 610059) on Mon, February 13, 2pm – 4pm and  The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, February 17, 12:30pm – 2:30pm where there's Tea Rooms, good food available and a collection taken

  • 12/02/17 - There's a special birthday coming up this week on Valentine's Day. It's the Merseysippi Jazz Band which celebrates its 68th birthday on Tuesday. Wonder if anybody saw the early band on BBC TV the other evening when there was a program about the history of Liverpool's Cavern Club?  Well worth a watch if you missed it at http://tinyurl.com/hoemyct.  Also celebrating birthdays this week are Dove Jazz Club's Barry Pryme on Thursday and ex-pat Sheila Collier on Saturday

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  • 11/02/17 - Barrie Marshall tells me that there are some very interesting recordings available on line at the Oxfam Store - http://tinyurl.com/j9v9l6o

  • 11/02/17 - Alan Bramley emailed from York to tell me, "I have a new venue for Trad Jazz in York and would like to have it included in your What's On pages".  Unfortunately  maintaining What's On is demanding enough when it's in the North West, but I did tell Alan I'd post it here on the basis that it's a lunchtime event and no doubt quite a few of us like the occasion daytrip to York.  The essential detail is that it starts on Thursday, 16 March from 1.00 pm to 3-30 pm and is called "Traditional Jazz at the Cross Keys", 32 Tadcaster Road, York Yo24 1LQ. Free Admission, Food available.  Alan says, " I am trying different combinations of local musicians each week and will see how it takes off, or otherwise. So, I am calling the band, ‘The Cross Keys Jazz Band’.  It is scheduled to take place every Thursday until 4th May.
     

  • 11/02/17 - Dear Fred, I have been asked on behalf of Margie Presst's family to thank everyone who attended the funeral, and to those who sent cards, and a special thanks to the band who braved over an hour in the cold to give Margie a good send off, = John Blackman, Phil Yates, Andrew Mackenzie, Mal Horn, Roger Higham, Rea Owen. Brian Legan, and John Dorgan. Thank you. - Bert Schroeder.

  • 10/02/16 - My thanks to Chris Walker for passing on an interesting account of the Celebration of New Orleans’ clarinetist & legend Pete Fountain’s Life.  You can read it here.

  • 10/02/16 - "With The Parade Jazzband at the Red Lion Parkgate Wirral start 8.30 pm. Valentines night Tuesday 14/2/17. ' Sentimental Songs for swinging lovers and loving swingers' Mardi Gras Tuesday 28/2/17. 'Brollies, beads and beer'. A grand New Orleans tribute night. -  Roy Gregory

    10/02/16 - "New Orleans Wiggle are appearing as an 8 piece band (never before tried and probably with interesting results this time), at Glossop cricket Club, the home of Glossop Jazz Club on Thursday 16th February from 8pm", writes Richard Lord. "We are celebrating Mardi Gras so if you are able to join us you may like to wear Mardi Gras colours which are purple, green and gold and even bring a decorated brolly for a little parade".

  • 08/02/17 - Predicting the strain of flu for the flu jab seems to be a bit like predicting the weather a year in advance.  As a result I've been struck down with the dreaded lurgi this week, so web site activity is severely restricted.

  • 07/02/17 - Dave Stretch has emailed to say, "I have some old Jazz Journal mags I no longer want.  1961,  1963-83,  Jan 84.   Free to anyone to collect. I'm in Grange over Sands, Cumbria.  015395 53039 or 0781 503 3634

  • 06/02/17 -  Barrie Marshall tells me he was listening to a programme on the BBC World Service about food, featuring New Orleans and Gumbo with some accompanying music It was on at 1.30am this morning! You'll be pleased to know that you don't have to wait up until that time, you can "listen again" at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04r1skx#play

  • 05/02/17 - Well this is it!  It's just 10 years ago since I reached an agreement with Geoff Bull to make available to jazz fans in the UK, copies of the George Lewis live TV appearance in Japan on DVD, and to date 216 DVD orders have passed through this site. All the copies Geoff held were sold last year and when on a visit to Japan, Geoff managed to obtain the last remaining copies. With the order that came through recently, Lynda Bull tells me there is just one copy left, so if you didn't get your copy, it's now or never, and I'm afraid first come will be the last served.

  • 05/02/17 - Hi Fred, The Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival is taking shape, and I shall shortly hear from Ian Jones, a leading light in the organisation of the Festival, details of the shape.  Isabel and I will be there all week and both The Packhorse and The Loft will be facilitating our Guest Sessions. (Don't forget these are free sessions; you just have to buy drinks) So musicians and listeners reading this note need to book their accommodation and strollers for other sessions, and get their instruments and/or voices in good working order.  Cheers for now,  -  Malcolm Hogarth
     

  • 05/02/17 - And there, among your 'page of the week' videos, is the said Pete, plus beard and clarinet, playing with his own 'New Orleans Echoes' and with Dennis Armstrong's band - Richard Knock

  • 05/02/17 - If you are fed up with the weather and the TV, why not have a look at some of the many jazz videos that are available on line. For this week's Page of The Week, I've a page where I collected a few site addresses, and you can try out some of the links, if not all of them. If there are any not working please let me know.

  • 05/02/17 - If you are looking for daytime jazz midweek this week, there's The SAVOY JAZZMEN who are giving a concert in  in the beautiful setting of the Sefton Park Palm House, Sefton Park, Liverpool. L17 1AP. Tickets cost £6.00 which includes which includes refreshments. Tickets can be reserved by ringing 0151 726 9304 or alternatively you can pay at the door.

  • 05/02/17 - Many Happy Returns to Judy Eames on Thursday of this week.

  • 05/02/17 - Hi Fred; This may be of interest to some musicians who know (or knew) the personnel in the photo. It shows 5 members and a girlfriend of the first jazz band I ever played in, the Stag's Head Jazzband of Tonbridge, which was formed around 1957 by my brother John (who passed away in 2015)., Peter Curtis, now and for many years a very fine reeds player, (who I played with again at John's Funeral, in company with 30 odd other musicians) Brian Craig, Rod Brown, and others. I still have a tape recording of me tpt, John tmb, and Pete bjo, playing 'Strutting with some Barbecue', 'Bill Bailey', and 'Tishomingo Blues', recorded on my TK20 tape recorder in Pete's back room in Tunbridge Wells, a little earlier than when the photo was taken. In the photo are (L to R) Rod Brown clt, Brian Craig tpt, Brian's girlfriend, (who's name escapes me), my brother John tmb, Peter Curtis Bjo, and myself tpt. There was also a drummer called Bert, and a bass player whose name I forget. Brian was the regular trumpet man, as I was away at sea most of the time. - - Richard Knock.

  • 04/02/17 - A number of audience members have requested that the Pendle Jazzmen finish our regular Thursday evening sessions at the Inn on the Wharf earlier. Hence, in consultation with the landlord - starting next week, 9th Feb., the times are: START: 8p.m. FINISH: 10.30p.m.   We trust these times will be more acceptable to our loyal supporters! - Colin Mason
     

  • 02/02/17 - I'm one of those people reluctant to throw things out in case they 'come in'.  It's the same with emails, I occasionally get questions about pages on the site that have been there for some years, and I need to find who sent the information originally. MY PC was beginning to struggle under the weight of them so I decided it was time to archive them, so I could delete a few. I found a suitable program to archive them to an external drive, and I set it going as we were about to go out for a few hours. When I got back it had finished with the message that 90,130 emails had been successfully archived. No wonder it was struggling!

  • 01/02/17 - Pianist Roger Browne, will be demonstrating another side to his talents on Saturday. He's directed an hilarious one act play giving an account of what goes on in the madcap office of a theatrical agency that provides work for "extras". Bass player Allan Willcox is also involved in directed plays and he is singing also. It's at St Werburghs Church Hall. St Werburghs Road. Chorlton. on the corner of Wilbraham Road and St Werburghs Rd. There will be interpretations of Gershwin, Porter, Kern, Berlin etc (from the Roger Browne Trio - the rhythm section of Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz. Roger says,, "Because Cheese and Wine etc are included in the ticket price for the One Night Only entertainment on Saturday,  you will need to book your place in advance by calling the box office number 0759 382 7201".

  • 01/02/17 - The funeral service for Margie Presst will take place on Thursday 9th February at 11 a.m. at the church of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Stonebridge Lane, Croxteth, Liverpool, L11 9AZ. It will be followed by a jazz burial at 12:30 p.m. at Ford Cemetery, Gorsey Lane Road/Sterrix Lane, Netherton L21 0DD.  Any extra musicians who knew Margie and would be willing to play would be welcome.  Rendezvous at the cemetery at 12 noon (map)

January 2017

  • 31/01/17 - My name is David Simpson. I've been doing a little research lately to try and find some information on my Grandad, Martin Strange and have stumbled across your web sitel. He hailed from Buxton but I'm lead to believe had a part to play in opening the first or one of the first jazz clubs in Manchester around the year 1949. Unfortunately my grandmother is suffering from Dementia and can no longer remember the details apart from 'people queuing round the block', 'climbing up the stairs to get into the venue', 'long wooden benches that would be sat on' and that 'he had a well known American Jazz player over for the opening of the venue'. My Mum thinks it may have been Artie Shaw but she can't be certain. I would be forever grateful if you had any knowledge or could point me in the direction of anybody who may have been around at that time or know anything with regards to the above. Can anybody help, contact me?

  • 30/01/17 - I don't know about you but these days I seem to have less and less free time, and listening to the radio whilst doing other things isn't easy. So I now tend to download BBC radio programmes to  my phone using the BBC iPlayer Radio App. for Apple or for Android. I can then listen to it in the car using a Bluetooth connection. That's how I came to listen today to Walter Love's Jazz Club programme from 8th Jan, and "Roy Irvine's personal jazz choice". Roy is now in his 90's and there was a great selection in there, and one that sent a shiver down my spine was Bunny Berigan's,  "I Can't Get Started". It immediately brought to mind the late Billy Edwards who made this number his party piece. Unfortunately I don't have a copy of Billy recording it.

  • 30/01/17 - Unfortunately next months gig at The Mount Pub, Fleetwood, with Cafe Jazz Quintet, on 10th February, has had to be cancelled. The next one is on Friday 10th March...1pm till 2.30pm.

  • 30/01/17 - Hi Fred,  Digby Fairweather tells us that 'The Jazz Centre UK' website was launched last week. The address is www.thejazzcentreuk.co.uk but if you Google 'The Jazz Centre UK' it's still a long way down the listings!  I'm informed that the site will rise triumphantly to the top of the list if they get the 'visits'!   - Pete Lay (Just Jazz)

  • 30/01/17 - Maintaining this site is more than updating the News Page.  Every week I update the jazz club pages removing the events that have finished, and adding new gigs as they arrive not only on the Club Page but into What's On as well. There's also the new gigs to add as they come in, as well as discontinued residencies to remove. Today it was time to check my Links page of which there are around 220 links to various web sites. If you haven't been there it's well worth a visit, you can spend days looking at other jazz related site, but be sure to come back to mine and let me know if you find any that didn't work!

  • 29/01/17 - Re: the YouTube video posted by Laurie Cooper on 26/01/17 -  I'm giving my age away here but I used to see this band at Watford Jazz Club when I was in short pants ;-)    Colin Smith (tpt), Cy Laurie (clt),  Terry Pitts (tmb),  Tim Streeton (bjo),  The great Stan Leader (bs), and Ernie O'Mailley (dms).  I can't recall the singer - Brian Turnock

  • 29/01/17 - Just one midweek daytime jazz gig this week - Mike Lovell's Four in a Bar on Wed, 1 February, 14:00 – 16:15 at Cleveleys Working Men's Club, Slinger Rd, Thornton-Cleveleys FY5 1BN, it's a Jazz & George Formby afternoon!

  • 29/01/17 - Many Happy Returns this week to Terry Porter (today), Ken Doran on Tuesday, Brian Carrick and Tony Pollitt on Thursday and Alan Matthews on Friday.

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  • 27/01/17 - Hi Fred,  The Doc Houlind Revival All Stars are on tour again in the U.K. in March. The only two gigs in your catchment area are Dove Holes Saturday 11th and Widnes RUFC on Monday 13th Hope we can meet up with some old friends once more - Brian Turnock

  • 27/01/17 - You'll be pleased to know that Andy Leggett has come up trumps. There will be a Rod Mason obit in the March edition of Just Jazz and he has also written a great Tribute which will be published in April. Thanks Andy! - Pete Lay

  • 26/01/17 - John Blackman (WirrOrleans Jazz Band) has just rung to ask me to mention that Margie Presst (with the soft husky voice), died peacefully at 1am on Monday 23rd January, in a rest home. She was aged 94. Funeral arrangements will be posted when notified. I can almost hear her singing "I get the blues" in my head, she was a lovely lady - FB.

  • 26/01/17 - Laurie Cooper sent me this interesting advert featuring some musicians you will know https://youtu.be/jRcgE_Zek0M, but how many can you name?  I was going to make this a competition, but digging into the archives I found that I did that previously on January 2011 after receiving the link from Ann Hory, so feel free to guess but I'll give the suggested names later.

  • 24/01/17 - Due to ill health Bolton based jazz band The Dixie Beats are looking for a reed player. We would be happy to have an experienced player or a young, capable beginner with a basic understanding of the music who is keen to learn and develop. If you are interested call John Percival on 07981 549885.

  • 23/01/17 -  Congratulations to John Muskett, Phil Yates, Alan Brown, Louis Lince, Peter Swensson, Dave Wellock, Simon Jones, Malcolm Holland and Jon Critchley who all correctly noticed that the three musicians in the photograph were all playing the Albert System clarinet, also referred to as the simple system.  We think that it was unusual in that it probably never happened before in what was a residency pub, and that possibly no other similar photograph exists, unless of course you know different. Jon Critchley's first suggestion that definitely confirmed its uniqueness, was that none of the musicians had a pint in their hand!

  • 23/01/17 -  Louis Lince and Andy Henderson are guesting on Thursday at Didsbury Jazz Club with the depleted Harlem Hot Stompers!  Perhaps you could grab a copy of the forthcoming gigs list and scan a copy for me Louis, it's like pulling teeth at this end!

  • 23/01/17 - Hello Fred, Many thanks for your most recent Newsletter and the splendid news about Carlisle Jazz Club. Shortly after the flooding there I had the band down in Ramsgate and told them what had happened to the Jazz Club venue in Carlisle. They had a bucket collection, sent me the cheque for the amount, which was then forwarded to the Carlisle RFC account. A letter of gratitude from Carlisle to Ramsgate JC was sent to me, duly forwarded to Kent. Poles apart yet very caring and concerned. Ramsgate JC will be delighted by your news. - Martin Bennett

  • 22/10/17 -  Posted on the jazznorthwest Facebook page - "In 2015, a blue plaque was erected at the house on Old Church Road, Chingford, London E4 where the great British jazz trumpeter Freddy Randall lived in the 1950s, as part of the National Jazz Archive’s together with the London Borough of Waltham Forest’s to celebrate local history and cultural heritage. The guest of honour at the event was Cindy, Freddy’s granddaughter. - Mike Rose (National Jazz Archive)


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  • 22/01/17 - With reference to John Westwood's piece about the lack of tributes or obits for Rod Mason. This is so true. We have had nothing sent to us at Just Jazz either. Surprising, considering Rod's reputation as a musician. After contacting Andy Leggett, we are hoping he will supply one for us. - Pete Lay (Just Jazz Magazine)

  • 22/-01/17 - This news just arrived - Jim Parker ex trumpet with the Bayou Jazzmen in Preston, passed away yesterday. I played with the band. Jim was a real gent, Chris Blount played with the band for a period. - Ged Wilson (Banjo)

  • 22/01/17 - John Muskett came up with the answer to the photo puzzle. He says, " If any picture had been taken of Jelly Roll Morton’s Sept 21st 1926 Peppers there might be a precedent", so there's a clue for you!  Phil Yates said he was struggling with it, but came up with the answer which he thought might be a bit too obvious, bit then he is a clarinet player. Jon Critchley was still scratching his head until a moment ago.

    22/01/17 - From February onwards Carlisle Jazz Club is pleased to be returning to its former venue, Carlisle Rugby Club, Warwick Road, Carlisle, which we had to vacate following the disastrous floods in the city 13 months ago - Bill Duckworth. The club gig list has also been updated.

  • 22/01/17 - Gordon Hughes, who died on 21st May 2014, was a journalist by trade, and wrote several articles about the NW jazz scene. Some of these articles are the subject of this weeks Page of The Week

  • 22/01/17 - Many Happy Returns this week to the following jazz musicians - Peter Vickers and Terry Binns on Wed 25th, and Paul Adams (Lake Records producer) on Thu 26th.

  • 22/01/17 - There's only one mid week daytime jazz gig in the NW this week, and that's Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at The North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood which starts at 12:00pm on Wed, January 25, and ends at 2:30pm.

  • 22/01/17 - Three NW musicians - Barrie Marshall, Keith Moore and Brian Legan, quite unusual to get three clarinet players together at a normal residency, My thanks to Barrie for sending this photograph taken by Pete Vickers at The Ale Emporium, 53 Fylde Road, Preston, where The Silver Bell Band play every other week. There's something else unusual about this photograph too that could make it unique - possibly the only ever picture of its kind. Can you tell? If so let me know what you think? You can click on the picture for a larger version.

  • 20/01/17 - The funeral of Peter Campbell of the Downtown Dixieland Jazz Band will be at 10 am on Thursday 26th January at Christ the King Church, Queen’s Drive, Childwall, Liverpool L15 6YQ and afterwards at Springwood Crematorium, Allerton L25 6UN at 11 30 am. The DDJB will be playing at the Crematorium. Any other musicians who wish to play for Peter will be welcome. Meet at 11 am.  - John Blackman.

  • 19/01/17 - Lots of jazz snippets in my weekly newspaper on all things jazz in the world,  put together from twitter feeds.

  • 18/01/17 - Many of you who have visited JazzClub 90 at Albrighton in Shropshire will know John & Marie Howell. John has just sent me a touching story about a plucky young lad, Harry Bowen who lives two doors away from him, and unfortunately has cerebral palsy.  While watching an advert for the Children in Need programme he told his mom that he wanted to raise some money for "poorly children"!  John told Harry's story at the gig with JB's Jazz and Blues Band on December 4th and a collection raised £135.00, with John Beckingham starting it off with the first donation.  The reason for John's email was to emphasise the generosity of jazz people, not only for their donations but also for the warm welcome they gave to Harry and his family...it meant a great deal to his mom. You can read the story in full by clicking here which includes a video that John took of young Harry attempting a sponsored walk, and succeeding.

  • 17/01/17 - As you will recall Fred, I made an effort to organise a coach to FestJazz Brittany a couple of years back, but started it rather late and my reserved accommodation had to be released before I could fill it. Well, now a limited offer is being considered with Trevor Stent. Anyone interested in going down this year, and taking advantage of the Early Bird pricing, would get free transfers from Brest Airport. Just e-mail me in the first instance jazz2swing2@gmail.com  The firm band bookings so far, and all other information in English are available on the FestJazz website. I am a party to the final musicians under serious negotiations, and I am excited ( not bad for my age !). Just think of those talented young of the quality of Tuba Skinny, Shot Gun JB, etc., and you will be close. This festival just gets better every year and way cheaper than most here. - Norman Gibson

  • 16/01/17 - I'm indebted to Tony Pringle for sending me a copy of the DVD "The Last of the First".   It's a video of a concert the New Black Eagles Jazz Band did in 1990 at the Rhode Island School of Design. The concert was going to feature Chester Zardis on bass, but sadly just before the concert, Chester Zardis died and the event became a memorial concert for him. Tommy Sancton (clarinet) and Danny Barker (banjo) were invited to join the band for the occasion.

  • 16/01/17 - Having heard the sad news about Rod Mason, I can't find any detailed reports or obits.  Digging through my files, though, I find a track I recorded at the Palk Arms in Torquay back in '71 - a composition by banjo player Pete Sumner to mark the passing of Louis. A good memorial number for Rod, eh? - John Westwood

  • 16/01/17 - The Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival web page has been amended recently, but I haven't been able to spot the difference. I did notice though that when you click on the "Book on line" button there seems to be a wide range of prices. For example it says 4 day stroller pass tickets are available from £5.00 - £120.00 although let me know if you can find a £5 tickets Follow that up and there's an Admin charge of £5.00, then there's a booking fee that varies depending on how much you are paying - between 4 and 10%, plus a box to make a donation to Victoria Hall.  It seems you can even buy 1 ticket and anything up to 251 Admin charges or visa versa!  Whatever happened to 'simple'?

  • 16/01/17- The gig list for Jazz at the York Street Club Bingley, W. Yorks. has just been updated

  • 16/01/17 - Hi Fred. Just passing on the news of the sad loss of our Bass player, vocalist and band leader with the Downtown Dixieland Jazz Band. Peter Campbell. He passed away last Friday morning in hospital where he had spent several months.  Pete was a lovely guy who worked hard and organised most of the gigs we did. Pete was a founder member, with the late Cliff Barker, of the Mathew Street Ragtime Jazz Band back in the mid 1980s. At the moment I have no details of the funeral arrangements.  - Jim Lucas.

  • 15/01/17 - Page of the week this week is a look back at the front page of The Hotspur, which most male readers will remember. This copy from December 6th 1958, was supplied by Mart Rodger, and it's well worth scrolling down to the bottom of the page.

  • 15/01/17 - Last week's page of the week brought out the wittier side of certain musicians, and even the page's founder, John Muskett has felt the need to add yet another contribution to the life of Horst Kitzinfangel. 

  • 15/01/17 - Just one midweek daytime jazz event this week and that's The High Society Jazz Band on Fri, 20 January, 12:30 – 14:30 at Carnforth Railway Station, Warton Road, Carnforth. where there are Tea Rooms and good food available.  There will be a collection taken.

  • 15/01/17 - Many Happy Returns this week to Jeff Roberts  on Wednesday 18th, and to John Hallam on the Thursday 19th.

  • 14/01/17 Interesting article on a BT web page that tells you "how to cure your horrible winter cold", you'll be surprised at what can help!

  • 13/01/17 - On the subject of younger people getting involved in jazz,  my band, The Dixie Beats, have made it part of our mission to encourage young talent and find younger audiences. We meet once a week in Bolton to practise and have a policy of welcoming any capable young player interested in playing jazz - any player interested can read about us and get in touch via our website (www.dixiebeats.wixsite.com/dixiebeats) and arrange to come along even if they just want to listen at first. At the moment we are particularly interested hearing from reed players but encourage players of any relevant instrument to get involved - we will help them as much as we can and hopefully we can find some players for the future
     

  • 13/01/17 - The Dove Jazz Bugle was kindly sent to me by Roger Marshall a week ago, but it has only recently gone on the club's web site, so you too can read it now.

  • 11/01/17 -  The Jazz2Swing2 page on the 'NW Jazz Clubs' Page has been updated. Norman reminds me of the lengthy discussion, - 'Getting the Younger Generation Involved in Jazz', on the jazzandjazz  website last year. Pete Lay subsequently made the suggestion ' maybe someone needs to take a gamble' and engage younger bands at http://tinyurl.com/jvadjpz  (you'll need to scroll down to the section headed "An Afterthought"). This would appear to be Norman's offering in that direction, a big band of accomplished young musicians, followed by two bands the young will wish to see and swing dance to. Here's wishing him success.

  • 11/0117 - It is a fact that Linda Leigh was a good jazz singer and one who knew when not to try and improve on a good melody. I was in Terry Perry’s “Big Easy” band for many years and she sang regularly with the band with great intonation and feel, hitting notes right in the middle rather than take the usual easy way and swoop up to it.

  • 11/01/17 -  "The WirrOrleans Jazz Band’s gig on January 20th has been moved from Formby Cricket Club to The Gild Hall (sic) on Church Road, Formby. This is because the Cricket Club let us down by booking another function, leaving us to find somewhere else at fairly short notice. The change is for this month only. Sincere apologies to our supporters for any inconvenience caused, but we were left with no choice.  Contact details: The Gild Hall, Church Road, Formby, L37 3NG - 01704 872279 – www.gildhall.co.uk".  - John Blackman.

  • 10/01/17 - When will it stop?  Never I guess, I just had an email from Brian Turnock who says, "Just had a mail to say that trumpet player Rod Mason is the latest musician to make 'the journey to the sky' "

  • 10/01/17 - Sue Povall writes, "I learned recently that Linda Leigh had passed away and that her funeral is at Landican next Thursday 19th January at 11.00am.  Linda was a superb singer with a style of an era gone by and had a huge fan base. I know she will be sadly missed. I thought she was tremendous".

  • 10/01/17 - "It was with very much sadness and shock that I have just learnt by reading Jon Penn's email that Martin Gough had passed away on Boxing Day", writes    Alan Davies from Cornwall. "I first met Martin while playing in Ray Hayes’ ‘Roaring Twenties’ band at Chester in the eighties. He subsequently played for my band Delta Jazz there while also being resident bassist with the Severnside band".  I've added Alan's tribute in full to the Martin Gough tribute page

  • 09/01/17 - We had a good night's Jazz in Rochdale Sunday night being entertained by Mike Lovell's 6-in-a-bar classic Jazz Band.  It was our annual night of celebration and recognition for our band of the year, voted for by the people who attend the club.  Tony Sheldon presented the Harry Cameron Memorial Trophy to the band with the help of Harry's brother-in-law, Bob Cavanagh. Willy Entwistle' was unfortunately not able to attend as he has a bad cough but much cheering and stomping to the beat over the night. We are hoping you may choose one of the photos to put into the news on your site. - Valerie Bracken (click here photo) . Mike sent the photo on the right, he says, " The one on the left is the individual ones each of us received, with the one on the right being the collective band one which has all the bands names that have won the title in past years. Our thanks go to Tony, his team, and the audiences at the club". As usual a click on the picture will reveal a larger version.

  • 09/01/17 - You may recall in November I mentioned that South Downs Holiday Village has been sold and would be closing its doors on 2nd January 2017 for the last time. Tony Jacobs has presented many Dixieland and big band swing events there and I wondered if he'd find another venue soon. Well I'm pleased to say that Britannia Hotels have asked Tony to present and host music events at two of their venues during 2017: Basingstoke's Country Hotel & Spa and Bournemouth's Royal Bath Hotel. He also has events at Warner's Thorseby Hall Hotel and Gunton Hall, with the Bateman Brothers, Enrico Tomasso and 'Spats' Langham; the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra; the Tony Jacobs Big Band; the American and British Songbook Show; the Swing Time Jivers and daytime events which will include a tea-dance, a dance workshop and cabaret show. More details at http://www.tonyjacobs.net/diary/

  • 09/01/17 - Hi Fred, Your recent 'Page of the week' reminded me of a strange occurrence that happened some months ago. Needing to replace ageing double glazing, I contacted some local firms. All were busy and couldn't fit me in until well into 2017. Wanting it done yesterday, I contracted a' one man operation 'who duly arrived next day.   To say he was strange is an understatement, dressed in a faded 'zoot' suit and sporting an overlarge fedora he certainly cut a bizarre figure. I also noticed that whilst talking to me he was constantly playing with something under his coat, something producing a peculiar ringing sound. Not wishing to explore things further! we discussed terms and arranged a date to start which he duly did.   His work was impeccable and finished ahead of schedule and I was more than pleased with the results, so much so that I gave him a worthwhile bonus. He accepted gratefully and shambled off with a 'thanks guv, I'll send you a Xmas card'  Weeks after he had gone however, I noticed that in certain lights, barely perceptible were various type faces etched into the glass! Yes I should have complained but they were rather beautifully done so I have left them (they make an interesting talking point) and forgot the matter.  Two weeks ago I received an unsigned Xmas card with this enigmatic message written on it - GLAZIERS THINK FONT. Being a crossword and anagram addict and prompted by Page of the Week ,I looked at the message again.  Surely my workman couldn't have been-------or could it? - Worryingly yours - Jeff Roberts

  • 09/01/17 - The year has got off to a bad start with the number of deaths that have come in. Jon Penn sends this item about another musician who has passed. "Very sad to advise you that Martin Gough passed away on December 26th in Torquay, He was 77 and had moved there about 20 years ago. He had played double bass with the Severnside Jazz Band in Shrewsbury from at least 1973 when I joined it and I believe earlier on had played with Dan Pawson in the Midlands. After moving south he played occasionally with local bands and I met him in 2003 in Bude when he was with Father Mike's Chosen Six and also in 2005 when he attended with his wife Freda as a visitor. He had a triple heart bypass operation in Shrewsbury about 20 years ago which I think prompted the move South. He died shortly after being admitted to hospital just before Christmas.  This is a Torquay Herald Express Death Notice  which I only received today just 24 hours from receiving the news.  I shall always remember him as a strong rhythmic bass player who could be relied on to keep a very steady beat and drove the band with his slap bass style.  He was always immaculately turned out with never a hair out of place, just like the Jazz World's Ernie Wise, and as I often told him you could never see the join!! ". (click here for larger version, and here for Tribute Page)
     

  • 08/01/17 - Midweek daytime jazz sessions this week are  - Annie's Saints And Sinners jam/practice sessions @ The Dog & Partridge, Bollington (check first on 01625 610059)  on Mon, 9 January, 14:00 – 16:00, and Mike Lovell's Cafe Jazz Quintet at THE MOUNT PUB in Fleetwood on Fri, 13 January, 13:00 – 15:30

  • 08/01/16 - Sometimes I get a question that turns into a discussion, and one discussion that cropped up and carried on for week after week was started by John Muskett. It started off innocently by John wondering how many musicians were in the same league as the superstars but never achieved the same recognition. Thus came the birth of one Horst Kitzinfangel who was to tax the minds and warped thinking of many NW musicians. If you haven't come across it before, be prepared to be amused by this week's Page of The Week.

  • 07/01/17 - "Terry Birkenhead kindly phoned me with some details re Bernard Bibby's funeral. It's at St Helens Crematorium, Rainford Road, WA10 6DF, 3pm next Friday 13th Jan. It's not going to be a 'jazz funeral' i.e. No bands, but I understand his brother has chosen some music for the service". - Richard Knock

  • 06/01/17 - Hi Fred,  Thought I would just like to drop you an email to say that my Dad passed away over the Christmas period at the age of 80. He was quite a well known Banjo player around the Manchester scene in his time and some of the visitors to your pages may well remember him.  Regards - Danny Riley, Trumpet, Lancaster
     

  • 06/01/17 - Dee has emailed to say, "Thank you to all members of the band at my husband's (Seymour John Curtis) funeral, - Dave Mott, Colin Smith, Charlie Bentley, Eric Brierley and lead by John Pashley who had travelled from the other side of Holmfirth. They were superb and I love them all. In the audience the lovely George Galway, Louis Lince, Paul Medina another charming man, John Brett guitarist who plays with Louisiana. and then the one and only Terry Brunt joined us at the Arden Arms. I will remember them forever as they made the day bearable and helped me no end. After all the worry it turned out to be a lovely afternoon and other friends some who were clearly converted by the music and so I said well come support them all. Once again thank you very much. Also, regards to your Barbara.
     

  • 06/01/17 - Ken Ames has emailed to say that Roy Maskell (tbn) passed away yesterday. Roy was born in Acton, London in 1938 and started to listen to jazz in the mid 50's. He began playing trombone in 1960 after hearing Jim Robinson with the George Lewis Band. Another major influence was Kid Ory. Roy's first tour was to Hamburg in 1961 with the Pete Deuchars Band. He then played with various bands until joining the Gothic Jazz Band in 1963 and staying with them for 15 years. He played with the Inter-Cities Band from 1978 t0 1986 and has played with Freddy Kohlman, AlCasey, Chester Jone and Alton Purnell. Roy recorded and toured with Chris Barber's Brass Band, which included Alvin Alcorn, Capt.John Handy, Cie Frazier and Kid Shiek in the line up. He also played occasionally with Jambalaya and The Excelsior Brass Band. (information courtesy Colchester Jazz Club)

  • 05/01/17 - The list of jazz events at the Buxton Arts Centre has been updated.

  • 05/01/17 - Happy New Year Fred and Barbara. I Came across this interview at http://tinyurl.com/juulr26 with Gregg Stafford, star trumpet man in New Orleans. Just thinking you, and visitors to the site, might enjoy listening to Gregg's story of how he had to work hard to get round his mother to get into the music. - Norman Gibson

    05/1/17 - 
    Hi Fred, Happy New Year to you and your wife. I have just listened to your conversation with the BBC (page of the week). Whoever voted for the winner obviously is not a trad jazz fan, to their shame. I would like to see trad. jazz taken into schools. I have noted whenever a jazz band plays in shopping malls etc. the young people present are usually tapping their feet or swaying to the music.  I was introduced to Traditional jazz when I was 16, by my then boyfriend, in the 1950's. The first group I saw was the Saints Jazz Band at the Deansgate Hotel in Manchester. I remember my mother saying it was the music of the devil. It did not put me off. - Mildred Finney

  • 05/01/17 - Jazz Rendezvous session at St Helens Bowling Club will be on the 15th this month, not the 8th as previously shown in What's On

  • 04/01/17 - Correction, it's Jon Moore's birthday on the 7th Jan, and not jack Moore as previously stated.

  • 04/01/17 - Re-fretted & refurbished in the last few months, a Vega tenor banjo short scale ( 17 fret )  plus accessories, has just gone on the Sales Page

  • 04/01/17 - The Grim Reaper has struck again, early on in this New Year. One of the finest drummers that this country has produced in the Old New Orleans style has been taken from us. Dave Evans (also widely known as Mouse) has passed, just short of what would have been his 75th birthday on February 8th. May he Rest in Peace. - Louis Lince

  • 04/01/17 - There is an obituary in The Guardian for the jazz clarinettist Dave Shepherd, who died aged 87 on 15th December 2016.

  • 04/01/17 - This item from my Jazz Weekly Newsletter - "Following news of the death of Carrie Fisher, the actress who starred as Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus announced it will hold a second-line parade in tribute to her. The event is planned for 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday starting at the krewe den at Castillo Blanco Art Studios. The krewe currently is seeking permits for the parade".

  • 03/01/17 - The news is set to come to you even faster, though doubt you'll notice it. BT made me an offer I couldn't refuse - renew current contract with a price increase of £4 or go high speed fibre, for £3 extra. So my speed has now gone up from around 7.5Mb to 46Mb. Mind you I can't type or read any faster!

  • 03/01/17 - New Year's Day Jazz Club on Radio Ulster featured guests Paul Adams from Lake Records, Mike Pointon from Upbeat Records, and festival and events promoter John Petters and discussed the rapidly changing recording scene, as listeners find new ways of accessing jazz recordings.

  • 02/01/17 - The Devonshire Arms closes on 9th January for around 12 weeks for a complete refurbishment and there will be a final Jazz session on Sunday 8th January from 4.00pm until 6.00pm when I will be joined by John Hallam, Rae Owens and Mike Pembroke. - Ian mcCann

  • 02/01/17 - Hi Fred, you recently ran some discussion about entrance prices for gigs in the UK & elsewhere.  I was looking to see if Woody Allen was likely to be touring in Europe this year and was astounded to find this..... "WOODY ALLEN & THE EDDY DAVIS NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND : Every Monday Evening at : THE CARLYLE : 35 East 76th Street : New York. -  Cover: $165 per person, $30 drink min ($120 bar + $25 drink min).   Premium Seating $215 per person.   Pricing does not include tax/gratuity".  - Graham Martindale
     

  • 01/07/17 - Sue Parish kindly nominated me for the BBC iPM New Year's Honours award 6 years ago. It finished up with me being interviewed at home, and Sue coming along to give me moral support. Now if I tell you that the winner was a lady who gave cosmetic advice to transsexuals, you will realise I was in tough competition. If you can bear to listen to it, it's this week's Page of the Week.

  • 01/01/17 - Someone who was always a regular favourite at Keswick Jazz Festival, pianist Neville Dickie, is celebrating his birthday today, New Year's Day. Other musicians celebrating their birthdays this week are Brian (Sam) Ellis (tbn) on Wed 4th., and Jon Moore on Sat 7th.


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