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16/12/18 - John Higham and I have now sent £1910 to The Alzheimer's Society raised from the sale of our Milk of Amnesia and Forget me Knot CDs, and donations.- Malcolm Hogarth.  Congratulations Malcolm & John.  A worthy cause and something which will have touched the lives of us all in some way. A couple of cracking CDs with some very unusual numbers, all in aid of a good cause. If you haven't got your copy yet, check out the details here

16/12/18 -  On Sunday 3rd February at 12-30pm, guests of the DeeSide Dixies at The Hand Hotel, Llangollen, will be Phil Lucas (tpt & vocals) and Dave Dixson (reeds and vocals). There will be no January session. - Malcolm Hogarth


16/12/18 - Unless Muskett's beaten me to it ......... - OMG.   Lion versus Elephant.   Have you seen the battles on YouTube?   It could turn into a bloodbath.   I would have kept this announcement quiet until the very last minute.   If the lion finds out he'll be lurking behind the bar on 8th January. - Graham Martindale (Slide down to the Parade Band message 14/12 to work this one out - Fred)


16/12/18 - With reference to Peter Darwin’s reference to: - I have been accessing this site now for quite a few years and have come across so much great stuff. Outside of the usual names, the number of West Coast bands through the 40s until the’80s of great interest that are accessible to listeners from live recordings from personnel collections of the time. In some cases unknown (to me) musicians of extremely high calibre. - Pete Lay


16/12/18 - There are three mid week daytime jazz events for you to choose from this week. Mike Lovell's 4 in a bar at The North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood on Wed, 19 December, 12:00 – 14:30.  Mart Rodger Manjazz 3 at Macclesfield Methodist Church on Thu, 20 December at 14:15, and  The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 21 December, 12:30 – 14:30


16/12/18 - For some reason or other, last week's Birthday List didn't get posted on this page although it did go out to 320 readers who get the news by email. So apologies to Moe Green (Tues), and Alex Clarke & Barry Quilliam on Friday. Hope you all had a great day. This week it's many Happy Returns  to trombone player, Sam Wood today. Tomorrow, it's Happy Birthday to  veteran promoter, big band and jazz broadcaster for Radio Merseyside - Harry Swinburne. On Wednesday, Preston's bass player, Derek Brown will celebrate his birthday, followed on Thursday by pianist Noel Broadgate. Many Happy Returns to you all.



15/12/18 - Posted by Mark White on Facebook today. "Wirral based Big Band looking for a pianist. Must be a competent reader and preferably able to improvise. We are a very established band doing regular gigs in some very attractive venues. Please get in touch if you are interested in knowing more. Contact me on 078555 12008" - Sue Reid-Povall

15/12/18 - The latest edition (January) of Just Jazz Magazine is now out. It's the only UK magazine for Traditional Jazz Fans as far as I am aware.



14/12/18 - In the midst of the doom and gloom about residencies etc. may I report a new venue for jazz in West Didsbury, JUST JAZZ featuring John Hallam & John Gordon will be resident every Sunday Afternoon from 2pm till 5pm (3 music sets throughout the afternoon) FREE ADMISSION at The Saison Bar, 236 Burton Road West Didsbury M/Cre M20 2LW.   Tel. 0161 434 9521 (commences this Sunday 16th.Dec and every Sunday afternoon till further notice. - John Gordon


14/12/18 - The Parade Jazz Band are moving from the Red Lion Parkgate, right next door to the Elephant Parkgate starting on Tuesday the 8 January 2019. To celebrate their time at the Red Lion, the band are having their Christmas party on the 18th December. Fun frivolity and Bonhomie. "Please come and join in the fun", writes Roy Gregory. He also tells me, "The new venue has much more space and comfortable seating. The Parade Jazzband wishes everyone very best wishes for Christmas and New year and look forward to seeing everyone at the Elephant in 2019".


14/12/18 - I've deleted all jazz events for Christmas  Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year's Day and asked musicians to let me know if there is anything different. There's always one!  Pleased to hear The Forest New Orleans Band are performing at the Union Exchange Hotel, Market St. Colne on New Year’s Day as usual. (8.30 pm). What a great way to round off the festive season.


14/12/18 - I would just like to say a big “Thank You” to all who supported KATHY BENSON’S CREOLE JAZZ at the Bolton Arms in Leyburn through the summer until the last session in November. We raised £271 in the raffles for the Petal Cancer Research (which is dedicated to finding kinder ways of treating children with cancer). Hoping to re-start in the Spring – watch this space. - Merry Xmas to all ! and a jazzy New Year!! -  Kathy Benson (click photo or larger version as usual - Fred)



13/12/18 - King George V, invited the Original Dixieland Jazz Band to a command performance at Buckingham Palace and dismissed the outrage that was inevitable. Following the success of this remarkable occasion, The ODJB tour, originally planned for four weeks, stretched to 14 months, with new dance crazes, outrageous costumes and a whole new era of “jazz behaviour” transforming British “upper” society. 100 years later, Manchester Athenaeum Drama Society will be presenting a dramatic recreation of the events of 1919, including characterisations of King George V, Queen Mary, David Lloyd George and other leading figures of the day. Click here for full details


13/12/18 - I mentioned the  last session at the Arden Arms on 10th Dec., because there were three sessions cancelled, but since then I have had a couple of requests to mention other venue's last sessions.  Unfortunately it can get out of hand with more requests as this page is not available for straight plugs. What I would ask is that musicians and fans check What's On and let me know if any gigs are showing over the Christmas period, are in fact cancelled. That way it will be an easier way to check rather than searching down this page.



11/12/18 - Re: Peter Darwin's found website,  I passed this detail to the Cheshire Swing Cats dance group. They will draw on the early music for their dance classes. They tell me that they only have about 20 tickets available for their Frog and Henry dance night in February. Considering it's a couple of months away, they are very pleased. Jon Critchley's Original Panama Jazz Band play for them at their Christmas party, and that's sold out. Hip Hip Hooray!  Traditional New Orleans live music, young people and dancing - Jon's over the moon with delight! - Norman  Gibson



10/12/18 - Hi Fred, Came across this Knockout Jazz Site -  - Peter Darwin.  Thanks Pete, I'll add it to my links page, some great mp3 recordings on there and amazing quality - Fred


10/12/18 - Louisiana Highway play our last session at the Arden Arms Millgate, Stockport on Monday Dec 10th and start again on Monday 7th January. - John Pashley


10/12/18 -  Pete Boswell, Bruce Carnaffin, Jim Swinnerton and Anthony Mason are guesting at the North Euston Hotel on Wednesday 12th December, - monthly session has been brought forward due to Christmas.



08/12/18 - Just received a lovely Christmas card from Mart & Janet Rodger, and inside was a pleasant surprise, a cheque, which was for a donation to the web site running costs. Many thanks to a lovely couple.


08/12/18 - Hi Fred. I am sad to report that drummer Roy Swift from Ainsdale passed away last Sunday 2nd Dec. He had been in hospital for several days. Roy played for >30 yrs with the Rioters Dixieland Jazz Band and also depped on numerous occasions with other bands. His funeral has been arranged for Friday 14th of December. 10.40am at Southport Crematorium and the afterwards 11.30am at Royal Birkdale Golf Club. RIP. - John Dorgan



07/12/18 - A nice photograph from Barrie Marshall of Jim Swinnerton at Garstang Jazz Club. Jim organises the events there. You can see a slideshow of photographs taken at the event by Barrie and Gudrun Ohara by clicking on the photograph of Jim


06/12/18 - Due to Christmas holidays the CANAL STREET STOMPERS will play at the Railway in Sale a week early on Wednesday 19th December. We wish you all a Happy Christmas and Jazzy New Year. Back to normal in January, the last Wednesday in the month.



05/12/18 - What a great link from Trevor Barnes. someone must have spent a great deal of time studying and allocating the articles to each musician. I particularly enjoyed the piano playing by Marian Mc Partland and Charles "Luckey" Roberts as well as Maxine Sullivan singing "100 years from today". Thanks for great articles - Alan Pearce.


05/12/18 - A big thank you to Terry Perry and John Pashley who depped for Brian and Derek yesterday afternoon at our monthly Savoy Jazzmen concert in the Sefton Park Palm House Liverpool.  John also played with us at our weekly session at the Widnes Rugby Union Football Club last night.  We had a good turnout in the afternoon with 155 people attending.  No session January the next one February 5th. - Peter Swensson


05/12/18 - Brian Hudson, long time friend of Phil Morris, has sent in an excellent tribute in his memory including photographs. It's just been added to Phil's Tribute Page



04/12/18 - The landlord at The Mad Matters has been taken ill and consequently the pub is shut and the Silver Bell Band will not be playing there on Thursday 6th December. Hopefully the band will be back there soon.



03/12/19 - The collection of CDs is now on Ebay, let the bidding commence. More details here


03/12/18 - Thanks to a new set of photographs from Barry Aldous, The Pendle Jazzmen web page has been revamped and updated.


03/12/18 - The gig list for Bollington Arts Centre has been updated. No doubt Norman Gibson will be hot footing it down there on Feb 23rd!


03/12/18 - Frank Brooker and his Happy Chappies are the latest musicians to come in front of Sam Ralph's lens at Rochdale jazz Club last night. Click here to view them. No comments on whether they look happy or not please.


03/12/18 - A well known musician and entertainer in the North West, Anthony Mason has also joined the deps list



02/12/18 - Michael A. Grant is the latest musician to join the deps list. He says, "Most of my jazz is currently with The Jelly Roll Jazz Band and I'm very good at both reading and improvising. I will be moving to Manchester in the new year so will be based there, although I am willing to travel throughout the universe. I'm also a multi-instrumentalist, playing clarinets (Bb/A/Eb/bass), bassoon, saxophones (alto/tenor/baritone), and flute (/piccolo). Clarinet is my first - and strongest - instrument".


02/12/18 - I've selected another 9 boxes of CDs at random from my collection of CDs. They will be going on Ebay to help pay for the site, so if you want a preview of what's going on, check out this page


02/12/18 - Stuart Battle wrote to say, "I realise Leicester is a bit off your patch, but I thought it may be a good idea to let you know about a cracking gig which takes place here every year in order to raise funds to assist guys with the old dreaded prostate problems. Ten hours of first-class jazz for fifteen quid - bargain!  It's been running for fifteen years now and the next one is on January 20th, 2019 at The Musician, Clyde Street. Leicester. Last year it raised £1600, thanks to the generosity of the jazz fraternity. As we have several good quality hotels nearby, we tend to get jazz lovers travelling from far and wide even as far as Aberdeen.  Should you be able to feature this event on your web-site, or promote it in any way, I would be most grateful". Here it is


02/12/18 - The Savoy Jazzmen are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 4 December, 14:00 – 16:00 and on Thursday 6th December, despite two local musician's funerals taking place in the area at the same time, a full house is expected at Garstang Jazz Club for Baby Jools & The Jazzaholics with special guest Dave Donohoe. It takes place at 12 noon, and admission includes refreshments, although you need to bring your own drinks. These are the only two daytime jazz events this week.



01/12/18 - From time to time, usually because I've got too many things on the go, I post an item on the News Page and forget to credit the contributor. This is often because I've copied the contents of an email into my web page editor, and the name wasn't on the end of it, or if it was, it was just the first name, sometimes with an email address that doesn't give a clue to the surname, and then serious detective work is required!  It would help tremendously in future, if any comments you wish me to add, are accompanied by your full name at the end. Thanks in anticipation - Fred (Burnett)


November 2018


30/11/18 - With that latest mention of Lucien Barbarin by Fraser on the CD Discussion page, I was prompted just to have a little check on the net to see what Lucien was up to. I couldn't believe my eyes when I chanced to read on, that Lucien's 34 year old son, also called Lucien, was run over and killed in May last year, by an over the limit truck driver. I don't know if that was ever reported over here.! - Norman Gibson


30/11/18 - Lovely of Trevor Barnes to post this photograph, especially with the facility to click on the individuals, and see and hear 'em play! Five years ago I stood outside the very house. (I didn't presume to have my photo taken though!) - Allan Wilcox


30/11/18 - Listening to my old 78's I looked for some information on the musicians. Among them was Joe Daniels Jazz Group which covered two of the numbers recorded at the festival hall in 1951. Having been there I found some references on the internet. Some material of way back left out reference to Joe Daniels. If you are interested the recording is a Parlophone. The numbers were Wolverine and Barnyard Blues. The other band I have is the Saints playing I Want a Little Girl. Takes me back. Congratulations on your site. - Oscar Gammans.


30/11/18 - At the end of October my wife Christine & I moved house in order to be closer to our family and due to my health. We are back in Saddleworth after eleven years living on the Solway Firth. I hope to keep playing as long as I can, and of course I'll be closer to all the chaps I play with in the Dave Donohoe Band. We look forward to meeting up with old friends back in the North of England. Website - Dave Donohoe. Phone number and email address available on request - Fred


30/11/18 - The funeral of Ronnie Blamire will be held at 2.30pm on Thursday 6 December 2018 at Lancaster and Morecambe Crematorium, Powderhouse Lane, Lancaster LA2 6AD and afterwards at The Borough, Dalton Square, Lancaster LA1 1PP. - Ethan Whittaker



29/11/18 - Fred, it is always sad when we learn , through your pages, of the passing of another member of the jazz fraternity. But there is reason to be heartened by the knowledge that it, like all good things, continues to be replenished.    For some time now Parr Jazz has been bringing to Liverpool many fine young musicians. Recent visitors from America have included the Utah University Big Band while closer to home the LIPA Big Band have shown off their not inconsiderable musical qualities. Indeed at an even younger level I was privileged to attend a concert by the Wirral Schools Big Band. Their seasonal interpretation of " Baby It's Cold Outside ", the Frank Loesser song of 1944, once recorded by Louis Armstrong and Velma Middleton, was getting on for professional.    So yes, our ranks do continue to be diminished but there are many young people taking up jazz and it is up to us , the ' Dixie Dinosaurs', to encourage and support them.    Next week Tuesday 4th December, yet another young group, the Liverpool University Big Band are performing at new venue, Jacaranda Records Phase One Liverpool, 40 Seel Street. It's £3 entrance which includes a raffle to win a vinyl record of your choice from the store. Remember vinyl ? When you held the sleeve, read it and re-read it at the same time gazing at those wonderful photographs by the likes of Francis Wolff et al ?   Let's hear it for the next generation of jazz musicians. The music never dies. - Bob Lamb


29/11/19 - Although it's been on the site previously, it's worth repeating - "I like this link Click on the musician and get the name and a short video clip of them in action". - Trevor Barnes


29/11/18 - The funeral of Phil Morris is now arranged for 11.30am on Thursday 6th December at Barrow-in-Furness Crematorium, Devonshire Rd, Barrow-in-Furness LA14 5PD, and afterwards  at the Rusland Pool Hotel, Haverthwaite, Ulverston LA12 8AA, for a musical send-off.  Robyn has asked for some indication of likely numbers for catering purposes, so I would be grateful if anyone who intends to come could please advise me. She would be delighted to have live jazz at the hotel, so please bring your instrument if you play one, but there will only be recorded music at the service. No flowers, please, but donations to Cancer Research UK would be appreciated, either at the Crematorium or sent to Sheldon Funeral Services Ltd, Lapstone Rd, Millom, LA18 4BZ - Bruce Carnaffin


29/11/18 - The Best CD discussion continues. It's now listed in Jazz Extras


29/11/18 -  Enjoyed the bagpipe piece by Gunhild, she's also pretty good on the trumpet, see her on You Tube playing with Doreen Ketchens, who is probably the best clarinetist in the Free or any other World. Have a great Christmas. - Bernie Hives (Detroit).



28/11/18 - Jon Critchley is, of course correct, it is impossible to argue with Norman’s choice, simply because it is HIS choice.   I do disagree with his decision to exclude Barry Martyn from consideration though, Barry didn’t move to Los Angeles until November 1972 and up until then had a regular British band. I proposed the Swift LP as I know that Barry regarded it highly.  Fraser goes on to think about his music collection and offers his choice for best CD.  As this could well develop, with other readers offering their choice, I'll continue Fraser's email on the discussion page.


28/11/18 - Many Happy Returns today to trombone player, Mike Pearson, back up't North after some years down in Cornwall.



27/11/18 - Sorry to hear of the passing of Phil.  Bruce Carnaffin asks about musicians from Merseyside knowing Phil (24/11). We were in the Dave Lind Jazzmen with Dave Lind clarinettist (deceased), Paul Rodgers trombone. Warwick Evans piano (deceased), Ron Lloyd banjo Ron Horton drums and myself on bass. We played at the DOWNBEAT AND MARDIGRAS JAZZ CLUBS in LIVERPOOL FROM 1959-1963 until the advent of BEATLE MANIA 4 nights a week and many other venues including the CAVERN in the early days. All of the band except Ron Horton and myself were at Liverpool University. Phil lived with his Gran in Rock Ferry as his family had moved to Hertfordshire and most of the band were from the Wirral. Ron Lloyd now in Canada Ron Horton London Paul Rodgers Lancashire Myself Irby Wirral I will be at the funeral and if you can contact Bruce Carnaffin and give him my email address we could make each other known, and I can give him some more info and pass on some early recordings circa 1959-60. Even at 19-20 yrs Phil was afine trumpet player in BLACK CHICAGO style. - Jim West


27/11/18 - Re Fraser McCombe’s comment (26/11) about Norman Gibson's comment (22/11): Norman is absolutely correct: Fraser cannot possibly disagree with Norman’s opinion that it IS the best British band cd HE has bought. Can’t disagree with that. We all have our own opinions as to which is the best cd we have bought and nobody can argue against that! - Jon Critchley


27/11/18 - In answer to Fraser's letter. My preferred liking for DD's CD was compared to others by bands resident in this country. As Barry Martyn has spent most of his playing life in NOLA and Los Angeles, I wouldn't have included him without a regular UK band. Same goes for Whammy Sammy, some of whose earlier CDs I have, with perhaps the best version of Lewis's 'Burgundy Street'. Although I do feel new kid on the block Ewan Bleach could better it. Just Youtube Ewan's 'If You See My Mother' to get my drift. As for how many recordings I have, the answer is 'too many', with most now on my external hard drive. A 'Fred Cull' is perhaps on the horizon ! By the way, in 1967, when the Barry Marrtyn Swift LP recording was made, I had moved on to Rocking and Rolling ! - Norman  Gibson


27/11/18 - Ronnie Blamire has now been added to the Tributes Page



26/11/18 - Many thanks to Fraser McCombe for his kind comments re the Barry Martyn Swift LP; We recorded it in Nov 1967 in the back room of John Defferary' s pub in Willesdon North London, as were many of our sessions of that period. and we released it to coincide with our first USA tour in '68 where incidentally it sold like hot cakes. It's actually has been issued on CD on George Bucks label  BCD 260 under the same title as the LP 'Rum & Coca Cola' Happy days and we were so young !!! - Brian Turnock.


26/11/18 - Re Norman Gibson's comment (22/11) - I bow to no person in my admiration for Dave Donohoe but I’m not sure I can agree about the CD, will need to play it as I haven’t for some time!   Of course the devil is in the detail, I don’t know how many CD’s Norman Gibson has purchased? My initial reaction was to put forward Barry Martyn’s LP with Sammy Rimington, on the Swift Label but that was an LP not a CD. - Fraser McCombe


26/11/18 - - "Don't know if this fits with your subject matter, it sure ain't Dixieland, but it certainly impressed me", writes Bob Lamb.  Well when it comes to the multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist Gunhild Carling, nothing surprises me Bob. Edinburgh Tattoo might never be the same again after this!


26/11/18 - There is now a tribute page for Phil Morris which you can contribute to by simply sending me an email.


26/11/18 -  Ronnie Blamire, well known jazz pianist and local musician died Thursday 22 November 2018 aged 85 after a short period of ill health. Ronnie can best be remembered as a stalwart of the Lancaster and Morecambe jazz scene since the early 1950s and was a continuous presence until early 2018. Until recently Ronnie was a member of Jazz Unlimited playing a regularly weekly session at the John O’ Gaunt, Lancaster. Funeral details will follow when known. - Ethan Whittaker


26/11/18 - "Time for me to join the debate", writes Paul Medina.  Which debate is that you ask?  Well it was last week's Page of The Week. Paul continues, "Round about 2005, I was co-opted quite by chance, as a tutor on the Jazz Course of the Music 4 People Summer School at Giggleswick and remained on the staff for four years or so".  You can read Paul's update at the bottom of  the discussion page here


26/11/18 - Ed Lee tells me that, "Terry Perry decided in October to disband the Big Easy.  Their November gig on the 18th, marked twenty years of entertaining audiences and their last gig will be at the Melrose Hall in Hoylake on December 16th".  A job well done Terry. We had a run over once and thoroughly enjoyed it, but like most people of our generation find, the miles get longer each year.



24/11/18 - So sad to learn of Phil Morris’ passing. He was indeed a fine musician who played for some years in Cornwall where we met as Merseyside ‘exiles’ shortly after his return from Australia, we jointly formed the Peninsula Jazzband down here in 2009, principally made up of NW jazz exiles living in the south-west, which played at Bude and Teignmouth Jazz festivals and regularly at the well known 51 Jazz Club near Hayle. Phil was a fine lead with a penchant for the Billie Holiday repertoire. He went on the play consistently for local bands, Great Western Jazz Company and Black Rock Jazzband in far west Cornwall.    Phil will be very much missed wherever he played. My condolences to his family and fellow musicians upon yet another sad loss to the ever diminishing jazz fraternity. - Alan Davies,  Cornwall


24/11/18 - You probably wouldn't realise that I've been going through my site alphabetically by filename to produce a Page of The Week.  I've now reached the end, so I'll take off the feature for a while and possibly resurrect it eventually, but it will be to feature the tribute pages of the musicians who are no longer with us, possibly starting at the earliest to depart. It's not intended to be depressing, but more a case of remembering those whose contribution helped to keep the music alive, as well as refreshing our own memories.


24/11/18 - Just one midweek daytime jazz event this week - Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at the NORTH EUSTON HOTEL, Fleetwood, FY7 6BN, on Wednesday, 12:00 – 14:30.


24/11/18 - Many Happy Returns yesterday to Peter Butler, Author and Designer of the website Three musicians will be celebrating birthdays this week - Dave Berry on Monday, Tony West on Thursday and Paul Marks on Saturday.


24/11/18 - The latest edition of Just Jazz Magazine is now available, and Tuba Skinny fans will no doubt be interested in a 4 page article about them by Stacey Leigh Bridewell from Kentucky who now lives in New Orleans. She has written many articles in OffBeat Magazine about Traditional Jazz, and if you still don't know who she is, maybe there's a clue in her Facebook biog which says, "In a relationship with James Evans".


24/11/18 - Phil Morris, trumpeter and occasional pianist, died yesterday in Barrow-in-Furness General Hospital at the age of 79 after a mercifully brief struggle with cancer. He was a fine trumpet player, a good singer, and a very nice man. His contribution to jazz in Cumbria was enormous, starting with the High Cross Band in the 70s, then continuing with Jazz Society Six and Mainline Jazz through the 80s and 90s, and finally freelancing since his return to Millom more recently. In the interim he also played in Australia while living there, and then for many years in Cornwall with the Great Western Jazz Company.  Originally he lived and played in the Liverpool area before moving to Cumbria, and there may still be musicians there who recollect his early career. Funeral details will follow when known. - Bruce Carnaffin



22/11/18 - I thought your readers may be interested in the Honky Tonk Project. A 40ft catamaran which sails around the coasts of Europe (and further) bringing traditional jazz to the ports where they call in. They use a variety of fine young musicians, many of which have appeared at Fest Jazz in Brittany in bands like the Old Fish Jazz Band, Frog and Henry, Le Bardi Manchot and the Dizzy Birds. They will surely be with us next year too. The website (www. honkytonksail. com ) describes the project and these videos give a good idea of the music and ambiance. They also show how many good young traditional musicians and spectators there are in Europe these days. Check out and - Trevor Stent


22/11/18 - Norman Gibson writes, "I have to say, I personally am very pleased to see Jim Swinnerton has Dave Donohoe on board at his next jazz event with the Jazzaholics. As far as I am concerned, Dave has been hidden away too long this last few years in his Castle Douglas residence. Not only is Dave a fine trombone player and a real nice man, his CD, with guest Lucian Barbarin, in my view, is the best I have ever purchased by any British band. I play it often. I suggest he brings some along with him on Thursday November 6th. That's if he has any left that is ! I foresee a really big turnout at this one. Norman Gibson.



21/11/18 - On Monday 26th November LOUISIANA HIGHWAY have a special evening to celebrate 10 years at the ARDEN ARMS Millgate Stockport with special guest DEREK GALLOWAY and possibly Hotpot. 3 sets 40 mins each. We play a mixture of Jazz, Blues, Latin, Calypso and Rock and Roll all with a New Orleans flavour. We start at 8.30. - John Pashley.


21/11/18 - Another cartoon with a musical feel this time sent in by Trevor Barnes


21/11/18 - Jim Swinnerton has just sent me details of the next event at Garstang Jazz Club. A very lively band, and not very often in the northwest area - Baby Jools and the and the Jazzaholics with Danny Ilet on trumpet, Dave Donohoe (tbn), Karl Hurd (sax/clt), Brian Mellor (gtr/bjo), Jim Swinnerton (bs), and Jools Aldridge (dms).



20/11/18 - I am sorry to report that Brian Cuddy passed away last week. He has had a health issues for a while now but died suddenly from kidney failure.  Brian had an excellent ear for music. He was still playing and I think his last gig was two weeks ago at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton. He played piano in restaurants, bistros, golf clubs and for Masonic functions . He worked regularly with Michael McCardle and John (Count) McCormick.  His funeral is at 3:30 on Monday 3rd December at Springwood Crematorium, Springwood Avenue, Liverpool L25 7UN. - Peter Swensson

20/11/18 - I am pleased to announce that the Wall City Jazz Band will now be playing twice a month, starting in the new year. This will be on the first and third Tuesday of each month (except for January because the first Tuesday would be New Year's Day). The other details remain the same (venue: the Royal British Legion, Upton by Chester; start at 8 PM, £4 on the door). I'd also like to mention that as December 11 will be our last date in 2018 we will be holding a special celebratory raffle, with some valuable prizes on offer (champagne, jewellery, and more). This is our way of saying 'thank you' to all our loyal fans, so if you are one - don't miss it!  - Alan Jeffs


19/11/18 - Three trombone players dropped into the John O'Gaunt last Sunday where the Sun Street Stompers are regulars, Mike Pearson, John Whitaker & Alan Mathews. Photo taken by Greg Stevens and sent in by Barrie Marshall.


19/11/18 - A link has been added to Gosport Jazz Club


19/11/18 - An amusing cartoon sent in by Jon Critchley, click here and smile.


19/11/18 - Hi Fred, I took this photo yesterday at our gig in the North Euston Hotel, with, Anthony Mason, Willy Entwistle, Colin Turner and me. - Mike Lovell



18/11/18 - Back in 2007, Mart Rodger raised an issue about Summer Schools and were they teaching the right kind of jazz. It's this week's Page of The Week


18/11/18 - No midweek daytime jazz this week, unless you know different?  if so, let me know.


18/11/18 - Many Happy Returns this week to John Meehan, leader of the Savannah Jazz Band.


17/11/18 - We have arrived at a third session at the Otto Lounge in the middle of Heswall. Once again it is Mike Swift on banjo and guitar, Brian Woods on drums and myself on reeds. There is even a suggestion that we may be able to include our bass guitar, Ali MacDonald!  We are there on Friday 14 December between 8.30 and 10.30. We'd love to see friends old and new.  Thanks again for your help in launching this venture (5/10/18). - Dave Dixson (Peninsula 3).


16/11/18 - Next Fridays event 23rd November at Goostrey Village Hall has been cancelled. Two reasons and one being after 7 years of pain in my neck at last I will be going to the Pain Department at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport and they have warned me of 4/5 hours and stay at home in the evening. I am thrilled about this appointment. Secondly the tickets sales are poor, so the decision to call off Goostrey Village Hall concert has been made. We will consider doing one next year. - Mart Rodger


16/11/18 - When I started this web site I was visiting as many jazz venues as possible in the North West, and taking photographs. I then asked the band leaders if they could let me have information about the bands whether it be historical or pen portraits. What I didn't ask for was a potted history of the musicians and how they got started. So it was particularly interesting to get an email from Ray & Jenny Knight to tell me that their latest video in their jazz odyssey tour of the North West series was now ready and includes in depth interviews with musicians by Louis Lince. It's called "More Encounters of the Jazz Kind - the odyssey continues". It has a touch of Rachmaninoff at the start and end, and film buffs will get the connection I'm sure.



14/11/18 - It's 'make space time' - I'm slowly going through my CD collection, most of which are on my PC, so the originals are sat on a shelf, hardly played, and simply collecting dust. From time to time I'll be grouping some into packs of 9 and offering them on EBay. The first lot are now on EBay and you can get details by clicking here



13/11/18 - Some fine musicians assembling in Hornby a week on Saturday, 24th Nov. Frank Flynn on keyboard with Chris Hodder, guitar and bass guitar and Dave Minshull, drums and percussion. It's taking place in Hornby Village Institute, Main Street, Hornby, LA2 8JR, and starts at 8pm. Full details can be found by clicking here



12/11/18 -  About a year ago Buxton's multi-purpose Pavilion Arts Centre was converted into a dedicated cinema, putting an end to the popular monthly jazz sessions. I was pleased to see a couple of jazz events creeping back into the programme and yesterday local favourites the Tame Valley Stompers gave us another great show! I'd guess there were over 70 in the audience, and the show is now 90 minutes instead of the previous 60. I hope the management regard this as a success and we can look forward to some more Sunday sessions in 2019! - Sam Wood



10/11/18 - Just one birthday coming up this week - Ken Parkinson (tbn) on 14th Nov. Many Happy Returns Ken.


10/11/18 - This week's Page of The Week is about The Wolverines Jazz Band which was formed in 1954 and the page was started by an old work colleague of mine, the late Don Ashworth.


10/11/18 - Just one Daytime Jazz event this coming week - The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 16 November, 12:30 – 14:30 at Carnforth Railway Station, Warton Road, Carnforth, where there's Tea Rooms and Good food available.



07/11/18 - You never know who's going to read it in the future - one of my reasons for the tribute pages. This just come on a youtube video I posted as a tribute to Dave Saville. - "My Wonderful trumpet teacher, he gave me a mouthpiece, a few cornet books and his scribbles on my famous Arban studies bible. Love you Dave R.I.P xx " - Tim Woods


07/11/18 - We must be doing something right as The Savoy Jazzmen are booked back at the Palm House for 2019. 120 people attended yesterday's performance at the Palm House in Sefton yesterday. A lovely atmosphere. We are grateful to Pete Fryer, Terry Perry & Mike Swift for helping out covering for Brian Legan, Mal Horne & Ken Horton. Sadly Brian lost his wife on Monday. Ken is in hospital for tests and Mal is recovering from a carpal tunnel operation. Hopefully a full band on the 4th December. - Peter Swensson


07/11/18 - Edward Hannaby Funeral will be held on Thursday November 15th at 12 Noon at St Francis of Assisi, RC Church Llay, Wrexham,  LL12 OTY.  He will be laid to rest at Ruabon Road cemetery in Wrexham. Family flowers only, but donations will be gratefully received, to be shared between Chester Aid for homeless and Bru Columbanus, a charity in Cork. - Des Hopkins



05/11/18 - More photographs from Rochdale Jazz Club by Sam Ralph. This time it's the Aire Valley Jazz Band. Many thanks Sam.


05/11/18 - T.J Johnson is back up to this part of the country once again. This time it's on Friday 30th November at Mellor and Townscliffe Golf Club  where Tickets are £18.50 including supper. It starts at 7pm for 7.30pm for this special night out and you can contact Angela Brown on 01663 743219 for more details.


05/11/18 - Two first class musician/showmen for the price of one - Rae Owens organises a Gypsy Jazz Night, along with guest musicians, at the Rainford Junction Hotel in St Helens on the first Monday in the month and on January 7th, Rae has arranged for Spats Langham to join him. The only snag is there are limited tickets for what will surely be a good night out. If you want to go, you need to make sure you get your tickets as soon as possible. Tickets are just £8 and can be obtained from Rae by giving him a ring on 0151 525 6900.


05/11/18 - What's your definition of jazz?  This one appears in the Arts & Entertainment section of my JazzNorthWest Weekly newspaper. You can see the definition in full at, would you agree with it?


05/11/18 - I've often been asked if anybody knows what happened to a particular band or musician, which made me create a page, "Whatever Happened To". There are currently 88 listed, some answered, and some unanswered which you may still be able to help with. It's this week's Page of The Week



04/11/18 - Just one midweek daytime jazz event for you this week - The SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 6 November, 14:00 – 16:00


04/11/18 - Many Happy Returns this week to Harry Roberts on Tuesday, Alan Brown on Wednesday, Peter Brown on Thursday and Graham Martindale + Terry Brunt on Saturday


04/11/18 - There is now a tribute page for Ed Hannaby on the site


04/11/18 - That is terrible news about Ed Hannaby. Ed depped for me with the Merseysippi during my illness. - Deepest condolences - Pete Darwin


04/11/18 - Please add my comments to the sudden loss of Ed Hannaby.  He was an unusually talented drummer and vocalist who thrilled many with his style and technique, and I had the pleasure of playing alongside him many times. My condolences go out to Katie and particularly to Ed's Dad, who is a fine musician and no doubt responsible for his impact on the music scene.  Ed will be greatly missed I'm sure. - Derek Harrison


04/11/18 - Early Bird Tickets are now on sale for the first 100 sales only, for the Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival 2019. Four-day stroller pass = £145. Acts already confirmed; - Jeff Barnhart, T.J. Johnson, Norbert Susemihl, Ray Gelato, Enrico Tomasso, Roy Williams, Alan Barnes, Scarlette's Serenaders, Keith Nichols, Baby Jools and The Jazzaholics, and Savannah Jazz Band.


04/11/18 - Musicians and jazz enthusiasts from many parts of the North West will be devastated to learn that the talented and versatile young drummer and vocalist Edward Hannaby died on Friday 2nd November at the age of 43 in Ireland, where he had been attending the Cork Jazz Festival. We learned on Tuesday that he was unconscious, having suffered a heart attack, fallen and injured his head, and he never regained consciousness. For several years he had been with Five and a Penny, a band he had admired and followed since his childhood. He also played regularly with the Bill Basie Big Band and others in the Chester, Liverpool and North Wales area, and had a band of his own: the Ed Watt Band. He had a wonderful ear, an innate sense of swing and a technique that, to a non-drummer at least, was breathtaking. Having played regularly alongside him for the past three or four years, I shall really miss his playing and his good company. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his partner Katie and all the family. - Allan Wilcox



03/11/18 - Hi Fred. Just to let you know that The Rioters Dixieland Jazz Band played their last regular Sunday afternoon gig at Stamps Bar Crosby last Sunday. The pub have decided to concentrate on catering instead. We may be back for the occasional session - John Dorgan


03/11/18 - I've recently discovered a Facebook group called “Hot Jazz Records (1917-1931)”. I think it may be of interest to members of our community. It includes video clips and social commentary from the period. Here's a link to the group. - Trevor Barnes


03/11/18 - A fitting send-off for Peter Vickers at his funeral yesterday. Standing room only, with some people unable to get inside the crematorium chapel. The cortege was led by members of the Red Rose Brass Band, but I counted many other musicians who had come to pay their respects. - Fred Burnett



02/11/18 - Event number five at Garstang JC went really well today. Funny men Peter Lindup and Anthony Mason fitted in really well with the 'Bears', and were well received by a sizeable audience. Quite a bit of laughter, and a number of dancers, would indicate Jim Swinnerton's efforts look destined to continue in the New Year. Next event will feature 'Baby' Jules' Jazzaholics, with Jim joining on bass, and they are known to really swing. - Norman  Gibson



01/11/18 - A swinging afternoon with multi-talented musicians who love to play jazz at Garstang Jazz Club today. Only sorry that we have to wait until the 6th of December until the next gig. Gudrun Ohara


01/11/18 - I first came across the KTB Jazz Festival when I came to copy a listing from the High Society Jazz Band calendar, to What's On, for tomorrow at 1pm, but knew little else about it. It's all happening not too far from me in Longton, Preston. One other band which might be of interest is the Well Dressed Gentlemen who are there at 8pm.


01/11/18 - I've just added what may well be the final tribute to Pete Vickers, who's funeral takes place at 3-15pm tomorrow at Preston Crematorium


October 2018


31/10/18 - SOLD - I've just put a Box Set of 5 CDs on Ebay of Chris Barber & his Jazz Band - The Nixa Jazz Today series, full details here Bidding starts at £5 if anybody interested.



30/10/18 - Hi Fred, The gig on Friday night - Wyre Levee Stompers and Thornton Brass Band do battle at Thornton Little Theatre, was very good. Photo attached. - Keith Wadeson


29/10/18 - Grant Russell writes, "Last week I had a lot of gear stolen in Liverpool. Somebody advised me to let you know as you might be able to spread the word and hopefully get it back. Items stolen were:  Westbury Double Bass,  Markbass mini cmd amplifier,  Rat Stand (music stand) in a black case,  and my gig bag containing an F zone gig light and a Accusound Pick-up". If you suspect you have seen any of these items being offered for sale, let me know and I'll pass the information on - Fred


29/10/18 - Re: Frank Gibson. He has not played for several years, and lived in Denton. Previously, he worked with the late pianist Eddie Thompson and, I believe, the Old Fashioned Love band. He was also in the house trio at the long gone Cabaret Club, in Oxford Street, Manchester. - Chris Lee


29/10/18 - A Festive picture of the Bill Barrow Quartet playing at the Houghton Hall Centre near Brampton for the start of their Christmas Season..  Lots of Jazz with a selection of Christmas tunes.  Bill plays with the Wyre Levy Stompers. - Peter Eddowes


29/10/18 - There will not be any Jazz on Friday the 30th November at Delph Band Club as the club has been booked all day for a wedding party. Other Spirit of New Orleans fortnightly dates in November are unaffected.


28/10/16 - I came across an interesting article on scat singing in "The Conversation". The Conversation offers "informed commentary and debate on the issues affecting our world. ... Academic rigour, journalistic flair".


28/10/16 - I am sorry to have to report to you the sad news about the death of Frank Gibson on Wednesday October 24th at the age of 90.  He had played with many local bands in the Manchester area and was a longstanding member of The Manchester Jazz Society.   This is so sad even though it was not unexpected.  I have known Frank for over 50 years since when he played with Randy Colville.   He was a wonderful person and a fine musician.   He will be sadly missed by us all. - Alan Brown


28/10/19 - After 20 years of running this annual event, Allan  Townsend is about to put on his last "Jazz on a Winter's Day" on Sunday 9th December, at Fylde RFC. As well as the Wyre Levee Stompers, it will feature the Duncan Reid Skiffle Group. Always a very popular family event with a super buffet, you can read the full details by clicking here


28/10/18 - Musician's birthday coming up this week include Jon White on Wednesday, Roger Browne on Thursday and Danny Riley on Friday. Happy birthdays one and all


28/10/18 - Back in 2018 there was quite a discussion, started by John Muskett on the keys that certain jazz numbers are played in.  It's this week's Page of the Week.


28/10/18 - Now the clocks have gone back, maybe time to think of getting out during the day. This week you have the choice of three venues offering daytime jazz midweek - Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at NORTH EUSTON HOTEL, Fleetwood When Wed, 31 October, 12:00 - 14:30,  Anthony Mason and Pete Lindup with the Three Bears at Garstang Jazz Club, on Thu, 1 November, 12:00 – 14:30 and The High Society Jazz Band at KTB Jazz Festival, St Andrew's Church, Longton, Liverpool Rd, Longton, Preston PR4 5AA on Fri, 2 November, 13:00 - 14:00



24/10/18 - "Our Bohém Ragtime Jazz Band is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2020", writes Tamás Ittzés. "We have been touring the UK in the past decade but stopped visiting your country two years ago for some reason although we loved playing for the British audience. Now we see a chance to return next year (2019) if there is enough interest. If anyone out there is interested in putting on the band, then follow this link for more details


24/10/18 - The latest edition of Just Jazz has dropped through the letterbox, don't miss out, get yours by printing off the order form here



23/10/18 - This year will be the 3rd Almondbury Jazz Festival. The people who organise it do so to raise money for charity, so deserve a bit of publicity.  It takes place in the village of Almondbury on the outskirts of Huddersfield on Saturday 17th November 2018. - Mark Croasdale


23/10/18 - The Maine Street Jazzmen played at Rochdale jazz Club last Sunday, and there to record the event as usual was Sam Ralph. You can the photographs by clicking here


23/10/18 - Had a trip out on Sunday for jazz and lunch at the Bolton Arms, Leyburn, to see my old mate, Harry Long, with Kathy Benson's Creole Jazz. Very enjoyable. Stunning scenery in my home County. - Dave Wellock


23/10/18 - Details have now come in for Pete Vickers' funeral. It will take place on Friday 2nd November, 3-15pm at Preston Crematorium. The Red Rose band will accompany the hearse from the gates, and afterwards members of the band will provide music at The Mad Hatters, where other musicians are invited to bring their instruments.


23/10/18 -  Geoff Hogarth has turned up trumps again, he's found an interview with Nigel Ipinson at where in 2008 he talked about his time with the Juvenile  Jazz Band as well as OMD,



22/10/18 - Hi Fred, Geoff Hogarth's question about Juvenile Jazz was answered on this site in 2012. It is on your "Whatever happened to" page. I shall ask Richard Beesley's mother whether she has any further information. - Frank Whitehead



21/10/18 - A last minute notice just come on for tomorrow night - Spats Langham Hot Fingers plus Emily Campbell, vocalist. Prince of Wales pub Foxfield Broughton in Furness. This is a something of a revival of jazz at this pub. Organised by Paul Loftus. Lovely old place specializing in real ale beers. £12pp pay on the door or book with Paul e:mail or tel 01229 716582. Monday 22 October, start 7.30 pm.


21/10/18 - I spoke too soon the other day (08/10/18), telling you about future gigs for the Lune Valley Jazz Band at the Tithebarn. We played there last night, puzzled not to see the usual landlord. Apparently he left!  The new people in charge say there will be no more music from now on - bang go all our gigs, all in one go. We have some time now to see whether the band can continue, and if so look for somewhere to play. - Steve Lister


21/10/18 - Undercliffe Cricket Club gig list has been updated


21/10/18 - I'm indebted to Geoff Hogarth for sending me this link to the Liverpool Juvenile Jazz Band's appearance on Blue Peter in 1987. It was uploaded to Facebook to celebrate Blue Peter's 60th birthday, it says, "Here's a clip of Liverpool's own youth jazz band appearing on the show 31 years ago. The lads from two Liverpool schools, were actually very good. Anyone know what happened to them?". Well do you?  Nice to hear the Blue Mags mentioned.


21/10/18 - Were you a fan of The Rolling Stones, do you like Boogie Woogie?  If so you might be interested in videos I was referred to this week - Charlie Watts - The A, B, C & D of Boogie Woogie and an interview with Jules Holland.  If that's not enough to keep you happy, check out my list of jazz videos and sites on my "Jazz Videos to Watch" page, which just happens to be my Page of The Week


21/10/18 - No mid week daytime jazz and no birthdays this week!



20/10/18 - News of a charity concert with a difference.........The Wyre Levee Stompers combined with Thornton Cleveleys Brass Band for a night of Jazz and Brass Friday 26th October. It's a re-creation of a number of concert performances which The Jazz Knights did in Germany with Grimethorpe Colliery band back in the eighties, and it takes place at Thornton Little Theatre


18/10/18 - There is now a Tribute Page to Peter Vickers which you can see by clicking here. RayK Jazz (Ray & Jenny Knight) and Louis Lince have added their tribute to the page with a video interview  with Pete on 11th May last year at the "Bitter Suite (to become Ale Emporium and now The Mad Hatters)", in Preston as part of their Jazz Odyssey - The Road to Southport Pier. Jenny says, "When we were recording the first of our documentaries about jazz in the North West we interviewed the late Peter Vickers. We hope that this clip summarises Pete in a nutshell - a very modest man who just loved the music of New Orleans".


18/10/18 - Regarding straw boaters and striped jackets (Page of the Week). I was playing with The Crescent Jazz band in late 50s at Manchester jazz clubs.  When we played at the Bodega, Paddy McKeirnan approached Pete Haslam and suggested that we change our name to Pete Haslams Collegians as he would be our agent and get us lots of gigs if we played “Jazz of the Roaring Twenties” with appropriate uniform.  Hence this picture...this was taken at the Bodega on a night when Pete was ill and not with us, but I had him superimposed on the photo.  I think that is where people remember the uniforms and straw boaters from, and not so much New Orleans jazz.  We had a gig at The Free Trade Hall with Acker Bilk in their waistcoats and bowlers and us in our uniform.   The reporter from the Manchester Evening News, Jack Florin, put the heading. “Colourful Jazz” Those were the days - Brenda Canty-Forrest.


18/10/18 - The Pendle Jazzmen have continued to build up a regular audience for their monthly Thursday evening sessions at Ighten Mount Bowling Club, Romford St., Burnley: so much so that, by popular request, it has been decided to increase the event to twice a month. These will be on the first Thursday (as now) with an additional third Thursday. The downstairs function room - newly decorated - presents excellent facilities with a wide range of drinks available as well as pie and peas. You can read more by clicking on one of the listed events in What's On

18/10/18 - Sadly I have to report that a local friend and musician, Peter Vickers, died peacefully around 10pm last night with his family at his bedside. Pete was the leader of the Preston based Silver Bell Band & Red Rose Brass Band, from the early 70s.  He was an occasional visitor to our house so we knew him quite well, so much so he regarded me as his computer guru, often ringing to say, "I have a computer problem, it's not urgent, but I know you like a challenge".  Like me he also worked for BT prior to retirement so we had several things in common. He is now listed on the Tribute Page along with a longer version of this message. Pete leaves two sons and a daughter, and Barbara & I send our condolences to his family - George, James & Helen, of whom he was immensely proud. RIP Pete.


17/10/18 - Meryl and I have removed to the outskirts of York: our family think we’re old enough and stupid enough to need to live near one of them, and son Paul, already in central York, has drawn the short straw. The ’phone number, which you can publish, is  330896 (01904).  We’ll take the risk of investment brokers, double glazing salespersons and heavy breathers contacting us (I've put the dialling code last John to maybe fool spam searching computers - Fred) . I’ll be keeping up Delph appearances with the Spirit of New Orleans, but looking for new jazz (and folk) opportunities in Yorkshire (I know you have a few TransPennine followers). Best wishes to Barbara, yourself and all westerly jazzers. - Harmoniously, John Muskett.


16/10/18 - Re: Page of The Week,  I have a classic story about this, I was doing a gig with The Lune Valley Jazz Vintage Jazz Band years ago at Bentham, we were wearing striped waistcoat and boater, in the break I got chatting to the ladies, one of them said we can tell you're a proper jazz band from what you're wearing! - Barrie Marshall.


14/10/18 - The jazz session at Liverpool Cricket Club on Monday, 22nd October has had to be cancelled due to an Annual General Meeting of the club members. We will be back again on 29th. Also, looking ahead to Christmas and New Year, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, also fall on Mondays, hence these dates will have to be cancelled.  - Peter Fryer – band secretary.


14/10/18 - Sometimes people raise questions which are  read and answered by other jazzers, but there was one interesting question raised in 2007 by Trevor Hodgson, that never really turned up an answer. He wondered why straw boaters, striped shirts and jackets and fancy waistcoats were so frequently associated with traditional jazz?  Read about it on Page of The Week


14/10/18 - Just one midweek daytime jazz event this week - The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 19 October, 12:30 – 14:30


14/10/18 - Many Happy Returns this week to Dave Bateman on Wednesday and to Suzanne Mott on Friday



12/10/18 - Back in April 1974, when we were living in Bury, we woke up on April 1st to two new Metropolitan Counties - Greater Manchester and  Merseyside. Along with people in Rochdale, Bolton & Wigan, we were quite upset and refused to believe, that we no longer lived in Lancashire, we lived in Greater Manchester. No doubt people in Southport felt the same when they were informed they were now part of Merseyside. However some habits die hard and 44 years later it quite amused me to see on page 9 of the latest Jazz Guide, under the heading of  "Live & Alive in Lancashire" - Eagley, Rochdale & Didsbury Jazz clubs listed, as well as the Talbot Hotel in Southport. The rest were either in Manchester or Liverpool, and not one venue technically in Lancashire. - Fred, in Preston, and definitely still in Lancashire.


12/10/18 - Tim Woodhead writes, "You helped us last year to find a bassist. There was a response to the message that you circulated for me but it unfortunately did not work out, so we would like to repeat the request. - Tim (piano) and Phil (drummer) are getting established as a jazz combo and we are looking for a bassist to join us. Our music can be loosely described as cool or smooth jazz and our repertoire covers well known and modern jazz standards, with some latin and a hint of classical.  We are located in Malpas (South Cheshire) and we are looking to get engagements at jazz venues around this region.  If you are a bassists (acoustic double bass or bass guitar) and you are interested in joining us, please get in contact: Email, Tel home 01948861175, Mob 07896211733".



11/08/18 - Noted for their excellent value jazz breaks at the Talbot Hotel in Southport, Gilbert & Julie are now going to start Sunday Afternoon Tea & Jazz Brunches for just £14.99 per person. These will be on selected dates yet to be announced. More information from 01704 533975, or email:


11/08/18 - The November Jazzmass Party at the Talbot Hotel in Southport from November 9th - 11th, has been showing TBA for one of the bands now for some time.  I can now reveal that as well as The Eagle Jazz Band and the Wirrorleans Jazz Band, The Chicago Teddybears are the third band to be playing there at 8-45pm on Friday night..



10/08/18 - Ref Norman's link- I particularly liked the ending of Doreen's clip; she truly is the Florence Foster-Jenkins of the clarinet - Jon White.


09/10/18 -  Re: Page of the Week last week.  I was delighted to hear The Tony Smith Band and my very young self. It brought back memories and I had to laugh at my drum breaks. A perfect example of technique over taste but in my defence I was a mere stripling. Yours rhythmically -  Moe Green.


09/10/18 - Late News from Jeff Roberts -  Charity event for Guide Dogs For the Blind. The Forest New Orleans Jazz Band will be at the K.S.C. club this Friday 12th October, Forest Street,  Nelson. BB97NB. £2 entrance fee and 8-30pm start


09/10/18 - Norman Gibson writes, "Unusually I found myself in on my own Saturday night and spent some of my time trolling through Youtube. I had met lovely lady Doreen Ketchens in NOLA 2003 & 2007 and was totally enthralled by her amazing clarinet playing, especially when she let rip with the instrument nigh vertical. Many may know that she was the Queen of Jackson Square, with as many as a dozen playing with her during the French Quarter Festival. I decided to investigate and find if she was still performing with the same vitality. To my absolute delight I found video of her playing 'Just a Closer Walk with Thee' with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in March this year. It must have been four years since I last e-mailed her (there was a hope that I could get her here to play), but I felt I just had to let her know how much I enjoyed the performance. She looked so well and was still playing with that ummph ! Gracious lady that she is, she replied and thanked me for my kind words - I have to say I felt humbled later when I read some of the many comments on this video. What a Lady - standing ovation much deserved.



08/10/18 - I noticed that on 1st October Chris Lee was asking if anyone had got a copy of Jazz At The Pavillion (Didsbury Cricket Club) volume 2 on dvd. I've got both volumes on vhs (definitely not for sale) & I'm planning to digitise both volumes at some point, probably on some cold & wet winters' evening. If he can let me have his address or email address I'd be happy to send him a copy when I eventually get round to doing it but I'm not promising when.  I'm playing on the recording of course, all those years ago when I had black hair & all of my own teeth!   Also sad to see my old mate Frank Slaters' trombone & associated gear up for sale. He's a vastly experienced & talented trombone player & will be much missed. - Laurie Cooper


08/10/18 - Founder member of the Lune Valley Jazz Band, trumpet player John Beaumont has decided to retire from playing. Best wishes John for the future, and thanks for the enjoyment you have given to many people over the years. The band is continuing as normal with dep cornet players at present. The landlord at the Tithebarn in Garstang has booked the band (although spread out), through most of 2019.


08/10/18 - Sam Ralph has been busy with his camera once again at Rochdale Jazz Club. You can see photographs of the Pedigree Jazz Band by clicking here



07/10/18 - Google and you should find a weekend dancers programme at the the Rowley Court in Scotsforth Lancaster. Non-dancers are welcome to go to the Social evening on Saturday 20th. Oct. for £8, when a very lively young band Alligator Gumbo will be playing.



06/10/18 - A Yamaha YSL 691 Trombone in very good condition and in original hard case, plus accessories, has just gone on the Sales Page


06/10/18 - We heard earlier this week about young Katie Gregg learning to play jazz trumpet, and what her mum Sarah had helped her find in the way of jazz research. By pure coincidence, 10 years ago Jeff Matthews was looking for a tutoring or mentoring list to go on the site. Several musicians were able to give a few tips on the subject and that page is this week's Page of The Week.


06/10/18 - There are no midweek daylight hours jazz events coming up next week I'm sorry to say, unless of course someone out there knows different.


06/10/18 - Many Happy Returns next week to Jack Cotterill on Tuesday and to Gerry Clayton on Saturday 13th.


06/10/18 - On 20th October The Freetime Old Dixie Jass Band are coming from Holland to Dove Jazz Club, and as always the club has produced a 'Bugle' on the subject, which you can read by clicking here



05/10/18 - The Friends of Neston Library are to present The Chicago Teddybears Society Jazzband on Wednesday 24 October. Doors at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £8 available at the library, booking essential at Neston Library. 0151 337 4670. See poster


05/10/18 - My daughter Katie is currently enrolled in a jazz music workshop (she plays the trumpet!).  She had some worksheets she brought home, so I was helping her do some research. Katie found this guide when we were looking up jazz history: Could you include a link to it on your page? I'd love to show her! Appreciation and recognition go so far in children!  If you add it, let me know; I'd also like to show Katie's music instructor...they meet Wednesday afternoon if you get a chance to update over the weekend!   - Sarah Gregg. Link added in the international section.  Good luck Katie, we need more young people like you to become interested in this genre of music - Fred


05/10/18 - Apologies if you have been having problems with the web site for the last three days when it has been taking minutes to load one page. After I upload it, I have no control over things like that, plus I was in Harrogate on Wednesday and at Garstang Jazz Club yesterday, opticians and then lunch with friends today, so didn't have time to take on the challenge of getting through to the right department within BT where the site is hosted. I hoped I wasn't the only one affected and they would get to know and sort it, seems they did, it's now OK. Not everybody was affected strangely enough!


05/10/18 - We have a new booking for the Peninsula Three at the Otto Lounge in Heswall on Friday 12th October, 8.30 to 10.30. Mike Swift on banjo / guitar, Brian Woods on drums and myself on reeds. Nice setting, good food and drink and good music! Could you let folk know? - Dave Dixson


02/10/18 - A young friend of my Son in Law, who has no interest in jazz music, told me at the weekend he recently saw a jazz band at a music festival in Flint. He and friends watched the whole set of 'Kansas Smitty's House Band' ( no ! I hadn't heard of them either ) because the clarinetist was brilliant. After a bit of checking I found it was Adrian Cox. I mentioned this to Peter Butler at JazzandJazz, who commented Adrian is very much in demand now. His inclusion in the 'Madness' band is only a small part of his work, as he has recently returned from a South American tour and playing in New York with Wynton Marsalis. This latter engagement I find was at the Lincoln Centre 30 Gala 2018 - where the Gala tickets started at 2500 dollars ! I recommend going to - LIVE - "JLCO"Jazz at the Lincoln Centre - Norman Gibson



01/10/18 - I read in the Sunday Post that Elaine C Smith plans to stage a show tribute to the forgotten Scots jazz legend Mary McGowan, who walked away from fame. As part of the Clyde Valley Stompers, Mary’s huge voice inspired generations of future Scottish singers, such as Lulu, Annie Lennox and Sheena Easton. Yet at the height of her success, the Gorbals girl walked off the stage for good, to marry and start a family. Now TV and stage star Elaine hopes to bring a show about Mary’s life to the stage at next year’s Edinburgh Fringe. More at


01/10/18 - Ian Royle writes from the Costa Blanca, "Superb session at the Arena Bar in Denia yesterday. Ex-pats Mike Summers on piano, Dave Butterworth on drums, Dick Crooks on reeds, the incredible Julio Fuster on string bass and me on trumpet,vocals and thoroughly enjoying myself with a great bunch of guys. The bar owner, Willem, loves jazz and serves a fantastic cuisine. There are different groups with different styles at the 'Arena' every week so I can recommend the place to anyone visiting the area.


01/10/18 - Hello Fred,  Your readers may like to know (if it isn’t too far!) that my show SHAKE THAT THING! The Great British Swing Dance Show has been booked by Raymond Gubbay to appear at Birmingham Town Hall next April 28th – a Sunday Matinee. Here’s the link to the theatre: - Tony Jacobs


01/10/18 - Tonight's Now You Has Jazz, Jazz,Jazz on the Sound of Spitfire features a live concert by the best of the Louis Armstrong All Stars, from 1949. This was the band which featured Big Sid Catlett, one of the greatest jazz drummers, along with Barney Bigard, clarinet, Jack Teagarden, trombone and vocals, Earl Fatha Hines, piano, Arvell Shaw, bass and Velma Middleton, vocals. Listen Live Here - John Petters


01/10/18 - Dear Fred,  I am hoping one of your many correspondents can help. I recently came into possession of a DVD, Jazz At the Pavilion [Volume 1], of three bands filmed at Didsbury CC in about 1989, featuring among others, John Hallam playing, as always, stonkingly well. I would like to get my hands on Vol. 2, but can't trace a copy via Google, U-Tube, Amazon, etc. Does anyone know where I could source a copy?  - Chris Lee


01/10/18 - My latest edition of all things jazz in Jazznorthwest Weekly is out and I see there's a hardback, published on 4th September, called, "The History of European Jazz, The Music, Musicians and Audience in Context" by Francesco Martinelli. If you love a good book and you consider yourself an expert on the subject, and have £195 to spare, then this is the book for you. There's a section on, "Great Britain: 1900 - 1960", by Alyn Shipton. I checked on the index most of my favourites from the 50's, as far as I could remember, were listed (couldn't find Clyde Valley Stompers). Some pages are free to read on line, but you can check out the subject index here


September 2018


30/09/18 - Re: Meghan Markle - I believe that the incident occurred at the start and end of a (faithful) rendering of Jelly Roll Morton’s Steamboat Stomp. The band concerned thought they might also incorporate it in Colonel Bogey March. Harmoniously - John Muskett


30/09/18 -  This week's Page of the Week features some recordings by Tony Smith's jazzmen, a broadcast recorded at Studio 1 at the BBC in Piccadilly Manchester on 5th February 1962.


30/09/18 - A couple of daytime gigs this week (excluding weekends) - The SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 2 October, 14:00 – 16:00 and on Thursday it's Garstang Jazz Club once again with hotpot included and free drinks (you bring your own). Click here for full details


30/09/18 - Many Happy Returns today to Keith Allcock, and on Monday to ex NW drummer, now living in Penzance, Brian Ellwood. On Thursday it's congratulations to Pete Lindup, Fylde Coast multi-instrumentalist and all round entertainer. Check out Pete's miming ability on this video



29/09/18 - Jon Critchley asks the question I've already put to John Muskett - "I'm intrigued with Mr Muskett's revelation about the anonymous banjo player's nasal interjection: did he manage to stop playing whilst he blew? If so,......"


29/09/18 - Following the astonishing news that Meghan Markle has closed a car door, can I give an even more astounding report? An unnamed banjoist has BLOWN HIS NOSE in public. Remember: you heard it here first. Harmoniously - John Muskett



28/09/18 - Last month Just Jazz Magazine featured an autobiography written by a young musician who has gained quite a following oin the North West. It is of course Alex Clarke. Alex shows that at the age of 18 she is not only an excellent jazz musician, she also has enough confidence to write her life story!  I'm grateful to Just Jazz Magazine, and to Alex, for allowing me to publish it on the site, and you can click here to read it.


28/09/18 - The latest issue of Just Jazz Magazine is now out and about. My thanks to the magazine's designer and typesetter, 'Gentlemen' Jim McIntosh, who reads this site and picked up on a recent Page of The Week about smart dress code, and gave his views in the magazine. It certainly produced plenty of responses in the past on this site, so no doubt we can expect plenty of letters in the mag.



27/09/18 - For anyone who played or was a member of the Mardi Gras Jazz Club, the Cavern, Iron Door and the Downbeat Club during the late 50's and 60's you may find a book by Brian Linford interesting. Brian was manager of the club and was responsible for booking local and professional jazz bands. Sadly many of the musicians who played at the club are no longer with us.   I had forgotten that the owners of the Mardi Gras and Downbeat club, Roberts & Ireland presented in association with Harold Davison many American bands and musicians : Count Basie, Modern Jazz Quartet, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson Trio etc. These concerts where held at the Odeon and Liverpool Empire.   To quote from the back of the book - "This book is a tribute to two Liverpool men, Stan Roberts and Jimmy Ireland, and their massive contribution to Liverpool entertainment during the 1950's 60's. Restaurants, catering, jazz concerts, beat group management, clubs and gaming machines. The Mardi Gras Club is their most outstanding achievement. Their talent has never been fully recognised. This is the History behind the club.   It cost me about £8.00 plus postage from Amazon.   The book is called :- Brian Linford presents a history of the Mardi-Gras Club Liverpool. The famous and legendary jazz club. - Peter Swensson



26/09/18 - The Southport Jazz Club listings for Fleetwood Hesketh Club have been updated


26/09/18 - On Thursday 25th October we are repeating our very popular Charity Concert for Cancer Research, when John will be playing with the Carl Sinclair Boogie Band. This year once again we are at the Culcheth Sports Club, Culcheth, a venue that worked very well for us last year and gives plenty of room for those who like to dance. The Boogie Band offers an exciting and hugely entertaining mix of Jazz, Blues, Boogie, Rock ‘n Roll and more. Carl is one of the resident pianists at Jools Holland’s live music venue ‘The Jam House’ in Birmingham. - Barbara Hallam



25/09/18 - The Parade Jazz Band is the latest band to be in front of Sam Ralph's lens at Rochdale Jazz Club. You can see the results by clicking here


25/09/18 - Just back from Devon, so things to be done somewhat belatedly, including the lawn. Just one midweek daytime event this week - Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at NORTH EUSTON HOTEL, Fleetwood on Wed, 26 September, 12:00 – 14:30



20/09/18 - Once again Sam Ralph has produced some stunning photographs taken at Rochdale Jazz Club. This time it's the Wirrorleans Jazz Band, but  I couldn't  help but notice that only bass player Keith Allcock and drummer and leader John Blackman are featured as band members on the band's web page on this site, so which is correct?.  If it's out of date, it's not the only band page that's fallen foul of changes in personnel and has become outdated, but after working hard to keep on top of all the other pages, even when on holiday, it is disappointing when bands can't maintain their own pages by occasionally keeping me updated with personnel changes and photographs.



19/09/18 -  Jasmine Lawrence, the widow of John Lawrence, our deceased cornet player sadly died in Arrowe Park Hospital, Birkenhead on Monday 10th from an aortic aneurism, which had ruptured. She knew she had this several years ago and lived with it for that time but never complained. She followed the Merseys until the day she died. She was a life-long jazz fan and is very much missed by us all ( an honorary member if ever there was one.) The funeral is to be held at Landican Crematorium, near Arrowe Park on Tuesday, 2nd October at 3.30 p.m. - Peter Fryer



18/09/18 - Weekly Thursday live jazz is no longer at Burgundy's Wine Bar, Kendal. The new venue is The Factory Tap, Aynam Road, Kendal LA9 7DE, almost in the town centre, just across the river from Burgundy's. Details of the Autumn programme of gigs are in What's On by clicking on the event. The programme is varied and includes (but not restricted to), traditional jazz.



17/09/18 - Very sad to hear about Jasmine Lawrence. she was a lovely lady to know. she was friendly to everyone like John Lawrence was.- Delia Morrissey.



14/09/18 - Updates, if any, are likely to be few and far between, for the next 12 days I'm afraid.


13/09/18 Jasmine Lawrence, wife of the late Merseysippi cornettist John Lawrence, died on Monday afternoon at Arrowe Park Hospital in Birkenhead from an aneurism.  She had been an important cog in the Merseysippi wheel for most of her life. - Steve Voce


13/09/18 -  Hi Fred, Very sad to announce the passing of Tony Carter. Although ill health during the past few years has prevented Tony playing, he will be remembered as a most enthusiastic and competent drummer in many local bands on the Wirral..  His funeral will be held at 11am on Friday 14th September at the Landican Crematorium Arrowe Park Rd Woodchurch Wirral CH49 5LW.  At present I have no details re giving Tony a musical send off however I shall update whenever possible. (Bring your horns etc just in case we need 'em!) - Morris Jones (Jazz Rag).


13/09/18 - The latest edition of my JazzNorthWest Weekly is out, and there is a interesting link to a page "All ABout Jazz" which is featuring Buddy Bolden. There are links from here to half a dozen YouTube videos about him. Also in JazzNorthWest Weekly there's a link to 'Love Music Help Musician UK' which is a UK charity offering a "Transmission Fund" designed to help careers by providing grants of £500 - £1500 to fund opportunities allowing emerging and professional musicians of all genres and disciplines to focus on developing their artistic and professional development such as short courses, workshops, training and time limited periods of coaching. Alex Clarke came to mind, but she'll have to wait until she's 21.



12/09/18 - The Forest Jazz Band will not be performing next Tuesday, ( Sept. 18th ) at the Union Exchange, Market Street, Colne, due to pub refurbishing. Back to normal the following week. - Jack Moore



10/09/18 -  My name is Stewart Jessett. I'm double bass player with Carlisle's Gentlemen of Jazz. In 1964 I was working for the local Newcastle newspaper driving my Hillman Imp down Blacker Street. Suddenly, without warning, a big coloured woman in a posh fur coat stepped out in front of me. I screeched to a halt calling her a lot of rude names (thankfully I don't think she heard me). She jumped back and smiled at me "I'm sorry young man, I looked the wrong way" My god it was Ella Fitzgerald and I'd nearly killed her. I had been to see her the night before at Newcastle City Hall. She must have been shopping before her next venue. I could have been famous for the wrong reason


09/09/18 - I’ve told you about the film documentary ‘There’s A Future In The Past’  before, and about the talent that is Vince Giordano, bandleader, multi instrumentalist and Grammy Award winner for his work on Boardwalk Empire! It’s fascinating stuff. I've seen it twice in cinemas (in the UK and New York) and have a copy of the DVD. Here is a trailer for the film: . If you would like to own a copy, you can order one (and his CDs) direct from Vince in the USA via this link: You won't regret it! I have had the privilege of singing with his Nighthawks when we have visited New York City. - Tony Jacobs (Visiting New York ? They play Mondays and Tuesdays at the Iguana - Norman G)


09/09/18 - Congratulations to Richard Exall & Amy Roberts, who tied the knot last week. Amy studied at the Northern College of Music  in Manchester.


08/09/18 - If you enjoyed reading last week's diary from the 10th Avenue Jazz Band, then you'll enjoy reading some more from other years, in this week's Page of the week.


08/09/18 - No mid week daytime jazz this week I'm afraid, unless of course you know different!


08/09/18 - Several birthdays to celebrate this week - Spats Langham on Monday, Tony Ormesher on Wednesday, Roy Swift on Thursday along with well known Albrighton promoter John Howell who will be celebrating his 85th birthday (No, I couldn't believe it either!). On Saturday it's Harold Troughton and Richard Lord. Many Happy Returns to you all and keep up the good work.


08/09/18 - I guess there's one thing jazz festivals must dread - a weekend of rain.  Norman Gibson tells me that, "Trevor Stent's Fest Jazz was amazing, but it rained quite a bit on the Saturday, but Sunday it was incessant and the potential jazz audience drastically suffered".   Trevor says, "For the festival, it was a catastrophe. On the Sunday 29th July we had only 402 spectators who braved the appalling wind and rain whereas in 2016 (and in previous years) we had around 1100. The future of Fest Jazz is in serious doubt. That is why the young team who worked so hard to organise this year’s event have launched an appeal via a Crowd Funding project: “Save Fest Jazz!”". If you go to you can make a donation and help keep this festival alive. There are 'perks' for donors.


08/09/18 - Barrie Marshall sent me an interesting cutting from his scrapbook. it was a report from the Lancaster Guardian on the very first gig by the New Riverside Jazz Band. I've extracted and added it to the bottom of the band's page.


08/09/18 - Congratulations today to Fred Jarvis, former Gen Sec of the NUT, on his 94th birthday. It was he ,together with the late bassist Dick Goodwin, who put together the concert in Wallasey, on the 14th February 1949, all of 69 years ago, which resulted in the birth of the Merseyssippi * Jarvis and Dick Goodwin both worked in Wallasey Town Hall and while Dick was forming the band, Fred was writing occasional reviews of the Wallasey Rhythm Club in the local press. To quote his review of 21 May 1949 . ' One of the biggest audiences yet to attend its meeting was present when the Wallasey Rhythm Club presented its first " all band " session at the Hotel Victoria on Monday last. Loudest applause of the evening was reserved for the Club's own group the Merseysippi Jazz Band......'   The interesting last sentence reads , ' This was indeed a session for Wallasey Jazz, swing, ( and be-bop ? ) fans to remember. FJ '   The personnel that night : Wally Fisher (t), Pat Evans (cl), Dennis Gracey ( tbn ), Frank Robinson (p), Ken Baldwin (bjo), Ken Metcalfe (d) and Dick Goodwin (b).   -   *Yes, that is correct. They dropped an 's' shortly after. - Bob Lamb


06/09/18 - On the up and up - Garstang Jazz Club, set up by bass player Jim Swinnerton, treated around 60 people to a good helping of jazz and hotpot today plus some first class music by top NW musicians. Following a two month break, it was a nervous time for Jim wondering if the fans would remember and return, but they did, and more. It's not often I see a standing ovation at a jazz club, but the audience, which included some musicians, clearly enjoyed today's performance as they stood up and applauded. It was good to catch up with familiar faces, including Ray and Jenny Knight (aka Rayk Jazz, aka Harvey Duck), who were there to capture the event on video as part of their third Jazz Odyssey series on NW Jazz Bands on YouTube, along with their presenter for the series, Louis Lince. I was amazed to discover 250 jazz band videos of theirs on YouTube, with no doubt lots more to come, a real credit to them. Next month will probably see the style swing more towards New Orleans when the Three Bears are joined by  Spirit of New Orleans musicians, we shall see.


06/09/18 - Looking through your 'Deps' list, I noticed the name of my friend and colleague Dave Parker of Peterborough in the 'Bass' section.  I am sorry to have to tell you he died in August after a battle with cancer. He had a magnificent Jazz Funeral at which many of us from this region had the privilege of playing. - Ivan ('Pops Coffee'). Thanks Ivan, the list has been updated- Fred


06/09/18 - I attended the funeral of Norman Dakers today. It was a beautiful ceremony. From the “Old Days” Eric Brierley and his wife Maggie also were present and it was so good to renew, and review, old times.  Thank you so much for the publicity you have given to this wonderful friend and musician, Norman Dakers. Yours in Jazz - Alan Brown



05/09/18 - There were 5,300 visits to this site last month, up almost 3% on the previous month. Thanks to everyone who visited.



04/09/18 - I've just added a fascinating insight into the life of musician and band leader, the late Alan Duckles. It comes from the eulogy given by his son Stephen at Alan's funeral service. He has kindly allowed me to reproduce it on the site, and it's on Alan's tribute Page.


04/09/18 - As many regulars will know, I announce the forthcoming daytime events on this page at the weekends, as I've long advocated mid week lunchtime jazz sessions for those of the older generation who don't see dark nights inviting.  So I was heartened and vindicated to get this email from Peter Swensson - "We played at the Palm House this afternoon and 156 attended. This is a record for us. I only wish half this number would come to our evening sessions. John Fogg was depping for John Rothwell who is on holiday. John played with the band in the 80's and hasn't lost his touch. It was lovely to work with him again. Terry Birkinhead led the second liners during the parade numbers".  You can click on the photos that Peter sent me for larger versions. Now let's see how many Jim Swinnerton pulls in at Garstang on Thursday lunchtime. In fairness it's only his third session.



04/09/18 - Bob Lamb writes, "Quite a few years ago during some jazz research I sought, and found, at the Liverpool Record Office, the report of the arrival in Liverpool of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. I obtained a Xerox copy of the article from the Liverpool Echo of April 1 1919. Because of the condition of the original newspaper only a readable but poor copy was possible. I doubt if it would scan although today's technology my prove me wrong.  so I will show it just as it appeared mid-column and sandwiched between ' This Week's Entertainment on Merseyside ' and an advert for 'Clarke's Blood Mixture' a Complete and Lasting Cure ' for piles!".  - Bob Lamb. Quite right Bob and it fits nicely in with the article by Peter Vickers "I was conned but I kept on looking" and I've added it as a footnote - Fred


04/09/18 - The latest issue of Dove Jazz Bugle is now available to read on line.


04/09/18 - The Frog Island Jazz Band played at Rochdale Jazz Club on Sunday, and there to record the event as usual was Sam Ralph. You can see Sam's photographs by clicking here


04/09/18 - It's continually happening that when jazz fans and musicians pass on, their families are left trying to find a home for what the departed would have regarded as their "personal and valuable collection".  I was contacted today by a musician who was trying to save his family from that dilemma, by leaving instructions for them. That has simply shifted the problem onto himself, so I was able to refer him to an item in Jazz Extras, currently item 17, "Donate your record collections - to The National Jazz Archive". However it did leave us wondering if any other musicians or jazz fans with music collections, had even thought about this and whether or not they had any ideas as to what they wanted to happen to them?  If you have, please do let me know.


04/09/18 - I'm informed that one of the most valuable pages on the site for musicians, is the Deps List. Being linked from Jazz Extras means it's not in a fixed place, which is not good if looking for a dep in a hurry, so I've now also linked it from the Main Menu.


03/09/18 - When I started the Tributes Page, little did I realise how many names would  be appearing in a relatively short period. Adding a new name alphabetically and then moving all the other names further down the list has become time consuming and I've resorted to a spreadsheet to do it for me. Unfortunately, because of the way I started it, the names are now sorted alphabetically by first name, and horizontally rather than vertically.


03/09/18 - I forgot to put a link in to the Garstang Jazz Club poster when I posted this week's daytime jazz events. So take a look now.



01/09/18 - An interesting article in The Liverpool Guide - "Popular Hope Street venue aims to become the epicentre of live jazz".  It's about a jazz club in Hope Street Liverpool, and DJ and promoter John Dean explained: “I felt that the whole Jazz thing was under represented in Liverpool, and I want to make Hope Street Jazz at Frederiks a solid destination for Jazz-lovers in the city".   Wonder where he's been?


01/09/18 - Dear Fred, Thanks a lot for putting Don Bastow back in touch with me after around 55 years. He just remembered mine and Colin’s involvement in jazz during the 50’s and early 60’s.  He and his wife Jean, who married the week after us, went on a number of holidays together with us. He had a lot of business moves and we lost touch.  However, with your help, we met up yesterday here in Wales and it was so good to catch up, we never stopped talking and I have been invited up to their home in the Lake District soon. I think you should go into business as an Agency for finding lost friends...and not only musicians! - Cheers Brenda Canty-Forrest (Brenda Tomkin).


01/09/18 - I have just returned to Wales after saying farewell to Doug Whaley. He was quite simply the best! Having known him for over 50yrs as both a band member and friend l will miss him terribly. He was a member of the Zenith Six during the heyday of the Black Lion, and during his last few difficult years we shared good times in New Orleans and on safari in Kenya. He was so chuffed when we were recognised in a crowded Jazz club on Times Square New York a few years ago! He was a rock when I lost Keith in 2002.  Along with many of his friends musicians and family we have given him a send off which I know he would have approved.  Gabriel it's time to pass your trumpet to a better player! - Marcia Pendlebury.


01/09/18 - It was quite like the good old days today in St Annes at Sea today, crowds of people on the beach and the pier, all coming to listen to Mike Lovell's Sticky Rock Jazz Trio with Mike Lovell, Anthony Mason and Colin Turner. OK, well I suppose some had maybe come for the kite festival too.



1/09/18 - Bands come and bands go, some from this country and some from abroad. But one band that came from America on more than one occasion, not only made a lasting impression on Barbara & I when we put them on in Preston in April 2000 after being approached by friend of the band, Mart Rodger, but reed player Bob Storms kept and published a diary of subsequent visits between 2003 and 2005. It makes for interesting reading about some of the NW jazz clubs as seen through foreign eyes. It's this week's Page of the Week.


01/09/18 - Many Happy Returns on Tuesday to Howard Worthington and Tony Davis.


01/09/19 - Daytime midweek jazz events coming up - On Tue, 4 September, 14:00 – 16:00, The SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House. Tickets can be reserved by ringing 0151 726 9304 or alternatively you can pay at the door. Further information can be obtained from Peter Swensson 0151 722 1478.  Following the summer break, Jim Swinnerton re-opens Lancashire's only jazz club when he presents The Three Bears trio with Mike Owen and special guests John Hallam and Jamie Brownfield at Kirkland & Catterall Memorial Hall, near Garstang, Preston PR3 0HR.  It takes place on Thu, 6 September, 12:00 – 14:30 Admission includes hotpot or vegetarian option.

August 2018


31/08/18 - Hi Fred What a lovely tribute and good wishes piece John Percival has written to Alex Clarke. John obviously has a leaning towards encouragement of the young, who we have to look on to keep our jazz alive. I've been 'beating the drum' for some time in favour of young bands getting more bookings in Jazz Clubs and Festivals. But while the UK hangs back the Continent is steaming ahead with great young bands emerging with regularity. Age has caught up with me and I have retired from jazz events promotion, but I am finding time again helping the young Frog and Henry Band fill the northern part of their Feb 2019 Tour with the five piece. Sadly Malcolm, Roa Island JC, has retired and we are currently in negotiation with a venue to fill that Feb 15 date, otherwise we were close to releasing a twelve plus venue programme. All good fun, and a pleasant, amiable and seriously enthusiastic bunch of young musicians I have had the good fortune of meeting over the last few years. It would be great to be able to turn the clock back ! Good luck for the future Alex. - Norman  Gibson


31/08/18 - Just to let all the friends of these two bands know of their parts in this year's Wirral Arts Festival festival. The Merseysippi have the honour of presenting the opening concert on Saturday 29th September at Heswall Hall: 8 till 10.30. Tickets from Linghams bookshop in Heswall or from the band. Price £10. The Peninsula Jazzmen welcome all comers to Heswall Royal British Legion on Tuesday 2nd October, 8.30 to 11.00. Free admission but donations are welcomed!  Both bands look forward to seeing you at the Festival. For full details, check



28/08/18 - The Dixie Beats would like to wish our brilliant reed player, Alex Clarke, all the very best in her studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Alex will appear with us at Eagley on Monday night (3rd. Sept) before setting off next week to start her four year course (although she will still perform with us during vacations and home visits). During the last two years Alex has well and truly established herself on the circuit and seems to have played with everyone in every genre. Despite this considerable success she remains a truly down to earth, good humoured musician and it is an absolute delight to have her as a member of the the band. Her contributions to our arrangements and performances, enthusiasm and personality have made her a key part of our line up and we look forward to welcoming her back as often as she can manage, and when she's an international superstar will be quite happy to be the backing group. Good luck and every success in your studies, Alex - you deserve it. - John Percival;


28/08/18 - Norman Dakers' funeral will be at Peel Green Crematorium at 11am Wednesday 5th Sept. postcode M30 7LW. and afterwards at Irlam Social Club Cutnook Lane, M44 6JS - Tony Dunleavy


28/08/18 - I also remember Doug Whaley, and twice singing with him and the Red River at Dresden Dixieland Jazz Festival, 1985 and 1990.have you seen the clip on U tube?  Hoffman Jazz. I am sad that I can’t get over from Sweden to attend his funeral on the 31 August. My love and happy memories to all my music friends, and the times we shared together - Sheila Collier


28/08/18 - I remember Norman Dakers when I joined the Southside Stompers in 1958.  He was such good fun!   I remember giving him a lift in my Isetta bubble car over the Pennines to Sheffield to play in a Jazz Club over there, and we got lost and had to ask the way. He was a large gentleman, and when I opened the front for him to get out, he almost rocked the little 3 Wheeler over.  Another time we got lost in the smog, and I stayed at his mum’s house, borrowing her long nightdress. I was only 18. Happy days. My condolences to his family, - Sheila Collier.

27/08/18 - Just doing a bit more tidying up of my collection and thought I'd send you this interesting little clip...... Zutty talking about the 1938 Panassié session (Mezzrow, James P., Ladnier etc.). At the end, Zutty wonders what happened to the final recording after James P. & Ladnier became the worse for wear. Well, it eventually came to light and I have added an extract at the end of Zutty's piece. - Graham Martindale -  Click here to listen


27/08/18 - In readiness for the re-opening of the Garstang Jazz Club on 6th September  next week, following the summer recess, Jim Swinnerton has sent me a couple of posters iadvertising what appears should be a great event - click here to view


27/08/18 - Sorry to relay news of the passing of NORMAN DAKERS on Aug 23rd 2018. Norman was an original member of SOUTHSIDE J. B. of Manchester during late 1950's/early 60/s. A fine musician & a larger than life character. His regular saying was 'I used to know lots of jokes, but can't remember any ' , then spent the next half hour rolling them out non-stop. He saw action in Europe during the 1939-45 war, where he sustained a back injury which affected him for the rest of his life. During recent years He, wife Margaret, my wife Jean & myself were frequent visitors to jazz clubs & dining out until ill health hit them. A lovely man, always pleasant (except when he had to wear a tie). Everybody he met was his friend. He will be missed. R. I. P. "Norm" - Frank Cholerton


26/08/18 - Re; Page of The Week. Thank you Fred for showing Laurie Taylor's 'Thinking Allowed' broadcast. He's right. For anyone around at the time the Temple was the place to be with the Mersey's at their excitingly entertaining best. Who cannot remember, with joy, admiration,and a bit of a drunken smile, Liverpool's own Neddy Seagoon aka Pete Daniels playing the part of a Tradjazz Maynard Ferguson. What a terrific band in an amazing period in the cultural history of Liverpool,where there was music before the Beatles. Unfortunately not too many people know that now. The Temple is now a Coffee Bar and Deli called Baby E. - Bob Lamb


26/08/18 - I just read Ian Royle's very accurate description of the weather conditions on Llandudno Pier last Friday 24th August with the River City jazz band, and I've only got one comment to make - I've started with a cold today, I wonder why?! - Laurie Cooper.


26/08/18 - Sticky Rock Three - just finished the gig in the Sunset Lounge on The North Pier, with Paul Guppy, Dave Bateman and Mike Lovell on the North Pier at Blackpool.


26/08/18 - The Temple in Liverpool is the subject of this week's Page of the Week


26/08/18 - Many Happy Returns today to Mike McLachlan & Andrew Mackenzie, and on Tuesday to Keith Shone.


26/08/18 - More midweek daytime Jazz events this week than usual - On Mon, 27 August, 11:00 – 17:00, Deco Delight at Cartmel races, and on Tue 28th August, 13:15 – 16:30, The River City Jazz Band are on Llandudno Pier. Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar will be at The North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood on Wed, 29 August, 12:00 – 14:30. Then finally on Friday  The River City Jazz Band are back on Llandudno Pier again from 13:15 – 16:30.


26/08/18 - After the monsoon conditions on Llandudno Pier this last Friday (thanks to all our supporters for their enthusiasm before the thunderstorms), today's show (Sunday 26th August) has been cancelled due to the prospect of further downpours. However the River City Jazz Band will be appearing in wellies, sou'westers, thermal underwear and suitably anointed with goose grease on Bank Holiday Monday and on the Tuesday as well.- Ian Royle


24/08/18 - There is now a tribute page for Doug Whaley, and I've just added the latest email which came from Frank Slater.


24/08/18 - For anyone wishing to catch up with Alex, the Alex Clarke Quartet will be paying at the Congleton Jazz & Blues Festival tomorrow (Saturday 25th), with Special Guest TJ Johnson, formerly of this parish but now resident in London. Also appearing is Liverpool-based Amanda Brown and the Common Ears, who I and countless others had the good fortune to see at Trevor Stent's recent Fest Jazz in Brittany. Other sessions over the weekend include the Beartown Stompers and Swingology.- Barry Pryme



23/08/18 - Sad to hear about Doug'. I played with him many times over the years. He was able to adapt to any style of jazz and Big Band music, I enjoyed every session I did with him. He showed such tenacity to carry on with his playing after the devastating series of strokes he suffered, mastering playing left handed. and having a stand made to hold his trumpet in the playing position Another light has gone out in the jazz world. Rest in Peace Doug - Tony Dunleavy


23/08/18 - Really sad to hear about Doug Whaley’s passing : knew him from his association with local jazz musicians in Whitefield, North Manchester, including Jim Ashton (banjo ) who played in the ‘Cotton City Jazzmen ‘ whose base was a pub , near where I moved to from Whitefield just off Walmersley Road , Bury , in October 1957. Will tell Jim the arrangements: knew Doug wasn’t well , & understand he lived not far from the wake venue, but never got round to visiting him. Wouldn’t have taken much effort as I live in Bolton too! - Brian Taylor.


23/08/18 - I am deeply sorry to hear about Doug. He was just about the best player in the North West and, specifically, one of the nicest fellows you could meet. I hadn't seen him for years, but will always remember him and his playing. - Steve Voce



22/08/18 - Ray Murphy is "interested in meeting someone to play jazz trumpet (dixi) and give me advice,would like to find a tutor - I live in OL11 area of Greater Manchester. Played with Owen Bryce in Northampton". Any ideas anyone?

22/08/18 - I am very sad to advise you that I received a call from Colin Whaley, a nephew of Doug Whaley. Colin advised me that Doug passed away on Monday 20th August after being ill for some time. Colin has provided me with the following details relating to the funeral. Colin is quite happy for me to pass on this information for publication on JazzNorthWest. Doug’s funeral will be held at Radcliffe Crematorium at 2.30pm on Thursday 30th August, Postcode M26 4EU. His wake is at Bradshaw Conservative Club, Bradshaw, Bolton, Postcode BL2 3ET – All Welcome.  Doug was a brilliant musician and a major influence to many musicians in jazz circles of all genre. He played a big part in my own life as a musician, work colleague and friend since 1957. He will be sadly missed and I have no doubt that his passing marks the end of an era for many of us. - Regards, Barry Aldous


22/08/18 - Could you have filled three pages about your life story at the age of 18?  Well North West jazz musician, Alex Clarke, has done just that in the latest edition of Just Jazz Magazine, and what an interesting and well written story she has to tell. Mark my words, this is one determined young lady who is going places. She recently released her first CD and says she's "serious about doing my bit towards the apparent revival of young people playing and enjoying jazz and swing". Well worth getting hold of a copy of the magazine which you can order by clicking here and sending off the form.


20/08/18 - Details have now come through for Alan Duckles' funeral arrangements. His funeral will take place at Lancaster and Morecambe Crematorium on Friday 31st August at 2-30pm, and afterwards at the Greaves Park


20/08/18 - Tonight – the sensational Benny Goodman Small Groups from the 1930s on Now You Has Jazz, Jazz, Jazz with Teddy Wilson, Lionel Hampton, Harry James Martha Tilton and the great Gene Krupa. 8pm on "The Sound of Spitfire"

20/08/18 - Some more cracking photographs from Rochdale Jazz Club Last night. Sam Ralph kindly gave access to them here - Andrew MacKenzie's Jazz Friends


20/08/18 - Could you help Marsden Jazz Festival go with a swing? Well that's the headline in Saddleworth Life. It's detailed in this week's JazzNorthWest Weekly. "Marsden Jazz Festival needs you!" It would appear that Marsden Jazz Festival, is seeking volunteers to help ensure this year’s event goes smoothly.


19/08/18 - ‘Director/Producer Renee Edwards has crafted a documentary about the embattled tradition of New Orleans’ musicians, and their struggle for continued habitation and survival after their careers have been made barely tenable by natural disaster, poor flood defences and political machinations. - Katrina.  “If the musicians ain’t got a chance to live, then what chance has the music got?” - Dr John. The film, "One Note At A Time" is set in the iconic musical backdrop of New Orleans, where the music stopped in 2005 when one of the most destructive hurricanes in American history struck. The flood defences failed, flooding the Crescent City for weeks. Lives were lost and lives were shattered. Many displaced musicians felt compelled to return to the chaos and bleak confusion to play again. This is the story of some who made it back, told in their own words, with those who fought alongside to resuscitate the music scene. I have been in contact with Jane Munro who tells me -"The film is screening at HOME Manchester Aug 24-30. Here is their film page, although tickets won’t go on sale until Tuesday.".  Check out the trailer  below



19/08/18 - Correction - Just one daytime midweek jazz event - The River City Jazz Band on Llandudno Pier on Fri, 24 August, 13:15 – 16:30


19/08/18 - This week's Page of The Week is "What makes a Jazz Club successful"? It was put together by John Muskett from the results of a poll by Norman Gibson and David Wellock back in 2014.


19/08/18 - Many Happy Returns next Saturday to Ben Holder, and on Sunday to Mike McLachlan & Andrew Mackenzie.


17/08/18 - Mart Rodger writes, "I have just found a tape recorded in 1956 at The King's Hall in Cheadle Hulme. John Mayall vocal/piano, Derek Atkins trumpet, Alan Hare trombone, Frank Booth banjo/guitar, Norman Slater double bass, Gordon Becket drums and myself Mart Rodger clarinet. There are three numbers "The Sheik of Araby", "Buckets Got a Hole in It", "If you See Me Comin'. This was Alan Hare’s band.".


16/08/18 - After 24 years of jazz at Roa Island the last gig will be with on the 8 September 2018 with Martin Bennett's Old Green River Band with Alex Clarke. After a minor incident at our last gig, the Roa Island Boat Club informed me that I could no longer serve food at my jazz events. Since Cooking with Jazz has been a major factor in selling 'tickets' I said that I would not continue. I and others are now diverting our support to the Kendal Jazz Club. Val Kennedy is considering putting on a substitute for the Keith Nichols gig at Abbots Hall Hotel, Kents Bank. Paul Loftus also hopes to revive the Prince of Wales Pub, Foxfield, as a jazz venue.


15/08/18 - I've set up a page in memory of Alan Duckles, so if you have any stories or memories you'd like to share, please let me have them. It's because of researchers  and emails from distant relatives or old acquaintance Googling people they once knew, that I have come to realise the importance of the tribute pages.


15/08/18 - The new venue for the Wall City Jazz Band is now established. It is Upton-By-Chester Royal British Legion. We will be playing on the second Tuesday of each month. Entry is £4 on the door, inclusive of raffle tickets, and we start at 8 pm. - Alan Jeffs


15/08/18 - Peter Vickers tells me that his book, "The Silver Bell Band - Fifty Years of Music Making", when printed, will be available for £5 which includes postage in the UK.


14/08/18 - Hi Fred, I recently came across a new-ish band (The Peter Johnson Quartet), playing the second Saturday each month at the newly opened Cafelito lounge & bistro, directly opposite the main entrance to Stockport train station, generally from 2.00 to 4.00 pm. With no door charge, a pleasant way to enjoy a coffee, snack or meal during a break from shopping. - Barry Pryme.


14/08/18 - Re: Alan Duckles, very sad. Done many gigs with Alan and Geraldine. It was only last week I asked Barry Marshall about him. Great character and a nice guy.
Kindest thoughts to the family - Gerry & Margaret Clayton.


14/08/18 - One or two people told me yesterday that someone had written some nice things about me on your site, so I had a look & found that that person was my old pal Ian Royle. I blushed when I read what he wrote about me. It's always a great pleasure to play alongside Ian, he's a superb player & a great motivator. You either have to try to rise to his level of exuberance or risk being a total passenger. He said to me many years ago "I'll shake you out of your trombone playing lethargy, Cooper" - he did too, & continues to do so! I don't see nearly enough of Ian these days. - Laurie Cooper.


14/08/18 - When Barbara and I went to Lancaster back in the 90s to listen to the first live jazz band after years in the wilderness listening to other music, it was to see The New Riverside Jazz Band at the Wagon & Horses where we met the band leader, Alan Duckles, on the first of many occasions. So it was with sadness that I learned that Alan had passed away yesterday.  I took this lovely photograph of Alan and his wife Geraldine back in 2002 when we went out for lunch together (click on it for larger version). Alan had founded the New Riverside Jazz Band and led the band since 1983, and eventually retired in early 2017 following a period of ill health. He also fronted  two other bands - Tom Culbert's "Quayside Hot Stompers" and Barrie Marshall's "Sun Street Stompers", and was well known in the Lancaster area having been a teacher there for many years and very much involved with The Footlights Theatre Company based at The Grand Theatre in Lancaster. He was with them for along time as an actor and by all accounts was a good one. Fellow musicians Alan Mathews and Dave Bateman were also in The Footlights the same time.. Geraldine (Gerry) Duckles also played banjo and tenor guitar in those two bands and our thoughts go out to her and their family.


13/08/18 - Many thanks for continuing to present the always enjoyable ( and informative ) Newsletter and helping to keep jazz alive in the North West. If I may revisit the past and the Merseys during their residency at the Albert Dock. Admission was free and downstairs in the vault. I'm sure many readers will remember it and the excellent sessions. One night Ken 'Nob' Baldwin asked me when i arrived if I had been charged a pound to enter. He then told me that a young local 'entrepeneur' (sic) had been standing outside at the entrance charging people a pound to go in ! He had clearly done a flit before i arrived. Those really were the days. - Bob Lamb


13/08/18 - Parrjazz returned to their original base at Studio2, Parr Street  at the beginning of June where sessions start at 8.30pm until 11pm and then the jam for musicians. The admission is free.  In addition to live music Parrjazz continue to hold their Jazz Jam + the added vinyl  jam which last week included  a Clarence Williams LP.   Do you know  the film 'The Legend of 1900' ? The part of Jelly Roll Morton, including the shining diamond-studded tooth, is played by grandson Clarence Williams III and includes a whirlwind of a ' piano duel '. A clip is on YouTube.  The resident quartet  support the guest musician although there is sometimes a visiting band. A recent appearance was The Grumpah Band from Yorkshire, although not sure what category I'd place them in with bjo/tpt/sousaphone. All I do know that it was one hell of a night. - Bob Lamb


12/08/18 - As band members selfishly take summer holidays, we (Mad Ed Hot Five), have extended out Summer break until Sunday September 9th. Dave Dixson, Stan Williams Mike Swift and a dep for Prof Rippeth ( apparently he will be wrestling with some extra hard sums that day) will be performing alongside my saintly loveliness from ½ 3 thru 6 at the Blue Bell in Halkyn. This is our 13 year you know and our highly valued raffle is a huge attraction. For those not in the know, every week we give away large quantities of shop soiled slightly out of date Jaffa cakes. They keep our regulars..... er, regular. - Ed Lloyd-Hughes

12/08/18 - One lovely lady musician I have yet to meet is Susan Reid-Povall, who grew up surrounded by music, as her father, Roy, was a very accomplished jazz piano player and her aunt, Beryl Reid, was to become very famous in the world of theatre and film. Along with Malcolm Hogarth and partner Isabel Toner she recorded a CD a couple of years ago. You can listen to a sample by going to this week's Page of The Week

12/08/18 - Midweek daytime jazz this week - The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 17 August, 12:30 – 14:30 at Carnforth Railway Station where there are Tea Rooms and Good food available. Also on Friday The Riverside Jazz Band will be playing on Llandudno Pier between 13:15 – 16:30. The Riverside Jazz Band plays daytime gigs on Llandudno Pier on Fridays and Sundays throughout the rest of August and into September plus Bank Holiday Monday.

12/08/18 - Many Happy Returns this week to a couple of drummers, Alan Davies, now down in the South West, and to Midland's Graham Smith once a regular visitor to the North West with the Antique Six.

10/08/18 - I'm not a natural book reader, prefer to use them for reference only, but I recently read a book from start to finish, something I haven't done in a long time. However this book was something special. It's a history of a local Preston jazz band, "The Silver Bell Band - Fifty Years of Music Making" by the band leader, Pete Vickers. It's full of photographs and charts the places and events at which the band has played, and the musicians who have been part of it. There are amusing anecdotes, including one where the Pete tells of the "numerous performances at The Gynn Square in Blackpool which were memorable to several members of the band who had visited New Orleans many times. Memorable in that they used the same pungent and flowery toilet cleaner as the well frequented Johnnie White's bar in the crescent city". Pete's first batch of 100 books have already sold out. Perhaps not so much sold out as given out to the many musicians who have featured in it, as well as friends and acquaintances such as myself. If you want a copy, then you'll probably have to wait for the reprint, but you can let me know and I'll pass details on and hopefully reserve you a copy. I'm not sure of the price yet.

10/08/18 - Derek Harrison writes, "My wife and I still run a monthly Jazz Session (2nd Thursday in each month) at The Boathouse Restaurant, Ellesmere, Shropshire. I don't trouble you with it - although it has become one of the best and most popular jazz venues for miles - because I'm aware we are 'on the fringe' of the North-West area you cover mainly.  However, since last night's session featured prominent musicians from the north-west, I would like to mention it to you. With myself on piano and my dynamic drummer - Graham 'Rockit' Ashley, we combined Mersyside Vibes player Vic Blackwell, outstanding Bassist Grant Russell and the delightful jazz singer Nat Blooms (both from Manchester). This resulted in a great evening of swinging jazz much appreciated by a full house at The Boathouse.  Other musicians featured in Ellesmere have - or are about to be featured - include, Jamie Brownfield - trumpet; Roy Sainsbury - guitar; Mark Challinor's Wabash Jazzmen; The Chicago Swing Katz; Stan Williams - trumpet; together with Terry McGrath and George Huxley. The Boathouse is a venue with a growing reputation and of course, you would be welcome at any time".

09/08/18 - The Riverside Jazz Band plays daytime gigs on Llandudno Pier on Fridays and Sundays throughout the rest of August and into September 1-15pm until 4-30pm. plus Bank Holiday Monday. After the sad death of Bob Hambleton we've had Andrew MacKenzie from the Chicago Teds and the great Laurie Cooper on trombone.  Laurie and I have worked with big and small bands in the past and it was such a pleasure to hear that his superlative phrasing and expertise have not diminished since we played together in the past.  If you can survive the traffic on the A55 and negotiate the parking restrictions in Llandudno I'll play 'West End Blues' for you (perhaps). I've met twenty former brass pupils of mine on that pier. We had a photographer with a dozen long angle lenses snapping away at the band. When the gig finished, he offered his services as a publicity agent for the band-local press and all that. Gerry Owen (reeds) said he should have a word with the banjo player. "Which one is the banjo player?" he asked. The band collapsed in hysterics. Just love the gig-until the monsoon arrives!! - Ian Royle

09/08/18 - In the latest issue of JazzNorthWest Weekly, there's an article on Louis Armstrong along with 44 photographs of him. Scroll down to "Louis Armstrong @ All About Jazz"

08/08/18 - There's a new kid on the block, well more like an old kid that's been round the block and back. Welcome back to Cumbrian band - The Gentlemen of Jazz, who after an  absence have reformed. Led by Peter Myers, the band are now featured on the site and can be accessed from the Band Spotlight page otherwise known as the Main Menu.

07/08/18 - "An update about our visit to the Jazz Centre UK.", writes Jenny Knight. "Rayk jazz (Ray & Jenny Knight and Louis Lince), were invited to give a brief talk about the documentaries we have made, "The Road to Southport Pier - A jazz Odyssey 2017" and "From the Dee to the Mersey - the jazz odyssey continues".  We were very warmly welcomed by Digby Fairweather and were introduced to volunteers and Trustees who were there.  It was billed as 'A very special jazz event in our Lecture Theatre at 2pm. Louis Lince and partners Ray and Jenny Knight join us at 2pm to present a talk about their pioneering documentaries about jazz in the north-west. Their talk will feature a unique premier of their second film "From the Dee to the Mersey".     They have a very good audio/visual system - it was very nice to see the film on the big screen - and the theatre was full.  All the comments were very good and we have been invited back.  If you or anyone "Oop North" should be in the vicinity of Southend-on-Sea, Essex, we can highly recommend a visit, you will not be disappointed - and there are plenty of exhibits.  Our third documentary is in editing and the fourth is at the planning stage".

06/08/18 - The Savannah Jazz Band played at Rochdale Jazz Club last night, and there to record the event once again was Sam Ralph. You can see some of his great photographs here

05/08/18 - There are no daytime midweek jazz events this week.

05/08/18 - Page of the week remains the same because the links in Jazz Extras and What's On were not updated. It's Andrew's Liddle's article about the recording of St Thomas Breakdown by Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz

05/08/18 - Many Happy Returns this coming week to Mark Challinor on Tuesday, Keith Moore on Wednesday Frank Lowe on Friday and Harold Salisbury on Saturday.

05/08/18 - We have enjoyed some great jazz events over many years, going back to Queenie Watts' weekend sessions at her Ironbridge Tavern in London's East End in the early sixties, Phil Mason's Bute Festival and visits to NOLA. But we would say that Fest Jazz last weekend in Chateauneuf Du Faou was our Jazz Nirvana. OK, so it rained all day Sunday, but what a brilliant programme of the best of jazz the world has to offer. The 'Shake 'em Up' girls were just fantastic (Trevor Stent rates them best in the world - see , as were 'Mama Shakers', 'Frog and Henry' with Ewan Bleach, 'Ben Waters' with 16 year old son Tom on sax.. The UK contingent 'Amanda Brown and The Common Ears', 'The Chris Hayward 4' and 'Tad Newton's Jazz Friends' were all very well received. Trevor will have a hard job topping this in 2019, but feel sure many of them will be invited back! - Norman and Meryl Gibson

03/08/18 - 1,300 people accessed the web site last month, and there was a total of 5,100 visits, so still worth pressing on.

03/08/18 - You'd be thinking that the future's looking bright if you read the New Times in Phoenix Arizona, which you probably don't. - "The Lava Hot Jass Band brings its own flavor to New-Orleans-style jazz music. Courtesy of Lava Hot Jass Band, a Group of Arizona State University (ASU) Students Are Bringing New Orleans Jazz to the Desert. Mostly graduate and doctoral students from ASU’s School of Music, as well as alumni, make up the Lava Hot Jass Band. A few younger students, such as trumpet player Liam Connor, are the exception. Wen Wu, a clarinet player from China, is the brainchild of the group. A trip to New Orleans three years ago led to an appreciation for the style, inspiring her to start her own group last year".  “I just fell in love with the music," says Wen, who is an orchestral clarinet major. It never really clicked with me until I went to New Orleans. It feels like I finally understand jazz.”. Check them out at rehersal on

03/08/18 - Sadly, July 30 was the final date at The Mill Hotel for the Wall City Jazz Band. It was a great send off, with the room absolutely packed with enthusiastic jazz fans. All is not lost, however, as I have found a possible new venue which will provide much more seating, dance floor space, and much easier parking. It's the Royal British Legion, Heath Road, Upton-By-Chester CH2 1HX. We will be playing there on Tuesday August 7, as a 'trial' event. - Alan Jeffs

July 2018

31/07/18 - One of the nicest parts of maintaining this web site, is putting old friends back in touch. Last night I had a phone call from Don Bastow trying to contact Colin Tomkins, and sadly I had to inform him that his funeral was announced on the site back in January this year. He said he was a personal friend of Colin & Brenda (now Canty Forrest), and I said I could pass his details on to Brenda if he wished, and he did. Brenda replied and said, "Thank you for that, it is amazing. We knew Don from about 1954 when we all worked at ICI. It wasn’t a jazz friendship but we did go on holiday a few times with him and his wife in the late 50s and when we moved to Wales in 1962 we sort of lost touch. Your site has helped me before in finding friends (and musician friends). I am thrilled to be able to contact Don Bastow again. Thank you so much Fred you do a great job.

30/07/18 - The Autumn issue of Just Jazz is now out and you can check out the cover by clicking here

30/07/18 - I don’t know if I missed any mention of the festival here in North Wales on your page but I have been for the last 3 years and it has been a big success yet again.  It has attracted a big appreciative audience.  The Fringe isn’t expensive and is so popular and even though we had rain showers from time to time it was under cover, and is mostly trad/ mainstream.  I must add we had some young graduates from Leeds college called Mangate Swingers Party who we really enjoyed.  They played a lot of old standard jazz tunes with a bit of a twist and were so happy.  Think we will hear a lot of them in the future.  The Main marquee mostly has the Modern jazz.  We were there all day for 3 days in the Fringe and heard some fantastic jazz, even Stéphane Grappelli type, and Llandudno Big Swing band ,and others. A very entertaining. weekend, just hope it’s there again next year. - Brenda Canty Forest.

30/07/18 - "Dear Fred, Thank you for mentioning our 61st Anniversary. I’m glad to say Janet is getting better from her foot operation and two bad falls.  On the day we were married I was a member with the Zenith Six and our weekly Friday session was at The Clarendon on Oxford Road, Manchester and a picture of the venue is attached. After our wedding we came to our flat in Disley and we were invited to a party that evening with the Zenith Six.  We are both very happy and love having so many great friends like yourself and Barbara". -  Mart and Janet Rodger

30/07/18 - A headline from Friday's Washington Post  - "New Orleans celebrates 300 years of letting the good times roll .... New Orleans turns 300 years this year".   Founded in1718 by French Canadian Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, it's quite an interesting article.

29/07/18 - Alex Clarke, the young reed player from South Manchester who has made her presence well and truly known in the North West, is on her way to the Midlands, where the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (Birmingham City University) beckons, and I'm sure we all wish her well for the future. Alex is also really excited to announce that her debut album “Mirage” is finally out and available to purchase.  It features Alex Clarke (saxes & flute),  Tom Kincaid (piano),  Ed Harrison (bass) and  Eryl Roberts (drums), You can order a copy for £12 incl. p&p. via, or find her at a gig and you can take one away with you for just £10! Her next gig is at The Conservative Club, Ashton U Lyne with The Tame Valley Stompers (Beaky Jazz Club) on Wed, 1 August, at 8-30pm

29/07/18 - The rain stopped just after lunch, so a quick decision to dash up to Fleetwood to see and hear Mike Lovell's Four in a Bar at the North Euston in Fleetwood today. Willie Entwistle, Mike, Chris Howse and bass player Ed Harrison. I was quite amused at a sandwich board in the hotel lobby which read, "Soup of The Day" then underneath, "Ham Egg & Chips £7.50" That's some chunky soup. Click on photo for larger version.

29/07/18 - There are no daytime midweek jazz events this week unless you know different?

29/07/18 - Many Happy Returns next week to Jim Swinnerton and Ken Binns on Monday, and to Mike Lovell on Friday. Also congratulations to Mart & Janet Rodger who celebrate their 61st wedding anniversary on Friday.  Eleven years earlier, to celebrate their Golden Wedding and dedicated to Janet, Mart and the band recorded the CD,  "ALLMART". There to witness the recording in  St. Thomas’s, Stockport, was Andrew Liddle, who went on to write the sleeve notes for the CD. Mart is a perfectionist and if you want to know what it takes to get a recording session just right, read Andrew's article about it - St Thomas Breakdown. It's this week's Page of the Week.  I've just been listening to this lovely CD and this beautiful recording of Amazing Grace. Also the CD is still available from here

27/07/18 -
Bingley Mavericks gig list has been updated

27/07/18 - Last minute change at Carlisle Jazz Club - Emily Bacon's Good Time Gang now playing on Aug 2nd

26/07/18 - Mike Lovell has shared this video with me It features LAUGHING STOCK with Willy Entwistle (Temperance Seven & Six In A Bar Classic Jazz Band) and Gerry Mawdsley (ukulele player & president of the George Formby Society). Enjoy.

26/07/18 - "Re: Rayk jazz documentaries. As you may be aware", writes Louis Lince, "We are having severe problems with people from the other side of the world ripping off our titles on YouTube and putting pornographic materials up under the name. Legal action is taking place....BUT .... Good news - the three of us (Ray, Jenny and I) are giving a presentation in Southend to the Jazz Centre UK on Saturday 4th August in the afternoon talking about our documentary series and a big screen viewing of #2 "From the Dee to the Mersey ". Both our titles have been accepted into their archive for posterity! We're still working on the editing of #3 and are planning #4 to cover the Newcastle (not Northwest but oop north!) area".

25/07/18 - Carlisle Jazz Club gig list has been updated

25/07/18 - I love this story from Barrie Marshall about a regular venue for the Silver Bell Band. "I was talking to the landlord of the Mad Hatters in Preston last week, I asked him why they had changed the name from The Ale Emporium. He said because it was nicknamed The A & E, and when one guy told a taxi driver to pick him up from pub, the taxi went to the hospital because he gave the driver the nickname".

24/07/18 - Thanks to Sam Ralph, there are more great pictures taken at Rochdale Jazz Club, this time it's the Aire Valley Jazz Band with some well known faces that you can see here. I've added links to all Sam's photographs on the Rochdale Jazz Club page

23/07/18 - "An old friend of the band (Sun Street Stompers), turned up today with his sousaphone", wrote Barrie Marshall  on Sunday. Arno Bakker did a duet with Paul Guppy on tuba. which you can see at

23/07/18 - The latest edition of Jazznorthwest Weekly, my weekly jazz newspaper, features an article entitled Jelly Roll Morton's House - New Orleans Music Map, as well as lots of other articles which you may find of interest.

23/07/18 - Many NW jazz bands have played at Pickering Jazz Festival in the past including the Quayside Hot Stompers where you can find a video of the band on their page, when they were playing there. So what happened to the Pickering Jazz Festival?  Well The Kirkbymoorside Town Blog stated on Saturday - "The Sixth Ryedale Festival of Traditional Jazz will be held in Pickering and starts tomorrow, Sunday, with a week long programme of concerts. The Festival kicks off at the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul at 2.30pm with a spirituals concert featuring the Ryedale Jazz Band. All the other concerts will be held in the Memorial Hall and start each evening at 7.30pm".  Some things haven't changed though - The Harlem Hot Stompers play on Monday, July 23, Tame Valley Stompers on Thursday, July 26, "Mick Lovell and his Siz-in-a-Bar" on Saturday, July 28. (I guess that unless they have amended it by now, it's going to be hot 'sizzling' jazz - Fred).

22/07/18 - "Bonjour Fred. I had forgotten all about my memoirs of The Strawbury Duck. I have a few recordings I made on my little cheap cassette recorder (quality varies) and here are two by The French Quarter Band from 1985 and one by The Magnolia Band, probably the same year.  As I wrote in my earlier dissertation The M6 Breakdown Band was the regular Thursday night entertainment. And, as you can hear from the attached recording, entertainment is certainly was". - Graham Martindale. You can hear these tracks on the Strawbury Duck page

22/07/18 -
If you are a Plusnet customer and receive this news via email, I'm afraid several were rejected this weekend as they were regarded as spam. You'll need to catch up by visiting this news page on the site.

22/07/18 -  Yesterday, on the eve of Fest Jazz getting under way, Peter Butler has posted, on his website, the full programme for Fest Jazz 2018. It contains some very good videos of bands appearing, which Festival Director and ex Blue Mags leader Trevor Stent has commented he is very pleased with. All needed now is the weather to be kind. - Norman Gibson

22/07/18 - There's one pub in the North West I've nearly made it to on a couple of occasions, the last time proving that I'd approached it from the wrong end and the road was impassable. It's off the beaten track somewhat, so much so that the Google Camera car has not even ventured near it so you won't find it on Google Street Map. Hard to imagine that  The Strawbury Duck (my spell checker tells me that's spelt wrong, but it isn't), in Entwistle, Turton near Bolton, was once a thriving traditional jazz venue. It was mentioned on the site back in 2013 and is this week's Page of The Week

22/07/18 - Daylight Jazz next week includes Deco Delight at Cartmel Races on Monday from 11am and Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at the North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood on Wed, 25 July, 12:00 – 14:30.

22/07/18 - Many Happy Returns today to Louis Lince. On Tuesday it's Brian Singleton's turn to celebrate his birthday, on Wednesday Les Harris, on Thursday Charlie Bentley, Friday it's Barry Grummett and next Sunday we have three in a row, Barry Aldous, Rae Owen and Ton Rippieth.  Happy Birthdays to you all.

21/07/18 - Bands that appear on the Spotlight Page (Main Menu) have appeared in What's On during the last 12 months. Unfortunately Payday Loons haven't had any public gigs in this period and like others, they now appear in the Whatever Happened to .... section. Their web page has the same address and can still be found via Google. Hopefully it won't be too long before they are listed on the Spotlight Page again.

20/07/18 - Mike Lovell has sent me a couple of photographs of  Anthony Mason, Colin Turner and himself taken at their gig at Lancaster University, for a graduation ceremony. See

19/07/18 - Hi Fred,  Enjoying Davos New Orleans Jazz Festival and passed on your best to Geoff Bull & Ryoichi Kawai. Definitely the best N O style band around. Good to see Tom Kincaid & The Three Bears, doing their usual excellent job backing The Creole Clarinets as well as appearing in their own right. Apart from musicians we are virtually the only Brits here! Plenty of daytime music, perhaps you ought to consider it for 2019? - Fraser McCombe

19/07/18 - Nigel Irvine is the latest musician to join the Deps List. Nigel plays Sousaphone and Tuba, and although based in London, can travel anywhere in his camper van.

17/07/18 -  Just noticed the post on your website that says there isn't much midweek jazz on this week - but to reassure you and all your readers, the High Society Band will be at Carnforth Station as usual in Friday 20th July at 12.30pm for our 'Jazz Lunch'. - Dave Bateman. Thanks Dave, missed that one - Fred

16/07/18 - There's no session of Jazz Rendezvous at St Helens Bowling Club in August, but it will resume on September 9th with guests Terry Brunt (tbn), Dave Alexander (gtr) and Howard Murray (saxes).

16/07/18 - Hi Fred In your 'Page of the Week', it refers to a 'rake' as a 'ne'er do well'. I can recall my Dad back in NI, when he was giving some words of wisdom, telling us young brothers, to steer clear of some of the bxxxxy rakes around town and the women with them. If you check Wikipedia - 'Rake (Stock Character), you will find that rakes were, although charismatic, very unsavoury individuals. So ending up in St.James Infirmary, or any other one, was quite likely. I do, however, like very much Lucian Barbarin's version of SJI with the Dave Donohoe Jazz Band - Norman Gibson

16/07/18 - Would you buy a used car off this man?  Probably not because he doesn't sell them, but  yesterday, at 'Tram Sunday' in Fleetwood, as we arrived by the North Euston Hotel where the Wyre Levee Stompers were playing, he was reaching the end of a vocal. It was only when Pete Lindup (tpt) announced his name that I did a double take and realised who the guest trombonist was. Move your mouse over the picture to find out (Can you do that on an iPhone?). More pictures at

15/07/18 -
A bit too late now, but this from - The 40th Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival is officially underway and will get into full swing this weekend with its two headline free events - the Mardi Gras and the Carnival.  This afternoon (Saturday 14th July), festival-goers will throng to the Grassmarket for swing, dixieland, New Orleans and trad jazz bands. Let's hope they did!

15/07/18 - I'm sure you are all familiar with the jazz number, "St James' Infirmary", but where was it?   That was an interesting discussion that took place in 2011 and is this week's Page of The Week

15/07/18 - The only place you'll find any jazz during the day next week will be in Manchester on Friday when the Manchester Jazz Festival is taking place, but you will be hard put to find any traditional variety I suspect.

15/07/18 - Many Happy Returns this coming week to Bob Pickersgill & Mike Carnie on Friday 20th, and Louis Lince next Sunday 22nd July.

13/07/18 - Thanks to Dennis Whitehead, I've added a link to an interesting band with a fascinating history - The Water Rats Jazz Band. The bad news, according to their web site is that "this year will be our final tour", but the good news is, "but last year was as well and so will be next year".

13/07/18 -  "Please could you let people know that the High Society Band's regular gig at The Bare Village Club at 4.00pm on Sunday 15th July is definitely on, despite the distractions of a certain football competition! There is also quite a lot of music going on in Morecambe over the weekend for the Morecambe Music Festival, but this is the ONLY venue for traditional jazz - and it's free!". - Dave Bateman

10/07/18 - It's that time of year again. Tram Sunday takes place annually in Fleetwood this coming Sunday, quite an event if you haven't been before. As usual the Wyre levee Stompers will be playing outside the North Euston Hotel.

10/07/18 - Sorry to hear about Derek Pearce. Until I read Pete Ward's comment I had forgotten about The Duel. It was at the Sportsman as far as I can remember. I don't know what sparked it off as I am sure I was my usual diplomatic self !  Anyway battle commenced although I don't know what the rest of the band thought. It can now be revealed that I won. At least I think so, maybe. - Moe Green. 

09/07/18 - The latest set of photographs from Sam Ralph taken at Rochdale Jazz Club, are now available to view by clicking here. They feature the Chicago Teddybears Society Jazz Band

09/07/18 - Those who are committed followers of the Tour de France on TV will see the the riders pass through the site of Fest Jazz at Châteauneuf-du-Faou on Wednesday 11th July around 14h15 -14h30 (UK time). They will possibly catch the concert of Good Time Jazz in the village square as well ( although with such frenzied excitement in the village and the number of bars open on the streets, it is quite possible that the group, along with most on the local inhabitants, will be horizontal by midday. - Trevor Stent

09/07/18 - The latest Dove Jazz Club Bugle can be seen by clicking here

08/07/18 - Here are the details of the funeral service for Bertram Donn: - Springwood Jewish Cemetery, Springwood Avenue, on the opposite side to Allerton Cemetery.  There will be a Jewish ceremony and burial (not cremation).  Here are the first details of the funeral service for Bert:  Location:  Springfield Jewish Cemetary, Garston L25 7UN.  Date/time: Tuesday 10 July at 1 PM.    Afterwards we will meet up at the Richmond Tavern, Church Road, Wavertree. - Howard Murray

08/07/18 - Hello Fred, I just picked up the sad news about Derek Pearce's passing. Great bass player and lovely man. I knew him well from playing trombone in Johnny Tippett’s band way back. I remember him once taking umbrage for some unfathomed reason at Moe Green’s drumming at a gig (possibly the Sportsman in Market Street) and having an almighty musical tussle, Derek ramping up his amplifier and Moe responding, with no need at all for electronic assistance. It sure was extremely loud! Don’t think either won. RIP Derek. - Peter Ward

08/07/18 - Back in January 2011, I asked the question -  "How many of you were into skiffle and was it all part of the jazz scene? I've only come across one band that plays skiffle these days, Peter Frank Allstars, maybe you know different?". Well you certainly did, so would be interesting to know if those answers still stand?  It's this week's Page of The Week

08/07/16 - NW musicians celebrating birthdays this week are Geraldine Duckles on Tuesday, Ian Royle on Wednesday, Cyril Wroe on Thursday and Isabel Toner on Friday. Many Happy Returns to you all.

08/07/16 - Wigan Jazz Festival take place this week, and it's the only place you are likely to find any daytime jazz midweek. Whether it's your kind of jazz or not, only you can tell me.

07/07/18 - Many thanks indeed to Cris Challener for his rapid fire delivery of the pics. They magnify very well, being made of dots, painstakingly from a photograph. We're used to megapixel phones now, but these to me are an artistic marker of the times, and as such unique. Thanks for sharing, Cris.

07/07/18 - In response to Jon White's request, Cris Challener has sent me two pictures by Frank Caunce which l have combined. Click on it for enlarged version. There's also one of Bessie Smith at

07/07/18 - Hello Fred, Another sad notification. Bertram Donn, jazz bassist, previously guitarist, of Liverpool collapsed during a bass solo on a gig on the Wirral.  He died in hospital the same evening but his son(s) made it to the hospital to be with him as he went. - Howard Murray

07/07/18 -
Hi Fred, Can't let Chris Challener get away with that appetite whetting re Frank Caunce, with no pics. Trombone playing Frank had a huge dedication to dotting a piece of paper from a photograph, producing "living" images, that moved with your glance. I'd love to see the Charlie Christian (my hero too), on Chris's wall. I'm wondering if Chris, or a pal, could send us a phone pic or something. - Jon White

06/07/18 - Back in the 1970s I was working for a time in Preston "on loan" to the HI-Fi shop Hardman's Radio.  Whilst there I met one Les Powell (I hope I remember his name correctly) who, like me, was a jazz fan and Les and I together with a few others would visit various spots in the area to see jazz. We saw (and spoke with) the great Ruby Braff at a local rugby club.  I would collect our group in my car and I remember seeing in Les' hall a picture of Bessie Smith and another, I think, of Ma Rainey. I was so taken with them that I told Les and he said they were by a local artist called Frank Caunce and that if I liked he would ask Frank to do me a couple at a very reasonable price.  I chose Charlie Christian and Duke Ellington and I still have them hanging in my sitting room.  Frank used a form of pointillism and although I sent (via Les) my thanks I would have liked to have met him and thanked him personally. - Cris Challener

06/07/18 - Tony Talk would love Fest Jazz this year then ! 'Mama Shakers' are there in a couple of weeks time, and also amazing New Orleans all girls 'Shake 'em Up JB' and, of course return of the 'Frog and Henry' collective. His other alternative is to get over to Sunderland weekend 14 July for the 'Shake 'em Up' girls and that very talented lady Gunhild Carling from Sweden. Her visual stage performance would put the acrobatic Cab Calloway in the shade ! The cost of a one night stay would be off-set as the Street Festival is FREE !! - Norman Gibson

06/07/18 - Dear Fred, The details of Derek Pearce's funeral are as follows - Altrincham Crematorium , White House Lane WA14 5RH, Time 11.30, Afterwards at THe Belmore Hotel Brooklands Rd Sale M33 3QN. - Stuart T Renn

05/07/18 - We two listened to Mama Shakers at Upton and they were excellent; besides the 1920s "folk" they even performed "digging my potatoes" from my 1950s misspent youth!!  A total suprise !!! Anyone own up to remembering that?   Trumpet-Angela -so effortless too ;Clarinet-perfect! the whole group were first class. - Tony Talk

05/07/18 - Having read Fraser McCombe's note about Bill Bissonette I have to tell you that my own piece was drastically edited and toned down before I sent it to you. At the time of Bissonette's attack on New Orleans Music I was incensed and remember all too well the effect it had on my dear friends Mike and Pete. Thanks Fraser for making those comments. I should have been a little more forthright with mine. - Graham Martindale

04/07/18 - To add to my contribution to the 2012 discussion on band singers I must admit that writing and singing my own lyrics to well known songs is great fun and one of the best ways to entertain an audience. Joe Addy used to sing a song with the Chicago Teds which kept on expanding over the years and had the audience in stitches (I'm sure Brian Singleton will remember it) and Joe didn't HAVE to have a great voice to keep the punters amused. Roy Rogers sang 'It's very clear-Your mothers here to stay' with the same band. That was a pinch from Alan Sherman's version (one day I'll have a go at 'You went the wrong way old King Louis'-it's on You Tube). I also pinched 'Zimmertime' from Frank Brooker (what a plagiarist I am) with ZIMMERTIME (2,3,4,1) AND THE WALKIN' AIN'T EASY (if you can't anticipate the rests you shouldn't be on this site). JOINTS ARE CREAKIN'- AND THE BLOOD PRESSURE'S HIGH...WALK TWENTY FEET...AND YOU END UP WHEEZIN...MY BOXES OF PILLS THEY..STAND UP TWO FEET HIGH'.  Jazz singers? Look up Bob Wallis. He could hold an audience in the palm of his epiglottis. Still Swinging. - Ian Royle

02/07/18 - Bit late perhaps, but just noticed that the Adrian Cox trio features on the Cerys Matthews blues programme on Radio 2 tonight at 8.00 - also available on catch-up. Presumably showcasing his 'Profoundly Blue' Edmond Hall project. - Barry Pryme

02/07/18 - For big band fans, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, directed by Ray McVay, will be playing at the Platform in Morecambe on Friday 27 July, 7.30pm. Tickets: £22

01/07/18 - RIP Derek, a good bass man and all round good stalwart of our movement.  - Tony Kennedy.     Derek will be much missed and, as Stuart says, a lovely man & a good player. - Laurie Cooper.

01/07/18 - I have just to tell you what a great night we had at Jazz George Arnold birthday party on Friday night superbandled by Rae Owens whose birthday it was also. You will probably recognise some of his closest friends. I am Jane Shaw from Heysham the one in the middle in blue.

01/07/19 - A balanced view from Mr Martindale and worthy of consideration. However I would suggest that ‘Jazz Northwest’ is self evidently parochial and that we should take care of our own.  Therefore let’s remember Mike Hazeldine & Peter Horsfield as important persons in the Jazz NW scene who suffered at the hands of Mr Bissonette.  -  Fraser McCombe

01/07/18 - Sad to inform you that Derek Pearce died last week after a short illness. He was for many years the bass player for the Salt City Jazzmen and had been playing since the 1950s in and around the Manchester area with almost everybody in that time. A lovely man and a good player he will be much missed. Sadly too his wife Lilian who was also unwell died on the same day Our thought go out to his daughter Janet who was caring for them both - Stuart Renn.    Alan Newton also writes, "Derek Pearce, of SALE Manchester, died on Thursday 28th June. He had not been well for some time but was playing his double bass 3 weeks ago.  For the last 20years he had been playing 'bass' with The Salt City Jazzmen (based in Nantwich). Previous to this he played with the Chicago Teddy Bears Society Jazzband. Special bass player and special friendly person. Will be missed".

01/07/18 - Hi Fred  I see Mama Shakers also on the front page. My feedback from their performance at Upton Jazz Festival tells me they were 'amazing' and 'just wonderful' - and those two descriptions were from a mid-seventies year old and a guy in his early eighties, both long time jazzers. Of course, Mama Shakers are at Fest Jazz end of this month, so I'll be seeing them there ! Good on Upton for taking a punt on upcoming young bands. - Norman Gibson

01/07/18 - Midweek daytime jazz events coming up - Tue, 3 July, 14:00 – 16:00, The SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House.

01/07/18 - Are band singers putting you off the music? Well that was a discussion that took place in 2012. Have things improved? Check out this week's Page of the Week

01/07/18 - Many Happy Returns on Friday to Lindsay Taylor Tony Dunleavy

June 2018


30/06/18 - Just read the very sad news of the passing of Mike Green. As Dave Kendal stated he was a true gentleman and a great reedman. Although I only booked Mike a couple of times at Leeds Jazz Club due to his Tuesday commitment, he played many corporate functions for me over the years via John Wall Enterprises Entertainment Agency. He will be much missed.  RIP Mike. - John Wall.

30/06/18 - The latest edition of just Jazz Magazine is out, nice to see Alex Clarke with her mum and dad and TJ Johnson on the front page. details here

30/06/18 - The most recent England team football result is good news. This means they are not playing on Monday and that will not be an effect on the audience at High Lane Conservative Club on Monday 2nd July. However the weather will be HOT like the jazz music. - Mart Rodger

30/08/16 - I was very sad to hear of the passing of Mike, I used to play in his band ie:- Mike Green and his Music, many years ago, he was a Gentleman and an excellent player and showman, may he rest in peace. - Dave Kendall [Trumpet Player]

29/06/18 - Hi Fred, I am sad to inform you that Mike Green, 25yrs reed player in our band 'The Blackhorse Jazzmen', passed away on Wednesday evening. Mike commuted weekly over 100 miles from the Harrogate area over Blubberhouse pass in most weathers to play in Settle (currently the Lion on Tuesdays). He will be missed for his brilliant rapport with the audience, his vast repertoire and his vocals. I am sure others will be able to let us know of his jazz activities in earlier days. Mike's wife asked me to let people know.   - Peter Boswell.'

28/06/18 - Sally has emailed to ask, "Please do you know of any outdoor evening jazz events in this lovely summer weather?".  The immediate answer to that was none, but tell me how long it's going to last. Then I thought about it and realised that many pubs will have more people sitting outside than inside in this hot weather. I put this to Sally and she said, "Would love to know if there are any pubs where you can sit outside and still hear the band from the inside! ".  So how about it?  Only hurry up before it rains, I'm sure others would like to know too.

28/06/18 - Sad to hear of Big Bill's passing. I played with him when he joined New Orleans Express at one of our monthly Frodsham gigs but I have always had mixed feelings towards Bill. He took a LOT of stick for his claim against "New Orleans Magazine". Totally unnecessary in my view. On the other hand he did a marvellous job organising tours and concerts for New Orleans musicians and his catalogue of recordings is magnificent.    PS The views expressed in the above are solely those of myself and in no way should be taken to reflect the opinion of Jazz Northwest, its publishers, personnel or other contributors !!! - Graham Martindale

28/06/18 - Don't get caught out, Kendal Jazz Club, normally monthly on the  second Tuesday, will welcome back piano maestro and kingpin of vintage jazz - Keith Nichols, on Wednesday 11 July at the Kentdale Suite, Kendal Rugby Club, starting at 8.00pm. He will be leading a trio with Steve Andrews (reeds) and Roy Cansdale (double bass).Admission £12.50 on the door for guests, £10 members.

28/06/18 - Sad news about Bill. Literally only yesterday I finished reading his 'Easy Rider' book for probably the third time. So many things resonate with me in his story. The visits I made to New York in the late '50s where, like him, I was privileged to hear the De Paris band at Jimmy Ryans, with the wonderful Omer Simeon on clarinet, and to the Metropole to hear Red Allen and J C Higginbotham. Then a number of visits to New Orleans in the early '60s, when I heard and talked with many of the great musicians in the Paddock Lounge, Leroy's Patio, and of course the Preservation Hall. Wonderful days, wonderful music and Bill was a foremost ambassador. i'm sure I'll be reading his book and listening to his music again soon. R.I.P. Bill, with Big Jim and Sammy - Richard Knock

26/06/18 - This communiqué from JP Alessi, French Preservation Hall New Orleans Jazz Band, forwarded by Brian Turnock.  "Bill Bissonnette - Big Bill Bissonnette passed away this morning, quietly and comfortably. He will be missed by family, friends and fans around the world. He lived his life trying to spread the music he loved, both through his own playing and the recordings that he made of others.   As his final days were upon him he was very introspective, looking back on what he had helped create throughout his life. He was adamant that it was the music that mattered, and he was sure that somewhere there were young musicians hearing New Orleans style jazz and being inspired by it to do their own thing, just like he was inspired by his own idols and mentors: Sammy Penn on drums and Big Jim Robinson on trombone.   His preference was to be cremated without ceremony and those wishes will be honored. In lieu of flowers or cards, I'm sure he would have liked nothing more than for people to remember him by sharing a link to one of his recordings, whatever your personal favorite may have been. He lives on through those recordings and the joy that they bring others.   Many years ago, when facing a life-threatening surgery, he expressed to me that he wasn't worried about the outcome. He believed that there were only two ways it could go. He would either wake up to see me again, or he would wake up to see Big Jim Robinson. He came back to us that day and made many more recordings, many more friends and many more memories over the years, for which we are all very thankful.   Today he has gone to be with Big Jim and the others he had always wanted to see again".

25/06/18 - Feedback from a recent trip to Belgium to see Tuba Skinny - Met all the contacts at 3 concerts in Belgium and amazed at their dedication to make all a success. Dendermonde around 120 in a hall opposite the Honky Tonk jazz club. Gent - 80 local enthusiasts in the Ovaki cinema club a very old building our favourite venue. Lier - approx 150 I. Concert hall. TS only repeated 1 number for the 3 concerts. Well worth the effort to see them. At Lier we stayed in the same international hostel as TS and spent at least an hour having b/fast and chatting to TS. No one else around. All in all a brill and entertaining experience  - Peter Dennis

25/06/18 - The latest band to be photographed by Sam Ralph at Rochdale Jazz Club, last night was Mike Lovell's Six in a Bar, cracking photographs too here

25/06/18 - The Savoy Jazzmen are leading the worship at All Saints' Parish Church, Childwall Abbey Road, Childwall, Liverpool. L16 0JW this coming Sunday 1st July at 6.20 p. m. The service starts with a parade from outside the Childwall Abbey Pub at 6.20 p. m. Looking forward to John Pashley joining us for this service. As the service is part of the regular pattern of worship in the church there is no admission charge.  Light refreshments will be served at the end of the service. Everyone welcome" - Peter Swensson.

25/06/18 - Tonight's  "now You Has Jazz, Jazz, Jazz" show for Sound of Spitfire. has some great music : Roy Eldridge in 1937, with Zutty Singleton. Zutty, Pee wee Russell & Joe Sullivan,Sr Rosetta Tharpe, Marie Knight and Sammy Price, Slim Gaillard, Tiny Parham, Bing Crosby and the Condon Mov with Wettling and Wild Bill, Sidney de Paris Blue Note Jazzmen, Teddy Wilson's 1944 Sextet with Big Sid Catlett, Louis Armstrong & Kid Ory and Joe Robichaux. 9pm tonight and repeated 11pm Wednesday.

25/06/18 - Walter Love's superb Radio Ulster Jazz Club programme of Sunday 24.06.18 featured Walter in conversation with the great Colin Bowden, arguably Europe's premier New Orleans Jazz Drummer, who has links primarily with respective Ken Colyer Jazz Bands and latterly the Chris Barber Jazz Band. Well worth a listen on BBC Radio Player in the forthcoming four weeks! - David Evans

24/06/18 - This week looks like being a hot one, and a cool sea breeze might be just what you need, so why not take a trip to Fleetwood where Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar will be playing on Wednesday, 27 June from 12:00 – 14:30. It's the only mid week daytime jazz event this week.

24/06/18 - Carlisle jazz Club gig list has been updated

24/06/18 - Ever wondered what might have happened if you had pursued a particular interest when you were younger?  Well as a young lad, as well as being a choir boy, I was invited to take part in a junior amateur dramatic production, "Beside the Seaside", which was reviewed in the local paper (Accrington Observer). As a result of that glowing testimonial, I got a part in the school play, Arsenic & Old Lace". I put the review on this site in the hope that some of the others involved, who I was no longer in contact with, might find it via Google, and get in touch, but it never happened. Nothing to do with jazz, but for page of the week, it was the next file on the site alphabetically. Can you spot me? You've only three to pick from!

24/06/18 - Many Happy Returns this week to pianist Pete Major (tomorrow), Pete Fielding on Tuesday, and on Saturday - Grant Hogan-Taylor and ex Yorkshire Stompers leader, Tony Smith.

22/06/18 - I've just added a link to who have a section on Jazz Posters & Art Prints. Just the thing for your music room or maybe something to brighten up your local jazz club.

22/06/18 - Hi Fred, I look forward to the Sunday afternoon jazz in Southport (18/06). I can easily get there on the train.  Thank you for all your hard work in keeping up your Jazz page.  Kind regards, - Mildred Finney

21/06/18 - Two recent photographs have been added to the Lune Valley Jazz Band page

20/06/18 - John Howell's video of 'East Coast Trot' (18-06-18) has a great Nick Ward solo, and I wonder if he was influenced by the exuberant style of the great Huub Janssen - see Youtube 'Huub Janssen (Drummer) Solo ' - Norman Gibson

19/06/18 - "Just read this notice on Jazz Guide News  - Would jazzers please note we slipped up with the Jazz Club 90 advert in July's Jazz Guide. Correct info is: - July 22nd - New Orleans Heat, July 29th - Spats Langham's Hot Fingers with Emily Campbell.  Sincere apologies to John Howell and his merry band of Jazzers."

18/06/18 - Manchester venue, Band on the Wall has announced that the "Arts Council England has approved £1.65 million stage two Capital funding for the venue’s 'Bigger, Better, Stronger' expansion plan.  The funding represents a significant milestone in plans to expand the venue and bring the derelict Cocozza building, at the rear of Band on the Wall, back to life, enabling a greater provision for music performance, education and community projects".

18/06/18 - Just back from a great weekend in Kirkcudbright. Such a well organised Jazz Festival, thanks to Leon McCaig. Here’s some photos from yesterday’s gig in the Cochran Hall, part of Kirkcudbright. 2019 Festival already in the diary. - Mike Lovell

18/06/18 - Just been enjoying reading again all those comments re: scruffy musicians. On checking the Tuba Skinny pic again, I notice the 'best dressed' was our own reed player Ewan Bleach, when he was with them briefly on one of his earlier stays in NOLA. My goodness, and he still dresses casual smart, what an amazing talent he has become. He will, of course, be appearing again with the Frog and Henry Band, when they return, as a five five piece collection, for a three week UK Tour in Feb. '19. Full Northern programme to be announced shortly. - Norman Gibson

18/06/18 - Another very successful jazz venue is 'Jazz Club 90', run by John & Marie Howell in Albrighton, Shropshire. If that's not enough John produces some great videos of the bands that play there. John says, "I thought your readers might like to see the second New Orleans based musician to visit Albrighton in 3 weeks, namely James Evans on clarinet and sax. Backed by Mark Challinor (of Wabash Jazzmen) on banjo and guitar, Howard Worthington on bass and Nick Ward on drums it was a brilliant sesssion. These are the links, about 65 minutes in total: - Panama - , East Coast Trot -, Burgundy Street Blues -, and the start of the 2nd set at".

18/06/18 - One of the most successful jazz hotels in the North West is soon to start putting on "Sunday afternoon tea & jazz brunches" at a cost of £14.99 per person. The Talbot hotel in Southport, run by Gilbert & Julie Petrie, can surely boast that the best of bands and musicians have played there. I can't begin to name them all but look at this list - Dutch Swing College Band, The Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Chris Barber Big Band, Digby Fairweather, Kenny Ball, Temperance 7, Acker Bilk, George Melly, Syd Lawrence Orchestra, Keith Nichols, Enrico Tomasso, Spats Langham etc. to name a few, so watch this space.

18/06/18 - I've just been looking at the latest July edition of Jazz Guide and counted around 30 festivals, weekends and away days. On the other hand, unless it's my eyesight, the number of jazz clubs/venues  seems to be getting less. Maybe as some of us get older our preferences are changing, what do you think? You can subscribe to Jazz Guide for just £10 a year.

18/06/18 - New links under "UK Bands, Musicians, Clubs and other Sites",  have been added to The Dart Valley StompersPete Allen Jazz, and Jazz Salon Rouge,

17/06/18 - Missing item - My thanks to Tony Clay for sending me photographs of Deco Delight taken at the Talbot Hotel on 1st June. There are more photographs at

17/06/18 - I've just realised that the missing week of news was down to a computer glitch at this end which caused me to restore a previous backup done on the 12th June. That effectively meant anything put on between the 12th and 15th June, was now missing. I should have downloaded the version on the internet, but I didn't, so when I next uploaded the recovered page, some news items were lost. In the meantime, I'll try and work out the missing item(s) and put them back on.

17/06/18 -  Belated birthday wishes to Dave Wright, our banjo player and guitarist for almost 15 years: he joined in 1967/8 and left in 1982 when money drew him away (well the day job did). Known as "Nipper" because of his compactness, Dave was 80 on Friday 15th June. Happy birthday Dave! - Jon Critchley and The Original Panama Jazz Band.

17/06/18 - Tame Valley Allstars? They're all stars, always have been! - Sam Wood

17/06/18 - There was an interesting discussion on the site in 2012 as to whether musicians were dressing too 'scruffy' for a paying audience. It's this week's Page of The Week

17/06/18 - Many Happy Returns this week to Tom Kincaid on Wednesday, Wally Fawkes who by reckoning will be 94, and to Barrie Marshall on Friday

17/06/18 - No midday/mid week jazz events this week, but I see that Mart Rodger Trio are playing on the Altrincham-Chester music train. It seems these music trains are a regular weekly event in the summer.

17/06/18 - I see from the latest edition of Jazz Guide that the Tame Valley Stompers are doing a gig at Lamport Hall in Northampton on 22nd July, except they are advertised as the Tame Valley Stompers Allstars. Either that's signalling a change of personnel or is this just for the benefit of the surroundings?  The link on the main menu now directs you to the band's own web site at

17/06/18 - Following a red carpet arrival at the New Orleans Museum of Art, King Felipe the VI and Queen Letizia of Spain enjoyed music by a jazz group and a cultural performance by Mardi Gras Indians as they ended a visit to the city celebrating its tricentennial. That's their education complete then I guess.

16/06/18 - No news comes in for a week, then when it does, it's not good - Sheila Collier has written on Facebook, "Lasse has fallen and broken his hip while playing with The Spirit of New Orleans last night in Denmark. He is being operated on now in Herve Hospital , Copenhagen. I am going there now - it doesn’t look good for our Jazz tour in Quedlinburg , Germany".  Best wishes and hope Lasse has a speedy recovery Sheila.

09/06/18 - One band that has featured strongly in the North West over the years in various incarnations, and one of the few NW bands led at one time by a female, was the Smoky City Jazz Band, no longer in existence I'm afraid. It first appeared on the scene In 1965 as the Smoky City Six, formed by clarinettist Tony Foulkes. Throughout the 1970s it was called Sheila Collier's Smoky City Jazz Band, and ended it's days under the leadership of Mike Pembroke.  You can read all about this in Sheila's wonderful autobiography on this site, but if you want to listen to what the band sounded like in 1976, and again later, why not visit this week's Page of The Week? You won't be disappointed.

09/06/18 - There's only one lunchtime jazz event for you this week and it's the High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on  Fri, 15 June, 12:30 – 14:30 where there's a Tea Room and good food available. A Collection is also taken.

09/06/18 - Many Happy Returns on Monday to drummer Des Hopkins, and on Wednesday to retired trombonist and founder of the Antiques Six Jazz Band, Keith Hockin. On Thursday it's Happy Birthday to another trombone player who also played with the Antique Six - Richard Leach. Have a good week all of you.

08/06/18 - The Frog & Henry 5 piece band has completed 12 days of bookings north of Birmingham, bar one lunch or evening spot.  Tuesday Feb 19 is available anywhere from Liverpool area through to Kendal. As the band is currently touring Southern Germany and Switzerland, any jazz club or swing dance group interested can contact me in the first instance at for assistance. - Norman Gibson

07/06/18 -  I just have to say, after jazz event No.2 today at Garstang Jazz Club, as a retired promoter, I feel the Club's future is assured. A much bigger audience of real jazz people who appreciate some of the finest younger musicians we have in this country. First time I'd seen 18 year old Alex Clarke, who got so much encouragement from the more seasoned band players. In the fourteen years I was promoting, I think I could count the number of musicians who came on two hands, so it was great to see most of the band members, and wives, of the Spirit of New Orleans band in attendance. Dave Pogson put simply to me ' We like to support the young musicians making their way in our music ' Roll on September, after the Summer break, when I expect Jim to come back full of confidence, when young trumpet maestro Jamie Brownfield guests. Spread the word ! - Norman  Gibson

07/06/18 - After a shaky start last month, Garstang Jazz Club today saw double the numbers coming through the door, and the future suddenly looks brighter. 18 year old Alex Clarke was the guest this month (how long before you have stop giving a lady's age away?) and she played like she was a regular member, as well as playing a lovely solo number, "Do  You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans".  For me the slightly shorter sets than the usual hour long ones, and a lunch in the interval was spot on. Mike Owen with The Three Bears, Tom Kincaid, Jack Cotterill and organiser Jim Swinnerton  made up the band. The numbers ranged from "Anywhere You Go", and "Caravan", to Black & Blue and Just A Closer Walk. During one number, "Georgia", I swear I could hear the strains of 'Sally from our Alley' drifting from Mike Owen's trombone. The next one is on September 6th after a summer break, and will feature guest Jamie Brownfield, so make a note in your diary for that one. Click on photo for larger version and see also

05/06/18 - Coming to the Platform at Morecambe on Friday 8th, direct from London’s world-famous jazz club and combining world-class live jazz, narration and rare archive images and footage, The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars take to the stage to celebrate ‘The Ronnie Scott’s Soho Songbook’. Full details here

05/06/18 - "I have a PA system that is now surplus to requirements, and wonder if anyone over your side of the hills might be able to make use if it?", writes Keith Daniel. "It comprises as follows:-  Soundtech (American) QM6 100watt Powered Mixer Amplifier : 2 McKenzie Comp 110 Speaker Cabinets : Various Microphones, associated speaker, microphone and power cables.  I am based in West Yorkshire, but any help that you can give to find a good home would be much appreciated.  Because I have suffered from Insulin Dependent Type 1 Diabetes for over 45 years, I would hope for a charity donation of £50.00 to Diabetes UK in payment". Contact me for Keith's contact details- Fred

05/06/18 - "This is not a spam email but one jazz lover to another sharing an interesting Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong video link", writes Michael Paras. It's a video  of 'Everything Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong Life, House Tour And Archives! Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong His Life and A House Tour! Ricky Riccardi, Director of Louis Armstrong House Museum takes us on a tour of everything Louis Armstrong! Louis Armstrong House located in Corona, Queens, and the archives at Queens College Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library at Flushing, Queens'. You can watch it at but put aside 51 minutes to watch it, and it's indeed fascinating..

04/06/18 - More photographs taken by Sam Ralph at Rochdale Jazz Club on  Saturday. You can see them here. This time it's New Orleans Heat.

04/06/18 - It was good to meet up with old friends 87 year old Harry Swinburne and his wife Mary last night. Many of you will know Harry for the years spent running jazz and big band nights at Maghull Town Hall, and also the jazz weekends at the Chatsworth House Hotel in Llandudno, which he had to give up following health problems. Harry also used to appear on Radio Merseyside gave lectures on jazz and the history of some of the great writers such as Irving Berlin. Harry told me that he still gets telephone enquiries about Llandudno. Click on picture for larger version.

04/06/18 - Not often there's a bargain to be had via this website, but I can now reveal that after recuperating initial production costs, the Original Panama Jazz Band have reduced the price of their latest CD "Something For The Weekend - With A Bit On The Side!", to £5.50 including postage, or at any of the band gigs for £5. For more details check out the band's web page

04/06/18 - John Hallam will be playing with the Carl Sinclair Boogie Band once again this year, and once again it's all in aid of Cancer research UK. It will take place on 25th October, in Culcheth, Warrington, and full details can be found by clicking here.

04/06/18 - It was a great night last night at the Talbot Hotel where we were kindly invited by the delightful owners, Gilbert & Julie Petrie. It was to come and see Spats Langham with his Hot Fingers group which included Danny Blyth and Malcolm Sked playing a variety of instruments including guitar, double bass, banjo mandolin, ukulele, clarinet and tuba, plus vocalist Emily Campbell. I've seen Spats many times, usually as part of another band so this was a first for me. It was extremely entertaining, with such a variety of music and genre ranging from Al Bowley to Sonny Terry and Brownie Magee. Spats' special request for Julie, a solo rendition of 'Whispering Grass' emulating the Inkspots was something to behold. Spats came over to have a chat with Barbara and I, and I felt quite chuffed when he told me that he visited this site most days.

03/06/18 - Undercliffe Cricket Club gig list has been updated

03/06/18 - As we had a few from the North West in our audience at Albrighton Sports and Social Club for the Marla Dixon gig I wonder if you could find space for a reminder about the visit of James Evans next Sunday (10th), James will be known to many as a one time member of Phil Mason's New Orleans All Stars. "I have arranged a gig featuring James Evans, the brilliant young clarinet/sax player who left the UK to live in New Orleans a few years ago. He plays in NO with the Shotgun Jazz Band who's leader Marla Dixon was at the Club in May. Unfortunately James' visit to the UK does not coincide with Marla's (what a gig that could have been!) but is here in June which means the only date he can do is the June 10th...the day of Cosford Air Show.  A few years ago this would have meant traffic chaos around Albrighton but the last 3 years have seen vast improvement in traffic management and most cars are now safely in Cosford before the Club opens at 12 noon so we hope that we will get enough support to make it worthwhile....James deserves a full house!" - John & Marie Howell

03/06/18 - The late and lovely Joe Silmon once wrote a review of a book for this site. The book was written by his friend and fellow musician who played on the Manchester scene - Des Hopkins. I don't know if copies of the book are still available, but Joe's review is this week's Page of The Week.

03/06/18 - If you like to get out during the day in the middle of the week to hear some good jazz then how about The Savoy Jazzmen who are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 5 June, from 14:00 – 16:00. Or here's something new - Jim Swinnerton presents The Three Bears trio with Mike Owen and special guest Alex Clarke, and they will be playing at the  Kirkland & Catterall Memorial Hall, Preston PR3 0HR near Garstang on Thu, 7 June, 12:00 – 14:30. You won't pay high prices for drinks, as you bring your own drinks and glasses, but the admission price does include a hot pot lunch. Full Details Here. If you haven't been this way before, it's worth making a day of it and calling in at Barton Grange garden centre, just 2 miles further South on the A6. It doesn't cost anything to look, but it might just empty your pockets to buy quality.

03/06/18 - Many Happy Returns of the week to Jeff Milner tomorrow and to Brian Turnock on Thursday

02/06/18 -  As part of the Sale Festival 2018, The CANAL STREET STOMPERS will play on Tuesday 12th June 8 till 10.30 in The Chambers at Sale Waterside Arts Centre. Tickets £8 or £6 concessions

02/06/18 - Re: The Poem, Bring back Cab Calloway I say Fred - Norman Gibson

01/06/18 - "Recently on televised choir competitions and at my own gigs I have heard suggestions that entertainment, as an addition to the music, is expected". So writes a jazz musician. He says, "The following lines have come to me as a result",  and he sent me this this little poem which you can read if you click here. I think you'll love it. He goes on to say, "If you publish them, perhaps you could do so anonymously to save me from any disputatious conversations, or repercussions from promoters threatening my dwindling gig list".

01/06/18 - Woodvale Rally is coming to Victoria Park, Southport this month on 16th and 17th June. The Blue Magnolia Jazz Orchestra & the Chicago Teddy Bears will be appearing along with Liverpool Harmony Gospel Choir, Mike Byrne & The Sunrockers, The Shakers, The Beatmasters & The Original Quarrymen. It looks to be a great event for the family,

01/06/18 - The gig list for jazz at Bingley Mavericks has been updated thanks to Graham Dawson

May 2018

31/05/18 - From time to time interest is shown in musicians, bands and venues outside of the North West. In particular bands and musicians from New Orleans like Tuba Skinny, The Shotgun Band, the Shake Em Up jazz band and the Carling Family from Sweden. Search for them on YouTube if you haven't seen them. Today I noticed that Sunderland have a Tall Ships Race coming up, and to tie in with it, a Summer Streets festival with an international theme with acts as far afield as Norway and New Orleans. The all-female Shake Em Up jazz band and Swedish YouTube sensation Gunhild Carling with her band (famous for playing three trumpets at the same time) - will both be making an appearance. It all takes place on Sat 14th July so that's definitely one to travel a bit further afield for.  See poster.

31/05/18 - We wanted to say thank you to all of Keith's fellow Jazz musicians who have supported the family with their messages, reminiscences and not least for those who came to play at the celebration of his life on 4th May, it was lovely to see so many friends representing Keith's jazz playing over the years. Particular thanks to Roy Gregory and the Parade Band who organised the band at the Lever Club and for all the generous donations to Christian Aid and Claire House Children's Hospice in his memory. Many thanks, - Pat & the girls

27/05/18 - If you like to get out and about during the day, then on Monday you can see the Red Rose Band marching quite a distance around Garstang. If however you fancy a flutter, you could pop up to Cartmel Racecourse where Deco Delight are playing between races.

27/05/18 - Remember Tom Culbert's Quayside Hot Stompers?  With the sad loss of Delia Glaister and the retirement of Alan Duckles, it's unlikely we will hear that unique sound locally ever again. So just to remind you of the band, this week's Page of The Week is  a photograph and selection of tunes from their CD.

26/05/18 - Good job it's warm weather, I found this statement on a jazz site that I link to, which I won't name in order to spare blushes. "Please note: work is taking place on our new website ........You may, or may not experience any problems at all, but if you do please bare with us".

26/05/18 - Fifty Six years ago today, Acker Bilk, dressed in the throwback costume of an Edwardian music hall player, becomes the first British artist to top the US pop chart with his instrumental single, “Stranger On the Shore”.

25/05/18 - Many Happy Returns next week to jazz promoter Graham Brook on Friday, and on Saturday to ex Collegians and Crescent Jazz Band pianist Brenda Canty-Forest.

25/05/18 - I came across an interesting musician advert in UK Music industry Magazine - "About The Job - Trad jazz trumpet or clarinet player needed in Reigate this Saturday 26th May. £147, Playing 2x 40 mins between 12 and 3pm., Dress: dinner jacket, black bow tie". Wonder if they pay travelling expenses, or even double pay if you can play both instruments? 

24/05/18 - I'm sure you've heard that this year's Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival was successful, and has clearly established itself. I'm writing to say our Guest Sessions pulled in lots of musicians and customers and will hopefully be running again next year. We had a 1.5 hour busk in the Market Square on Sunday morning, in sunshine instead of the usual rain, collecting for The Keswick Mountain Rescue Team, and a cheque for £425 has been sent to them. Our thanks to all contributors. I hear strains of Happy Birthday coming from your website - Thanks again. - Malcolm Hogarth. Especially for you Malcolm, click here on Saturday (or now if you can't wait) - Fred

24/05/18 - Dear Fred, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me just now, please see below the link that we discussed. It was our Head Gardener that recommended I looked at your page ( And he did tell me that this isn’t the kind of Jazz that he was used to).  As I mentioned on the telephone, we are just starting out doing this kind of event, so we are all very new to this, you never know, maybe we could do something more on your wave length in the future.  Please feel free to have a look at our website and maybe if you have a free Sunday, maybe you would like to visit us.  Kind Regards - Lisa Redfern. Events Manager, Adlington Hall. No it's not traditional jazz, but worth checking out as the music is played by two young musicians from the Northern College of Music.

24/05/18 - Our gig with Marla and John Dixon last Sunday was truly fabulous, everything we expected and more with the local guys providing excellent support.  I have put 4 videos, totalling about 85 minutes all together, on YouTube and the links are below.  Marla and John Dixon with Brian Lawrence on bass, Roger Bird on clarinet/sax, Nick Ward on drums and Pete Johnson on trombone. Pete runs his own swing/jazz band but has never played with this type of line-up before, he practised along to Marla's videos on YT to get used to her style and did a great job for us!  Start first set  : End first set : Part of second set : End of gig  - John and Marie Howell, Jazz Club 90, Albrighton Sports and Social Club. Photo - Norman Gibson

21/05/18 - Sam Wood asked me if I could include the late Ron Smith on the tributes page. Ron, who played banjo with Annie's Saints & Sinners, died last month

20/05/18 - After making the page "The daft things punters say", the page of the week last week, some more anecdotes came in, so I'll leave it for another week.

20/05/18 - If you like your live jazz with a lunchtime snack, you are out of luck this week, there may be snacks, but no live jazz.

20/05/18 - Many Happy Returns today to Merseysippi Jazz Band trombone player, Peter Fryer. Next Saturday it will be Malcolm Hogarth's turn to celebrate, and on Sunday Bruce Carnaffin and Dave Dixson will also celebrate their birthdays. Many Happy Returns to you all.

19/05/18 -
I see that the Garstang Jazz Club Facebook Page has now been updated to include the next event on 7th June.

18/05/18 - Carlisle Jazz Club gig list has been updated

18/05/18 - The latest edition of Just Jazz magazine has popped through the letter box. You can get your copy by printing off an order form here

16/05/18 -  This Sunday's session at the Bowling Club, St Helens, has been cancelled!  "This means our next session will be on June 10th at 8 pm. Guests already booked (!) are Terry Brunt on trombone, beret and scarf, and Dave Alexander on guitar", says Keith Allcock.

16/05/18 - Thanks for the Pops Coffee video of The Shotgun Jazz Band and I can say that when she is playing with Charlie Halloran (trombone) and Bruce Brackman (clarinet) they sound great. Here is a sample - Malcolm Holland

16/05/18 - "I’m delighted to be playing on June 7th at Jim Swinnerton’s new jazz club at Kirkland Village Hall, Garstang, PR3 0HR, along with Mike Owen and Tom Kincaid’s Three Bears. It starts at 12 noon and entry includes a reputedly epic hotpot lunch! It would be great to see as many faces as possible to support this new venture". - Alex Clarke. I see that the club has a Facebook presence but unless I am doing something wrong, I can't see any mention of the next event, it just tells me "Garstang Jazz Club does not have any upcoming events".  If that's the case, wake up somebody! - FB

16/05/18 - I've just realised 'Pops' Coffee's jazz blog has come to an end. However, his final post 611 points us to his listing of recommended videos of great traditional bands. I, for one, will miss him, and his amusingly written pieces. Oh ! , and thanks 'Pops' for keeping the site open to let us go back through it on a sentimental journey. I must read again the one where he had a real rant about insensitive thrashing drummers. - Norman Gibson

16/05/18 - Ian McCann's 4 to the bar Jazz is back at the Devonshire Arms in Mellor (Stockport), on Tuesday 22nd May with guests John Hallam, Andy Henderson and Dave Parr from 9.00pm till 11.00pm.

16/05/18 - Just seen on that the Beartown Stompers Jazz Band will parade through the village of Alderley Edge setting off from Chorley Hall Lane at 10.30am on Saturday, that's another event that's news to me. Forgive my ignorance, but can somebody tell me the significance of 'Beartown'?

14/05/18 - I was quite surprised to pick up this flyer pushed through the letterbox by the postman, which was headed Preston Jazz & Improvisation Festival. I noticed it was supported by The Arts Council, England, so not surprisingly there was not one traditional; jazz band featured. One name I recognised was local multi style reed player Harold Salisbury who is a first class New Orleans Jazz musician but  will be playing with his jazz Fusion band - Pinto Beans.

14/05/18 - Jon Moreman asks, "Anyone selling a sousaphone?". Details on the Wanted Items page.

14/05/18 - I enjoyed reading about the odd requests that punters ask for, (This week's Page of The Week), they make me laugh. - Mildred Finney

14/05/18 - The New Riverside Jazz Band residency on the first Monday of the month at the Black Bull in Bentham has come to an end. This comes on top of the residency at The Wagon & Horses in Lancaster coming to an end at the end of last year. Unfortunately the band now doesn't have a place to call home.

14/05/18 - Just listening to John Petter's "Spotlight on Mike Poynton, Part 2" broadcast on Spitfire Radio, The show features tracks by Kid Ory / Red Allen, Wild Bill with Strings, Charlie & His Orchestra, Cap'n John Handy & Sammy Rimington, Bessie Smith and Benny Carter. if you've missed it there's a second chance to hear it again on Wednesday at 11pm

14/05/18 - Not often jazz bands receive thank you letters, so Mike Lovell was well pleased to receive this one - "Dear Mike, Chris, Colin, Willie, Andy and John   What a wonderful evening of delightful music and entertainment last night at Todwick Jazz Supper Club 12 May 2018. Please accept my  and the club members grateful thanks for all your efforts. Lots of lovely comments received...... everyone very impressed with all your expertise. Hope you all got home safely. - Sheila"

14/05/18 - The Black Horse Jazzmen gig at The Lion at Settle tomorrow night has been cancelled as the renovations are not yet finished.

13/05/18 - It's been a while since a musician sent me an amusing story about a strange musical request, 13 years in fact, so how about some new ones for "The Daft Things Punters Say" which is this week's page of the week.

13/05/18 - Mike Lovell's Six in a Bar at Eagley Jazz Club last Monday. Photo courtesy Ann Lord

12/05/18 - Happy Birthday today to Martin Bennett. Next week it will be John Barnes' birthday on Tuesday, Phil Lucas on Wednesday, John Higham on Friday and Paul Medina on Saturday. Many Happy Returns to you all.

10/05/18 - Tony Pringle has now been added to the tributes page. Tony was born on 12th December 1936 in a bungalow named "The Anchorage" in the village of Greasby on the Wirral Peninsula. He emigrated to the USA in 1969 where he met Tommy Sancton and they started The Black Eagle Jazz Band

10/05/18 - From time to time a residency comes to an end, and unfortunately nobody lets me know. Whether it was a one off or permanent I'm not sure, but I do know that Norman Gibson, with his wife and sister, did a wasted 100 mile round trip to Radcliffe, Greater M/cr, last night to see one of his favourite bands,  Jeriatric Jazz,  at Dobbies Sports & Social Club, which "What's on" had listed as appearing every 2nd Wednesday in the month. If you do see anything listed in What's On that you know is no longer taking place, please, please contact me and I'll update right away.

09/05/18 - Jim Swinnerton will be presenting the second of his jazz club events at Kirkland Village Hall near Garstang on Thursday June 7th. This time his guest will be 18 year old reed player Alex Clarke, who caused quite a stir with her remarkable jazz playing ability when she last appeared in the Lancs & Cumbria area. Jim on bass, will also have Tom Kincaid on piano, Mike Owen on trombone and Jack Cotterill on drums, a great line-up, one not to be missed. Full details are available here. My thanks to Gudrun Ohara & David Wellock for this photograph taken at the last event when Ben Holder made a guest appearance (click photo for larger version). I'm looking forward to being well enough to make this on

09/05/18  - Sam Ralph has sent me his latest set of photographs taken at Rochdale Jazz Club with the Harlem Hot Stompers

09/05/18 - I have been in touch with Marla Dixon, of the Shotgun Jazz Band in New Orleans, and her gig with us on May 20th is the only one she is doing in the UK (apart from Keswick Festival), I thought this might interest some of your readers who do occasionally travel down to Albrighton.  The gig is the usual time.....1.00 - 3.00 pm and admission £5.00.  Regards, - John and Marie Howell

09/05/18 - I've been wondering how I might be affected by the new General Data Protection Law, but it only seems to apply to businesses and public sector organisations. So added to the fact that I'm not a business and I don't hold any individual's data other than name, and that those who break the rules can be fined up to 4% of annual global turnover for breaching them, means I can sleep easy knowing that in the worse case scenario, 4% of nothing is not worth worrying about.

09/05/18 - The latest issue of Dove Jazz Bugle is now available on line at

07/08/15 -  Hi Fred, I know this is not in the North West, but here's some information of a gig we're putting on near to Leeds next Sunday, 13th May, if you'd be so kind as to put it on the site.  The Peter Frank memorial evening, with the Aire Valley Jazz Band. The Wharfedale Inn, Arthington Lane, Arthington LS21 1NL. Sunday 13th May, 2018. 8.30pm until 11.00pm.  Admission £6.00 on the night.  Peter Frank passed away on 13th May, 2017. This event is planned to remember Peter as a great man and fine musician who always supported jazz in the North of England. The Aire Valley Jazz Band is the current name of the Peter Frank Dixieland Allstars.  The line up for the 13th is Frank Brooker on reeds, Andy Henderson on Cornet, Dave Merrell on trombone, Chris Howse on Banjo/Guitar, Phil Kampen on Bass, and Rod McNamara on Drums. - Andy Henderson 07779 240468 : The Wharfedale Inn 0113 284 2921

07/08/15 - The news of Tony Pringle's death and the details of the various Liverpool and Wirral spots, really brings back memories when, straight off the Crosville bus from North Wales I’d hop into the Temple or Picton Rooms before going to my lodgings. I had no idea who I listened to in The Temple but was mesmerised by the trumpeter who had a rapid up and down movement as he played. I was too ignorant to find out who were the players, and possibly too busy studying accountancy to spend time investigating. That was about 1950/51 I suppose. What an idiot I was! - Denys Owen

07/05/18 - "I've got a real corker of a show lined up tomorrow on the Sound of Spitfire!", writes John Petters. "It features the first part of an in depth interview with trombonist, writer, producer and broadcaster. Mike Pointon, recorded last month at my Louis Armstrong Celebration Jazz Festival at Norwich". Mike discusses his influences, illustrating this with some fabulous music, including, John Petters Creole Jazz Band featuring Mike with Cuff Billett, James Evans, Martin Litton, Keith Donald and Tim Phillips, Ken Colyer, Bunk Johnson, George Lewis, The Eureka Brass Band, Muddy Waters, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Red Allen and Albert Nicholas.  Tune tomorrow night (Monday) at 9pm uk time".

07/05/18 - Congratulations to Phil & Nichola Lucas on the birth of Oliver James born on 3rd May. Pictured holding him is proud granddad Jim.

06/05/18 - Page of The Week remains the same because I forgot to change the link on the main Menu and in Jazz Extras

06/05/18 - Many Happy Returns on Thursday to ex? jazz promoter Norman Gibson, on Friday to musicians Darren Lloyds and Saturday to Martin Bennett

06/05/18 - Following on from their successful trip "Oop North" to video NW bands and interview fans and musicians, Jenny & Ray Knight aka RayK Jazz, are all set for their third trip. Jenny has sent me their itinerary as follows - 18th May, 12.30 - 2.30pm High Society Jazz Band : 20th May, 12.30 -3.00pm Sun Street Stompers : 22nd May 8.30 - 11.00pm The Forest New Orleans Jazz Band. Louis Lince did the research for these bands and venues and will be accompanying them. You can find the venues in What's On.

06/05/18 - Barry Pryme sent me this message but I was unable to get it on in time - "Just noticed that the Cerys Matthews programme 10.00am Sunday morning on BBC Radio 6 (digital) is live from Cheltenham Jazz Festival and will feature the well-known Adrian Cox and his latest project Kansas Smitty's House Band". However all is not lost because you can catch it on iPlayer at

06/05/18 - Dear Fred ,Your readers in the Morecambe/Lancaster area will be sad to hear the recent passing of Warren Hutchings, 80. A devoted trad jazz fan Warren was a life long follower of various bands in this region /and his native Gtr Manchester. The funeral/celebration in Lancaster Crematorium on Thurs May 10th at 12.30 mid-day and will be followed by a send off gig at the Bare Village Club. All jazzers welcome with/without instruments. Thank you Fred for all your hard work that you do behind the screens  - Rick Bradshaw and Gilly.

04/05/18 - Word has just come through from two sources that New Black Eagles leader and ex Mersey trumpeter, Tony Pringle, has died.  Tony was a regular contributor to this site and was able to contribute much to the history of jazz on Merseyside. "Sadly Tony passed away yesterday in hospital in America" writes John Dunlop.  "As you know I became the bass player with Tony replacing the tea chest player in the band Tony was forming - the Druids jazz band in the late fifties. We started playing at the Kraal club in New Brighton and we graduated to the Temple in Liverpool before a brief period at the Cavern in Liverpool before the Blue Jeans and subsequently the Beatles took over. With the Druids our clarinettist Brian Williams emigrated to Canada, Vic Sanderson banjo went to Australia, Rusty Hartshorn - drums went to Canada and of course Tony went to America! I did not realise I was that bad!  As you may know Tony eventually formed The New Black Eagle jazz band in the Boston area which he led until he sadly passed away".  Also this message from Bert Thompson, "I just heard that Tony Pringle, leader of the New Black Eagles Jazz Band, did not fully recover from the aortic surgery he had to undergo recently and a heart attack. He passed away yesterday, May 4th--a sad loss for the trad jazz community. He was a most able band leader and had a very personal and identifiable sound on his horn. As we are saying more and more frequently these days, another good one gone".

04/05/18 - May I, through the medium of your website, thank those who sent me "get well" messages when I was recently submitted to Hospital following a stroke. Glad to say, I am greatly improved. Thank you all.  - Noël Broadgate

03/05/18 - I just read on the Jazz Guide web site News Page  that "the multiple award-winning feature documentary, ONE NOTE AT A TIME, which pays homage to the musicians who courageously returned to their hometown of New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, is to be released in UK cinemas late summer (24th August), in the year which marks the 300th anniversary of the founding of the city affectionately considered the birthplace of jazz." Here's the official trailer -

03/05/18 - "The Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival runs next week from Thursday 10th May to Sunday 13th May. I'll be running the Guest Sessions (a free event) daily from 2 to 5 pm, at The Pack Horse Inn on Thu & Sun, and at The Conservative Club on Fri & Sat. There's food and (lots of) beer, etc, at both venues", writes Malcolm Hogarth. "The Guest Sessions are inclusive, so everybody gets a go to play, sing, dance, etc. The house band is bass, drums, keyboard, a front line player (trumpet/trombone/reeds) and banjo, and all players are welcome.  It's meant to be a fun session, providing entertainment and wonderment for the audience. We look forward to having Jazz North West users there to prove that Jazz is tops in the North West. - Malcolm (trainee Northerner, from the South-hiss, boo).

02/05/18 - What at first glance might look like a scene from the Wild West, is in fact Mike Lovell's 'Sticky Rock Three' playing at a “Speak Easy” themed night at Booths Supermarket in Poulton le Fylde last Sunday. It featured Mike with Colin Turner and Anthony Mason. See also

02/05/18 - Still under the weather at this end, strong antibiotics making me quite weary, so delays in dealing with emails and the news updates I'm afraid, this on top of my son currently in hospital makes it unlikely that we'll make Lancashire's new Garstang lunchtime jazz club tomorrow

April 2018

30/04/18 -
The 20th Anniversary edition of JUST JAZZ magazine is now out, and there's quite a bit of Northern content in it. Apart from some snippets from this site, there's a battle of words taking place between musician Chris Watford of Dallas Dandies and New Orleans Standard-Bearers fame, and Rochdale Jazz Club's chairman, Tony Sheldon.  Dave Donohoe also relates an amusing anecdote comparing band fees with the price of beer.

29/04/18 - Did you know that you can view and print off a month's listing of NW gigs complete with all the notes and descriptions. You can access it via the What's On page, and it's this weeks Page of the Week

29/04/18 - Daytime jazz this week includes the Silver Bell Band who will be playing at a Blue Plaque event in St Anne's on Tue, 1 May, 11:00 – 12:00 outside the opticians on St Andrews Road South. Also on Tuesday the Savoy Jazzmen will be playing in the Palm House in Sefton Park.

Thursday 3rd May will see see a new venture organised by bass player Jim Swinnerton. It's Jim's Three Bears trio with Mike Owen (tbn) & Ben Holder (violin), from 12:00 – 14:30 at Kirkland & Catterall Memorial Hall, Preston PR3 0HR. It starts at 12 noon and admission includes a hotpot lunch, and don't forget to bring your own drinks. This is the start of a new jazz club venture for Jim, and the only one in Lancashire, so hopefully he will get plenty of support.

29/04/18 - Many Happy Returns this week to Dave Pogson, Norman Pennington and Sue Parish on Monday, and Trevor Stent on Wednesday.

29/04/18 - Sadly, I have to report that from now on the Wall City Jazz Band will only be playing once a month at the Mill Hotel. Furthermore, this will be for a 3-month trial period, during which we will have to prove that we can fill the place, or we'll be out, to put it bluntly. Anyway, for the moment, we will remain optimistic. These are the dates that we will be appearing; they are all on the last Monday of the month:  April 30 : May 28 : June 25 and July 30

29/04/18 - Re Mart's front line - Congratulations guys! I remember a gig (a long time ago now) when we totted up the whole band’s ages in the Yarrow River Band and it came to 366, and it was a leap year too. Playing keeps you young, long may it continue! - Richard Knock

27/04/18 - "Another record has been achieved by Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz. All three members of the front line are over 80 years old. I wonder if any other band has a front line over 240 years old?", asks Mart

27/04/18 - Graham Martindale writes, "Good to read Ron Houghton's note about my local jazz radio station, Swing FM, based in Limoges, 45km from where I live.  It's available online using the link you provided and on steam radio at 101.2 fm.  Since changing cars I have sadly lost the ability to listen to BBC Radio 4 on longwave so I listen to Swing FM in my car much more nowadays.  As Ron says it's 24 hours of "proper" jazz & swing with some gospel and blues chucked in. They love their Louis, and Bechet of course, although someone within the organisation has a large collection of organ jazz which pops up from time to time which is not to my taste.   The programming is, however, really varied without straying into anything modern and uncomfortable. Graham went on to tell me more about the station, and you can read his email in full here.

25/04/18 - The next Jazz Rendezvous session at St Helens Bowling Club will be on Sunday May 20th and not the usual second Sunday.

24/04/18 - Hi Fred, Your readers may not be aware of a wonderful jazz radio run 24 hours a day by le hotclub de Limoges. They play great jazz from 20's to 50, Click here to connect. Satisfaction assured. Ron Houghton (ex NWest)

24/04/18 - Once again Sam Ralph has shared some of his amazing photographs taken at Rochdale Jazz Club. This time it was Washington Whirlygig who was in the limelight. Click here to view them.

23/04/18 - Many Happy Returns today to bass player Derek Vaux. On Wednesday it's the turn of Eric Brierley & Digby Fairweather to celebrate their birthdays. On Thursday  Anthony Mason, Laurie Cooper and Martyn Sharp will be having theirs, and it's a double celebration for Jon Critchley on Friday - a birthday and a wedding anniversary on the same day. Congratulations to you all

23/04/18 - Just one daytime gig coming up this week - Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at NORTH EUSTON HOTEL, Fleetwood on Wed, 25 April, 12:00 – 14:30

23/04/18 - The gig list for Eagley Jazz Club has been updated

23/04/18 - Especially for today as suggested by Barrie Marshall This version of St George's Rag by Chris Barber from the album "Elite Syncopations", my favourite album.

22/04/18 - Members of the Eclipse marching band led by Band Marshall Jeff Roberts, at the funeral procession of Dave Copperwaite. Photo supplied by Fraser  McCombe

22/04/18 - Comedy jazz quartet from the Netherlands - The Busquitos - play Staveley Roundhouse Theatre on Wednesday 25 April, 7.30pm. Book online or by phone on 015395 61076. An uproarious night is guaranteed, helped along by a free glass of wine at the interval.

21/04/18 -  A Yamaha long cornet in Lacquer  has just gone on the Sales Page

21/04/18 -  The gig list for Jazz at Maverick's 80s Lounge, Bingley, has just been updated

21/04/18 - The Original Panama Jazz Band will NOT be at The Irby Club on Wednesday 2nd May. We will be back as usual on the 16th May. - Jon Critchley

20/04/18 - I've been a bit off colour the last few days to put it lightly, hence the break in news, but Doc rang this morning to say I had an infection and antibiotic prescription was on its way, so that's the good news (I think). Peter Fryer has also emailed with good news - "The Merseysippi Jazz Band's return to their previous Monday night venue at Liverpool Cricket Club is going well and we have invited our good friend John Hallam to guest with us on Monday, 21st May. All welcome to join us. We now play from 8.00 until 10.30 pm in the smaller Sports bar downstairs. NO MORE STEEP STAIRS TO CLIMB!

17/04/18 - Sorry to see Annie's news about Ron Smith, another real gentleman of jazz. It must be nearly twenty years since I first met Ron, either at the Travellers Rest, Quarnford or the Dog and Partridge at Bollington. I then spent a few years playing alongside Ron in Annie's Saints and Sinners. Apart from those venues, Ron was a willing dep, playing all over the north west. I remember once thanking Ron for coming to the Travellers on a horrible foggy night, just to listen he didn't want to sit-in. Ron's reply was something like this "if we all turned up to each other's gigs we'd all have an audience". There's something to think about! - Sam Wood

17/04/18 - Walter Love's excellent Radio Ulster Jazz Club of Sunday 15.04.18 featured John and Renee Long and the music of Ken Colyer. Well worth a playback on Radio iPlayer! - David Evans

17/04/18 - A top of the range Sax, a Selmer Super Action 80 Series II Soprano Sax, successor to Selmer MKVII, and recently serviced, has just gone on the Sales Page.

17/04/18 - Jelly Roll Morton Show - Now You Has Jazz Jazz Jazz on The Sound of Spitfire Tonight at 9pm, I will be looking at the life and music of Jelly Roll Morton., with recordings by the classic Red Hot Peppers, his Trio, solo work and the New Orleans Jazz Men.  There will be excerpts from Morton's interview with Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress plus track from my Ragtime Revisited album with James Evans and Martin Litton and two great performances by the young duo, Andrew Oliver and David Horniblow, who have embarked on a massive task of recording the Jelly Roll Morton compositions. Look at The show goes out live at 9pm local time or 20:00 utc. It is repeated at 11pm and midnight on Wednesday (22:00 & 23:00 utc)

17/04/18 - Your readers might like to know about a Community Radio Station that opened up here in the Lancaster and Morecambe area last year. It is called 'Beyond Radio' and it broadcasts 24 hours a day on 103.5 FM - and it is possible to tune in via their website. On a Wednesday evening, a lady called Harri Deane presents a programme of jazz and swing from 7.00 - 8.00pm. She has just started a section which features a local band or artist - last week 11th April - it was The High Society Jazz Band, and she played two tracks from one of our live CD recordings, and gave a lot of information about the band and upcoming gigs. She is hoping to develop this into a regular 'gig guide' spot as well. Harri herself is a singer, and will be performing at The Winter Gardens, Morecambe, on Sunday 22nd April from 1.30-4.00pm. You can get more details from their website or from their Facebook page. - Dave Bateman

16/04/18 - After an absence due to refurbishment, and a delayed start due to bad weather, jazz finally returns to The Bolton Arms in Leyburn, Wensleydale next Sunday 22nd.  KATHY BENSON'S CREOLE JAZZ (rags, stomps, spirituals and blues from the classic jazz era) Sunday lunchtime 12.00 'til 3pm (lovely room in ground floor back bar area). Free admission - food available.

14/04/18 - Always interesting to read some of the pen portraits of musicians etc., on the site, and some time ago I listed them all and if you haven't seen them, check out the list on this week's Page of The Week

14/04/18 - The only mid week daytime jazz gig is The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 20 April, 12:30 – 14:30

14/04/18 - Many Happy Returns on Tuesday to Chris Barber celebrating his 88th birthday.  Also to musician Jack Wilson from the Scottish Borders who celebrates his 80th birthday on Wednesday.

13/04/18 - Hi Fred, Many thanks for setting up the Keith Jones tribute page - it's lovely to read all the messages from people who played with Keith over the years.  We would be grateful if you could add the details about his Thanksgiving Service to your page:  Thanksgiving service at 3pm, Bromborough Methodist Church, 175 Allport Lane Bromborough Wirral CH62 7HW. The family request that bright colours are worn, not black, as this is a celebration of Keith's life. Family flowers only. If anyone wishes to make a donation in Keith's memory these will be divided between Christian Aid & Claire House Children's Hospice. Donations c/o the funeral directors: Charles Stephens - Bromborough. 0151 334 1727. Refreshments and Jazz afterwards from 4.30pm at the Lever Club, Greendale Road, Port Sunlight, Wirral CH62 4XB.  Roy Gregory and the Parade Band will be playing but they warmly invite any fellow jazz musicians to sit in with them and play in celebration of Keith.  (Just to warn you - parking at both venues is limited). - Pat & the girls (I'm awaiting the date, will add here as soon as I get it - Fred).   "Sorry, we missed the important thing. Friday May 4th, 3pm at Bromborough Methodist church, 4.30 onwards at the Lever Club". - Pat

11/04/18 -
Just had 3 nights in the Lake District, but took the laptop with me to keep the site updated, (not popular in some quarters), and after a full day out, an evening meal and a glass of red wine, I've discovered that updating the site late at night is not always a good idea. Not only did I get the date of Jim's new jazz club wrong (hurriedly corrected next morning thanks to the sharp eyes of Norman Gibson), Howard Murray has also pointed out that I have suddenly removed Roy Gregory as leader of the Parade Band, and replaced him with Greg Robley who has just gone on the deps list. An easy mistake to make!  Got some nice pics though.

11/04/18 - Hi Fred,  Sad to report that drummer, Tony Tolley has passed away after a long illness.  Tony played many Summer seasons at Blackpool and, in fact, for a number of years he was the drummer with the Bachelors and became known as 'the fourth Bachelor'.  Back in 1980 he was a founder member of The Jazz Knights and of The Bill Barrow Quartet with whom he remained until a couple of years ago when, due to illness, he was forced to retire.  The funeral will take place at Carleton Crematorium, Blackpool on Tuesday 24th April at 1-15 pm.  At the family's request the cortege will be led from the cemetery gates by The Jazz Knights. Any musicians wishing to join the very short march will be very welcome.  - Bill Barrow 01253-777631

11/04/18 - Once again Sam Ralph has produced some cracking photographs taken at Rochdale Jazz Club. It's amazing how Sam manages to re-create the traditional view of a jazz club of years ago, minus the smoke of course. This time it's the Wirrorleans Jazz Band that is in the spotlight. You can see Sam's Pictures by clicking here

11/04/18 - Carlisle Jazz Club gig list has been updated

10/04/18 - Lancashire is to get its only traditional jazz club. The last one was run by Norman Gibson at Morecambe and before you start telling me about Southport, Rochdale or Eagley I must point out that they are in Merseyside and Greater Manchester. Following in his father's footsteps, bass player Jim Swinnerton is starting one near Garstang at Kirkland & Catterall Memorial Hall, at the junction of the A6 and the A586 near Garstang, PR3 0HR. Another bonus is that it's a lunchtime venue, and will include a hotpot lunch. Drinks are free, because you bring your own. It's well worth your support and the first one is on Thursday May 3rd. It all kicks off with a cracking band, just wait until you see the line-up, one of the youngest ever to appear in the County (unless you know diffferent) - Click here for full details. 

10/04/18 - Hi Fred,  Some great news. My Good Time Jazz Band will be returning to it's 'spiritual' home at The Fleece in Addingham (where we played every week for just on 33 years). Sessions will be weekly, commencing on Wednesday 18th April, with a start time of 8:45pm. For the first evening we will have the great Annie Hawkins playing double bass with us and Kathy Benson singing in her own inimitable style  -  Harry Long

10/04/18 - Greg Robley, leader of the Parade Jazz Band, is the latest musician to go on the Deps List

08/04/18 - Full time professional NW Musicians Tom Kincaid, Jim Swinnerton and Jack Cotterill play together as The Three Bears, yet are rarely seen in the North West. All that is about to change and starts at Kendal Rugby Club on Tuesday April 10th (Kendal Jazz Club), with guest violinist Ben Holder, in what promises to be a hard-swinging session. All four musicians are very much at the younger end of the spectrum, and produce melodic improvisations based mainly on the great jazz standards, but adding their own variations. Visitors are welcome, Admission £10 and doors open 7-30pm for 8pm, visitors welcome.

08/04/18 - Frog & Henry Tour page updated

08/04/18 - Many Happy Returns today to Mike Hayler & Matt Palmer

07/04/18 - Norman Gibson has sent me an update on progress with the Frog & Henry 2019 tour.  Nine clubs booked, two pending and just two dates left available to fill.  You can follow progress and check updates at

07/04/18 - The latest issue of Dove Jazz Bugle is now available on line at

07/04/18 - Just one mid week daytime jazz event next week, one that would normally take place on the 1st Tuesday in the month, and that's the Savoy Jazzmen who are giving a concert in the beautiful setting of the Sefton Park Palm House, Sefton Park, Liverpool. L17 1AP. Tickets cost £5.00 which includes refreshments. Tickets can be reserved by ringing 0151 726 9304 or alternatively you can pay at the door. Further information can be obtained from Peter Swensson 0151 722 1478.

07/04/18 - One item that bands have to consider, and nobody likes paying, is insurance. More frequently these days event organisers want to see proof of public liability insurance. back in 2009 Jeff Matthews wanted to know any contact details for companies that will offer Public Liability Insurance to bands. I'm sure the details that came forward then are in need of updating, so maybe musicians could check out this week's Page of the Week and send me updated recommendations.

07/04/18 - Many Happy Returns next week to Andy Henderson on Thursday 5th April

06/04/18 - Like other musicians I knew Derek Fleck rather well, I knew him in his Preston days via The Silver Bell and Red Rose Bands, sad, sad news. There are more tributes at and - Barrie Marshall

05/04/18 - Had a trip to Southport last night to the Fleetwood & Hesketh Club where the Parade Band were playing. We arrived to find the place heaving, the car park full, and the only places to park were on the main road.  Not being a football fan, little did I know that Liverpool were playing Manchester City that night, and there were tv screens of football in every room. It delayed the start of the evening by 15 minutes, (until the match interval) which caused one or two grumbles close to us, but after that the TVs in the jazz room were muted. It's been quite a few years since I last saw them, and quite a few changes in personnel. it was good to be able to make myself known to Roy Gregory, Brian Hall and Geoff Parker, and to renew acquaintance with Jim Lucas.  It was poignant evening for the band having just lost their clarinet player Keith Jones, and they dedicated a couple of spirituals to him. What I did particularly enjoy were several two part harmonies sung by Brian & Roy, not something you hear in jazz bands very often.

05/04/18 - Forwarded from Patti Durham - Many Jazz Guide readers will have good memories of West Jesmond Rhythm Kings gigs over many years - when they toured around the UK, playing jazz clubs, festivals, and other venues. I'm sorry to pass on the sad news that Derek Fleck, the band's reeds maestro, died on 28 March, after a short illness. Derek was a fine musician, with a wonderful playing style - one reviewer said he sounded 'jaunty', which greatly amused Derek - he loved the classic hot style that the band liked to do, but he was also a big fan of Lester Young and more mainstream jazz. He was quite an expert on Sandy Brown too. Some of you may know that Derek's day job was as a Weatherman here in Newcastle upon Tyne - he often lectured the band on long gig trips on the mysteries of Arctic Highs and Cold Lows. Derek will be sadly missed, mostly by his wife, Alice, and daughters, Penny and Victoria - but also all of us jazzers.

03/04/18 - Hi Fred, Ron Smith died in hospital last night after a long illness. He was the original banjoist in Annie's Saints and Sinners. He had to stop playing about two years ago when he found he couldn`t lift the banjo let alone play it. There are no funeral details as yet.  Please could you spread the word? - Annie Cousin

03/04/18 - Recently returned from Cornwall. Pleased to find The Great Western Jazz Company continuing their swinging Thursday nights at the Five Degrees West in Falmouth. A full house with food, beer and dancing. The Smugglers is still only twice a month, and I was there on the wrong week this time  - Sam Wood

02/04/18 - At 9pm tonight, John Petters will be presenting his third 'Now You Has Jazz, Jazz, Jazz' show.This weeks show highlights one of the most important figures on the British traditional jazz scene, a musician totally devoted to his art, and a warm hearted and kind soul, who did much to help me in my early days as a jazz drummer.  Stanley Kenneth Sims - Ken to us, passed away a year ago on 29th March 2017. To listen to the show follow this link

02/04/18 -
If you are likely to be down in London at the end of this month, I just read in my JazzNorthWest Weekly online mag, that Keith Nichols' Mayfair Orchestra will be presenting "Midnight in Mayfair", at Cadogan Hall, on 28th April. –

Carroll Gibbons and Fred Elizalde at the Savoy, Sydney Lipton at Grosvenor House, Lew Stone at the Monseigneur, Jack Jackson at the Dorchester, Henry Hall on the BBC and Ambrose at the Mayfair. The bandsmen, men like Sid Phillips, Lew Davis, Tiny Winters, George Chisholm and Nat Gonella were talented and versatile and the crooners, too, soon became stars: Al Bowlly, Sam Browne, Elsie Carlisle and Vera Lynn were just a few. The show will feature a wide range of music from the ’20s and ’30s including Billy Cotton’s Somebody Stole My Gal, Nat Gonella’s Georgia on my Mind, Al Bowlly’s The Very Thought of You, Henry Hall’s Anything Goes and Jack Hylton’s 'You’re the Top'.  

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