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April 2017

  • 18/04/17 - After today it looks like I'm not going to be able to update the site for nearly 2 weeks. Sorry about that folks.

  • 18/04/17 - There is now a tribute page for Bob Hambleton, and all the previous messages have gone on it. John Muskett has now added his own memories.

  • 18/04/17 - Jon Critchley sent me a link to a video taken at Ken Sims' funeral which you can see on the tribute page

  • 18/04/17 - I was really saddened & shocked to hear about the sudden death of Bob Hambleton. We worked & travelled together a lot during the 1980s & 90s & became firm friends during that time. - Laurie Cooper.

  • 18/04/17 - Many Happy Returns today to Dumfries musician Jack Wilson.

  • 18/04/17 - In reply to Barrie Quilliam’s comments, I too remember working with a trombonist in the mid-fifties who painted his trombone red. I can’t recall his full name but I have a vague recollection that his first name was Gabriel. - Gerry Tomlinson

  • 17/04/17 - Very sad about Bob: He joined the Original Panama Jazz Band in 1997 after leaving the Blue Magnolia Jass Orchestra and left in 2008 when he and Chris moved to Llandudno and the travelling became too much. His trombone playing was greatly influenced by Vic Dickenson. I will always associate the phrase “Funnily enough” with Bob, who, in conversation, generally began his response with that. Quite a character, our thoughts go out to wife Chris. - Jon Critchley and The OPJB, past and present.

  • 17/04/17 - I'm informed that a Jazz Evening is on for this coming Friday and Saturday at the Thyme Out Restaurant in Grange -over-Sands. Music will be by a return of 'Duerida New Orleans Specials'. Apparently they are a talented young group of musicians - perhaps someone out there knows more about them ? Tables can be booked from 5pm to 7.30pm on 01539534079 and ". Music is set to start at 6pm, and it's advertised as a Thyme Out evening menu plus a couple of New Orleans dishes.

  • 16/04/17 - John Braben, from Brisbane, Australia, is the latest musician to add a message to the Ken Sims tribute page.

  • 16/04/17 -Sorry to read about Bob Hambleton's death, I worked with him many years ago. Can anyone confirm that in the early days he used to play a trombone that he had painted red. Or am I thinking of someone else with a red trombone?  - Barrie Quilliam

  • 16/04/17 - So sad to hear that bass player Norman Cuff had died. My sympathy goes to his wife Ann and his family.  Norman was a fantastic and powerful bass player, who played all the right notes, and it was a pleasure to play with him for many years in the Alt River Jazzmen from around the Southport/Liverpool area, many private gigs and residencies at the Crown, Birkdale and the Marine Club in Southport every week.  He had played in the various nightclubs that than proliferated around Liverpool, particularly with the Jimmy Harris ( an excellent pianist ) Trio. He played most nights, he said to me, and invariably was half asleep at his drawing board, working as a draughtsmen, the next day.  He called everyone " Ace" and the funniest occasion Was when we went to see Boris's Uralsky Jazz men appearing on the Merseysippi bill at Hartley's in the Albert Dock. He and I got talking to the bass player and drummer respectively. To hear Norman calling this very puzzled Russian "Ace" was so crazy and ridiculously funny !  A lovely guy, who didn't suffer fools gladly, and I have many fond memories of playing with him. A fine bass pl; ayer who sadly had to give up playing because of severe ear problems.  - Roy Swift (Former drummer with the Alt River and WirrOrleans bands).

  • 16/04/17 - 1920s hot jazz and 1930s swing jazz are coming to Grange-over-Sands Golf Club, on June 9th, with HOT FINGERS TRIO & EMILY, featuring Thomas 'Spats' Langham: banjo, guitar, ukulele & vocal,
    Malcolm Sked: double bass, sousaphone and/or tuba, Danny Blythe: guitar, clarinet and bass clarinet and Emily Campbell: vocal. For more details and ticket information click here.

  • 16/04/17 - Many people in the North West will remember Jazzy Joan and the Whitewater Hotel with great affection. It was one of the first venues that Barbara and I attended regularly when Keith Moore's band was resident there. Back in 2009, Derek Winters wrote a lovely article in Just Jazz about Joan and Eric and the Whitewater Hotel, and it's this week's Page of The Week

  • 16/04/17 - Mid week daytime jazz events this week include - The Jake Leg Jug Band at The Crown Hotel Ballroom on Mon, 17 April, 13:00 – 15:00 as part of the Nantwich Jazz, Blues & Music Festival, and the High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 21 April, 12:30 – 14:30. John Hallam is also "With Friends", at the Burnside Hotel from Friday to Sunday, but you'll need to find out if tickets are still available.

  • 16/04/17 - Many Happy Returns tomorrow to Chris Barber who will be celebrating his 87th birthday. Also another Chris will be having a birthday celebration on Saturday, NW banjo player Chris Mitchell.

  • 16/04/17 - The Sun St Stompers will be having a special guest today at Ye Olde John O'Gaunt. 17 year old virtuoso saxophone player, Alex Clarke, is in the area, and her mother called to ask if she could have a blow with the band.

  • 15/04/17 - And so we had a great send of for Ken Sims on Thursday 14th April. Great to see so many musicians there. There was a New Orleans style send-off for him. Hope you might recognise a few musicians in the picture (click on it for larger version). - Rita Jones

  • 15/04/17 - My liking of all things Cab Calloway, and curiosity, brought up this four minute video by kids - It's amusing and you may find an opportunity to slip it in somewhere as an interest item. - Norman Gibson

  • 15/04/17 - New power supply unit bought and fitted and now all is well again. One stupidity lesson learned. Thankfully it only cost £16.48

  • 14/04/17 - Disaster struck yesterday, my PC died. It had been threatening to do so for a while, so it didn't come as a big surprise. It was the graphics card, without it nothing can appear on the screen. I manage to  get another one today and it worked fine, but whilst I had it all dismantled I decided to tackle a noisy fan with the help of a little bit of WD40.  A word of warning, don't do this with the power lead attached, or like me you too may poke a finger inside and render a power supply useless.

  • 12/04/17 -  Jimmie Macgregor writes in the Scottish Herald, "The sad death of Radio 2 presenter Brian Matthew draws a line under an important and exciting period of my life. Brian's long career included the period in the 1960s which saw the huge upsurge of traditional jazz, skiffle and folk music. I was deeply involved in all, so worked with Brian on many occasions. His supreme professionalism was a given, but more than that, he had a quiet understated charm and affability that endeared him to anyone who was lucky enough to know him, be it personally or professionally. A long life well lived. What some people may not know is that Brian wrote an interesting book called, "Trad Mad", it was given to me by someone who knew I had an interest in the subject. Strange thing is, on the inside cover there's a stamped name of a bookshop - "The Joke Shop, 9, New Street, Worcester". He did actually make a record called Trad Mad

  • 12/04/17 John Blackman tells me that the funeral of Norman Cuff will take place at 1-20pm on Thursday 27th April at Thornton Cemetery L23 1TP. There will be a parade band and any other musicians who wish to join in will be very welcome. Any friends who knew Norman will also be welcome to attend the funeral. There will be a reception, followed by a session of  jazz afterwards, at Formby Cricket Club, Cricket Path, off Green Lane. L37 7DP.

  • 11/04/17 - After what seems an age of no news, I was pleased to see this photograph of John Barnes tonight on Facebook, looking quite healthy. It had  been posted by Jim Douglas. Jim said, "Maggie and I together with our good friend John Morrow visited John and Pat Barnes today. Although I noticed a slight deterioration in both, they seemed to be in reasonable health and appeared well cared for. I managed to snap John and here is the result. We were both so pleased to have seen them again".

  • 11/04/17 - Margaret Ashworth has emailed me to say, "I have purchased tickets for Tony Bennett's concert at the Bridgewater Hall Manchester on Wednesday 5th July 2017 at 8.00 pm. Unfortunately my two friends are unable now to accompany me and I just wondered if there is anyone who would like to buy from me 2 tickets as online there do not appear to be any tickets left.  They are: Stalls seats L-13 and L-14. Face value is £75.00 per ticket.  Should anyone wish to buy them from me please contact me initially at with a name and 'phone number and I will happily return a telephone call.    If you are interested in a look at Tony singing at the Palladium for his 85th birthday there is a link here  - a true "jazz singer" in my eyes. He sounded just like this when I saw him in September 2014.  He is, of course, still working most nights all over America - Hollywood, New York, Florida etc.etc. I am hoping for a good evening when I go!"

  • 11/04/17  - John Blackman called to tell me that Norman Cuff, who had previously been a long time bass player with the WirrOrleans Jazz Band (known as 'Stormin' Norman' within the band) died peacefully at home at 3-40pm on Monday 10th April. He had been unwell for some time and had lately developed pneumonia. Funeral details will be available when known.

  • 11/04/17 - Walter Love's Radio Ulster Jazz Club of Sunday 09.04.17 featured 'The Blues of Ottilie Patterson.'  Well worth a listen on BBC Radio IPlayer for the next month. - David Evans

  • 10/04/17 - The Merseysippi Jazz band have been informed by the Victoria that the brewery have decided to run a barbecue on Easter Monday and therefore we will not be playing on Easter Monday, 17th April. This is likely to apply to all bank holiday Mondays from now on this year. - Peter Fryer

  • 10/04/17 - Too much sunshine can be dangerous, so yesterday over 70 people crowded into Buxton's Pavilion Arts Centre to enjoy a swinging session from the Original Panama Jazz Band. An interesting programme and we were treated to well over the allotted hour.  - Sam Wood

  • 10/04/17 - I like to keep ahead of the game and some time ago set an alert for when Google logs new pages containing words like 'trad jazz' 'jazz band', 'stompers' etc. Today it notified of the following - "Boys brown Clarke's stompers Size 9 1/2F Hardly worn plenty of life in them Excellent condition".  So there we are, ideal for stomping in no doubt.

  • 09/04/17 - Lovely to read the Malley Horne article!  My listening career (live) started with the GED Hone band at the MSG so probably been listening to Malley longer than any other musician, although Dave Donohoe & Derek Galloway must come a close second. Haven't seen Malley since he stopped playing at the Garrick but hopefully will see him in Davos. - Fraser McCombe

  • 09/04/17 - "When did the word "jazz" first appear in mainland UK", was a question asked by Norman Gibson back in 2012, and one which raised an interesting discussion. It's this week's Page of the Week.

  • 09/04/17 - The only NW Musician celebrating a birthday this week is Andy Henderson on Wed 13th. Happy Birthday Andy.

  • 09/04/17 - Annie's Saints And Sinners @ The Dog & Partridge, Bollington (check first on 01625 610059) is the only mid week daytime jazz event this week on Mon, 10 April, 14:00 – 16:00

  • 09/04/17 - Southport Jazz Club (Fleetwood Hesketh Social Club) gig list has been updated.

  • 07/04/17 - Andrew Liddle sent me a copy of an interview he did with banjo player Mal Horne about 4 years ago, and which appeared in Just Jazz Magazine. It's now on the site in another of the series, Andrew Liddle Writes

  • 06/04/17 - The Anglo-Scottish 'High Society Hotshots' traditional jazz band are set to make their English debut at Kendal Jazz Club on Tuesday 11 April at Staveley, building on two very successful concerts North of the border. The Scots visitors are Mike Daly (trumpet), Kit Carey (banjo) and Bill Mullin (drums), all seasoned and respected players, who join with relative locals Peter Boswell (trombone), Brian Gordon (bass) and Bruce Carnaffin (clarinet). A foot-tapping evening at Hawkshead Brewery is guaranteed, starting at 8pm. Admission on the door £10.

  • 06/04/17 - Deco Delight will be 'Raising The Roof' at the Parish Hall of St. Pauls. Lancaster on Saturday May 20th at 7pm. It's all in aid of St. Pauls Church Roof Appeal. Click here for more details.

  • 04/04/17 - Trevor Stent writes to urge people to go to see the young French group “Old Chaps” at Morecambe this Friday and Dove Holes on Saturday.  Not strict New Orleans jazz but fine young musicians playing a dynamic style that was a huge hit among all generations at Fest Jazz for the last two years….and the singer, Dréo, is superb, a real “life force”! Don’t miss it!”

  • 03/04/17 - Sue Reid- Povall is a 'relatively new' jazz singer just making herself heard in these parts. She tells me she has only been singing for the last six years, but I know she has been appearing here and there recently, and building up a repertoire, and confidence, with the very efficient pianist Malcolm Hogarth, in company with Isabel Toner. She guested last night with the 'High Society Jazz Band' at Roa Island, and, although she did a limited six numbers, she showed she is a very capable singer of the blues. The reception from the audience was very appreciative. What I think we all liked so much as well was her unpretentious delivery, even apologetic ! " sorry it was not exactly Billie Holiday ". Sue will be very welcome on any jazz stage. - Norman Gibson.

  • 02/04/17 - This looks like a great site, if only for the sound clips of each song. Check out Clark Terry playing “Just Squeeze Me”.  - Jon Critchley

  • 01/04/17 - Ken Sims has now been added to the list of musicians who are no longer with us and who have made an impression on North West jazzers. There's a Ken Sims tribute page here. If anybody has any memories of Ken, particularly when he was playing around Liverpool, I'd love to hear them.

  • 01/04/07 - I have recently re-organised my tribute site to Alan Cooper ( ) and it is now far more readable and user-friendly. I thought it might interest you and your readers although it is not north-western and certainly not strictly traditional. - Jamie Evans

  • 01/04/17 - The Savoy Jazzmen are giving a concert on Tuesday 4th April, between 2pn and 4pm, in the beautiful setting of the Sefton Park Palm House, Sefton Park, Liverpool. L17 1AP. Tickets cost £6.00 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. This is the only mid week daytime event this week.

  • 01/04/17 - Mike Hayler & Matt Palmer will be celebrating their birthdays a week today on Saturday 8th April.

  • 01/04/17 - The Mayoress of Preston and members of the Silver Bell Band look on somewhat bemused as  Canon Timothy Lipscomb, Vicar of Preston, & Acting Archdeacon of Blackburn, took to the floor in a somewhat unconventional attire. It earned a charity an extra £20 as his partner accepted a bet to ask him for a dance. It was all in aid of the Mayor of Preston's (Councillor John Collins) charity jazz night to raise funds for local charity Heartbeat. John has been a regular supporter of the band and has followed them as they have moved venues in the town, so it came as no surprise that he invited them to play on this special occasion. The band sounded great, and from the word go, many guests were on the floor dancing, not even something I see very often in North West jazz clubs. I think the Mayor will have been well satisfied with the outcome of the evening. (click on picture for larger version).

  • 01/04/17 - The Red River Jazz Band was a very popular band in Manchester, and in 1964 they were one of the winners of the national jazz federation band contest. Dave Berry sent me some pictures and a page was created in February last year. It is this week's Page of The Week. It includes a video of Sheila Collier singing with the band at Dresden Dixie Fest and some audio recordings too.

March 2017

  • 31/03/17 - Went to see Deco Delight ! At the Jubilee club on Wednesday 29th of March. The Entertainment value and musicianship was superb !. We enjoyed music from the 1920s and 30s. What a real treat it was. Looking forward to seeing them again whenever they are playing in this area. - Peter Jetson.

  • 30/03/17 - I see the Temperance Seven were due to make a Jubilee Recording this month between 19th and 21st March, so that will be one to watch out for. According to their diary, they are due to play  Gaiety Theatre, Ayr on  20th May, then the next NW appearances are June 8th - Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, October 20th - Thornton Little Theatre, Fylde Coast, 21st - Boston Spa Jazz Club and 29th - The Platform, Morecambe.

  • 30/03/17 - Dear Fred, I was very sorry to hear that Ken Sims has left us. I have many very happy memories of the Sunday lunchtime sessions in New Brighton when he was leading the Blue Mags and I was on drums. There was some swinging, that's for sure! - Mike McCombe

  • 30/03/17 - "Fragments of Louis Armstrong when he was on the cusp of greatness" is the title of an article in The Times-Picayune on, but you can read it via the leisure section of my JazzNorthWest Weekly newspaper

  • 29/03/17 - Big Band jazz returns to Altrincham this Sunday as the acclaimed SK2 Jazz Orchestra plays the Cinnamon Club.  The band, who formed in 2013 to perform the repertoire of jazz legend Stan Kenton at concert venues and jazz festivals, was spotted by Cinnamon Club owner Neil Hughes when they played the Scarborough Jazz Festival. More information at

  • 29/03/17 - Just to let you know that the River City Jazzmen, based in North West Wales, are playing at the Bee Hotel in Abergele, on Wednesday 5th April 9-11pm , £5 including Raffle . Led by Curly on Banjo with Gerry on Clarinet and brilliant Vocals , Rod on Drums , Bob on Trombone and Glyn on Bass -plus a Guest to be announced, they will play in the same Hotel occupied by Queen Victoria who I understand is" not amused " - Tony Talk

  • 29/03/17 - If I was a little younger! Just before I retired in 1995, my ship visited NOLA, we were fortunate in that we actually berthed just a ten minute walk from Bourbon Street. I listened to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, apart from the Drummer the rest appeared to be over 70 with their fingers twisted with Arthritis. Despite this, within a couple of numbers they were rejuvenated. And all for $5. - Mike Feltham.

  • 29/03/17 - Hi Fred, just to inform you that Ken Sims passed away during the night. Will keep you informed of funeral arrangements. Obviously to early as yet for any details. A great loss for all the ones that new him. - Rita Jones

  • 28/03/17 - "I can advise that another 'young' chap will be joining the 'Old Chaps with us on Friday 7th. April', adding some depth and making it a 7-piece at Jazz2Swing2. This fine young band of talented musicians are making the long haul up from Lille France, and there are only two opportunities to see them 'Up North', Barry and Roger being the other promoters at Dove Holes. This is a chance for jazzers, and musicians alike, to witness the way upcoming young players are enchanting audiences".  - Norman Gibson.

  • 28/03/17 - Dear Fred, Would you Please be so kind as to say a Big "Thank You " to all the many Friends and Fans who so kindly sent me so many "Get Well" cards and letters while I have been so I'll in Hospital. I am pleased to be able to say, I'm now on the road to recovery after contracting Septicaemia in January which has infected my lower spine, resulting in not being able to walk, "I must say it was a near thing," But once again "Thank God" the medication and antibiotics seem to be winning the battle for me, and I Hope to be able to walk and take on gigs in 2018 once again. In the meantime I shall be listening too and watching the music I fell in love with at the age of 16 years old. Best wishes to all, and "Thank You" Brian Carrick

  • 28/03/17 -  Another story from Jazz Score (20/03/17), was when John Barnes ran a sextet with Al Gay. They were once billed as the "All Gay Joan Barnes Sextet" - Trevor Barnes

  • 26/03/17 -  On the 27th of April, Angela Brown is putting on T.J Johnson at Mellor and Townscliffe Golf Club (News item 20/03/17). The start time has now been confirmed as 7pm for a 7-30pm prompt start.

  • 26/03/17 - Brian Turnock has emailed to say, "I heard the sad news that the pianist Pat Hawes has joined that ever increasing big band upstairs

  • 26/03/17 - The Sun Street Stompers web page has been updated with a new photograph courtesy Barrie Marshall.

  • 26/03/17 - Just one mid week daytime jazz event for you this week, and if this weather keeps up, where better to go than Fleetwood, where Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar are playing at The North Euston Hotel from 12:00 – 14:30.

  • 26/03/17 - Did anybody see the Jazz625 programme rebroadcast on BBC4 on Friday 24th 2013, it featured the Acker Bilk Paramount Jazz Band, with the great George Lewis. It also featured Beryl Bryden, and both artists generated a great deal of comment as well as the bass playing of Tucker Finlayson. They were the subject of a discussion in May 2013 and which is this weeks Page of The Week

  • 26/03/17 - Several birthdays coming up this week, so it's Many Happy Returns to Richard Vernon today, Bert Schroder on Monday, Ed Lloyd-Hughes, Jon Penn and Paul Munnery on Tuesday, and finally Ged Hone next Saturday.

  • 26/03/17 - I hope you remembered to put your clocks forward one hour last night.

  • 25/03/17 - Ken Ames has kindly sent me some photographs from Mike Dine's funeral, and this is one of them. Band - Tony O'Sullivan & Doug Landau on trumpets, Sid Bailey & Mike Pointon on trombones, Emile Martyn snare, John Finch Sousa and Dick Douthwaite on clarinet. You can see a larger version if you click on the picture.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 07/03/17 - The Dove Jazz Club Doc Houlind Bugle March 2017 is now available on line at

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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