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April 2018

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 https://andrewoliver.net/ 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 at http://tinyurl.com/yakedmum.

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 www.jazznorthwest.co.uk/frogandh.htm

07/04/18 - The latest issue of Dove Jazz Bugle is now available on line at http://tinyurl.com/y8x55sl4

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 http://tinyurl.com/ycs8unwu and http://tinyurl.com/y7zt8b8z - 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 http://listen.soundofspitfire.co.uk/


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'.  

March 2018

01/04/18 - Due to last minute changes, the next Savoy Jazzmen gig at the Palm House will be on the 10th April, not the 3rd, so no midweek daytime jazz events this week after all.

01/04/18 - Thanks to Ray & Jenny Knight  who took videos of several NW Bands, I now have a lovely photograph of Keith Jones, and the tribute page has been updated tpo include it.

01/04/18 - Does political correctness still affect bands these days?  Back in 2006 many musicians had fun deciding what may or may not be regarded as a political correct title or lyrics. It's this week's Page of the Week

01/04/18 - The only mid week daytime jazz even this week is The SAVOY JAZZMEN who are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 3 April, 14:00 – 16:00

01/04/18 - Many Happy Returns today to Ged Hone.
 

31/03/18 - Messages of sympathy and remembrance are coming in for Keith Jones' family and I've set up a tribute page where I have added them. Unfortunately I don't have a good photograph of Keith at the moment.
 

30/03/18 - Sorry to hear that Keith Jones, clarinettist with the Original Panama Jazz Band for many years, also The Parade Jazzmen and The Downtown Dixies, passed away last night. Our thoughts go out to his wife Pat and family. He was a good and enthusiastic musician, bandsman and friend to many. Jon Critchley

30/03/18 - In the February edition of Just Jazz Magazine, Louis Lince wrote an article entitled "Traditional jazz in the North West", and it's about the story behind the videos that Ray & Jenny Knight came up to do. Thanks to all concerned, I've now reproduced the article on this site, which you can see by clicking here
 

29/03/18 - The 20th Anniversary edition of Just Jazz magazine is now available, and features a photograph of missing NW musician, Isabel Toner. Intrigued?  Then you need to get hold of a copy of the magazine, details here

29/03/18 - "Ribble International Valley Jazz Festival", and "Countdown to Fest Jazz 2018 Begins Now …" are just two items in this week's release of Jazznorthwest Weekly that may be of interest to NW readers.
 

28/03/18 - Funeral details for DAVID COPPERWAITE.  The funeral will take place on Wednesday 18th April 2018 at 11.30 in the Rowan Chapel, Stockport Crematorium.  The Eclipse Parade Band will play outside Dave and Carol’s house before progressing to the cemetery, where they will escort the hearse into the chapel.  Family flowers only. Donations to Parkinsons UK [Stockport branch].  Afterwards Carol invites friends and musicians to join family at the Romiley Liberal Club 1 Beech Lane Romiley, SK6 4AL - Derek and Trish Galloway
 

27/03/18 - Updated - Newspaper article now on line. Alan Jeffs tells me that a photographer from a local (to Chester and area) free newspaper called The Standard visited us last night and took a few pictures, and Paul Blake has already been interviewed by them. This is in preparation for an article about the Wall City Jazz Band's 25th anniversary at The Mill. The article should appear either this Thursday or the week after. It would have been nice to have our long-standing drummer, Bill Buck, in the photos, but he's away on holiday in some hot country (can't think why).  Sadly Paul has decided to retire from his position as band leader, and next Monday (Easter Monday 2 April) will be the last time he will be appearing in this role. We will be giving him a good send-off, with cake etc so it will be a great night, albeit emotional. He won't be retiring completely, however, as he will always be welcome to join us as a guest player. Paul has asked me to take over the running of the band, and I have accepted, although I'm not sure what I have let myself in for! The Mill is now under new ownership, so the future is unsure, but I will do my best to keep the band going successfully. Our faithful audience deserve it!

27/03/18 - Just to let you know that the New Riverside Jazz Band will not be playing at the Bull on Easter Monday due to the pub's Easter Events plans. - Peter Boswell

27/03/18 - Hi Fred,  It was great to find out that the "Le Vieux Carre Jazz Club" was started up in the 50s by Mart Rodger at a pub in Urmston then moved to the Thatched House off Market St.  Thanks for your help. - Alan Pearce.

27/03/18 - Val Kennedy has emailed to say, "We’ve decided to organise a jazz gig at Abbot Hall Hotel, Kents Bank, Grange-over--Sands and I would very much appreciate it if you would advertise this event on your NW jazz web site gig list". It features Hot Fingers Trio & Emily - Thomas 'Spats' Langham: banjo, guitar, ukulele & vocal Malcolm Sked: double bass, sousaphone and/or tuba Danny Blythe: guitar, clarinet and bass clarinet Emily Campbell: vocal. Professional jazz musicians known for their audience rapport Friday 15th June 2018,  7 to 10.30 pm (with bar)  So click here for more details, price includes a sandwich supper before the gig.

27/03/18 - Tributes have been coming in for Dave Copperwaite and they have now all been added to Dave's Tribute Page
 

26/03/18 - Some more cracking photographs from Sam Ralph, taken last night at Rochdale Jazz Club where the  Doc Houlind's Revival (Denmark), were performing. Check out https://goo.gl/1jw7Tc

26/03/18 - Another last minute message that gets a second chance from John Petters - Don’t forget my second Now You Has Jazz, Jazz, Jazz show tonight on the Sound of Spitfire at 20:00 utc (9pm UK time) and again on Wednesday at 22:00 utc (11pm UK time).  Tracks by Gene Krupa, Benny Goodman, Sr Rosetta Tharpe, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, The Mound City Blue Blowers, Wild Bill Davison, Sidney Bechet,, Brownie & Sticks McGee, Billiie Holiday with Count Basie, Slim Gaillard, Kenny Davern and Jelly Roll Morton. http://listen.soundofspitfire.co.uk/

26/03/18 - "There is a special event tonight that no-one else has mentioned", wrote Alan Jeffs, but which I didn't see until it was too late. "Tonight (Monday 26 March) marks the 25th anniversary of the Wall City Jazzmen playing at The Mill Hotel in Chester. We will be having a little celebration!".  Many Happy Returns all.

26/03/18 - Regarding Alan Pearce's memories. The Blue Note club on Market St. M/cr. was the Sportsman's Restaurant. It was owned by Scottish and Newcastle Breweries and adhered to Scots licence laws. the bar closed at 9.30 ! This didn't seem to spoil the enjoyment as the audience still stayed for the final hour.  Regarding the drummer on the photo. Sorry John but it is not Ray Mack. It could be Max Kaminsky's brother in law for all we know. Very frustrating though.  As for that joke about drummers. I first heard it about 40yrs.ago and the bloke who told it to me still needs to walk with a stick! - Moe Green.

26/03/18 - Just realised I was a few weeks out on the birthday calendar. So it's birthday greetings today to Richard Vernon, Bert Schroeder tomorrow, and Ed Lloyd-Hughes, Jon Penn, and Paul Munnery on Wednesday.
 

25/03/18 - Just looking for this week's page of the week, I came across Mart Rodger's 70th birthday party where 10 years later I had added a link to a radio interview he did with  Mike Sweeney & Gerald Jackson on BBC Radio Manchester,  just before his 80th Birthday. It seems I had dated that interview as 1st February 1916. Crikey that would make Mart now still playing strong at 182, some going that!  Mart's 70th party is this week's Page of the Week.

25/03/18 - Midday midweek jazz this week - Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at NORTH EUSTON HOTEL, Fleetwood on Wed, 28 March, 12:00 – 14:30

25/03/18 - Although the weekend has been fully booked for some time, due to cancellations through ill health, John Hallam & Friends Jazz at The Burnside 13th-15th April, now have 2 double rooms available, please contact quickly if you are interested.  Contact details on the jazz festivals page
 

24/03/18 - The Ale Emporium in Preston, where the Silver Bell Band have a residency, has been renamed the "Mad Hatters".
 

23/03/18 - Norman Gibson was quite amused by a joke from resident quizzer Barry Simmons on Eggheads last night following a music round. He said "What do you call a man who hangs around with musicians"?   The answer was "A Drummer".  Wonder if Moe Green saw that one?

23/03/18 - That photo of the Vieux Carre Jazz Club card brought back some memories! When Mart started the band, Mart Rodger Jazz Aces, at age 16 to 17, they played at first at a pub in Urmston and called it Le Vieux Carre Jazz Club. Possibly this was the idea of Bill Brennan who was the manager of the band. Later they moved into the Thatched House pub, just off Market Street in Manchester and used the title again. Mart was then asked by Her Majesty’s Government to enrol in the Army as he became 18 and Eric Batty took over the band. A few years later, Dizzie Burton became the leader but the band finished sometime after that. - Janet Rodger

23/03/18 - Carlisle Jazz Club gig list has been updated.

23/03/18 -  Tributes are coming in, following the death of Dave Copperwaite. Dave now joins many other greats on the tribute page.

23/03/18 - Our dear friend trumpet player DAVID COPPERWAITE died today after a long illness. We will post more information and funeral details later. - Derek and Trish Galloway

23/03/18 - I've just amended Matt Palmer's mobile number on the dep's list after he discovered there was a slight error in one digit, which of course was enough to make it useless. If any musicians made a note of it since October last year, it might be worth checking you have it correct.
 

22/03/18 - The gig list for The Fleetwood Hesketh Sports & Social Club, Fylde Rd, Southport, has been updated.

22/03/18 - The John Petters radio programme - Now you has Jazz Jazz Jazz, will be available on Sound of Spitfire Radio on Monday evenings at 9pm and repeats on Wednesdays at 11pm.

22/03/18 -  Dave Davis hopes to be able to aid the discovery of the Teagarden drummer. He says, "I've attached a better photo' of him".


21/03/18 - Re: The mystery drummer with Jack Teagarden 19/03/18 - I’ve been pondering this, and just now, sitting having a coffee, the name Ray McKinley came into my head. So I think it’s him, but like Steve Voce, could be wrong! See photo attached - Jon Critchley

21/03/18 - In the UK we sometimes refer to made up groups of musicians as a 'telephone band', and 'Loose Marbles', (12/03/13) 'Smoking Time Jazz Club' etc., all fall into this category of Royal ( that's Roy-al ) Street musicians getting together. 'Loose Marbles' have been around for quite some time,and Shaye Cohn ( Trumpet/Keybaord ), among others, can be found in earlier videos. In the Malcolm Holland video Marla Dixon { 'Shot Gun JB' & 'Skake 'em Up JB' ), husband John ( 'Shot Gun JB' Bjo ) and Robin Rapuzzi, on drums instead of his usual washboard, ( 'Tuba Skinny' and ''Frog & Henry' ) are joining up. This is all quite common in NOLA and results in some great music. - Norman Gibson (see also http://tinyurl.com/yd5tgfy8)

21/03/18 - Re: The mystery drummer with Jack Teagarden 19/03/18 - Given the style of Teagarden's suit and the Slingerland drum kit it must have been taken in the late '40's or very early '50's. I notice another double bass at the back so it could have been a two band session. The drummer could be Morey Feld but I'm not definite. Moe Green.

21/03/18 - I wonder how many people remember the days when you had to pay for membership to most jazz venues before you were allowed in. When I used to go in the fifties, if you forgot your membership card, you didn't get in. Things have changed since those days, even the atmosphere in the clubs, no looking through thick smoke to try and see who's playing the solo. I remember going to the Bluenote Jazz Club on Market Street in Manchester, Youngers No 3 was 1/9d ( 8p) a pint and if you felt really flush Youngers No 1 was 3/6d ( 17.5p) a pint. At the end of the night you could leave after a great night with sore eyes, lung full of smoke, ringing ears and slightly inebriated all for under a quid, even your bus fare home. I used to belong to several clubs, some of the membership cards shown, Bodega and Thatched House cards have been mislaid. Unfortunately the club Le Vieux Carre I can't remember where this was, perhaps someone can enlighten me. What a great jazz scene it was in them days. - Alan Pearce.   Alan sent me several membership cards which I'm sure will bring back a lot of memories to some people, click on the image to see them

21/03/18 - "Back safe and sound", writes globe trotting Norman Gibson. "I've heard that Fest Jazz ticket sales, at this point, compared to last year same time, are doubled. I believe that the Frog and Henry tour could well have had a good effect on that, as many fliers, provided by Trevor, were handed out and Fest Jazz was mentioned a lot at their concerts. Of course, F & H will be in France again this year, so they had motive!  We bumped into a couple of jazzers we know from Leicestershire, while strolling in Puerto Rico. Small world !".

21/03/18 - Hopefully by tomorrow recovering from what appears to be flu - shivers, aches, can't keep awake. That's twice in two years even after the jab, must be the wrong kind of flu!  It's a good sign that I've felt like putting a bit of news on.
 

19/03/18 - 9pm - 10pm, Just listening to John Petters with his new radio programme, "The jazz Show" on  http://listen.soundofspitfire.co.uk/. This is a brand new internet station, based near John in Spalding Lincolnshire. If it's available later I'll let you have the link. Tonight is part 1, so at least there's more to come.

19/03/18 - I must bow to superior knowledge, Fred. That's an old Al Gay. I knew a young one!   But following up on your suggestion, can anyone help Jazz Journal by identifying the drummer in this photo of Jack Teagarden with Max Kaminsky, Hungnuts Picou and Jack Lesberg?  The 'S @P' on the bass drum may not refer to him. He maybe sitting in on someone else's drums. - Steve Voce. (Click on picture for larger version).

19/03/18 - Whether or not it was Al Gay, I remember him as a great guy. I played with him at the MSG when he guested with Nev Taylor's Jump Band I think. As a callow youth, I asked him about the 'pro' scene down in the 'Smoke' (I'd had quite a few offers) and he advised about the five-to-a-flat wall to wall empty beer bottle scene so I took his wise advice! His favourite story was about the quartet he'd put together which was advertised as 'Al's Gay Quartet'. Heaven knows what sort of audience turned up. Those were the days before PC reared its ugly head! - Ian Royle

19/03/18 - Many Happy Returns this week to John Dunlop on Wednesday who reaches the great age of 80. Apologies for publishing the wrong date last week John, only just realised, hope I got it right this time.

19/03/18 - Due to (probably) a chance alignment of the planets next Wednesday 21st, The band playing at The Irby Club will be more recognisable as The Merseysippi Jazz Band. Jon Critchley is indisposed a little health-wise; Laurie Cooper thinks that it would be better to entertain his wife that night as it’s their wedding anniversary; Dave Thomas has been coerced into dog sitting for his daughter; Bill Buck has decided it’s preferable to holiday in the sun rather than trudge up the Wirral. Good news is that Malcolm Hogarth, Isabel Toner, Dave Dixson, Pete Fryer and John Hyam will be there, all jollied along by our good friend and ace drummer Brian Singleton of the Chicago Teddybears Society Jazz Band. Maybe that band’s erudicious piano player / vocalist Ed Lee will also be on hand; what a bonus. All this assuming the weather is fair. Fingers crossed, - Jon Critchley

19/03/18 - The Roa Island Jazz Club gig list has been updated


17/03/18 - Oh dear some things are not meant to be and we can’t control the weather.  Unfortunately CREOLE JAZZ at The Bolton Arms in Leyburn is cancelled tomorrow lunchtime due to snow / bad weather forecast. If you can post this on your site I would be grateful.  The next one will be Sunday 22nd April 12.00 – 3.00pm. - Kathy Benson

17/03/19 - This from Dove Jazz Club - "We're very sorry that, actually for the first time in twenty seven years, we have to advise the cancellation of tonight's concert by the High Society Jazz Band. Because of their concern at the forecast possibility of adverse weather later today causing disruption they have reluctantly decided not to travel to Dove.  Unfortunately at such short notice we are unable to find an alternative for you.  We offer sincere apologies to all members who were planning to come and support us for any inconvenience that this causes and we look forward to seeing you again in the future".

17/03/18 - Congratulations to Dave Davies – Al Gay is confirmed at the mystery clarinettist. No prize I’m afraid but the interest the query has received has prompted the editor to contemplate starting a regular feature.  Please encourage your followers to subscribe to the NJA Newsletter – 30 years and going strong. We’ve been in existence since 1964 and are bowing to anno domini by slowly merging with the NJA. We both have the same aims in preserving the UK’s jazz heritage. - Graham Langley
 

15/03/18 - Well it looks like Dave Davis has clinched it. He's sent me a couple of photographs of Al Gay, and one is off my site here,  the other is this one on the right taken from an Alex Welsh video on YouTube

15/03/18 - To me, http://tinyurl.com/yawuzoy4 with my aged eyesight, looks like Al Gay, Rod Hamer and Mike Hogh. - Louis Lince

15/03/18 - A Windsor Tenor Banjo circa 1929 is the latest item to go on the Sales Page

15/03/18 - Enjoyed the Loose Marbles set……liked the Emile Barnes style clarinettist. Saw them in NOLA last year, probably catch up with them, Shotgun Jazz Band and Tuba Skinny again this year. I see T.S. are on the ‘big stage’ in Jackson Square again at the French Quarter Festival (Thursday 12th April) - Pete Lay

15/03/18 - Regarding the photograph at http://tinyurl.com/yawuzoy4, I've had two 'maybe' for Al Gay, and one definitely not. So this from Pete Lay has really turned it into a puzzle - "Hi Fred, Definitely Al Gay in Rod Hamer’s photo. Lovely guy and musician, sadly missed. - Pete Lay".

15/03/18 - In your news, somebody is trying identify a clarinet player. I think that he may be Al Gay. - Howard M.


14/03/18 - Hi Fred, Hope you're well!  That's definitely not Al Gay in the Rod Hamer photo. - Steve Voce

14/03/18 -
Re. Graham Langleys' enquiry about the clarinet player in the Rod Hamer photo'. It looks like Al Gay.  - Dave Davis.

14/03/18 - Thanks for pointing out the Pete Vickers article - interesting stuff. I expect he realises that the photo of the Preston outfit was of one of the adult kazoo / drum marching bands which held great sway in the 20s & 30s. Known as 'Jazz' bands, but having no relationship to jazz, they had a huge following particularly in the North. They still exist today but only among children as far as I know.  - Graham Langley, Archivist, British Institute of Jazz Studies

14/03/18 - As part of Neston Music Festival 2018, as well as the Brownfield Byrne Hot 6 on Saturday 14th April, we're hosting Billy Thompson' s Gypsy Jazz Band (in the Stephane Grappelli style). He plays over a whole range of styles but is exceptionally good and such an entertainer-everyone enjoys the band's performances. They'll be at St Thomas' Church Parkgate on Thursday May 24th from 7.30pm. Tickets £10 available at Mozkitos, Parkgate Square, or from 0151 336 2530 but we usually sell out pretty quickly so hurry. Refreshments available - Ina Bushell

14/03/18 - As I promised I would keep you informed, I am sorry to have to report that jazz at The Crown in Addingham has come to a sudden end as from today (no session tonight) until further notice. This is due to refurbishment work. We are ever optimistic that it will recommence sometime in the not too distant future. In the meantime we will be looking for a temporary venue - once again I will keep you posted. Many thanks - Harry Long

14/03/18 - By strange coincidence, the same National Jazz Archive Newsletter it is revealed that "Jim Godbolt’s wonderful book, A History of Jazz in Britain, 1919–50, is available again from publishers Northway Books, thanks to a reprint to coincide with the exhibition Rhythm & Reaction at Two Temple Place. It covers the trail-blazing American artists of the twenties and thirties, their influence on British musicians, the specialist magazines, rhythm clubs, discographers and pundits, and the fascinating cloak-and-dagger plots to defy the Musicians’ Union ban". Peter Vickers must be psychic! (see 13/03/18).

14/03/18 - Just received an email from Graham Langley, asking me if I receive the National Jazz Archive Newsletter (which I didn't, but I do now), as they are looking to identity a clarinettist playing with Rod Hamer (born in Bury, Lancashire in 1940), and John Ritchie, You can see it at http://tinyurl.com/yawuzoy4. Anybody help?


13/03/18 - Eddie Condon once accused Paul Whiteman (!) of trying to "make a lady" of jazz. Well the monochromatic "Loose marbles" carry on that concept well. I didn't really want to "like" them, but their "bandsmanship" is awesome, and I listened to the improvisations on the "Great American songbook" all the way. I think it will jerk a few comments; Moe Green will have clocked the sartorial elegance of the slide guitar guy, (let down hugely by the vast PA mixer in back!), Shades of Felix Mendelssohn!- curses., Eccles,- I've given my age away. - Jon White

13/03/18 - On 11/02/18 I posted an item about the Original Dixieland Jazz Band arriving in Liverpool, and Peter Vickers took up the cudgel and dug into the British Newspaper Archives.  He produced an article about the arrival of jazz in Britain, which he has now expanded upon. You can see the more detailed article by clicking here. Peter would be pleased to receive any comments.

13/03/18 -  A distinctive wraparound tuba that was stolen last month from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in New Orleans is back. Creative director and musician Ben Jaffe said he recovered the 12-year-old Italian sousaphone Monday, thanks to a tipster who wished to remain anonymous. He didn't elaborate on exactly how he got it back. More information at http://tinyurl.com/ybxuuy69


12/03/18 - Hi Fred I've just found this very interesting and enjoyable band, "The Loose Marbles", on YouTube at https://youtu.be/9EFAhHT9AEE and if you have an hour to spare I'm sure you and your readers will also enjoy it. Malcolm Holland


11/03/18 - Now our previous drummer is no longer with SIX IN A BAR Classic Jazz Band, we are very happy to announce that John Smith has now joined the band on drums. We look forward to a new chapter in the band, playing and singing arrangements of some of rarely played 1920s/30s pieces along with some great standards. - Mike Lovell


10/03/18 - Where did 16 years go?  Were you there? This poster sent to me by Sheila Collier, also a photo at  http://tinyurl.com/y8gwlgrv. You can see a larger version of the poster by clicking on it.

10/03/18 - If you want to see and hear your jazz in daylight hours during the week, then Carnforth Station is the only place to be with The High Society Jazz Band on Fri, 16 March, 12:30 – 14:30

10/03/18 - One band that has been going for over 60 years in the NW, is the Original Panama Jazz Band, and this week's page of the week is 60 Years Of The Original Panama Jazz Band 1954-2014 by Jon Critchley

10/03/18 - Many Happy Returns on Wednesday to John Dunlop who by my reckoning has reached a milestone in his life. Have a great day John.

10/03/18 -  Creole Jazz is back at The Bolton Arms in Leyburn (Wensleydale). The first one is Sunday lunchtime 12.00 – 3.00pm 18th March 2018 in the ground floor rear bar area. Free admission – food available. Most events will take place on the 3rd Sunday in the month, but check What's On where you will also find more information.


09/03/18 - Bernie Hives reminded me that there once a photo of him and Earl Hines outside the  Club Hangover in San Francisco featured on the site, and he was right, I dug it out and here it is.


08/03/18 - ‎Bengt Johansson‎ wrote on Facebook - "Today, March 8, it is 30 years since Ken Colyer passed away. Time goes, but The Guv'nor and his music are still very much alive. RIP.".

08/03/18 - I quite agree Ian Royle, I look at myself on video, and think ‘Who’s the miserable old git on trumpet! - Richard Knock.

08/03/17 - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05y4790 is where you'll find music and an interview with the Chicago Teds on Radio Merseyside. It starts 40minutes in. 29 days left to listen

08/03/18 - Just discovered, somewhat belatedly, that NW musician Andrew Mackenzie came 5th in the British Jazz Awards in Nov 2017. Well done Andrew


07/03/18 - Ian Royle writes, "I hope to be allowed to sit in on Thursday night in Sale with Charlie's band. It'll be my first time out since last November in Spain following an op for 'trigger finger' so it'll be a very gentle blow if it happens. I really enjoyed Louis Lince's two documentary videos featuring jazz bands in our area. It was great to see so many guys I know personally still blowing. My main criticism - and I'll bet my mercurial mate Terry Brunt would agree-It's great to play this joyous music we all love, so why not SHOW IT?? Most of the guys in both of those videos seem to be emulating Miles Davis's attitude to their audience. Ever watched Henry 'Red' ? Louis? Ory? You don't scowl at your followers. Most of those facial expressions would turn milk into yoghurt. C'mon guys -we're supposed to be entertaining people! ".

07/03/18 - The Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Jane Mackenzie, is hosting a charity ball in the town on March 10 at 7pm, with live music from Jeff Matthews band, the Chicago Swing Katz. It would appear that David Beckham is also doing his bit for the charity ball, the 42-year-old has agreed to personalise what he writes on his donated Man U shirt to whoever wins it. More details at http://tinyurl.com/ycuwu8u9


06/03/18 - The latest edition of 'Dove Jazz Club Bugle' is now available on the club web site.

06/03/18 - Hello Fred You are doing an excellent job in difficult times!! Watched that Jane Mc Donald " New Orleans ". Oh dear me!! nil points out of a 100?? Paint drying is better!! Could have been anywhere? Is that about right?? Anywhere in the NorthWest Jazz scene would have been good! Yours in the Jazz desert. Tony Cain


05/03/18 - Forwarded by Ian Royle who originally received it from John Westwood - I am including two links regarding Club Hangover "where there is never a cover charge - never a door charge." It was a popular San Francisco Jazz Club in the 1950's. The first link includes almost 30 live radio broadcasts, each 30 minutes long, recorded in the mid 50's. Kid Ory, Armstrong, Muggsy, Fatha Hines, Teagarden and Ralph Sutton are all featured. The audio quality is quite good. Just scroll down the page for the list of programs. It begins just below the picture of Muggsy. I think you will like these- Ian. http://tinyurl.com/ybxqjhzs The second link includes some history of the club, with some great old photos and articles.http://tinyurl.com/yaddnv3q 


04/03/18 - Just to let you know that the Doc Houlind Revival all Stars will be in Louth March 24th;Rochdale 25th and Barnsley 26th.They will be our only gigs north of the Midlands during our three week trek around the U.K.and it will be great to meet up with old friends again - Brian Turnock

04/03/18 - It would appear that quite a few musicians who served in the forces, spent time at RAF Padgate, judging by the contributions I received in 2006 about the place. It's this week's Page of the Week.

04/03/18 - Many Happy Returns today to Rosie Harrison. On Tuesday it's Roy Williams' birthday and on Friday Mart Rodger & Colin Smith will be celebrating theirs. Many Happy Returns to one and all.

04/03/18 - The SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 6 March, 14:00 – 16:00. It's the only mid week daytime jazz event.


03/03/18 - The Canal Street Stompers will play an extra gig on Wednesday 7th March at the Railway in Sale at 8.30.  This is to replace the one cancelled last week, due to bad weather. Back to normal then on the last Wednesday in the month - Derek Galloway

03/03.18 - There's a jazz concert coming up soon in Neston library on Friday 9th March. It is by a three piece group called 52SKIDOO and titled "The joint is jumping". It sounds like real fun and younger musicians connecting with hot jazz. This concert has been put on by the library authorities, as part of the Cheshire Rural Touring Arts programme, which is very encouraging. They are also on 16 March at Macclesfield library, 14 April at Norley Village Hall and 20 April at Kettleshulme Village Hall.- Clive Edwards

03/03/18 Jon Critchley has got his deerstalker on and spyglass at the ready. He says, "I’m pretty sure that this photo at http://tinyurl.com/yabajb3n was taken more recently than the 1950s, and I make an educated guess, as they do on Eggheads, that it was around the late 1990s because the piano player is clearly on his mobile phone, probably a Nokia". He went on to say, "I’ve found out that the Lambda Record Company, who’s sign is in the photo, was based in Crosby, near Southport and recorded local bands and also Mersey groups such as Gerry & The Pacemakers later in 1961. I’m wondering if the piano player on the mobile phone is Terry Burstall who still lives in Southport and was a member of the mentioned Alt River Jazz Men , as was David Blackledge. Maybe Robin Tankard on bass? Another interesting and gripping fact is that the photo was taken at 10 past six. I’m doing my best. Cheers".

03/03/18 - Re: the picture at at http://tinyurl.com/yabajb3n, I think the picture of the band was probably from the late 1950’s, not 1940’s !  The clarinettist is David Blackledge who played in the band after coming down from Cambridge University in the late 1940’s. a fine player who was later with me for many years in Southport’s Alt River Jazzmen. He was also a fine cricketer who played for Liverpool Cricket Club up to the mid 1960’s in their halcyon days of Husband and Tyler.  The trumpeter is/was Roger Higham. Brother of John. Who was at Liverpool University in the mid 50’s.playing in various bands there, He later was with the Wirrorleans band, and is currently still playing with the Peninsular Jazz Band in Heswall.  Both fine players. - Roy Swift

03/03/18 - Another cancelled event - New Orleans Wiggle at New Mill Club,  Holmfirth, Sun, 4 March.


02/03/18 - We have had a poor spell of the weather here in Disley and I hope it improves for our Monthly Jazz at High Lane on Monday coming. I am glad we had our Charity concert in Goostrey for St.Lukes Hospice last Saturday. We have raised £11,886 for this charity so far and that makes myself and my fellow musicians very pleased.  In addition to this Janet and I met Poynton ten year old boy Joseph Whitworth who has been in a wheelchair since he was four years old. He wants to go to Poynton High School later this year and he cannot go unless he has a special new wheelchair with a cost of £25,000. Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz will be playing to help the fund raising at Poynton Methodist Church on Saturday 10th March and tickets are £8 and I hope those who can will make it.  - Mart Rodger

02/02/18 - Jazz on A Sunday at Rochdale has been cancelled this weekend due to current weather situation.

02/03/18 - Those of you who don't normally watch the series 'Cruising with Jane McDonald' on Channel 5, may be interested to know that tonight at 9pm, "the singer delves into the American Deep South, sailing along the Mississippi. She samples the jazzy vibes of vibrant New Orleans, before being introduced to her latest floating home, the American Queen, the world's largest steamboat".


01/03/18 - Following their successful night there in January, the Chicago Teds now have a series of monthly gigs at Eastham Lodge Golf Club. There are two this month, then one a month through to December. They are always on a Friday but not always the same Friday. All details have been added to the website. Also, it is now confirmed that the Teds will appear on Radio Merseyside on the afternoon of Tuesday March 7th between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. - Ed Lee Click here for more details

01/03/18 - Cancellations received today - The Pendle Jazzmen and the Tuxedo Jazz band tonight, However it's business as usual for the Silver Bell Band tonight.

February 2018

 

28/02/18 - Woodvale Rally will have a music stage in Victoria Park on 16th & 17th June in Southport. It looks to be a great day out for the family.  Set to appear are the Blue Mags and the Chicago Teds. You can see the music programme here.

28/02/18 - The first of the cancellations - Canal street Stompers at the Station Hotel, Sale, "Unfortunately due to the continuing inclement weather conditions and in particular certain band members having a considerable distance to travel we have decided to cancel tonight’s (28th Feb) gig. Apologies for any inconvenience". - Charlie Bentley

28/02/18 - The March edition of Just Jazz Magazine is now out. Details here

27/02/18 - I've just been on the Keswick Jazz & Blues web site and just clicked on the Artists and listened to an interview with Keith Nichols with some super recordings included. I'll be checking the others next.

27/02/18 - I play on a Zottola 66B mouthpiece and would like to find a shallower model of the same size. Unfortunately they are no longer in production so if anyone out there has a Zottola 66 C,D, or E trumpet mouthpiece and would be happy to sell it please get in touch. Apparently these are very rare and I have now been advised on extremely good authority to try a Schilke 13B or 14B, so if anyone has one of these surplus to requirements please let me know. - email johnpercival@hotmail.co.uk or phone 07981 549885.

27/02/18 - Another series of write-ups on jazz club events used to be done by Tony Sheldon (Rochdale Jazz Club), but I couldn't find any recent ones on Rochdale Online. Not surprising as it would appear that Alan Lawless has been doing the job for the last few years, and you can find a number of his reports on gigs at Rochdale Jazz club, by clicking here

26/02/18 - They've done it again! With the help of Louis Lince, Jenny & Ray Knight have produced part 2 of their video tour of jazz venues in the North West under the Rayk Jazz banner. Now you can see and hear how many of the NW musicians you know so well, got into jazz in the first place. This time it is entitled "From The Dee To The Mersey-The Jazz Odyssey Continues" and you can see it at https://youtu.be/Wr7NGSnfN3I. It features The Wall City, Parade, Chicago Teddybears, Savoy, Tuxedo, Merseysippi and Blue Magnolia bands. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

26/02/18 - This is a jazz-friendly request - I'd like to encourage folks to get their tickets for The Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival in May - last year's festival was one of the best I've been to, and so I'm looking forward to this year's ding-dong. We'll be running the Guest Sessions as usual, and we want plenty of players and listeners to make our bit memorable. Weather permitting, we'll be playing to raise funds for Keswick Mountain Rescue on Sunday Morning in the Market Square.  So please get your tickets - if we don't support it, we'll lose it! - Malcolm  Hogarth

26/02/18 - Dear Fred, Just to let you know that we've sent a 4th £500 donation to the Altzheimer's Society from the sale of our 2015 CD 'Milk of Amnesia' and our 2017 CD 'Forget Me Knot', both of which you have so kindly advertised for us. Thanks to all purchasers. - Malcolm Hogarth & John Higham

26/02/18 - There's a Gretsch Catalina Jazz Kit Drums in Ebony finish plus extras, just gone on the Sales Page

26/02/18 - Some people may not have received the latest News email, some were rejected, possibly the content was mistaken as spam by illogical spam identifying computers.

26/02/18 - The internet is always full of surprises. I was looking to see if Tony Sheldon still wrote his Rochdale Jazz Club write-ups for his local newspaper, which also appeared on Rochdale Online  when I came across some great photographs taken at the club by Sam Ralph, a professional photographer. Check them out at http://tinyurl.com/y8nas9re.

26/02/18 - Reed musician, Bruce Carnaffin, emails me with details of the forthcoming event at Kendal Jazz Club, but what I hadn't realised until Norman told me, was that he also does a write-up, or blog, on the events afterwards. You can read Bruce's blogs for this year at http://tinyurl.com/ybcsakoe.

26/02/18 - Just spotted this recent news item from Thomson Reuters  - "Men and women swayed to music at Saudi Arabia's first-ever jazz festival on Friday, the second of a three-day outdoor event that showcases the Kingdom's recent efforts of shedding its conservative image. Locals and foreigners flocked to the festival to watch bands from Riyadh, Beirut and New Orleans."

25/02/18 - "Hi Fred, my name is Stephen Lewis and, although I was born in Liverpool, I now live near Chester. I’m hoping that you and your contributors will find the attached photograph of some interest, and that you may be to help me out with some information about it. The gentleman front and centre with the guitar is my grandfather, Adrian (Bob) Allan, and we think that the photograph was taken in the late 1940’s, possibly early 1950’s. He was a fine jazz guitarist and, as I understand it, was once a member of the Ralph Watmough band. However that is all we know, but I would like to find out more if possible."   You can see the photograph at http://tinyurl.com/yabajb3n, so let me know if you have the answer and I'll pass the details on - Fred.

25/02/18 - Sometimes an email copied to the site turns into a heated discussion, as per last week's Page of The Week. Sometimes a page gets no response at all. This week's Page of the Week was one of those, it came from Brenda Canty-Forrest in 2012, and was a cutting from the  Manchester Evening Chronicle. It wasn't controversial, more an interesting fact about a band she played in, but it did beg a question that never got answered.

25/02/18 - Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at The North Euston Hotel, The Esplanade, Fleetwood FY7 6BN is the only midweek daytime event this week. It takes place from 12:00 - 14:30. You'll be lovely and warm inside, but brace yourself for the cold wind when you come out according to the weather forecast. That applies to all the gigs this week, more so the evening ones.

25/02/18 - Many Happy Returns this week to Jamie Brownfield on Monday, and bass player Jim West on Saturday.

25/02/18 - The gig list for Maverick's 80s Lounge at Bingley, has been updated.

23/02/18 - There's been a switch round of gigs at Rochdale Jazz Club. May 20th will now see the Tame Valley Stompers playing, and October 21st will see the Main Street Jazzmen. Tony tells me someone has noticed that my site is showing a £7 entry fee rather than £8 for the club, but I can't find it. If you can, please let me know where it is.

23/02/18 - Is there anyone out there who hasn't bought a CD or LP from Lake Records? I recall coming across an LP - "Ken Colyer's Jazzmen - The Decca Years 1955 - 59"  in Kendal in the late 80s. It was that and a few more Lake Colyer LPs along with Tony's Tradtime on JazzFM that got me back on the jazz road again. So it was interesting to read a press release on Jazz Guide News that Paul & Linda Adams, after 42 years of the business and the release of over 600 albums, are wanting to take life a bit easier, move into semi-retirement and transfer some of the work. Well done Paul & Linda.

21/02/18 - Well Frog and Henry completed their five bookings in the North West and, having got such good receptions, they have committed to another tour in 2019. Jazz clubs take note ! Meryl and I went down to the Caledonia in Liverpool for the final one. A good decision it was too, as Laurent, reeds player with Berlin's 'Old Fish JB', decided to fly in and join them. Unusual for a Monday night, the Cally was full to bursting. we met up with a few we knew, including Ian and Sheila, better known as GI Jive, the dancers who generally appear with the 'Swing Commanders'. The 'more more' calls resulted in a late session to just short of midnight. It was a long haul getting the tour together, but now I am retiring very happily. - Norman Gibson
 

21/02/18 - Further to Pete's correspondence re early jazz in Britain. He may be interested in this extract from The Oxford Companion to Black British History. 'In1914 Victor Joynes Imperial Four played at the Lotus Club and the drummer Louis Mitchells Beaux Arts Orchestra at Princes Restaurant. Mitchell, who later claimed to be the first first man to bring jazz to Britain returned in 1915 with the pianist Dan Kildares Clef Club Orchestra to appear at Ciro's Club. He toured widely in 1915-17 and his 1917 tour with his Seven Spades was especially influential in exposing African-American music to a wider audience' - Jeff Roberts

21/02/18 - Hi Fred, 1921 this is the show "Hello America" that was heralded as the source of the jazz invasion to come in 1918 https://youtu.be/Y2AYu740PJQ, and features ' The Piccadilly Four'. There are lots of other clips adjacent. - Pete Vickers

21/02/18 - Many thanks to Alan Grubb, one of the members of the Isle of Man Jazz Club which organised the Isle of Man Jazz Festival for 40 years, for sending me a photograph taken at Laxey Glen Ballroom when the Merseysippi Jazz Band were playing along with Nat Gonella & Bruce Turner. It was a time when the late Mike McCombe was on drums, and Alan's Letter and photo have been added to Mike's Tribute Page

19/02/18 - The page - "Whatever Happened To - Brian Williams & The Druids Jazz Band", has been updated with an item by John Dunlop

19/02/18 -  I read with interest Pete Vickers article on early jazz in Britain. Some of these "bands " must have sounded terrible. I have a film made in 1924 at The Piccadilly Cafe in Manchester. The band is a typical Dixieland five piece : tpt. clt. tmb. pno. dms. They are obviously improvising ( no sheet music ) and look to be going like the clappers but of course the film is silent. They were obviously popular as the dance floor is full. The bandstand is tiny and it is amusing to see the trombone player extending his slide among the dancers. How he didn't have it knocked out of his hands is a mystery. Or perhaps he did? - Moe Green. I wonder if this is the one? https://goo.gl/v1VMqh - Fred. "Yes, that's the one. Intriguing isn't it. I would have loved to have heard them". - Moe

19/02/18 - Barrie Marshall has an amazing collection of postcards with a musical theme, and he's uploaded 387 of them to smugmug. He's kindly allowed me to pass on the link so that others can enjoy them at https://goo.gl/WuKG6c . My favourite is this one.

19/02/18 - If you live anywhere near Preston, you'll probably know about Bygone Times, at Eccleston. It's specialises in Antiques, Collectables, Memorabilia, and Vintage, and with more than 500 stall holders spread across 85,000 sq. and enormous 5 floors, it's not for the faint hearted. I was there yesterday and came across four interesting CDs. Two Old Fashioned Love Band CDs, a Merseysippi jazz Band CD and a Chris Barber CD, each selling for £1. Well I couldn't resist, so I bought "Chris Barber's Jazzband and All American Ramblers", and "Mersey Tunnel Jazz" by The Merseysippi Jazz Band and good to hear the two-horn Watters/Scobey sound once again with Pete Daniels & John Lawrence on trumpet & cornet resp.  Presumably not in the Antique category yet, otherwise they would have been twice the price! Apologies to Mike Pembroke for not buying the other two, but I do have put a limit on my extravagant spending. Click here for more details

18/02/18 - There's a one night variety extravaganza coming up at The Lowther Pavilion in St Anne's on the 23rd of this month. It's hosted by Des Day and features top comedian Jonnie Casson. Music will be provided by Deco Delight. There's more information on the Lowther Pavilion web site, click here to access it

18/02/18 - Sometimes someone sends me a comment which I post, and before long it turns into a heated discussion. Such was the case a while ago when Jeff Roberts made what I assume was meant to be an innocent comment about American Culture. Check it out, it's this week's Page of the Week

18/02/18 - Many Happy Returns today to Sheila Collier who started her jazz career with a sit-in with the Southside Stompers, founded by the late Don Bridgewood, and was then invited to be their regular singer.  On Friday, it's Many Happy Returns to former member of the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, trombonist Frank Slater.

18/02/18 - Norman Gibson has sent me a write-up of the Frog & Henry Trio at Morecambe, including a tap dancing video. Mystified? then click here to see and read it.

17/02/18 - There will be a Music Festival in Neston running from 14 April to 24 May.  I am helping to organise the opening concert on 14 April, as per these details, which is a jazz evening with the Jamie Brownfield / Liam Byrne Hot Six with vocalist Grace Williams. This should get the Festival off to a flying start! Anyone who cannot get to Neston to buy tickets at £10 can send me a cheque payable to Neston Civic Society (for this concert only) with a note of their telephone number, and a stamped addressed envelope, so that I can send the tickets back. My address is Clive Edwards, 22 Woodlands Road, Parkgate, Neston, CH64 6RT and my phone number is 0151 336 1190. There will be two more jazz concerts at the end of the Festival and details of these and the other events will follow in due course. - Clive Edwards

17/02/18 - There's a jazz concert in Neston library on Friday 9th March. It is by a three piece group called 52 SKIDOO and titled "The joint is jumping". It sounds like real fun and younger musicians connecting with hot jazz.  This concert has been put on by the library authorities, as part ot the Cheshire Rural Touring Arts programme, which is very encouraging. They are also on 16 March at Macclesfield library, 14 April at Norley Village Hall and 20 April at Kettleshulme Village Hall. - Clive Edwards

15/02/18 - Norman mentioned Ewan Bleach playing two clarinets, both were Bb, one was a Boehm System and one was an Albert System, he trying to come to terms with learning the old style Albert System, he seems to be doing very well to me. - Barrie Marshall

14/02/18 - Well Fred I have to report that there is no doubt that the Frog and Henry Trio UK Tour started last night with the best audience reception I've witnessed in a long while. This was a really good marker for the success of the whole tour. OK, it was a darned cold night up there and some members decided to stay at home. Big mistake ! ( -4C and an ice coated car greeted me when I set off for home ) The latest version of the Fotdella Double Bass Machine behaved itself on it's debut, and created a lot of interest at the interval. Not only is FH Henry an amazing and pleasant young musician, he is a clever engineer to boot ! Ewan Bleach is a rising star. and had the audience in raptures with his playing, moving easily with his choice of two clarinets to alto and tenor saxes. Hadn't seen Dave Neigh before, but he kept the rhythm going strong on his Tuba Machine, also constructed by Henry, whilst accompanying on steel guitar, at the same time of course. Well worth the cold trip up, and all augurs well for a repeat performance tonight with me in Morecambe. - Norman Gibson

11/02/18 - Anybody who followed up the link Jazz It Up With This Fantastic Free Exhibition On British Jazz on 30/01/19 will have read that "The first Dixieland band arrived in the UK in Liverpool in 1919, before moving down to London". In my ignorance I assumed they actually played in Liverpool,but Pete Vickers put me straight by telling me that's where the ship docked and they went straight to London.  It got us talking, and Pete, who has access to the British Newspaper Archives, set off on a trail to see if there was indeed any mention of their arrival in the UK in the newspapers, but it led him further - When did jazz first arrive in Britain? You can see how he got on by clicking here. Pete would be pleased to receive any comments.

11/02/18 - Two people have reported receiving emails supposedly from me with just a link it to an unknown place. Unfortunately just because it has my name on, it doesn't mean to say I've sent it, you can set up an email address and put anybody's name on. I never send a link out without following it with some words that indicate I will have sent it, and in many cases there's a link to my website also, which is a bit of a giveaway.  Be warned!

11/02/18 - I've been surfing the YouTube videos today and enjoying some great jazz from all over the world not least from Chris Barber's big and small bands, and on one video Amy Roberts was playing on flute, and Chris was playing in a wheelchair having broken his ankle. This brings me to this week's Page of the Week when in 2014 Gerry Travers raised the question, "Do you think he is going to play until he drops or should he at 84 years plus, consider managing only, and taking a back (and clearly well deserved) seat? The responses were not surprising..

11/02/18 - Just one mid week daytime jazz event, The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 16 February, 12:30 – 14:30.

11/02/18 - It will be 69 years on Thursday since the Merseysippi Jazz Band was formed and still going strong. That's some record it, and it all began 5 years before Dove Jazz Club promoter Barry Prime was even born, and it will be his birthday on Friday.

11/02/18 - Norman Gibson tells me he's more or less sold out for the Frog & Henry Band, so to repeat Trevor Stent's comments, "I would urge all North West jazz fans to go and see the group Frog and Henry this week", your only option might just be Kendal on Tuesday or Carlisle on Thursday.

10/02/18 - Dear Fred it is with sad news I report the passing of Dave Brennan - banjoist, leader of the Jubilee Jazz Band, Rotherham and of BBC Radio Sheffield jazz prog. fame.  The  "burial" will be private but there is a church service at 11 am Friday 16 Feb at Rotherham Minster for those who wish to attend. - Alan Birkinhead. Trevor Barnes has forwarded further information - "Parade band, I believe, at the burial. After that there is a reception at Sitwell Golf Club (Shrogswood Road, S60 4BY) - static band.  Musicians will want to know about instrument. Wil Robinsons is i/c the static band and John Pashley the parade band. As far as I know all will be most welcome to bring their instruments to the Reception anyway. It would be nice to give Dave a great send off".


10/02/18 -
You can read the latest Dove Jazz Bugle "The Jazzaholics",  by clicking here. The band will be playing at Dove Jazz Club next Saturday.

09/02/18 - I have now set up a tribute page for Mike McCombe, which you can access by clicking here. If you have any memories of Mike when he played with the Mersey's please share them with us.

09/02/18 - Very sad news about Mike McCombe. Mike was instrumental in getting the Merseysippi Jazz Band over to the U.S.  I had some great times with him over there. A lovely drummer, he also worked with the Colyer band. My heartfelt thoughts go to Barbara. - Pete Darwin

09/02/18 - I'm very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. We met a few times over the years, good chap!! - Pete Lay

09/02/18 -  "Hello, I'm Mike McCombe's wife Barbara, and I'm sorry to send the news that Mike passed away on 30 January. As you may know, he was the Merseysippi Jazz Band drummer for many years before moving to California, where he played with the Grand Dominion, Albion and his own band Skunk Creek".

08/02/18 - Just been looking at JazzNorthWest Weekly and came across a couple of interesting articles, one entitled Louis Armstrong returns as Zulu King, and one about Lil Hardin Armstrong

07/02/17 - There's been a price reduction on the Sales Page for a Taylor Trumpets Bb London model. It's in super condition and has been recently refinished.

05/02/18 - "Sidesmen", now that's a term I haven't heard in a while and wasn't even sure if I had it right. Another article from Nourishing Obscurity clears it up for me, and some excellent examples at http://tinyurl.com/ydxm5cel. I hope you have a decent woofer for the first video! I just loved the cartoon video with Acker's "I'll be glad when you're dead ...". Enjoy!

05/02/18 - The news yesterday about the imminent demise of the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors (IAJRC) is so sad. As I understand it, our Music is genuine improvised jazz music whether it is from “way back as far as far back goes” – Duke Ellington, Count Basie, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis, George Lewis, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, et al, to Bird, Miles, Mingus, Monk, Trane, and other Giants from Bebop and Beyond.  There are not many of us left now and we must do all we can to preserve it.  It is genuine, true, improvised, and creative, and too good to lose.  We must not give up on this!  May our music never die – in spite of everything we hear on the media and all the rubbish that claims to be music today.  Yours in Jazz, Alan G Brown.

03/02/18 - OKOM, know what it means?  Well to any newcomers it's an abbreviation of 'Our Kind Of Music'. Back in 2011 John Muskett felt slightly queasy when he encountered the words, "our music". It started a small discussion, which is this week's Page of The Week.

03/02/18 - On Tuesday 6th Feb The SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House from 14:00 – 16:00, This is the only daytime mid week event next week.

03/02/18 - Many Happy Returns next week to Judy Eames on Friday 9th Feb.

03/02/18 - Hi Fred, it was interesting to see the advert for King Oliver although by 1932 Joe Oliver was struggling to play and had not recorded for Victor for several years.I have an interesting piece from a 1936 Downbeat Magazine. It seems Oliver would not accept work in any large city as he didn't want people to see how far he had fallen. There's a review of one of his concerts and it seems that he only appeared for two or three numbers. He suffered terribly with his teeth and there is an interesting piece in " Really the Blues" where apparently on his way home early in the morning Joe would buy a still warm loaf scoop some of it out and fill it with sugar. I know Mezz Mezzrow's book is the biggest work of fiction purporting to be fact ever printed but if this bit is true it could explain his dental problems. - Moe Green

01/02/18 - Well now I've heard it all - "MARSHSIDE, England (Reuters) - Whether celebrating or mourning Britain’s exit from the European Union, you can now do it to music, thanks to a British composer who has set dry EU legal-speak to jazz as part of a project to explore Brexit through art".

01/02/18 -  Secret Peaky Blinders pop-up bar is opening in Leicester this weekend according to The Hinkley Times. Patrons may even see a few scenes from the hit series being acted out - although attendance by Cillian Murphy and counterparts is sadly not expected. As you’d expect from a speakeasy, there will be a secret door from the street, which guests will need to knock on in order to gain access.  There will be live music from a traditional 1920s jazz and swing band and dancing, to enjoy. Plus, you’ll be able to treat yourself to themed drinks, such as Peaky Blinders ale, whisky, rum and gin, and cocktails created especially for the night. Well it might be a gimmick, but if it helps keep the music alive I'm all for it.

01/02/18 - In Oxford, Mississippi they are gearing up for the 44th World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest & Festival - May 24-27, 2018. I could quite fancy seeing one of those in this Country.

01/02/18 -  It seems likely that the Chicago Teds will be live “on air” one afternoon in early March. Date and time to be confirmed. Watch this space.

01/02/18 - For those lucky people down South, I see from my Jazz Northwest Weekly Newspaper that the "Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra", with Wynton Marsalis, will be doing "Benny Goodman: King of Swing" and "Leonard Bernstein at 100" on the 27th and 28th Feb, at the Barbican Centre in London.

January 2018

30/01/18 - Jazz It Up With This Fantastic Free Exhibition On British Jazz - This was my latest notification from Google about the Rhythm & Reaction exhibition at Two Temple Place, near Temple tube station in London, but not before I'd seen a full page spread in yesterdays 'i' Newspaper along with a picture of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band.

30/01/18 - "Might be an interesting night at 'The Railway' in Sale tomorrow night", says Ian Royle. "There'll be Derek Galloway of 'Temps' fame with a wounded shoulder unable to blow his trombone and me recovering from a hand operation attempting a possible (with permission) sit-in with the band. Any hospital staff who like jazz are encouraged to attend".

30/01/18 - That fascinating site I last mentioned on 07/01/18 called 'Nourishing Obscurity' has now featured Ottilie Patterson on a page called  "Trad jazz chantoosie".

29/01/18  - "Have a look https://youtu.be/WNdzbdSpf9I and enjoy", says Norman Gibson. "Hard to believe our luck at getting such a real clarinet talent joining us in just over two weeks. This will just have to be included on the Frog and Henry playlist. Ewan is a worthy match for the great Sidney Bechet!

29/01/18 - Starting tonight, The Merseysippi Jazz Band will play at the Liverpool Cricket Club, Aigburth, Liverpool L19 3QF, starting at 8.00 pm, and very Monday night thereafter. Admission is free but there will be a voluntary collection during the interval at 9.00 pm.

29/01/18 - The February edition of Just Jazz Magazine is  now available, and there are one or two people I can think of in the North West who will be excited to see a picture of the Shake 'Em Up Jazz Band on the front cover spotlighting an article on this year's Fest Jazz 2018 in Brittany. It will probably be outshined though, by an article by Louis Lince entitled, "Traditional Jazz in The North West" (Hello, haven't I seen that title before somewhere?).  It's a three page story behind the scenes of the making of the Rayk Jazz videos which featured NW bands and entitled The Road to Southport Pier - A Jazz Odyssey 2017

28/01/18 - Hi Fred. As there has been no mention of this on your news page, I thought I'd let you know of a milestone event that I attended (and played at) last night. It was Paul Blake's 90th birthday party bash. There was a fantastic cake (click pic for larger version). Paul has been playing clarinet and sax with the Wall City Jazzmen since they first formed, and he hasn't retired yet, although he is considering doing so this year. The Mill Hotel will be under new ownership by the end of January, so the future is uncertain, but I'm confident that the band will find a way to continue. We can't let our fans down! - Alan Jeffs

28/01/18 - Hi Fred, Can I beg a favour please and ask if you could include the following on your news page? After the Crown Inn at Addingham closed its doors for 3 weeks, and hence no jazz, I am pleased to say that my Good Time Jazz Band, will be back playing again at The Crown every Wednesday evening from Wednesday 31st January. Many thanks - Harry Long.

28/01/18 - A special birthday greeting to jazz musician Taff Lloyd who celebrate his 80th birthday today. Happy Birthday Taff.

28/01/18 - Hi Fred, I am pleased to announce that on 18th MARCH 2018 Jazz returns to The Bolton Arms in Leyburn, Wensleydale (monthly) with KATHY BENSON'S CREOLE JAZZ (rags, stomps, spirituals and blues from the classic jazz era) Sunday lunchtime 12.00 'til 3pm (lovely room in ground floor back bar area). Free admission - food available. Please come and support live Yorkshire jazz !  - Kathy Benson

28/01/18 - New Orleans Express was the name of a band that Dr. Ron Lloyd co-founded in Chester in 1975. He had previously been a member of Liverpool University Jazz Band, The Dave Lind Jazzmen and The Gut Bucket Steam Orchestra. The history of this band and where it was in 2012 can be read in this week's Page of The Week and even more at http://tinyurl.com/y78yp5sd

28/01/18 - Many Happy Returns this week to the following musicians - Terry Porter on Monday, Ken Doran on Wednesday, Brian Carrick and Tony Pollitt  on Thursday and Alan Matthews on Saturday.

28/01/18 - If you prefer your live jazz to be in the daytime mid week, then Fleetwood's the place to be this week for Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at the North Euston Hotel on Wed, 31 January, 12:00 – 14:30

27/01/18 - Pete Vickers has been doing a bit of research stateside, and found an interesting advert in the "Daily Inni", the student newspaper of the University of Illinois (click picture for larger version).  It appeared on July 19th 1932, and after further research myself I found several other gig dates in July that year. A little further digging brought me to an interesting advert in the The Urbana Daily Courier, Sept 5th 1919 and an advert for new record releases, including one by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band which you can see by clicking here.

26/01/18 - Helping to celebrate Peter Vickers' (centre) 80th birthday are from left to right. Alan Matthews, James Vickers, Barrie Marshall and Keith Moore. Photo Barrie Marshall, photographer - passing waiter

22/01/18 - Last Wednesday eve turned out to possess weather of the most inclement. As a result, the audience was somewhat decimated - apologies for absence were phoned through. Undeterred, Alex Clarke was at her brilliant best, a two-reed lead fronting a depleted Tame Valley jazz band as Norman Pennington was down with pneumonia. One unforeseen side-effect of the reduced gathering was that "our" table won two prizes in the weekly raffle, a previously unknown phenomenon. - Noel Broadgate

22/01/18 - RE: Legendary NFJO Concert, Royal Festival Hall 14/7/1951, again no mention of Lyttelton and the part he played in the great revival, not the awful trad boom. Is he being airbrushed from history ? - Roy Swift.

22/01/18 - My thanks to the person who spotted some errors on the Rochdale Jazz Club page and some of the events in What's On and notified Tony Sheldon, who rang me today and left a message because he doesn't have internet access.  If anybody else finds any errors, and I'm sure there are plenty, feel free to contact me right away so that I can amend them, I don't bite.

22/01/18 - Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz might have had a good time in Norway, but from Louis's post on Facebook, it seems the journey home was not quite as good. "Back home by 8.00pm this evening. Started off at 7.30am from the hotel in Stavanger to go to the airport for a Copenhagen flight and thence to Manchester. However, the early flight was cancelled due to a technical problem with the plane which had to go back to Copenhagen to be replaced with one that was airworthy. The replacement was 2 hours later than planned at Copenhagen, our flight having left for Manchester 30 minutes prior to our landing. So we were sent on the pretty route to Frankfurt and then via Lufthansa to Manchester, arriving at 5.15pm local time. The good news is that Eric's Trombone, John, Mart and Allen's bags arrived. My banjo was with me as a carry on. Chris's, Eric's and my bags were still in Copenhagen. We are assured they will be delivered to our homes tomorrow morning".  Reminds me of why I'm not keen to go abroad these days.

21/01/18 - You might not have heard yet, but there is football on at the Coffee House in Liverpool tomorrow, so the Merseysippi JB will not be playing there", writes Ed Lee. "In fact they will not be playing there again! From the following Monday (29th), they are returning to Aigburth Cricket Club where they will be in a “cosy downstairs room with access to the bar via a lift and stairs” - Malcolm Hogarth’s words"!

21/01/18 - Many Happy Returns this week on Thursday to Terry Binns, and a special birthday greeting to Pete Vickers who will be celebrating his 80th. On Friday Paul Adams of Lake Records will be tucking into birthday cake.

21/01/18 - From time to time I'm asked where people can pass old jazz records on to, either for financial return or just wanting them to go to a good home. Always a difficult one because many of us have moved on to CD players and no longer have a turntable, also a lot of old recordings are now also available on CD. One place that got a mention on the site earlier last year was Rabbit Records who, if you wish to donate the collection to the National Jazz Archive, can facilitate the sale, with a proportion of the proceeds passed on to benefit the work and continued development of the Archive. Details are on this week's Page of The Week.

20/01/18 - Janet Rodger reports, "Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz had a great gig in Norway last night at the Stavanger Tradjass Festival. There was an enthusiastic and appreciative audience, with lots of people there who the band has met during the 37 trips they have made to Norway over the years. They will be playing two gigs today and are looking forward to entertaining more of their friends".

19/01/18 - It was a pleasant surprise to open the post this morning and find another donation towards the site running costs, this time from Dove Jazz Club. Whilst I do not run the site for monetary return, it is gratifying to know that my efforts are appreciated. Thank You Dove Jazz Club and hope you have a bumper night with the new Roy Walker Band tomorrow, 20th Jan at 8pm.

18/01/18 - There was a good turnout for Jeff Gilpin's funeral yesterday. At the church I was joined by John Gordon (banjo), Bill Smith (cornet), Dave Thomas (clarinet) and Derek Galloway (trombone). We played before, during and after the service some of Jeff’s favourite tunes. Later, at the Dunscar Conservative Club, with trumpeters Dave Pogson and John Percival, clarinettist Barry Aldous (taking a couple of tunes on my bass), and Tenor Saxist Howard Murray, there was more jazz. Joan Gilpin and son Keith were most appreciative of our efforts and particularly of comments already posted (in Remembering) on Fred’s Website. - John Muskett

18/01/18 - My old friend Roy Swift would be pleased by the complete version of  'I Want A Girl' by the Saints on Lake Records. This begins at the beginning and not at Alan's clarinet solo. It was too long for original issues running, from memory, for about 7 minutes. Steve Voce

18/01/18 -  Hello Fred. Just to let you know that The Black Swan at Hollins Green has closed its doors to any further jazz on every first Monday of the month. The entertainments room has now been turned into a full-time dining room. - Martin Bennett (Old Green River Band).

18/01/18 - Guess what Fred? I also have a 12" Vinyl - The Legendary NFJO Concert 14 July 1951. Anybody interested?  (contact via Fred).  - Ruth Brooks

17/01/18 - The New Riverside Jazz Band regular gig at The Wagon & Horses has come to an end. "Not surprising", says Barrie Marshall", as the landlord has stopped all his music in the pub.

16/01/18 - Mart Rodger writes, "Brenda Canty Forrest has let us know of the funeral details for Colin Tomkins. This will be at Wrexham Crematorium on Monday next at 1130 a.m. followed by a buffet at the Hand Hotel in Llangollen".

16/01/18 - John Petters has posted the following in the Ken Colyer Society Facebook page - "Max Collie's Funeral: Just heard from Martin Ross that it will be on Monday 5th February at Woodvale Crematorium, Lewes Road, Brighton, BN2 3QB. at 14:00hrs".

15/01/18 - Re recent conversations on the Legendary NFJO Concert, Royal Festival Hall 14/7/1951, I have a vinyl LP ( priceless now ? ) of the concert reissued by Brian Hainsworth in about 1985/6. Those listed as taking part were Humphrey Lyttelton and his Band, Saints Jazz Band ( obviously Manchester ! ), Graeme Bell and his Aussi Band, the Joe Daniels Jazz Group, the Crane River Jazz Band, and Freddy Randall and his Band. Compere was Deryk Guyler ( of ITMA and Please Sir fame ! ). Sleeve note on this version written by Steve Voce. Most of the bands seem a bit overcome by stage fright, except for the Saints who apparently decided to show “ The Southerners” how it should be done with a very rousing and exciting version of “ I want a girl just like the girl ( that married dear old dad ). It begins, for some reason, with Alan Radcliffe’s clarinet solo which still stirs me all these years on.   Then the band come in and give it their all! - Roy Swift

15/08/18 - I am very sorry to hear of the death of Colin Tomkins. Colin played trumpet with Manchester's famous Zenith 6 band in the late 1950s and early '60s. He was a fine trumpet player and my abiding memory of him was his pleasant and good-humoured character. Happy memories of those good times alongside myself, Mart Rodger, Alan Pendlebury, Derek Gracie, and other members.    I 'm also sad to hear of Max Collie's passing. I was privileged to play in Max's band on a number of occasions , depping for Ron McKay and later for Pete Cotterill, both of them fine drummers. Max was a great band-leader with a strong character, good New Orleans style trombone , and an excellent vocalist.  The tribute to Max features an excellent photo of him and contains a very full and informative resume of Max's exciting and varied career. Thank you Max for all those wonderful memories. - Dave Berry.

15/08/18 - Due to renovations, the Black Horse Jazzmen with not be playing at The Lion in Settle tomorrow or the following two weeks. Normal service will resume on 6th Feb.

14/08/18 - In June 2001 we had a great band play at our jazz club in Preston, and which had not long been put together by the late Jimmy Smith, which he called "The Northern Jazz All Stars", and stars they were, just look at the line-up. It's this week's Page of The Week

14/01/18 - Many Happy Returns this coming week to Band Marshall Jeff Roberts on Thursday, and to reed player John Hallam on Friday

14/01/18 - Just the one mid week daytime jazz event, and that's The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 19 January, 12:30 – 14:30, where there are Tea Rooms and good food available. Free entry but a collection is taken at this event.

14/01/18 - In a very kind gesture, Rochdale Jazz Club sent me a donation towards the cost of running the website. Knowing that jazz clubs are on a tight budget, I tried to offer the donation back to help with club funds, but Tony Sheldon wouldn't hear of it. "We appreciate all you do, and the time you must spend doing it, and so do our members", he said. Many thanks Tony, and many thanks Rochdale jazz club, and to help balance the books, if you haven't been for a while, why not get along to their next event on Sunday 21st when you can see and hear Martin Bennett's Old Green River Band and I'm sure it will be money well spent.

13/01/18 - I have just picked up a fuller description of the Bass Instruments, being introduced into the Frog & Henry Band, from the 2018 'Programme' link on the Fest Jazz website. ' A spectacular sight, Dave Neigh fills out the rhythm section largely on his own, playing banjo and tuba at the same time ( it's true ! ) A foot-operated tuba machine of their own creation. Part of their show also incorporates the newest version of the Fotdella, a 9 string foot-operated double bass making it's very first Festival appearance at Fest Jazz. Essentially a combination of a harpsichord plucking mechanism and a three quarter size contrabass body, with 5 additional strings and a simple foot pedal system'.  Both bass instruments will make their inaugural outings in the UK at Kendal, Morecambe and Carlisle Clubs 13 to 15th. February. - Norman Gibson

13/01/18 - The Parade Jazz Band are having a Mardi Gras with a touch of romance at the Red Lion, Parkgate 13th Feb 8.30. All welcome, fun for all

12/01/18 - "I wonder if you would kindly advertise the following event on your site", writes Linda Spencer. "Zoe Gilby will be visiting The Barlow, Edgworth as part of Edgworth Methodist Church's programme of community events. We have not had a jazz singer at The Barlow before, although we have a thriving folk club and hope that we can generate interest in this type of music. Zoe Gilby is a vocalist and songwriter making a stunning impression at prominent jazz festivals and venues in the UK and internationally. She will be appearing with her quartet at The Barlow, Edgworth, BL7 0AP on Saturday, 17th February". I've checked this lady out and can't see any jazz standards in her repertoire, but what the heck, it's good to have someone willing to give jazz a start.

12/01/18 - Dove Jazz Club has issued its latest copy of The Bugle

11/01/18 - Regulars to the Talbot Hotel jazz weekends, will be delighted to see a TV program first broadcast in 2016. Julie and her daughter Kate were featured on BBC's Bargain Hunt and the repeated episode is now available on iPlayer at - http://tinyurl.com/y9xqlp2k.

 

10/01/18 - Bass Player Allan Wilcox writers, "Louis Lince told me on Monday that Max's death had been announced on your news page. As you may remember, I played with him many times over the years, and although I had kept in touch with him and knew how ill he was, I was pretty devastated. I've written a sort of memoir that you might want to include, either on the page itself or in Remembering, if you think it suitable". Well I do think it's suitable, it's a name I associate from the early 60s with the likes of Barber, Ball & Bilk so I've set up a tribute page for Max.

09/01/18 - Much admired young female reed player Alex Clarke will be at the Beaky in Ashton-under-Lyme on Wednesday 17th of January, playing with the Tame Valley Stompers. Kick-off 9.00pm, admission £2.00. All welcome.

09/01/18 - Details of Geoff Gilpin's funeral have been sent by John Muskett. "Wednesday 17th January at Mid-day: Service at St Anne’s Parish Church, Turton. The church is actually in Chapeltown, 55, High Street, BL7 0ER. Cremation (family only) is at Overdale (Bolton), and afterwards at Dunscar Conservative club, Hardman’s Lane, Bromley Cross, BL7 9HJ (location of Eagley Jazz Club) – available from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm. It is likely that there will be a jam session if folks would like to bring instruments". Click here for Map and Directions. John has sent detailed travel instructions from M61 should anyone require them.

08/01/189 - The write-up for the the High Society Jazz Band has been brought up to date (other bands please note). My thanks to Dave Bateman.

08/01/18 - Janet Rodger has sent me a cutting from the Daily Express in February 1962 and it's about Chadderton Councillor looking for a jazz band to play in the park. It's very amusing by today's standards, click here to read it

08/01/18 - I was at the 1951 Festival Hall concert- courtesy of H. M. I was at the radio school at RAF Locking, and played in the "NAAFI" band. A "pro" sitter-in was Johnny Picard from the #3 RAF band, based also at Locking; they had a dance outfit, the "Blue rockets", and played regularly at nearby Weston-Super-Mare. Anyway we were pally, and he got me a ride in their band truck for the concert dah'n "the smoke". Great do!, but what rings is Johnny stamping his feet on the wooden slats, and whooping- "I'm gonna play with that band"-- Humph. And he did, for quite a few years.. Anyway, back tracking with the big G, I came across this blog: http://michaelcooper.org.uk/C/1951.htm  A goldmine of (South Coast) period events. loads of musical memories for some of us; + one "star turn".... Michael Miles' "YES/NO" interlude with "Wilson, Kepple, and Betty". ( I must find my old FEZ). har har har, - Jon White

08/01/17 - There's been quite a bit of talk lately of young bands from abroad, so for the sake of balance, here's a young band from the UK, based in London, The Shirt Tail Stompers. are playing tonight at Wilton’s  between Wapping and Whitechapel, close to the historic Tower of London and St Katherine Docks.  A bit too late to set off now I guess, but a name to make a note of for next time I go down. If only I could dance like those youngsters in the follow up video!

08/01/18 - Not a name familiar to me, but I'm sure many out there will recognise his name  - George Kidd who was a trombonist and popular figure on the Scottish jazz scene playing with the Penman Jazzmen, has died aged 78. "He was one of the Scottish jazz scene’s great characters as well as a musician whose trombone-playing abilities were admired by fellow musicians all over the world, if not always recognised by the wider public". His obituary is available on line at http://tinyurl.com/y9txwf4e

08/01/18 - Just to clarify matters following Judy Eames’ post (07/01/17), the all-female group, “‘The Shake’Em Up Jazz Band”, was created by Tuba Skinny leader, Shaye Cohn, for a one-off concert in 2016. Since then it is the wonderful Marla Dixon who has led the band on trumpet. The personnel for Fest Jazz 2018 is Marla Dixon, trumpet; Chloe Feoranzo, clarinet; Defne Incirlioglu, washboard; Haruka Kikuchi, trombone; Molly Reeves, guitar; Julie Schexnayder, bass.  The band is a fine example of light, swinging New Orleans jazz at its best: https://youtu.be/ZPmsFcTHFw0 and we are thrilled that they are coming to our festival.  I would like to take this opportunity to encourage North West jazz fans to go and see Frog and Henry on the mini tour organised by the indefatigable Norman Gibson http://www.jazznorthwest.co.uk/f&h.htm. Superb young musicians who play a style of jazz that is wonderfully refreshing; lovely, interesting people too. They were at Fest Jazz last year and we immediately invited them back for 2018. - Trevor Stent

07/01/18 - More from "Nourishing Obscurity", this time it's Acker Bilk in the spotlight http://tinyurl.com/y9c67z7c

07/01/18 - Tony and I are going to the Chateauneuf Du Faou festival at the end of July. One of the bands, all female, is led by the Tuba Skinny leader. I don't know if she's parted company with them.  We're driving 50 miles in the wrong direction to travel with Tad Newton's coach party.... Leaving just after midnight!!  We still get a few BIg Bear gigs; the most recent was Dec 21st at Hastings. We left here just after midday, expecting to be at the Travelodge by dusk.... got there at 5.45. I keep reading on Facebook about musos having horrendous journeys with road closures, accidents (or carelessnesses as I call them). Anyway it was a great audience and the band played well, we were so glad we'd booked the 30 quid Travelodge option!  Let us know if your travels bring you this way; we've joined the Oxfordshire Jazz Federation committee and Tony's hoping to bring the website into the 21st Century. - Judy Eames

07/01/18 - There can be few visitors to the site who haven't heard or seen the famous NFJO Royal Festival Hall 1951 Concert. The late Geoff Brooks kindly sent me, and others a copy on CD back in 2005 and the discussions that took place at the time are on this week's page of the week

07/01/18 - The only daytime jazz gig mid week is Annie's Saints And Sinners @ The Dog & Partridge, Bollington on Mon, 8 January, 14:00 – 16:00, but check first on 01625 610059
 

07/01/18 - Many Happy Returns of the day today to Lancaster guitarist Jon Moore

07/01/18 - I find it surprising that information on the Tuba Skinny European Tour seems to have been in the dark. I'm not that well known, but I must have had about five e-mails from a guy called Chalandon advising me of updates, over the last few months, as the European venue list was filling up. I forwarded one or two of these to more influential people, and I know efforts were made to get the tour extended to the UK. without success. The full programme ( with a note saying it is not definitive ) can be found by going to www.jazzogie.org/PressDossierTS.pdf.  I'm fortunate that I've seen TS in 2014, and spent time in the company of Erika, Barnabus and Robin Rapuzzi. Renewed friendship again with Robin last year was the starting point resulting in the Frog & Henry Jazz Trio coming to Kendal JC, myself at Morecambe and Carlisle JC in mid February. We are thankful for that. - Norman Gibson

06/01/18 - Max Collie has died today, having had a serious stroke in 2013. The funeral at Brighton is on a date to be announced.  John Maxwell Collie was born in Melbourne, Australia on 21st February 1931. He first heard professional jazz in 1946 listening to Graham Bell’s lunchtime concerts at The New Theatre Melbourne. By 1948 he was playing with a local band and shortly after, was leading it. In 1963 Max arrived in England for a European tour, and in 1964 decided to stay and joined the London City Stompers, becoming leader after a year. In February 1966, he formed Max Collie's Rhythm Aces and that band went on to become world famous.

06/01/18 - On January 2nd Sammy did a telephone interview for the American talk show The Paul Leslie Hour. It was a spontaneous interview with no rehearsal or script. If you would like to listen to the interview you find it at http://tinyurl.com/yb8bzyrr.

05/01/18 -
There has been a lot of interest shown on this site in the past in New Orleans' Band - Tuba Skinny, and attempts were even made to get them to come to the North West but to no avail. Peter Dennis, after a lot of effort finding it, has kindly sent me their itinerary for their 2018 European tour, so if a trip over the channel takes your fancy, click here. Peter says, "The list should help as it gives the email address of the people to contact re tickets - they have been very helpful. Dendermonde Battaklang contact is Frederik Goossens <ferdinandmorton@hotmail.com>. I am only going to some of the Belgium Concerts and already have tickets - they are going quick - the Honky Tonk Jazzclub is "sold out"

05/01/18 - I read with sadness Mart's report regarding the passing of Colin Tomkins.  Back in 1961 I was privileged to have depped about three time with 'The Zenith Six', at The Clarendon in Oxford Street Manchester. Colin was the trumpet player on those gigs as I recall. Yes, a very fine player indeed.  Colin also depped for Jack Goodier, with us (The John Tippett Band), at The Imperial Club in Stockport on one occasion.  Condolences to Colin's Family, and yes, he will, I'm sure, will be remembered in Manchester jazz history.  Joe Silmon would have seen to that ! - Des Hopkins.

04/01/18 - Mart Roger writes, "Janet and I received an e-mail yesterday from Brenda Canty Forest who was the first wife of Colin Tomkins. Colin was a super trumpet player and he was with the Zenith Six during my time as a member. Colin died on New Year’s Day in Wrexham Hospital. A great grandson was born that morning and Colin sadly died in the afternoon".  Brenda subsequently emailed to say, "We had started our first band in 1954.the Oriole JB and had Rod Hopton trombone and Pete Kennedy clarinet. Colin then played with Pete Haslam's Crescent JB for a while when I was having our first child and then The Zenith 6,then I joined The Crescent later to become the Collegians. We moved to North Wales in 1962 and had a band there where a number of Manchester musicians came and played a few gigs with us at times. There is still only me who remembers all the details and believe he would have liked to be included on your site. He was part of my life for 25 years and I think he would be pleased that he could be remembered in Jazz circles".

03/01/18 - There's been a change this month at Didsbury Cricket Club, The Savannah Jazz Band & Harlem Hot Stompers have swapped about. So for the next four weeks it will be Tame Valley Stompers tomorrow, Harlem Hot Stompers on the 11th, Chicago Teds on the 18th, and the Savannah Jazz Band on the 25th.

03/01/18 - All dressed up and nowhere to go! Well not in the case of Mike Lovell's 4 in a Bar who were at The Bartle Hall Hotel near Preston, playing in the New Year  It was a Gatsby themed evening with over 120 guests who enjoyed a sumptuous dinner and listened and danced to the band. The musicians were Andy Wallis, Chris Howse, Colin Turner and Mike Lovell, looking super smart in white jacket!

03/01/18 - In what might be described as a 'scoop' for the North West, Norman Gibson has booked the, "Frog & Henry jazz trio, from the streets of New Orleans" for Wednesday 14th. February 2018 in Morecambe. You can find details by clicking here, and download the poster here, but to summarise - Tickets can be purchased from The Concert Room, Jubilee Social Club, Torrisholme, Morecambe LA4 6NZ., or Contact Norman Gibson Tel. 01 524-855 770. E-Mail jazz2swing2@gmail.com. Tickets are £9.00 Adv. (£10.00 on Door). Norman tells me, "It will be a Charity effort, as any profit that may be made will be given away. I have in mind a local charity our son-in-law has joined up with. It's mission is to see no local child at school without a breakfast. I'm awaiting clearance".

03/01/18 - Nothing to do with Jazz (at least I thought so until I put the word in the search box), as I'd previously been watching a film taken in Blackpool in the 1930's. Check out Huntley Archives and you'll find film of a Harlem night club and Harlem authentic jazz and jiving lindy hop style dancing 1940's, plus short clips of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band in the 1940's and more. All the videos appear to have been posted on YouTube so you may have seen some already.

03/01/18 - More contributions have come in for the Jeff Gilpin tribute page, the latest being from Sam Ellis, Savannah Jazz Band.

01/01/18 -  Back in June 2017 I mentioned a book called "Roots, Radicals and Rockers by Billy Bragg – the skiffle moment and how it changed music".  Barrie Marshall says, " I’ve had some reports of how good it is, a lot about the influence of jazz in the UK and a lot about Ken Colyer, http://tinyurl.com/y75qkxzr. I always said from their early days that without Ken Colyer The Beatles would not have emerged".  Barrie has since sent me a link to a video on the subject - https://youtu.be/hx7U47sH1O4, and Barrie has also uploaded a radio recording he made back in 2008, which you can listen to at http://tinyurl.com/yayuvyyt.

01/01/18 - I took this picture at the first Keswick Jazz Festival before Spats was well known. - Barrie Marshall (click on picture for normal size).

01/01/18 - Happy New Year to you from all at Ayr Jazz Club.  Sadly I have heard of the passing of George Kidd, trombonist for many years with the Penman Jazzmen. I have no details but I am sure that John Sinton (who runs the band) on 01786-823590 or 07721-089012 will be able to update anyone. -  Stuart McLean

December 2017

31/12/17 - There is now a tribute page for Jeff Gilpin and contributions from Graham Martindale and Matt Palmer have been added. I wonder if anybody has a good photograph of Jeff in his Grand Marshall outfit?

30/12/17 - Yes, this is one for us still sticking around on the Jazz Scene. Trombonist Herb Gardner has played 'both side of the tracks' with big bands and traditional Dixieland bands in and around New York City. He worked with Wild Bill, Ruby Braff, Eddie Condon as well as Chico Hamilton, Roy Eldridge and Wynton Marsalis (another 'cross-dresser'!) However at a gig recently an old lady came up to him and asked "Didn't you die?".    Also from Bill Crow's column - "The brilliant classical flautist Julius Baker was still teaching into his eighties and after a particularly brilliant performance for his students he received thunderous applause. Acknowledging the ovation he replied "Hey, you should have heard me when I was seventy five!" - Ian Royle

30/12/17 - Today I had a 'phone call from Joan Gilpin to say that husband Jeff had died yesterday. Jeff was well known to traditional jazz enthusiasts in Bolton for many years. He was a committee member of Eagley Jazz Club (at Dunscar Conservative Club) and was a parade marshal for functions around the north-west. He had a huge enthusiasm for traditional jazz and, in his lively way, was never afraid to communicate this. Although I used to pull his leg a lot, there was great affection between us, and I am sad to see him go.  The funeral is likely be at Bolton's Overdale Crematorium, but details will not be known till after next Tuesday: though there will not be a parade band, there will be some kind of jazz musical tribute. I will try to post more details when I learn them. Harmonious best 2018 wishes to you Fred, Barbara and your readers. - John Muskett

30/12/17 - In 2005 Pete Lay kicked off a discussion about the Performing Rights Society (PRS), in which he said, "Its good to hear of a new venue - in light of the news that the new licensing bill has meant landlords not renewing their music and dance part of the licence, hence killing off live music, and of course the "monster" of PRS who are mind set on destroying jazz clubs and festivals with their charges".  Anything changed?  It's this week's Page of The Week
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30/12/17 - Many Happy Returns and best wishes to Brian "Sam" Ellis on Thursday this week.

30/12/17 - There are no midweek daytime jazz events coming up this week.

30/12/17 - The latest edition of Just Jazz Magazine is now out. You can see the content details by clicking here.

29/12/17 - Trombonist Roy Williams is to play at Kendal Jazz Club on Tuesday 9 January - . Roy is recognised as being probably the best jazz trombonist Britain has ever produced, and he is making a one-off journey from the South to appear with the High Society Jazz Band. An evening of high-quality and lively Dixieland jazz is assured. The venue is Kentdale Suite, Kendal Rugby Club, Shap Rd, Kendal, at 8pm. Admission £10.

28/12/17 - Hi Fred, Jon Critchley from the Original Panama Jazz Band told us about your website. We thought you might like to know about the fantastic gig the Original Panama Jazz Band played for our swing dance group: the Cheshire Swing Cats, at Hoole Community Centre in Chester on Sunday 17th December 2017. They played two great danceable sets for over 60 swing dancers for our end of year Christmas do (please see a couple of photos of the band at http://tinyurl.com/y8rqt9qa). A wonderful time was had by all! Thanks and best wishes, - Ruth

24/12/17 - The Ken Burns series "JAZZ" is on more or less all day on New Years Day, a welcome change from the end of the year dross, Well worth watching or committing to the watch later recordings. "PBS America, the British TV channel from America’s Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) today launches on Freeview channel 94. The announcements marks Freeview’s 12th and final channel launch of 2017".  - Peter Vickers

24/12/17 - Next Week's Page of The Week, as previously mentioned, with be Free/Flee as a Bird to the Mountain,, from 2003, about a BBC Radio play which is now available once more to listen to.

24/12/17 - Birthdays coming up this week are Pete Darwin Today,  and Tom Culbert on on Boxing Day, Many Happy Returns to you both

23/12/17 -  "I’ve just enjoyed listening to a BBC radio play Don Taylor: “Flee as a Bird to the Mountain” about a New Orleans jazz group, with music by Bob Dwyer", says Peter Jezard. Good timing Peter because that was the subject of a page I put on in 2003, " 'Flee' or 'Free' as a Bird to the Mountain", which will be next week's Page of The Week.   I remember it well, an excellent play and I'm glad they have repeated it, although I have a recording from the first time round. It's described - "A group of male friends in their 60s revive the schoolboy New Orleans Jazz band that expressed their purist youthful idealism. Youth and its high ideals have a brief musical re-flowering, until tragedy strikes. Has their time has finally passed?   Don Taylor's drama stars Jack Shepherd as Dave, Philip Jackson as Colin, Trevor Cooper as Derek, Thomas Arnold as Dick, Philip Joseph as Bob, Elizabeth Bell as Jenny and Martin Hyder as Chris.  Music by Bob Dwyer's Hot Six.  Director: Peter Kavanagh.  First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2003.".

22/12/17 - Had a super night with the Cheshire Swing Cats at their Sunday night party and again on Wednesday night at The Irby Club: Never seen so many happy smiling faces enjoying the music and the dancing: mostly but not all youngsters, either! Good to see. There’s hope yet! - Jon Critchley

22/12/17 - On 20/12/17 - David Whitehead emailed to tell me that we shared an introduction to jazz and the town where we both lived - Preston. I persuaded David to tell me more about himself, and his life with jazz and work, and it's reproduced here.

22/12/17 - Barrie Marshall depping & Keith Moore sitting in with the Silver Bell Band in Preston last night. Good to see the venue filling up nicely before I left around 10pm. It was a good and friendly session, but unfortunately I have to be up at 7-15am on Fridays,

21/12/17 - No sooner had I thrown the question of increasing entrance charges into the pot, than I  had need to ring Tony Sheldon, chairman of Rochdale Jazz Club to check on the prices there for the new year. Tony told me that in fact, as from January 2018 admission charge at the club would be £8. Tony explained - "Our financial year ended in September, and so many bands wanted to play at the club last year that that we  put on extra nights to accommodate, making it three gigs in some months. However, it didn't work!  It meant that we had gigs on successive weeks and the people didn't want to come out that often. The club lost £697 last year, so we had to revamp and stick religiously to just two bands each month with a gap between. We put out a questionaire to our members explaining the situation, and would they be prepared to pay £8 or stick at £7. 56 members responded and everyone said to increase it to £8".  What a nice democratic outcome. I've updated What's On and the club gig list

21/12/17 - As with many emails previously, one comes along that's guaranteed to get follow up emails coming in. When that happens I think it's only fair that they move off the News page to a page where the discussion can continue ad infinitum, (Remember Doom & Gloom). The latest one to come along was from Norman Gibson, on 18/12/17. You can follow the topic "Disrespectful,  irreverent, ignorance, or just having a laugh?" on the Discussions page.

21/12/17 - There's an interesting link in my weekly jazz newspaper this week at http://tinyurl.com/zsba5b8. It's to an item entitled "In New Orleans, There's A Piece Of Music History Around Every Corner" which is probably a must for anyone thinking of going to New Orleans without being on an organised tour. https://acloserwalknola.com/ will take you to places to visit, and a map to pin them down. Lots of videos to check out if you haven't already seen them.

21/12/17 - In the process of updating jazz club gig lists for next year, I have to check to see if there have been any price increases. The average admission charge seems to be around £7 for the smaller jazz clubs, which made me think back to ours which we started at Fulwood & Broughton Cricket in 1999 when we charged £3 admission for the three years that we ran it, plus there was an additional raffle. Our average attendance was around the 70 mark and the bands were quite content with what we paid, which was usually more than the guaranteed amount. I thought it might be interested to see how inflation had affected the pound in our pockets and what we would have to charge today to run the same club. I fully expected to be able to use this to show people that in reality, they are paying the same or even less these days, but using http://tinyurl.com/yba8zk9r I was shocked  to find that the answer was that £3 in 1999 equated to £4.90 today!  That's less than average and less than half the amount some jazz clubs charge, so where's the increased cost coming from? Some bands complain that the money they receive hardly pays the petrol, whilst some clubs can't afford to run any longer and close. So are my calculations amiss?

20/12/17 - Jazz At The Arts - Bollington Arts Centre gig list has been updated for 2018

20/12/17 - Is it just possible that “the banjoist” commenting, apparently adversely, on Doolally Tap had his tongue in his cheek? At least the band plays Chimes Blues in the Oliver/Barber key of C, whereas local purists seem to prefer Bb (never heard an explanation). I noticed that the banjoist in this collection of brash upstarts was very convincingly made up to appear somewhat older than his colleagues: he also appeared to be employing (4 string) guitar tuning on his instrument. Can I thank you for all your efforts and send harmonious Yuletide wishes to you, Barbara and all your readers?Christmas Greetings - John Muskett

20/12/17 - Like yourself I was introduced to the British Jazz scene at the Bodega in 1955 when after 2 years military service in Hong Kong, being exposed to American Forces network broadcasts, and also the repertoire of Joe Wolfendon ( our NAAFI piano 'Fats Waller ' impersonator ) I wanted more. This occurred due to rejoining Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Club, and playing with the A Team away fixtures in the Manchester area. These were often completed by enjoying the liquid hospitality of the Manchester University Students Union, who often had members playing for or against us. The travel was by coach from Starchhouse Square, Preston. (few car owners in those days). On one memorable occasion, on completion of the Bodega gig, the Colyer Band discovered that the coach driver had been persuaded to join in our revelry, and was coerced into taking the rugby team plus the Colyer band members via the East Lancs Road (no motorways at that time) to the Students Union at Liverpool University to see The Merseysippi Jazz band where Licensing hours did not apply. Needless to say, the team returned to Preston in the early hours of the morning and I believe resulted in disciplinary action against the coach driver. I never did find out how the Colyer Band got home. We were all much younger then. - Dave Whitehead. (you can read more about David by clicking here

19/12/17 - Due to a hiccup with page 2 when posting Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz newsletter on Mart's web site, Janet has sent me an amended copy which is available by clicking here.

 

18/12/17 - Barrie Marshall has alerted to me to what could be a very interesting programme on Radio 4 tomorrow at 9am. Clarke Peters uncovers the stories of black musicians in Europe, from the birth of recorded sound to the height of the jazz age. http://tinyurl.com/y8blu34q

18/12/17 - Referring to your posting 17-12-18, I went to the 'Page of the Week', and then used the link therein for 'Additional information . . . Early Jazz'. A sentence there stood out to me - ' It is also the saga of the first jazz bands, their struggle to adapt to the changing demands of their audiences and the impetus they gave to the roaring twenties'. While new young 'first bands' bringing back the brash swinging 20's music, continue to thrive across Europe, the few that we seem to have here in the UK are not getting the appreciation or help they deserve. As an instance, I picked up a posting on http://www.jazzandjazz.com, where a young band 'Doolally Tap' have been received well by Ramsgate JC, but one of our well known, and long term, banjo players chose to leave this comment "Just who are these irreverent ***** ? No sense of the history of jazz". (Referring to the video I suspect - Fred). That is of no help at all. There is not much difference in the young of today, with respect to all genres of music, as in our day. Remember the sixties ? The very fact that they have a desire to play 'our' form of music should be encouraged. Maybe if this musician were to meet these young guys ( I haven't ) he could help direct them and pass on some of his knowledge. I telephoned Jon Critchley the other day and complimented him on his continued achievements , with the Cheshire Swing Cats dancers coming to his resident jazz sessions. He tells me he has had 21 ! He has adapted, changed/added here and there to suit, 'not too many 150mph numbers' and everyone is happy. Now that, Mr Banjo Man, is progress ! - Norman Gibson

18/12/17 - Eagley Jazz Club gig list has been updated for 2018

18/12/17 - The Latest edition of the Dove Jazz Club bugle is now available on line at http://tinyurl.com/y8x55sl4

17/12/17 -  The gig list for The Fleetwood Hesketh Sports & Social Club, Fylde Rd, Southport, has been updated
 

17/12/17 - Party night at the Beaky in Ashton-under-Lyne this Wednesday, the 20th December. Norman Pennington has provided, for your entertainment and delight, the full 6-piece Tame Valley Stompers. And what is more (if more were needed) there will be a raffle with a multitude of prizes, the opportunity to perform live with the band, and the usual refreshments will be available, both solid and liquid. And all for the modest admission charge of £2.00!  "Come and join the party" says Noel Broadgate.

 

17/12/17 - Back in October 2012 I announced a new book had been issued -   “Exploring early jazz: the origins and evolution of the New Orleans style”, written by Dan Hardie. I wonder if anybody bought a copy?  It's this week's 'Page of The Week'.

17/12/17 - Just one midweek daytime jazz event coming up this week - Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at the North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood on Wed, 20 December, 12:00 – 14:30.

17/12/17 - Despite continually fighting serious health problems, today's birthday boy, Harry Swinburne, continued to do a lot for jazz, organising jazz breaks in Llandudno as well as running regular jazz events nearer home in Maghull. Happy Birthday Harry, and keep fighting.  Other birthdays coming up this week are bass player Derek Brown on Tuesday, pianist Noel Broadgate on Wednesday, ex pat (soon to return we hear), cornet player Tony Pringle on Thursday with trombone player Bernard Burke and reed player George Galway on Saturday.  Many Happy Returns to you all.

16/12/17 - Thanks to Ray & Jenny Knight (rayk jazz), the Savoy Jazzmen now have a new band photograph.

14/12/17 - Dove Jazz Club events list has been updated for 2018.

14/12/17 - Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz Newsletter No. 81 has been put on the band website now so anyone who wants to read it will find it there, or you can download it by clicking here. Due to a hiccup, the one on Mart's site has a small error, which should be corrected shortly.

13/12/17 - Jim Lodge from Leeds is the latest musician to join the deps list . Jim plays clarinet, tenor sax and soprano sax

13/12/17 - There's a double dose of Lindy Hopping coming up for The Original Panama Jazz Band: First one this coming Sunday, when they’ve been asked to play at the Cheshire Swing Cat’s Christmas Party, and again on Wednesday at The Irby Club when they dancers will wow the band and the audience with their super dancing during the band's own Christmas Party.

12/12/17 - "Terrific, Fred... on the ball AGAIN", writes Jon White. . Great page on Nourishing Obscurity (11/12). This guy "Dearieme" really knows his onions, and has over 14 pages of jazz history
curated from Youtube, which won't come up automatically with your link, (just Page 1).Page 2 is lady singers, then the old question "Who played the first jazz solo in the twenties", a trip into the "classics" etc.-wonderful".  - Well spotted Jon, here's a better link, there are 11 pages in all, which you can access at the bottom of each page.

12/12//17 -  The Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz January gig at High Lane Conservative Club will be held a week later than usual, i.e. 8th January, which is good news for those regulars who want to stay up late on New Year's Eve and join the revellers.

12/12/17 -  There's a one off charity event coming up in New Mills Derbyshire, where trombone player Eric Brierley and his wife Maggie live. They have organised a "U3A and friends Jazz Party" in aid of the North West Air Ambulance charity.  It's at New Mills Town Hall on 16th December, and will feature Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz. You can get early bird tickets for £8 at New Mills U3A meetings, or from Maggie on 01663 745396, but It will cost you £10 if you want to pay on the door.

11/12/17 - Just come across a web site "http://www.nourishingobscurity.com" which has just included an article, "Revivalist and Trad Jazz 2: UK, Oz and Le Continong". Some pretty good stuff worth looking at - George Webb, Humphrey Lyttelton, Graeme Bell and Ken Colyer, with videos and recordings to boot.  Might be worth adding a comment if only to show there's still interest out there.

10/12/17 - The Pendle Jazzmen's second appearance at their new venue - Ighten Mount Club - saw over fifty people in the audience, enjoying the hot jazz on a very cold night which culminated in a snowy journey home for many.  A special appearance was made by former long-term member Mike Pearson - back to live in Lancashire after several years in Cornwall. Both he and his wife are now fully retired and decided to return to their home county. Despite not playing much for several months Mike delighted the audience and band members by his usual brilliant playing both in the ensembles and on an outstanding solo.  It is hoped that Mike - weather permitting - will be able to make the journey every month and resume as a regular member. The next session will be on Thursday, January 4th, starting at 8p.m.  The rest of the members are Stuart Whiteley (tpt./fl.), John Brunton (clt./ten.), Mike Reddin (gtr./bjo), Dave Joyce (bs.), and Colin Mason (dms.). Admission is free and the venue can be found by clicking here
 

10/12/17 - A few years back Norman Gibson, of Jazz2Swing2 (Morecambe), and a number of others from up and down the Country, moved heaven and earth to get 'Tuba Skinny' to the UK, but. as he says, failed miserably. However, an equally good opportunity presented itself, and in conversation with Tuba Skinny's Robin Rapuzzi (Wbd) and Todd Burdick (Tuba), over at Fest Jazz Brittany in July, he broached the question 'What would be the likelihood of Ryan, aka FH Henry, bringing his 'Frog & Henry Band' to the UK?' ( see frogandhenry.com ). Ryan was in e-mail contact within a couple of days of the FestJazz Festival finish, with a definitive 'Yes' !! So, since August, lots of information on Countrywide Jazz Clubs, Jazz Festivals, etc. have been provided, to the point where a smaller exploration group will arrive 12th. Feb. 2018 for two weeks. The hope is that the full 7 piece can then plan confidently to tour later in the year. Click here for venues and dates

10/12/17 - Daytime events this week include Annie's Saints & Sinners @ The Dog & Partridge, Bollington 2pm - 4pm (Check with 01625 610059 first), then on Tuesday, 12th December from 12:30 – 14:30, The High Society Jazz Band are at Saint Oswald's Church, Warton, Carnforth. On Friday, The High Society Jazz Band are playing again at Carnforth Railway Station, Warton Road, Carnforth, 12:30 – 14:30.

10/12/17 -  Lots of musician's birthdays to celebrate this week - Moe Green on Monday, Alex Clarke & Barrie Quilliam on Thursday, Richard Knock on Friday and Sam Wood on Saturday. Many Happy Returns and I hope you all have a lovely week.

10/12/17 - The internet has increased communications around the world considerably, and with that comes the good news as well as the bad. It also can create a lot of amazing coincidences and some of those were related on a page back in 2009.  Maybe you've had chance to add some more tales to this page?  "Internet Coincidences" is this week's page of the week.

09/12/17 - The Chicago Teds have two new gigs in a new venue - Eastham Lodge Golf Club (Ferry Rd, Eastham, Wirral CH62 0AP) and the dates are both Fridays: February 2nd and March 9th. The Teds’ gigs at Maghull (14th Dec) and Grappenhall (25th January) will feature the Chicago Teddy Bears Pocket Pantomime!!

09/12/17 - At 8pm on Sunday 17th December, its the last session with the Severnside Jazz Band at The Four Crosses, Bicton, SY3 8EF, and will be the Xmas Party. Then, on 4th Sundays in the month The Severnside Jazz Band led by Dave Sherwood on cornet will play at The Wild Pig, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury, SY3 9JT (was The Brooklands pub).  Meanwhile, Jeff Matthews' Chicago Swing Katz will continue to play at The Wild Pig on the 2nd Sundays in the month. - Malcolm Hogarth

09/12/17 - This from Alan Bell in Belfast - The Jazz at the Downshire Christmas Night is being held next Friday 15 December, doors open from 8pm. The current extreme weather conditions are not very conducive to going out, but I have looked at the forecast for next week and I am confident that the freeze will have petered out by midweek and we should be back to more normal temperatures by next Friday. So I would like to encourage you all to make the effort to come along with your friends and support your club for a seasonal festive night of fun and dancing with the Martello Jazz Band. Santa hats are encouraged along with any other Christmas regalia you care to bring!  Looking forward to seeing you there.
 

09/12/17 -  This from Keith Allcock - "The forecast for tomorrow suggests that travelling conditions could be very difficult and, with our guest musicians coming quite a distance, we have reluctantly decided to cancel the Jazz Rendezvous session at the Bowling Club. Dave Alexander would have been coming from Wrexham, where the snow warnings are quite severe, and Terry Brunt and Howard Murray from Stockport and, even if they managed to get here, there might be a very poor audience if conditions are bad. It’s a great shame that we’ve had to cancel our Christmas session, which promised to be a really good one, but it seems the sensible thing to do. Hopefully we can assemble the same line-up in the near future".

07//12/17 - At this time of the year it's usual to see resident gigs cancelled over the Christmas Period, so it made a nice change to get an email from Barrie Marshall to tell me that the Sun Street Stompers are playing at their normal venue (the John O'Gaunt in Lancaster), at lunchtime on Christmas Eve and New year's Eve.  Mind you, despite emailing musicians and asking them to check their gig listing, I still have some bands playing on Christmas Day and New Year's Day, so make sure you check before setting out, rather than rely on the information in What's On.

07/12/17 - Good to see that 'What's On In Glossop' are listing the jazz events at the cricket and bowling club, currently showing Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz who are appearing tonight. They have a page called "Trad Jazz At Glossop Cricket & Bowling Club" which includes a picture of the High Society Jazz Band, who are appearing on 19th April 2018, and also links to the Glossop jazz club page on this website for details of the organiser.  Well done somebody!

06/12/17 - Following on from the success of their first CD, Milk of Amnesia which raised £1600 for the Alzheimer's Society, Malcolm Hogarth & John Higham have brought out a second CD - "Forget Me Knot". I don't know where they dig these numbers out from, but some of them are hilarious and I've included three tracks to demonstrate. Click here to check it out.

06/12/17 - The Merseysippi Jazz Band are having 3 Mondays off over Christmas and New Year as Christmas Day and New Year's Day both fall on Mondays. Peter Fryer says, "We have been informed that there is a football match on TV next Monday, 11th December, but we will be there on the 18th.

06/12/17 - When it comes to a drummer's nightmare, I guess carpel tunnel syndrome must be well up the list. Pendle Jazzmen leader and drummer, Colin Mason, is just recovering from such an operation, which he says actually prevented him from drumming for several months. Best wishes to Colin for a speedy recovery.

05/12/17 - Many thanks to the great crowd who turned up for the re-opening of the refurbished "Railway" at Sale to listen to the Canal Street Stompers. The Christmas session will be held on Wednesday 20th December rather than the usual 4th Wednesday in the month. - Derek Galloway

05/12/17 - At our last session at  The Hand Hotel, Llangollen, at 12:30pm on Sunday 2nd December with the Deeside Dixies, we had guests Jon Critchley, (tpt), Terry Perry (rds), Sue Reid (vocals), as well as Mike Pearce (dms) from South Wales each month, Isabel Toner (bs), Andrew MacKenzie (tbn), and Ed Lee for a couple of vocals. The brolly parade featuring 15 to 20 people was our best ever in our 13 years residency, and our raffle with 6 or 7 prizes organised by Judy Gosling had a record take. But it would all have been wasted without our terrific audience. On January 7th , we have guests Phil Lucas (tpt) and Liam Byrne (rds) to complete the line up. The session is from 12:30 to 3pm, entry is free, and good food is available. And in March (4th) we've got John Hallam (rds). Roll on 2018! - Malcolm Hogarth

30/11/17 - Dear Fred, Some good news. The Palm House have booked the Savoy Jazzmen back again for next year. They are very pleased with the concerts, On average over 100 people attend and many join in the Mardi Gras parade numbers. - Peter Swensson

30/11/17 - I see that Julie & Gilbert have an entertaining video advert for the Talbot Hotel weekends on Jazz Guide web site at http://tinyurl.com/ybjrl9hv

30/11/17- A Framus Guitar in its original build, bought in 1958, one owner, and a P. Mauriat 'Special Hand Made' System 76 straight Soprano Sax, are  two items which have gone on the Sales Page this month.

30/11/17 - The latest edition of Just Jazz magazine is now out. Details are here.

November 2017

29/11/17 - As there won't be any updates after tomorrow until Tuesday, I'd like to wish retired leader of the New Riverside Jazz Band, Alan Duckles, a very Happy Birthday on Monday, and also a reminder that the The Savoy Jazzmen are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 5 December, 14:00 – 16:00.

29/11/17 -  As part of my exercise regime, I walk to the paper shop most mornings. Today was a very cold day so I wrapped up well ready for the 1 mile walk, and having previously downloaded 131 Bob Wallis Storyville Jazzmen tracks from Spotify, I was in good company.  Trying to set my pace to the rhythm I did the return trip in record time, coffee wasn't even waiting for me when I got home.  I'd forgotten the rate at which bands of that era played,  and I don't know about 'My Old Kentucky Home, I was pretty worn out when I got back to mine. Many years ago I would have felt like dancing my way home! Ah those were the days! Is it me or have many of the bands, like me, also slowed down as the years have gone by?

27/11/17 - Did you know you can download a month's offline version of What's on at  www.jazznorthwest.co.uk/printable.pdf with all the added information included?

26/11/17 - Mike Lovell tells me that last night at Roa Island Jazz Club, held in the Yacht Club, the weather was horrible... force 8 gale and driving rain...but the fans braved the elements and came in their dozens. He said, "We, SIX IN A BAR Classic Jazz Band played there last night to a full house. Encouraged by the enthusiastic audience, we responded and a great night was had by all. Doing a great job guesting with us, were John Smith on drums with Dave Strutt on trumpet and flugelhorn. Just shows you that what is great, is when an audience is prepared to ‘weather the storm’ to see and hear some jazz.

26/11/17 - Norman Gibson says, "Of course Ottilie Patterson was the singer on the 'Holiday film' with Barber. We were outside this home of her birth not that many weeks back. I've passed it many times over the years, but wasn't aware of it until the plaque was unveiled on it recently. There's the official unveiling at https://youtu.be/vpklJHg3WmI which Norman says  "I was invited to attend but couldn't make it over. I like https://youtu.be/-UhP6piloc4 as it is an ordinary Ottilie jazz fan presenting his own piece of video in his 'aul' Belfast accent. Less than a thousand YouTube viewers have seen it".

26/11/17 - Few people would associate Nat Gonella with the clarinet, but it seems he did have one, and you can read more in this week's Page of The Week in which Derek Brown also recalls having one of Nat's trumpets in his possession for many years.

26/11/17 - Many Happy Returns today to Dave Berry. Birthday celebrations won't start until Wednesday for Tony West, and Friday for Paul Marks. Birthday best wishes to you all.

26/11/17 - Just one midweek daytime jazz coming up - Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at the North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood on Wed, 29 November, 12:00 – 14:30

25/11/17 - The Canal Street Stompers return to the newly re-furbished Railway in Sale on Wednesday 29th November. Jazz starts at 8.30 till 11pm.Hope to see you all there. - Derek Galloway

24/11/17 - Just had a call from Peter Eddowes who had been watching the Holiday film. He said, "I wonder how many people realise that the bathing sequence was actually filmed in Morecambe"? I said I'd guessed as much because I recall all those bathing contests taking place there. It seems Morecambe ran the Miss Great Britain concerts from 1945, and in 1957, the year the film was said to have been made, it was won by Leila Williams.The following year she became the first female Blue Peter presenter, co-presenting with Christopher Trace.  Peter felt that Lancaster Council wouldn't be happy to be featured in a film about Blackpool, but after a discussion it was realised that we don't think the film actually mentions Blackpool, in fact it only became obvious to me after it had started. Those with sharper eyes probably spotted that whoever uploaded it to YouTube, had decided to call it "Blackpool Holiday 1957".

24/11/17 - In the Blackpool film "Holiday", the Barber band is heard playing tunes a semitone above the usual keys, suggesting that the sound track has been speeded up (to achieve synchronisation with the divers?!) which would contribute to the fast tempos offending Moe. Harmoniously. - John Muskett

22/11/17 - "The Pendle Jazzmen have settled into their new home with aplomb" according to the Burnley Express at http://tinyurl.com/y924epd4

22/11/17 - Hi Fred,  I found the film Holiday fascinating. It brought back a long gone era that lots of us remember. I was delighted to see the shots of the aircraft ( a DeHavilland Fox Moth for any anoracks out there ) I had my first ever flight in one a few years earlier at Southport in fact it could have been this very plane. I agree with Jon about the Bathing Beauty Contest. Seeing hordes of leering men does not make for comfortable viewing but nobody thought of these contests in that way then. I thought that the frenetic tempos of the Barber band began to grate after a while but an enjoyable reminder of a much simpler time. - Moe Green
 

22/11/17 - It's our 11th birthday this Sunday at the Blue Bell in Halkyn. 11 years of beer testing and frolics, marvellous raffle prizes and rampant cacophonic outrage... How DO we do it? Sadly our magnificent guitar and banjoisté MIKE SWIFT is off to hang upside down for a while. Confirms what I thought about him, something of the night.... He claims to be off to Australian. We have in his place the celebrated GARY POTTER so things are going to be a bit sparky I think. So there it is... Jaffa cakes, beer, hot band, panoramic views and no budget blues...come on down. This I know constitutes a naked plug Fred but any other form of nakedness might frighten the sheep...- Mad Ed Hughes. As long as there's  bit of news included, you're forgiven - Fred

20/11/17 - Re: Holiday. Yes, Fred I had to re-run the bathing sequence a good few times before that tune clicked, (distracted see). Everybody loved that "Marilyn " wannabe! Back in the day we would have roared at the old fellas "Gawping". Aint so funny now though, is it?  Masterly editing though, and thanks to jazz for bringing all our yesterdays back in glorious colour, bet Moe devoured this, stylistically, of course. - Jon White

20/11/17 - Roger Marshall tells me that the committee at Dove jazz Club has decided that the proceeds of the Raffle at the Hot Fingers concert this weekend will be donated to the Russell Bennett Memorial Trust along with a donation from the Club. Roger says, "Even if you are unable to attend our extravaganza with Tom Langham but would like to give a donation we would be only too happy to pass any contribution you may wish to make on to the Trustees if you forward it to me at 31, Dale Road, Dove Holes, Buxton. SK17 8BG. Cheques should be made payable to the Russell Bennett Memorial Trust".

19/11/17 - Re: The film "Holiday.".  Ron Bowden must have practised long and hard to get those cymbal shots right on time as the divers entered the water!   He must have used a splash cymbal? - a Joe Silmonesque gag! - Howard Murray. I was quite amused by the choice of track for the beauty contest - Fred

19/11/17 - I see on Jazz Guide News that  new names have been added to the Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival - http://tinyurl.com/y7tqtgn5

19/11/17 - Many Happy Returns this coming Wednesday to John Meehan, drummer and leader of the Savannah Jazz Band

19/11/17 - For those who prefer the daylight hours for their visits to jazz venues, I'm afraid it's going to be a bleak week as there are none!

19/11/17 - Page of the week this week? Well I suppose it had to come round some time, it's my personal page detailing how I got to where I am today, and if you keep digging and following links, you'll even see what I got up to as a teenager, read even more in an article by Andrew Liddle,  and listen to my appearance on Radio 4. It's all been well hidden up until now.

18/11/17 - I've just twigged that the film "Holiday" mentioned in News item 16/10/17, is available in full on YouTube: https://youtu.be/WcnEMwwRWw8. Those were the daze..... - John Westwood

16/11/17 - "The fact that we had over 90 happy souls in the audience shows the popularity of this unique band to our Club ensemble". Well that was something that certainly caught my eye, not something you hear from most jazz clubs. So where did I read it?  Dove Jazz Club Bugle. The club featured The Ragtime Band on 14th October. I think the next issue of The Bugle is imminent so keep your eye on the club's Dove Bugle Page

15/11/17 - Hi Fred, Just found this on the internet. - We probably played here in the mid 60s. We used to come down from London once a month and play weekends in Chatfields Hotel, West Street, Brighton. I remember on one weekend Colin Smiths Jazz Band, (Acker Bilk's trumpet player at the time) with Alan Price on piano, (who went on to make his own pop hits like "House that Jack built", "Jarrow Song" as well as hits with Georgie Fame), were in Brighton. They were playing at a Club just up the road and when they finished their gig they came down to our joint and we all played together. Great memories. - Mike Lovell

15/11/17 - Back by popular demand, 17th December, 7-9pm, Plas Newydd in Llangollen hosts it's second Jazz@Plas Christmas; an evening of traditional jazz standards and Christmas Classics in the beautiful grounds of one of North Wales most treasured heritage sites performed by local musicians Grace Williams (vocals) Pete Beresford (piano) David Alexander (guitar) and Jamie Brownfield (trumpet). The performance will begin at 1900, but arrive at 1830 for mulled wine and a mince pie (included in the ticket price).  You can purchase tickets in advance at Llangollen Tourist Information Centre (01978860828), at eventbrite using this link http://tinyurl.com/y7aveakb or on the night at Plas Newydd (subject to availability). An evening for  friends and family to enjoy!
 

14/11/17 - Jon Critchley writes, "The Original Panama Jazz Band is delighted to be playing at The Cheshire Swing Cats’ Christmas Party on December 17th at Hoole Community Centre, Chester. The Cats regularly visit us at The Irby Club, so it’s nice to return the gesture".

14/11/17 - Well we might be struggling on occasions to find some mid week daytime jazz event on this side of the Pennines, but I did see in "Where Can We Go",  there's one every week in York - "Traditional Jazz every Thursday afternoon, 1.00pm – 3.30pm. Cross keys pub, 32 Tadcaster Road. York YO24 1LQ, Tel: 01904 700854. Free admission and parking, dog and child friendly, food (a Jazz menu) available. Tel 01904 700854 This Thursday 16 Nov at the Cross Keys we have the Tim New Jazz band This is a new line – up of York musicians that went down a storm last time they played at the Cross Keys with James Lancaster on Trumpet, Tim New on sax, Mike Barnham on guitar , Bob Smeaton on keyboard, Nick Merriam on bass; Paul Smith on drums. The band will be playing lots of well known jazz tunes with vocals from the fabulous Marlena Rose."

14/11/17 - The Saturday George Lewis played The Free Trade Hall I was playing with the Jazz Aces at the Thatched House our regular venue. I distinctly remember George appearing at some point in the evening. Bill Entwhistle took a photo of him with our band. I never saw the photo and my memory is hazy but he was there. - Moe Green.

13/11/17 - Dublin musician Doug O'Brien is looking for a 2nd hand 'King 2B' trombone. He is a regular visitor to the greater Manchester area, if by any chance anyone had a King 2b for sale, he would view, try and buy. Contact me info@dhentertainment.ie or call Doug direct + 353 86 873 7665 -  Des Hopkins.

12/11/17 - "Here is the link for Jamie's Jabbo Smith session at this year's Whitley Bay Jazz Party", writes Julie Brownfield - "https://youtu.be/GD_8glxBI4U.  Keith Nichols directing Jamie Brownfield - trumpet, Ewan Bleach - clarinet & alto sax, David Boeddinghaus - piano, Elise Sut - brass bass, Spats Langham - banjo, Hope you enjoy!".

12/11/17 - The 2nd Almondbury Jazz Festival. - This one day jazz festival which is raising funds for Ruddi’s Retreat – a local charity providing holidays for families of children who are facing life changing illness - is on 18th November.  In Almondbury HD5 8XF nr. Huddersfield. The Conservative Club, the Woolpack Inn and the Radcliffe Arms are close together along Westgate, opposite the church. From 12.30pm there are a total of ten bands appearing in those three venues and one in the church, where food is served. Last year all the venues were very busy and in Almondbury parking is restricted.  The website is www.almondburyjazzfestival.co.uk.New Orleans Wiggle is at the Conservative Club from 8.30 pm with Eric Brierley as guest on trombone. - Richard Lord

12/11/17 - Reading about George Lewis at the Free Trade Hall reminded me of how I almost heard the band. I was in the RAF and had agreed to meet other members of the Druids Jazz band to go and see the concert. I came down with the Flu, but still hitch hiked from Wiltshire to Manchester and in the rain. I arrived in terrible shape but headed for the bar and a whisky. The band could be heard playing the first of two concerts. I passed out, was woken by a policeman, had my money returned and was taken to catch a train to Liverpool. I missed the whole thing and the party afterwards. It is burned into my memory banks! - Tony Pringle

11/11/17 - Page of the week this week is The Muskrat Jazz Band

11/11/17 - Many Happy Returns on Tuesday to trombonist Ken Parkinson.

11/11/17 - Daytime jazz mid week this week, includes Annie's Saints And Sinners @ The Dog & Partridge, Bollington, Mon, 13 November, 14:00 – 16:00 (check first), and The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 17 November, 12:30 – 14:30 where there are Tea Rooms with good food available. There's a collection taken at this event.

11/11/17 - A beautiful instrument; hardly used and in absolutely clean and pristine condition. That's how a Taylor Chicago Jazz 46 Trumpet is described that has just gone on the Sales Page.
 

10/11/17 - There will be a jazz night in the newly refurbished Devonshire Arms, 307 Longhurst Ln, Mellor, Stockport SK6 5PP, on Friday 15th December with Ian McCann, Andy Henderson, Dave Parr and Dave Thomas from 8.30 till 11.00. Home cooked food available until 8.00pm.

09/11/17 - An American BBb Sousaphone made by the Reynolds Co. has just gone on the Sales Page for £850 ono

09/11/17 - It was good to see the comment by my friend Bill Isbister about George Lewis at the Free Trade Hall.  I was there along with other members of the legendary Southside Stompers and it was an evening I shall never forget.  It was on a Saturday which was our normal club night but we shut up shop because George was performing that evening and we never regretted it. - Alan (doc) Brown.

09/11/17 - Thanks to John & Marie Howell for the Spotify link. I've had an account with Spotify for ages and never used it. I logged on to the Lewis / Colyer link and was just off to bed when "Weary Blues" reawakened my weary body so I'm now here at the laptop listening to the rest of the tracks. I was only twelve when this was recorded, old enough now though to have many car rental companies add a ridiculous premium to enable me to drive one of their vehicles, but lucky enough to have seen and met some of the jazz legends still around when I reached my mid-to-late twenties. - Graham Martindale.

09/11/17 - Who'd be a jazz promoter?  The Friday night band at "The Talbot Jazzmas Party" next weekend has had to be changed yet again. I'll put the details of the new band on here as soon as I get them. - Late news - It's to be my local band, the Silver Bell Band

08/11/17 - Now for something completely different. Many of you will be know or have heard Mart Rodger M/cr Jazz's pianist, Roger Browne. What you may not know is that his other passion is amateur dramatics both directing and acting in plays. Well this could be your last chance to see him in black tights in a very strong cast of four bringing you a delightful play, full of poignancy, humour, and a few home truths about age, ageing and the eccentricities of thespians, enlarged as they cope with retirement. Just go along to St Werburgh’s Hall on St Werburgh’s Road, in Chorlton next week and have a thoroughly entertaining and uplifting evening – 7.30pm start. The play is called “Quartet” and was written by Ronald Harwood, who also had a hit with “Dresser”.  Roger says, "You can secure a seat or three by calling the box office line on 0759 382 7201 or by calling me on 07590 641 386. He says, "I would love too see you there.

08/11/17 - Not sure if Courtney Pine is your cup of tea, but just in case, Band on the Wall are delighted to announce the fourth edition of the Jazz Directors Series, featuring jazz saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Courtney Pine C.B.E., taking place February 2018.

08/11/17 - I have just found the “Famous Manchester Free trade Hall Concert 19..." - George Lewis with Ken Colyer” concert in 1957 on Spotify where it can saved to a computer....just brilliant. - John and Marie Howell (Jazz Club 90).

08/11/17 - The High Society Jazz Band has played at Grange Over Sands Golf Club on several occasions, but normally it's a private event. The band is there again on Saturday 25th November, but this time the event is open to everyone. Tickets are available at £17.50, which includes a substantial meal. Anyone interested should contact the Club directly - email office@grangegolfclub.co.uk - phone 01539533180

06/11/17 - The George Lewis DVD arrived safely, thank you. I have four recorded tracks of George Lewis playing with the Ken Colyer rhythm section at the Manchester Free Trade Hall on his first post war European tour. You could have heard a pin drop when he played Burgundy Street, a very emotional time for the audience who were just entranced. One fairly small man with a clarinet keeping the audience absolutely spellbound. I will never forget it. - William Isbister, Moosbach. Germany.

06/11/17 - Nearly missed a couple of birthdays this week. Best wishes to Graham Martindale and Terry Brunt on Friday.

05/11/17 - Gerry Clayton says, "thought you may find this interesting!"....  It's a Facebook page so not sure if it's open to all,  http://tinyurl.com/yc2ncyj2,  it's The double bass banjo! There's more on  www.rareandstrangeinstruments.com  
 

05/11/17 - Page of the week this week features a musician who is a regular contributor to this site - John Muskett.

05/11/17 - Just one daytime midweek jazz event coming up - The SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 7 November, 14:00 – 16:00.

05/11/17 - Many Happy Returns this week to Harry Roberts on Tuesday, and Peter Brown on Wednesday.

04/11/17 - There has been a change of programme at the Talbot Hotel for the Jazzmas Party Time 2017 on Nov 17th - 19th,  Swing Zing will now be playing on the Friday night. Swing Zing will feature Jeremy Huggett and his very talented Jazzband. Capturing the jump jive and swing sounds of the 40s and 50s, including Louis Prima, Louis Jordan, Duke Ellington, Fats Domino, and Nina Simone.

04/11/17 - Just received this notification from Google - "The South Wight Jazz Band - Welcome to The Facebook page of the Isle of Wight's very own Trad Jazz and Skiffle Trio! Performing at Events, Pubs, Festivals, Train Stations and ...". Looked it up and what a joy to see, and more than a trio too! -  Check out http://tinyurl.com/y77kgq5m and https://www.facebook.com/JukeboxJazz/

03/11/17 - Due to a late cancellation The Doc Houlind Revival All Stars has a date free on its 2018 UK tour which is Tuesday March 27th.  As we will be in Barnsley the night before we would prefer it to be in the North or the Midlands if possible. If any club or individual can help us out it would be much appreciated. Fee would be negotiable. - Brian Turnock.   Contact details are - E Mail dochoulind@yahoo.dk : brian.turnock43@gmail.com or tel 0032 472 813999

03/11/17 - Another lovely thing is to happen tomorrow. We played at their Wedding in 1992 and the couple have asked us to play again for their 25th Anniversary. They have requested a tune we did 25 years ago called “A Kiss To Build a Dream On” - Mart Rodger

01/11/17 - ​​Fred, no shortage of young dancers at the 40th Guinness Jazz Festival Cork Ireland, last weekend, with an overall attendance estimated in the city at 40,000.   Its just the same for our Sunday sessions in Sin E Dublin, large attendances, mostly young boys and girls discovering Dixieland jazz for the first time and loving it. The downside is we have a shortage of musicians who want to play our kind of music. Plenty of excellent young players, but no interest in older jazz styles.   In Cork we played six sessions, two a day, to packed houses at the wonderful Clayton Cork City Hotel.  Delighted to have had some great musicians with us, including two from the North West, Tom Kincaid on piano, and John McCormick, bass.  - Des Hopkins.

01/11/17 - Just received a couple of new promo videos from Tony Jacobs featuring  'Shake That Thing!' - The Great British Swing Dance Show, starring the Swing Time Jivers, the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra, Tony Jacobs & Catherine Sykes. https://youtu.be/3ojaP9dH66I and https://youtu.be/o9DZvmagfqI

October 2017

 

31/10/17 - Some people out there may have known Harold Pendleton, who was born in Southport in 1924 and died on 22 September this year. I picked up his obituary from The Guardian. "Hearing a local Dixieland jazz band live was a thrilling revelation to the teenager, and though a chartered accountancy training and a City job on his move to London in 1948 delayed his destiny, it arrived when Pendleton asked a fellow browser in a Soho record shop where the nearest jazz club was. The recipient of that query turned out to be Chris Barber. He went on to manage Chris Barber’s band when in 1959 their cover of Sidney Bechet’s Petite Fleur sold more than a million copies". You can read his amazing life story and full obituary at http://tinyurl.com/y9y373l3

30/10/17 - How many different styles of jazz can you think of?  Well,  "A Passion For Jazz" has come up with 25, and they don't even list 'Traditional Jazz' or 'Dinner Jazz' (whatever that may be), although I suppose 'Classic Jazz' covers our kind of music.  Hats off to them for attempting to define the various jazz forms, I wouldn't know where to start.

29/10/17 - Re: Howard Murray's comments on dancing, when Jenny, Ray & I were videoing the Wall city band at their Monday residency we saw local folks dancing to the music. Great to see folk doing what the music was intended for. - Louis Lince

29/10/17 - Great article about the jazz with young French folks dancing to swing music. The attitude of the separation of age-groups is a British thing. I've seen very mixed age groups in Europe but not perhaps on the scale of that lively video. -- Nearer home, Jeff Lewis' knock-out band plays at a pub in Liverpool, The Caledonia and have been found by local 'swing club', dancers who do jive etc. and dance in the manner usually associated with our style of music. They don't outnumber the rest of the audience but they do participate far more. They often have routines, clearly rehearsed and much in the manner of stage dancing. In the old terms, the joint was jumping!  --   With Martin Bennett's band, we get a couple of gigs a year at Heriots Rugby Club in Edinburgh where a jazz event is held by "Heriots Jazz & Jive Club". Here the very purpose is dancing and the older, less gymnastic dancers, share the large dance floor with younger Jivers, doing their own thing and doing it especially well. Again I think they rehearse. I get quite out of breath just watching! --  I sat-in with the Wall City Jazzmen in Chester...a couple of jivers came on and set the heather alight! -- Drummer John Petters ..in the south, puts on Swing and JIve nights with success but I hear that his finding is that using the word Jazz does nothing to bring 'em in.  --   So it seems that there may well be a market or a revival but marketing jazz has never been high on the list for jazz bands or promoters.  Free pub jazz has not done much to further the cause and brewery managers should be shot at birth.  "They're jazz musicians.They love it. They'll play for nothing!"  Or Telford's Warehouse Chester a few years back.. Sunday lunch time. So packed that the band had to order their interval beer over the PA. A junior Manager, from H.O. fresh out of college came in doing his rounds. "What's that band doing there? Get rid of it.. You could get another 25-30 people standing in that space!"  Need I say more? - Howard Murray.

29/10/17 - One of the links on my Link Page is to Fred's Guide to Dining Out - places I have either visited or read about, in Lancashire and surrounding areas. It's a map showing where the places are located, and today I've added a few more, so if you fancy eating out, check it out. I can't make any guarantees about the quality of food, but for each venue there's a link to their web site, so you can check out the menus.

29/10/17 - Many Happy Returns this week to musicians Roger Browne on Wednesday and Danny Riley on Thursday,

29/10/17 - The clocks have gone back and the dark nights are starting earlier but there are no mid week daylight jazz events this week, unless of course you know different.

29/10/17 - One thing that is bound to be a cause for heated debate amongst musicians is whether or not membership of the musician's union is worth it or not. Back in 2008 it was debated on the site and I wonder if any musicians have had cause to change their views since then. It's the subject of this week's Page of The Week.

29/10/17 -  A few months back you mentioned a book by Peter Kerr called “ Don’t Call Me Clyde” Journey of a Sixties Stomper” what a great story about an excellent Band “The Clyde Valley Stompers’’ they were one of my favourite bands and a great loss to the UK trad scene when they were disbanded by Ian Menzies who owned the name but never made the band famous, that was left to Peter and the rest of the Band to do, remind your readers to read the book and they won’t be disappointed it shows how some people are more interested in the money than doing the right thing . - Derek Dalton from Adelaide

28/10/17 - Keith Robinson has asked to go on my News mailing List, but unfortunately I am unable to reply to his email address that is coming up. If you are reading this Keith, perhaps you could contact me again and let me have the correct address. Don't forget anybody can request the News emailed to them twice a week, just Send an email with the subject "Add Me", plus your name and email address,


27/10/17 - I just mentioned yesterday that Cafe Society are playing at the Heron Theatre, and Anthony Mason tells me that the gig is a sell out, so no more tickets I'm afraid folks.

26/10/17 - Would you believe it's almost two years since Cafe Society made an appearance in What's On  That meant it got relegated from the band spotlight page last December. I'm pleased to say that it's now made a welcome return. Colin Turner writes, "Although North-West jazz clubs do not beat a path to Cafe Society's door, the Heron Theatre at Beetham, which is between Carnforth and Milnthorpe, has no such inhibitions and is presenting the band on Saturday, 28th October. Hopefully the gig will be as successful as the one we played a couple of years ago at this splendid venue".

26/10/17 - Not actually a North West jazz issue but would you be kind and mention the Save Swanage Jazz Festival campaign, which has 6 days left to achieve pledges of £900. It's always been a great festival and to lose it would be a loss to us oldies, and all those fantastic up-and- coming musicians that are filling us with hope. See http://tinyurl.com/ycu38eft - Malcolm and Isabel.  I just checked and with 5 days to go now, it looks like the goal posts have moved, but the battle is still being won - £16,197 pledged of £15,000 goal, 247 backers and still 5 days to go

26/10/17 - Well Fred what can I say ? Do you ever think the young will mix with the older and dance and enjoy the music of the new young kids on the block like this?  Here, just gone out on Youtube, The Old Fish Band from Berlin knock out some of the best music around in Europe just now. I was there, and the other interesting thing is the number of players in there dancing ! Some eagle eyed jazz fan will pick out one of the UK's finest young reeds players Ewan Bleach swinging his stuff with guys and gals from the Sweet Peppers JB. Brilliant, come on Keswick, Bude, etc., get in with the flow, the UK dancing young are out there, they just want this music https://youtu.be/f0OYxiNgkcM - Norman Gibson

26/10/17 - The Forest are not playing at their usual venue (Union Exchange, Colne) on Tuesday 31st October. Unfortunately the room has been booked for a children's Halloween party and they won't be playing that night. Normal service will be resumed the week after.  - Colin Bostock.

25/10/17 - Dear Fred, Through your website Ray & I (Rayk jazz) would like to thank all the bands that have participated in the second part of our jazz project and allowed us to video them :  Wall City Jazz Band (Mill Hotel & Spa),  Parade Jazz Band (The Red Lion),  Chicago Teddy Bears Society Jazz Band (Royal British Legion Maghull),  Savoy Jazz Band (Widnes RUFC),  Tuxedo Jazz Band (The Old Wallaseyans Club), Merseysippi Jazz Band (The Coffee House).  Blue Magnolia Jass Orchestra (The Rose of Mossley). We would also like to thank Louis Lince for his guidance, patience and everything else and to Jazz Northwest website for its invaluable information and help. Last and by no means least all the people we have met and who have made us so very welcome. - Ray & Jenny Knight (Rayk jazz).

25/10/17 - Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz website now has tracks off some of their records plus tracks from a performance at Hayfield Jazz Festival in 1988. Mart says, "Sadly Joe Palin, Tim Roberts and Pete Cotterill have all passed away but we still have very talented jazz musicians playing these days. Also there are two DVDS of lovely tunes". Here is a quick way to look http://tinyurl.com/ydf5kgkm

24/10/17 - One of the North West' s favourite reed players must be John Hallam. In July this year an interview with Andrew Liddle was featured in Just Jazz Magazine. Andrew kindly sent me his copy for inclusion on the site and you can read it here

24/10/17 - Always nice to get one of these - "Hi Fred,  I follow a number of Bands that are listed on your Website when possible and find the standard really very good. On Sunday night, my wife and some friends went to see the North West based band "Deco Delight" at Baildon Hall.  I have to say that Deco Delight is one of the best Bands I have seen in a long time.  The Music and Entertainment value was excellent. Everyone had a superb evening. If anyone hasn't seen them, I can only say that they are in for a real treat. Thank you for your website that keeps me and many other Jazz Fans out there, informed about what's going on". - Peter Gibson

24/10/17 - The Archers has never been the same since Tom Forrest left in 1997, but I think it’s worth listening to if only for the very feint incidental music behind (usually Linda’s) conversations: For instance, a few weeks ago I detected the Hot Five playing “West End Blues”; then more recently Sidney Bechet; Yesterday it was the Louis Armstrong All-Stars with “Ain’t Misbehavin”. Today, I could hear The Andrews Sisters doing “Bei Mir Bist Du Schon”. God knows what Linda was saying though, I lost the plot; some say years ago. I like to think that the BBC is using The Archers as a subliminal attempt to revive national interest in proper Jazz. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s episode! - Jon Critchley

24/10/17 - If you missed the Temperance Seven at Thornton little Theatre last Friday, there's still time to catch them this Sunday 29th, at The Platform, Morecambe, 3:00pm – 4:30pm.

22/10/17 - The non musicians amongst us no doubt know the difference between a trumpet, trombone, tuba or clarinet, and some may even know the differences when it comes to more than one type, but how many of us know anything about mouthpieces?  Back in 2007 Dave Copperwaite was after a particular mouthpiece and the late Eric Holroyd offered some advice. However when some of the replies included words like 64D, Double Cup, and Rudy Muck 17c, I began to wonder if we were on the right subject or even a wind-up!  It's a fascinating story and some very interesting discussions ensued.  It's this week's Page of The Week

22/10/17 - If you are one of the many who don't like going out at night, there's just one lunchtime jazz event this week - Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at the North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood on Wed, 25 October, 12:00 – 14:30

21/10/17 - Last week's Page of the week "Speaking the Unspeakable", has prompted John Muskett to add an update.

21/10/17 - Just outside my catchment area, but Matt Palmer asks, "I don't know if you would post this, but Loughborough Dynamo F. C presents a jazz supper evening, with Thomas "Spats" Langham's Hot Fingers with Emily Campbell on Friday February 9th 2018. 8.00 - 10.30pm? Tickets £10 including supper. Limited tickets available, book early to avoid disappointment. - Licensed bar, Ample parking, Raffle.  Call Ros on 07421 993978 or e-mail bronzecom59@yahoo.co.uk for further details or bookings.

19/10/17 - As mentioned earlier, the George Lewis DVD is no longer available and therefore no longer being advertised.  If you missed your copy, there is now one available at approximately half price. The late Geoff Brooks bought one and was only able to watch it once or twice before he passed away. His widow Ruth is offering his copy  for just  £10 including p&p. Please let me know if you are interested and I'll pass your details on.

18/10/17 -  Mike Lovell sent me montage of some of the photos that Barrie Marshall took, and passed on, of FOUR IN A BAR in the Cafe at the Ashton Memorial on Sunday evening. Mike Lovell, trombone : Andy Wallis, reeds : Chris Howse, banjo/guitar : Colin Turner, bass saxophone.  Click on the picture as always, if you'd like to see a larger version.

17/10/17 - It was our jazz session in Poynton at The Royal British  Legion Club last night. Because of the strength of wind  I was worried and expected no one to come and listen to Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz.  Well 20 people came and we all had a super evening.   I would like to thank those jazz fans for coming to listen to us. - Mart Rodger (Manchester Jazz).

17/10/17 - Colin Mason & Stuart Whitely are all set to appear on Radio Lancashire on 27th October,  at approximately 2pm  where they will be talking about thePendle Jazzmen's new venue in Burnley at  Ighten Mount Bowling Club Ltd, Romford St, Burnley which starts on 2nd November at 8pm. Stuart will be taking his trumpet to the studio, but I think Colin might be drawing the line at taking his drum kit. We shall see/hear.

16/10/17 - I have just been watching the news on TV, and when it ended I flicked over to Freeview channel 7 which at peak times in this area of Lancashire is usually "That's Lancashire" but at other times is "Talking Pictures TV", as mentioned by Graham yesterday. I instantly recognised Chris Barber band playing to scenes of a coastal holiday area which I recognised as Blackpool and the Fylde Coast.  It turned out to be the film "Holiday".

15/10/17 - The Parade Jazz Band Annual Halloween party ???? Held on 31st October 2017, 8-30pm start in the Red Lion pub, 16 The Parade, Parkgate, Neston CH64 6SA.  Free entrance Raffle optional Fine jazz Fancy dress optional Fun and frivolity a plenty Great hospitable informal atmosphere All welcome - Wendy Neumann

15/10/17 - What a talented parade of guests does our Norman (Pennington) arrange for the delectation and delight of the crowd at the Beaky in Ashton-under-Lyme. Last session we welcomed Mike Mason, renowned horn player from Macclesfield (rumours that he moonlights with the Cheshire Hunt are entirely unfounded). For the next session - October 18th - we have Richard Slater, a.k.a. Billy Bedlam, on valve bedpan and hosepipe, and finally, on Wednesday 1st November, we will be joined by that talented young reeds player, Alex Clarke, who captivated us all on her last visits. All welcome; bring an instrument and sit in second half.

15/10/17 - Bonjour Fred, Where I live in France I watch UK television via Freesat. A new channel appeared recently, "Talking Pictures TV", which shows black & white films and various oddities, short biographies of old movie and comedy stars, interviews (one with Acker) etc.. I think many are culled from the National Film Archive. Trolling through the listings I came across "Glimpses: Who were you with last night 1963 with the Paramount Jazz Quartet" which I recorded and watched last night. What a lovely surprise - piano, bass, guitar (none known to me) and my old friend Ron Mackay playing, scatting and clearly enjoying himself in his inimitable fashion. Wonderful stuff. It's on YouTube but in much poorer quality under Acker's name plus another clip of the same quartet playing "Ship Ahoy". - Graham Martindale

14/10/17 -
The High Society Jazz Band are at Carnforth Station on Fri, 20 October, 12:30 – 14:30, and is this mid week's only daytime event.

14/10/17 - Birthdays coming up this week - Dave Bateman (gtr/bjo) on Wednesday, and Suzanne Mott (voc) on Thursday. Many Happy Returns to you both.

14/10/17 - "Speaking the Unspeakable", was the heading of a series of comments in April 2009 on this site about band fees, a subject guaranteed to raise the hackles of some and pleas of poverty from others. It's this week's Page of The Week and makes for very interesting reading. It also shows - nothing much changes. 
 

14/10/17 - The Deps List has been updated as much as possible, lots of changes of phone numbers and email addresses, some I deleted because both failed and there was no way of contacting the person. Some I have had to leave with the email addresses crossed out, so whether those phone numbers are valid or not is difficult to say it was taking too much time to verify them. If you see someone you know on the list with a crossed out email address please let them know.

14/10/17 -  "No doom or gloom pervades the atmosphere of the Blue Bell in Mynydd Helygain (Halkyn) to use your poor inarticulate English", writes Mad Ed Hughes. "The new landlord loves MAD ED'S HOT 5 as we come to the 11th year of our tenure. Sunday 15.30 thru 18.00, a valuable bottle of wine to be won AND large boxes of Jaffa cakes too...... Ooh!".

13/10/17 - I decided to take a look at the Deps List today, and I sent out emails to all the addresses listed to check they were still valid. So far I've had 21 bounced because the addresses were incorrect. If I can't get them corrected I may have to publish the names and ask for your help.

13/10/17 - "A bit of daytime Jazz Northwest", writes Ian Royle, "The Jazz Northwest I'm referring to is North West of Alicante on the Costa Blanca here in Spain. The Arena Bar in Denia holds daytime jazz sessions on Sundays with Colin Fraser's Jazz Quintet this coming Sunday playing mainstream jazz. Colin is a '"See You Jimmy" in your face sort of Scots trombone player and a great entertainer. The following Thursday, TK's 'Simply Jazz' features time changes as leader Terry Kennedy sings 'All of Me' in 5/9 time for Dave Brubeck aficionados. Very clever stuff. The raising of eyes among the rhythm section members shows their appreciation of his musical expertise. I played at the Arena Bar last Sunday deputising for top Costa Blanca trumpet man Mike Summers with his ' New Jubilee Jazz Band' .It was a great fun afternoon with one or two guys I'd met out here before and some knockout musos who I hadn't".

13/10/17 - Bingley Jazz Club gig list has been updated.

13/10/17 - Now that the Old Fashioned Love Band has disbanded, Moe Green finds himself available for dep jobs, and as such has now joined the deps list

13/10/17 - There will be no jazz at the Railway in Sale on Wednesday 25th October. The pub is closed for refurbishment and will re-open on 17th November. Jazz resumes as usual on the last Wednesday of the month, Wednesday 29th November at 8.30pm. Hope to see you all there - Derek Galloway (Canal Street Stompers).

12/10/17 - The Blue Magnolia Jass Orchestra web page has been updated. There was quite a lot of historical information on the page previously, and was no longer applicable, but rather than discard it, it still appears but as The Original Blue Mags under 'Whatever Happened to?'

12/10/17 - A couple of last minute gigs just in. - Tomorrow evening,(13th) 5.30 till 7.30, An Evening With The Sun Street Stompers at The Storey Institute. Lancaster, Part of The Lancaster Music festival. Also - Bazzer's Jazzers (busking trio) at Atticus Book Shop, 26 King St, Lancaster LA1 1JY. Saturday the 14th, 12.00 till 13.00
 

12/10/17 - Here is an unusual one from Barrie Marshal, "A musician friend of mine has some clarinets for sale, they are all the same model, Elkart CL100, first they have not fallen off the back of a lorry, they came from a school, they have stickers on them from The Music Cellar of Preston, I had a blow on them, 19 in all, 12 of them were good enough for me to play on gigs, three without thumb rests the others just needed looking at and some mouthpiece caps missing, he just wants to get them off his hands, he is not asking a lot, maybe a school would be interested, he lives in Garstang. These have now been sold - FB

10/10/17 - An H N White King 2B Liberty Trombone Circa 1949, "in wonderful condition", has just gone on the Sales Page.

10/10/17 - It's been a while, but jazz is back at Sale Conservative Club, well at least for one event. The Chicago Teds are there on 15th Dec. See poster for more details

09/10/17 - A Yamaha PSR 215 keyboard (61 keys) has just gone on the Sales Page.

09/10/17 - I've just added "Shrewsbury Jazz Network listings" to my Links page. Some interesting gigs listed on there including John and Mare Howell's Jazz Club 90 gigs at Albrighton.

09/10/17 -  Due to a hiccup in the refurbishment of the pub and its re-launch weekend, The Frisco Bay Hot Stompers are now playing at The Bolton Arms in Leyburn (Wensleydale) on Sunday lunchtime 29th October, not 22nd as stated in previous news item. The line up is Harry Long on cornet, Gerry Smith on reeds, John Crisp on trombone, David Reid on banjo, Dave Stanley on drums, Tom Derbyshire on string base and me on piano and vocals. FREE ADMISSION – food available. - Kathy Benson

08/10/17 - Ray & Jenny Knight are all set to start a series of video recordings of NW jazz bands tomorrow night. They will be recording on 9th,10th, 12th, 17th, 19th, 23rd and 24th October. Check out What's On to see which are the bands to be recorded. Look for 'Video night'.

08/10/17 - Some more amazing jazz weekend deals at The Talbot in Southport, have been added to the jazz festival and weekend page

08/10/17 - In March 2006, Moe Green talked to Just Jazz about his life in jazz as a drummer. It was reproduced on this site and is this week's Page of the Week

08/10/17 - Many Happy Returns this week to Doug Whaley and Jack Cotterill on Monday and to Gerry Clayton on Friday.

08/10/17 - Mid week daytime jazz this week - Annie's Saints And Sinners @ The Dog & Partridge, Bollington (check first on 01625 610059) on Mon, 9 October, 14:00 – 16:00

07/10/17 - Well Fred, all I can say is, the JOG picture must have been painted on a very sunny day. Barrie in blue trousers ? I've never known such a thing! - Norman Gibson

07/10/17 - This popped up on Facebook, it’s a painting of Ye Olde John O’Gaunt commissioned by Steve Thorn with The Sun Street Stompers, its by an artist called Chas Jacobs who does lots of painting round Lancaster and Morecambe. Musicians - Arno Bakker. Sousaphone. Paul Guppy, double bass. Barrie Marshall, clarinet. Alan Duckles, cornet. Dave Bateman, banjo. Steve Thorn, tenor saxophone. The painting was done over twenty years ago - Barrie Marshall

05/09/17 - Updated After playing every week at The Inn on the Wharf for more than five years, members of the Pendle Jazzmen were shocked and disappointed at the recent sudden closure - symptomatic of the fate of many hostelries throughout the country. Efforts have been made to find another venue which can offer the same or better facilities in order to keep in touch with the very loyal followers. A new venue has now been found: The Ighten Mount Bowling Club is on Romford Street, BB12 8AF. The facilities are excellent, the Band playing in the Ground Floor Lounge with its own bar providing the full range of drinks - beers, wines, spirits, and non-alcoholic - from the well- stocked bar. A special feature will be hot suppers in the form of pie and peas. A problem sometimes is the lack of adequate and safe parking: not so here as the club has its own large car park right outside. The sessions will be every month on the 1st Thursday with the doors opening at 7.00p.m., ready for the start at 8.00p.m. Admission is free but a raffle will be held each week to go towards covering expenses. Members of the band are greatly looking forward to their first appearance at Ighten Mount Club, greeting old friends and welcoming new friends. This will be on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd. Particular thanks are due to the Club Steward, Graham Slade, for his support. Further details can be obtained by ringing 01282 423230 (the club) or 01282 699571 - Colin Mason

05/10/17 - That's it, the last George Lewis DVD, a historical recording of George Lewis on Japanese TV, has now been ordered and reserved. It's been a lovely partnership with Geoff Bull in Australia, and so rewarding that 330 people have enjoyed it so much.

05/10/17 - I have just worked out that my Band, The Sun Street Stompers, has played approximately 1700 times in Lancaster, since forming in 1985 at the Olde John O'Gaunt, thanks to Steve Thorne. It has played every Sunday in the city, including a couple of other venues, with the exception of high days and holidays and I'm the only founder member still playing in the band. The band has done other gigs in Lancaster but I can't remember where! Great thanks to landlady Claire Tomlinson for letting the band go back to its roots at the JOG, so I could continue this long standing tradition. - Barrie Marshall

03/10/17 - Just read your news page and see that Gerry Clayton has put a picture of the advert for a Riverboat Shuffle in 1961 with The Beatles.  This is a programme of Liverpool Jazz festival we played in January 1960 while the Beatles were in Hamburg and Ringo was with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes and the Supporting groups on the last page of the programme!  Brenda Canty-Forrest

03/10/17 - It was indeed a pleasure to get to George's final night of promoting East Belfast Jazz Club. The atmosphere was great, but then it usually has been good with the normal fifty or so crowd. Social chat, dancing and BYO drinks and the walls bedecked with jazz posters - just how a little jazz club should be. And, believe it or not, a mixed group of about ten young people turn up and join in. Reed player Trevor Foster was heard to say " We ( the band ) felt inspired tonight - just like aul' times" Good luck George, and we know you will be a keen attendee and supporter. And, just to round our weekend off, we had right tasty Cajun meals at Papa Joe's New Orleans Restaurant in Bangor Saturday night. - Norman Gibson

03/10/17 - NOW SOLD OUT - That's it!  Just one left, first come first served.  The George Lewis DVD has all but sold out, there won't be any more

02/10/17 - Don't be caught out by a power failure or a computer crash. Did you know you can now download and print off a month's What's On. It's updated weekly and available from the What's On page or click here to download this month's list in PDF form

02/10/17 - The final night of the East Belfast Jazz Club was on Friday last & what a night it was the hall was packed to capacity. The audience really enjoyed themselves & the band was on top form. It was great to see my old my old friend Norman Gibson & his wife Merle from Heysham there, they came over especially for the occasion. I also have one piece of good news, the Martello Jazz band have offered to carry on for a trial period of 3 months & if this works out it will become permanent, it will no longer be the E. B. J. C. it will be called "Jazz at the Downshire". At least we will still be keeping jazz alive in Belfast - George Smyth

01/10/17 - The latest edition of Just Jazz magazine is now out. Details are here.

01/10/17 - A fascinating bit of history sent in by Gerry Clayton. Acker Bilk and the supporting band - The Beatles. If you can't see it too well, click on the picture. Maybe you'll get a few thousand pounds in offers Gerry?


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