Traditional Jazz News in The North West of Great Britain

Traditional Jazz in The North West (UK)

 
READ THE NEWS & VIEWS THEN CLICK HERE FOR THE MAIN MENU
 Last updated Friday August 17, 2018 at 19:47:37

Have Fred email the News to you twice weekly -  Send an email with the subject "Add Me",  plus your name,
and you will be added to my mailing list. Your email addresses are never passed on without permission.
My email address is jazznorthwest.co.uk@gmail.com, For anything other than the mailing list, click here
Follow JazzNorthWest on Twitter

Check out
JazzNorthWest
Weekly

includes
News from
New Orleans

 

August 2018

 

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

 

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


 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

06/08/18 - The Savannah Jazz Band played at Rochdale Jazz Club last night, and there to record the event once again was Sam Ralph. You can see some of his great photographs at http://tinyurl.com/yb7rqjwh
 

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

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

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

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

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

03/08/18 - You'd be thinking that the future's looking bright if you read the New Times in Phoenix Arizona, which you probably don't. - "The Lava Hot Jass Band brings its own flavor to New-Orleans-style jazz music. Courtesy of Lava Hot Jass Band, a Group of Arizona State University (ASU) Students Are Bringing New Orleans Jazz to the Desert. Mostly graduate and doctoral students from ASU’s School of Music, as well as alumni, make up the Lava Hot Jass Band. A few younger students, such as trumpet player Liam Connor, are the exception. Wen Wu, a clarinet player from China, is the brainchild of the group. A trip to New Orleans three years ago led to an appreciation for the style, inspiring her to start her own group last year".  “I just fell in love with the music," says Wen, who is an orchestral clarinet major. It never really clicked with me until I went to New Orleans. It feels like I finally understand jazz.”. Check them out at rehersal on https://youtu.be/2E7YhMM-wTI

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

July 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


26/07/18 - Mike Lovell has shared this video with me https://youtu.be/5pd8D3pGalE. It features LAUGHING STOCK with Willy Entwistle (Temperance Seven & Six In A Bar Classic Jazz Band) and Gerry Mawdsley (ukulele player & president of the George Formby Society). Enjoy.

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

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

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

24/07/18 - Thanks to Sam Ralph, there are more great pictures taken at Rochdale Jazz Club, this time it's the Aire Valley Jazz Band with some well known faces that you can see at http://tinyurl.com/yb2ohcb6 (recently corrected). I've added links to all Sam's photographs on the Rochdale Jazz Club page
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20/07/18 - Mike Lovell has sent me a couple of photographs of  Anthony Mason, Colin Turner and himself taken at their gig at Lancaster University, for a graduation ceremony. See http://tinyurl.com/y8uodmvj
 

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

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

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

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

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

16/07/18 - Would you buy a used car off this man?  Probably not because he doesn't sell them, but  yesterday, at 'Tram Sunday' in Fleetwood, as we arrived by the North Euston Hotel where the Wyre Levee Stompers were playing, he was reaching the end of a vocal. It was only when Pete Lindup (tpt) announced his name that I did a double take and realised who the guest trombonist was. Move your mouse over the picture to find out (Can you do that on an iPhone?). More pictures at http://tinyurl.com/ychb3kaa

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

07/07/18 - In response to Jon White's request, Cris Challener has sent me two pictures by Frank Caunce which l have combined. Click on it for enlarged version. There's also one of Bessie Smith at http://tinyurl.com/yb9nmkzc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 2018
 

30/0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

25/06/18 - The latest band to be photographed by Sam Ralph at Rochdale Jazz Club, last night was Mike Lovell's Six in a Bar, cracking photographs too at http://tinyurl.com/y7klnsgw

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

18/06/18 - Another very successful jazz venue is 'Jazz Club 90', run by John & Marie Howell in Albrighton, Shropshire. If that's not enough John produces some great videos of the bands that play there. John says, "I thought your readers might like to see the second New Orleans based musician to visit Albrighton in 3 weeks, namely James Evans on clarinet and sax. Backed by Mark Challinor (of Wabash Jazzmen) on banjo and guitar, Howard Worthington on bass and Nick Ward on drums it was a brilliant sesssion. These are the links, about 65 minutes in total: - Panama - https://youtu.be/zLLVq61Ip2g , East Coast Trot - https://youtu.be/b2WbM225YEU, Burgundy Street Blues - https://youtu.be/UFvLC3pffdY, and the start of the 2nd set at https://youtu.be/CcDDiFn5wZU".

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


08/06/18 - The Frog & Henry 5 piece band has completed 12 days of bookings north of Birmingham, bar one lunch or evening spot.  Tuesday Feb 19 is available anywhere from Liverpool area through to Kendal. As the band is currently touring Southern Germany and Switzerland, any jazz club or swing dance group interested can contact me in the first instance at jazz2swing2@gmail.com for assistance. - Norman Gibson


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

07/06/18 - After a shaky start last month, Garstang Jazz Club today saw double the numbers coming through the door, and the future suddenly looks brighter. 18 year old Alex Clarke was the guest this month (how long before you have stop giving a lady's age away?) and she played like she was a regular member, as well as playing a lovely solo number, "Do  You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans".  For me the slightly shorter sets than the usual hour long ones, and a lunch in the interval was spot on. Mike Owen with The Three Bears, Tom Kincaid, Jack Cotterill and organiser Jim Swinnerton  made up the band. The numbers ranged from "Anywhere You Go", and "Caravan", to Black & Blue and Just A Closer Walk. During one number, "Georgia", I swear I could hear the strains of 'Sally from our Alley' drifting from Mike Owen's trombone. The next one is on September 6th after a summer break, and will feature guest Jamie Brownfield, so make a note in your diary for that one. Click on photo for larger version and see also http://tinyurl.com/ya5lxtrn.
 

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

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

05/06/18 - "This is not a spam email but one jazz lover to another sharing an interesting Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong video link", writes Michael Paras. It's a video  of 'Everything Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong Life, House Tour And Archives! Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong His Life and A House Tour! Ricky Riccardi, Director of Louis Armstrong House Museum takes us on a tour of everything Louis Armstrong! Louis Armstrong House located in Corona, Queens, and the archives at Queens College Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library at Flushing, Queens'. You can watch it at https://youtu.be/ncyeXKw9j5g but put aside 51 minutes to watch it, and it's indeed fascinating..
 

04/06/18 - More photographs taken by Sam Ralph at Rochdale Jazz Club on  Saturday. You can see them at http://tinyurl.com/ya4k3nxn. This time it's New Orleans Heat.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

May 2018

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

24/05/18 - Dear Fred, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me just now, please see below the link that we discussed. It was our Head Gardener that recommended I looked at your page ( And he did tell me that this isn’t the kind of Jazz that he was used to).  As I mentioned on the telephone, we are just starting out doing this kind of event, so we are all very new to this, you never know, maybe we could do something more on your wave length in the future.  Please feel free to have a look at our website and maybe if you have a free Sunday, maybe you would like to visit us.http://tinyurl.com/yavpuj5b  Kind Regards - Lisa Redfern. Events Manager, Adlington Hall. No it's not traditional jazz, but worth checking out as the music is played by two young musicians from the Northern College of Music.

24/05/18 - Our gig with Marla and John Dixon last Sunday was truly fabulous, everything we expected and more with the local guys providing excellent support.  I have put 4 videos, totalling about 85 minutes all together, on YouTube and the links are below.  Marla and John Dixon with Brian Lawrence on bass, Roger Bird on clarinet/sax, Nick Ward on drums and Pete Johnson on trombone. Pete runs his own swing/jazz band but has never played with this type of line-up before, he practised along to Marla's videos on YT to get used to her style and did a great job for us!  Start first set https://youtu.be/YsL_zjBYBsU  : End first set https://youtu.be/Cow6OBoRmas : Part of second set https://youtu.be/dw1oJ_FQoEU : End of gig https://youtu.be/smLLwlEIC10  - John and Marie Howell, Jazz Club 90, Albrighton Sports and Social Club. Photo - Norman Gibson


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

09/05/18 - The latest issue of Dove Jazz Bugle is now available on line at http://tinyurl.com/y8x55sl4
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

06/05/18 - Barry Pryme sent me this message but I was unable to get it on in time - "Just noticed that the Cerys Matthews programme 10.00am Sunday morning on BBC Radio 6 (digital) is live from Cheltenham Jazz Festival and will feature the well-known Adrian Cox and his latest project Kansas Smitty's House Band". However all is not lost because you can catch it on iPlayer at  http://tinyurl.com/y6vlhyup

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

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

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

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

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

02/05/18 - What at first glance might look like a scene from the Wild West, is in fact Mike Lovell's 'Sticky Rock Three' playing at a “Speak Easy” themed night at Booths Supermarket in Poulton le Fylde last Sunday. It featured Mike with Colin Turner and Anthony Mason. See also http://tinyurl.com/yd24o3un

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

April 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17/04/18 - Jelly Roll Morton Show - Now You Has Jazz Jazz Jazz on The Sound of Spitfire Tonight at 9pm, I will be looking at the life and music of Jelly Roll Morton., with recordings by the classic Red Hot Peppers, his Trio, solo work and the New Orleans Jazz Men.  There will be excerpts from Morton's interview with Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress plus track from my Ragtime Revisited album with James Evans and Martin Litton and two great performances by the young duo, Andrew Oliver and David Horniblow, who have embarked on a massive task of recording the Jelly Roll Morton compositions. Look at 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.

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


Have Fred email the News to you as it happens -  Send an email with the subject "Add Me"
I guarantee your email address will not be passed on without permission

jazznorthwest.co.uk@gmail.com

OLD NEWS FOR PREVIOUS 3 MONTHS

Click here for Main Menu

Please Visit my HOME PAGE