Upton Jazz Festival scheduled
for June has been cancelled until June next year. Item on
Jazz Guide web site
30/03/20 - More photographs and tributes have been added to George Allison's Tribute Page
30/03/20 - As someone who spends a lot of time on a computer, this video rang a bell with me and amused me no end. I think you may just find a moment of self recognition in it.
30/03/20 - In response to my mention of a quiz to keep us going, Dundee born drummer, Bert Thomson from California (see Just Jazz, number 96, April 2006), sent in one of several jazz quizzes he had put together for a jazz club newsletter. Click here and have a go
My daughter sent me a text
yesterday to ask if I'd seen the programme on Eel Pie Island
(she took us there a couple of times in recent years), and it
seems it was on BBC4. I hadn't , but soon found it on iPlayer
and although I've yet to watch it all, I saw enough to whet my
appetite, with shots of Geoff Cole playing, and Ken Colyer's
band marching along. Maybe someone who visits this site can
remember it all?.
Check it out here.
29/03/20 - Peter Fryer rang me the other day to ask if I'd heard that bass player George Allison had passed away. I had met George some years ago when he ws playing with the Société Promenaders, and spoke to him on the telephone from time to time, but the last email I got from him was in Feb 2017 when he told me he had returned to the scene after recovering from a deep vein thrombosis. He was playing that week with the London Swing Orchestra (famous for the signature tune of the Jeeves and Wooster programmes) and was also depping for the Pendle jazzman. Peter has sent me his memories of George and I've started a tribute page, but unfortunately I don't have a photograph.
29/03/20 - I'm hoping to put together a jazz musical quiz in the near future that should help while away the time, but it might have you scratching your heads. If you want to send me one of your own, I'll try and get it on the site.
29/03/20 - Needless to say, there are no midweek daytime jazz sessions this week or any sessions at all for the foreseeable future I guess. I hope you are all keeping well, and I'm pleased to say that I haven't heard of anyone I know, who has gone down with this terrible virus. Let's hope it stays that way for all of us, but I doubt it. Now we are all stuck in the house, like me you are no doubt hearing those immortal words, "Oh, and something else I've noticed that needs doing". This is one of those times when your children and grandchildren will be saying in the years to come, "I was there when it happened".
There are two musicians this
week who won't be having birthday parties I guess. Stan Williams
on Monday, and Ged Hone on Wednesday but we still wish them both
a happy birthday.
25/03/20 - Many Happy Returns tomorrow to Richard Vernon (bs), and on Friday to Bert Schroeder and on Saturday, Ed Lloyd-Hughes and Jon Penn.
25/03/20 - An item in today's 'i' Newspaper from Derek Cole in Shropshire reads, "As I sit here at home, not going beyond the garden, I'm listening to Duke Ellington's "Don't Get Around Much Anymore".
Interesting item in the latest Just Jazz
Magazine that Brian Turnock reminded me of - "If you were
expecting to see your favourite European band appear at your
jazz club in 2021 onwards, then think again! It was announced by
the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, that EU musicians intending to
perform in the UK will (after December, 2020) require a Tier 5
Visa. Which in effect puts bands out of a club's financial
resources. The cost has been announced as £244 per musician,
i.e. £1484 for a six- piece band (possibly more if there are
professional roadies/managers). This should ensure that the UK
will never again get the opportunity to enjoy European touring
jazz attractions". "Looks highly likely that the
Doc Houlind visit in September will be our farewell tour of the
UK", says Brian
24/03/20 - Brian Turnock writes, "Passing the time flicking through some old scrapbooks and came across this photo taken in Oct 1964 when the Keith Smith Climax Band played at Peel Park,which was my first visit to Accrington. In another mail I am sending you a cutting from the Accrington paper about that evening". Thanks Brian and I have typed out the text from the cutting as it was showing the ravages of time. There is a page on the site about Accrington Jazz Club, so you can find it there.
checking links on my site, I suddenly became aware that some of
the music on my pages, especially early pages, was no longer
playing. The music files were still located on a site called
Onetel which I once used, and which was subsequently taken over
by TalkTalk. It seems that somewhere along the way, they took
the decision to delete them without letting me know. I'm
currently working my way through them and replacing the missing
music, which in some cases has been lost forever. So that's me
kept busy for a few rainy days.
23/03/20 - Walter Love's first rate 'Jazz Club' programme on Radio Ulster last night featured Pete Allen one of the best clarinettists on the British jazz scene over the years and who I remember playing brilliantly as a teenager with the Bernie Allen Jazz band, his dad's trad band, in the Newbury area in the early 1970s. Pete has a new CD and book out entitled 'On the Beat', a very appropriate title, since he also had a brief stint in the Thames Valley Police before gaining deserved fame, not least in the USA. Well worth a listen on BBC Sounds IPlayer over the next month. - David Evans, Rhuddlan
23/03/20 - The latest edition of Just Jazz magazine has arrived. Click Here to see a list of contents
21/03/20 - It's a grim time ahead for us I'm afraid, but spare a thought for those musicians whose livelihood depends on being able to play. It's not difficult to find someone worse off than ourselves in these troubling times. On a lighter note, my computer magazine arrived today and there was a letter from a Dean Schofield, to tell people that The Goon Show is now available on BBC Radio 4 Extra, and I know a lot of you recall enjoying the show first time round, so something to do whilst stuck in. Equally, there are links to Music and Jazz Videos on my Links Page, and if you can add any more, just let me know.
I've just been through
What's On and cancelled all gigs that
were still showing as taking place, up to the end of April as
"cancelled until further notice". I was surprised how many there
were, meaning I hadn't been notified, but then I guess
it's a foregone conclusion now. Resident Gigs that have
been cancelled, are set to be cancelled forever, as they are
recurring events. When (and if), I'm notified it's back to
normal I will restore them.
19/03/20 - Malcolm Holland writes, "Hi Fred, the venue in Nottingham (re Chris Barber) would have been The Elizabethan Ballroom above the Co op in Parliament Street (now Upper Parliament Street probably). The Beatles also played there on March 7th 1963 and also Helen Shapiro was there that year. Strangely enough The Nottingham Rhythm Club 75th anniversary concert featured Sammy Rimington's International Jazz Band (one time Barber reedman) and it is the longest continuous running Jazz club in the country".
I'm finding it odd that I'm now having to
ring some venues to find out if the jazz is still continuing, as
I'm not getting a response from some of the band members. At
least it's keeping me busy.
Cancellation are continuing to come in, and several venues are
asking me to post messages to fans on their behalf. There are
too many for me to be doing this, so I have advised that I will
only update What's On for the time
being as I doubt anybody needs an explanation as to why
cancellations are taking place. There are odd gigs still showing
as taking place, and I am trying to get confirmation of those in
the meantime. I suspect they haven't got round to letting me
know although I have previously emailed all the musicians on my
mailing list!. I realise how many of you rely on this site
for information, so as soon as the situation changes I'll let
you know. - Fred
Currently I’m putting together a CD of
Chris Barber’s band recorded by Allan Gilmour in Nottingham. The
gig was to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Nottingham
Rhythm Club in June 1963. The Chris Barber discography gives the
venue as ‘Elizabethan Hall’, but Allan has written ‘Co-op Hall’
on the tape box. Are these one and the same place? Can anyone
supply any information, please? The discography information will
have come from Julian Purser, Chris’s archivist, but he sadly
died a number of years ago and his archive is not accessible.
Chris himself can’t help with any information. - Paul Adams,
LAKE Records. (I'll pass contact details on if you can help -
16/03/20 - Norman Gibson has sent me copy of a letter from Angela - leader of 'Mama Shakers' which he said, "You may post this in it's entirety if you wish, as it is a sad but really thoughtful and nice letter.". - "It's with great sadness that I have to announce that we have to cancel the UK tour with Mama Shakers. We are entering a period of confinement in Paris starting tomorrow and it might go on for 45 days. Such a surreal situation. We were really looking forward to come. I hope that we can postpone to this autumn, fingers crossed! ". Norman continues, "In view of this, and latest breaking news from our government, I cannot see me being able to run any jazz events at Garstang for the next couple of months. As I also had no intention of promoting an event in August, I am standing down with the sincere hope of getting 'Alligator Gumbo' on stage in September. I wish all jazzers a safe passage through this very troubling period". More gig cancellations continue to come in, so please check What's On which is being regularly updated.
16/03/20 - "The Doc Houlind Band managed to complete its 15 day UK tour just in time I think", writes Brian Turnock. "The two last gigs in Belgium unfortunately didn't survive. Providing we all survive we will back in the UK for another 15 days in September with a few gigs north of the Midlands so hope to see a few more of our friends then".
interesting idea from Judy Eames - If we aren't actually "banged
up" by then, the pub landlord where we do a monthly lunchtime
gig near Oxford is thinking of using the garden from May. Our
fans are semi self-isolating and don't need instructions from
that "boy" Dominic Cummings Things are going to be desperate for
the full time musicians so if we can find ways of getting them
some work, outdoor gigs might help a bit".
15/03/20 - Many Happy Returns next Saturday to John Dunlop who was bass player with the Druids Jazz Band many years ago on Merseyside.
events this week - Jazz over the Pennines at The Cross keys in
York on Thu, 19 March, 13:00 – 15:30 and The High Society jazz
Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 20 March, 12:30 – 14:30
14/03/20 - Jackie Wild writes, "I help out at Chapel Arts, a charity encouraging performing and visual arts in Chapel-en-le-Frith. Amongst other events, we host 3 or 4 live concerts a year at Chapel Town Hall. Our jazz concert on Saturday 21st March features Julia Titus and her Pig Foot Band as Ma Bessie's Prohibition Party, poster attached. Julia is a top quality jazz performer and evidently sensational as internationally renown Ma Bessie. She performs all over the country and will be travelling quite a way to perform at Chapel so we want to give her as big an audience as possible and a really warm welcome 'Up North'! ".
14/03/20 - I should like the 'young at heart' Jon be aware of my earlier ambition to see established bands bring young players into their ranks, and tutor and inspire them of the joy of traditional classic New Orleans jazz. It didn't happen much, although Alex Clarke was one good example, also the Rae Brothers Band nurtured Ian Wynne who plays to the same skill and enthusiasm as Tom Kincaid. But where did he have to go to get properly paid ? - France! For my short spell keeping Jim Swinnerton's JC going, I'm trying to put on a decent mix. The Jeriatrics, 6 with total age about 420 years, played with the spirit of youngsters. In June I want to do a 'Welcome back Brian' ( Brian Carrick has had long illness ) matched up with some of the younger guys. Young Leeds band 'Alligator Gumbo' is provisionally booked for September, and, as Scotland seems to be a haven of rising young bands, I may get one from there for October. By then I will be exhausted, maybe even skint, and I can, hopefully, pleased with myself hand Jim's club back to him in one healthy piece. Like Covid 19 it's in the lap of the Gods.
Due to the current
circumstances, and with immediate effect, my Good Time Jazz Band
will not be playing at The Fleece Inn at Addingham until further
notice. - Harry Long. Also
The Heron Theatre
at Milnthorpe has closed for a minimum of one month, with money
refunded to those who have bought tickets, which means the
Deco Delight gig on 21st March will
not now take place and
Jazz Club 90 at
Albrighton Sports and Social Club has closed until further
notice. At this rate the News Page is going to be full of
cancellation notices, so in future I will just update
What's On as they come in. Check it
before setting out, and if it isn't shown as cancelled, double
check with the venue.
13/03/20 - I think it’s great to see bands like The Mama Shakers, The Tenement Jazz band and the other young bands that the young-at-heart and enthusiastic Norman Gibson champions. However, lets not forget that there are many older bands of equal musicianship and bandsmanship creating exciting jazz, indeed some doing it better (and many a lot worse, it has to be said). Trouble is, these older, more established bands tend to look so b****y miserable while their doing it! Their apparent complacency and lack of animation is probably due to arthritis and them having done it so long that they’ve forgotten who they are playing for: answer is “the audience” and not themselves. I just hope that these youngsters will create new audiences to play to for many years to come. Ah well, back to my Balkan vodka for another anti-coronavirus bath. - Jon Critchley
It’s been decided that owing to
current circumstances that the Forest N.O.
Band will not be performing at the Union Exchange in Colne
until further notice. - Jack Moore
12/03/20 - Sam Ralph was at 'Jazz on a Sunday' to record the Red Stripe Band on camera. You can see the excellent results here
12/03/20 - Hi Fred Please let it be known that, as of today, as I have been so lucky to actually get such an amazing young band as Mama Shakers for Garstang on 26th March, I have no intention of cancelling unless the band themselves decide, or are forced to, cancel. By the way Claughton is a big big hall so we can spread people away from each other a bit !! Maybe not too much 'snugging' up eh !! - Norman Gibson
12/03/20 - The Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival organisers have announced, "We are closely monitoring the current situation regarding the Covid 19 outbreak but, as of Mar 12th, have no intention of cancelling at this stage. All artists are booked, as are the venues, accommodation, stewards etc. Unless the government insists that even small gatherings are to be banned then we will continue as planned.
12/03/20 - Martin Bennett has announced on Facebook that "The virus has struck The Old Green River Band! Ayr Jazz Club has just rung to cancel the band's concert that was to have been the day after tomorrow - Friday the 13th. Sounds like a double whammy. Members of the club have been ringing in to say they won't be attending because of the virus sunami. My immune system is bracing itself up for cancellations now somewhere in the pipeline". Any other clubs feeling the pinch yet? Any other similar cancellations? If you are a regular visitor to a jazz club and have decided not to go for the time being, please let your promoter know, Many clubs are running on a shoestring and I don't know of any NW promoters rich enough to finance a band to play with little or no audience!
11/03/20 - Jack Cotterill is hosting jazz at Sandbach town hall on the evening, 19th of April. It’s going to be a night of Jazz and Blues featuring the world renowned vocalist Denise Gordon. Backed by Tom Kincaid (piano), Jim Swinnerton (bass), Jamie Brownfield (trumpet), and Jack on drums. You can find all the details about the event by visiting his website at www.JackCotterill.co.uk. Tickets are £15, and are available from - www.wegottickets.com/event/500323/
I was pleased to see
that someone has taken the trouble to put all of the "Jazz
on a Sunday" gigs at Rochdale into
Well done, whoever did it, but you might like to edit the
October gig as it currently reads, "An evening of Traditional
Jazz with the Roarong Twenties".
08/03/20 - Re: The collection of books: I bought the King Oliver, so no longer available, although there are some other copies available on that website. - Pete Lay
08/03/20 - Many Happy Returns this week to bass player Colin Smith, and a thought for Janet Rodger, as it would also have been Mart's birthday on the same day.
Daytime jazz this week includes
Lunchtime Jazz at The Royal in Hayfield on Wed, 11 March, 12:00
– 14:30, and Jazz over the Pennines at The Cross keys in York on
Thu, 12 March, 13:00 – 15:30.
Ken Ames suggested I might let you
know that I have a collection of Jazz Book Club titles for sale.
There are 33 of them and the titles can be seen on
John Cockles Books. Notable among them is 'Call Him George'
with a dedication from George Lewis and 'King Oliver' by Walter
C. Allen and Brian A.L. Rust - a biography and definitive
discography. I am a life-long fan of New Orleans jazz and at 82
still a practitioner on the cornet. My hero is Ken Colyer. Best
Regards - John Cockle
04/03/20 - A Pilgrim tenor banjo 19 fret has gone back on the Sales page with a £100 reduction in price.
The news of Dave Rae's
passing has hit me pretty hard (although I did know just how ill
he was), as I had a telephone chat with him earlier in the week
before he died. What a really genuine decent man he was. I
recalled with him, when he readily agreed to drop in with us at
Heysham one Sunday morning, on his way up to one of Jazzy Joan's
Sunday night 'does' at the Whitewater. The band played some of
those gospel numbers, they were renowned for, at a fundraising
service in a little local church. He could only be coaxed to
take a small sum for additional fuel. We all had a right good
meat and tatty pie lunch, and, as it was a good sunny day as we
all walked round our quaint Heysham village. He remembered it
well ,and I felt the smile on his face. A true gentleman we will
remember forever. Rest in peace Davy. - Norman and Meryl Gibson
03/03/20 - Many of you will have come across the Rae Brothers either at jazz festivals or in the days of the regular Sunday night gigs at The Whitewater Hotel. I was notified and have also read on Facebook, that Dave Rae passed away at approximately 8.30am on February 25th. His funeral will be on Tuesday, 10th March at 12.15pm at St Oswald's Catholic Church in Wrekenton followed by Saltwell Crematorium, Gateshead at 1.00pm and afterwards at Springwell Village Hall. For anyone wishing to, please make donations to Macmillan Nurses.
03/03/20 - Gerry Salisbury, our Granddad & music legend sadly passed away 9th February this year. We would love to hear from anyone who worked with Granddad or knew him personally to share their memories with us. Sandy Brown Jazz have paid tribute. Please can I ask that this invite is extended to all who knew him. If people are unable to attend, we would still love to hear their memories or stories - feel free to send them to Cheryl.email@example.com. Grandad (Gerry’s) funeral will be at St Faith’s Crematorium, Horsham St Faiths, Norfolk on Friday 20th March at 11.45. - Cheryl Stout
03/03/20 - The next session at St Helens Bowling Club will be next Sunday, 8th March at 8 p.m. when the guests will be Dave Dixson (clarinet and sax), Derek Galloway (trombone) and Ed Lee (piano), from The Merseysippi JB, The Temperance Seven and The Chicago Teddybears respectively. All three are also fine vocalists. - Keith Allcock
You are reading
this on the moved web site, you will be pleased to know that the site
is now back on a new and hopefully much more reliable home that
doesn't go down every other day. I'm sorry you have had to put
up with the trials and tribulations over the last month, but
hopefully things are now back to normal. Or maybe I shouldn't
01/03/20 - Malcolm Bridge writes, "Barbara and I won't be able to get to Garstang Jazz Club on 26th March to see the Mama Shakers, who we too saw in Brittany in 2018, so I did a bit of searching to find out where else we might see them. Their Facebook page lists their appearances, and all but the last of these are evening performances. Although not listed on their Facebook page, Darlington New Orleans Jazz's website shows them as appearing there at lunchtime on Saturday, 28th. As we don't fancy a late drive back from Boston Spa we are planning a weekend in the Dales to catch them at The Buck".
01/03/20 - Daytime jazz this week for those who don't like cold, dark, wet and windy nights, includes, The Savoy Jazzmen, who are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 3 March, 14:00 – 16:00, Café Society who will be appearing at Garstang Jazz Club on Thursday 5 March, 12:00 – 14:30, and there's Jazz over the Pennines at The Cross keys in York on Thu, 5 March, 13:00 – 15:30. Having said that, the weather forecast for this week is much better.
01/03/20 - Many Happy Returns this week to Roy Gregory on Monday, Jim West on Tuesday, Rosie Harrison on Wednesday and Roy Williams on Friday.
01/03/20 - The latest edition of Just Jazz Magazine is now out, and there are contributions from Malcolm Hogarth, Andrew Liddle, Bernard Selby, and no less than two letters from Jon Critchley. You can get your regular copy here.
29/02/20 - I thank Tony
Talk for his approval of Mama Shakers, and I hope this helps achieve
a big turnout as it was for Frog and Henry on two
Garstang JC occasions. Having enjoyed
some ten hours of their playing at two FestJazz Festivals in
Brittany, I am very much aware of how good they are.. It is my hope
that I can help Angela to get our other jazz clubs 'up North' to
join in an extended tour next year. This special event is having to
be held at Claughton Memorial Hall, and should any dancers from
Lindy clubs care to turn up, this hall has the room to accommodate
them. Spread the word. - Norman Gibson
28/02//20 - Make a note of this web address - www.jazznorthwest.epizy.com . This address is a backup for this site, and until I fix the current problem, I will be duplicating certain pages on there - The Home Page, The News Page, The Main Menu, What's On and the Jazz Club Pages. I consider those to be the most important. Trying to access other pages from the menu will produce a page of adverts as I don't propose to upload the whole site just yet. Hopefully you won't need to use it, but it's there should this page be suspended yet again (probably tomorrow, back on Sunday).
28/02/20 - The gig list for Bingley Mavericks has been updated
28/02/20 - The Parade Jazz band is moving From the Old Quay Parkgate to The Black Horse, Lower Heswall, Corner of Village Rd. and School Hill CH60 0DP. Our first gig there is Tuesday 3rd March 2020. We are there every Tuesday from then. Time is 8.30 - 11 Pm This venue benefits from enthusiastic management good beer, good food, comfortable surroundings and a really pleasant atmosphere. All are welcome. Look forward to seeing everyone there.- Roy Gregory
28/02/20 - On Tuesday 25th February, The Savoy Jazzmen hosted a ‘Mardi Gras’ parade – the actual day for ‘Fat Tuesday’ - at Lansbury Bridge Special School, St. Helens, for the 6th successive year. 220 or so children and 130 staff enjoyed the celebration and many joined in the parade in the sports hall, many sporting brollies. The band was warmly appreciated and the band members were thrilled to receive “Mardi Gras” ‘Thank you’ cards made by the pupils from 19 classes. Marvellous! - Terry Birkinhead. Click on picture for larger version.
28/02/20 - Mama Shakers - Norman Gibson has made a great choice there. Saw them at Upton 2018 and they were outstanding in my view. Quite the Best and what a super surprise! - Tony Talk
Cricket Club gig list has been updated
24/02/20 - Norman Gibson has pulled off something of a last minute scoop, he's tapped into the 2020 European Tour of the Parisian band, 'The Mama Shakers'. "It will be an arduous day for them to do their first ever session up North", says Norman, "I feel privileged that they are prepared to drive nearly 300 miles in one day to fit us in. I've booked a very suitable venue just a short distance away from the usual Garstang Jazz Club venue. Fortunately they are not just all round good musicians, but they are young and they are the amazing. All detailed fliers will be available at the Thursday 5 March ' Cafe Society ' event, when a big turnout would be much appreciated. - Norman Gibson ( stand-in Garstang JC promoter). I'll post details of the actual venue when Norman lets me have them.
24/02/20 - Nick Dellow
conducted an interview with re-mastering engineer and widely
respected jazz musician, John R T Davies, in 2002. My thanks to John
Westwood for sending me a link to this YouTube recording of the
interview, which lasts an hour and forty minutes,
so sit back and
24/02/20 - "After our short break The DeeSide Dixies will be resuming play at The Hand Hotel, Llangollen, on Sunday 1st March at 12:30pm. We'll have Phil Lucas on trumpet and Liam Byrne on reeds as guests, the stalwarts being Mike Pearce (drums), Isabel Toner (str bs), Andrew Mackenzie (tbn) and myself, Malcolm on piano. As a reminder, it's free entry and a hot carvery is served until 2:30pm. Masks and gloves are permitted for the squeamish!" - Malcolm Hogarth
24/02/20 - Thank you Bryan Taylor (20/02/20), sadly, it was not to be . My sister Patricia passed away recently so all plans had to be changed , Hopefully I will come on another occasion - Best wishes Sheila Collier
24/02/20 - Here's something you don't see or hear very often, a musician depping for his dep! Barrie Marshall has not been playing for 3 months due to a broken elbow, but was beginning to get back to normal and having the occasional sit in. He was watching TV thinking about a late breakfast when he got a phone call from his dep, who after having travelled 30 miles and parked up, realised and he had left his clarinet at home. Barrie said he's have a go and did the gig depping for both his dep and himself.
24/02/20 - Make a note of
this web address -
www.jazznorthwest.epizy.com . That address is a backup for this
site, and until I fix the current problem, I will be duplicating
certain pages on there. Those pages will be The Home Page, The News
Page, The Main Menu, What's On and the Jazz Club Pages. I consider
those to be the most important. Trying to access other pages from
the menu will produce a page of adverts as I don't propose to upload
the whole site just yet. Hopefully you won't need to use it, but
it's there should this page be suspended yet again.
23/02/20 - Daytime jazz this week - The North Euston Orpheans at North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood. Adm £6 on Wed, 26 February, 12:00 – 14:30, and there's Jazz over the Pennines at The Cross keys in York on Thu, 27 February, 13:00 – 15:30.
23/02/10 - Many Happy Returns today to Frank Slater (tbn), and on Wednesday to Jamie Brownfield (tpt).
Site down again today, one day up, one day down,
so it's looking very likely that multiple false visits are being
made to the site to result in more than 50,000 hits in a day, in the
same way that sites are brought down by Denial of Service (DoS)
attacks which take place from time to time. Don't try and
understanding it, it happens, it's a strange world out there.
21/02/20 - Apologies once again to those of you who tried to access the web site today. I can assure you I am working hard to get to the bottom of it, and if I don't succeed by the end of the month I'll consider moving the site to another host. There were a lot of headaches last time it moved, and it took a month to sort itself out for some people, so it's a route I'm reluctant to take. It's not beyond the realms of possibility that it's a malicious attempt to bring it down, there's some unsavoury people out there.
20/02/20 - I was hoping to see Sheila Collier at the Edgeworth Jazz Club at Dunscar Con. Club on 17 February, but that gig was cancelled, as she had to be in Sweden. Hope she will return one day ! - Brian Taylor
After all my years in Leeds during the late 50's
early 60's Ed O'Donnell's music kept a few of us sane as we were fed
parrot fashion facts in order to qualify as @doctors. I forget the
venue but will never forget his clarinetist whose rendition of ?
Muskrat ramble was , frankly, awesome. Memory getting a bit past it
at 80 but who was that clarinetist and is there a recording anywhere
I could download? He was such a pleasure after Bilk's Syd Bechet
copycatting. - David Valentine. You might
find Dickie Hawdon's Tribute Page
of interest - Fred
19/02/20 - Scottish Jazz Weekend will bring together some of the country’s most talented jazz musicians for four days of concerts, workshops and showcases. The Scottish Jazz Weekend will take place between Friday 21 and Monday 24 February and the previously mentioned Red Hot Rhythm Makers will be playing at Heriot’s Rugby Club and is already sold out!. Over the course of the weekend, 17 concerts will take place at five venues across Edinburgh: The Jazz Bar, The Queen’s Hall, Heriot’s Rugby Club, Teviot Row House and St Brides Centre.
19/02/20 - Is Scotland to be the new UK
jazz revival scene?. First we had the
Tenement Jazz Band
from Edinburgh, then yesterday I mentioned the
Jerry Forde's New Phoenix
Jazz Band. Today I came across The New Orleans-inspired jazz and
Hokum blues band -
Rhythm Makers, an all female band from Central Scotland. Move
over Shake 'em up Jazz
18/02/20 - Sheila Collier writes, "Hi Fred, it is my 80 birthday today . Having a jazz party in Helsingborg Saturday xx"
18/02/20 - "Back in the saddle again". Maybe you'll hear that being played by The Sun Street Stompers at The Olde John O'Gaunt on 1st March because that's when band leader Barrie Marshall will be playing the gig after having deps in for 3 months because of his broken elbow.
18/02/20 - Unfortunately, many of you will have realised the site went down again yesterday and you were presented with lots of adverts. It's all down to what are classed as hits, and it's not just page visits, but whatever it includes, I surpassed 50,000 in a day! I've set myself a target to work it out and sort it by month end, and if not to move the site. That in itself can create a month of problems if last time was anything to go by, so I will be admitting defeat if I do. Of course I could ask you all to restrict your visits to once a week, but then I'd have to rename it "Old News Page", - No chance! It will be back tomorrow, let's hope for longer this time.
18/02/20 - With the Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival not far off, I'm pleased to let musicians and listeners know that we'll be running the Guest Sessions again at the Packhorse Inn, Keswick, from 2pm to 5pm on all four days, Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th May. Its free to get in (and out) of these sessions, and we try to ensure that all participants play, sing or dance for the benefit of the audience and themselves. Come and enjoy yourselves, it's later ...... - Malcolm Hogarth
18/02/20 - It's took a little time to get to watching the video Danny Barker's Birthday Bash at Snug Harbor. Am I guessing right that your News Page posting 10/02/20 was aimed at me ? If so, verily I am indeed chuffed. And I must thank John Westwood as the video brought back some great memories. My sister's partner introduced me to Greg back in 2003 in NOLA, and we spent quite some time in his company, when we two couples were at the French Quarter Jazz festival. We all met up again when Greg played Kewick, when I recall he was a little upset doing the Sunday Jazz Service, that it was the first time he had ever been in a church and didn't sing. Greg returned my call this evening saying he was pleased we are enjoying the video as it was a great session. The Original Liberty Jazz Band is still going strong and are at Snug Harbor Feb 28. He also plays Palm Court Jazz Cafe Wednesdays. He has no plans for a UK visit. but as he will be in Denmark July there could be a possibility !!! Who knows ? Would that be a coup him appearing at Garstang JC ? - no harm in dreaming ! Thanks again John. - Norman Gibson
18/02/20 - Another band new to me from Scotland is Jerry Forde's New Phoenix Jazz Band. Click on that to see a sea of fresh faces. At the moment their upcoming gigs are centred around Scotland, but who knows, like the Tenement Jazz Band we might just tempt them South of the border.
18/02/20 - For lovers of big band music, and I know some of you are, Allen 'Gus' Gustafson has told me about the The Freddie Smith Big Band. He says it is the premier Big Band on the Wirral, located in Higher Bebington. He says it was set up by in the 1970s by professional sax player Freddie Smith, and the band have been performing all over the Wirral and North West since it's inception. He suggests you should, "Come and hear us play every Wednesday 8.30 - 11pm at Higher Bebington Royal British Legion Teehay Lane Higher Bebington Wirral". There is a Facebook Page here
18/02/20 - The Tenement Jazz Band made it to Rochdale on Sunday, and were very well received. I heard what I thought was one of the best renditions of Petite Fleur I've heard in a long time. When asked to play something medium-fast, Mike White, a regular at Rochdale, got up to dance at a pace that would have put many a youngster to shame. Twirling round and galloping backwards, he got so excited he finished up on the floor pulling his partner on top of him. Thankfully he got up smiling and dusted himself off, but I couldn't help thinking he'd know about it on Monday morning. There is only one barman at Rochdale who has to manage two bars in two rooms, and patiently waiting for the number to end, one jazzer rung the ship's bell to grab attention, only for John, the guitarist, to quip, "I think that was D flat, have we got anything in that key? As usual Sam Ralph was there to capture the moment on camera, thankfully, not Mike on the floor. Click photo for larger version
18/02/20 - Mike Carnie sent me this video for you to enjoy, but if you've had enough of Brexit, you might not want to watch!
16/02/20 - Jackie Wild writes, "I help out at Chapel Arts, a charity encouraging performing and visual arts in Chapel-en-le-Frith. Amongst other events, we host 3 or 4 live concerts a year at Chapel Town Hall. Our jazz concert on Saturday 21st March features Julia Titus and her Pig Foot Band as Ma Bessie's Prohibition Party (see poster). Julia is a top quality jazz performer and evidently sensational as internationally renown Ma Bessie. She performs all over the country and will be travelling quite a way to perform at Chapel so we want to give her as big an audience as possible and a really warm welcome 'Up North'!
16/02/20 - A few years ago I was encouraged by my German friend to see Max Raabe at the Rosengarten in Mannheim. Whatever we jazz fans may think it was a near sell-out.. ...and went down a ( Sex ) bomb with the audience. I would hardly call it jazz but it could encourage some on the fringe. I thoroughly enjoyed the show. Raabe is an entertainer and very good at that. Go ...- Robert Lamb
16/02/20 - Daylight jazz this week takes us to Jazz over the Pennines at The Cross keys in York on Thu, 20 February, 13:00 – 15:30, and to the High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 21 February, 12:30 – 14:30
16/02/20 - In January last year I posted this, "I've just come across a new young band (well new to me), nearer to home in Edinburgh. Have a look and listen to the Tenement Jazz Band at https://youtu.be/SPDnnXoMCg8. In 2018 (the same year they were formed), they played at the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival as well as Dundee Jazz Festival. If you want to hear more check out https://goo.gl/3A8n9y and listen to tracks released in July. You'd think they've been playing together for years (I suspect they have)". Well tonight they will be playing at Rochdale Jazz Club and I hope storm Dennis doesn't keep the jazzers way, but more to the point, their web site says they are playing at "an unknown venue" in Rochdale, so I hope they know where it is now! Later in the month they appear at Dove Jazz Club, and Boston Spa
16/02/20 - Unfortunately my work on the web site went into overdrive on Friday night and as a result exceeded the number of "hits" allowed per day. If you tried to access it yesterday, you were probably presented with adverts, but the good news is :- that’s what’s enabling the cost of hosting the site to remain free. I’m grateful to those people who offered financial support but I’m determined to get to the bottom of this and restore a 24/7 minimal cost service. The likely cause was a year's worth of news on this page with lots of outdated links and photos, plus some overdue tidying up. Consequently this page now only covers up to 2 months max. I will archive the old pages on my PC should anyone need to refer to an old news item.
15/02/20 - Hi Fred Mardi Gras night at with the Parade Band at The Old Quay Pargate, 25th February, 8pm. Beads Brollies & fun. Thanks - Wendy Neumann
Very pleased to see John
Westwood’s post of the New Orleans Rascals. We have seen Ryoichi
several times in Davos, along with his wife, Mieko and have become
friends. The Geoff Bull Band, with whom Ryoichi plays Davos,
weren’t invited last year and as it happens we weren’t there
either. However the Bull band is booked for this year but I
have recently learnt that Geoff himself won’t be there due to ill
health and that Ryoichi won’t be travelling to Europe either. A
great disappointment for Melanie & I and obviously we wish Geoff a
speedy recovery. It was a relief to see Ryoichi looking and sounding
well on the You Tube video. - Fraser McCombe
14/02/20 - How's your German? Well here's something that might appeal, I just received a large publicity email about a German 1920's orchestra about to tour the UK in Eastbourne, London, Birmingham and Manchester. It's Max Raabe and the Palast Orchestra. After you've watched the show trailer, try this lot on YouTube and you can decide for yourself if you'll be going to watch. Max Raab is billed as "Sussex-born musician looking forward to revisiting his UK roots".
Re: Graham Martindale's request, 13/02, I don’t
know a lot about Frank Etchells, but he was an engineer, a top man
in his day, built power stations etc. He did win that Melody Maker
poll with his band Etch And His Quads. In that poll he won top
for flute, clarinet and saxophone, he was obviously a fine musician.
The Melody Maker had national dance band competitions in those days,
the one he won was regional. I think the band name had something to
do with printing, that he was once involved in, he was an instrument
technician, woodwind. When I first saw his tenor sax, the crook
looked different. I asked him about it, and he said he had
made it. He was full of stories but I can only remember one -
he once played clarinet on his own in a bull ring in Spain. That’s
it - Barrie Marshall
14/02/20 - Would you like to download a free copy of, "Bunk Johnson: His Life and Times (Jazz Life and Times)"? Seems you have to give your credit card details to get a 7-day free trial, and reading the agreement, you need to then cancel within 7 days or you'll be charged a membership fee every 30 days. If anybody tries it, let me know how you get on.
It doesn't happen very often, but
today there is not one traditional jazz band playing in the North
West, according to my What's On. So if you
know different, let me know and I can correct it.
13/02/20 - The News Page was recently set to automatically refresh on loading, so you should be seeing the latest news as soon as you load the page. It seems to be working well and saves you having to do it.
Information from John & Marie
Howell - "Alex Clarke has a gig with us on March 1st and she has
just told me that on piano will be TJ Johnson, someone I have been
trying to get back to Albrighton since he played for us at the Harp
years ago. This will be a rare chance to see someone who doesn't
venture North of London very often! With them will be Nick
Millward on drums and a yet to be confirmed bass player.
Although it is some distance there may be fans in your neck of the
woods who would like the chance to see TJ and as always they would
be made very welcome at Jazz
Club 90. Gig is from 1.00-3.00 pm and admission £6.00".
13/02/20 - John Percival writes, "Just to let you know that we (The Dixie Beats), are quite excited about our next gig at Southport Jazz Club on 19th Feb as it is the first time we will have both our young prodigies with us - Alex Clarke will be concentrating on sax while Michael Grant will be on clarinet. I can't help thinking that while young players of this calibre are carrying the banner trad jazz has a future. Should be quite special so anyone at a loose end that night come and have a listen".
"Unfortunately the audience was less than I'd hoped for the very
professional Jeriatric Jazz Band at Garstang", writes Norman Gibson.
"I said it would be a one-off with certain criteria to be achieved.
Well the main one was getting support in setting up and dismantling
the hall, and it was there at 10 am in abundance. Thanks a million
all of you. It also needed to pay for itself, and my goodness it was
close - I now have a kitty amounting to exactly £1.00 ! On this
result I shall proceed to number 2 which will be the very
entertaining Café Society". See
Garstang Jazz Club for more details
12/02/2 - A last minute gig list update for Eagley Jazz Club - "We have now confirmed the following for Monday 17th February at Eagley Jazz Club: ''The Brooker-Brownfield Quintet'' consisting of well-known reeds man Frank Brooker and the amazing trumpet player Jamie Brownfield, both backed up by crack musicians! ". Unfortunately Sheila Collier was unable to make it, and had to cancel her visit to the UK.
12/02/20 - Sad to hear about Bob SIngleton. I never played on a gig with him, but attended quite a few rehearsals over the years, at the Conservative club in Leyland, when they were short of a trumpet player, and I always enjoyed the challenge of a difference jazz genre. He was such a nice, gentlemanly man. R.I.P. Bob, and best wishes to his family - Richard Knock
12/02/20 - Bad news seems to be coming thick and fast at this time of the year. Bass player Derek Brown rang me to say that Bob Singleton had passed away on 5th Feb. He tells me that Bob, a jazz musician, was well known in the Preston Chorley area and taught many local musicians. He was playing to the end says Derek. His funeral is on Mon 24th at St Ambrose Church in Leyland at 12.35pm. Hot on its heels came this from Jon Critchley and Terry McGrath, "Just to let you know that Alan Miller, trombonist and co-founder of The Original Gutbucket Steam Orchestra, which became The Blue Magnolia Jass Orchestra in 1968, passed away this February. His funeral is at Landican Cemetery and Crematorium, Arrowe Park Road, Woodchurch, Wirral, CH49 5LW : 12.00, Central Chapel on 3rd March".
There's one weekend away jazz venue that's going
from strength to strength, and that's N W Castle Hotel up in
Stranraer. Katey Clachan has sent me details for the next
event 16-18th October, and told me there's only 24 rooms left
already. I'm not surprised, there's a terrific line-up,
check it out here.
10/02/20 - I know one site visitor who will be chuffed to see this video, and even though he hasn't got a Facebook account it should still play. My thanks again to John Westwood for passing this on. It's a special broadcast of the 2020 Danny Barker Birthday Bash concert featuring Dr. Michael White, Gregg Stafford, Freddy Lonzo, Marie Watanabe, Detroit Brooks, Topsy Chapman, Kerry Lewis, Herman LeBeaux, and Yoshie Nakamura.
10/02/20 - "Great that they're still at it.....", so says John Westwood having sent me a link to a video uploaded on 12th Jan of The New Orleans Rascals, "and the line up has a few changes from when they came here: Kazunori Ikemoto trumpet; Tsunetami Fukuda trombone; Ryoichi Kawai clarinet; Mieko Ishino piano; Junichi Kawai banjo; Ken Murahashi bass; Yoichi Kimura drums".
10/02/20 - Just had an email from the Bohém Ragtime Band to say that their latest CD entitled Just a Gigolo is now freely available worldwide on most digital platforms. So sit back and enjoy it on Youtube, Deezer, Spotify, iTunes and Google Music just click any of those links. Of course you can also buy a copy of the CD if you are someone who likes to hold and read the covers whilst they play.
An item on the
Jazz Guide News Page
about Frog & Henry reads - "Just when you thought you'd REDDIT
all!", and if you are a fan you might enjoy reading it. Terry Cheney
says, As if you needed any further reason to log this year's tour
into your diaries, I can tell you the duration of the tour has
already been extended, and, they will be recording their efforts in
a well respected studio whilst over here". He says, ""We are pleased
to confirm one of our previous news items, announcing the Band
intend to tour again in Jan/Feb 2021 and the programme is filling up
fast. Those of you who have enjoyed their current tour should make
sure to catch next year's extravaganza, as they will be performing
as a 10 piece outfit and offering an even wider repertoire".
09/02/19 - Still on the subject of passing musicians unfortunately, Bruce Carnaffin advises me that Roger Middleton has just passed away at the age of 84. He moved to East Yorkshire a couple of years ago, but prior to that he lived in Cumbria for many years, and played guitar in earlier versions of the Les Bull Band. His funeral takes place tomorrow, 10 February, near Filey.
09/02/20 - Louis Lince's funeral will be a private affair, no flowers. Donations can me made to Macmillan Nurses and/or The Cats Protection League. His ashes will be interred in New Orleans, and Jill will be holding a Jazz Party for Louis sometime this year, to celebrate his life.
09/02/20 - If you like your jazz during daylight hours and with the chance to have a bite to eat as well, then pop down to Hayfield on Wednesday for 12:00pm for "Lunchtime Jazz at The Royal" organised by Eric & Maggi Brierley and featuring members of Manchester Jazz and guests. If you live further East, you could try Jazz over the Pennines at The Cross keys in York on Thu, 13 February, 13:00 – 15:30.
Many Happy Returns today to
Judy Eames. Judy was a
regular visitor to the North West in the days of the Zenith Hot
Stompers. On Friday it's a birthday celebration of a different kind.
Valentine's Day and the Merseysippi Jazz Band
will celebrate 71 years of non-stop existence.
07/02/20 - More photographs from Sam Ralph taken at Rochdale Jazz Club. This time it's the Frog & Henry Band
06/02/20 - I've just put a lovely addition on the Louis Lince tribute page - A video of the "The Louis Lince Big Four" at Burleigh Horse Trials in 2018 kindly posted by Ray & Jenny Knight. The band members are: Louis Lince (bjo), Roger Bird (clt), Allen Beechey (tpt) and Marc Easener (sousa), playing "Bouncing Around"
06/02/20 - Those of you who went to The Talbot Hotel, Southport, in Feb 2014, will remember the very entertaining Jive Aces, who were the first ever band to reach the semi finals of Britain's Got Talent in 2012. Well, the band is returning to Merseyside @ 7:30PM Gladstone Theatre, Greendale Road, Port Sunlight, Birkenhead, Wirral, also on the 7th Feb. Tickets and booking details here
06/02/20 - Dear Fred, What a surprise. Didn’t know anything about it. You would have thought they would have shared with us on Tuesday and asked us to give it a plug. 185 attended. We obviously mentioned our own Wids gig. Thanks - Peter Swensson.
My thanks to Norman Gibson for
pointing out something I missed on the Frog & Henry Tour list - An
event in Liverpool called, "Krewe de Liverpool" which is taking
place at The Palm House, a regular venue for the
Savoy Jazzmen (you didn't tell me about that one Peter). It's
tomorrow, 7th February at 5.30pm - "Krewe
Liverpool: The Mardi Gras Experience".... "A surreal masquerade
ball with music, dance, costume and carnival, housed in Sefton
Park's iconic Palm House". So get your glad rags on and get on down
there says Norman.
05/02/20 - Jazz for Mary's Meals, a charity event, takes place in St Helen's on 14th March, music provided by The Chicago Teds. Bernard Dillon writes, "I shall have tickets available at the next session at the Bowling Club for a great evening with the Teds. I am sure you would enjoy them". .More details here
05/02/20 - Congratulations Fred on your 25 years with JAZZ NORTH WEST. Your information on all subjects over this time has been great. Well done. - Mike Carnie.
04/02/20 - First, congratulations on 25 years of publishing. Your column has been of enormous assistance to musicians, organisers and jazz enthusiasts, and has greatly helped to bond jazzers in the North West, and further afield for its duration. Second, can I record my sadness at the death of Louis Lince. I had encountered him a couple of times before he moved back north, and our paths crossed not infrequently afterwards. He was an excellent banjoist, with whom it was a pleasure to play. I would support Allan W’s endorsement of his love and knowledge of the music and dedication to its preservation. To me he was one of life’s nice guys. My sympathy to Jill. - John Muskett
04/02/20 - The Red Lion Club in Maghull has now closed. From next week (13th Feb) the Chicago Teddybears will play at Maghull Community Association, 604 Green Lane, Maghull, Liverpool L31 2JH. Full details on the Chicago Teds website - Regular Gigs page. - Ed Lee
04/02/20 - Our monthly Manchester Jazz residency at High Lane Conservative Club last night came hard-on-the-heels of news that Louis Lince, our banjo player, had died earlier in the day. We missed him last month when he had only just been taken ill, but at that time we didn't know how serious it was or how little time he had left. When Roger Browne announced his having passed away over the microphone, there were audible gasps of surprise and shock throughout the audience. Our first number, 'My Old Kentucky Home', was dedicated to Louis's memory. It had long been a great favourite of his, and it was he who had introduced it into our repertoire. When I joined Mart Roger's band five years ago, I had already known Louis for some time, having played with him more than once in Germany and elsewhere. His passionate dedication to the music, his love of New Orleans and his encyclopaedic knowledge of the recorded history of jazz never ceased to amaze me, but he was also a remarkably practical man. Following the tragic loss of Mart last year, it was Louis, with his gift for organisation, who took over the arduous roles of hustling for gigs, booking deps where necessary and setting up the PA, How terrible that all that can have been lost in such a short time! - Revd Allan Wilcox.
03/02//20 - Jazziest Congratulations Fred on 25 years endeavour with Jazz North West. A massive task keeping the genre alive for all. Thank You with best wishes from a Cornwall based NW Jazz exile. - Alan Davies
03/02/20 - Our old friend, John Mayall, of Bluesbreakers fame has written his autobiography, “Blues from Laurel Canyon”. I was very pleased when I bought my copy to see that Mart is mentioned on six pages! John and Mart had a duet called The Dreamland Boys when Mart was 18, then John joined Mart’s band The Hounds of Sound which he started as soon as he finished his National Service. Mart later joined the Zenith Six and John played the Blues from then on. We have kept in touch with him all these years. - Janet Rodger
Jacques Gauthe ? Boy does he bring back a great memory of 2007 at
The French Quarter Jazz festival NOLA . Thanks to David Evans. My
wife Meryl, and I spent a few hours in Fritzels to the amazing music
of Jacques' Creole Bueno Rice Band, which included equally brilliant
musicians fellow reed player Ryan Burrage and Jim Hession pianist.
Jim's stride playing solos were bril. We were tired out after a
whole day of jazz and left them still playing after 12.30 am. Next
day I was told they didn't stop until after 4 am ! Regrettably, it
was only a short time later that Jacques returned to his homeland
France, where I believe he passed away in his sleep. I shall get
Walter's programme up on i-player as soon as I get a chance. Of
course, there is a lot of video to pick up on Youtube. - Norman
02/02/20 - Walter Love's informative Radio Ulster Jazz Club of Sunday 02.02.20 featured two greats of New Orleans Jazz namely, Jacques Gauthe, French clarinetist and soprano saxophonist and 'The Big Easy's' own Don Vappie, legendary banjo player. Well worth a listen during the next 28 days on BBC Radio Player! - David Evans, Rhuddlan
Many Happy returns on Monday this week to Alan
Matthews , trombone player in Woodplumpton, Preston.
01/02/20 - I see in The Guardian that Manchester born Hylda Sims, the skiffle singer, poet, songwriter and activist, has died aged 87, after a short illness. Hylda was a strong presence on the 1950s music scene in London and with her husband, Russell Quaye, ran the City Ramblers Skiffle Group. The couple also started the Skiffle Cellar in Soho. The club ran seven nights a week and everyone on the skiffle, folk and blues scene played there, including visiting American artists such as Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee.
01/02/20 - Congrats on the fantastic anniversary Fred. I do rely on the emails to keep me in touch from all the way up here in Scotland since we retired from the Blue Bell Inn, Halkyn. Many thanks, Steve Marquis.