17/11/19 - Thank you to Barrie Quilliam for the information. I went to your Links Page and followed the Trad Jazz Videos to find very abbreviated shots of the Vancouver Dixiefest 2008 to see that Mart and the band were the second band on it, sadly switched to next band mid-solo! Allan Dent couldn’t come with us that time so you will see Jon Critchley on trumpet. What fun those Festivals were. At 7:00 on the red line as it plays, is the Climax Jazz Band from Toronto who we met often at Festivals over there. They are all in navy shirts and Chris Daniels plays double bass with them. A nice shot of Chris is at 7:1, he lived in Hazel Grove before emigrating to Canada many years ago. - Janet Rodger
17/11/19 - Just one daylight jazz event this week and it's over the Pennines at The Cross keys in York on Thu, 21 November, 13:00 – 15:30
17/11/19 - Many
Happy Returns this week to Savannah Jazz Band leader - John Meehan,
on Friday 22nd Nov.
16/11/19 - "As part of a recent 'facelift'
we've just given our website we have put on 71 minute show by T J
Johnson and his Band when he was last performing at our club - if
any of your readers are interested in seeing this show go to
http://youtube.com/embed/zMj4QVTayh4" - Alec - PROMOTER - Bedale
and Northallerton Jazz and Swing Cabaret Club
14/11/19 - I have just discovered www.jazzradio.com which I listen to on my Ipod. Each time you log on you are given a choice of Mellow Jazz, Classic Jazz or Piano Jazz. The Classic Jazz is mainly Trad. It is completely free. There are very few adverts and no Presenter. There is also a Premium version for which you have to pay. - Barrie Quilliam. This and other 'music on line' stations are listed on my Links Page here. - Fred
14/11/19 - Sorry to hear about Gordon Stafford's death. I remember him depping for an aiiing clarinettist with one of the major British trad bands in a Free Trade Hall concert in the 1960s. I think he was featured on High Society. Sadly, I can't remember which band. May be another of your subscribers was at the concert and has a better memory than my 79-year-old one. - Chris Lee
14/11/19 - Slightly before I joined the northwest jazz scene but the sketches by Tony Babington are fantastic. Lots of long-haired and hairy musicians around in that era methinks. - Graham Martindale
14/11/19 - This from Charlie Bentley - "Re- HOT TREACLE, sorry to have to say but the new venture at the Horse & Farrier in Gatley namely last Sunday in the month will not be carrying on. The brewery have decided after two gigs they are and will be losing money. I’d like to thank all the people who came to the two gigs and maybe we can try again somewhere else"
14/11/19 - Malcolm Hogarth has sent me the following :- "Details from Shelley regarding the wake at The Devon Doorway, 2 Telegraph Rd, Heswall, Wirral CH60 2SA (tel: 0151 348 4462) on behalf of Terry Perry: The venue is booked from 12 noon; the whole area is allotted until 3pm and half the area will be available for a further 2 hours, although proceedings are expected to wind up around 4pm. Music can be played in an area next to where food will be provided, and there will be space to put some instruments, while a spare office will also be available to put further instruments. Music will be started off by a 'Big Easy' based band most likely comprising Jim Lucas (tpt), Dave Dixson (rds), Peter Fryer (tbn), John Hill (kbd), Dave Rigby (bjo/gtr), Peter Ellison (dms) (if available). Unfortunately, Isabel Toner (str bs) can't be there. Other musicians will join in as the playing develops".
14/11/10 - Hi Fred, those sketches by Tony Babington are wonderful. It brought it all back looking at pictures of my friends,some sadly no longer with us and then I saw two pictures of me ! Thanks Tony for bringing back the memories. - Moe Green.
13/11/19 - There is now a tribute page set up in memory of Gordon Stafford, who played many years in the North West before moving to Cornwall
12/11/19 - An update from Malcolm Hogarth on Terry Perry's funeral at Landican Crematorium, Arrowe Park Rd, Birkenhead, Wirral CH49 5LW, 11am Monday Dec 2nd: There is to be a parade to follow the hearse from the Landican gates to the Central Chapel (where the service is to be held). All musicians are invited to play in the parade, assembling at about 10:30am. The hearse will probably arrive at 10:45am, so musicians need to be ready to play. We would like second liners to follow the parade with brolly's if you have them. We want to give Terry a good 'Big Easy' send-off. The parade band is requested to play for a short time after the service starting with Alexander's Rag Time Band, a favourite of Terry's. It is expected that there will be music at the Devon Doorway, 2 Telegraph Rd, Heswall, Wirral CH60 2SA (tel: 0151 348 4462) for the wake, but we have to discuss the details with the Management to fit in with their clientele. Details to follow.
12/11/19 - I have just been reliably informed by Mike Lovell, that well known and loved clarinet player, Gordon Stafford, died yesterday at the age of 81. Gordon had in fact been playing with Mike Lovell since Mike moved down to Cornwall. Although Gordon was living in the South West, he was well known up here having played with Johnny Tippett's Jazzmen, who were based in Stockport., and according to Tony Pollitt in "The forty years of the Savannah Jazz Band", was one of its early members. Alan Davies has also emailed to say, "Being from Cheshire, Gordon played with my band Delta Jazz quite a few times near Chester, then again when he joined the NW exiles in Cornwall he contributed much to several bands, including the local Armada Jazzband and my own Tamar Jazz. Gordon's talent and personality will be sorely missed.
12/11/19 - Tony Babington writes, "I followed many of the jazz bands in the late 1960s and 70s, especially Zenith 6, Keith Pendlebury and Alan Hare Big Band in and around Didsbury, Midland Hotel, The Jazz Palace, Salford amongst others. I spent a lot of time doing sketches and caricatures of the musicians and have quite a large collection which may be of interest to your followers. Any feedback or comments would be welcomed.
11/11/19 - Now here's a bargain, but you'll need to be quick! Over 240 Just Jazz Magazines from 1998 - 2019 and they are all yours for just 99p plus £3 postage if you are quick off the mark. So Click here now - Too Late, All Gone
11/11/19 - Another lunchtime mid week venue which didn't get a mention was The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station, on Friday from 12:30 – 14:30.
splendid Jazz Club programme of Sunday 10.11.19 on Radio Ulster
featured post-war 'Golden Age of Jazz' in Britain and Europe
including Humphrey Lyttelton, Ken Colyer, Chris Barber, not
forgetting the Dutch Swing College, Merseysippi, Apex & Alex Welsh
jazz bands to name a few. Well worth a listen on BBC Radio IPlayer.
- David Evans
10/11/19 - Many Happy Returns today to Terry Brunt and ex-pat Graham Martindale. On Thursday, birthday wishes also go to Ken Parkinson.
10/11/19 - Correction - Two venues offering lunchtime jazz this week. Martin Bennett's Swamplanders at The Royal Hotel, in Hayfield on Wed, 13 November, 12:00 – 14:30, and Jazz over the Pennines at The Cross keys in York on Thu, 14 November, 13:00 – 15:30. For more information see What's On for those dates. The Savoy Jazzmen gave a concert in Sefton Park Palm House last week, my mistake.
- Further to Mark Taylor's message about
Mark Townson who is in France. Barrie Marshall mentioned that Mark
is a great Musician and I fully agree with his comments. I had
the great privilege of working with Mark for a number of years with
the Bob Moffatt Jazz Quartet. We played every Monday night at the
John O Gaunt pub in Lancaster as well as the usual Private bookings.
We made a C. D. in 1997 and one of the numbers on it was Marks own
composition called J. O. G. Blues, after the name of the pub. We
even had some Press coverage when the C. D. was launched.
Picture shows.. L to R Malcolm Hall, Peter Eddowes, Bob Moffatt &
Mark Townson. "Moff" (as he was affectionately known as) was a
big "Ellington" Fan, and he used to have a Parrot he called "Duke".
Sadly Moff and Malcolm passed away some time back but fond memories
of the good times we had. - Peter Eddowes. (Click on photo for
09/11/19 - John Westwood has passed on details of a site that has links to lots of American jazz band videos at www.wxyzvideos.com/
09/11/19 - Terry Perry’s wife, Shelley, has asked me to pass on these details of Terry’s funeral: It will be at Landican Crematorium, Arrowe Park Rd, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH49 5LW, (main chapel) at 11am on Monday 2nd December. Shelley would like a parade from the gate. Music outside after the service and later at The Devon Doorway, 2 Telegraph Rd. Heswall, Wirral CH60 2SA.
08/11/19 - Messages
of condolence and tributes have poured in for Terry Perry, you can
read the page by clicking here
07/11/19 - Mark Taylor mentioned Mark Townson who plays in France, he is a Lancaster musician, very well respected, more of a blues/pop man, not a New Orleans man at all, a fine musician, the best guitar player in Lancaster when he lived here, I'm pleased he is playing with Angie Palmer again, I took his wedding pictures, I took this one of him on a gig. - Barrie Marshall
Not sure you can answer this Fred, but I would be
interested to hear news of the boys from the Red River Jazzmen. I
know about Dave Potts and Pete Staples but wondered about my old
friend Pete Mooney, we go back to 50's school days. - Peter
06/11/19 - Last week the Harlem Hot Stompers celebrated their 50th Anniversary in front of a full house at Didsbury Cricket Club. There to enjoy the celebrations was Barry Prime who has sent me a small write-up and photographs, which you can see and read by clicking here
06/11/19 - I have received details of John Howlett's funeral arrangements, and musicians are invited to play him out at the crematorium in Morden, North East Surrey on Friday 22nd November at 12 noon. I have more details if anyone requires them.
05/11/19 - There is now a tribute page in memory of Terry Perry.
05/11/19 - I was alerted today to the fact that The Big Chris Barber Band would be playing at the Concorde Club on 4th December, and not knowing where it was I looked it up (it's next to Southampton Airport). There was no mention that Chris would not be playing, which didn't surprise me, but what did, was the fact it says, "Over 18s only" ! Still the devil's music then?
05/11/19 - There were 1300 visitors to the website last month, 5.04% up on last month.
Clive Edwards has just heard from Shelley, that
her husband Terry Perry died from a severe stroke yesterday, Monday
4th November at 12.35 midday. He will be greatly missed from the
local jazz scene, had run the Big Easy band for many years and was
clarinet and sax dep of choice for many bands. He was also an
accomplished arranger and vocalist. The Big Easy made two CDs for us
to remember him by and lots of love from jazz friends will be there
to support Shelley.
04/11/19 - In a follow up email about the Vieux Carre Jazzmen 31/10, Derek Dalton writes, "I was based in the North East during my time when I sat in with the Vieux Carre Jazzmen in Newcastle , at that time I was the regular trumpet player with the Phoenix Jazz men run by Gordon Solomon ( he gave Sting his name when Sting Played Bass with the Band in the early 70s ) I ended up playing lead trumpet with The Jack Hawkins Band at the Blackpool Locarno before joining Ken Mackintosh for a short while at the Hammersmith Palais then emigrated to Adelaide South Australia. (I know there are a few Bands called The vieux Carre in the UK so I thought I would clarify which Vieux Carre it was.)"
On 28/09 Peter
Taylor wrote asking if anyone could help him with a 78 rpm disc from
Northern Sound Services in Newcastle upon Tyne by Papa Mutt Lester,
and his Red Hot Blue blood Jazzmen. He now writes, "Many Thanks for
putting Bruce Carnaffin in touch, I have had a lot of interchange
with him and also Bill Harper who lives in France as I do. We have
some local musicians, French and English. There is a guitarist
called Mark Townson who has been involved
with JazzNorthWest, I was wondering if you had come across him at
all? He was playing with his lady Jenny (on bass guitar) this
afternoon in a local cafe with a selection of local singers (
including Angie Palmer whom I believe was local to you) - a great
afternoon!" - Peter. Two birds with one stone in this
pen portrait by Sue Parish - Fred.
03/11/19 - As mentioned previously, John Hallam will be at the Farmer's Arms, Bispham, Parbold, at 1pm - 3.30pm, on 10th Nov with Tom Kincaid's Three Bears, and the sessions looking like they are set to continue... with Andrzej Baranek Trio appearing on the 12th Jan next year.
03/11/19 - Many Happy Returns this week to Harry Roberts on Wednesday and to Peter Brown on Friday
03/11/19 - Jazz in the daylight hours midweek includes The Savoy Jazzmen who are giving a concert in in the beautiful setting of the Sefton Park Palm House, Sefton Park, Liverpool. L17 1AP on Tue, 5 November, 14:00 – 16:00 (Further information can be obtained from Peter Swensson 0151 722 1478). Also on Thursday, 7 November Garstang Jazz Club plays host to Martin Bennett’s Old Green River Band from 12:00 – 14:30 at Kirkland & Catterall Memorial Hall, Preston PR3 0HR.
03/11/19 - Just inside the area covered by this site is The Phoenix Suite inside the Longton Rugby Club in Stoke on Trent. This club features different jazz musicians every Wednesday from 7pm - 9pm, hosted by Peter Robinson (gtr/bjo/bs), and has now been included in the Jazz Clubs Page.
31/10/19 - Derek Dalton in Australia, who back in the early Sixties used to sit in on trumpet with the original Vieux Carre Jazzmen, writes, "Last Year I was visiting Hereford where my friend Paula’s Auntie lives and I went to the Hereford Jazz Club and it was a lovely crowd and I even managed to have a sit in on Trumpet with the Band that night, most enjoyable atmosphere and well worth a visit."
31/10/19 - John Howlett (Trombone) – John passed away this morning. He was the regular trombone player with the Sussex Jazz Kings before joining The Great Northern Jazz Band.
31/10/19 - Carlisle Jazz Club gig list has been updated thanks to Bill Duckworth
Re: 28/10 Ken Colyer -
Droitwich. It wasn't Ken Colyer's Jazzmen as it was at the
time.... Trombonist Len Baldwin being the only member from Ken's
band, I think the rest are probably made up from
Bristol/Gloucester/Wiltshire area musos. Dave Grey (bass), who
had only just moved to the area from Kent, recently passed away,
it's possibly Roy Kirby (banjo), the drummer is unknown to me,
the clarinettist is, the Ian Wheeler inspired, Neil Dunning.
Hope that's helpful - Pete Lay
30/10/19 - My computer has been down for a week, and I've just caught up to find the really sad new of Peter's passing. Over the years i was involved in running jazz evenings Peter was one of those thoroughly nice guys you never forget. I recall back at the last Holywood Jazz Festival in NI, the Rae Brothers' Band van broke down and it took around a week to get repaired. In the meantime the musicians were put up in a boarding house in my hometown of Bangor. When I asked Peter how they were getting on, he just said " They can take as long as they like fixing the van, I'm loving it here and the food's great". I feel very sad I will not be seeing him again. - Norman Gibson
30/10/19 - The latest edition of Just Jazz Magazine is now out and filled with all things jazz of the traditional kind.
30/10/19 - A couple of mistakes in this earlier posting, it should have read - There's a Christmas Jazz Special coming up in Alsager featuring Enrico Tomasso, Tom Kincaid, Ashley John Long and Jack Cotterill. It's on 20th December and you can get more details here
Clive Edwards has set up his annual
jazz concert for Neston Library on Friday 8th November
as shown in this poster. Please get
or order your tickets at the library or book online. It is
recommended to park in central Neston and walk down to the
library. This is Andrew MacKenzie's own band and and Alex
Clarke is coming all the way from Warwick. It will be special,
so do please come. Clive says he expects to have T.J.
Johnson's band for the Neston Music Festival, so watch this
28/10/19 - From The Linlithgow Gazette - "Skiffle and blues band The Dodge Brothers are set for a very special concert at the Bo’ness Hippodrome next year, as part of the venue’s silent film festival HippFest. Saturday, March 21, 2020, will see the return of The Dodge Brothers to Bo’ness to accompany the 1930 silent film ‘City Girl’ screening during the Hippodrome’s silent film festival. The Dodge Brothers are a skiffle-and-blues band producing new songs written and performed in the old style, harking back to the days of jug-band blues and early rock’n’roll". Bo'ness is about 9 miles West of the Forth Bridge.
28/10/19 - Nostalgia from the Hereford Times - "TODAY'S old picture from the files of the Worcester News dates back to August 1977 when the Droitwich Jazz Club had at their special guest the British king of trad jazz Ken Colyer and his band. The gig was a scoop for the club, which had only started up earlier in the same year, but which already had a membership of 80, with more people joining all the time.". It doesn't name the musicians, can you?
28/10/19 - Walter Love's 'Jazz Club' of Sunday 27.10.19 on Radio Ulster 'Remembering Bill Dixon' featured the notable contribution of 'Wild Bill,' sousaphone and double bass player in the celebrated George Chambers' Apex Jazz Band from Belfast. Listen again on BBC Radio IPlayer. - David Evans
28/10/19 - Those of you who have attended Upton Jazz Festival in the past may be aware that there have been pessimist reports about its future. So if you want to know the latest, check out this Jazz Guide News page.
28/10/19 - Jazz at Bingley Mavericks - Gig list has been updated
Re: your comment
22/10/19 to Dave Donohoe's playing of Iko Iko. When we had
Dave's band "The Rocky Mountain Lounge Lizards' which drew
packed rooms-full at the Cross Keys in Uppermill, Dave
introduced IKO and I was a little displeased. "What !!! ...a 2
chord tune? Three chords is bad enough but two? C'mon!" 2
chorii in, I was eating umble pie (Sorry Spell-check. T'aint
Humble. Don't care if you don't like it! Get over it!)) and was
staggered by how much I could hurl myself into 2 TWO Norwegians
(Chords, Fjords..?) - Howard Murray
27/10/19 - Daytime midweek jazz includes The North Euston Orpheans at NORTH EUSTON HOTEL, Fleetwood. Adm £6, on Wed, 30 October, 12:00 – 14:30. On Thursday there's jazz over the Pennines at The Cross keys in York YO24 1LQ, on Thu, 31 October, 13:00 – 15:30.
27/10/19 - Many Happy Returns on Friday to pianist Roger Browne, and on Saturday to trumpet musician Danny Riley.
Apologies for the
somewhat erratic updates to the site. In the last 6 weeks I've
spent more time visiting family members in hospital than I have
on my computer! If your email is still awaiting attention I'll
get round to it soon.
22/10/19 - I remember seeing and listening to the Dave Donohoe Band playing 'Iko Iko' and thoroughly enjoying it, so wonder what you think of this latest version as Arcade Fire team up with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for a reworking of the Mardi Gras classic called “Iko Kreyòl”?
This from Brian
Carrick on Facebook - "Dear Friends and Music Fans, I am sorry
to have to announce the passing of my good friend and trumpet
player Peter Wright. Peter was diagnosed with Terminal
Cancer five weeks ago, but his passing within such a short
period of time has shocked us all. Our thoughts and condolences
we extend to Peters family at this sad time. Peter has
been a mainstay on the British traditional Jazz Scene for more
than 50 years ,and with my Heritage Hall and Algiers Stompers
for the past 40 years. Rest in Peace".
21/10/19 - Couldn't agree more with my good friend John Muskett re the musical taste for GOOD music. Judith Durham of the seekers an excellent and much underrated JAZZ VOCALIST. Keep up the good work Fred
21/10/19 - The Speak Easy in Preston, formerly The PR1 Bar, formerly Mad Hatters, and before that The Ale Emporium (all in the last three years), has apparently closed, leaving the Silver Bell Band homeless after nearly 12 years of playing at the establishment. Roy Freeman is currently looking for a new home.
20/10/19 – Hot Treacle. - "After our first gig at the Horse and Farrier in Gatley on 29th September which went quite well with reasonable attendance, we are performing again on Sunday 27th October with a view to a regular monthly gig namely the last Sunday in the month. We will be playing between 8.00pm and 11.00pm. The pub serves a varied menu of food each Sunday until 7.00pm so one can be well fed then well fed again with some jazz, blues, Skiffle with a few giggles along the way" - Charlie Bentley.
20/10/19 - The only daytime jazz this week is on the other side of the Pennines at The Cross keys in York on Thu, 24 October, 13:00 – 15:30.
20/10/19 - Hi Fred, it is with sadness to inform you of the recent death of “wild” Bill Dickson the bass and sousaphone player with the Apex Jazz band from Northern Ireland. “Wild Bill” as he was known played with the Apex for many years and was quite a colourful character around the jazz scene. He will be sadly missed. - Gerry Thompson
- This from Brian
Bennett (Vieux Carre Jazzmen) on Facebook - Sad news that jazz
trumpeter, Pete Wright, passed away on Wednesday 16 October. RIP
17/10/19 - Just read the para. about Rod Mason and Huddersfield. I haven’t heard of the venue, but I do know Rod Mason who I saw at Marsden Festival at the weekend. Rod is a fine Modern saxophonist, a retired Head of Music at a Huddersfield school. A very different world to the Rod Mason we knew. I recollect seeing him with the Piccadilly Six in Zurich in the 70’s, if my memory is correct. He did live in Switzerland for some time. Another little story of an amazing coincidence, I landed up in Stuttgart one evening to see a jazz friend and saw a sandwich board outside a Bar near the Bahnhof. Tonight ‘The Trevor Richards Trio’, with Bob Barton, an old friend from my days (nights) on the Birmingham jazz scene. He nearly fell off his Piano stool when I walked in! What a night we had and I caught a midnight train back to Ostend! - David Woonton
17/10/19 - The Parade Jazz Band is having its Annual Halloween party on 29th October at Old Quay, Parkgate 8 30 pm all welcome.
17/09/19 - Hi Fred, Re: Mary McGowan, My late good friend and band-mate Charlie Gall, (?the original trumpeter with the Clydes) told this story of their concert with Louis. They asked if Mary could sing and Joe Glaser said the only concert vocalist was Louis, they spoke about this with Louis and he told Charlie a little later "The canary will sing" and I believe she did! Greetings from Toronto, - Mike Walmsley
17/10/19 - Re article from Ian Pickles 10.10.19, regarding my great friend, and may I say confidant, John Pashley. The band in question played Sunday nights at the Jack & Jill pub in Allerton Bradford, members were John Pashley (trumpet) Alan Bramley (trombone) Martin (kid) Boyd (clarinet and sax) Alan Morrison (tuba bass ) Taff Lloyd (banjo) Bill Evans (drums) sitting in on Piano (Miss Maureen). Also the late great piano of Clive Yeadon, who spent many years with the Dave Donohoe Band. - Bill Evans
16/10/19 - Hello Fred, Most impressed by Slide by Slide's Georgy Girl. It may not be what audiences think of as traditional jazz, but it's good music played by very competent and thinking musicians showing what they can do. After watching it I YouTubed a Seekers' version and found their live performance before a huge crowd - I think in Australia. In the sixties I liked their music, but watching them now I thought they were fantastic - possibly this is because of the lack of appeal to me of much modern pop music. YouTube then directed me to the performance at Barack Obama's inauguration of "This Land is Your Land" led by Pete Seeger, a great favourite of mine whom I saw in Liverpool in !961, and Bruce Springsteen (not so much a favourite) - a moving experience I felt, as was another video of Eric Bogle singing "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda", a song which never fails to affect me. Not jazz, but interesting (to me) music. Best wishes to all, Harmoniously, John Muskett
16/10/19 - When they get it wrong, boy do they get it wrong! I received an email from Spotify advising me of "Upcoming shows near Preston". one of which was a poster of the Rod Mason Hot Five on Wed Oct 23rd at "Small Seeds". Well a bit of digging told me that Small Seeds is a Live Music Venue in Huddersfield, 57 miles way! If that wasn't bad enough, it's listed as "Shri - Featuring Rod Mason & Marc Layton-Bennett", and if I've got the right man, Shri is a British Asian multi-instrumentalist and producer. Shri specializes is acoustic, electric ... Having previously played percussion in Indus Creed, a leading rock band in India. Rod Mason Hot Five? I think not unless they can perform miracles. The Rod Mason of Hot Five fame died on 8th January 2017.
Mary McGowan, who died four years ago aged
85, was singer with the Clyde Valley Stompers and Lonnie Donegan
was among her fans. She performed for The Queen and was hailed
by jazz legend Louis Armstrong, but she walked away from the
spotlight for a quiet family life. A new stage play about the
Glasgow jazz legend is to tour the country, and her eldest son,
Robert, has revealed his pride in seeing his mum’s story brought
back to life. "The Sweetest Growl" is at the Traverse in
Edinburgh from Tuesday to Saturday and The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen,
from October 22-26. Watch this space if I hear of it coming
13/10/19 - Thought you might like to know that the videos I put on YouTube last week of "Slide by Slide" took our total up to the magic 500.....the first one was Heart of England Jazz Band recorded in 2007, many others feature bands from your part of the world. - John Howell, Jazz Club 90. You won't hear this number played in many jazz clubs - Fred
13/10/19 - Readers of Just Jazz Magazine will already have read the article, "The forty years of the Savannah Jazz Band" which appeared in the September edition, but for those who are missing out on the only UK magazine to specialise in our kind of music, the article has now been reproduced on this site with kind permission of the band and the magazine.
13/10/19 - Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival Early Bird ticket sales will finish on Saturday the 18th of October. Three day tickets - Thursday to Saturday and Friday to Sunday tickets will be available from the 18th of this month priced at £125.
13/10/19 - Bass player Ken Ames, a regular site reader from London who I met at Rochdale Jazz Club with the Pedigree Jazz Band, has sent me details of a new location for the "One More Time" jazz band, on Tuesday Nights at Brentford Lock and says, " Although not in the North. In case folk are in London I attach new gig information Thank you". So let me know if you want a copy.
13/10/19 - If you want to listen to live jazz without going out on a dark night, than there are two choices - Jazz over the Pennines at The Cross keys in York on Thursday with the Paul Smith’s Jazz Collective from 1pm, and/or The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Friday from 1pm
My calendar says it's Gerry
Clayton's birthday today, but Facebook tells me it was
yesterday, so whichever day it was, Happy Birthday Gerry. Other
musicians celebrating birthdays this week include Dave Bateman
on Thursday and Suzanne Mott on Saturday. Birthday greetings to
10/10/19 - Just a quick email to thank
you for putting the link to our jazz club (Newbold
Vernon) in your latest email.
I know we are south of you but we do have quite a few bands from
'up north' especially Savannah who have been coming every
January for many years. As with all jazz clubs these days any
publicity is welcome. We are actually doing fairly well and
getting new people, mainly do to publicising the club on various
sites. I also use
Association site where you can advertise for free and it
goes to lots of people. (NW Promoters
and musicians please note - FB). We enjoy
reading your emails and the website is great if we are
travelling your way to see what's going on. - Maureen and Kelvin
10/10/19 - Re: John Pashley, Much has been said about Pash - or Fats as he was affectionately known to some - and, for me personally, he had a lot to answer for ! For it was his band being engaged by the landlord of what was my regular Sunday night haunt in the late 70s - the Jack & Gill, not far from my then home in Allerton, Bradford - that first got me interested in trad jazz. And I have never looked back ! However, John's recent passing has gotten me harking back to that period, and for the life of me I cannot recall the drummer and banjo players. Martin Boyd, and occasionally a young Dominic Groves, were on reeds ; John on trumpet, of course ; Alan Bramley on trombone ; Alan Morrison on tuba. In the interval Maureen Dyson would play the pub’s upright piano, though she wasn’t part of the band. It's possible that Bill Evans may have been the drummer....but in those far-off days I didn’t know Bill, so that is mystery no.1. Mystery no.2 is the banjo. It certainly wasn’t Dick Speight - I would have remembered, as not much more than a decade earlier Dick had been my English teacher at Belle Vue Boys’ Grammar School in Bradford. Can anyone of a Yorkshire persuasion enlighten me....and put my mind at rest? - Ian Pickles
10/10/19 - John Hallam has managed to secure two more gigs at the Farmer's Arms, Bispham, Parbold, along with the Jamie Brownfield quintet with Tom Kincaid, on Sunday 13th Oct at 1pm - 3.30pm, and again on 10th Nov with Tom Kincaid's Three Bears. What's On will be updated soon with more details.
Street Stompers are only playing from 12.30 till 2.00 on
Sunday because of the Lancaster Music Festival. Lots of bands
will be playing at The John O'Gaunt, they all get just an hour
and a half. - Barrie Marshall
09/10/19 - Re-iterate that the Frog
and Henry tour mentioned on Jazz Guide website is going to be
the one for 2021. Same time of year though. If it comes off, it
sounds very interesting musically. - Pete Lay
08/10/19 - You may be wondering why so much news is one day? Well Jazz News is like waiting for a bus, you wait ages and then several come at once. Make sure you don't miss any announcements by having it delivered twice a week via email, Send an email to me with the subject "Add Me", plus your name, and just for interest, your location, and you will be added to my mailing list. Your email addresses are never passed on without permission.
08/10/19 - Roger Marshall writes, "We are pleased to announce our special presentation for mid-October featuring as it does the world class clarinet playing of the now London based Adrian Cox alongside a trio of his fellow London chums. It has now been confirmed that their ‘Profoundly Blue’ CD has been nominated in the Best Album’ category in the 2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards which is a real feather in the caps of these four exceptional musicians and most richly deserved. You can read the Dove Bugle by clicking here.
08/10/19 - Now for something completely different! Ever heard of a 'Skiffle Orchestra'?. Well The London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra are to perform in the unique surroundings of the Halifax Minster during this year's Halifax Comedy Festival on Thursday October 24 at 7:30pm. The Orchestra promises an energetic, colourful, bizarre, tuneful and hilarious evening of musical entertainment incorporating a wealth of instruments, costume changes and numerous props. To the band the word ‘skiffle’ means ‘anything goes’, as long as it is musical, entertaining and fun. And it will always be full of surprises. If songs such as "Learn the Washboard", "Suffer Canine Constipation", and "Polka with a horse, frog, snake and pig" tickle your fancy. then the Minster is the place for you. Skiffle as we know it? The jury is still out on that one.
08/10/19 - Mal Horne, who has played far and wide, notably with the much-travelled Dave Donohoe Band, one of the Europe’s most respected and well-known New Orleans style bands, will be playing at the next Jazz Rendezvous session at St Helens Bowling Club next Sunday, October 13th at 8 pm., for the first time. Other guests will be Dave Thomas (clarinet) and Pete Fryer (trombone).
08/10/19 - Back in January, on the 10th, I wrote, "There's been a lot of talk about young bands coming out of France & New Orleans, well I've just come across a new one (well new to me), nearer to home in Edinburgh. From what I've seen and heard so far, I'm hoping they will come down over the border". That was The Tenement Jazz Band, and they have arrived. On Wednesday they will be at Kendal Jazz Club, and on Thursday at Carlisle Jazz Club. After that they are off to Portmahomack, and if you thought Barrow was out on a limb, check out Post Code IV20 1YD. You can listen to a taster of their sound on their web site at www.tenementjazzband.com/
08/10/19 - Brian Heppenstall has written to say, "I see on your site a reference to Nat Gonella and his Conn Cuprion trumpet. I have access to a Wornell Special trumpet in Bflat/C which reputedly belonged to him. I can only find one other trumpet of the same manufacture in the Hertenberger Collection in the USA. Can any of your readers throw any light on the source/provenance of this model. I can only find that it was manufactured in Bohemia(Czech Republic) about 1937 under US and GB patents? I cannot find any other models form this manufacturer after lengthy internet searches. I have some photos which I can provide if anyone can offer more information. Many thanks for your web site-I will use it more now I have found it".
08/10/19 - There's an extra jazz event at The Stonewell Tap in Lancaster because of the Lancaster Music Festival. Anything Goes Swing trio are playing this Thursday from 5pm. "The best selection of real ales in the town too", says Bob Pickersgill.
06/10/19 - The Jazz Buddies were new to me, when they popped up in, "Where Can We Go", a site I've suggested bands could use. It's a traditional Jazz band making their second appearance at Newbold Verdon Jazz Club down in Leicestershire (outside my area so please don't rush in with more!). "They are committed to bringing new life to the Dixieland and trad jazz classics of Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden, Jelly Roll Morton etc. This band has the firepower to do just that. Fronted by trumpet player Arthur Brown, the Jazz Buddies are likely to field reedman Matt Palmer, trombonist Mike Owen, Brian Mellor on Banjo, Pete Robinson on double bass and drummer Tim Jones". A new band - but some old faces I think!
06/10/19 - Just read on Jazz Guide News about the "Frog & Henry Big Band Tour". At first I thought it meant a big tour, rather than a big band, but no, Frog & Henry will tour as a 10-11 piece band in Jan/Feb, 2021, Specifically from Jan 15 - Feb 3. That should be interesting!
06/10/19 - Manchester Jazz Society Programme has been updated
06/10/19 - For the first time that I can recall, there are four midweek daytime Jazz events this week. The Savoy Jazzmen are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 8 October, 14:00 – 16:00 where entry there is now free. On the same day, in fact, with a clear run, you could fit them both in, The Chicago Teddybears Quartet are at Sooty's Garden Centre Tarleton from 16:30 – 18:00 where admission is £13 but includes a hotpot supper. On Wednesday Manchester Jazz are at The Royal Hotel, in Hayfield from 12:00 – 14:30, and finally at little further afield, there's Jazz over the Pennines at The Cross keys in York from 13:00 – 15:30. In all cases, check out What's On for more details.
Many Happy Returns on Wednesday to Jack
04/10/19 - Graham Brook, jazz promoter at Tuesday Jazz & Swing at Wilmslow, has written to me (yes, a real letter), to tell me he's putting on a special one-off on Friday October the 18th. It's the Temperance Seven, and Graham says, it's a rare gig for them at an unusually low admission charge of just a tenner on the door. So sounds like one you need to get there early for. Derek Galloway, who has been the compere and vocalist with the Temperance Seven for 41 years, told me - "Many fans ask when are you playing ‘up north?’ Well now you can see them locally". Click here for poster and details
03/10/19 - You may be aware that The British Jazz Awards have recently put forward their nominations and opened voting for 2019, The northwest jazz scene can hopefully be proud of the fantastic support it has given Alex Clarke over the last four years in her developing career and which has undoubtedly been invaluable in helping her to be nominated in the Rising Star category this year. She just got my vote, click here to add yours.
A week later than the normal slot,
The Harlem Hot Stompers will be
celebrating their 50th at Didsbury on be 31st October, a change
from the 24th.
02/10/19 - Further to Denys Owen's request for how to dispose of 78's 29/09/19, he wrote, "I have two gramophones. One is a portable my mother gave me as an 18th birthday present during ww2 as she was fed up me turning records with my fingers.marks still to be seen on the record labels. She paid £6 which was a biggish sum in those days. But the spring runs down before playing the complete disc The second has a repro horn. Rather impressive and does produce a loudish sound after a change of needle every three minutes. The 78s seem to suit these machines. Did I say ‘disc’? I meant ‘record’ of course". Happy days, I can relate to this myself - Fred
02/10/19 - Paul Loftus has sent me final details on the two gigs at Coniston Institute, He says, "Everyone will know Spats but, The Budapest Cafe Orchestra (sorry not jazz orchestra as stated before) is something different, I did see this band about 2 years ago on the Village hall series of concerts, and they were 'slimmed down' but excellent".
Following the very
successful jazz evening at Poulton le Fylde in January, which
was to raise funds for the community hall,
Deco Delight have been asked to
return for a second time this Saturday at the charity run
Victoria Park Community Centre in Poulton-le-Fylde FY6 7BE..
Full details can be found by clicking
30/09/19 - There is now a tribute page on the site for Nev Taylor. If you have any memories of Nev, please send them to me so I can add them.
- Congratulations to
proud parents, Richard Exhall & Amy Roberts. Richard posted this
photo on Facebook on 26th Sept., and said, "Please say hello to our new
arrival... welcome Jago Tiberius Exall-Roberts to this mad
world. I think he's got his work cut out! Here he is in
all his charming beauty with proud parents.
29/09/19 - I have quite a number of 78s, jazz and swing, and at the age of 92 and ten months with no close family I have no alternative other than to dispose of them. Can anyone suggest how? - Denys Owen. Sensible answers only please - Fred
29/09/19 - Sheila Collier writes, "I sang with Lasses band at TIsvilde High School in Denmark last week where they have jazz residential courses for retired people and one gentleman came up to me and said, ‘You have had a very interesting life, I looked you up on line and found out all about your story'. Thank you for that ! With love from Sheila". Sheila is hoping to come over next year and celebrate her birthday singing in NW clubs and has been in touch with Jim Swinnerton to help organise gigs, so anybody out looking to book them get in touch and I'll pass details on whilst there is still time.
29/09/19 - If you don't fancy going out at night whilst the weather is bad, you can go along during the day to Garstang Jazz Club on Thu, 3 October, 12:00 – 14:30 where you can hear Frank Brooker, and Eugine Farrer with the Three Bears. If you live close to the Pennines, you might consider Jazz over the Pennines at The Cross keys in York on Thu, 3 October, 13:00 – 15:30.
29/09/19 - Many Happy Returns this week to Keith Allcock tomorrow, Brian Ellwood on Tuesday, and Pete Lindup on Friday.
28/09/19 - Grant Taylor. writes, "It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that my dad Nev Taylor, passed away on Tuesday September 24th 2019. He died peacefully in Perth Royal Infirmary surrounded by his family. Nev is survived by his ‘beautiful Scottish wife’ Cathie, 4 children and 6 grandchildren. Nev was an active drummer on the Manchester scene from the early 1950’s until 1973 when the family moved to Perthshire. Nev played with a number of bands including The Mart Roger Jazz Aces, Alan Hare’s Bluenote Jazzmen, Randy Coleville and Pete Haslam Collegians, The Dallas Jazz Band, The Harlem Hot Stompers and his own Nev Taylor Jump Band. Funeral details are October 14th 3pm Perth Crematorium followed by a reception at Auchterarder Golf Club.".
Peter Taylor writes,
"I have a 78 rpm disc from Northern Sound Services in Newcastle
upon Tyne. It is marked 'Copy of customers own recording'
and features Tishomingo Blues by Papa Mutt Lester, and his Red
Hot Blue blood Jazzmen. Its not in the best of condition and
does not play too well! Named on the sleeve in blue ink
are Papa Mutt Lester- TPT, Bill Simpson & Trevor Johnson -
Clarinet, Dave Peacock -Trombone, John Coroy? & Pete Martin-
Banjo, Bill Harper -Piano & Bob Burton -Drums. I think it
dates from 1950s, the record is on an aluminium base. If
anyone has any knowledge of the band or any of the artists I
would be most interested and grateful !!".
Carlisle Jazz Club gig list has been updated
26/09/19 - I had a call yesterday from someone who went to an event I highlighted as a daytime jazz event this week, and he was told it was last week. Bill Barrow tells me, "We have been experiencing terrible difficulties with the management. There have been last-minute changes regarding our appearances, delays in our obtaining payment and one of the band incurred a £70 parking charge when management failed to feed details of his car registration into the system. The greatest difficulty has been that, although we were booked specifically to play a programme of Dixieland and Trad Jazz we have been asked to provide music for dancing e,g, square tango, St Bernard's Waltz etc and the music has been advertised as part of a lunch and entertainment package at £8.99 ( no lunch, no music !!!) . Can you believe that we have found ourselves referred to as The Bill Barrow String Quartet ( comprising piano, bass, drums and reeds !!!) Bill says, "would you please offer my apologies to the person who travelled over from Garstang, and remove further entries from What's On".
26/09/19 - News from abroad - Ian Royle writes, "We are absolutely sweltering out here on the Blanca after the worst storms for a hundred years. Hailstones like golf balls (holes in the roof) etc. Went to the Arena Bar in Javea last Sunday to sit in for a couple of numbers with the Mike Summers 'New Jubilee Jazz Band'. Mike plays a very respectable 'Bix-ish' style on a long model cornet. However, a member of the band is trombonist Michael Kasche. There was a post on your site recently about entertaining audiences. Michael is the Costa Blanca answer to Terry Brunt (without the scarf). I've never seen a guy work so hard with so much enthusiasm. He has the subtlety of a cathartic monster (as Humph might say and yes-his 'sound' reminds me of Gary Valente). Marvelous guy, lovely afternoon."
26/09/19 - I've just
opened the Pash tribute page again and
read the new observations. Loved Brian's comments. I also
played my mp3 extract once more. It still tickles me even though
I've listened to it many times over the years so I do hope
people take the time to listen to it. - Graham Martindale
A newspaper report states, "The Duke &
Duchess of Sussex were invited to meet a Muslim Cape Town
family, and have afternoon tea in their home. Before sitting
down with the Samodien family, the couple were treated to a
performance outside by the Cape Town 7 Steps Minstrels – a jazz
band who wore blazers in the colours of the South African flag,
and the royals watched and clapped as the minstrel’s leader
Iasmaeel Dean twirled and danced. With his face painted white,
and wearing an elaborate feathered red headdress and matching
suit, the performer posed for a picture with the royals".
Minstrels and painted faces!, Can't see that taking off over
here without a few problems.
25/09/19 - The latest
edition of Just Jazz Magazine has
popped through the letter box, and it's full of interest from
the retirement of Chris Barber, and The origins of Preservation
Hall pt 2., to an auto biography from Tom Culbert called, "My
Jazz Life", and a tribute to Denis
23/09/19 - More tributes have continued to come in for John Pashley
23/09/19 - I've said before that it's very rewarding to put people in touch via the web site. Up until 2010 I had regular emails from Adrienne Ferst in Australia, and then in April that year I received an email from Michelle Osborne to say "For the last 18 years Adrienne has been apart of my family she is my step mother. It is with great sadness that I am letting you know that Adrienne passed away on 25th April 2013 at about 8pm. Fast forward six years and I get an email from Amanda Carter saying, "This is a massively long shot, but I was trying to find a relative called Adrienne Ferst, who grew up in Liverpool but emigrated to Australia". Thankfully, because I archive all my old emails, I was able to put them in touch. Amanda writes, "Thank you again for passing on my email to Michelle. She did reply, so that’s a really nice outcome. I do hope you get lots of enjoyment from your website. It’s great for people with a common interest to have a place to share news, memories, as well as find information on long lost relatives!
22/09/19 - As far as I know, there are no NW musicians celebrating birthdays this week, unless you know different?
There's a choice of
daylight jazz events this week. The North Euston Orpheans are at
the North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood. on Wed, 25 September, 12:00 –
14:30, Adm £6. and on the same day further down the coast, The
Jazz Knights Quartet are playing at Blackpool's Norbreck Castle
Hotel from 13:00 – 15:00. On Thursday, there's Jazz over the
Pennines at The Cross keys in York, YO24 1LQ, from 13:00 – 15:30
20/09/19 - Sad news, i’m afraid. John Pashley’s daughter-in-law Helen rang, to say that John had passed away today (Friday) around mid-day. He had been diagnosed with terminal cancer some months ago and has bravely coped with the problems since, some in hospital and also being cared for by Maureen and family. A proud Yorkshireman, he was a popular musician, mainly on trumpet (and vocals), but also played many other instruments. I last saw him in December 2018, when he ‘depped’ with the Savoy Jazzmen at The Palm House, Sefton Park, Liverpool in the afternoon and then at Widnes RUFC in the evening. John had a ‘catholic’ music taste, but his first love was the jazz of New Orleans, and he played in many parade bands. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with Maureen, Helen and family. R.I.P. John. - Terry Birkinhead.
Dear Fred For those who remember these
musicians noted, this
video celebrating the life of Frederick 'Bismack' Shaw.
Geoff Cole seated, and playing - John Lawes clt, John Keen tpt,
Tim Wake bjo, Mike Pointon tbn. Max Emmons tpt, and Pete
Brooks bass - Ken Ames
19/09/19 - We had the pleasure of being entertained by the Dixie Beats on 2nd September at Eagley Jazz Club, and I have to say, I've never seen the Club so lively and animated! What an amazing, high energy performance by this local band who just get better with each visit. Also, it's brilliant to see young musicians playing Jazz! I filmed their finale for our facebook page which you can view. - Ann Lord
Blackpool Jazz &
Lights 2020 added to Jazz
Festivals & Weekends. There is a special guest appearances
from Doc Houlind's New Orleans Revival Jazz Band from Denmark
plus a very rare appearance up North from the Legendary Jazz,
Blues & Gospel Singer Miss Christine Tyrrell (formerly of the
Phil Mason Band). Christine will be performing with all 5 bands
over the course of the weekend and is sure to wow the audience
with her classic songs Dr Jazz, Running Wild & Feel my Leg plus
many more. Other bands appearing include Baby Jools & The
Jazzaholics, New Orleans Heat, The Eagle Jazz Band & Washington
Whirligig. 3 nights accommodation on a half-board basis & all
that jazz £230pp for the weekend - £50 deposit to book. No
Remember The Vipers
Skiffle Group. Eu today features them in
an article posted yesterday. They were Formed in the Spring
of 1956 by Wally Whyton, (later to find fame as a presenter of
children's TV shows).
15/09/19 - Jon Critchley writes, "Quite a line-up change this week for The Original Panama Jazz Band at The Irby Club on the 18th whilst I’m away on holiday enjoying myself, the young (well, younger), singing, finger-clicking, happy, engaging but married Phil Lucas will be trumpeting and leading Dave Thomas, Dave Alexander, Ed Lloyd Hughes, Bill Buck and, making his return to the band after enforced absence, Laurie Cooper. Well, back to another litre of pils now...
15/09/19 - Many Happy Returns to Harold Troughton & Richard Lord today, and to Mike Reddin on Wednesday
15/09/19 - Midweek daylight jazz events coming up - Jazz over the Pennines at The Cross keys in York on Thu, 19 September, 13:00 – 15:30, Anything Goes Swing trio at The Stonewell TAP in Lancaster, Thu, 19 September, 17:00 – 19:00, and The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station, Fri, 20 September, 12:30 – 14:30.
10/09/19 - There will be no jazz at Didsbury Cricket Club on 26th September.
We went to this
charity event by The Chicago Teds yesterday (Sunday afternoon)
and it was a cracking session. Herewith my comments :-
08/09/19 - To make a change from jazz venues closing, HOT TREACLE will be appearing at the Horse & Farrier in Gatley, Cheadle, Cheshire on Sunday 29th September 2019 from 8.0pm to 11.0pm possibly leading to a regular monthly gig. Car parking is available and admission is free. Band is a 4-pice comprising some familiar faces I dare not say old for fear of recriminations. Music will be a mixture of Jazz, Blues, Skiffle with some giggles thrown in along the way and even the chance of a banjo solo. - Charlie Bentley
08/09/19 - Correction to the birthday greetings item. The gig list shown for Jazz Club 90 was for the October events, the rest of this month sees Second Line Jazz tonight, Chris Pearce's Frenchmen Street Jazz Band on the 15th, The Carl Sinclair Trio on the 22nd, and Washington Whirligig on the 29th.
08/09/19 - Dear Fred, I write to you today about a regular contributor to your excellent web-site. Peter Swensson has played with the ‘Savoy Jazz Band’ since his demobilization from serving as a National Serviceman in the British Army. Peter joined the Savoy Jazz band on October 18th 1960, he has performed with the band without a break continually until present day. Perhaps you may agree Fred that this is indeed a long time to play with the same band. Maybe you might consider mentioning on your site, Peter Swensson’ unique experience. Hopefully the article may generate interest amongst your contributors and followers. Regards, Geoff Hogarth. (Agreed Geoff - Fred)
08/09/19 - Many Happy Returns this week to Spats Langham on Tuesday, Tony Ormesher on Thursday, and just over the edge of this area, on Friday, it's Many Happy Returns to promoter John Howell who runs Jazz Club 90 in Albrighton. This month you can see Slide by Slide (Richard Leach and Kevin Grenfell), The Eagle Jazz Band, The Wabash Jazz Quintet, and the Sussex Jazz Kings.
If you are looking for some daytime
jazz events midweek this week, you may have to travel a bit
further than usual, but what a place to be - York. Ros Lewis’s
Tailgaters at The Cross Keys Of York, 32 Tadcaster Rd
Dringhouses, York YO24 1LQ on Thu, 12 September, 13:00 – 15:30.
Food available, free admission, free parking (register your car
at the bar). The pub is dog friendly and child friendly and even
adult humans seem to like it!
04/09/19 - Good morning Jazz North West, I have attached a press release and related images in relation to a brand new 6-day Jazz Festival taking place in Essex next month. With big discounts on hotel accommodation at the Park Inn Palace Hotel (when you mention the Festival), it might make for a great weekend away for your readers. As a non-profit event, taking place with no corporate sponsorship or arts funding, I would be most grateful of any attention you are able to give the festival. Best wishes - Darren Harper, Founder. (let me know if you want a copy, seems to be a mixture of jazz styles including traditional jazz - Fred)
04/09/19 - The Jazz Rendezvous sessions at St Helens
Bowling Club will start again on Sunday 15th September at 8 pm.
John Higham will be organising this session, so some hot,
swinging jazz is assured. "Hope you can make it.", says Keith
My thanks to Brian
Taylor for sending this photograph of the 'new kid on the
block', Michael Grant, who played with the Dixie Beats last
night. He tells me, "There was a varied selection of tunes by
‘The Dixie Beats ‘ : from the ‘Saints’ , ‘ Georgia ‘ ‘ What a
wonderful world ‘ to the best tune for me ‘St. Thomas’ which I
have only heard performed previously by the great Sonny Rollins
. ( Still with us fortunately) !
02/09/19 - I was very saddened to hear the report on your site about the death of Bob Wilber - arguably the greatest soprano saxophone the world has ever known - he was a phenomenal musician. I was first introduced to Bob by John Taylor - leader of the Wolverines Jazz Band based in Rochdale back in the 70's. John was writing a discography of Bob but I don't think he ever completed it as he fell foul of Pug Horton - Bob's wife and a great singer - when he was staying with them in the States. Sadly I only played briefly with Bob but I was lucky enough to be in 'digs' with him and took advantage of having many long conversations with regarding his time when he studied - and lived - with Sidney Bechet, and his less than complimentary stories of his time playing with Benny Goodman. In his career he played with virtually every Jazz Great including Louis , Duke, Jack Teagarden, Bobbie Hackett etc. He even got a Grammy Award for his score and arrangement of the music for the film 'Cotton Club' with Richard Gere. However he always said his favourite gig was playing the Ellington Concert at the Royal Festival Hall in January 1989 in front of HM The Queen. Duke originally wrote the music for the Queen back in 1957 but instructed that only one disc was to be pressed and delivered to her at Buckingham Palace! I always found Bob to be very supportive, generous of his time and made you feel very comfortable in his presence. He will be greatly missed. - David Moore
01/09/18 - Many Happy Returns this week to Howard Worthington & Midlands based Tony Davis
01/09/19 - The Savoy Jazzmen are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tuesday at 2pm, and Garstang Jazz Club will feature The Three Bears on Thursday 5th. Those are the only two midweek daytime jazz events this week.
01/09/19 - Pat & I will be at Eagley Jazz Club tomorrow night to see the Dixie Beats & Michael’s debut . Currently at Sedgley Park RUFC Clubhouse watching afternoon gig by Munch Manship & The Gerry Tomlinson trio . So that’s all good! - Brian Taylor.
01/09/19 - Way back in 2017 you kindly published a note about the weekly Thursday afternoon Jazz Sessions that I was starting at the Cross Keys pub in the City of York (32 Tadcaster Road, YO24 1LQ); not strictly the North West but nevertheless it is within easy reach for people living on the ‘West Coast of Yorkshire’ and there’s many other attraction to fill the day. I’m delighted to report that these sessions have proved to be very popular with jazz musos (for a modest fee) and audiences alike. I think it might be helpful to recognise that whilst many of the evening based jazz clubs are having a hard time my Thursday afternoon sessions have gone from strength to strength. It’s interesting to note that up and down the UK there are quite a few similar weekday sessions. As far as I can make out the key success factors for the Cross Keys jazz sessions have been that it fills what might be a dull afternoon for many, the pub is on an excellent bus route (in evening there is severe curtailment of buses services generally), it has a large car park, admission is free, food is available and a different band appears each week. I would be interested to learn of the experience elsewhere with weekday afternoon jazz sessions. - Alan Bramley
01/09/19 - I'm really pleased to tell you that Dixie Beats have now been joined by terrific young clarinettist, Michael Grant who will share reed spot with Alex Clarke, who's availability is now a little restricted as she starts her new job at Warwick School (Good Luck Alex!). Michael is an outstanding musician playing several different genres , and his addition means the average age of the band is now under 45! Our next few gigs will feature either Alex or Michael and we are excited about the prospect of getting a booking for which they are both available - their combined energy and talent will give us a new dimension. Michael makes his debut with us at Eagley Jazz Club on Monday night (2nd Sept). - John Percival. (Michael plays with the young band I came across recently - The Jelly Roll Jazz Band - Fred)
01/09/19 - On the 11th of October The Temperance Seven are back in the North-West as part of the Wirral Arts Festival. They are in concert at the Heswall Hall Telegraph Road CH60 0A, first note 8pm.Tickets available from the Hall and Linghams Booksellers also in Telegraph Road.The following day,the 12th,The band cross the Pennines to give a concert at the Huddersfield Town Hall at 7-15pm. - Mike Deighan.
30/08/19 - The Five & A Penny web page has been updated
30/08/19 - The Early Bird 4 Day pass is now available for Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival at £145.00. Gives full access to all venues for the full four days of the festival from Thursday May 7th to Sunday May 12th.
30/08/19 - Interesting to see how Peter Swensson is promoting the gig at the Palm House. When we had a residency at the now-closed George in Buxton I gave the Tourist Information Centre one of our A4 posters with some extra details written on. They had a folder for anything like that. I don't know if anyone came along as a result, but I thought it was something worth trying. If there was anything remotely "jazzy" at the Opera House on one our nights someone in the band (can't remember who that was!) would pop over with some blu-tack and do a bit of discreet fly posting. - Sam Wood
An obituary for Bob Wilber has now appeared in the
29/08/19 - An interesting definition from Howard Murray - "A jazz musician is somebody who puts £5000 worth of instruments in a £500 car and drives 50 miles for a £5.00 gig! A Rock guitarist plays 3 or 4 chords to hundreds of people. A jazz guitarist plays hundreds of chords to 3 or 4 people".
We are all saddened to
hear of the declining audience numbers at traditional jazz clubs
and venues, so it's up to all of us to help promote them.
Sometimes I feel like I'm preaching to the converted when it
comes to this site, so it was good to have Google alert me to a
posting by a band leader in a site I've mentioned previously - "Where
Can We Go". No wonder Peter Swensson can boast an audience
when you read this. We can all help promote the music
by doing things like this, it doesn't have to be down to the
band leader, and it's free!.
28/08/19 - My thanks to the other musicians who emailed in support of the job offer I sent out, some of whom have put in a bid for the job. I don't wish to start any agro amongst musicians, so I won't be publishing them other than the one already on, but I'm grateful to them for taking the time to email their support.
Jack Cotterill presents
a night of Jazz and Swing with the
one the worlds finest reeds-men, Adrian Cox. Backed by the Tom
Kincaid trio, the concert will be set in the beautiful
surroundings of St Mary's church, Alsager. It will also be a
'bring your own drinks/booze' event. World class Jazz, beautiful
surroundings, and cheap drinks, what's not to love? Please go to
https://www.wegottickets.com/event/481167 for tickets, or
www.JackCotterill.co.uk for more details.
26/08/19 - I wasn’t the least bit offended by the lady’s terms. She is clearly aware that the fee offered us not much, but I know of bands that travel many, many miles for a gig that, when expenses at 46p/ mile are deducted, very little is left, perhaps no more than there would be if they did this as local gig. And sometimes we get gigs from gigs. I am a professional musician, not because of my skills, but by default: I’m a pensioner with no other source of earned income. I’ll bet the £200 fee, that most of the bands on your website are too. MU rates? These bands wouldn’t do 90% of their gigs if they demanded MU rates. The music’s on the way out anyway I’m sorry to say, so why jeopardise it further? I hope a local band takes the gig and exposes more people to the music: I think this the only way to get a wider audience, because many established jazz venues won’t, don’t or can’t let themselves be known via wider medias other than your site, or “Just Jazz”, or “Jazz Guide”. - Jon Critchley
26/08/19 - If you are a musician reading this, you probably got an email from me about a 3/4 hour job in Chorley that was being offered for a trio for £200 for a small domestic celebratory event. I agree it wasn't MU rates, but the lady in question only had a small budget and had no idea what it would cost. So I was a little surprised to get this response - "Thanks for sending this on. These aren't professional rates and hiring musicians for this type of fee shouldn't be encouraged. She needs to be more realistic with what it costs to hire entertainment on a Saturday night in June". My response was not to shoot the messenger, as it was down to individuals to decided whether it was worth it or not, as I am neither a musician, agent or a promoter. I do the site as a hobby and hopefully as a service, so I hope other professional musicians were not equally offended.
The latest edition of
JazzNorthWest Weekly is out, and in this issue is a very
interesting item on a rare vintage typewriter from the 1950s
that was designed to type sheet music, and notes on the staff.
Also you can read about Marsden Jazz Festival having been
nominated for 'Jazz Venue of the Year'.
25/08/19 - The Bingley Mavericks Jazz Club gig list has been updated
25/08/19 - There is a photograph of the River City Jazz Band now on the band's page. It was taken on Llandudno Pier where the band has had a successful run for some years now.
25/08/19 - Re Gresford Trustm (24/08), Is 'celebration' the best way to remember the Gresford Pit disaster? Perhaps there's a better word. I'm nearly 93 and was a conscripted Bevin Boy there for four years from 1944. So knew many relatives of the trapped men .However whatever we call it, I'm sure funds are still needed so let's all support it. - Denys Owen
25/08/19 - Tell Mike I have a rather attractive floral dress that might fit him! Gosh, hope I haven’t offended the LGBT community - Jon Critchley.
25/08/19 - Mike Carnie writes, "Great to watch these guys do the Jive. Thinking of taking it up myself, but is there anyone out there selling a yellow suit !!!".
Back in January this
year Google notified me (and I commented on it), that a new band
had appeared in Edinburgh -
The Tenement Jazz
Band. From there they have made great strides forward and
were encouraged to venture South of the border. Today Google
notified that the, "Jelly Roll jazz Band" were playing at Lund
Village Hall, which to me sounded like a telephone band put
together for the occasion, choosing a name for it that I hadn't
come across before. What a surprise I got" Check them out at
www.thejellyrolljazzband.co.uk/ . Also check out the videos
25/08/19 - Many Happy Returns this week to Mike McLachlan & Andrew Mackenzie on Monday and Keith Shone on Wednesday.
Quite a crop of
daytime jazz events mid week. On Mon, 26 August, The River City
Jazz Band will be playing on Llandudno Pier from 13:15 – 16:30.
On Wed, 28 August, The North Euston Orpheans will be playing
from 12:00 – 14:30 at The North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood,
whilst further down the road in Blackpool The Jazz Knights
Quartet will be playing at Blackpool's Norbreck Castle Hotel
from 13:00 – 15:00. Then on Friday, 30 August, The River City
Jazz Band are back on Llandudno Pier.
24/08/19 - Philip Edwards has emailed, "Just thought I would contact you to let you know that on the 7 Sept 2019 Gresford Trust is 70 years old and is celebrating with a concert on the Trust grounds we have a world class jazz guitarist Esmond Sellwyn playing in a trio the and other acts and rides on the Pant yr Ochian steam train also punch and Judy all children accompanied by parents free (under 16) the entrance fee is £5.00 in advance £6.00 on the gate please spread the word in the jazz circles ( there is a bar serving Wrexham larger and a Guest bitter at reasonable prices)".
22/08/19 - Undercliffe Cricket Club gig list has been updated
The Harmony Hounds web page has been updated with a new
Apart from providing a service of new
views and information, one of the objects of this site to
maintain historical information about traditional jazz in the
North West of the UK, and the musicians that were part of that
scene. Today I was informed of a site with a similar objective.
It comes from ex Wallasey musician Terry McGrath, who writes,
"It's something that Norman Field and I put together recently,
showing 300+ photos of Midlands traditional Jazz musos from the
1950s to the present. Your North-Westerners may find it
interesting." It's at
20/08/19 - I couldn't figure why Frog & Henry would take a gig in Carlisle right after Bude Festival - they're blooming miles apart !! But I see they have made it into another mini tour of nine events ! And, their next official UK tour starts when they return mid January '20, and that has now grown to 29 events. I'm so pleased I was able to encourage and help them to give the UK a try a couple of years back, now venues seem to be clambering to get them booked, so this old fart of 84 years can just get on with attending as many gigs as possible, and enjoy their repertoire, superb musicianship and friendliness. See Frog & Henry Tours - Norman Gibson
20/08/19 - Best wishes go to David Haviland who is moving from Glossop to Selby in the next couple of months. Following the death of Stan Coram in March 2011, David has continued to send me the details of events at Glossop Jazz Club and has now written to say, "We at Glossop hope that you are keeping well. The Club continues to thrive and although I am moving house to Selby members have volunteered to keep jazz in Glossop. I hope to move before the end of October and am helping by booking bands for 2020. ( I'll forward these to you later). In the meantime these are the names etc. of the new coordinators (see web page for details). Thank you very much for your support over the past 8 years. Glossop Jazz Club now has a thriving membership"
The Merseysippi Jazz Band have decided to take the night off
from our residency at Liverpool Cricket Club next Monday, 26th
August, bank holiday Monday, since three members would be absent
and dep availability is causing problems. We will back the
following week. - Peter Fryer
19/08/19 - Richard Slater is after a sousaphone - details on the Wanted Page
19/08/19 - The latest issue of JazzNorthWest Weekly is out and includes an article on Chris Barber's retirement, plus an item about the San Jacinto Club in New Orleans.
Dear Fred, just to let your readers
know that Roy Whittaker, bass player, passed away on Tuesday
13th August at Royal Blackburn Hospital. He was 91. He recorded
an interview with Walter Love for his Sunday night BBC Radio
Ulster Jazz Club programme in March this year featuring his jazz
memories. Funeral 30th August in Haslingden, Rossendale. Details
will be published in the Burnley Express & Rossendale Free
Press. - Mrs Jo Whittaker. (The episode is no longer
available on iPlayer unfortunately. Jo's telephone number is
available if anyone wants it. - FB).
18/09/19 - Just one midday midweek jazz event - The River City Jazz Band on Llandudno Pier on Fri, 23 August, 13:15 – 16:30.
I have learned
that before The Jubilee Stompers play at Phase 1 on the 27
August (see 11/08/19), there will be a talk by Prof Catherine
Tackley, Head of Music at Liverpool University (also a
musician). Being the centenary of the ODJB landing in Liverpool
she will discuss the impact of jazz on popular culture and the
role the City of Liverpool played in bringing jazz to these
shores. - Bob Lamb
The Big Chris Barber Band is to appear at
Buxton Pavilion on 11th September.
Details here. My thanks to Mike Feltham for letting me know.
12/08/19 - An announcement in the Irvine Times informs me that the New Orleans Joymakers jazz band is back at the Harbour Arts Centre later this month, where they will perform at the Irvine venue on Sunday, August 18, between 2pm and 4.30pm. Irvine is further North and further West than Holyhead on Anglesey in case you are wondering!.
11/08/19 - Parrjazz, not known for trad, are putting on a classical treat on August 27 at Phase 1, 40 Seel Street, Liverpool 1. The Jubilee Stompers headed by trumpeter Martin Smith play the music of Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Bix Beiderbecke, the ODJB et al. Free entrance before 9pm. Details on www.parrjazz.co.uk ... " What's On " . Thanks Fred....makes a change from the fusion/mod/jazzrock usually associated with Parrjazz - Bob Lamb, Chester.
11/08/19 - I'm very reluctant to publish health details about musicians, unless it comes direct from the person concerned or close family. It's difficult to ignore an email from respected bandleader Chris Walker, who asks me, "Did you know that Chris Barber is no longer appearing with his band. I understand that he is in a home suffering from dementia. But what a life he has had and for longer than many of his contemporaries. I am given to believe that the band is still honouring existing contracts but without Chris". As a follow up, Chris says "I’m happy for you to publish if it is a tribute to the man. I heard about it at a musicians union meeting and I do think it is important that people realise that the band is continuing without Chris".
11/08/19 - Just one daytime mid week jazz event coming up - The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 16 August, 12:30 – 14:30 at Carnforth Railway Station, Warton Road, Carnforth
A special 80th birthday greeting today to
Harold Salisbury. Birthday greeting also to a couple of
drummers, Alan Davies on Thursday, and to Graham Smith on
09/08/19 - I have been trying to contact Roger Wigley, jazz organiser at Didsbury Cricket Club but the published number is not recognised. Does anybody know how i can contact him?
09/08/19 - Hi Fred, In case you don't already know, Bob Wilber has died aged 91. - Regards, Dave Davis. See obituary http://tinyurl.com/y66jqfgy
09/08/19 - I’ve just announced on the Chicago Teds' website that the 1940s Day which was to be held this Saturday (10th) in the Market Square at Darwen has been postponed for two weeks because of the impending bad weather. It will now take place on Saturday 24th - same times, same place - and The Teds will be playing as planned - Ed Lee
05/08/19 - After spending time
updating the site, I rarely feel like checking an abundance of
messages on Facebook, and I must apologise for only just picking
this up posted on 19th June to
announcements page - "Dear Mr Burnett, I do not know if you
have an obituaries page for your site, but I have some sad news
that may be of interest to you and your readers. My
father, Rod Hamer, a Dixieland trumpet player born in Bury in
1940 passed away peacefully on Saturday night. He played
on the Manchester scene before re-locating to the south of
England where he continued to play on the London scene until his
health stopped him in about 2007. If you think this would
be of interest to any of your readers, or any players that may
have know him I’d be grateful if you might consider mentioning
it in a tweet or something you consider appropriate. Kind
regards - Alistair Hamer". I'm still working out how I can
reply direct! See also
announcement in Bury Times
04/08/19 - Just one midweek daytime jazz event coming up - The River City Jazz Band on Llandudno Pier on Fri, 9 August, 13:15 – 16:30.
04/08/19 - Birthdays being celebrated this week include - Mark Challinor on Wednesday, Keith Moore on Thursday and Frank Lowe on Saturday. Many Happy Returns to you all.
04/08/19 - Anybody see Alex Clarke on TV on Friday night? In a programme called, "Celebrity 5 Go Barging", Shaun Williamson (Barrie from Eastenders) and Anita Harris, left their barge to visit Rode Hall farmer's market in Congleton, where Shaun treated th shoppers to a rendition of Mustang Sally accompanied by Alex. If you get fed up watching, skip to 44 minutes in.
30/07/19 - Congratulations to Norman Pennington, leader of the Tame Valley Stompers who finally plucked up courage to ask Dorothy to marry him! The wedding took place on 17th July, and they honeymooned in Stratford upon Avon. Never one to miss a trick, it fitted in nicely with a gig the band played at Lamport Hall in Northampton, an hour away.
28/07/19 - I know this is not in the Northwest but talking with some locals at Pickering last night, they visit your website frequently and I was hoping you could mention this: The O.P.J.B. played to a full house at the Pickering Memorial Hall on Saturday night (so full they had to clap vertically) and we overran our allotted time at the end of the night. The band members had had an awful drive there in atrocious weather, so after the announcements and thanks to all, I declined the invitation to do an encore so that the band could start their long journeys home. I just wanted to apologise to those folk who were there and will see this, and hope they weren’t too upset. - Jon Critchley
There are two midweek lunchtime
concerts this week. On Wednesday there's the
The North Euston Orpheans at the
North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood, where admission is just £6, and
takes place between 12:00 – 14:30. On Thursday Anthony Mason,
and Pete Lindup, join up with the 3 Bears at
Garstang Jazz Club between 12:00 –
14:30 at the Kirkland & Catterall Memorial Hall, Preston PR3
0HR, where admission is £12 and includes a very nice hotpot or
28/07/19 - Several musician's birthdays coming up this week - On Monday there's Barry Aldous, Rae Owen, and Tom Rippieth's Birthdays, on Tues it's celebrations for Jim Swinnerton and Ken Binns, and on Saturday it's time for Mike Lovell to celebrate with his family down in Cornwall as he reaches his 75th birthday.
When I saw Witham after the name Wickam Bishop on the map, I
knew immediately where it was. When we married, Meryl and I
lived in South Woodham Ferrers, which is due South of Wickham
Bishop, on the river Crouch. There was a cracking restaurant in
Witham that we regularly frequented. I do not think the jazz
club goes back to the period 1965 to 1974 or i would have heard
of it. It's a small world Fred ! - Norman Gibson
25/07/19 - The latest edition of Just Jazz Magazine has popped through the letterbox. Click here to see what's in it.
24/07/19 - Norman and Meryl Gibson say the long trip,to Edinburgh on Monday 15th. was well worth it for the triple bill show 'Shake 'em Up JB ', 'Meschiya Lake ' and 'Tenement JB '. Norman writes, " 'Shake 'em UP' did their usual high standard performance the first hour. After a brief break, reshuffle of seating and mics, 'Meschiya' came on with 'Tenement' and my goodness what a brilliant singer and high energy performer she is. For those who haven't yet seen 'Tenement', they are not just an exceedingly good young jazz band, but it was revealed that Meschiya had sent her arrangements over from New Orleans, and the boys learned and rehearsed them so well they accompanied her without any need for sheet music. Bearing in mind her directions to the band for pauses, slow passages , etc. were all by arm, head and body movements, and all spot on, and more often with her back to them ! At the end 'Shake 'em Up' came back on for the big finale, and everyone was amazed to see Haruka (S 'em Up) play trombone while carrying here few months old child, wearing large ear protectors, in a front pouch carrier. I do have a little bit of video on my 'phone and will get some help to get to you soon".
24/07/19 - Carlisle Jazz Club gig list has been updated
22/07/19 - A great photograph of the Wyre Levee Stompers at Tram Sunday in Fleetwood yesterday that appeared on Facebook. The photo was taken by Keith Wadeson using Pete Lindup's camera, a team effort you might say.
Gwen and Martin write,
"We are so few in number now that we have decided to wind up our
weekly jazz on Thursdays at Ye Olde Fleece Inn, Kendal. We do
not have funds to pay the bands. This Thursday 25th July will be
our last with The Sun Street Stompers from Lancaster. Thanking
you for putting our bands on your wonderful website".
21/07/19 - Many Happy Returns this week to Louis Lince on Monday, Brian Singleton on Wednesday, Les Harris on Thursday Charlie Bentley on Friday and Barry Grumett on Saturday.
21/07/19 - Daytime midweek jazz this week includes The Jazz Knights Quartet at Blackpool's Norbreck Castle Hotel on Wed, 24 July, 13:00 – 15:00 (could be a good place to cool off if the weather forecast is anything to go by), and alongside Llandudno Jazz Festival which take place between 26th and 28th of July, The River City Jazz Band are playing on Llandudno Pier on Fri, 26 July, from 13:15 – 16:30.
19/07/19 - Bingley Mavericks web page has been updated
19/07/19 - Had a nice surprise when I was working in Denmark last week with Doc Houlind. Who should come along but Sheila Collier. The last time I saw her was around 50 years ago at the MSG when I was with the Barry Martyn band. She looked gorgeous then and still does - Brian Turnock. You can click on the picture for a larger version - Fred
15/07/19 - Bass player Derek Brown has rung me to ask if I could announce the death of a well known local drummer, Johnny Mayer from Preston, who died on 21st June at the age of 76.
14/07/19 - Pete Lindup has written on Facebook - "Absolutely devastated this morning to hear of the passing of John Lewin after a short illness. Stalwart bass-player with the Wyre Levee Stompers for 40+ years. R.I.P. John".
14/07/19 - Various cornet mutes and mouthpieces along with a guide price list, have just gone on the Sales Page
14/07/19 - Many Happy Returns next Saturday to Bob Pickersgill and Mike Carnie who share birthday dates.
14/07/19 - Just one lunchtime jazz event during the week - The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 19 July, 12:30 – 14:30.
The 'Shake 'em Up' amazing all girl band
started their European Tour down at Chateanauf du Faou
this past weekend. Fellow musicians and friends of Pete Butler
and ex Blue Mags leader Trevor Stent,
may enjoy this video, when they 'sat in' with the girls at
an impromptu session at the local pub. I mentioned before that
the girls are at Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival next week
with 'Tenement JB'. Fest Jazz have a
great line-up this year
again at the end of the month. - Norman Gibson
11/07/19 - The gig list for Southport Jazz Club at The Fleetwood Hesketh, has been updated
Sam Slide has been busy at Buxton Festival's
fringe events once again representing the jazz fraternity where
he not only played the trombone but he also gave the audience a
music lesson and linked songs to his life, but as Sam says, "I
haven't yet seen anything else that could be called jazzy".
read a review here.
Many Happy Returns tomorrow
to Geraldine Duckles, on Thursday to Ian Royle, on Friday to
Cyril Wroe and Saturday to Isobel Toner.
09/07/19 - Bert Schroeder has written, " "Hi Fred, after 65 years I have taken up the Trombone again, (school brass band) and I'm after a trombone stand". Malcolm Hogarth has replied, "Hi Fred, Sorry, I can't help with a trombone stand, but am writing to give encouragement to Bert. It'll be great to see and hear him on the scene again!". Maybe someone else can help?
Yes we were four of the 193
who, all the way from St.. Asaph, attended The Savoy Jazzmen's
Palm House marvellous concert. Preceded by an excellent lunch at
Bistro Noir. The Savoy 'boys' were certainly on form . What a
day it was! - Denys Owen
04/07/19 - Hi I have just come across your article regarding my father Alan Riley. What a lovely read I will be ever proud of him, I will show this article to my sister I’m sure it will bring a tear to her eye like mine. - Susannah Mort nee Riley.
02/07/19 - In what must be the understatement of the year, and speaking about today's concert with the Savoy Jazzmen in Sefton Park Palm House in Liverpool, where the record was broken with 193 attendees, Peter Swensson says, "The concerts are now free but still a very encouraging turnout"! There is no concert in August, the next one being Tuesday 3rd September. The photograph (click on it for a larger version) shows Parade Marshall, Terry Birkinhead, announcing the next parade number to an 'encouraging' audience.
02/07/19 - I've just heard via John Westwood, that Dave Stevens had recently passed in his 90's. Some may remember Dave from when in the '50s, he played with Dickie Hawdon's Band, then Mick Mulligan, Sandy Brown and most famously, Alexis Korner, right into when he set up his 'Blues Incorporated'. Dave emigrated to Australia in the 60s, and in 1947 he played in London, at a concert by the Graeme Bell Australian jazz band. One of my favourite jazz pieces is on a Terry Lightfoot track on a Traditional Jazz CD, where Dickie Hawdon plays, "Dave's Departure", and it seems this was written to mark the departure of Dave Stevens to Australia. There is an announcement posted by Ryde Regional Radio 2RRR, and an article in the Australian Daily Telegraph
01/07/19 - The Savoy Jazzmen are once again leading the service at All Saints' Childwall Parish Church, Childwall Abbey Road, Childwall, Liverpool. L16 0JW. next Sunday 7th July at 6.20 p.m. We are grateful to Richard Knock who will be depping for Derek Skepper and as usual Terry Birkinhead will be leading the parade and taking part in the service. The service starts with a Mardi Gras parade at 6.20 p.m. a short distance from the Childwall Abbey Pub. Everyone welcome, young & old and as this service follows the normal pattern of worship in the church there is no charge and tea. coffee and squash will be served at the end of the service. Further details from Peter Swensson. 0151 722 1478
30/06/19 - "I've just had an exchange with a good friend in Spain wherein we debated the vexed question of Louis Armstrong's' birthday", writes John Westwood. Many of us have always celebrated 4th July as the day (it also happens to be Pam's birthday, as well as Independence day!) but for the last 10 years the argument has continued. This article gives us something to think about, eh?
30/06/19 - The July edition of Just Jazz magazine is out, and includes an "In Memoriam" item by Bert Thomson in California about Denis Gilmore, trumpet player on the Manchester scene in the 50’s 60’s. At last it has prompted me to correct the spelling of his name throughout the site.
Happy Birthday today to Tony Smith and Grant Hogan Taylor. Next
Saturday Lindsay Taylor and Tony Dunleavy will be celebrating
A couple of daytime jazz events during
the week this week. The Savoy
Jazzmen are giving a concert in the beautiful setting of the
Sefton Park Palm House, Sefton Park, Liverpool. L17 1AP. Entry
is now free and refreshments are available. Further information
can be obtained from Peter Swensson 0151 722 1478. Also on
Thursday it's time for this month's Garstang Jazz Club session
which this month featuring John Hallam, and Mike Owen, with the
3 Bears. It takes place from 12:00 – 14:30 and there's a very
nice hot pot and vegetarian option lunch included at Kirkland &
Catterall Memorial Hall, Garstang, Preston PR3 0HR (see
28/09/16 - I was half watching The One Show on TV last night, when I had one of those, "I know him", moments. There will be some out there who remember the amazing concerts put on by Tom & Christine Baron in Blackpool known as a "Swinging Jazz Party", and featuring American greats such as Dick Hyman, Randy Reinhart, Randy Sandke, John Allred, Ken Peplowski, Marty Grosz and many others including from the UK, Enrico Tomasso, Roy Williams, Alan Barnes, Len Skeat and Bobby Worth. Well last night on TV, there was Tom, sprightly as ever, playing tennis with a couple of youngsters. If you remember Tom, check this out and you'll find him 51 minutes into the program. There's more about Tom here.
Club gig list has been updated
27/06/19 - Alex Clarke had to pull out of a gig on July 28th at Albrighton as she had the chance to play with the TJ Johnson Band at a Festival in Denmark that weekend. I thought it was a gig too good to refuse so I raised no objection although a lot of people would be disappointed, including many from your area who travelled to Albrighton to see her first gig for us. I am pleased to say now that New Orleans Heat needed a dep on reeds for their gig on July 7th and Alex has agreed to do it so she will be back sooner than we expected. We usually get a good crowd for NOH, this news should make it even better! - John Howell
On Friday 5th July starting at 7.30pm at the
Bare Village Club near Morecambe, there is a testimonial event
celebrating the life of WARREN HUTCHINS, a lifelong supporter of
trad jazz, who passed away last year. A galaxy of jazz
players from the greater Lancaster area will perform and also
there will be a raffle in aid of “Defying Dementia. All
Donations welcomed. Details from Dave Bateman 01524 822065
- Gillian Pride.
26/06/19 - Reading James Cowe reminds me that the granite used in Liverpool's Albert Dock came from Kirkcudbright. Not connected with trad jazz ? Well engineer Jesse Hartley would never have guessed that 180 years later his magnum opus would provide a most wonderful setting for a long and now, much missed, tenancy of the Merseysippi Jazz Band. And it was free. One night, when I went in, the late Ken 'Nob' Baldwin, asked me if I'd been charged, which I hadn't. He then told me that a local scally had been standing outside at the top of the stairs charging people a shilling to go in ! Truly the good old days - Robert Lamb
I've added a link to
Low Cost Jazz Art Prints that are available from FreeArt.
FreeArt offers free small art prints of over 40 million
high-quality images! There are styles for everyone. To receive
an art print, all you have to pay is a shipping fee of $1.99.
FreeArt makes it a goal to always ship the art within one
business day. For up to 30 days after purchase, it also offer a
"Europe heat wave
WARNING: 40C soaring heats to hit holiday hotspots this week",
so reads the Daily Express headlines today. So if you feel the
need to strip off and cool down, how about this for an idea sent
in by Barry Pryme - "All
That Jazz, Blues & Real Ale 2019", A fantastic weekend of
Jazz and real ale in a naturist environment. Barry says, I
can manage the Jazz and Real Ale - not sure about the
24/06/19 - Though this site is restricted to traditional jazz, however that may be defined, my weekly jazz newsletter has a much wider scope, and it's out now with several reviews of the Glasgow Jazz Festival in the Arts & Entertainment section.
24/06/19 - Washington Whirligig were playing at Rochdale Jazz Club on Sunday night, and there to record proceedings, which include a birthday tribute to promoter Tony Sheldon, was photographer Sam Ralph. His picture can be seen on line by clicking here.
24/06/19 - I heard the Tenement Jazz Band, also the Wally Fawkes recording on Jazz Record Requests on Saturday afternoon, both worth hearing. I check before it starts so that I don’t miss something I would like to hear. At one time the BBC used to give you a list of what will be played, but they stopped and now just list the records as each tune is played. I contacted Alyn Shipton about this and he puts the tunes on his blog, alynshipton.co.uk/blog. Hope this is a help! - Janet Rodger
I was just getting
ready to go a few miles to enjoy a good ale and listen to Mad
Eds mad carousing when I read your news that it had ceased.
Living as I do in wild north Wales this is a major blow. Almost,
almost as terrible as the day when I could no longer travel to
work by tram and had to go by uncomfortable smelly fume
producing bus! - Denys Owen.
23/06/19 - We had a fabulous night at Matt & Phreds in Manchester last Friday night listening (and dancing to) the fabulous Tenement Jazz Band which consists of a young group of musicians from Edinburgh. Within a very short amount of time the audience was hooked! This performance bodes well for the future of Traditional Dixieland/New Orleans jazz. Well done Tenement Jazz Band. We can’t wait for their next tour “down South”. - Roger and Hilda Bywater
23/06/19 - Our reeds player in the Merseysippi Jazz Band, Dave Dixson, is away on holiday for three weeks and we have the following deps at Liverpool Cricket Club, Aigburth Road, Garston, L19 3QF 0151 427 2930, 8 - 10:30pm: - Mon 24th June John Hallam, Mon 1st July Terry Perry, Mon 8th July Dave Thomas. It's free entry and we play in the bar downstairs. - Malcolm Hogarth
23/06/19 - Alan Brown has emailed to say, "Due to forthcoming refurbishment of the Unicorn Hotel, Manchester Jazz Society is moving to The Britons Protection, adjacent to the Bridgewater Hall. Our meetings will be on Tuesdays.". The MJS Web Page has been updated.
23/06/19 - I must agree with Derek Watters and say that Kirkcudbright Festival is excellent value for money, mostly top class bands, with my highlight being Rose Room, who excelled on their Saturday evening set. A lovely little town, very welcoming to visitors and shops were the staff were pleasant and helpful. In short ten out of ten.. - James Cowe
23/06/119 - "I went along to Matt & Phreds Jazz Bar last night to catch up with the Tenement Jazz Band prior to their quite extensive tour around the UK early next year. I was pleased to unexpectedly bump into Norman & Meryl from Morecambe also visiting, and would urge readers to seek out this fine New Orleans-style band around the Northwest in February next year. For readers not familiar with Matt & Phreds in Manchester, I guess this is the nearest I've come across to an old New Orleans jazz club. The diary lists all gigs, with Jamie Brownfield featuring regularly with Tom Kincaid, Jack Cotterill & Ken Marley (free entry). It's also refreshing to see that the audience is mainly sub-40yo lapping up 'our' brand of jazz". - Barry Pryme
23/06/19 - Many Happy Returns this week to Pete Major on Tuesday and to Pete Fielding on Wednesday.
Whilst out and about yesterday I received a passed on message
from Michael Gibson to say, "My Dad, Norman, asked me to email
you to let you know that the Tenement Jazz Band will be on Jazz
Requests today, Saturday, at 4 pm on BBC Radio 3. He’s in
Manchester at Matt & Phreds". Well I was in the car when the
program started, but not when the band appeared so I'll be
the programme on iPlayer and if you haven't heard it before,
you can also hear the great Wally Fawkes, who recently
celebrated his 95th birthday, play, "Wally plays the blues" as
well as Chris Barber's - "Going Up The River".- Fred
23/06/19 - "Thanks for the link to the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues. If that didn't clash with Buxton Fringe I think I'd be heading north!", writes Sam Wood from Buxton. "Noticed Meshiya Lake is there - an excellent singer, formerly with Tuba Skinny. Some other interesting-looking bands I must check out on You Tube. Good to see so many young-looking bands including the Tenement Jazz Band which appeared at Matt and Phred's recently. Still busy getting ready for my Fringe show - I've got past worrying now, just accepted it's going to happen and give it my best shot. If only those bags of stage gear would pack themselves!!!".
23/06/19 - Dear Fred. For those who knew Dave Evans, Late drummer with Excelsior Vintage , Keith Smith, Bobby Mickleburgh Confederates , Champion Jack Dupree , recently One More Time ,and many more, a favourite with American guests notably Al Casey, in his home area in Brentford there is now a memorial bench. Well deserved. best wishes. - Ken Ames
Just one mid week daytime
jazz event this week- The North Euston
Orpheans at the North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood. Adm £6 on
Wed, 26 June, 12:00 – 14:30
22/06/19 - Bingley Mavericks jazz club gig list has been updated. My thanks to Graham Dawson for keeping me updated
22/06/19 - I got an email this week that looked very exciting when I followed it up. It was from Beena Khetani who wrote, "I am contacting you from Sonder Radio, an online station aimed at older people based in Manchester. I came across your North West Jazz website and thought you might be interested in a show we've recently started to make called Colin and James' Jazz Moments - the links are http://tinyurl.com/y3mza73q and http://tinyurl.com/y6arwn6h. Colin is a North West Jazz scene veteran and James a young music student from the RNCM who is a lover of all things Jazz. Together chat about their favourite pieces. Well I listened and I've commented back, but I'd like to know what you think.
Following the departure of Mike
Lovell, who has now moved down to the South Coast, Anthony Mason
tells me that "the band members have decided to change the name
of the previous '6 in a bar classic jazz band' to 'The North
Euston Orpheans' in deference to the Savoy Orpheans. The next
jazz afternoon under the new name will take place on the 26 June
at the North Euston Hotel at Fleetwood from 12 till 2.30, where
admission will be £6.00". Click
here to view the new poster.
21/06/19 - Roger Williamson emailed last Monday to say, "Yesterday I visited the Bluebell Inn at Halkyn. Good beer, friendly atmosphere but sadly no jazz. The barman was not sure whether this was a one-off or whether Mad Ed's Hot Five had finished permanently. This is not meant as a criticism of your excellent website (without which I would never have known of Mad Ed's Hot Five or several other bands/venues) but rather to reinforce your good advice to double check before setting off on a long journey. Please keep up the good work". Unable to contact Ed, I finally received confirmation from trombone player Tom Rippeth, "I am afraid we stopped playing there a few months ago. I’m sorry we failed to let you know". Barbara and I went there some years ago and it was a lovely venue, well run by then landlord, Steve Marquis.
21/06/19 - Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival has an interesting line-up next month, well worth a look.
16/06/19 - Many Happy Returns this week to Tom Kincaid on Thursday, Wally Fawkes, who by my reckoning will be 95 on Friday, and Barrie Marshall on Saturday.
16/06/19 - If you like lunchtime jazz during the week, then there's just one event for you - The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 21 June, 12:30 – 14:30 at Carnforth Railway Station, Warton Road, Carnforth. where's there's Tea Rooms and Good food available, and lovers of the film 'Brief Encounter can revel in nostalgia!
Some happier news to report this time! A new
manageress at The Fleece (in Addingham) has agreed to a
resumption of my Good Time Jazz Band playing there weekly again
on Wednesday evenings with a start time of 9:00pm. This return
will begin on the 3rd July and, hopefully, we will have a long
and happy residency there once more. - Harry Long
The results of the
2018 British Jazz Awards are out, and a well known NW
traditional jazz musician is listed (with winner at number 1,
runners up 2-5): Tenor Sax - 1 Karen Sharp, 2 Dave O’Higgins, 3
Art Themen, 4 Robert Fowler, 5 John Hallam
12/06/19 - Jean King has written to say, "Reg King is a big supporter of your Jazz Page. He had a heart attack on our way home to Vancouver from UK, but is home recuperating". Hope you make a speedy recovery Reg, I've been there and got the T shirt and I'm still here working hard. Reg & Jean were born in Liverpool and went to listen to the Merseysippi Jazz Band many times at the Cavern and the Temple.
"Acoustic folk and 1930s dance-hall jazz coming soon to
Keswick", is a headline in 'Cumbria Crack'. It's happening on
Sunday 23 June, and Sunday 30 June. Intrigued? then
check out this page
10/06/19 - An interesting write-up in The Scotsman about the Leith Jazz Festival, includes a paragraph, "This year, there was still a smattering of world-class jazz but there were none of the established classic or trad jazz bands that appeared in previous years, and it was more of a challenge to find familiar names amongst the astonishing 62-strong list of gigs shoehorned into the three days.". Nothing new there then! I was checking on the actual location of Leith, although I knew it was in Scotland near Edinburgh, what surprised me was that it is further West than Blackpool, so definitely in the NW of the UK!
10/06/19 - I have to say Fred, after looking at the Kirkcudbright JF line-up for a full 3 day weekend + a Thursday evening session, that this little festival certainly deserves the utmost support at the amazingly low weekend stroller price of only £ 62.50. Heck ! many of the same musicians are there and Keswick was £ 120.00. If I wasn't so darned busy with moving coming up I'd be there ! OK I'll make up for this missed opportunity at Edinburgh, when I meet up with the Shake 'em Up girls again, and get to see and hear the rising Tenement JB. - Norman Gibson
Terry Birkinhead has sent me a small
report of the Savannah 40th Anniversary Concert in Huddersfield,
which I've added to the 40th Anniversary
09/06/19 - Other than being able to buy a whole day, or afternoon ticket at Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival for Friday, there are no daytime jazz gigs mid week this week.
09/06/19 - Many Happy Returns this week to Des Hopkins on Tuesday, Keith Hockin on Thursday, Richard Leach on Friday and Dave Wright on Saturday.
09/06/19 - Garstang Jazz Club gig list has been updated.
Despite my concerns over privacy, Dee from Manchester is quite
insistent that I should post the fact that Terry Brunt has
recently lost his long time partner Jan. She says, "He is one of
life's beautiful although meshuga quirky person but truly
dedicated and to watch him with his students fills your heart
with joy. Everyone loves him. I truly think you should give a
mention about Jan. He, like I, was devastated. It is with
respect to the mere fact he is a musician of great outstanding
and later if people have not heard, it will be very sad. My
husband and I, (sounds like the Queen) like most people, adored
him. We have to support him. If people did not hear, it would
05/06/19 - The note yesterday about Chicago Teds at Southport, prompts me to send another note of a Teds gig near Rochdale. On Friday 14th June the Chicago Teds will play a charity event with proceeds to St James Church. The gig is in the Parish Hall Sunday School, School Lane, Ashworth OL11 5UR. 7.30pm start. Tickets £10 which includes Strawberries & Cream! There will be a Bar! Information & Tickets available from Chris Bryning on 01706 650053 - Dave Woonton
"Can you publish in coming events that The
Eclipse Parade Band is out and about on Sat. 8th, 15th and 29th
June, and Sun 30th June and 28th July", writes Jeff Roberts.
Well they are all now in What's On so
check out the dates for the places.
- On Tuesday 18th June
The Chicago Teds are playing at a charity event to raise funds
for Macmillan Cancer Support. The gig is in the Tithe Barn,
Meols Hall, Botanic Road, Churchtown, Southport PR9 7LZ and it
kicks off at 7:30. Tickets are £10 which includes a glass of
wine. More details from Val (01704 550761) or Pam (01704
226658). The Teds are also doing an afternoon concert,
1-4pm, at Haydock Park Golf Club in September. For details
click on image..
02/06/19 - I see Jazz Guide News features details of the Tenement Jazz Band and Frog & Henry tours in England.
02/06/19 - Many Happy Returns today to pianist Brenda Candy-Forrest (Tomkins), and trombonist Jeff Milner on Tuesday.
02/06/19 - As the Savoy Jazzmen gig in Sefton Park had to be cancelled for this week, there's just one daytime midweek jazz event coming up. It's at Garstang Jazz Club where the Brownfield/Byrne Hot Six will be playing from 12pm to 2-30pm and you can enjoy a choice of hotpot or butter pie in the interval, and believe me, it's good too!
30/05/19 - A new venue in the NW this weekend, John Hallam with the Tom Kincaid Trio at the Farmer's Arms near Parbold, L40 3SL. If you need directions, go to What's On, click on the event, then click on the "map" link
I know we are out of your area but the
musicians who come to us do travel far and wide, even over the
border from the North West!!! Nick Ward is known
throughout the UK as an excellent drummer and he brought in his
Jelly Roll Quartet a couple of gigs ago with Jon Penn on piano,
John Maddocks on clarinet and Brian Mellor on banjo (in place of
Spats Langham). They would be worth booking by any club in the
North West! I am sure many of your readers will know all
or some of this quartet and might like to see these videos; -
Looking for a Little
Chevy Chase, &
Sidewalk Blues - Jon & Marie Howell,
You can see the full list of excellent
videos from jazzclub90 via
and selecting Videos on YouTube and elsewhere. Jazzclub90
is currently number 11 in the list. - Fred
- The next session of Jazz Rendezvous at St Helens
Bowling Club will take place on June 16th. Please note that this
is not the usual second Sunday in the month, but a week later.
Our concert at the Sefton
Park Palm House on Tuesday 4th June has been cancelled. They are
carrying out some major work on the floor.
The Savoy Jazzmen will be back on
Tuesday 2nd July. - Peter Swensson
26/05/19 - Just one daytime jazz event midweek - 6 in a bar at NORTH EUSTON HOTEL, Fleetwood. Adm £6 on Wed, 29 May, 12:00 – 14:30 at The North Euston Hotel, The Esplanade, Fleetwood FY7 6BN, UK (map)
26/05/19 - Many Happy Returns this week to Malcolm Hogarth today, Bruce Carnaffin and Dave Dixson on Monday, and to Wilmslow jazz promoter, Graham Brook on Saturday
24/05/19 - Bill Williamson was right there was a bar on Oxford Road called Frascati. I used to go in the 50s with my then boyfriend.He is right their music was more modern. We only frequented the bar for a short time because our taste was trad jazz. - Mildred Finney
23/05/19 - Barrie Quilliam also writes, "I have been listening to Jazz FM for many years. Formerly, they broadcast mainly mainstream such as Diana Kraal, Chet Baker, Ella Fitzgerald with Louis Armstrong, Oscar Peterson. Recently they have started playing a lot of what you might call “Contemporary” Jazz, that is not to my taste. Can anyone recommend a radio station the broadcasts mainly mainstream either on FM or Digital".
23/05/19 - I was very interested in Bill Williams’s piece about Frascati’s. In the 1950’s I played there on piano with a mainstream band led by Alan Hare on trombone. Alan was also a very accomplished jazz pianist. I had been playing in a very “trad” piano style. In the interval, on the first night, he showed me how I could play in a more modern style which would be more suitable for the music the band was playing. I accepted his advice with enthusiasm. I have always remembered that turning point in my musical career. - Barrie Quilliam
23/05/10 - There's nothing wrong with Bill Williamson's memory. Frascati's was a bar on Oxford Road that featured modern jazz and people like Joe Palin and, I think, Stan Robinson used to play there. Harry Isaacs
23/05/19 - I was interested in your item concerning jazz in St Asaph cathedral. I live within a few yards of the cathedral but neither I , nor my jazz friends were aware of it, other than through gossip but as it was gossip we ignored it. Our fault perhaps! - Denys Owen. I gather there is a lady who keeps a mailing list so will try and get her details for you - Fred
23/05/9 - Re Bill Williamson’s query about a modern jazz club on Oxford Road ( “ Club 43 “ aka , I think , as the “Clarendon “ think that was the name of the pub ) : used to go myself occasionally. Best gig there in the late 50’s was “ The Jazz Couriers “ : Ronnie Scott/ Tubby Hayes ,both ts. , Terry Shannon pno, Jeff Clyne bs. , & Phil Seamen,drs. And that was followed by an all nighter at the “Left Wing Coffee Bar on Lincoln Square. Caught first electric train back to my parent’s home in Whitefield from Manchester Victoria station on Sunday morning. - Brian Taylor. (Looking forward to seeing John Hallam playing with the Gerry Tomlinson trio at Sedgley Park RUFC clubhouse 1:00-3:30pm on Sunday 26 May.)
23-05/19 - Sadly, I have to announce that our session next Wednesday 29th May at The Fleece will be the last for my Good Time Jazz Band as the pub want to use the room for "quiz nights etc" This will, possibly, be the end of our 40 years of playing jazz in Addingham - 30 years at The Fleece, 6 years at The Crown and a final year back at The Fleece. I shall, of course, be looking for a new venue and in the meantime the band will be playing at Bingley Jazz Club (Mavericks) on the 4th July and the 8th August. I will keep you informed of any developments.- Harry Long
23/05/19 - "That's The Way to Do It". I see the Hereford Times has a good write-up on Upton Jazz Festival which takes place from June 27 to June 30. Plenty of advance publicity is always the best way to achieve results.
Just in case some of your
site visitors may like Manouche/Gypsy music, Stochelo Rosenberg and
Paulus Schafer will be appearing on a
Django on June 7th. at Preston Jazz Festival. £12.50 and £8.00
concession. - Norman Gibson
21/05/19 - Subsequent to the references to The Sportsmans, Bodega et al I was eating dinner at my daughters house and the white Italian wine on the table was "Frascati". I remember going as a teenager in the 50,s to a bar on Oxford Rd of the same name, where a more modern jazz of the day was played. Are my memories correct? comments please. - Bill Williamson
Clive Edwards writes, "The
Neston Music Festival concludes with two major concerts, one by Dale
Storr "Sounds of New Orleans" on Wednesday 22 May at Neston
Cricket Club and the other by The Original Panama Jazz Band on
Friday 24 May at Neston Civic Hall. Both concerts start at 7.30pm.
Tickets at £7.50 will be available on the door. Both venues have a
bar. There is ample parking at the Cricket Club and park in Neston's
large free car park for the nearby Civic Hall".
Click here to read more
20/05/19 - I also enjoyed our evening at St Asaph Cathedral on Saturday. .As you can imagine the acoustics were fantastic and the band in good form. Mart would have been proud. I chatted with Eric Brierley who I’d known back in the 50’s and Chris Pendlebury who I knew as a young boy when his dad Alan played with the Zenith Six. I just wish we had known about it sooner as more of our friends could have come. - Brenda Canty-Forrest
20/05/19 - I went to the concert given by the "Manchester Jazz" band at St. Asaph Cathedral, on Saturday evening. Bit sad really as this is the first gig I’ve attended since Mart's passing. As you might expect, a brilliant Jazz Gig well attended and much enjoyed by everyone present. It seems the friends of the Cathedral are intending to put more gigs on in the future so I offered to send them your web address, both for your completeness, and their publicity. - Martin Snow
Sorry to learn of Tom
Culbert’s poor health. 50 years ago last week he and I
appeared with the New Era Jazzband on Opportunity Knocks.
And I mean that most sincerely folks ! - Ron Houghton
19/05/19 - I just read about Tom Culbert’s retirement owing to ill health. I’m so sorry to hear that, because as you know he ran The Quayside Hot Stompers for some years. With that band, and through Tom’s influence and of course Alan Duckles fine cornet playing, I played stuff I never thought I would. Now there's only me and Colin Turner who are still playing. - Barrie Marshall
19/05/19 - I too was sorry to hear the news about Tom Culbert's retirement from playing. The Forest New Orleans Jazz band will never sound the same again without Tom. His driving style, heavily influenced by the early jazz greats really drove the bands along. In my opinion, he is one of the best piano players around for this kind of music. He was also always very encouraging towards me as a piano player myself, giving me invaluable advice on band piano playing. - Mark Croasdale
19/05/19 - There are no mid week daytime jazz gigs this week, so time to get the gardening done.
19/05/19 - Many Happy returns today to Paul Medina, and tomorrow night, when The Merseysippi Jazz Band @ Liverpool Cricket Club in Aigburth, they will no doubt be singing Happy Birthday to Peter Fryer.
Somebody could be about to get a
bargain. The 9 first class traditional jazz CDs that I put on eBay
were standing at little more that what it will cost to post
them yesterday, but it is beginning to change today. The Sale ends
if you haven't already done so, check out the
16/05/19 - I am very sorry to hear of
Tom's retirement from playing. He has been a great player over the
years. I first met and played with him in north London in the early
1960s., when we played at the Black Bull N20 and then at Kentish
Town with the late Brian Greene's band. Our paths crossed again when
I moved back to the north in 2002. May he have a long and happy
retirement. - Louis Lince
16/05/19 - I have to report that owing
to ill health, Tom Culbert , the long standing pianist of The Forest
New Orleans Jazz Band, has sadly had to retire from playing.
Hi Fred, I'd like to send a link to Ian W Seaman for the 1066 Jazz
Club in Hastings who have New Orleans jazz on a weekly basis in his
area. For instance on 23rd May the visiting band will be Sarah
Spencer's Transatlantic band which I'm sure he'll enjoy.
http://www.1066jazzclub.co.uk/ - Malcolm Holland.
14/05/19 - For those who donated to our Keswick Mountain Rescue busk in the Market Square, Keswick on Sunday 12th May and subsequently at our Guest Session in the Pack Horse Inn, I've sent a cheque for £435 off today, a rounded-up amount raised. Thanks to all the donors and those who took an interest in our playing. - Malcolm Hogarth
14/05/19 - "Just found this when I downloaded the radio app to my iPhone: It’s called the “UK 1940s Radio Station” it is what it says, super stuff! A new radio station to me, anyway!". - Jon Critchley. This, and more on line music stations are on my links page - Fred.
14/05/19 - In case anybody has been wondering if Mike Lovell has been feeling homesick since leaving these parts to go to Cornwall, take a look at these photographs he has sent me, and see what you think. Mind you i think I might be a little concerned about the shark in the second one! Mike says, "I’ve just been playing with some great guys in the Sandbar at Praa Sands. I’ve been booked as a guest at their next months gig. Really looking forward to it. The clarinet player is Gordon Stafford who is on your deps. page. What a beautiful venue, right on the beach".
14/05/19 - Hi Fred, I sadly live in a barren place for N.O. Jazz , the South twixt Hastings & Eastbourne at least not a lot is advertised. If there are any of your readers that are aware if Christine Tyrell is still singing perhaps they could let me know. She is well remember here with the Phil Mason Band. Great website much valued keep it going. - Ian W Seaman.
14/05/19 - Deco Delight are playing at a Charity night to raise funds for the Air Ambulance on Saturday 18th. It takes place at the Nazareth Unitarian Church at Church Street Padiham BB12 8JH at 7-30pm.
12/05/19 - Hi Fred, It was good to meet up with you last Sunday at the Wyre Levee Stompers monthly gig at the North Euston Hotel. Just to let you know, my band, The Jazz Knights Quartet have secured a monthly residency at Blackpool's Norbreck Castle Hotel commencing 24th July. The band will be performing a programme of Traditional / Dixieland jazz from 1-00 to 3-00 pm in the hotel ballroom where the band started out in 1980 providing in-house entertainment as a replacement for all-in wrestling !!! The current Quartet comprises Chris Walton (piano) Frank Carter (bass) Pete Eddowes (drums) and myself on reeds. - Bill Barrow
12/05/19 - Just one mid week daytime jazz event for you - The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 17 May, 12:30 – 14:30 where there is a Tea Room and good food available.
12/05/19 - Many Happy Returns to Martin
Bennett today. On Wednesday, it is John Barnes' birthday, and I
can't help wondering how he is. I know he has dementia and in a
home, but hopefully he can find enough in his memory to celebrate.
Any update news welcome. On Thursday one young musician who will
definitely be celebrating is Phil Lucas, happy birthday Phil.
Saturday takes us back to my end of the spectrum with birthday
wishes to John Higham.
10/05/19 - I made a suggestion some years ago to a promoter of a local jazz club that as we were in a University City, he could perhaps offer free or reduced price admission to encourage young people who might be encouraged to dance, but it was declined. So I was somewhat pleased to get this email from Ann Lord at Eagley Jazz Club - "At last Monday's event, we were entertained by the very excellent Dixie Beats. Their saxophonist was a very talented young lady, who brought along some of her student friends. It was great to see young people both playing in and watching Jazz bands! As such, the Committee has decided to introduce a Student charge of £3. I will watch developments with interest - Fred
10/05/19 - How do I manage to do it? The latest lot of my CDs for sale, listed here, managed to go on without any link to the eBay page where they can be bid for. This has now been corrected. No wonder only 13 people have seen it when I last checked.
10/05/19 - The Original Panama Jazzband is appearing as part of the Neston Music Festival on May 24th at Neston Civic Hall (see “What’s On” for details): Point is, we were to have had Sue Reid as our guest singer, but as Sue is not too well at present, we have instead been fortunate to have the fine vocalist Jacky Quilliam with us, to sing some of the songs associated with the Chicagoan jazz and style which we will be featuring heavily in our programme. We wish Sue a speedy recovery in the meantime! - Jon Critchley
09/05/19 - Just watching on catch-up the 'For One Night Only - Jazz 625' programme from last Friday night on BBC4. This pays homage to the original programme that run from 1964 to 66 on the new BBC2 channel, and the 625 refers to the high-def format of the time. Filmed live at this year's Cheltenham Jazz Festival, it features performances by current artists, and also contains fabulous nostalgic footage from the original programmes, including all the jazz greats of the time - Oscar Peterson, Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk et al. Also clips from early Soho clubs - Ronnie Scotts, Flamingo, 100 Club etc. It's filmed entirely in Black & White - or is my telly on the blink! - Barry Pryme.
I like "The Hot Sardines"":
reminds me of the French band "Caravan Palace" (wish they'd come
over), great lively jazz, visual and made for dancing which is what
it's all about. No introspective dirge! - Jon Critchley
08/05/19 - Preston's only New Orleans Jazz venue, "PR1", formerly the Mad Hatters, The "Ale Emporium" and before that, the "Bitter Suite", has been renamed yet again. This time it will go under the name "Speakeasy". Tomorrow night the Silver Bell Band will be playing there from 8-30pm, as they do every other week.
08/05/19 - Brilliant New York band ' The Hot Sardines '. on their way back from Japan, China, Honolulu, Check Rebublic and Austria, will do three performances down South 16th to 18th July in Bristol, Saffron Walden and London. View their video of ' Bei Mir Bist du Schon ' on Youtube or their website. - Norman Gibson
08/05/19 - I just thought I would mention that the last two Sundays at Ye Olde John O’Gaunt have been very busy. I’m pleased to say that the audience is not all geriatrics. Lots of much younger people turn up on a regular basis with it being at lunchtime and on a busy Main Street with people coming into town from the railway station. People hear the band and pop in to see what is going on and often stay, every lunchtime for 33 years without a break, long may it continue. - Barrie Marshall
08/05/19 - A 'Report from York' from a recently exported John Muskett reads, "Meryl and I are settling in well at York. We regularly attend Thursday lunchtime jazz (weekly) sessions at The Cross Keys, Tadcaster Road (visitors who park should log-in their vehicle registration details at the bar). The organiser is trombonist Alan Bramley who has north-west connections, being a graduate of Liverpool University. He has been kind enough to book me for five sessions since our arrival. The music is what might be called non-doctrinaire traditional jazz, with some excellent musicians participating – I have met up with long standing colleagues Frank Brooker, Richard Speight, Andy Henderson and Malcolm Hogarth among others. Last week the audience appreciated clarinettist Tony Denton paying tribute to Mart Rodger by playing Colin Smith’s composition “I Believe In Rainbows”: Tony had depped with the Mancunians on occasions for Mart. Soon after we arrived in York, Alan Bramley and Alec Crow (who runs Bedale Jazz Nights) contacted me. Both had got my details from Fred’s Website, so a big cheer and many thanks to you. Not yet visited Bedale club, as their fortnightly sessions clash with my Delph appearances with Spirit of New Orleans – when I’ve a night off from SONO I’ll try to get there. I’ve also done a couple of gigs with New Orleans Wiggle, based in the Holmfirth area".
07/05/19 - I know I do harp on about bands with YOUNG musicians. But this one. a family of musicians from Quiimper France, has a very young coy little girl who turns out to be the vocalist in this rendering of 'Bei Mir Bist du Schon'. https://youtu.be/kZ1WLIA5DuE. This Family, Issac et Nora, are the latest booking at Fest Jazz end of July. Norman Gibson. Perhaps we have a similar jazz family here in the NW. If there is let me know - FB.
07/05/19 - There's another great selection of CDs up for grabs as from tomorrow night, and you can preview them here
07/05/19 - Pete Lay has emailed to say,
"I received some very sad news today from Renee Long. John Long
passed away on Saturday morning May 4th. He died from a cracked
skull and brain haemorrhage suffered after a fall in hospital, where
he had undergone a pace-maker fitting on Thursday. As you can
imagine Renee is in the state of shock at the moment, because it was
an unexpected death. No funeral details until later in month.
R.I.P. John". For those not familiar with the names, John and
Renee Long, concerned that the live performances of the Ken Colyer
band would only be heard once, bought themselves high-quality
recording equipment, and with Ken's consent recorded the band for
others to enjoy, e.g. "Colyer at Wimbledon" Upbeat URCD 275,
"Ken Colyer And His Handpicked Jazzmen", Ken Colyer Trust – KCT 2R,
and "The Cranes Fly Again" URCD 281.
06/05/19 - Eagley Jazz Club is holding its annual Hot Pot Supper on 3rd June. The menu consists of Lamb hot pot, followed by a choice of cheesecake, Creme Brulee or cheese and biscuits and tea/coffee. Doors open at 6.30pm for 7pm dinner, followed by the band at 8pm, the fantastic Dave Donohoe band. Anyone who would like to attend should reserve tickets through Ann Lord (as soon as possible!) on 07938171684.
06/05/19 - "Jazz at the Factory Tapp bar Kendal Thursday 9th May is CANCELLED", write Gwen & Martin Tordoff. "Starting next week at Ye Olde Fleece Inn Kendal ,14 Highgate,Kendal LA9 4SX with Boogie Bill and the Billionaires with Emma on vocals. Time 8:30 to 10:30 pm. £5:00 on the door. We are a small group of jazz friends who try to keep jazz going in Kendal. I’ll let you have more dates and bands as soon as I can. Thanks for all you do".
06/05/19 - Many thanks for the publicity you gave to the charity event New Orleans to New York. Roger Browne put on a fantastic show last Friday and I am delighted to say that £1,100 was raised for The Christie. Thanks again for your help it was really appreciated.
06/05/19 - Hi Fred, Thank you for
including details of the Roger Browne concert on Friday. I, along
with a friend, attended on Friday and it was a superb evening - well
worth the journey from Bury to Timperley. Roger was on top form, as
I thought he would be, with a superb mix of music and stories.
- Margaret Ashworth
05/05/19 - Having seen both the Mama Shakers and Shake 'em Up bands at Chateauneuf du Faou last year (and, incidentally, met Norman for the first time), let me recommend fellow readers of your newsletter to make every effort to see both. I'll also second Norman's commendation of the Pershore festival. Sadly, Barbara and I can't make it this year. - Malcolm Bridge
05/05/19 - We had a run up to Fleetwood this afternoon, where according to my What's On, the Wyre levee Stompers were playing at 2-30pm. We arrived halfway through the first set to discover it now starts at 2pm so that's one thing that's now been corrected. As a result of this, seats were hard to come by, quite refreshing to see so many people enjoying the music. Mike Pearson is now with the band having returned to the North to Fleetwood, from Cornwall. Owing to the recent death of Alan Riley, Mike's arrival was somewhat timely.
05/05/19 - Barrie Marshall writes, "While wading through all my books I came across a bunch of Melody Makers from the 1950's, interesting stuff, I found this. I will look for more stuff".
05/05/19 - Peter Swensson tells me that the jazz concerts at Sefton Park Palm House are now free. Refreshments are available.
05/05/19 - Mid Week daytime jazz this week includes The Red Rose Band at Burnley May Day Parade on Mon, 6 May, 12:30 – 14:30, and The River City Jazz Band on Llandudno Pier at Mon, 6 May, 13:15 – 16:30. On Tuesday The SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House Tue, 7 May, 14:00 – 16:00. Then on Thursday it's the start of the Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival.
05/05/19 - Many Happy Returns on Friday to Norman Gibson, and on Saturday to Darren Lloyd.
05/05/19 - Sorry to read that Roger Higham has retired from playing: he was a fine cornetist and he is a fine chap. We trumpeters are getting to feel a bit lonely! - Jon Critchley
05/05/19 - I asked Mike Lovell if he'd
settled in down South, and he replied, "Not only am I rehearsing
with Mike Lunn, piano, banjo, guitar and Gordon Stafford clarinet,
with the intention of going out as a 4 piece (when we’ve found a
descent double bass or tuba player), but I’ve also joined the
Brass Band. - No peace for the wicked!!! ".
I recorded a video of the Wabash
Jazzmen on my phone at Garstang Jazz Club yesterday, which is now on
the Wabash Jazzmen Web Page near the bottom
of the page and I hope you'll agree, the result is quite acceptable.
02/05/19 - I mentioned in earlier reviews, on the Frog and Henry Band, that their success would be picked up by other exciting young bands, who would follow to the UK. Well I see Pershore will have very lively young French band 'Mama Shakers' playing Sat. and Sun.17/18th August. Really nice little festival is Pershore I might add. Also amazing all girl band from New Orleans 'Shake 'em Up' will be at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival in July 2019, together with the 'New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Traditional Jass Band' and gutsy blues singer Meschiya Lake. Edinburgh's own 'Tenement Jazz Band' also appearing. It's worth looking at the EJ&BF website to view a very full programme over about ten days. Norman - Norman Gibson
02/05/19 - It is with much sadness that the Peninsula Jazzmen have to announce the retirement of their long standing trumpet / cornet player, Roger Higham, for health reasons. We have enjoyed his company and his playing for quite some time and he will be missed by us and by our supporters. Thanks Roger!
- One of my favourite bands was playing locally today at
Garstang Jazz Club. It was Mark
Challinor's Wabash Jazzmen, and it wasn't surprising to me to find
the car park filling up rapidly when I arrived. Unfortunately it
turned out that the other half of the Memorial Hall was being used
for a polling station, and audience numbers were down on last month,
but that just means more people missed out on a fantastic session.
Any jazz promoter will tell you that you can always think of reasons
why this has happened, but you can never really be sure. The one
thing about the Wabash Jazzmen is that you get plenty of variety,
with the odd duet and trio complementing a programme of standards
balanced with not so well known numbers. Jim Swinnerton was the
guest on bass, not surprising as it's his jazz club and he has
previously played regularly with the band. Regular bass player
Richard Vernon lives down in the Potteries so he was no doubt
happy to be spared the travelling
01/05/19 - Here's one trombone player definitely going places, according to David Leithead - https://youtu.be/udf7w7ZjnXg
01/05/19 - The usual 'Chicago Teds’ gig at Grappenhall on the third Thursday of each month will NOT take place on 23rd of this month because the venue in Bell House Lane is being used as a polling station for the European elections.
30/04/19 - Carlisle Jazz Club gig list has been updated
30/04/19 - Tom from the Tenement Jazz Band emailed me to say, "We're delighted (and a more than a little surprised to be honest) to have been nominated by an industry panel in the Best Band category at the Scottish Jazz Awards (alongside such other wee bands as the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra). We hope this represents a positive sign for interest in traditional jazz in Scotland and beyond, and it's great to have our hard work over the last 18 months or so recognised in this way. While the nominations were by panel, the winners will be decided by public vote. SO - that's where we'd greatly appreciate your readers' help. If they could spare a couple of minutes to vote for us via the following link, we'd be hugely appreciative! Voting closes at 5pm on Tuesday 21st May, and the awards take place in Glasgow on Sunday June 9th. www.jazzfest.co.uk/awards/. Thanks so much, and we continue to gain a great deal of insight and education from your website, for which we're very grateful".
30/04/19 - I just read an item on Facebook posted by Jim Douglas about Salford born Roy Williams - "Just been to the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital to see how Roy Williams is doing. He is down but NOT OUT! Roy has indeed suffered a stroke but all that has been noticeably affected is his speech making it difficult for him to talk normally. He is more frustrated than anything but understands he has to remain in hospital for tests and observation. He sends his best wishes and thanks to all his concerned fellow musicians and fans. Let’s wish him a speedy & full recovery" Here Here Jim.
30/04/19 - Bernie Hives, from Detroit, Michigan, is a regular visitor to this site. He has just posted a newspaper cutting to me, and a note that said, "Nice to have someone like this in your neighbourhood". Well I found the article on line, and he's right, it is just what we need.
29/04/19 - Sam Ralph was back in action at Rochdale Jazz Club this weekend, photographing the Parade Jazz Band.
29/04/19 - Free lunchtime
concerts coming up at Morecambe Platform Theatre - Ermystead Grammar
School Swing Band 7th May, Jazz Standards performed by Val Baulard
and the Boscats on 21st May, and The fabulous Morecambe Ukulele
Orchestra on 28th May. All at 12.45pm
28/04/19 - One that nearly got away - Many
Happy Returns today to a banjo player from Southport - Wilf
28/04/19 - If you forget to come back and check this page and find you've missed out, why not have the latest news emailed to you each week? Your email addresses are never passed on without permission. My email address is email@example.com, Send an email with the subject "Add Me", plus your name, and you will be added to my mailing list.
28/04/19 - Just one daytime mid week jazz event this week, and what an event it will be. It's been some time since this band came to Lancashire, but that's about to change. Mark Challinor’s Wabash Jazzmen are coming to Garstang Jazz Club on Thu, 2 May, 12:00 – 14:30. It's in the Kirkland & Catterall Memorial Hall, Preston PR3 0HR. BYO drinks, but not your lunch, as that is included in the admission price of £12.
28/04/19 - Many Happy Returns on Tuesday to Dave Pogson, Norman Pennington and Sue Parish. On Thursday it's birthday wishes to Trevor Stent, ex Blue Mags leader now living in France who does a sterling job organising the Fest Jazz, at Châteauneuf-du-Faou.
28/04/19 - Following the report by Dave Wellock (22/04/19) that Chris Barber had fallen and broken his hip, so didn't appear at Ilkley, also reported in the Ilkley Gazette, I've been asked, "Someone out there must know how Chris Barber is progressing since his hip injury fall? Good news welcome". Well I've not been able to find any update myself, but I see that tickets for The Chris Barber Band - 70th Anniversary Concert at Nottingham Playhouse are still being sold for Wednesday 10 July 2019
So sorry to read about the death of Denis
Gilmore. Terrific player. Lovely man, and great company. Up to
him emigrating he was on trumpet with our band for a few years, and
prior to that he was the piano player. Spent some memorable times
with Dennis and his wife Sam on a visit to California. I've lost
contact through us both re-locating, so if Peter and/or Des would be
kind enough to contact me, I would love to talk to them. - Dave
28/04/19 - The gig list for Bollington Arts Centre has been updated
28/04/19 - Mike Hart, Edinburgh Jazz Festival founder, and director for well over 20 years was a key player in virtually the entire history of the Edinburgh traditional jazz scene. His passing will be marked by celebrating the music and musicians of traditional Edinburgh jazz, from the early 1950’s to today, and referencing the style that Mike brought to the early years of EJBF. Norrie Thomson, Graham Blamire, and Hamish McGregor, long time colleagues of Mike, have put together a special programme with will feature recreations of The Climax Jazz Band, The Society Syncopators and Scottish Jazz Advocates, Mike’s main bands as a musicians, but will also present many of the musicians who knew and worked with Mike, still active today. - www.edinburghjazzfestival.com
Today is your last chance
to bid for this latest collection of CDs
27/04/19 - The latest edition of Just Jazz has come through the letterbox. Click here to see front cover and contents.
27/04/19 - Denis Gilmore has now joined the list of departed musicians on the Tributes Page. Although I created this site in 1995, the list was started much later, and it's sad to see the 148 names of musicians, promoters, band marshalls etc. that have gone on since then.
Congratulations today to Jon Critchley,
not only because it's his birthday as announced earlier, but also to
Jon & Kay who celebrate their wedding anniversary today.
Planning on going to New Orleans this year? Then there's an article
on where to go and what to do around Jackson Square in this week's
JazzNorthWest Weekly where you can also preview the Original
Soundtrack from "Bolden" as played by Winston Marsalis. Also London
Jazz News has picked out some of the jazz and jazz-related concerts
from this year's BBC Proms. "This year, the main jazz event is the
music from the Duke Ellington Sacred Concerts. Directed by Peter
Edwards with the Nu Civilisation Orchestra, it marks something of a
high point of the Orchestra’s work around Ellington".
Thanks for your news about Denis Gilmore,
which of course I was sad to hear. I did not know Denis well, but he
played with Dave Donohoe for a spell in Manchester and I used to go
and listen. He was always very kind to me and would let me have a
blow, sometimes changing from trumpet to piano. - Martyn Sharp
23/04/19 - My thanks to Keith Wadeson for an updated photograph of The Wyre Levee Stompers. The web page has been updated. Other bands please take note!
23/04/19 - I have just read the sad news on your page about the death of Denis Gilmore. he was a fine trumpeter and pianist. It was due to your site that I was able to contact him again after many years, and we corresponded, then he stopped replying a while ago. I do know that he hadn't had the best of health in the last few years and had stopped playing. Moe Green may know more. Please send my condolences to his family. Brenda Canty- Forrest (was Tomkins).
23/04/10 - Such fond memories of lovely Denis Gilmore . In the early 60s with the Southside Stompers . He was a good friend and lovely trumpet player He worked for Echo Instruments as a rep going into East Germany and Poland in the old cold war days . .will you open a tribute page ? I have a nice photo or two I could send . My best wishes to his family - Sheila Collier
Please note that on 30th April The Black
Horse Jazzmen will not be playing at The Royal Oak in Settle as the
‘RIDE To STRIDE’ Festival connected with the Settle Carlisle Railway
takes over venues near the railway every year and is putting on the
appropriate sort of Folk Music from early evening till late at The
Oak and other venues along the line. We are of course at the Oak
tonight 23rd April with Steve Lister and Paul Palmer as guests and
we will be back every Tuesday from the 7th May. - Peter Boswell
22/04/19 - I’ve just spent a very pleasant Easter Sunday afternoon on the pier at Llandudno playing with Curly Jones’ River City Jazzband. Happy time with good fellow musicians, and an appreciative crowd of listeners. Thanks, Curly and gang! - Richard Knock. You might have had even more listeners if it had been in What's On, I will ask Curly for a list - Fred
Hi Fred - my younger brother recently went
to see the Chris Barber Big Band in Ilkley but while the band still
fulfilled the gig, sadly Chris had fallen and broken his hip, so
didn't appear. Get well soon, Chris. - Dave Wellock
21/04/19 - Alan Pearce kindly sent me some more memorabilia from his early jazz days in Manchester which I've added to some club membership cards he sent previously. There was obviously quite a lot going off in Manchester at the time and it's all been put together here
21/04/19 - I got the “Melody Maker” mags from Sid, and great reading they are, brings back a lot of memories from 1959 / 1960s, when I got interested in Jazz: It was on the up, not the wane, as we must sadly realise today. One item in the September 19th, 1959 edition is a bit poignant though: a review of new pop singles includes Bobby Darin’s “Mack The Knife”. It says: that “the single has been banned in America because of fear of it inciting teenage violence”. Oh, the times, they AREN’T a-changing”!? Yours optimistically, Jon Critchley
21/03/19 - The request for info on "Swing Machine" reminds me that some years ago I asked for info on another Liverpool band called “Earl Scott and his band “ without success. In the 1940s it was a really good swinging group, quite unlike the usual dance orientated bands and was in great demand from those interested in swing. I well recall tickets being extremely hard to obtain. The pianist was Jim Cumming who also ran a cocktail bar type of group, popular in the days when the city had several “proper” night clubs. I don’t really expect anyone to remember them, it’s a long time ago and you’re all far too young. - Denys Owen
21/04/19 - Might your readers be interested in a show at Birmingham Town Hall next Sunday April 28th? A matinee. It’s called SHAKE THAT THING!-The Great British Swing Dance Show and features my Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra and the UK’s premier Swing Dance Company – The Swing Time Jivers. I sent you a couple of YouTube videos a while ago. Here’s another: https://youtu.be/_lntsQK6fg0. I’m presenting three Festivals Of Hot Jazz, Big Band Swing and Cabaret for Warner’s Leisure Hotels this year – and a further four in 2020. Please see my Festivals page for further details: https://tinyurl.com/y6pl9mff. I recently returned from 10 fantastic days in NYC. I was privileged to be invited to sit in with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks on four occasions. If you’re visiting, do catch his show – every Monday and Tuesday evening at the Iguana on West 54th Street. Here is his website: http://vincegiordano.com/ - Tony Jacobs
21/04/19 - I'm pleased to let musicians and jazz fans alike know that we'll be running the Guest Sessions again at the 2019 Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival (Thu 9th to Sun 12th May) every day from 2pm to 5pm in the Packhorse Inn, (just off Market Square). It's free entry and we aim to get all musicians a blow during the sessions. We ask all readers to please support the Festival. - Malcolm Hogarth
21/04/19 - After getting it so wrong about Simon Wallace's events (16/04/19), I'm annoyed with myself that I hadn't previously found https://youtu.be/-nsrEmGOJtQ. It should be most interesting to learn of Simon's experiences there... I've wondered about it all for years. - John Westwood
21/04/19 - Glad to hear from Bernie Hives that Black and Tan is going strong in the States although I prefer the name Mississipp Mud as I was introduced to this beverage indirectly through jazz. - Moe Green.
Just heard on a Facebook
post from his son Pete, that Denis Gilmore sadly passed away in
California this morning, having emigrated there in the 80’s. Denis
was a well known and very fine trumpet player on the Manchester
scene in the 50’s 60’s era. Mainly with Pete
Haslam, and also Johnny Tippett's Jazzmen
among others. He continued to play for many years in the US. RIP
Denis. - Des Hopkins.
20/04/19 - The page listing the next batch of CDs to be sold in aid of the website and Prostate Cancer UK, has been updated, it was unfortunately showing the date had expired, it doesn't expire until 28th April.
20/04/19 - Plenty of celebrations this week. Many Happy Returns to Chris Mitchell on Monday, Derek Vaux on Tuesday, Eric Brierley on Thursday, Anthony Mason, Laurie Cooper and Martyn Sharp on Friday and Jon Critchley on Saturday.
20/04/19 - Doug Ball is asking, "Could you please tell me if you have heard of a band called The Swing Machine from Liverpool. If you have do you have there contact details". Doug says it's a a quartet or quintet. Anybody know the band?
Following the departure of
Mike Lovell to Cornwall, The 6 in a Bar web
page has been updated. The new band will be playing at the North
Euston Hotel on Wednesday the 24th April, commencing at 12 noon, the
only mid week daytime jazz event this week.
Strictly speaking, pending the return to performing of Willy
Entwistle, it will only be 5 in a Bar, but hopefully the band will
return to full strength in the very near future. At the North Euston
Hotel on Sunday afternoon, 28th of April, 4 in a Bar will be playing
in the main bar area from 2.00 pm.
Thanks to your site (03/04/19),
I have found homes for the Melody Makers, the Storyville, the Bunk
Johnson and the Jazz Archivist magazines, but nobody seems
interested in Footnote, New Orleans Music and the Just Jazz ones. -
18/04/19 - There's a new band formed in Lancaster under the leadership of Alan Mathews. It's the Church Street Strutters featuring Dave Strutt (trumpet) Barrie Marshall (clarinet/sax) Alan Mathews (Trombone) Lawrence Marshall (banjo/guitar), Paul Guppy (Sousaphone), Robin Andrews (washboard) and Laura Andrews (Vocals). They will play on the Second Tuesday in the Month, commencing 14th May from 8—10.30pm at The Butcher & Tonic, Church Street, Lancaster (opposite the SUn Hotel), and it's Free admission
17/04/19 - The Four Buskerteers in Lancaster today - Robin Andrews, Lawrence Marshall, Barry Marshall and Paul Guppy.
A slight correction -
Following John Westwood's comment on the Seventh City Jazz Band, my
name is Simon Wallace and I was just off to Thailand not Brunei and
there I did on three occasions have a musical audience with the late
King of Thailand who was a great composer who also played the sax,
clarinet and trumpet. I would be more than willing to write
briefly about those audiences if you thought that your readers might
be interested - Simon Wallace, Melbourne, Australia.
I've said yes - Fred
15/04/19 - Val Kennedy tells me, "We’ve decided to organise a jazz gig at the Lambert Hotel (formerly Abbot Hall Hotel), Kents Bank, Grange-over-Sands. It's Hot Fingers Trio and Emily on Friday 14th June 2019 and includes a sandwich supper, bar & chat. You can read the full details here
15/04/19 - Looks as though the 'liquid' theme continues on the News Page, with Bernie's flashback yesterday. Barry Marshall's comments about the Sun Street Stompers reminded me of the blurb issued by Cheltenham's Quay Street Jazzmen back in 1962. This was given to me at the very first 'live' tape recording I ever did, which was at a Cheltenham Town Hall concert (and earned me a few bob from the BBC!). The next one I did was some time later, of the Seventh City Jazzmen at the Post House, Leeds/Bradford - I must try and find that tape; it was a good session. Simon Wallace their then trumpet player was flying out to Brunei the next day to practice his dentistry with a charity there. I had a phone call from him subsequently in which he not only thanked me for the tape-copy but went on to tell me about his playing in the band led by the Sultan of Brunei, who played a mean Hawkins-style sax! He subsequently moved on to Australia but at that point I lost track of him altogether. That half-century is rolling by so fast! - John Westwood
15/04/19 - In an earlier email, Mike Lovell told me - "The SIX IN A BAR name, I think will continue for a while only at the North Euston, mainly for the sake of continuity as far as the customers are concerned. Cafe Jazz Quintet no longer exists. Sticky Rock 3 carries on until Anthony Mason tells you otherwise. 4 IN A BAR continues for the Sunday gigs, again for the same reason as above. Anthony is taking over 6 in-a-bar & 4 in-a-bar
15/04/19 - Mike Lovell writes, "Just a quick note to tell you I’m leaving for Cornwall tomorrow, and to thank you for all your support and friendship over the years, it has really been appreciated. I will miss all the ‘stuff’ I’ve been involved with but I’m looking forward to a new adventure (I’ve already got a reeds player and piano/baritone uke player, interested in getting something going down in the West Country). Plenty of venues to explore. I will thank them all personally of course, but a big thank you to most of the musicians I’ve had the pleasure of playing with over the years. It’s been nice and has been a privilege to lead and play in a 1920s/30s jazz band, SIX IN A BAR, a Great American Song Book Band, CAFE JAZZ QUINTET, a fun trio, STICKY ROCK THREE and all the other bits in between"
For three years now, across the North of
England, The Midlands and North Wales, Roger Browne has been giving
illustrated concerts “New Orleans to New York”, playing his piano
with a mix of music from the roots of jazz, inspired by Jelly Roll
Morton, Scott Joplin, Fats Waller, Dave Brubeck, Errol Garner and
Oscar Peterson, to his own jazz interpretations of classics from the
world of Musical Theatre, by composers such as Jerome Kern, George
Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jimmy van Heusen, Irving Berlin, Richard
Rodgers etc. The presentation is interspersed with tales of
hilarious moments from his lifetime of playing jazz around the world
and being involved in over a hundred stage productions. Roger says,
"I now have a chance to turn this very popular presentation into a
full night of fundraising to support improvement in outpatient
facilities at The Christie Hospital. The official organisers are
providing a cheese, wine, and pate supper during the interval. I
would be so pleased to see you there supporting this cause. The date
is Friday 3rd May – 7.30pm arrival for 8.00pm start".
More details here
15/04/19 - I've just finished putting together another collection of 9 CDs which will go on eBay in a couple of days. Though I say it myself this is a great selection featuring bands from Canada, Australia, Ireland and the UK. You can see a preview by clicking here
I was looking for a vocal version with verse of "Yes sir, that's my
baby" but saw there was a video by Gunhild Carling at
I have one or two tracks of her singing so thought it might be
suitable. I was quite surprised when I played the video and she set
off at a pace with her trombone. Rather enjoyed it. - Graham
14/04/19 - Tell Moe that the Black and Tan (06/04/19), is alive and well in the States, and is a popular imbibement at my local watering hole. You can also buy it by the jug already mixed where it goes by the name" Mississippi Mud " probably an apt name. - Bernie Hives, Detroit
14/04/19 - Eagley Jazz Club gig list has been updated and now contains a full schedule of events up to the end of the year.
14/04/19 - An honest comment about his band from Barrie Marshall - "What can I say about the Sun Street Stompers? Not a lot, nobody famous in the band, not the best techniques, we have not played in famous bands and we make the odd mistake but just laugh at it. Some of us have been thrown in at the deep end with famous musicians at jazz festivals when they guested with the band for a few numbers. We have three band leaders who run their own bands, but the main thing about this band is we really enjoy ourselves, good time music for bums on seats. The band has been doing this every Sunday for 33 years so we must be getting something right".
14/04/19 - Many Happy Returns this week from me and someone else who wishes to remain anonymous - to Chris Barber who will be celebrating his 89th birthday on Wednesday. Also to Jack Wilson just North of the border, who is celebrating his 81st on Thursday.
Just one midweek daytime jazz event for
you - The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth
Station on Friday, 19 April from12:30 – 2:30pm
13/04/19 - Barrie Marshall has sent me an extract from an Offbeat Magazine about the clarinet as described by Shaye Cohn, but I think you may find the whole article about Tuba Skinny interesting by reading it here
09/04/19 - I've just been notified that The Budapest Ragtime Band are returning to the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival on the 12-21st July this year. Doesn't look like the full programme is available yet.
09/04/19 - Mention Hiroshima, and what comes to mind? Well John Westwood tells me to check out https://youtu.be/BwsYunImRJs and https://youtu.be/hxQq0ALFwEU and prepare to be surprised. If that's not enough, he says to take a look at this amazing collection of videos. It's all happening out in the far East it seems.
Alan Riley now joins the ranks of departed musicians on the
Pages. Alan was well known on the Fylde Coast and if you have any
memories or played with him, let me know and I will add them to
Alan Riley's Page
08/04/19 - The Savannah Jazz Band is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year. To mark the occasion both Peter Butler (jazz&jazz), and myself, have each put together special pages. If you can add any of your own comments I'd be pleased to include them on my page.
08/04/19 - Sam Ralph was at Rochdale Jazz Club again last night, busy taking lots of photographs of the Dart Valley Stompers. Sam says, " "There are a few different kinds of photos I tried last night if you have any thoughts please let me know as I am just trying out new things and idea's".
08/04/19 - I seem to remember that the top drink at the Sportsman's, (Down the stairs in Market street ) was YOUNGERS No 3, a potent brew for young teenage jazz fans! Keep up the great work Fred - Bill Williamson
08/04/19 - Speaking of 'Guinness Plus' I will always remember the tipple of the late, much revered 'Spanish Fred' (John Bassnett) who drank 'Poor Man's Black Velvet'. This was half Guinness and half cider. Glowing cigarette in holder (right hand),pint in left hand and right elbow on the mantel above the fireplace at the Warren and Bulkely in Stockport listening to the jazz, 'Spanish' would pontificate the merits of New Orleans in contrast to 'modernist trash'. He had a rather narrow view of of our music but he was a great source of encouragement to many a young musician, including me. - Ian Royle
I have read on Facebook
that founder member and one time leader of the
Fylde Coast Jazzmen, has passed away. This post from Rodney Goth
on 5 April at 09:55 · It is with great sorrow, I have to inform you
that Alan Riley died last night, A great sax player, and friend,
Will be sadly missed. Details to follow as and when. RIP mate
07/04/19 - The latest 2019 Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival Schedule is now available on line here
07/04/29 - Reading Moe's comment on the Black & Tan drink ( I'm a Mild drinker & only drink Guinness when I go back 'home'), it reminded of being in a round of six at a stag night. One of the guys there drank Martini and Lemonade. I went up to get my round in, and got as far " it's still the same round as before - - - ", when she cut in and said " I know, it's two pints of bitter, two lagers, a mild and a 'fairies'. Obviously, I never told the guy what she said, and I've seen him recently and he still drinks the same ! I just hope he doesn't visit your jazz site! - Norman
Many Happy Returns to Matt Palmer & Mike
Hayler on Monday and to Andy Henderson on Friday.
06/04/19 - Alan Pearce couldn't remember where Le Vieux Carre club was. It was The Thatched House off Market St. I played there with The Jazz Aces. Roy Williams played trombone with us before he left for greater things! In the Sportmans I was introduced to Black and Tan. Half of draught Guinness half of mild. A barman today probably wouldn't what it was. Happy ( hic ) days. Moe Green.
03/04/19 - Last year Alan Pearce sent me photographs of his old jazz club membership cards, and it got mentioned on the news page at the time. I have now put them together with some of the messages received on a page that can be accessed from Jazz Extras as it's a piece of NW jazz history.
I have amassed a large
collection of jazz magazines which I am trying to find loving homes
for, I do not want to just throw them in the skip!
03/04/19 - Last
chance today to bid for
this CD collection of
02/04/19 - Sue Reid has sent me details of "The International Guitar Festival of Great Britain, organised by Wirral Council". Sue says, "Some of this is Jazz and some of it isn't so it may not be appropriate for your site but I thought I'd see what you think". Will I think it could well be of interest to many jazz followers, so details are available here
Just a quick thank you to all the lovely folk
that turned up at High Lane Conservative Club last night to see
Manchester Jazz at their monthly venue. A great turn-out that
included 6 young new comers who enjoyed themselves and will be
returning with some mates next month - they wanted to dance and next
month they will. - Louis Lince
01/04/19 - My thanks to Peter Sinclair for sending me a link to this tweet at https://goo.gl/sPhhDv. "On this day, 1 April (really!), one hundred years ago, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band disembarked in Liverpool. They travelled by train to London and, according to the band's biographer H.O. Brunn, spent their first night in dressing rooms at the Hippodrome". I found more on the story of their arrival in the UK at https://goo.gl/D3xgf1.
01/04/19 - Sometimes you have to just wonder if it's for real, or something to do with the date. I've just received an email asking if I'd like to consider a feature and maybe an interview with a band that is described as, "An exciting collaboration of talented northern jazz artists, creating and performing original large scale jazz compositions. The group bring together their wide musical influences, including middle eastern harmonies; high energy, dance-able afro-jazz; and heavy metal and rock grooves".
31/03/19 - Sad to hear the news about Geoff Gilbert. He would often call me from New Orleans to keep me up to date with local news. Condolences and best wishes to Diana. - Pete Lay
31/03/19 - Frank Gibson Tribute Evening - Manchester Jazz Society and members of the Gibson family will be paying tribute to drummer Frank Gibson who died in November. Selections of Frank’s favourite recordings will be played. Frank's friends and colleagues are all welcome and can bring in appropriate recordings and offer their memories of Frank whose popularity and presence on the Manchester Jazz scene is much missed. This will be held at The Unicorn in Church Street Manchester starting at 7.30pm on Thursday 11th April - Eddie Little : Secretary Manchester Jazz Society
Midweek daytime jazz this week
consists of The Savoy Jazzmen on Tuesday
between 2 – 4 p.m. who are giving a concert in the beautiful setting
of the Sefton Park Palm House, Sefton Park, Liverpool. L17 1AP, and
Garstang Jazz Club which presents finest saxophone player from
Edinburgh John Burgess with Jamie Brownfield on trumpet accompanied
by jazz's favourite boy band - The Three Bears on Thursday April
4th, 12.00 noon at Kirkland Village Hall nr Garstang PR3 0HR.
30/03/19 - I am Geoff Gilbert's brother and co founder of Geoff Gilbert's Gothic Jazz Band. I have today received telephone call from my sister in law Diana with the sad news that Geoff has this morning passed away after a fairly torrid time in hospitals and hospice. Sad as this news is it is a happy release for him. He leaves many happy memories of jazz times here in England and particularly in Australia and latterly in New Orleans. - Alan Gilbert.
30/03/19 - Following the death of Mart Rodger, the band held a meeting at which it was decided to continue running the band as a working unit - but renamed "Manchester Jazz". This has the full blessing of Mart's widow Janet. The band will honour all existing bookings, including their own club, held on the first Monday evening of the month at High Lane Conservative Club - The next one being April 1st. The band are using a variety of deps until a decision is made as to who will be asked to join the band on Clarinet. Eric Newton has helped us out over the last two weeks and will be at High Lane next Monday. Pianist Roger Browne (07590 641386) and Banjo/Guitarist Louis Lince (0161 494 9899) will be approaching existing and potential venues to seek work for the future and they would be delighted to receive any calls in the meantime. Please watch this space! - Louis Lince
30/03/19 - Many
Happy Returns this coming week to Ged Hone on Monday April 1st, and
to Jim Lucas next Saturday.
29/03/19 - Mart Rodger's funeral took place at St George's Parish Church , Poynton, today. Large Parish churches are rarely fully occupied these days, but on this occasion the church was full to the brim with golfers, musicians, jazz fans and friends from his Methodist church. Unfortunately my camera was not set for the best resolution for the procession to the church, but it is still quite viewable. and conveys the essence of the occasion. I've also added the order of service booklet to Mart's tribute page, along with a lovely bit of history from Neville Taylor.
28/03/19 - The gig list for the Fleetwood Hesketh Club at Southport has been updated.
28/03/19 - Just read on Jazz Guide News that there's a new venue in the North West. It's the Farmer's Arms in Bispham. No, not the one near Blackpool, this is on Chorley Rd., Bispham, near Parbold L40 3SL, where John Hallam is starting a new Sunday afternoon Jazz event (not monthly), but hopefully at regular intervals. John will be playing with the Tom Kincaid trio from 1pm to 3pm on Sunday 2nd June. and admission will be £8. Click here to view flyer at thejazzguide.co.uk
28/03/19 - For about a month now, the Cafe Society web site has been down due to a hacker according to Anthony Mason. I'm pleased to report it is now fully restored and you can see it by clicking Cafe Society on the main menu
28/03/19 - A King 2b Liberty Trombone (H N White) has just gone on the Sales Page, replacing the Rath R10 Trombone that was advertised previously.
Just to let you know that
Alan Noble, string bass and guitar player, died recently and his
funeral will be at Nab Wood Cemetery near Bradford on Friday 29th
March at 10.10am. Alan produced a chord book which is used by a lot
of jazzmen. He played with our band the 'Blackhorse Jazzmen'
frequently some 20yrs ago. - Peter Boswell
24/03/19 - The next collection of CDs has now gone live on eBay and ends on 3rd April. Click here for a detailed list. Proceeds go towards the web site and this time a donation will be made to Prostate Cancer UK.
24/03/19 - Issue 252 of Just Jazz Magazine is now out, and the NW takes pride of place on two pages in the form of an article by Dennis Armstrong -"Remembering the Merseysippi Jazz Band", and "Rising Star Alex" - a welcome surprise guest at Sutton Coldfield Trad Jazz Club - Alex Clarke
24/03/19 - Just one midweek daytime jazz event this week, and it's Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at NORTH EUSTON HOTEL, Fleetwood on Wed, 27 March, 12:00 – 14:30. This is Mike's farewell gig as he leaves the NW to live in Cornwall soon. Time for a swinging send-off I guess.
Many Happy Returns this
week to Richard Vernon on Tuesday, Bert Schroeder on Wednesday, Ed
Lloyd-Hughes, Jon Penn and Paul Munnery on Thursday, and Stan
William on Saturday.
23/03/19 - The Harmony Hounds are back - Chris Howse says "Yes, the band that was started on St Cecilia’s day in 1987 by Chris Howse, Colin Turner and Willy Entwistle, is out of quarantine and showing no signs of any canine diseases ( maybe a touch of rabies) !! The original three have returned to their posts and with the addition of two new members are now a five piece. The line up is: Andy Henderson- cornet, Willy Entwistle- reeds/violin, Colin Turner- bass saxophone, Chris Howse -banjo, guitar and vocals, John Smith- drums. We hope a few people are old enough to remember us and we look forward to seeing you at our opening gig at Southport jazz club on Wednesday the 24th July. Further dates at the moment are: Leeds Jazz Club 20th August, Eagley Jazz Club 18th November and Rochdale Jazz Club 19th January 2020".
Barbara and I have always
said that we have found jazzers on the whole to be very kind and
friendly people. This was never more the case than when I sent out
an email on my musicians mailing list yesterday to ask for help. A
lady in Warrington told me that her 85 year old father, who was once
a jazz musician, is now in a care home on the Fylde Coast, but he
has no-one to talk to about jazz and his condition makes it hard for
him to see any point in engaging with people who don't share his
enthusiasm or knowledge. His memory and cognitive functioning aren't
great, but he absolutely remembers his Jazz and uses his iPad to
play all kinds of music on YouTube. She was hoping
someone might spare time to go and visit him. I was overwhelmed by
the response from musicians offering to help in various ways, some
of whom even remembered him. My thanks to you all, it makes running
this web site all the more rewarding. Now watch this video at
https://goo.gl/BuoNi2 as an
example of how 'music reminiscence therapy' can help, kindly
sent to me by John Westwood
20/03/19 - My thanks to Robert Webb for the generous purchase of the last collection of CDs. The next lot are now in the pipeline if you want a sneak preview
20/03/19 - I've just received an emailed press release for JazzAscona 2019 if anybody wants a copy.
20/03/19 - Mart Rodger's funeral service will take place at St. George’s Parish Church, Fountain Close, Poynton, Stockport SK12 1NH, on Friday, 29th March at 11.00 a.m.
20/03/19 - From now on, the Wall City Jazz Band will only be playing once a month at Upton by Chester British Legion. This will be on the first Tuesday of every month - Alan Jeffs
20/03/19 - I'm grateful to all those people who have bid for the latest collection of CDs. The bidding ends at 7pm tonight and I'm overwhelmed at the generosity of fellow jazzers who have so far bid an amazing amount. The money will contribute to the running costs of the site and also benefit the Alzheimer Society.
The Parade Jazzband now have a new home.
The band plays from 8.30 pm every Tuesday at The Old Quay Parkgate
Neston Wirral CH646QJ. Roy Gregory tells me, "It's s a large venue
with excellent parking, good beer and excellent food at really good
prices. All are welcome".
- Sam Ralph has been busy again at
Rochdale Jazz Club, this time taking
photographs of Doc Houlind Revival Band from Denmark. They had
been voted 'band of the year' for 2018, and this was the first
opportunity to present the band with their trophies. What a great
Sam's web site.
Llandudno Jazz Festival has been added to the
Jazz Festivals NW page. Although I couldn't spot any mention of
Traditional Jazz, last year Brenda Canty Forrest told me, "The
Fringe wasn’t expensive and was so popular and even though we had
rain showers from time to time it was under cover, and is mostly
trad/ mainstream". The Alloa Advertiser reports, "As well as the
main stage marquee presenting high-end jazz across three days,
performances will be spread out throughout the venue with trad jazz
in the Upper Courtyard, jazz jams in the Hall and Stage B - formerly
known as the Fringe stage - with popular jazz, soul and more for the
festival which will be hosted this year by the returning artist Alan
17/03/19 - Hello again Fred, at my request you kindly publicised the Pasadena Roof Orchestra concert at Lowther Pavilion, Lytham and I just wanted to let you know the evening was a great success. Not quite a sell out but plenty there and a great atmosphere. I was heartened that the people sitting around me, some of whom hadn’t been familiar with the band previously, and some who had, all said they’d really enjoyed the concert and would come again. So, a good result all round and I thought you should know. Always good to get positive feedback! Many thanks and best wishes - Marilyn Mulroy
17/03/19 - Many Happy Returns to John Dunlop who will be celebrating his 81st birthday on Thursday.
There are no mid week daytime jazz
concerts this week, unless you know different?
16/03/19 - "Yesterday Barbara and I visited Carnforth station refreshment rooms (after consulting this website) to hear the High Society Jazz Band, from 12.30 to 2.30. Our 108 mile round trip was definitely worth it, with the excellent quintet entertaining 40 or so fans.( Not many bands play “Flatfoot” !) Personnel : - Dave Bateman ( bjo / voc.), Peter Boswell (tpt), Bruce Carnaffin (clt), Robin Andrews (dms / w’bd/ harmonica / voc.), and Paul Guppy – guest on brass bass (virtuoso stuff), depping for Gerry Clayton, unfortunately on sick leave and we wish him well". - Terry Birkinhead
Readers of the March edition of
Jazz Guide may have come across an advert
for Martin Bennett's Swamplanders at The Micker Brook in Cheadle, a
new venue "starting Monday 4th May". It should of course be Saturday
4th May, and it will take place thereafter every 1st Saturday in the
month providing there is enough support. It will be corrected in the
15/03/19 - Many musicians have contributed to Mart Rodger's Tribute Page, but I'm sure there are many jazzers out there who have enjoyed listening to Mart and the band, and I'd love to add your memories if you'd let me have them.
The PR1, home of the Silver Bell Band in
Preston, has changed hands again as Beer Brothers have pulled out
and the lady running the pub has taken it over. "It's good news",
says Roy Freeman, "because she loves the music".
14/03/19 - Messages of shock, sympathy and support have poured in following the news of Mart Rodger's death. I have collected them all and put them together on a tribute page which is located here.
I had a shock phone call from Mart
Rodger's wife Janet today, to tell me that Mart had died in Stepping
Hill hospital last night after being ill for a week. He'd had a very
high temperature all week, and they operated on him yesterday
afternoon. It seems he had a massive infection round his replacement
hip, and it had to be taken out. She told me that had he survived,
he would have been the most unhappy man in the world, which I can
understand. Janet will let me know when the funeral
arrangements are available.
13/09/19 - My apologies if you have looked at the next bunch of CDs that have gone up for sale and saw that it had expired. That was the start date that had expired, it doesn't end until 20th March. I've amended the page now to show the correct run down time.
13/03/19 - The High Society Jazz Band gig at Bare Village Club, Morecambe, scheduled for this Sunday, has been moved to the following Sunday, 24th March
13/03/19 - Roger Browne regular pianist since 1995 with Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz, will be giving an amusing and entertaining recital/talk/concert featuring personal adaptions of an ecclectic mix of styles underpinned by fascinating stories of the characters and experiences that have shaped his amazing life in music. It takes place at Bowdon Rugby Club on Friday 3rd May.
- The Dart Valley Stompers, based in the South West, are set
to travel North covering Rochdale,
Barnsley & Leeds on 7th, 6th and 9th of April respectively.
The band was formed in 2005 with the aim of playing lively and
exciting Traditional & New Orleans jazz and features Award Winning
Reed Player Jeremy Huggett on Clarinet, Saxophones & Vocals.
11/03/19 - I had a call from John Meehan tonight (leader of the Savannah Jazz Band), to remind me that this year the band will be celebrating 40 years since it was founded in Spring 1979. John joined the band in October that year, and some time later became the band leader. The band members in the beginning were, Paul Harrison (clt), Tony Smith (tpt), Peter Gledhill (tbn), Terry Mellor (dbl bs) and Bob Slater (bjo). John would like help from jazzers and musicians, who can remember who the previous drummer was, and especially any memories you may have as a listener, band member or dep. Please send them to me and I'll add them to a celebratory web page. Apparently at the last gig in Didsbury, John asked the audience if any of them actually lived in Didsbury, and nobody put their hand up! Maybe we could find who has travelled the furthest to listen to them? He is hoping to organise an anniversary celebration at The Keys Hotel in Huddersfield around June time.
Re: The latest CD
Clearout - The Geoff Bull CD is excellent, well worth
buying! For anyone who doesn’t know Geoff then be assured that he is
a fine trumpet player & band leader and at home with some of the
best New Orleans musicians, who feature on this CD. As for
Monty Sunshine, well I blame him for my love of New Orleans music
for it was the liner notes of an EP featuring Monty that set me on
the path. George Lewis was mentioned and I sought out an LP and was
captivated.- Fraser McCombe
10/03/19 - Just one mid week daytime jazz event this week - The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 15 March, 12:30 – 14:30, where there are Tea Rooms and Good food available. A Collection is taken at this event.
09/03/19 - Re: Mike Feltham's fun with trombones - Many thanks - absolutely great! Malcolm Hogarth (and Isabel when she gets a chance to see and listen to it)
"The heart of Poulton's community is beating ever stronger as the
former St Chad's Hall, now known as Vicarage Park Community Centre,
played host to an evening of jazz with a sprinkling of comedy by the
popular band Deco Delight", writes
community correspondent Yvonne Fielding in the Blackpool Gazette.
"The Centre has undergone extensive refurbishment thanks to the
effort of the local community fundraising over a number of years and
now proudly opens its doors once again to events, community
activities and concerts. The jazz evening was organised primarily to
raise funds for the continued needs of the Centre and cabaret-style
seating with tables and chairs set the scene for a sparkling evening
of entertainment and refreshments of cheese and wine. Spokesperson
Wendy Barnes said: "It was a brilliant night and the band went down
a storm. "They generously gave their services for free and we raised
over £600. "We would love to have them back for a ticketed event in
the future". Peter Eddowes passed this item on to me and
said, "Good to know that we are doing something right. A really nice
publicity plug don't you think?".
08/03/19 - One video I think may have had a mention on here before is one that Mike Feltham pointed out and said, "Not quite jazz", but trombonists out there should enjoy this, and to be fair, all musicians probably will. "I've seen it before, but well worth a second or even a third viewing", writes Paul Medina. It always amazes me how each player has learnt his part off by heart. If you like the musical humour, then have a look Mnozil Brass.
08/03/19 - My Thanks to George Bell, from Seascale,Cumbria who purchased the last bundle of CDs. The next collection of 9 will go on Ebay on Sunday night at 7pm. This time there are CDs from USA, Finland and Australia as well as some familiar bands from the UK, three of which are no longer playing, so this may be your last chance to get hold of a copy of the CD. Click here for a preview of the listing
08/03/19 - Bingley Mavericks Jazz Club gig list has been updated
05/03/19 - Yesterday a disk drive which stores all my documents, photographs and music, died a sudden death. I replaced it today and left it to restore all but yesterday's work which was waiting to be backed up. Be warned, it could happen to you, think about backing up your drive(s) before it's too late. - Fred
04/03/19 - The Parade Jazzband start a new venue on Tuesday 5th March at 8.30 - 11pm. It's at The Brewers Arms 1 Park Street, Neston CH64 3RP. It’s Mardi Gras so we’ll be playing New Orleans style music and there will be free beads. Brollies optional but welcome - Roy Gregory
The NW Castle jazz weekend
page has been updated - Fred
03/03/19 - Roy Gregory writes, "I now have details of John Shevill’s funeral. They are as follows:- 11th March 2019, Southport Crematorium, 158 Southport Rd Southport PR85JQ. Cortege arrives 10.30. March to chapel-approx 150 yds. Headed by the Parade Jazzband. Service 10.40 - 30 mins to 11.10. The Band will play outside for people leaving. Reception is at the Masonic Hall. Duke St. Southport PR81LS Lord St. end.
03/03/19 - The SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in in the beautiful setting of the Sefton Park Palm House, Sefton Park, Liverpool. L17 1AP. T on Tue, 5 March, 14:00 – 16:00. and Baby Jools and The Jazzaholics are appearing at Garstang Jazz Club on Thu, 7 March, 12:00 – 14:30 at Kirkland & Catterall Memorial Hall, Preston PR3 0HR. These are the only two mid week daytime jazz events this week. - Fred
03/03/19 - Many Happy Returns today to Merseyside bass player Jim West, Rosie Harrison tomorrow, and to Mart Rodger & Colin Smith who share birthdays on Saturday. - Fred
At the end of January I mentioned a free
where band managers, club organisers or fans could list their
events. I was having a look today and was pleased to see that
someone at Rochdale Jazz Club had taken
the trouble to put their events on. Good for you as I've not found
any other clubs in the North West who took up the suggestion. I see
the Original Panama Jazz Band are shown as
playing weekly at the Irby Club thanks to Jon Critchley. That's two
down and plenty to go, and it doesn't cost a penny. Apologies
if I missed one that someone took the trouble to put on. - Fred
02/03/19 - Enjoy a bit of good detective work? Well I'm beginning to find this story fascinating and would love someone in Yorkshire to follow it up. "Hello Fred, I noticed the item dated 25/2/19 with the photo sent by Pip Bensley. It's well known that Louis Armstrong came to Yorkshire in 1968, playing at the famous Batley Variety Club. Louis was met at Leeds Bradford airport by a young Enrico Tomasso. Rothwell is a small town on the southern outskirts of Leeds, so perhaps there is a connection with this 1968 visit? The Yorkshire Post Newspaper has good archives - it might be worth enquiring there. Interesting to see the twin record deck in the photo but it doesn't look like a local radio studio. Possibly hospital radio, factory broadcasting, or just a keen amateur? - Sam Wood
02/03/19 - Two cornets (not the ice cream variety), have just gone on the Sales Page. - Fred
02/03/19 - Happy Birthday to Roy Gregory! It's now ten years since I first met Roy, with Mad Ed's Hot Five. This led on to many enjoyable sessions at the Blue Bell, and I haven't been the same since! - Sam Wood
Re: The number of instruments on stage during the Frog & Henry tour
- At Garstang I had a long natter with Ewan Bleach. It seems
the German reed player had only brought his clarinet with him, the
alto and tenor saxes he was playing belonged to Ewan, that means
Ewan had taken two clarinets, bass sax, baritone sax, soprano sax,
alto sax and tenor sax on the tour with him! - Barrie Marshall
01/03/19 - The March edition of Dove Jazz Bugle is now available to read here - Fred
28/02/19 - My thanks to those who responded to my query re hissing in the ears, but I am far from needing a hearing aid! I have been diagnosed as not detecting very high frequencies, but I can hear perfectly well. For now. Unless I protect my ears with good ear protectors to cut down the decibels entering them. I don’t want to amplify them! - Jon Critchley
28/02/19 - I will be delighted when Jon Critchley returns -ex accident- to Irby ! Am I alone in thinking that his Hissing comes from the fact that, for some years... he plays Trumpet??? Rather well too!! I would guess that he exceeds a 707 on take off?? or should that be a 380 nowadays?? Whatever, COME BACK SOON!!! and bring Dave Thomas with YOU - (Over the Border - Anne and Hissing Tony)
28/02/19 - Undercliffe Cricket Club gig list has just been updated - Fred
28/02/19 - Frazer McCombe (25/02.19) drew attention to Ewan having five instruments on stage. Before reed player Lauren joined the Northern part of the F & H tour, Will was in that seat with two clarinets, one a bass, and tenor sax, Ewan, on the other hand, had soprano, tenor, baritone and bass saxes and the two clarinets. David with the tuba machine and banjo, FH Henry two guitars, and Kermane just his violin. I make that a total of fourteen - quite a stage full ! Ten videos can be viewed on Peter Butler's ( www.jazzandjazz.com ) new Youtube site. Have a look. - Norman Gibson
28/02/19 - I've just been watching videos taken by Peter Butler (jazz&jazz) of Frog & Henry, filmed at Tad Newton's Walnut Tree Jazz Club, in Blisworth. You can tell Ewan Bleach is from Oxford, only an Englishman would pour himself a cup of tea halfway through a number. Check out this video of Bunk Johnson's "The Girls Go Crazy" - Fred
28/02/19 - There are a limited number on 1 Day tickets now available for Keswick Jazz Festival so you can just buy the ones that fit in with your plans. For a limited period you can now buy any mixture of Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday tickets at £45 each. - Fred
28/02/19 - I refer to Jon Critchley’s message about hearing aids. I have the same problem with hearing high frequency notes and have both the free NHS and the Boots hearing aids. The Boots aid costs well over £2,000 and is recommended by “Which”. The Boots aid has re-chargeable batteries and the NHS aid is free and is provided with free dry batteries for life. You are given a card which allows you to collect a regular supply of about ten batteries when needed, and both provide equal performance. I only purchased the Boots aid because the earlier NHS model was not as good. Your GP will refer you to an NHS hearing clinic. I was first alerted to the loss of hearing when other musicians complained that I was playing too loud. The biggest loss of hearing is in my right ear, probably caused by always having my amplifier next to me on the right hand side of the keyboard - Barrie Quilliam
28/02/19 - Mardi Gras comes to High Lane. Monday 4th March is Lundi Gras – the day before Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) itself. Mart Rodger’s Manchester Jazz will be celebrating at High Lane Conservative Club, commencing at 8.00pm. Mardi Gras (celebrated in the UK as Pancake Tuesday) is the last carnival celebration party before Ash Wednesday. In New Orleans people dress in the three official Mardi Gras colours of Green, Gold and Purple and enjoy themselves parading and partying. Please do join us in the spirit of Mardi Gras. The band will be playing a miscellany of Mardi Gras and New Orleans tunes to listen to and enjoy. Bring a friend and lose yourselves for an evening of fun and frivolity. - Mart Rodger
28/02/19 - The latest edition of Just Jazz Magazine has just popped through the letter box. You can see what's inside this issue by clicking here - Fred
25/02/19 - Just wanted to pass on the details that the Pasadena Roof Orchestra is to appear at Lowther Pavilion Theatre in Lytham on Friday 8th March. www.lowtherpavilion.co.uk Still some tickets left for lovers of 1920s and 30s jazz - Irving Berlin, Ray Noble, Cole Porter, Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington etc and in the words of the band – ‘Pack up your troubles, come on get happy, and experience an evening of superlative live music, with more than a dash of wit and humour’. I’ve seen them several times and it’s always a good night, it would be great if you could give them a mention and we could get a full house. - Marilyn Mulroy
25/02/19 - "I just thought we should send you a note to say what a great night we had on Saturday with Frog and Henry. We saw them in Brittany in 2017 and thought they were one of the standout bands of the Festival, so we were delighted when they approached us for a gig, nearly as delighted as our audience were on Saturday that we had managed to book them. Special praise has to be given to Hilda and Roger Bywater the dancers from Tarporley, who came to Bollington for the first time and it was the third time last week that they had seen F & H, some recommendation eh! Best wishes, Bernard and Carole Selby". "A very enjoyable concert from the Frog & Henry band at Garstang. The musicianship and arrangements were terrific and I wish them well for the future". - Mal Horne
25/02/19 - Further to the comments about the Liverpool jazz festival, check out the schedule for the Nantwich Jazz & Blues Festival. The future of jazz in any form is not safe in these organiser’s hands, and I refer not just to traditional jazz. Further to Pete Lindup’s comment about the future of the music being safe in the hands of the Tenement, Frog & Henry, etc: yes but only if similar age audiences come to watch, otherwise who will they play it to? I think it needs to come out onto the streets for the young people to hear, because the established clubs perhaps don’t know how to attract them through the doors. - Jon Critchley
25/02/19 - After last year's success, with many events selling out in advance, the 2019 Neston Music Festival is running from 26 April to 25 May. Of particular interest to jazz aficionados will be the Northern Rhythm Big Band at Neston Civic Hall on 3 May, Sue Reid at St Thomas's Parkgate on 15 May, Dale Storr at Neston Cricket Club on 22 May and the Original Panama Jazz Band at Neston Civic Hall on 24 May. Full details, including ticketing, are at www.neston.org.uk . - Mike Shipman
25/02/19 - Hi Fred, nice to see you again, enjoying the Frog & Henry band at Garstang Jazz Club. What a fabulous Quintet ! My brother hadn’t heard of them but had heard of Ewan Bleach and that he was a bit special. How right he was ! “Weary Blues” with Jim Swinnerton sitting in nearly blew the roof off, and Ewan’s “Si tu vois ma Mere” was beautiful. A musician sat next to us was literally purring with delight. I believe the band have already got potential dates for a 2020 tour – I suspect all the dates will be a sell-out after this tour. - Terry Birkinhead.
25/02/19 - My thanks to Robert Webb in Tunbridge Wells who supported this site and the Alzheimer's Society by buying my last collection of CDs on Ebay. If you missed out, there's a chance to have another go as a collection nine more CDs have just gone on eBay. Click here for details. - Fred
25./02/19 - Pip Bensley writes, "I have just bought the attached photograph and saw there was some kind of jazz connection and wondered whether you could cast any light on it. The cuttings on the wall are “Louis makes true Rothwell boy’s dearest wish” and “jazz club story goes on record”. I see there's a Rothwell on the outskirts of Leeds - Fred
25/02/19 - We can see now that young and old can all enjoy 'our' kind of jazz, when it's of the style and quality of musicianship of Frog & Henry. The Cheshire Swing Cats had to respond to their demand for tickets, by moving their event to a larger venue to accommodate 114 + band and organising group. Very successful event.' - Norman Gibson. Check out the photos at https://goo.gl/pWnt58 - Fred
25/02/19 - Equally free - Jazznorthwest Weekly is out! 25 February 2019 Edition. Of particular interest to many of you, could be an article in the Leisure section, from Gibson. the new York Times - "Jazz on The Edge of Change" at https://goo.gl/7rrGa8 about the origins of the music. How did the 369th Infantry Regiment band led by James Reese Europe playing in the courtyard of a Paris hospital for wounded Americans, have any influence on jazz? You may wonder. - Fred
25/02/19 - Hello Fred, The new issue of Jazz Journal s available (free) today at www.jazzjournal.co.uk - Steve Voce
25/02/19 - In common with most of us who are ‘getting on’ I’ve also been told that I have loss in high frequencies. However, my experience with ‘free’ hearing tests is that they always result in the offer of an expensive, (sometimes very) solution, which doesn’t really work. When I hear hissing sounds, I like to assume it’s due to a hearing deficiency, and not just audience reaction! (????) - Richard Knock
Just to confirm that Frog & Henry were equally well received at
Bollington on Saturday night. Everybody I spoke to were full of
praise for the high musical standards of the band. A fresh approach
to the music we love. How many musicians are on stage with a bass
sax,baritone sax,soprano sax and two clarinets, one Boehm & one
Albert system. And that’s just one of them! An
unusual repertoire and yet some familiar tunes. - Fraser
24/02/19 - I used to think that the hissing in my ears after gigs was audience generated (and maybe sometimes it still is!) But, it’s something I’ve got used to: Not whilst I’m playing, but particularly when I’ve got home and I’m lying in bed; even this morning as I write, although due to a fall the other week, I haven’t played for a few weeks. So when Boots offered a free hearing test, Kay and I went last Friday. Kay’s turned out to be spot-on, but I was diagnosed as having problems with the very high frequencies. The specialist put it down to playing and recommended hearing protectors which I since have found out can cost from a tenner to £140 and more. He said I should not be subjected to more than 80dB, which is relatively quiet. Got a dB app on my phone and I will monitor the level on the next gig. Have other musicians experienced this and can anyone recommend any particular make / type? Boots recommended ACS (who I since discovered are ACS’s U.K. dealers). Seems a bit over the top to spend £140 on protection but then again what price is good hearing? Cheers, - Jon Critchley
24/02/19 - A couple of musician's birthdays to celebrate this week - Jamie Brownfield, 27 on Tuesday, and Roy Gregory, 55 on Saturday.
Just one mid week daytime
jazz event this week - Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at North Euston
Hotel, Fleetwood on Wed, 27 February, 12:00 – 14:30
23/02/19 - Garstang Jazz Club gig list has been updated
23/02/19 - "Absolutely fantastic performance from Frog and Henry at Garstang Jazz Club. Great comments from everyone I spoke to." - Jim Swinnerton
- Roy Gregory, leader of the
Parade Jazzband, writes "It is with great regret that I have to
report that John Shevill has passed away. John has been the
drummer with the Parade Jazzband for well over 10 years. His
considerable contribution to the band will be sadly missed as will
his wit and humour. He last played with us on Tuesday 19/2/19. He
was in good spirits and played well. John was 86 years of age but
appeared to be in good health. His sudden death has come as a shock
to us all. I will give details of funeral arrangements when I get
them. We intend to give him a rousing musical send off.
22/02/19 - When it come to other bands, musicians rarely give praise unless it's well and truly earned. So these comments tell it like it was yesterday at Garstang jazz Club. "Loved the band, first class music, first class musicians and I had two long conversations with Ewan Bleach and tried out each other’s clarinets, an afternoon I won’t forget, and I took nearly sixty pictures. The sad thing is no young people in the audience", - Barrie Marshall. "Frog & Henry playing at the Garstang Jazz Club yesterday, to a full house. One of the most enjoyable performances I have had the pleasure of being at and listening to. Great, not often played repertoire, professionally played by five superb musicians. Wonderful to hear young musicians with such an authentic feel for the music. I look forward to seeing them again".- Mike Lovell. "Well, what a superb afternoon, five (young!) guys who have assimilated the 'old' syle jazz and given it the authentic approach. The future of the music is assured whilst in the safe hands of Mr. Bleach and his boys!" - Peter Lindup.
Dear Fred, I went to bed very happy at
11.30 last night, after reading your e-mail. Your acknowledgement of
Frog and Henry, after you witnessed them yesterday at Garstang, and
I quote, " I now realise why you rate them so highly, they were
brilliant ", meant a lot to me. Assisting them these last two years
has been a joy ! The broader significance of how well the band is
being received, on this second tour, is not lost on me. More young
musicians in NOLA are getting the message, the 'Shake 'em Up'
amazing all girl band will be back, and more will follow, But, more
importantly, young musicians here, eg Tenement JB, are getting the
message. Dependent on Brexit, we could see European young bands,
like 'French rag', 'Sweet Peppers', 'Hot Sugar Band' etc making
visits here to really liven up our jazz scene. Thanks Fred.-
20/02/19 - Carlisle Jazz Club gig list has been updated
20/02/19 - The Kirkbymoorside Town Blog – Ryedale, North Yorkshire, reports that "The 7th Ryedale Traditional Jazz Festival will take place from 21 to 27 July 2019, in Pickering, on Sunday at 2.30pm in St Peter and St Paul’s church, and all other concerts at 7.30pm in Pickering Memorial Hall". It also includes a list of events which you can see here.
Neil Clarke writes, "Last
month, the Wolfgang Jazz Club (which had put on jazz every Wednesday
evening for many years) was forced to cease due to the loss of the
use of its regular venue. However, the good news is that the club is
re-launching as the Alsager Golf & Country Club Jazz Society, Audley
Rd., Alsager. The new club will put on jazz every Thursday evening
from 9pm until 11pm. To cover the cost of the move and to ensure we
can continue putting on top artists, there will be a small charge of
£3 per head on the door. However, I think you will find the drinks
good value at the bar and the facilities more spacious and
comfortable. There is plenty of level car parking right outside the
doors and all facilities are on the ground floor. We will continue
to hold a raffle to supplement the door income. Your attendance &
support would be very much appreciated to help to keep the club
alive and hopefully grow as it adapts to its new location and
format. The first gig at this new venue will be on THURSDAY 21st
February and will feature Alex Clarke (reeds & flute), Andrzej
Baranek (keys), Nigel Cartwright (bass) and Roger Keay (drums)".
I have my doubts that the club will be featuring
traditional jazz bands as we know them, so have asked Neil for
clarification. Future gigs can be found on the
Alsager Golf & Country Club Jazz Society Facebook page.
19/02/19 - What a busy, but amazing weekend, Meryl and I have had. Travelled to Plymouth, a whole day Friday in brilliant sunshine enjoying such a fantastic Passing Out Parade, at HMS Raleigh, of our eldest Grandson Jacob, as he starts his challenging career in the Royal Navy. Then Saturday over to Dove Holes for a full house ( getting on a 100 ) performance by Frog and Henry Band, which included Barry's 65th. birthday celebration and the drinkies that went with that ! There was a standing ovation at the end - could have been for Barry ? For those people who asked me ' Will Ewan be bringing his Bass saxophone ?' - the answer is 'Yes'. Too tired to get to the Caledonia in Liverpool tonight, but Kendal (Wed) and Garstang ( Thurs noon ) here we come. FH Henry tells me a lot of the 2020 Tour is arranged already - that tells me he really likes us in the UK and I can now retire ( again ! ) - Norman Gibson
- In my new life as part-time rock,
country, blues and swing drummer I have also taken up entertaining
the public at our monthly musical soiree (and other functions when
asked) with songs which our audience and my fellow musicians have
never come across before e.g. Hello my baby, Let's pretend there's a
moon, My little bimbo, Out in the cold again. My search for new
songs leads me in diverse directions and I came across a recording
of Darktown Strutters Ball which I hadn't heard before.... Joe
Brown's 1960 version, his first "hit" record. So the twain doth
meet, albeit not often. - Joe Brown & the Bruvvers -
The Darktown Strutter's Ball
- Graham Martindale (France).
16/02/19 - Just one daytime midweek jazz event coming up, and it's the much talked about Frog & Henry Band who will be playing at Garstang Jazz Club on Thu, 21 February, 12:00 – 14:30 at the Kirkland & Catterall Memorial Hall, Preston PR3 0HR. Lunch is included in the £12 entry fee, so this has to be the bargain of the year and I would be surprised if it wasn't a full house!
16/02/19 - The Seventh Liverpool International Jazz Festival will take place from Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th February 2019 at The Capstone Theatre, and is supported by Liverpool Jazz, but as Mike Feltham says, "No mention of Trad Jazz !".
16/02/19 - After its extensive refurbishment the Southey Street Methodist Church is to be one of the venues again for the Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival - including the ever-popular Sunday Service. The Festival organisers are very pleased to welcome the church back as a long-term supporter of the festival as well as a great Jazz and Blues venue. The church is looking fantastic with greatly improved and renewed facilities. Refreshments will be available again, provided by the lovely volunteers at Southey Street Church.
16/02/19 - Many Happy Returns today to Barry Pryme who is no doubt celebrating his 65th birthday with the Frog & Henry Jazz Band at Dove jazz Club. Next week it's a Happy Birthday wishes to Sheila Collier on Monday 18th, and to Frank Slater who will celebrate his 82nd birthday on Saturday.
16/02/19 - The Deco Delight web page has been updated to include a photograph and video from the charity event at The Vicarage Park Community Centre in Poulton-le-Fylde
With all the head spinning information
associated with Brexit, it suddenly occurred to me that none of the
media (or your page) has investigated the impact of a no deal on
musicians and promoters. I decided therefore to do some research
myself. Contacting the government was a waste of time as was a phone
call to the musicians union. However an e-mail to Brussels did
furnish results. Whilst still in the developmental stage, some
definite decisions had been made and here are
the findings as supplied by Jeff Roberts.
"The Blackhorse Jazzmen celebrate our 25th Anniversary next Tuesday
19th February at the Royal Oak in Settle. We have played a regular
weekly session for that whole period though changing venues about 6
times. Three of the current quartet are original members. Some of
our frequent deps. will join us for the occasion. We thank our
regular supporters for their loyalty which has kept the sessions
going. I must take this opportunity to congratulate the Merseysippi
on reaching their magnificent 70th this month. How long has your
fantastic site been going now Fred? - Peter Boswell". I can't
establish the actual date Peter, but by my reckoning, it started
around 1995 at the latest, which makes it 25 years next year (see
this article). - Fred.
11/02/19 - In their latest newsletter, the Tenement Jazz Band from Scotland has announced that it is playing at The Blue Arrow, Glasgow on 24th Feb, and Matt & Phred's in Manchester on the 21st June. Not one to be left behind, Norman Gibson writes, "We've been to Matt & Phred's, there's a Travelodge just round the corner. We're planning on going in June".
11/02/19 - Sorry to hear of the demise of Roy Pellett. I have a copy of his excellent compilation of anecdotes from BBC's much lamented radio series Jazz Score. I notice that the book can still be obtained from abebooks.co.uk - Trevor Barnes
10/02/19 - Just one mid week daytime jazz event this week, The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 15 February, 12:30 – 14:30
10/02/19 - The Merseysippi Jazzband will be celebrating their 70th birthday this week on 14th Feb, but the celebrations start tomorrow night at Liverpool Cricket Club in the Sports Bar, downstairs. Jamie Brownfield will be a guest with the band.
10/02/19 - Do you forget to check this page regularly? Why not have it sent to you twice a week via email? Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Add Me".
09/02/19 - My next collection of 9 CDs will be on eBay tonight at 9-30pm, and you can preview them here. They seem to be going quite well and I'm pleased somebody wants them, at the same time any money received is contributing to the web site and to the Alzheimer's Society.
I have just heard the sad news that Roy Pellett
has passed away . He was based in Plymouth and had a lengthy career
with much time spent touring the continent . He was a member of the
Leathertown Jazzband, Bob Wallis Storyville Jazzband . plus. Rod
Mason and latterly his own band. See pictures. Best wishes. - Ken Ames
07/02/19 - The Micker Brook, a pub/diner/pizzaria at Cheadle-Stonehouse, near Stockport, has booked Bennett's Swamplanders for every first Saturday for the rest of the year, starting on Saturday 4th May. The venue has a dance floor and is ideal for anyone interested at all in jiving and Lindy Hopping, as well as listening to Dixieland Swing. Bennett's Swamplanders is a five piece band from The Old Green River Band featuring Stan Williams on trumpet, Howard Murray on various saxes, Howard Worthington on double bass, Bill Buck on drums and myself on keyboard. The opening night will also be supporting the Diane Oxberry Ovarian Cancer Fund/Charity with a raffle. Raffle prizes would certainly be appreciated. Evenings Kick Off at 8.30 finishing at 11pm. Entrance £10 pp on the door on the night. - Martin Bennett
07/02/19 - Hi Fred, I really enjoy your emails even though I’m over on the east side of the midlands. Yes I picked up on the Tenement band and they are now coming to our beautiful jazz club in Louth early 2020. We also have Frog and Henry coming to Louth this March picked up from your email. Thank you. Great to get news and Info from North West. - Linda Scrutton
07/02/19 - That's my daughter on stage at Garstang Jazz Club - this lovely photo of Alex Clarke posted by mum Sarah, on Facebook
07/02/19 - The Savoy Jazzmen web page photograph has been updated
07/02/19 - Stranraer and Blackpool are two jazz venues added to the Jazz Festivals and weekends breaks page
heard much about Dr. Michael White's activities for a few years,
it's a treat to hear him play with Shaye, and a great relief to hear
that our music still does exist today!
- John Westwood
04/02/19 - The gig list for Jazz at Bingley Mavericks has been updated
04/02/19 - Pete Lay may be interested to know that a copy of the George Lewis double LP was for sale internationally a couple of years ago for $1,400 - Brian Legan
04/02/19 - Let’s not get too gung-ho about Frog and Henry being on same bill as the Rolling Stones. Great as it is. The Stones are appearing as a separate entity to the Fest itself with a stand alone concert on the Thursday before the weekend events. With F&H appearing in the ‘Economy Hall Tent’ where you get to hear some of the local bands – not on the main stage – a bit like Glastonbury where they have more than one stage. But, it’s pleasing that at least some local bands get to feature at this Festival which has changed dramatically since its inception nearly 50 years ago. It’s no wonder the French Quarter Festival three weeks before Jazz Fest has become the ‘peoples festival’ featuring everything/everyone local or those ‘in town’. Hoping to see F&H there this coming April, along with Tuba Skinny, Shotgun Jazz Band, and many other of the Frenchman Street bands. So pleased that folk have picked up on the Tenement Jazz Band – who will also be touring ‘South’ next March, with an appearance at a Warner Jazz Break at Sinah Warren (March 1st) and at Sylvie’s Place (March 4th) with some other gigs in between. Incidentally buy their CD – it’s pretty damn good – shades of a night in the Spotted Cat or d.b.a in New Orleans. - Pete Lay
03/02/19 - Daytime jazz events this week include The Savoy Jazzmen at Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 5 February, 14:00 – 16:00, and Garstang Jazz Club on Thu, 7 February, 12:00 – 14:30 at Kirkland & Catterall Memorial Hall, Preston PR3 0HR.
As Frog & Henry are playing to
a sold out lunchtime booking today in Holland, I checked out the 'Classic
Jazz Concert Club' website.. Their mission is to provide "
original jazz from the period 1910 to WWII from Ragtime to Swing,
and Hot Jazz of the 20's and 30's". There is a 'Video' link to their
own Youtube listing of 170 videos of bands who have played for them
(looks like I'll be busy). They include Ewan Bleach and 'Basin St.
Brawlers', many of 'Spat's' Langham's Hot Combination and the
Bratislava Hot Combination and others I am not aware of ,and need to
look at. With latest Liverpool University booking F & H will be
doing a total of 15 concerts in the North now !
See Details here - Norman Gibson
01/02/19 - I hear that the charity gig at The Vicarage Park Community Centre in Poulton-le-Fylde, which featured Deco Delight, went down so well, the band were given a booking for a paid concert later in the year. This photo of the band on stage was taken by Christopher Gannon, who also took a video of the band playing an unusual version of "The Saints". More photographs and videos here
01/02/19 - I've just updated Eagley Jazz Club admission charges and membership details, plus a membership application form.
30/01/19 - Stopped snowing? Wondering where to go? Band leaders and fans take note. Many year ago when Barbara and I ran a jazz club I used to post it in a web site called "Where can we go". It's still going strong, and I have just been reminded by a notification from Google that someone has created a post with the words 'Trad Jazz'. Here it is - "Trad Jazz", - A Traditional Jazz Band plays every first Monday of each month. 8.30 to 11pm. Free entry. The White Hart, 27 Churchgate, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 1UD. Mon 4 Feb, Mon 4 Mar, Mon 1 Apr. So what are you waiting for? Get posting your venue at www.wherecanwego.com. I found two events in Leicester straight off, none round here though!
A collection of Cymbals from a retired drummer
and teacher, has just gone on the Sales Page
29/01/19 - The Doc Houlind Revival All Stars commence a 26 day UK tour on March 1st. The only jobs north of the Trent are March 17th Rochdale and March 18th Barnsley. It would be nice to meet up with old friends along the way. - Regards Brian Turnock
29/01/19 - Hi Fred, I see Dorian has LPs for sale 26/01/19 - . I’m pleased to see the one on eBay is worth money. I’d consider selling my copy if I could get same money for it. It would interesting to see what other gems are amongst the other 299 items. - Pete Lay
29/01/19 - As John Westwood (who sent me the link) says, "I bet this took a few hours to scan" - https://goo.gl/4njHH5 It's a 1925 catalogue of 'His Master's Voice' records. I thought I'd search it for the word "jazz", I daren't repeat on here what I found! - Fred
29/01/19 - Well Fred, on 05-01-19 you wrote - " A lot of things can happen in a few days etc". And I can tell you, that since that posting, an amazing lot has happened. Who needs Facebook , Twitter, etc., when we have you. Tom Pickles contacted me, at your suggestion, regarding possible venues for the Tenement JB in June. As Ryan 'Frog and Henry', has the most up to date contact details for his booked venues, I put these two young guys together. Result ! - Tenement JB will play at Tad Newton's Walnut JC 19th June, Bedford Golf Club JC 20th. and Matt and Phred's in Manchester 21st. Bookings being sought en-route to Northampton 17/18th June - anyone got any ideas ? In turn, Tom has fixed F & H up with three gigs in Scotland 12th. to 15th Feb., thus solving the problem we've had filling the Roa Island date, which had to be cancelled. Best of all, a friendship has developed with Ryan and Tom, and Tom will be going out to NOLA to meet up at the time of the Jazz Fest, when F & H will be playing on the same bill as the Rolling Stones. Incidentally, it was Tom who facilitated the 'Shake 'em Up' band's engagements at Edinburgh and Durham last year. Thanks Fred for getting this started. - Norman Gibson
We look forward to Sunday
lunchtime jazz at the John O'Gaunt in Lancaster. Barrie Marshall has
got a swinging good team together and lots of guests come to join
them. It’s a real pleasure listening to the music. I am
sending you a little picture as Barrie is otherwise occupied. All
the best - Gudrun O'Hara. Click on the picture for a
larger version - FB
27/01/19 - Just one mid week daytime gig coming up - Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at the North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood on Wed, 30 January, 12:00 – 14:30
Many Happy Returns on Tuesday to
Terry Porter, on Thursday to Ken Doran, and on Friday to Brian
Carrick and Tony Pollitt.
26/01/19 - The Chicago Teddybears are delighted to announce that the fabulous Jamie Brownfield will play trumpet with the band at our gig at Eastham Lodge on Friday March 1st. See the web page for more details.”
26/01/18 - More details for the forthcoming event at Garstang Jazz Club on 7th Feb have just been added.
Maybe I'm starting a trend? Dorian Legan
writes, "I have a lot of jazz records for sale and I am starting to
list them through eBay. This is the first one I have listed, and I
am told that it is the most valuable one:
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/273670384246. I have around 300 ready
to go, and will be listing them all over the next few days. If you
could post a link to the listing I sent it would be much
appreciated, and of course I will make a donation on the sale if it
manages to go, just ask the winning buyer to let me know he found it
via your website. If you could let people know that more will
be coming and to keep an eye on my store page that would be great".
25/01/19 - My next batch of CDs are now about to go live on eBay tonight, but you can see a preview here. There's a signed Chris Barber CD and double CD of skiffle music (61 tracks) included making 10 CDs in all, with a starting price of just £4 and free postage.
- The latest edition of Just Jazz magazine
is now out.
Pilgrim tenor banjo 19 fret (
brand new in 2016) has been reduced yet again, must be a bargain by
now. See Sales Page
23/01/19 - Bradley Walsh and son are in New Orleans tonight, ITV 8pm
23/01/19 - Denis Goodwin (Halifax) is the latest musician to go on the deps list. Denis says, "I'm a drummer with drums kit parade etc all styles 43 years pro now semi retired. Deep pocket powerful swing many albums TV film etc. fluent in New Orleans jazz".
22/01/19 - Just realised I was a week premature with the birthday wishes which I've now taken off So it's Many Happy Returns today to Southport reed player, Mike Smith, and tomorrow to Liverpool bass player John McCormick. On Friday it's birthday wishes to Paul Blake & Terry Binns, and on Saturday to Paul Adams.
22/01/19 - Digby Fairweather has written on Facebook, "Did you see the edition of Panorama last night spotlighting the serial killing by Doctor Jane Barton at Gosport War Memorial Hospital. If so did you see the listing of Nathaniel Gonella amongst the hundreds of dead? That was Britain's first great jazz trumpeter Nat Gonella. Three months previously Nat had played a West End week with my Half Dozen and had only gone in for the resetting of a broken elbow".
Hi Fred, According to a fella called Fellers, the video being praised
by so many, was one of 33 'movies' collected at the Juan-le-Pins
Jazz Festival, Antibes France between 9 and 12 July 1960. Go down
the list at the left and 'click' on 'Antibes' all 33 'movies' can be
viewed by clicking each one on the right of the box. There is
more on the de Paris brothers on
Fellers' page. Thanks to John, this video is making a lot of us
happy and wanting more. - Norman Gibson
Can I add my appreciation of the
de Paris video of St. Louis Blues? The clarinettist, Garvin Bushell,
with whose work I’m not very familiar, is a worthy successor to Omer
Simeon. Sometimes I feel that Simeon was the supreme traditional
performer on clarinet – other personal favourites in that idiom are
Dodds, Noone, Bechet, Bailey and Hall. Further points of interest
are the employment of guitar rather than banjo, the presence of
Hayes Alvis on bass (one of Ellington’s double double-bassists with
Billy Taylor in the late 1930’s) but insufficiently well recorded
for me to form an impression, and the playing of the tune in its
“written” key of G (and Gm).
21/01/19 - Following from the recent comments re the de Paris band, I can’t believe that it’s taken until my 80th year to discover the Omer Simeon trio recording with Sam Price on piano and Zutty Singleton on drums ‘Clarinette a la Creole’, 8 absolute gems of recordings by 3 absolute New Orleans masters. So for anyone who has remained as ignorant as me, ‘Google’ it, you will be entranced. - Richard Knock
21/01/19 - Thanks to Barrie Marshall for advising me that the Bowerham pub in Lancaster is not closing, the 53 - 70 room students accommodation, is in fact planned for the pub bowling green. 53-70 students next door to a pub, that can only mean good news for the pub and live music.
Good to see that others
enjoy this video. Steve Voce makes the point that the clarinet is
Albert system, but misses the fact that it is the
equally-more-rarely-heard Garvin Bushell who plays it. Fits
beautifully, anyway. - John Westwood
20/01/19 - Beautiful stuff by the De Paris Brothers. They played so easily, with their technical abilities never challenged by their material. But this was a sad time when Sidney De Paris's continuing ill-health overtook him, and a second trumpet had to be employed to give him relief. Omer Simeon, noticeably playing an Albert system had become a bit piercing as he got older. Wilbur was always a superbly accomplished player (ex-Ellington, for example) and with this band he always let his improvising fall on the obvious phrases that came to mind, rather than ones that might disturb the intellects of his audiences. The pianist, Wilbert, is very calm and unaffected by what's goping on, but he played beautifully and with good taste. - Steve Voce
No midweek daytime jazz events
18/01/19 - It's in the local paper that The Bowerham pub in Lancaster, home to many jazz bands in the past, is to be turned into student flats. Nothing new there then!
Re: The fundraising gig for Poulton Community
Centre on 26th Jan. After pointing out there were no contact details
for on the poster for people not familiar with Poulton le Fylde and
the ticket seller, Poulton IT, Peter has updated me and
details have now been added to the poster Page
16/01/19 - Just watched (listened) to the you-tube clip from John Westwood of the de Paris band with Wilbert Kirk. Wonderful, certainly one of my favourite bands. I saw (heard!) them perform at Jimmy Ryan's in New York in the late '50s more than once, with the fantastic Omer Simeon on clarinet; that brought back such memories. Fantastic arrangements, absolutely top rate stuff; I wish I could live that experience again, but sincere 'thanks for the memory' John. - Richard Knock
16/01/19 - The Merseysippi Jazz Band are celebrating their 70th birthday in February. We play at Liverpool Cricket Club in the Sports Bar, downstairs on Monday, 11th February, starting at 8.00 p.m. till 11.00. We will have the very talented Jamie Brownfield guesting with us on trumpet and we would like it to be a night to remember. All welcome to join us but get there early to get a seat. - Peter Fryer, Band Secretary.
16/01/19 - Re: My comment about 'Swing Dance Clubs picking up on young bands', Just heard from the Cheshire Swing Cats, they have just passed their break-even number, with most payments in, and feel confident of a full house now for Frog and Henry next month. See what I mean ? - Norman Gibson
16/01/19 - Just stumbled across this, which features the rarely-heard Wilbert Kirk on what is, for once, a well-recorded kit! https://youtu.be/uJca5Kk97Yc. Once again, those were the daze, eh? - John Westwood
I should imagine a few eyebrows
will be raised at this item from Associated Press - "The New
Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has got satisfaction: The Rolling
Stones are among the headliners for the 50th anniversary festival.
Organizers on Tuesday confirmed reports that Mick Jagger and his
band will play. ".
The gig list for Eagley Jazz
Club has just been updated
14/01/19 - A grand fundraising event is taking place on Saturday 26th January 2019 at 8pm featuring the DECO DELIGHT BAND Playing music from the 1920s-30s-40s. It's to raise funds for the VICARAGE PARK COMMUNITY CENTRE. Tickets available in advance only from Connect IT, Poulton-le-Fylde. Admission £12 including Cheese & Wine Supper Licensed Bar & Raffle.
14/01/19 - The funeral arrangements for Noel Broadgate are - Friday 25 January , 12 noon at St. Peter’s church in Haslingden, BB4 6NZ. There will be a Crematorium service following this then back to St. Peter’s hall. We would love to welcome any of my dads friends - Jill Broadgate
13/01/19 - Just one midweek daytime gig for you this week, it's the High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 18 January, 12:30 – 14:30 where there's Tea Rooms and good food available. A Collection is normally taken to help pay for the band.
Many Happy Returns this week to
Jeff Roberts on Friday, and to John Hallam on Saturday.
10/01/19 - Great news the read about the Tenement Jazz band in Scotland... I have had a listen on YouTube, they really have that New Orleans street musician feel to them. We just need a few more to appear now, and more vibrant venues and audiences. We do seem to be short of younger people playing and following this kind of music in the UK. Not enough exposure I suspect is the issue, a bit of a vicious circle. Keep up the good work. - Mark Croasdale
09/01/19 - It was a good gig at The Royal Oak last night with the Black Horse Jazzmen, plenty of people and a decent room. Peter had decided that from now on the band is going to sit down, not because he thinks we are all getting old he just likes the idea, Tuba Skinny influence. Alison went to see how many people were in the old venue, only four people. - Barrie Marshall
09/01/19 - Good to see Jim has now got four events scheduled for his Garstang Jazz Club on your 'NW JAZZ CLUBS' page. He certainly means business with his venture of jazz promotion, with talented musicians he knows so well, to an ever growing audience. He is taking the Frog and Henry Band, who I help promote in the UK, and his venue, in the catchments area of Blackpool, Preston and Lancaster, will give a lot of jazz fans the opportunity to see these five amazing young men, play the real music of The Streets of New Orleans, with flair and panache. Jim, it seems, intends working on the same entry price, with hot pot lunch, for every gig, making this a real snip not to be missed. - Norman Gibson
This message today from Jill Broadgate - "My
mother has asked me to contact you to let you know that my father,
Noel Broadgate, died this morning. My mum
Carole is keen that you share this sad news with his jazz friends
and will contact you again once we have funeral arrangements.
Sorry to be the bearer of such sad news, he will be greatly missed.
He had a recovery and rehabilitation following his stroke but then
became ill around September and had been battling various
conditions. He became very poorly over the weekend and then
sadly died early this morning in hospital". There is now a
tribute page in memory of Noel, so if you have any memories you'd
like to share, or messages for the family,
please email me for inclusion
08/01/18 - Sam Ralph has come up with another great set of photographs he's taken at Rochdale Jazz Club. This is second time around for the Tame Valley Stompers. So as I struggle to get a decent picture for some of the bands on this site, why not do us both a favour and see if you can get Tony Sheldon to book your band?
The Dove Jazz Club Bugle welcoming the Roy Walker Band is now
ready to read on line.
07/01/19 - The previous batch of your CDs for sale had me worried as I hadn’t seen the Alton Purnell/ N O Rascals session for a long time ! Extended visit to loft today revealed the original vinyl LP, panicked again because cover in Japanese and didn’t know who was playing, anyway eventually discovered that I must have researched it because I had fully catalogued it. - Fraser McCombe
06/01/19 - Mike Hayler, Phil Lucas and Rae Owens will be joining Ian McCann at the Devonshire Arms, Mellor, on 22nd January from 9.00pm till 11.00pm.
I'm told that as from Tuesday 8th Jan, the Black
Horse Jazzmen will be playing at
The Royal Oak in
Settle, having moved from The Lion in Settle
05/01/19 - Carlisle Jazz Club gig list updated
05/01/19 - There are no midweek daytime jazz gigs coming up, unless you know different, in which case, let me know
05/01/19 - A lot can happen in a few days. Since posting the item about the Tenement Jazz Band on the 2nd, several enquiries from various jazz promoters have resulted, and I've received a copy of the current CD, "New Orleans Wiggle" (where have I heard that name before?) from the band (you can hear the tracks here). Sax player Tom Pickles tells me, "We hope to have some gigs in the North West at some point in June. We've got a Sunday-Tuesday to fill before heading down to the Midlands for some gigs organised by Tad Newton".
05/01/19 - Many Happy Returns to Lancaster guitarist Jon Moore on Monday
05/01/19 - My next batch of CDs are now live on eBay, you can see details here.
02/01/19 - Congratulations and Thanks to George Smyth in Belfast who is the new lucky owner of the last collection of CDs that I put up for sale. There's another collection in the pipeline and you can get a preview here
02/01/19 - There's been a lot of talk about young bands coming out of France & New Orleans, well I've just come across a new one (well new to me), nearer to home in Edinburgh. From what I've seen and heard so far, I'm hoping they will come down over the border. 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) - FB
02/01/19 - Doug O’Brien, Dublin trombonist, passed away on December 28th. RIP. Long time player with The Cluskey Hopkins Guinness Band, The Jazz Coasters, and Des Hopkins Band. A regular ‘sitter in’ on both the Belfast and Manchester scene. His funeral will take place tomorrow (Thursday). - Des Hopkins.
01/01/19 - Less than 24hours left to bid for nine great jazz CDs as part of my spring cleaning operation. Currently going for less than £3 each.
01/01/19 - A Happy New Year to all site visitors, and a special Happy New Year today to Neville Dickie who will be celebrating his 82nd Birthday today and describes himself as "Decrepit, but still performing!!". Happy Birthday Neville.