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April 2019
 

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

22/04/19 - 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 ge 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 19 th, 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 vids 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.

21/04/19 - Here's a most delightful poster by Magda Boreysza commemorating the tenth anniversary of Tuba Skinny. - Trevor Barnes (click on picture for larger version).

21/04/19 - 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?

20/04/19 - 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.
 

19/04/19 - 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. - Sid Bailey
 

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.

16/04/19 - 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" 

15/04/19 -  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

15/04/19 - 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 https://youtu.be/bD3VvuRY4vM. 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 Martindale
 

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 - The Latest Dove Jazz Club Bugle is available on line in advance of the Wabash Jazzmen appearing there on 20th April.

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.

14/04/19 - 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


12/04/19 -
Readers might like to know that tonight's BBC4 programme at 9.00pm 'Rock Island Line' - predominantly about Lonnie Donegan's skiffle hit - contained some good Jazz references. About 20mins in, presenter Billy Bragg gives a potted biography of Ken Colyer, including the jumping of his ship to get to New Orleans, and fabulous video of him playing with George Lewis. Contributions from Chris Barber and mentions of early Jazz pioneers add to the interest. - Barry Pryme.  Thanks Barry, and Chris celebrates his 89th birthday on Wednesday this week. The programme can be viewed at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000433l.


10/04/19 -
Two recent Walter Love Jazz Club programmes on Radio Ulster feature 'A Veteran Remembers,' Roy Whittaker's reminiscences of jazz in Northern Ireland in the 40s and more recently, 'Boogie Woogie- a perennial favourite! Well worth a listen to both programmes on BBC Radio Player - David Evans
 

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.

09/04/19 - Alan Riley now joins the ranks of departed musicians on the Tribute 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

08/04/19 - 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 - Rodders
 

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

07/04/19 - 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.

03/04/19 - 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!

Here we go: - Footnote - Most issues from a collection of 104 from 20 volumes : New Orleans Music - 184 issues complete from 15 volumes : Storyville - 52/139/140/141/142/143 : Bunk Information - 2013/2014/2015/2016/2017/2018 : Jazz Archivist - 13 copies in all 1994 to 2016 : Jazz Beat 3  : Jazzology 3 : Melody Maker - 15 from 1959 & 1960 : Jazz News - 1 from 1998 : Cricket (copy) - 1897 : All free to collector or postage paid from Sid Bailey 01273 430311, 35 Edgehill Way, Portslade, East Sussex BN4 2PU : richardsbailey@talktalk.net

03/04/19 - Last chance today to bid for this CD collection of mine.
 

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

02/04/19 - 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".

March 2019
 

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

31/03/19 - 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.
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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.


26/03/19 - Tributes continue to pour in for Mart Rodger, the tribute page is being updated most days.
 

25/03/19 -  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.

24/03/19 - 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".

23/03/19 - 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.

20/03/19 - 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".
 

19/03/19 - 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 idea.  More photographs on Sam's web site.
 

18/03/19 - 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 Barnes".
 

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.

17/03/19 - 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

16/03/19 - 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 April issue.
 

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.

15/03/19 - 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.

14/03/19 - 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. More details here

13/03/19 - 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.

11/03/19 - 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.

10/03/19 - Just looking at WhereCanWeGo and I see that the Savoy Jazzmen's venue is now listed for Tuesday, well done Peter Swensson, hope it improves your audience size.
 

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)

09/03/19 - "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 - The missing date for Eagley Jazz Club on 3rd June has now been filled. The Dave Donohoe Jazz Band will be playing.

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

05/03/19 - Photographer Sam Ralph was busy again at Rochdale Jazz Club on Sunday night, this time it was Mike Owen's Scarlette's Serenaders in the flashlight. Checkout the photographs here - 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

04/03/19 - 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

03/03/19 - At the end of January I mentioned a free website www.wherecanwego.com 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

02/03/19 - 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

February 2019

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

28/02/19 - More photographs from Sam Ralph at Rochdale Jazz Club. This time, it's the Frog & Henry Band - 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

25/02/19 - 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 McCombe
 

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.

24/02/19 - 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

23/02/19 - 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.

22/02/19 - 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.-  Norman Gibson 
 

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.

20/02/19 - 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

19/02/19 - 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).
 

17/02/19 - "We had a fantastic night at the Heron theatre in Milnthorpe last night with The Hot Fingers Trio (Spats Langham & Emily Campbell)", writes Gudrun Ohara
 

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

16/02/19 -  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.

15/02/19 -
One of Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz CD tracks will be played on Radio Manchester this Sunday on the programme Unforgettable between 10.00pm and midnight. Georgia On My Mind is the track and we would like to thank the JAZZFAN for sending in the request. Allan Dent trumpet, Eric Brierley trombone/vocal, Colin Smith double bass, Mart Rodger clarinet, Tim Roberts banjo, Joe Palin piano and Pete Staples drums. Regretfully the last three have passed away from this world.
 

13/01/19 - "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

11/02/19 - Thanks to Sam Ralph, once again we have some great pictures of the Chicago Teddybears Society Jazz Band taken at Rochdale Jazz Club last night.
 

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 jazznorthwest.co.uk@gmail.com 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.

08/02/19 - 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

07/02/19 - Not having 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! https://youtu.be/RaXgkkbcpsE - 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 -
Many Happy Returns to Alan Matthews who is celebrating his 80th birthday today. On Saturday 9th Feb it's "Many Happy Returns" to Judy Eames.

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.

03/02/19 - 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.

January 2019

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!

30/01/19 - 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

29/01/19 - 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

27/01/19 - 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.

26/01/19 - 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.

25/01/19 - The latest edition of Just Jazz magazine is now out.
 

24/01/19 - 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".

22/01/19 - 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
 

21/01/19 - 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).  
A bonus was YouTube’s follow-up of a concert video of “In a Persian Market” from 1964 by Acker Bilk. A real show-stopper, and, interestingly, a tune recorded by Wilbur de Paris somewhat earlier.  Happy New Year to all, Harmoniously, John Muskett


21/01/19 -
As a counter to the closing or non-closing of the Bowerham pub in Lancaster you might like to mention my first jazz gig at the Queens Arms on Walney Island this Saturday 26 Jan. First jazz at this pub for a very long time. This seems likely to strengthen the pub. Lovely Olde Worlde place but with under floor heating! and open fires. My jazz food of course. Alan Beacham's 6 piece jazz and blues band which played very successfully these last 3 years at Roa Island. This venture moves on from the 24 years at Roa Island. A few seats left. My phone number is 01229 823279 or e:mail morganist@outlook.com - Malcolm Cookson

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.

21/01/19 - 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

20/01/19 - No midweek daytime jazz events this week.
 

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!

18/01/19  - 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

16/01/19 - 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. ".
 

15/01/19 - 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 -
Yes Mark Croasdale is correct Fred, we do need to see more young bands here. But problem is, when they do emerge, like Leeds based 'Alligator Gumbo', they get picked up by the swing dance groups, and do not seem to get enough recognition by our jazz clubs!   Although having said that, I see Darlington Jazz Club have them booked for their July 6 lunchtime event. 'Doolally Tap' are mainly young ( just one old geezer in it ). So, 'Tenement's' arrival on the fuller UK scene should certainly help things along. As Mark is obviously open to experience varying young outfits, he may like 'Tcha Badjo', 'The Wiyos', 'Le Bardi Manchot' and 'The Sweet Peppers', who's videos can be easily found. - Norman Gibson

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.

13/01/19 - 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 - Carol Stott has emailed to say, "Arthur Atherton passed away. His cremation is at Springfield 17th Jan 3.30, wake at his home in Woolton, (details available - FB).  All his jazz followers would be very welcome."    Although I never met Arthur, he had emailed me in the past, and he must have been very well known on Merseyside judging by the endless number of videos he put on YouTube - FB

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

09/01/19 - 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?

08/01/18 - 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

07/01/19 - Sale Conservative Club has now been added to the list of Jazz Clubs.
 

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.

06/01/19 - 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.

December 2018

01/01/19 - A keen follower of the Frog & Henry Band, which was formed in New Orleans as a collective of several street performing groups, Norman Gibson has sent me details of their 2019 UK tour, several venues being in or near the North West. You can read his email and the itinerary by clicking here

31/12/18 - I'm sure many of you will remember the great pianist, Neville Dickie, who was a regular at Keswick Jazz Festival. Neville, a regular reader of this site, recently wrote in a reply to me, "We still do our "Jazz & Curry" evenings in Stoneleigh (near Ewell - how did you remember that??) but only about 6 times a year. I still do my annual tour of the east coast of America in May/June and have done this for 25 years!  In November I played at the West Coast Ragtime Festival in Sacramento (got caught up in the forest fires but escaped with a runny nose & cough), and I will be playing at a Boogie Woogie festival in Vienna in April, and at the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in June. There's life in the old dog yet!   Thanks for your good wishes - and all the best for a swinging and prosperous 2019".  Wow!  Makes me feel like a hermit - FB

 

 

29/12/18 - Just one daytime mid-week jazz event coming up, and that's Garstang where Jim Swinnerton organises the event, which features resident rhythm section comprising the "Three Bears" - Jim on bass, Tom Kincaid (pno) and Jack Cotterill (dms). This week they will be joined by Rosie Harrison (vocals) and Jonny Spall (rds). More details here

 

29/12/18 - Many Happy Returns this coming Friday to Brian (Sam) Ellis, musical director of the Savannah Jazz Band.

 

 

28/12/18 - Bass player Gerry Clayton has announced on Facebook, "Hi everybody, I have been diagnosed with lung cancer. and have had to cancel all my gigs over Christmas, New Year and the near future due to un-scheduled hospital visits and the effects of my treatment. I’m an out-patient of the Royal Preston Hospital and cannot express my thanks enough for the great treatment and care they are giving me.    For the first time in 60 years I have not worked over Christmas and will be “at home” over “New Year”.  When my treatment has been sorted I expect to be back in business. I’ve got itchy fingers and I do not intend to retire at this early stage".    Here's wishing Gerry a speedy recovery - FB.

 

28/12/18 - John Pashley writes - "Re the Uppermill photograph. The occasion was the 1987 Saddleworth Jazz Festival, a 2 day event. The special guests were Rudi Balliu Eb and Bb clarinets and Jim Holmes trumpet. I was booked for the whole weekend to play double bass on small group sessions and sousaphone in the parade band.   I seem to recall the Marshall was Ray Barwick but I could be wrong. As the Delta Brass Band was specially assembled we wore hat bands from other bands we played in (eg Oriole, French Quarter etc) , not all the musicians are visible on the photo.    Trumpets, Jim Holmes, David Copperwaite, Pat O’Brien. Reeds, Rudi Balliu Eb Clarinet, Martin Boyd Alto sax, Frank Brooker Tenor Sax. Trombones, Jack Jenkinson, Dave Donohoe. Sousaphone, John Pashley. Drums, Gordon Pettit, snare drum, Malcolm Horne bass drum. Some of what we played was recorded and issued on a cassette along with a church service the following morning under the title “What A Friend” by Delta Promotions (Dave Donohoe ).  Hope this helps".

 

28/12/18 - The alto player is Martin Boyd.  - Dave Davis

 

28/12/18 -  Re Oriole Band picture - Bass Drum, Mal Horne.  Trombones Dave Donohoe & Jack Jenkinson - Jeff Roberts

 

28/12/18 - Parade Band. Too many different hats to be Oriole Brass Band. Malcolm Horne on Bass Drum. Could it be Dave Donohoe wearing the Oriole hat. Jeez, I know the alto player but can’t remember his name, sorry!! It’s this age thing!! -  Pete Lay

 

 

27/12/18 I hope Mick Unthank had a great day yesterday, unfortunately I forgot to announce his birthday. I know he's a regular visitor so many happy belated returns Mick.

 

27/12/18 - Not often you see the Chris Barber Jazz & Blues Band dressed casual, and Jon White reckons he hasn't seen the videos before - a couple of YouTube videos of the band playing, "When You Wore a Tulip", and "Stardust", although they have been there since 2012. Well worth seeing again though.

 

27/12/18 - Scanning my transparencies revealed one timed at 14:04 on 30th May 1987 when this band was in Uppermill, outside the Cloggers’ Arms.  It looks like it might be Terry Eastwood’s rear with, I think, Frank Brooker on the tenor saxophone and Gordon Pettit on the snare drum.  It would be nice if somebody in the know could identify the others.  Actually, after taking the photograph, I had just got myself comfortable for a listening session when the band upped and went, so I (and others) fell-in behind to see where it was going, and my wife found that one of the unexpected benefits of marriage was to march through Uppermill behind a New Orleans marching band!   The band ended up on the green by the museum car park, and entertained there.  Best wishes for the New Year and many thanks for the service you give us all. - Alwyn Smith. There's a clue on a hat - The "Oriole" Band, and far left trumpet looks very much like Dave Copperwaite to me. The late Pete Vickers would normally had been my first port of call for this one. Click on picture for larger version - FB

 

 

24/12/18 - The Jazz events at Dove Jazz Club have been updated

 

 

23/12/18 - Ever the pedant I must point out to John Muskett that the first recording made by Kid Thomas was not until September 1951 at Hopes Hall, Algiers.  Algiers Strut was not one of the tunes recorded that day by Alden Ashforth and David Wyckoff. Merry Christmas to all. - Louis Lince

 

23/12/18 - The Jazz events at The Fleetwood Hesketh, Southport have been updated

 

23/12/18 - The sale of CDS have  now gone live on eBay, check them out here

 

23/12/18 - As you might expect, there are no midweek daytime jazz events this week.

 

23/12/18 - Many Happy Returns today to trombone player, Richard Burke, and to reed player George Galway, who according to his Facebook Page is 113 today!  A touch of Irish humour methinks. On Monday it's Pete Darwin's birthday and on Wednesday, Tom Culbert's. Many Happy Returns to you all.

 

 

21/12/18 - Three-day Stroller tickets for next year's Keswick Jazz & Blues Festival are now available as from today. You can buy securely on-line by visiting https://goo.gl/kq32jN  or by calling the Box Office number on 0845 862 1460.

 

21/12/18 - Its the trombone I ought to learn how to play, and I could then dep for anyone. But somehow I think I've left it a bit late at 92 - Denys Owen

 

 

20/12/18 - Due to health issues, the landlord of The Mad Hatters in Preston (home of the Silver Bell Band), has had to give up his tenure of the pub.  Consequently, the local microbrewery, Beer Brothers, have taken it over. The pub has therefore had yet another name change and is now known as "The PR1 Bar" (after one of their popular brews). It must be the most renamed pub in the country!  After some initial resistance, the new management has agreed to have the Silver Bell Band back to play every other Thursday, starting on Thursday 3rd January.

 

20/12/18 - Just noted a shortage of reading/jazzing trumpet players to help out. I thought I was still on the deps list ? - Ian Royle (good point Ian, you're still there - Fred).

 

20/12/18 - Alex Clarke is back home for the Christmas holidays and will be joining Mike Lovell, Chris Howse and Colin Turner at the North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood, on Sun 30th Dec from 2pm - 4pm.

 

19/12/18 - Sorry to disappoint Graham (Martindale) but I’m afraid I can’t report on Elephant versus Lion duels. As a born Wirralian my main boyhood memory of visits to Parkgate with my parents is the inevitable conclusion with the purchase and consumption of shrimps, although I’m not sure that Jo Stafford ever visited this parish. An elephant in conjunction with another creature inevitably makes me think of the slightly vulgar ditty “The Wild West Show (the elephant and the kangaroo–oo-oo-oo)” - the verse that details the fight between the snake and the elephant is an unforgettable component. Despite memory lapses in various areas I still have almost total recall of all songs and limericks in dubious taste that I have ever known. I tend to believe that the only essential reading for students should be “Count Palmiro’s Book Of Bawdy Ballads”. There was always someone who possessed it and was willing to loan it. ---   I presume that Barrie Marshall is suggesting “You’re All I Want For Christmas” begat “Algiers Strut”. He may well be correct, although the music publisher’s date of the former in 1948, and the belief that Kid Thomas recorded the latter in 1946 throws doubt on this. While there are variations in melody and harmony, they are not great and could be attributed to different interpretations. One to ponder.  Best festive wishes Fred to you and Barbara, and to all your correspondents and readers. Thanks for all your efforts. Happy 2019.  Harmoniously - John Muskett

 

19/12/18 - On Sunday morning there will be another batch of my CDs going on Ebay, but you can have a preview here

 

18/12/18 - The latest edition of the Dove Bugle is now available. You can read it here

 

 

17/12/18 - A great tune that changed when Kid Thomas got his hands on it! https://youtu.be/PRfnqOszubc Some of you probably know already. - Barrie Marshall
 

17/12/18 - "Tributes have been paid to the founder of one of Edinburgh’s best-known cultural celebrations after he passed away at the age of 84", according to The Scotsman.  "Mike Hart started the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival in just one venue in 1979 after drawing inspiration from a visit to the Sacramento Jazz Festival in California".  More information here.

 

17/12/18 - Re: Terry Perry’s Big Band, Big Easy. Terry decided to throw in the towel – the main reason being that for quite a while he has been finding it a real struggle getting trumpet players who could read the dots as well as improvise as jazzers do. We did our last night at Melrose Hall in Hoylake which was a real success and was packed to the doors. Being a founder member I feel rather sad about that as it was good fun. I know Terry had mixed feelings but he admitted that he felt a great weight had been lifted from his shoulders. I’m finding it more difficult getting deps for the Merseys – especially brass players. - Peter Fryer

 

17/12/18 - Rochdale Jazz Club gig list has been updated for the whole of 2019 from the club calendar which Tony Sheldon kindly sent me. Sunday featured the Dixie Beats and Sam Ralph has sent me a link to yet more cracking pictures. I see Alex Clarke was back to play with the band.

 

 

16/12/18 - John Higham and I have now sent £1910 to The Alzheimer's Society raised from the sale of our Milk of Amnesia and Forget me Knot CDs, and donations.- Malcolm Hogarth.  Congratulations Malcolm & John.  A worthy cause and something which will have touched the lives of us all in some way. A couple of cracking CDs with some very unusual numbers, all in aid of a good cause. If you haven't got your copy yet, check out the details here
 

16/12/18 -  On Sunday 3rd February at 12-30pm, guests of the DeeSide Dixies at The Hand Hotel, Llangollen, will be Phil Lucas (tpt & vocals) and Dave Dixson (reeds and vocals). There will be no January session. - Malcolm Hogarth

 

16/12/18 - Unless Muskett's beaten me to it ......... - OMG.   Lion versus Elephant.   Have you seen the battles on YouTube?   It could turn into a bloodbath.   I would have kept this announcement quiet until the very last minute.   If the lion finds out he'll be lurking behind the bar on 8th January. - Graham Martindale (Slide down to the Parade Band message 14/12 to work this one out - Fred)

 

16/12/18 - With reference to Peter Darwin’s reference to: - http://jazzhotbigstep.com. I have been accessing this site now for quite a few years and have come across so much great stuff. Outside of the usual names, the number of West Coast bands through the 40s until the’80s of great interest that are accessible to listeners from live recordings from personnel collections of the time. In some cases unknown (to me) musicians of extremely high calibre. - Pete Lay

 

16/12/18 - There are three mid week daytime jazz events for you to choose from this week. Mike Lovell's 4 in a bar at The North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood on Wed, 19 December, 12:00 – 14:30.  Mart Rodger Manjazz 3 at Macclesfield Methodist Church on Thu, 20 December at 14:15, and  The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 21 December, 12:30 – 14:30

 

16/12/18 - For some reason or other, last week's Birthday List didn't get posted on this page although it did go out to 320 readers who get the news by email. So apologies to Moe Green (Tues), and Alex Clarke & Barry Quilliam on Friday. Hope you all had a great day. This week it's many Happy Returns  to trombone player, Sam Wood today. Tomorrow, it's Happy Birthday to  veteran promoter, big band and jazz broadcaster for Radio Merseyside - Harry Swinburne. On Wednesday, Preston's bass player, Derek Brown will celebrate his birthday, followed on Thursday by pianist Noel Broadgate. Many Happy Returns to you all.

 

 

15/12/18 - Posted by Mark White on Facebook today. "Wirral based Big Band looking for a pianist. Must be a competent reader and preferably able to improvise. We are a very established band doing regular gigs in some very attractive venues. Please get in touch if you are interested in knowing more. Contact me on 078555 12008" - Sue Reid-Povall
 

15/12/18 - The latest edition (January) of Just Jazz Magazine is now out. It's the only UK magazine for Traditional Jazz Fans as far as I am aware.

 

 

14/12/18 - In the midst of the doom and gloom about residencies etc. may I report a new venue for jazz in West Didsbury, JUST JAZZ featuring John Hallam & John Gordon will be resident every Sunday Afternoon from 2pm till 5pm (3 music sets throughout the afternoon) FREE ADMISSION at The Saison Bar, 236 Burton Road West Didsbury M/Cre M20 2LW.   Tel. 0161 434 9521 (commences this Sunday 16th.Dec and every Sunday afternoon till further notice. - John Gordon

 

14/12/18 - The Parade Jazz Band are moving from the Red Lion Parkgate, right next door to the Elephant Parkgate starting on Tuesday the 8 January 2019. To celebrate their time at the Red Lion, the band are having their Christmas party on the 18th December. Fun frivolity and Bonhomie. "Please come and join in the fun", writes Roy Gregory. He also tells me, "The new venue has much more space and comfortable seating. The Parade Jazzband wishes everyone very best wishes for Christmas and New year and look forward to seeing everyone at the Elephant in 2019".

 

14/12/18 - I've deleted all jazz events for Christmas  Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year's Day and asked musicians to let me know if there is anything different. There's always one!  Pleased to hear The Forest New Orleans Band are performing at the Union Exchange Hotel, Market St. Colne on New Year’s Day as usual. (8.30 pm). What a great way to round off the festive season.

 

14/12/18 - I would just like to say a big “Thank You” to all who supported KATHY BENSON’S CREOLE JAZZ at the Bolton Arms in Leyburn through the summer until the last session in November. We raised £271 in the raffles for the Petal Cancer Research (which is dedicated to finding kinder ways of treating children with cancer). Hoping to re-start in the Spring – watch this space. - Merry Xmas to all ! and a jazzy New Year!! -  Kathy Benson (click photo or larger version as usual - Fred)

 

 

13/12/18 - King George V, invited the Original Dixieland Jazz Band to a command performance at Buckingham Palace and dismissed the outrage that was inevitable. Following the success of this remarkable occasion, The ODJB tour, originally planned for four weeks, stretched to 14 months, with new dance crazes, outrageous costumes and a whole new era of “jazz behaviour” transforming British “upper” society. 100 years later, Manchester Athenaeum Drama Society will be presenting a dramatic recreation of the events of 1919, including characterisations of King George V, Queen Mary, David Lloyd George and other leading figures of the day.

 

13/12/18 - I mentioned the  last session at the Arden Arms on 10th Dec., because there were three sessions cancelled, but since then I have had a couple of requests to mention other venue's last sessions.  Unfortunately it can get out of hand with more requests as this page is not available for straight plugs. What I would ask is that musicians and fans check What's On and let me know if any gigs are showing over the Christmas period, are in fact cancelled. That way it will be an easier way to check rather than searching down this page.

 

 

11/12/18 - Re: Peter Darwin's found website,  I passed this detail to the Cheshire Swing Cats dance group. They will draw on the early music for their dance classes. They tell me that they only have about 20 tickets available for their Frog and Henry dance night in February. Considering it's a couple of months away, they are very pleased. Jon Critchley's Original Panama Jazz Band play for them at their Christmas party, and that's sold out. Hip Hip Hooray!  Traditional New Orleans live music, young people and dancing - Jon's over the moon with delight! - Norman  Gibson

 

 

10/12/18 - Hi Fred, Came across this Knockout Jazz Site - http://jazzhotbigstep.com/  - Peter Darwin.  Thanks Pete, I'll add it to my links page, some great mp3 recordings on there and amazing quality - Fred

 

10/12/18 - Louisiana Highway play our last session at the Arden Arms Millgate, Stockport on Monday Dec 10th and start again on Monday 7th January. - John Pashley

 

10/12/18 -  Pete Boswell, Bruce Carnaffin, Jim Swinnerton and Anthony Mason are guesting at the North Euston Hotel on Wednesday 12th December, - monthly session has been brought forward due to Christmas.

 

 

08/12/18 - Just received a lovely Christmas card from Mart & Janet Rodger, and inside was a pleasant surprise, a cheque, which was for a donation to the web site running costs. Many thanks to a lovely couple.

 

08/12/18 - Hi Fred. I am sad to report that drummer Roy Swift from Ainsdale passed away last Sunday 2nd Dec. He had been in hospital for several days. Roy played for >30 yrs with the Rioters Dixieland Jazz Band and also depped on numerous occasions with other bands. His funeral has been arranged for Friday 14th of December. 10.40am at Southport Crematorium and the afterwards 11.30am at Royal Birkdale Golf Club. RIP. - John Dorgan

 

 

07/12/18 - A nice photograph from Barrie Marshall of Jim Swinnerton at Garstang Jazz Club. Jim organises the events there. You can see a slideshow of photographs taken at the event by Barrie and Gudrun Ohara by clicking on the photograph of Jim

 

06/12/18 - Due to Christmas holidays the CANAL STREET STOMPERS will play at the Railway in Sale a week early on Wednesday 19th December. We wish you all a Happy Christmas and Jazzy New Year. Back to normal in January, the last Wednesday in the month.

 

 

05/12/18 - What a great link from Trevor Barnes. someone must have spent a great deal of time studying and allocating the articles to each musician. I particularly enjoyed the piano playing by Marian Mc Partland and Charles "Luckey" Roberts as well as Maxine Sullivan singing "100 years from today". Thanks for great articles - Alan Pearce.

 

05/12/18 - A big thank you to Terry Perry and John Pashley who depped for Brian and Derek yesterday afternoon at our monthly Savoy Jazzmen concert in the Sefton Park Palm House Liverpool.  John also played with us at our weekly session at the Widnes Rugby Union Football Club last night.  We had a good turnout in the afternoon with 155 people attending.  No session January the next one February 5th. - Peter Swensson

 

05/12/18 - Brian Hudson, long time friend of Phil Morris, has sent in an excellent tribute in his memory including photographs. It's just been added to Phil's Tribute Page

 

 

04/12/18 - The landlord at The Mad Matters has been taken ill and consequently the pub is shut and the Silver Bell Band will not be playing there on Thursday 6th December. Hopefully the band will be back there soon.

 

 

03/12/19 - The collection of CDs is now on Ebay, let the bidding commence. More details here

 

03/12/18 - Thanks to a new set of photographs from Barry Aldous, The Pendle Jazzmen web page has been revamped and updated.

 

03/12/18 - The gig list for Bollington Arts Centre has been updated. No doubt Norman Gibson will be hot footing it down there on Feb 23rd!

 

03/12/18 - Frank Brooker and his Happy Chappies are the latest musicians to come in front of Sam Ralph's lens at Rochdale jazz Club last night. Click here to view them. No comments on whether they look happy or not please.

 

03/12/18 - A well known musician and entertainer in the North West, Anthony Mason has also joined the deps list

 

 

02/12/18 - Michael A. Grant is the latest musician to join the deps list. He says, "Most of my jazz is currently with The Jelly Roll Jazz Band and I'm very good at both reading and improvising. I will be moving to Manchester in the new year so will be based there, although I am willing to travel throughout the universe. I'm also a multi-instrumentalist, playing clarinets (Bb/A/Eb/bass), bassoon, saxophones (alto/tenor/baritone), and flute (/piccolo). Clarinet is my first - and strongest - instrument".

 

02/12/18 - I've selected another 9 boxes of CDs at random from my collection of CDs. They will be going on Ebay to help pay for the site, so if you want a preview of what's going on, check out this page

 

02/12/18 - Stuart Battle wrote to say, "I realise Leicester is a bit off your patch, but I thought it may be a good idea to let you know about a cracking gig which takes place here every year in order to raise funds to assist guys with the old dreaded prostate problems. Ten hours of first-class jazz for fifteen quid - bargain!  It's been running for fifteen years now and the next one is on January 20th, 2019 at The Musician, Clyde Street. Leicester. Last year it raised £1600, thanks to the generosity of the jazz fraternity. As we have several good quality hotels nearby, we tend to get jazz lovers travelling from far and wide even as far as Aberdeen.  Should you be able to feature this event on your web-site, or promote it in any way, I would be most grateful". Here it is

 

02/12/18 - The Savoy Jazzmen are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 4 December, 14:00 – 16:00 and on Thursday 6th December, despite two local musician's funerals taking place in the area at the same time, a full house is expected at Garstang Jazz Club for Baby Jools & The Jazzaholics with special guest Dave Donohoe. It takes place at 12 noon, and admission includes refreshments, although you need to bring your own drinks. These are the only two daytime jazz events this week.

 

 

01/12/18 - From time to time, usually because I've got too many things on the go, I post an item on the News Page and forget to credit the contributor. This is often because I've copied the contents of an email into my web page editor, and the name wasn't on the end of it, or if it was, it was just the first name, sometimes with an email address that doesn't give a clue to the surname, and then serious detective work is required!  It would help tremendously in future, if any comments you wish me to add, are accompanied by your full name at the end. Thanks in anticipation - Fred (Burnett)

 

November 2018

 

30/11/18 - With that latest mention of Lucien Barbarin by Fraser on the CD Discussion page, I was prompted just to have a little check on the net to see what Lucien was up to. I couldn't believe my eyes when I chanced to read on www.nola.com, that Lucien's 34 year old son, also called Lucien, was run over and killed in May last year, by an over the limit truck driver. I don't know if that was ever reported over here.! - Norman Gibson

 

30/11/18 - Lovely of Trevor Barnes to post this photograph, especially with the facility to click on the individuals, and see and hear 'em play! Five years ago I stood outside the very house. (I didn't presume to have my photo taken though!) - Allan Wilcox

 

30/11/18 - Listening to my old 78's I looked for some information on the musicians. Among them was Joe Daniels Jazz Group which covered two of the numbers recorded at the festival hall in 1951. Having been there I found some references on the internet. Some material of way back left out reference to Joe Daniels. If you are interested the recording is a Parlophone. The numbers were Wolverine and Barnyard Blues. The other band I have is the Saints playing I Want a Little Girl. Takes me back. Congratulations on your site. - Oscar Gammans.

 

30/11/18 - At the end of October my wife Christine & I moved house in order to be closer to our family and due to my health. We are back in Saddleworth after eleven years living on the Solway Firth. I hope to keep playing as long as I can, and of course I'll be closer to all the chaps I play with in the Dave Donohoe Band. We look forward to meeting up with old friends back in the North of England. Website www.davedonohoe.band - Dave Donohoe. Phone number and email address available on request - Fred

 

30/11/18 - The funeral of Ronnie Blamire will be held at 2.30pm on Thursday 6 December 2018 at Lancaster and Morecambe Crematorium, Powderhouse Lane, Lancaster LA2 6AD and afterwards at The Borough, Dalton Square, Lancaster LA1 1PP. - Ethan Whittaker

 

 

29/11/18 - Fred, it is always sad when we learn , through your pages, of the passing of another member of the jazz fraternity. But there is reason to be heartened by the knowledge that it, like all good things, continues to be replenished.    For some time now Parr Jazz has been bringing to Liverpool many fine young musicians. Recent visitors from America have included the Utah University Big Band while closer to home the LIPA Big Band have shown off their not inconsiderable musical qualities. Indeed at an even younger level I was privileged to attend a concert by the Wirral Schools Big Band. Their seasonal interpretation of " Baby It's Cold Outside ", the Frank Loesser song of 1944, once recorded by Louis Armstrong and Velma Middleton, was getting on for professional.    So yes, our ranks do continue to be diminished but there are many young people taking up jazz and it is up to us , the ' Dixie Dinosaurs', to encourage and support them.    Next week Tuesday 4th December, yet another young group, the Liverpool University Big Band are performing at new venue, Jacaranda Records Phase One Liverpool, 40 Seel Street. It's £3 entrance which includes a raffle to win a vinyl record of your choice from the store. Remember vinyl ? When you held the sleeve, read it and re-read it at the same time gazing at those wonderful photographs by the likes of Francis Wolff et al ?   Let's hear it for the next generation of jazz musicians. The music never dies. - Bob Lamb

 

29/11/19 - Although it's been on the site previously, it's worth repeating - "I like this link https://goo.gl/drb3oW. Click on the musician and get the name and a short video clip of them in action". - Trevor Barnes

 

29/11/18 - The funeral of Phil Morris is now arranged for 11.30am on Thursday 6th December at Barrow-in-Furness Crematorium, Devonshire Rd, Barrow-in-Furness LA14 5PD, and afterwards  at the Rusland Pool Hotel, Haverthwaite, Ulverston LA12 8AA, for a musical send-off.  Robyn has asked for some indication of likely numbers for catering purposes, so I would be grateful if anyone who intends to come could please advise me. She would be delighted to have live jazz at the hotel, so please bring your instrument if you play one, but there will only be recorded music at the service. No flowers, please, but donations to Cancer Research UK would be appreciated, either at the Crematorium or sent to Sheldon Funeral Services Ltd, Lapstone Rd, Millom, LA18 4BZ - Bruce Carnaffin

 

29/11/18 - The Best CD discussion continues. It's now listed in Jazz Extras

 

29/11/18 -  Enjoyed the bagpipe piece by Gunhild, she's also pretty good on the trumpet, see her on You Tube playing with Doreen Ketchens, who is probably the best clarinetist in the Free or any other World. Have a great Christmas. - Bernie Hives (Detroit).

 

 

28/11/18 - Jon Critchley is, of course correct, it is impossible to argue with Norman’s choice, simply because it is HIS choice.   I do disagree with his decision to exclude Barry Martyn from consideration though, Barry didn’t move to Los Angeles until November 1972 and up until then had a regular British band. I proposed the Swift LP as I know that Barry regarded it highly.  Fraser goes on to think about his music collection and offers his choice for best CD.  As this could well develop, with other readers offering their choice, I'll continue Fraser's email on the discussion page.

 

28/11/18 - Many Happy Returns today to trombone player, Mike Pearson, back up't North after some years down in Cornwall.

 

 

27/11/18 - Sorry to hear of the passing of Phil.  Bruce Carnaffin asks about musicians from Merseyside knowing Phil (24/11). We were in the Dave Lind Jazzmen with Dave Lind clarinettist (deceased), Paul Rodgers trombone. Warwick Evans piano (deceased), Ron Lloyd banjo Ron Horton drums and myself on bass. We played at the DOWNBEAT AND MARDIGRAS JAZZ CLUBS in LIVERPOOL FROM 1959-1963 until the advent of BEATLE MANIA 4 nights a week and many other venues including the CAVERN in the early days. All of the band except Ron Horton and myself were at Liverpool University. Phil lived with his Gran in Rock Ferry as his family had moved to Hertfordshire and most of the band were from the Wirral. Ron Lloyd now in Canada Ron Horton London Paul Rodgers Lancashire Myself Irby Wirral I will be at the funeral and if you can contact Bruce Carnaffin and give him my email address we could make each other known, and I can give him some more info and pass on some early recordings circa 1959-60. Even at 19-20 yrs Phil was afine trumpet player in BLACK CHICAGO style. - Jim West

 

27/11/18 - Re Fraser McCombe’s comment (26/11) about Norman Gibson's comment (22/11): Norman is absolutely correct: Fraser cannot possibly disagree with Norman’s opinion that it IS the best British band cd HE has bought. Can’t disagree with that. We all have our own opinions as to which is the best cd we have bought and nobody can argue against that! - Jon Critchley

 

27/11/18 - In answer to Fraser's letter. My preferred liking for DD's CD was compared to others by bands resident in this country. As Barry Martyn has spent most of his playing life in NOLA and Los Angeles, I wouldn't have included him without a regular UK band. Same goes for Whammy Sammy, some of whose earlier CDs I have, with perhaps the best version of Lewis's 'Burgundy Street'. Although I do feel new kid on the block Ewan Bleach could better it. Just Youtube Ewan's 'If You See My Mother' to get my drift. As for how many recordings I have, the answer is 'too many', with most now on my external hard drive. A 'Fred Cull' is perhaps on the horizon ! By the way, in 1967, when the Barry Marrtyn Swift LP recording was made, I had moved on to Rocking and Rolling ! - Norman  Gibson

 

27/11/18 - Ronnie Blamire has now been added to the Tributes Page

 

 

26/11/18 - Many thanks to Fraser McCombe for his kind comments re the Barry Martyn Swift LP; We recorded it in Nov 1967 in the back room of John Defferary' s pub in Willesdon North London, as were many of our sessions of that period. and we released it to coincide with our first USA tour in '68 where incidentally it sold like hot cakes. It's actually has been issued on CD on George Bucks label  BCD 260 under the same title as the LP 'Rum & Coca Cola' Happy days and we were so young !!! - Brian Turnock.

 

26/11/18 - Re Norman Gibson's comment (22/11) - I bow to no person in my admiration for Dave Donohoe but I’m not sure I can agree about the CD, will need to play it as I haven’t for some time!   Of course the devil is in the detail, I don’t know how many CD’s Norman Gibson has purchased? My initial reaction was to put forward Barry Martyn’s LP with Sammy Rimington, on the Swift Label but that was an LP not a CD. - Fraser McCombe

 

26/11/18 -  https://youtu.be/8RbVuDuCYMY - "Don't know if this fits with your subject matter, it sure ain't Dixieland, but it certainly impressed me", writes Bob Lamb.  Well when it comes to the multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist Gunhild Carling, nothing surprises me Bob. Edinburgh Tattoo might never be the same again after this!

 

26/11/18 - There is now a tribute page for Phil Morris which you can contribute to by simply sending me an email.

 

26/11/18 -  Ronnie Blamire, well known jazz pianist and local musician died Thursday 22 November 2018 aged 85 after a short period of ill health. Ronnie can best be remembered as a stalwart of the Lancaster and Morecambe jazz scene since the early 1950s and was a continuous presence until early 2018. Until recently Ronnie was a member of Jazz Unlimited playing a regularly weekly session at the John O’ Gaunt, Lancaster. Funeral details will follow when known. - Ethan Whittaker

 

26/11/18 - "Time for me to join the debate", writes Paul Medina.  Which debate is that you ask?  Well it was last week's Page of The Week. Paul continues, "Round about 2005, I was co-opted quite by chance, as a tutor on the Jazz Course of the Music 4 People Summer School at Giggleswick and remained on the staff for four years or so".  You can read Paul's update at the bottom of  the discussion page here

 

26/11/18 - Ed Lee tells me that, "Terry Perry decided in October to disband the Big Easy.  Their November gig on the 18th, marked twenty years of entertaining audiences and their last gig will be at the Melrose Hall in Hoylake on December 16th".  A job well done Terry. We had a run over once and thoroughly enjoyed it, but like most people of our generation find, the miles get longer each year.

 

 

24/11/18 - So sad to learn of Phil Morris’ passing. He was indeed a fine musician who played for some years in Cornwall where we met as Merseyside ‘exiles’ shortly after his return from Australia, we jointly formed the Peninsula Jazzband down here in 2009, principally made up of NW jazz exiles living in the south-west, which played at Bude and Teignmouth Jazz festivals and regularly at the well known 51 Jazz Club near Hayle. Phil was a fine lead with a penchant for the Billie Holiday repertoire. He went on the play consistently for local bands, Great Western Jazz Company and Black Rock Jazzband in far west Cornwall.    Phil will be very much missed wherever he played. My condolences to his family and fellow musicians upon yet another sad loss to the ever diminishing jazz fraternity. - Alan Davies,  Cornwall

 

24/11/18 - You probably wouldn't realise that I've been going through my site alphabetically by filename to produce a Page of The Week.  I've now reached the end, so I'll take off the feature for a while and possibly resurrect it eventually, but it will be to feature the tribute pages of the musicians who are no longer with us, possibly starting at the earliest to depart. It's not intended to be depressing, but more a case of remembering those whose contribution helped to keep the music alive, as well as refreshing our own memories.

 

24/11/18 - Just one midweek daytime jazz event this week - Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at the NORTH EUSTON HOTEL, Fleetwood, FY7 6BN, on Wednesday, 12:00 – 14:30.

 

24/11/18 - Many Happy Returns yesterday to Peter Butler, Author and Designer of the website jazzandjazz.com. Three musicians will be celebrating birthdays this week - Dave Berry on Monday, Tony West on Thursday and Paul Marks on Saturday.

 

24/11/18 - The latest edition of Just Jazz Magazine is now available, and Tuba Skinny fans will no doubt be interested in a 4 page article about them by Stacey Leigh Bridewell from Kentucky who now lives in New Orleans. She has written many articles in OffBeat Magazine about Traditional Jazz, and if you still don't know who she is, maybe there's a clue in her Facebook biog which says, "In a relationship with James Evans".

 

24/11/18 - Phil Morris, trumpeter and occasional pianist, died yesterday in Barrow-in-Furness General Hospital at the age of 79 after a mercifully brief struggle with cancer. He was a fine trumpet player, a good singer, and a very nice man. His contribution to jazz in Cumbria was enormous, starting with the High Cross Band in the 70s, then continuing with Jazz Society Six and Mainline Jazz through the 80s and 90s, and finally freelancing since his return to Millom more recently. In the interim he also played in Australia while living there, and then for many years in Cornwall with the Great Western Jazz Company.  Originally he lived and played in the Liverpool area before moving to Cumbria, and there may still be musicians there who recollect his early career. Funeral details will follow when known. - Bruce Carnaffin

 

 

22/11/18 - I thought your readers may be interested in the Honky Tonk Project. A 40ft catamaran which sails around the coasts of Europe (and further) bringing traditional jazz to the ports where they call in. They use a variety of fine young musicians, many of which have appeared at Fest Jazz in Brittany in bands like the Old Fish Jazz Band, Frog and Henry, Le Bardi Manchot and the Dizzy Birds. They will surely be with us next year too. The website (www. honkytonksail. com ) describes the project and these videos give a good idea of the music and ambiance. They also show how many good young traditional musicians and spectators there are in Europe these days. Check out  https://youtu.be/MgwWB2HrK1U and https://youtu.be/OmD10wxuKLo - Trevor Stent

 

22/11/18 - Norman Gibson writes, "I have to say, I personally am very pleased to see Jim Swinnerton has Dave Donohoe on board at his next jazz event with the Jazzaholics. As far as I am concerned, Dave has been hidden away too long this last few years in his Castle Douglas residence. Not only is Dave a fine trombone player and a real nice man, his CD, with guest Lucian Barbarin, in my view, is the best I have ever purchased by any British band. I play it often. I suggest he brings some along with him on Thursday November 6th. That's if he has any left that is ! I foresee a really big turnout at this one. Norman Gibson.

 

 

21/11/18 - On Monday 26th November LOUISIANA HIGHWAY have a special evening to celebrate 10 years at the ARDEN ARMS Millgate Stockport with special guest DEREK GALLOWAY and possibly Hotpot. 3 sets 40 mins each. We play a mixture of Jazz, Blues, Latin, Calypso and Rock and Roll all with a New Orleans flavour. We start at 8.30. - John Pashley.

 

21/11/18 - Another cartoon with a musical feel this time sent in by Trevor Barnes

 

21/11/18 - Jim Swinnerton has just sent me details of the next event at Garstang Jazz Club. A very lively band, and not very often in the northwest area - Baby Jools and the and the Jazzaholics with Danny Ilet on trumpet, Dave Donohoe (tbn), Karl Hurd (sax/clt), Brian Mellor (gtr/bjo), Jim Swinnerton (bs), and Jools Aldridge (dms).

 

 

20/11/18 - I am sorry to report that Brian Cuddy passed away last week. He has had a health issues for a while now but died suddenly from kidney failure.  Brian had an excellent ear for music. He was still playing and I think his last gig was two weeks ago at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton. He played piano in restaurants, bistros, golf clubs and for Masonic functions . He worked regularly with Michael McCardle and John (Count) McCormick.  His funeral is at 3:30 on Monday 3rd December at Springwood Crematorium, Springwood Avenue, Liverpool L25 7UN. - Peter Swensson

20/11/18 - I am pleased to announce that the Wall City Jazz Band will now be playing twice a month, starting in the new year. This will be on the first and third Tuesday of each month (except for January because the first Tuesday would be New Year's Day). The other details remain the same (venue: the Royal British Legion, Upton by Chester; start at 8 PM, £4 on the door). I'd also like to mention that as December 11 will be our last date in 2018 we will be holding a special celebratory raffle, with some valuable prizes on offer (champagne, jewellery, and more). This is our way of saying 'thank you' to all our loyal fans, so if you are one - don't miss it!  - Alan Jeffs

 

19/11/18 - Three trombone players dropped into the John O'Gaunt last Sunday where the Sun Street Stompers are regulars, Mike Pearson, John Whitaker & Alan Mathews. Photo taken by Greg Stevens and sent in by Barrie Marshall.

 

19/11/18 - A link has been added to Gosport Jazz Club

 

19/11/18 - An amusing cartoon sent in by Jon Critchley, click here and smile.

 

19/11/18 - Hi Fred, I took this photo yesterday at our gig in the North Euston Hotel, with, Anthony Mason, Willy Entwistle, Colin Turner and me. - Mike Lovell

 

 

18/11/18 - Back in 2007, Mart Rodger raised an issue about Summer Schools and were they teaching the right kind of jazz. It's this week's Page of The Week

 

18/11/18 - No midweek daytime jazz this week, unless you know different?  if so, let me know.

 

18/11/18 - Many Happy Returns this week to John Meehan, leader of the Savannah Jazz Band.

 

17/11/18 - We have arrived at a third session at the Otto Lounge in the middle of Heswall. Once again it is Mike Swift on banjo and guitar, Brian Woods on drums and myself on reeds. There is even a suggestion that we may be able to include our bass guitar, Ali MacDonald!  We are there on Friday 14 December between 8.30 and 10.30. We'd love to see friends old and new.  Thanks again for your help in launching this venture (5/10/18). - Dave Dixson (Peninsula 3).

 

16/11/18 - Next Fridays event 23rd November at Goostrey Village Hall has been cancelled. Two reasons and one being after 7 years of pain in my neck at last I will be going to the Pain Department at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport and they have warned me of 4/5 hours and stay at home in the evening. I am thrilled about this appointment. Secondly the tickets sales are poor, so the decision to call off Goostrey Village Hall concert has been made. We will consider doing one next year. - Mart Rodger

 

16/11/18 - When I started this web site I was visiting as many jazz venues as possible in the North West, and taking photographs. I then asked the band leaders if they could let me have information about the bands whether it be historical or pen portraits. What I didn't ask for was a potted history of the musicians and how they got started. So it was particularly interesting to get an email from Ray & Jenny Knight to tell me that their latest video in their jazz odyssey tour of the North West series was now ready and includes in depth interviews with musicians by Louis Lince. It's called "More Encounters of the Jazz Kind - the odyssey continues". It has a touch of Rachmaninoff at the start and end, and film buffs will get the connection I'm sure.

 

 

14/11/18 - It's 'make space time' - I'm slowly going through my CD collection, most of which are on my PC, so the originals are sat on a shelf, hardly played, and simply collecting dust. From time to time I'll be grouping some into packs of 9 and offering them on EBay. The first lot are now on EBay and you can get details by clicking here

 

 

13/11/18 - Some fine musicians assembling in Hornby a week on Saturday, 24th Nov. Frank Flynn on keyboard with Chris Hodder, guitar and bass guitar and Dave Minshull, drums and percussion. It's taking place in Hornby Village Institute, Main Street, Hornby, LA2 8JR, and starts at 8pm. Full details can be found by clicking here

 

 

12/11/18 -  About a year ago Buxton's multi-purpose Pavilion Arts Centre was converted into a dedicated cinema, putting an end to the popular monthly jazz sessions. I was pleased to see a couple of jazz events creeping back into the programme and yesterday local favourites the Tame Valley Stompers gave us another great show! I'd guess there were over 70 in the audience, and the show is now 90 minutes instead of the previous 60. I hope the management regard this as a success and we can look forward to some more Sunday sessions in 2019! - Sam Wood

 

 

10/11/18 - Just one birthday coming up this week - Ken Parkinson (tbn) on 14th Nov. Many Happy Returns Ken.

 

10/11/18 - This week's Page of The Week is about The Wolverines Jazz Band which was formed in 1954 and the page was started by an old work colleague of mine, the late Don Ashworth.

 

10/11/18 - Just one Daytime Jazz event this coming week - The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 16 November, 12:30 – 14:30 at Carnforth Railway Station, Warton Road, Carnforth, where there's Tea Rooms and Good food available.

 

 

07/11/18 - You never know who's going to read it in the future - one of my reasons for the tribute pages. This just come on a youtube video I posted as a tribute to Dave Saville. - "My Wonderful trumpet teacher, he gave me a mouthpiece, a few cornet books and his scribbles on my famous Arban studies bible. Love you Dave R.I.P xx " - Tim Woods

 

07/11/18 - We must be doing something right as The Savoy Jazzmen are booked back at the Palm House for 2019. 120 people attended yesterday's performance at the Palm House in Sefton yesterday. A lovely atmosphere. We are grateful to Pete Fryer, Terry Perry & Mike Swift for helping out covering for Brian Legan, Mal Horne & Ken Horton. Sadly Brian lost his wife on Monday. Ken is in hospital for tests and Mal is recovering from a carpal tunnel operation. Hopefully a full band on the 4th December. - Peter Swensson

 

07/11/18 - Edward Hannaby Funeral will be held on Thursday November 15th at 12 Noon at St Francis of Assisi, RC Church Llay, Wrexham,  LL12 OTY.  He will be laid to rest at Ruabon Road cemetery in Wrexham. Family flowers only, but donations will be gratefully received, to be shared between Chester Aid for homeless and Bru Columbanus, a charity in Cork. - Des Hopkins

 

 

05/11/18 - More photographs from Rochdale Jazz Club by Sam Ralph. This time it's the Aire Valley Jazz Band. Many thanks Sam.

 

05/11/18 - T.J Johnson is back up to this part of the country once again. This time it's on Friday 30th November at Mellor and Townscliffe Golf Club  where Tickets are £18.50 including supper. It starts at 7pm for 7.30pm for this special night out and you can contact Angela Brown on 01663 743219 for more details.

 

05/11/18 - Two first class musician/showmen for the price of one - Rae Owens organises a Gypsy Jazz Night, along with guest musicians, at the Rainford Junction Hotel in St Helens on the first Monday in the month and on January 7th, Rae has arranged for Spats Langham to join him. The only snag is there are limited tickets for what will surely be a good night out. If you want to go, you need to make sure you get your tickets as soon as possible. Tickets are just £8 and can be obtained from Rae by giving him a ring on 0151 525 6900.

 

05/11/18 - What's your definition of jazz?  This one appears in the Arts & Entertainment section of my JazzNorthWest Weekly newspaper. You can see the definition in full at https://www.apassion4jazz.net/jazz.html, would you agree with it?

 

05/11/18 - I've often been asked if anybody knows what happened to a particular band or musician, which made me create a page, "Whatever Happened To". There are currently 88 listed, some answered, and some unanswered which you may still be able to help with. It's this week's Page of The Week

 

 

04/11/18 - Just one midweek daytime jazz event for you this week - The SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 6 November, 14:00 – 16:00

 

04/11/18 - Many Happy Returns this week to Harry Roberts on Tuesday, Alan Brown on Wednesday, Peter Brown on Thursday and Graham Martindale + Terry Brunt on Saturday

 

04/11/18 - There is now a tribute page for Ed Hannaby on the site

 

04/11/18 - That is terrible news about Ed Hannaby. Ed depped for me with the Merseysippi during my illness. - Deepest condolences - Pete Darwin

 

04/11/18 - Please add my comments to the sudden loss of Ed Hannaby.  He was an unusually talented drummer and vocalist who thrilled many with his style and technique, and I had the pleasure of playing alongside him many times. My condolences go out to Katie and particularly to Ed's Dad, who is a fine musician and no doubt responsible for his impact on the music scene.  Ed will be greatly missed I'm sure. - Derek Harrison

 

04/11/18 - Early Bird Tickets are now on sale for the first 100 sales only, for the Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival 2019. Four-day stroller pass = £145. Acts already confirmed; - Jeff Barnhart, T.J. Johnson, Norbert Susemihl, Ray Gelato, Enrico Tomasso, Roy Williams, Alan Barnes, Scarlette's Serenaders, Keith Nichols, Baby Jools and The Jazzaholics, and Savannah Jazz Band.

 

04/11/18 - Musicians and jazz enthusiasts from many parts of the North West will be devastated to learn that the talented and versatile young drummer and vocalist Edward Hannaby died on Friday 2nd November at the age of 43 in Ireland, where he had been attending the Cork Jazz Festival. We learned on Tuesday that he was unconscious, having suffered a heart attack, fallen and injured his head, and he never regained consciousness. For several years he had been with Five and a Penny, a band he had admired and followed since his childhood. He also played regularly with the Bill Basie Big Band and others in the Chester, Liverpool and North Wales area, and had a band of his own: the Ed Watt Band. He had a wonderful ear, an innate sense of swing and a technique that, to a non-drummer at least, was breathtaking. Having played regularly alongside him for the past three or four years, I shall really miss his playing and his good company. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his partner Katie and all the family. - Allan Wilcox

 

 

03/11/18 - Hi Fred. Just to let you know that The Rioters Dixieland Jazz Band played their last regular Sunday afternoon gig at Stamps Bar Crosby last Sunday. The pub have decided to concentrate on catering instead. We may be back for the occasional session - John Dorgan

 

03/11/18 - I've recently discovered a Facebook group called “Hot Jazz Records (1917-1931)”. I think it may be of interest to members of our community. It includes video clips and social commentary from the period. Here's a link to the group. - Trevor Barnes

 

03/11/18 - A fitting send-off for Peter Vickers at his funeral yesterday. Standing room only, with some people unable to get inside the crematorium chapel. The cortege was led by members of the Red Rose Brass Band, but I counted many other musicians who had come to pay their respects. - Fred Burnett

 

 

02/11/18 - Event number five at Garstang JC went really well today. Funny men Peter Lindup and Anthony Mason fitted in really well with the 'Bears', and were well received by a sizeable audience. Quite a bit of laughter, and a number of dancers, would indicate Jim Swinnerton's efforts look destined to continue in the New Year. Next event will feature 'Baby' Jules' Jazzaholics, with Jim joining on bass, and they are known to really swing. - Norman  Gibson

 

 

01/11/18 - A swinging afternoon with multi-talented musicians who love to play jazz at Garstang Jazz Club today. Only sorry that we have to wait until the 6th of December until the next gig. Gudrun Ohara

 

01/11/18 - I first came across the KTB Jazz Festival when I came to copy a listing from the High Society Jazz Band calendar, to What's On, for tomorrow at 1pm, but knew little else about it. It's all happening not too far from me in Longton, Preston. One other band which might be of interest is the Well Dressed Gentlemen who are there at 8pm.

 

01/11/18 - I've just added what may well be the final tribute to Pete Vickers, who's funeral takes place at 3-15pm tomorrow at Preston Crematorium


 

October 2018

 

31/10/18 - SOLD - I've just put a Box Set of 5 CDs on Ebay of Chris Barber & his Jazz Band - The Nixa Jazz Today series, full details here Bidding starts at £5 if anybody interested.

 

 

30/10/18 - Hi Fred, The gig on Friday night - Wyre Levee Stompers and Thornton Brass Band do battle at Thornton Little Theatre, was very good. Photo attached. - Keith Wadeson

 

29/10/18 - Grant Russell writes, "Last week I had a lot of gear stolen in Liverpool. Somebody advised me to let you know as you might be able to spread the word and hopefully get it back. Items stolen were:  Westbury Double Bass,  Markbass mini cmd amplifier,  Rat Stand (music stand) in a black case,  and my gig bag containing an F zone gig light and a Accusound Pick-up". If you suspect you have seen any of these items being offered for sale, let me know and I'll pass the information on - Fred

 

29/10/18 - Re: Frank Gibson. He has not played for several years, and lived in Denton. Previously, he worked with the late pianist Eddie Thompson and, I believe, the Old Fashioned Love band. He was also in the house trio at the long gone Cabaret Club, in Oxford Street, Manchester. - Chris Lee

 

29/10/18 - A Festive picture of the Bill Barrow Quartet playing at the Houghton Hall Centre near Brampton for the start of their Christmas Season..  Lots of Jazz with a selection of Christmas tunes.  Bill plays with the Wyre Levy Stompers. - Peter Eddowes

 

29/10/18 - There will not be any Jazz on Friday the 30th November at Delph Band Club as the club has been booked all day for a wedding party. Other Spirit of New Orleans fortnightly dates in November are unaffected.

 

28/10/16 - I came across an interesting article on scat singing in "The Conversation". The Conversation offers "informed commentary and debate on the issues affecting our world. ... Academic rigour, journalistic flair".

 

28/10/16 - I am sorry to have to report to you the sad news about the death of Frank Gibson on Wednesday October 24th at the age of 90.  He had played with many local bands in the Manchester area and was a longstanding member of The Manchester Jazz Society.   This is so sad even though it was not unexpected.  I have known Frank for over 50 years since when he played with Randy Colville.   He was a wonderful person and a fine musician.   He will be sadly missed by us all. - Alan Brown

 

28/10/19 - After 20 years of running this annual event, Allan  Townsend is about to put on his last "Jazz on a Winter's Day" on Sunday 9th December, at Fylde RFC. As well as the Wyre Levee Stompers, it will feature the Duncan Reid Skiffle Group. Always a very popular family event with a super buffet, you can read the full details by clicking here

 

28/10/18 - Musician's birthday coming up this week include Jon White on Wednesday, Roger Browne on Thursday and Danny Riley on Friday. Happy birthdays one and all

 

28/10/18 - Back in 2018 there was quite a discussion, started by John Muskett on the keys that certain jazz numbers are played in.  It's this week's Page of the Week.

 

28/10/18 - Now the clocks have gone back, maybe time to think of getting out during the day. This week you have the choice of three venues offering daytime jazz midweek - Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at NORTH EUSTON HOTEL, Fleetwood When Wed, 31 October, 12:00 - 14:30,  Anthony Mason and Pete Lindup with the Three Bears at Garstang Jazz Club, on Thu, 1 November, 12:00 – 14:30 and The High Society Jazz Band at KTB Jazz Festival, St Andrew's Church, Longton, Liverpool Rd, Longton, Preston PR4 5AA on Fri, 2 November, 13:00 - 14:00

 

 

24/10/18 - "Our Bohém Ragtime Jazz Band is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2020", writes Tamás Ittzés. "We have been touring the UK in the past decade but stopped visiting your country two years ago for some reason although we loved playing for the British audience. Now we see a chance to return next year (2019) if there is enough interest. If anyone out there is interested in putting on the band, then follow this link for more details

 

24/10/18 - The latest edition of Just Jazz has dropped through the letterbox, don't miss out, get yours by printing off the order form here

 

 

23/10/18 - This year will be the 3rd Almondbury Jazz Festival. The people who organise it do so to raise money for charity, so deserve a bit of publicity.  It takes place in the village of Almondbury on the outskirts of Huddersfield on Saturday 17th November 2018. - Mark Croasdale

 

23/10/18 - The Maine Street Jazzmen played at Rochdale jazz Club last Sunday, and there to record the event as usual was Sam Ralph. You can the photographs by clicking here

 

23/10/18 - Had a trip out on Sunday for jazz and lunch at the Bolton Arms, Leyburn, to see my old mate, Harry Long, with Kathy Benson's Creole Jazz. Very enjoyable. Stunning scenery in my home County. - Dave Wellock

 

23/10/18 - Details have now come in for Pete Vickers' funeral. It will take place on Friday 2nd November, 3-15pm at Preston Crematorium. The Red Rose band will accompany the hearse from the gates, and afterwards members of the band will provide music at The Mad Hatters, where other musicians are invited to bring their instruments.

 

23/10/18 -  Geoff Hogarth has turned up trumps again, he's found an interview with Nigel Ipinson at https://goo.gl/US3ZtH where in 2008 he talked about his time with the Juvenile  Jazz Band as well as OMD,

 

 

22/10/18 - Hi Fred, Geoff Hogarth's question about Juvenile Jazz was answered on this site in 2012. It is on your "Whatever happened to" page. I shall ask Richard Beesley's mother whether she has any further information. - Frank Whitehead

 

 

21/10/18 - A last minute notice just come on for tomorrow night - Spats Langham Hot Fingers plus Emily Campbell, vocalist. Prince of Wales pub Foxfield Broughton in Furness. This is a something of a revival of jazz at this pub. Organised by Paul Loftus. Lovely old place specializing in real ale beers. £12pp pay on the door or book with Paul e:mail paul@lordlofty.co.uk or tel 01229 716582. Monday 22 October, start 7.30 pm.

 

21/10/18 - I spoke too soon the other day (08/10/18), telling you about future gigs for the Lune Valley Jazz Band at the Tithebarn. We played there last night, puzzled not to see the usual landlord. Apparently he left!  The new people in charge say there will be no more music from now on - bang go all our gigs, all in one go. We have some time now to see whether the band can continue, and if so look for somewhere to play. - Steve Lister

 

21/10/18 - Undercliffe Cricket Club gig list has been updated

 

21/10/18 - I'm indebted to Geoff Hogarth for sending me this link to the Liverpool Juvenile Jazz Band's appearance on Blue Peter in 1987. It was uploaded to Facebook to celebrate Blue Peter's 60th birthday, it says, "Here's a clip of Liverpool's own youth jazz band appearing on the show 31 years ago. The lads from two Liverpool schools, were actually very good. Anyone know what happened to them?". Well do you?  Nice to hear the Blue Mags mentioned.

 

21/10/18 - Were you a fan of The Rolling Stones, do you like Boogie Woogie?  If so you might be interested in videos I was referred to this week - Charlie Watts - The A, B, C & D of Boogie Woogie and an interview with Jules Holland.  If that's not enough to keep you happy, check out my list of jazz videos and sites on my "Jazz Videos to Watch" page, which just happens to be my Page of The Week

 

21/10/18 - No mid week daytime jazz and no birthdays this week!

 

 

20/10/18 - News of a charity concert with a difference.........The Wyre Levee Stompers combined with Thornton Cleveleys Brass Band for a night of Jazz and Brass Friday 26th October. It's a re-creation of a number of concert performances which The Jazz Knights did in Germany with Grimethorpe Colliery band back in the eighties, and it takes place at Thornton Little Theatre

 

18/10/18 - There is now a Tribute Page to Peter Vickers which you can see by clicking here. RayK Jazz (Ray & Jenny Knight) and Louis Lince have added their tribute to the page with a video interview  with Pete on 11th May last year at the "Bitter Suite (to become Ale Emporium and now The Mad Hatters)", in Preston as part of their Jazz Odyssey - The Road to Southport Pier. Jenny says, "When we were recording the first of our documentaries about jazz in the North West we interviewed the late Peter Vickers. We hope that this clip summarises Pete in a nutshell - a very modest man who just loved the music of New Orleans".

 

18/10/18 - Regarding straw boaters and striped jackets (Page of the Week). I was playing with The Crescent Jazz band in late 50s at Manchester jazz clubs.  When we played at the Bodega, Paddy McKeirnan approached Pete Haslam and suggested that we change our name to Pete Haslams Collegians as he would be our agent and get us lots of gigs if we played “Jazz of the Roaring Twenties” with appropriate uniform.  Hence this picture...this was taken at the Bodega on a night when Pete was ill and not with us, but I had him superimposed on the photo.  I think that is where people remember the uniforms and straw boaters from, and not so much New Orleans jazz.  We had a gig at The Free Trade Hall with Acker Bilk in their waistcoats and bowlers and us in our uniform.   The reporter from the Manchester Evening News, Jack Florin, put the heading. “Colourful Jazz” Those were the days - Brenda Canty-Forrest.

 

18/10/18 - The Pendle Jazzmen have continued to build up a regular audience for their monthly Thursday evening sessions at Ighten Mount Bowling Club, Romford St., Burnley: so much so that, by popular request, it has been decided to increase the event to twice a month. These will be on the first Thursday (as now) with an additional third Thursday. The downstairs function room - newly decorated - presents excellent facilities with a wide range of drinks available as well as pie and peas. You can read more by clicking on one of the listed events in What's On
 

18/10/18 - Sadly I have to report that a local friend and musician, Peter Vickers, died peacefully around 10pm last night with his family at his bedside. Pete was the leader of the Preston based Silver Bell Band & Red Rose Brass Band, from the early 70s.  He was an occasional visitor to our house so we knew him quite well, so much so he regarded me as his computer guru, often ringing to say, "I have a computer problem, it's not urgent, but I know you like a challenge".  Like me he also worked for BT prior to retirement so we had several things in common. He is now listed on the Tribute Page along with a longer version of this message. Pete leaves two sons and a daughter, and Barbara & I send our condolences to his family - George, James & Helen, of whom he was immensely proud. RIP Pete.
 

 

17/10/18 - Meryl and I have removed to the outskirts of York: our family think we’re old enough and stupid enough to need to live near one of them, and son Paul, already in central York, has drawn the short straw. The ’phone number, which you can publish, is  330896 (01904).  We’ll take the risk of investment brokers, double glazing salespersons and heavy breathers contacting us (I've put the dialling code last John to maybe fool spam searching computers - Fred) . I’ll be keeping up Delph appearances with the Spirit of New Orleans, but looking for new jazz (and folk) opportunities in Yorkshire (I know you have a few TransPennine followers). Best wishes to Barbara, yourself and all westerly jazzers. - Harmoniously, John Muskett.

 

16/10/18 - Re: Page of The Week,  I have a classic story about this, I was doing a gig with The Lune Valley Jazz Vintage Jazz Band years ago at Bentham, we were wearing striped waistcoat and boater, in the break I got chatting to the ladies, one of them said we can tell you're a proper jazz band from what you're wearing! - Barrie Marshall.

 

14/10/18 - The jazz session at Liverpool Cricket Club on Monday, 22nd October has had to be cancelled due to an Annual General Meeting of the club members. We will be back again on 29th. Also, looking ahead to Christmas and New Year, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, also fall on Mondays, hence these dates will have to be cancelled.  - Peter Fryer – band secretary.

 

14/10/18 - Sometimes people raise questions which are  read and answered by other jazzers, but there was one interesting question raised in 2007 by Trevor Hodgson, that never really turned up an answer. He wondered why straw boaters, striped shirts and jackets and fancy waistcoats were so frequently associated with traditional jazz?  Read about it on Page of The Week

 

14/10/18 - Just one midweek daytime jazz event this week - The High Society Jazz Band at Carnforth Station on Fri, 19 October, 12:30 – 14:30

 

14/10/18 - Many Happy Returns this week to Dave Bateman on Wednesday and to Suzanne Mott on Friday

 

 

12/10/18 - Back in April 1974, when we were living in Bury, we woke up on April 1st to two new Metropolitan Counties - Greater Manchester and  Merseyside. Along with people in Rochdale, Bolton & Wigan, we were quite upset and refused to believe, that we no longer lived in Lancashire, we lived in Greater Manchester. No doubt people in Southport felt the same when they were informed they were now part of Merseyside. However some habits die hard and 44 years later it quite amused me to see on page 9 of the latest Jazz Guide, under the heading of  "Live & Alive in Lancashire" - Eagley, Rochdale & Didsbury Jazz clubs listed, as well as the Talbot Hotel in Southport. The rest were either in Manchester or Liverpool, and not one venue technically in Lancashire. - Fred, in Preston, and definitely still in Lancashire.

 

12/10/18 - Tim Woodhead writes, "You helped us last year to find a bassist. There was a response to the message that you circulated for me but it unfortunately did not work out, so we would like to repeat the request. - Tim (piano) and Phil (drummer) are getting established as a jazz combo and we are looking for a bassist to join us. Our music can be loosely described as cool or smooth jazz and our repertoire covers well known and modern jazz standards, with some latin and a hint of classical.  We are located in Malpas (South Cheshire) and we are looking to get engagements at jazz venues around this region.  If you are a bassists (acoustic double bass or bass guitar) and you are interested in joining us, please get in contact: Email timothyjwoodhead@gmail.com, Tel home 01948861175, Mob 07896211733".

 

 

11/08/18 - Noted for their excellent value jazz breaks at the Talbot Hotel in Southport, Gilbert & Julie are now going to start Sunday Afternoon Tea & Jazz Brunches for just £14.99 per person. These will be on selected dates yet to be announced. More information from 01704 533975, or email: julie572@hotmail.co.uk.

 

11/08/18 - The November Jazzmass Party at the Talbot Hotel in Southport from November 9th - 11th, has been showing TBA for one of the bands now for some time.  I can now reveal that as well as The Eagle Jazz Band and the Wirrorleans Jazz Band, The Chicago Teddybears are the third band to be playing there at 8-45pm on Friday night..

 

 

10/08/18 - Ref Norman's link- I particularly liked the ending of Doreen's clip; she truly is the Florence Foster-Jenkins of the clarinet - Jon White.

 

09/10/18 -  Re: Page of the Week last week.  I was delighted to hear The Tony Smith Band and my very young self. It brought back memories and I had to laugh at my drum breaks. A perfect example of technique over taste but in my defence I was a mere stripling. Yours rhythmically -  Moe Green.

 

09/10/18 - Late News from Jeff Roberts -  Charity event for Guide Dogs For the Blind. The Forest New Orleans Jazz Band will be at the K.S.C. club this Friday 12th October, Forest Street,  Nelson. BB97NB. £2 entrance fee and 8-30pm start

 

09/10/18 - Norman Gibson writes, "Unusually I found myself in on my own Saturday night and spent some of my time trolling through Youtube. I had met lovely lady Doreen Ketchens in NOLA 2003 & 2007 and was totally enthralled by her amazing clarinet playing, especially when she let rip with the instrument nigh vertical. Many may know that she was the Queen of Jackson Square, with as many as a dozen playing with her during the French Quarter Festival. I decided to investigate and find if she was still performing with the same vitality. To my absolute delight I found video of her playing 'Just a Closer Walk with Thee' with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in March this year. It must have been four years since I last e-mailed her (there was a hope that I could get her here to play), but I felt I just had to let her know how much I enjoyed the performance. She looked so well and was still playing with that ummph ! Gracious lady that she is, she replied and thanked me for my kind words - I have to say I felt humbled later when I read some of the many comments on this video. https://youtu.be/EC8_zcGEZjc What a Lady - standing ovation much deserved.

 

 

08/10/18 - I noticed that on 1st October Chris Lee was asking if anyone had got a copy of Jazz At The Pavillion (Didsbury Cricket Club) volume 2 on dvd. I've got both volumes on vhs (definitely not for sale) & I'm planning to digitise both volumes at some point, probably on some cold & wet winters' evening. If he can let me have his address or email address I'd be happy to send him a copy when I eventually get round to doing it but I'm not promising when.  I'm playing on the recording of course, all those years ago when I had black hair & all of my own teeth!   Also sad to see my old mate Frank Slaters' trombone & associated gear up for sale. He's a vastly experienced & talented trombone player & will be much missed. - Laurie Cooper

 

08/10/18 - Founder member of the Lune Valley Jazz Band, trumpet player John Beaumont has decided to retire from playing. Best wishes John for the future, and thanks for the enjoyment you have given to many people over the years. The band is continuing as normal with dep cornet players at present. The landlord at the Tithebarn in Garstang has booked the band (although spread out), through most of 2019.
 

 

08/10/18 - Sam Ralph has been busy with his camera once again at Rochdale Jazz Club. You can see photographs of the Pedigree Jazz Band by clicking here

 

 

07/10/18 - Google dancerfly.com and you should find a weekend dancers programme at the the Rowley Court in Scotsforth Lancaster. Non-dancers are welcome to go to the Social evening on Saturday 20th. Oct. for £8, when a very lively young band Alligator Gumbo will be playing.

 

 

06/10/18 - A Yamaha YSL 691 Trombone in very good condition and in original hard case, plus accessories, has just gone on the Sales Page

 

06/10/18 - We heard earlier this week about young Katie Gregg learning to play jazz trumpet, and what her mum Sarah had helped her find in the way of jazz research. By pure coincidence, 10 years ago Jeff Matthews was looking for a tutoring or mentoring list to go on the site. Several musicians were able to give a few tips on the subject and that page is this week's Page of The Week.

 

06/10/18 - There are no midweek daylight hours jazz events coming up next week I'm sorry to say, unless of course someone out there knows different.

 

06/10/18 - Many Happy Returns next week to Jack Cotterill on Tuesday and to Gerry Clayton on Saturday 13th.

 

06/10/18 - On 20th October The Freetime Old Dixie Jass Band are coming from Holland to Dove Jazz Club, and as always the club has produced a 'Bugle' on the subject, which you can read by clicking here

 

 

05/10/18 - The Friends of Neston Library are to present The Chicago Teddybears Society Jazzband on Wednesday 24 October. Doors at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £8 available at the library, booking essential at Neston Library. neston.library@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk 0151 337 4670.

 

05/10/18 - My daughter Katie is currently enrolled in a jazz music workshop (she plays the trumpet!).  She had some worksheets she brought home, so I was helping her do some research. Katie found this guide when we were looking up jazz history: http://tinyurl.com/yc3x9xmd. Could you include a link to it on your page? I'd love to show her! Appreciation and recognition go so far in children!  If you add it, let me know; I'd also like to show Katie's music instructor...they meet Wednesday afternoon if you get a chance to update over the weekend!   - Sarah Gregg. Link added in the international section.  Good luck Katie, we need more young people like you to become interested in this genre of music - Fred

 

05/10/18 - Apologies if you have been having problems with the web site for the last three days when it has been taking minutes to load one page. After I upload it, I have no control over things like that, plus I was in Harrogate on Wednesday and at Garstang Jazz Club yesterday, opticians and then lunch with friends today, so didn't have time to take on the challenge of getting through to the right department within BT where the site is hosted. I hoped I wasn't the only one affected and they would get to know and sort it, seems they did, it's now OK. Not everybody was affected strangely enough!

 

05/10/18 - We have a new booking for the Peninsula Three at the Otto Lounge in Heswall on Friday 12th October, 8.30 to 10.30. Mike Swift on banjo / guitar, Brian Woods on drums and myself on reeds. Nice setting, good food and drink and good music! Could you let folk know? - Dave Dixson
 

 

02/10/18 - A young friend of my Son in Law, who has no interest in jazz music, told me at the weekend he recently saw a jazz band at a music festival in Flint. He and friends watched the whole set of 'Kansas Smitty's House Band' ( no ! I hadn't heard of them either ) because the clarinetist was brilliant. After a bit of checking I found it was Adrian Cox. I mentioned this to Peter Butler at JazzandJazz, who commented Adrian is very much in demand now. His inclusion in the 'Madness' band is only a small part of his work, as he has recently returned from a South American tour and playing in New York with Wynton Marsalis. This latter engagement I find was at the Lincoln Centre 30 Gala 2018 - where the Gala tickets started at 2500 dollars ! I recommend going to - LIVE - "JLCO"Jazz at the Lincoln Centre - Norman Gibson

 

 

01/10/18 - I read in the Sunday Post that Elaine C Smith plans to stage a show tribute to the forgotten Scots jazz legend Mary McGowan, who walked away from fame. As part of the Clyde Valley Stompers, Mary’s huge voice inspired generations of future Scottish singers, such as Lulu, Annie Lennox and Sheena Easton. Yet at the height of her success, the Gorbals girl walked off the stage for good, to marry and start a family. Now TV and stage star Elaine hopes to bring a show about Mary’s life to the stage at next year’s Edinburgh Fringe. More at https://goo.gl/ZrrH3a.

 

01/10/18 - Ian Royle writes from the Costa Blanca, "Superb session at the Arena Bar in Denia yesterday. Ex-pats Mike Summers on piano, Dave Butterworth on drums, Dick Crooks on reeds, the incredible Julio Fuster on string bass and me on trumpet,vocals and thoroughly enjoying myself with a great bunch of guys. The bar owner, Willem, loves jazz and serves a fantastic cuisine. There are different groups with different styles at the 'Arena' every week so I can recommend the place to anyone visiting the area.

 

01/10/18 - Hello Fred,  Your readers may like to know (if it isn’t too far!) that my show SHAKE THAT THING! The Great British Swing Dance Show has been booked by Raymond Gubbay to appear at Birmingham Town Hall next April 28th – a Sunday Matinee. Here’s the link to the theatre: https://goo.gl/eAihd6 - Tony Jacobs

 

01/10/18 - Tonight's Now You Has Jazz, Jazz,Jazz on the Sound of Spitfire features a live concert by the best of the Louis Armstrong All Stars, from 1949. This was the band which featured Big Sid Catlett, one of the greatest jazz drummers, along with Barney Bigard, clarinet, Jack Teagarden, trombone and vocals, Earl Fatha Hines, piano, Arvell Shaw, bass and Velma Middleton, vocals. Listen Live Here - John Petters

 

01/10/18 - Dear Fred,  I am hoping one of your many correspondents can help. I recently came into possession of a DVD, Jazz At the Pavilion [Volume 1], of three bands filmed at Didsbury CC in about 1989, featuring among others, John Hallam playing, as always, stonkingly well. I would like to get my hands on Vol. 2, but can't trace a copy via Google, U-Tube, Amazon, etc. Does anyone know where I could source a copy?  - Chris Lee

 

01/10/18 - My latest edition of all things jazz in Jazznorthwest Weekly is out and I see there's a hardback, published on 4th September, called, "The History of European Jazz, The Music, Musicians and Audience in Context" by Francesco Martinelli. If you love a good book and you consider yourself an expert on the subject, and have £195 to spare, then this is the book for you. There's a section on, "Great Britain: 1900 - 1960", by Alyn Shipton. I checked on the index most of my favourites from the 50's, as far as I could remember, were listed (couldn't find Clyde Valley Stompers). Some pages are free to read on line, but you can check out the subject index here

 

September 2018

 

30/09/18 - Re: Meghan Markle - I believe that the incident occurred at the start and end of a (faithful) rendering of Jelly Roll Morton’s Steamboat Stomp. The band concerned thought they might also incorporate it in Colonel Bogey March. Harmoniously - John Muskett

 

30/09/18 -  This week's Page of the Week features some recordings by Tony Smith's jazzmen, a broadcast recorded at Studio 1 at the BBC in Piccadilly Manchester on 5th February 1962.

 

30/09/18 - A couple of daytime gigs this week (excluding weekends) - The SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House on Tue, 2 October, 14:00 – 16:00 and on Thursday it's Garstang Jazz Club once again with hotpot included and free drinks (you bring your own). Click here for full details

 

30/09/18 - Many Happy Returns today to Keith Allcock, and on Monday to ex NW drummer, now living in Penzance, Brian Ellwood. On Thursday it's congratulations to Pete Lindup, Fylde Coast multi-instrumentalist and all round entertainer. Check out Pete's miming ability on this video

 

 

29/09/18 - Jon Critchley asks the question I've already put to John Muskett - "I'm intrigued with Mr Muskett's revelation about the anonymous banjo player's nasal interjection: did he manage to stop playing whilst he blew? If so,......"

 

29/09/18 - Following the astonishing news that Meghan Markle has closed a car door, can I give an even more astounding report? An unnamed banjoist has BLOWN HIS NOSE in public. Remember: you heard it here first. Harmoniously - John Muskett

 

 

28/09/18 - Last month Just Jazz Magazine featured an autobiography written by a young musician who has gained quite a following oin the North West. It is of course Alex Clarke. Alex shows that at the age of 18 she is not only an excellent jazz musician, she also has enough confidence to write her life story!  I'm grateful to Just Jazz Magazine, and to Alex, for allowing me to publish it on the site, and you can click here to read it.

 

28/09/18 - The latest issue of Just Jazz Magazine is now out and about. My thanks to the magazine's designer and typesetter, 'Gentlemen' Jim McIntosh, who reads this site and picked up on a recent Page of The Week about smart dress code, and gave his views in the magazine. It certainly produced plenty of responses in the past on this site, so no doubt we can expect plenty of letters in the mag.

 

 

27/09/18 - For anyone who played or was a member of the Mardi Gras Jazz Club, the Cavern, Iron Door and the Downbeat Club during the late 50's and 60's you may find a book by Brian Linford interesting. Brian was manager of the club and was responsible for booking local and professional jazz bands. Sadly many of the musicians who played at the club are no longer with us.   I had forgotten that the owners of the Mardi Gras and Downbeat club, Roberts & Ireland presented in association with Harold Davison many American bands and musicians : Count Basie, Modern Jazz Quartet, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson Trio etc. These concerts where held at the Odeon and Liverpool Empire.   To quote from the back of the book - "This book is a tribute to two Liverpool men, Stan Roberts and Jimmy Ireland, and their massive contribution to Liverpool entertainment during the 1950's 60's. Restaurants, catering, jazz concerts, beat group management, clubs and gaming machines. The Mardi Gras Club is their most outstanding achievement. Their talent has never been fully recognised. This is the History behind the club.   It cost me about £8.00 plus postage from Amazon.   The book is called :- Brian Linford presents a history of the Mardi-Gras Club Liverpool. The famous and legendary jazz club. - Peter Swensson

 

 

26/09/18 - The Southport Jazz Club listings for Fleetwood Hesketh Club have been updated

 

26/09/18 - On Thursday 25th October we are repeating our very popular Charity Concert for Cancer Research, when John will be playing with the Carl Sinclair Boogie Band. This year once again we are at the Culcheth Sports Club, Culcheth, a venue that worked very well for us last year and gives plenty of room for those who like to dance. The Boogie Band offers an exciting and hugely entertaining mix of Jazz, Blues, Boogie, Rock ‘n Roll and more. Carl is one of the resident pianists at Jools Holland’s live music venue ‘The Jam House’ in Birmingham. - Barbara Hallam

 

 

25/09/18 - The Parade Jazz Band is the latest band to be in front of Sam Ralph's lens at Rochdale Jazz Club. You can see the results by clicking here

 

25/09/18 - Just back from Devon, so things to be done somewhat belatedly, including the lawn. Just one midweek daytime event this week - Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar at NORTH EUSTON HOTEL, Fleetwood on Wed, 26 September, 12:00 – 14:30

 

 

20/09/18 - Once again Sam Ralph has produced some stunning photographs taken at Rochdale Jazz Club. This time it's the Wirrorleans Jazz Band, but  I couldn't  help but notice that only bass player Keith Allcock and drummer and leader John Blackman are featured as band members on the band's web page on this site, so which is correct?.  If it's out of date, it's not the only band page that's fallen foul of changes in personnel and has become outdated, but after working hard to keep on top of all the other pages, even when on holiday, it is disappointing when bands can't maintain their own pages by occasionally keeping me updated with personnel changes and photographs.

 

 

19/09/18 -  Jasmine Lawrence, the widow of John Lawrence, our deceased cornet player sadly died in Arrowe Park Hospital, Birkenhead on Monday 10th from an aortic aneurism, which had ruptured. She knew she had this several years ago and lived with it for that time but never complained. She followed the Merseys until the day she died. She was a life-long jazz fan and is very much missed by us all ( an honorary member if ever there was one.) The funeral is to be held at Landican Crematorium, near Arrowe Park on Tuesday, 2nd October at 3.30 p.m. - Peter Fryer

 

 

18/09/18 - Weekly Thursday live jazz is no longer at Burgundy's Wine Bar, Kendal. The new venue is The Factory Tap, Aynam Road, Kendal LA9 7DE, almost in the town centre, just across the river from Burgundy's. Details of the Autumn programme of gigs are in What's On by clicking on the event. The programme is varied and includes (but not restricted to), traditional jazz.

 

 

17/09/18 - Very sad to hear about Jasmine Lawrence. she was a lovely lady to know. she was friendly to everyone like John Lawrence was.- Delia Morrissey.

 

 

14/09/18 - Updates, if any, are likely to be few and far between, for the next 12 days I'm afraid.

 

13/09/18 Jasmine Lawrence, wife of the late Merseysippi cornettist John Lawrence, died on Monday afternoon at Arrowe Park Hospital in Birkenhead from an aneurism.  She had been an important cog in the Merseysippi wheel for most of her life. - Steve Voce

 

13/09/18 -  Hi Fred, Very sad to announce the passing of Tony Carter. Although ill health during the past few years has prevented Tony playing, he will be remembered as a most enthusiastic and competent drummer in many local bands on the Wirral..  His funeral will be held at 11am on Friday 14th September at the Landican Crematorium Arrowe Park Rd Woodchurch Wirral CH49 5LW.  At present I have no details re giving Tony a musical send off however I shall update whenever possible. (Bring your horns etc just in case we need 'em!) - Morris Jones (Jazz Rag).

 

13/09/18 - The latest edition of my JazzNorthWest Weekly is out, and there is a interesting link to a page "All ABout Jazz" which is featuring Buddy Bolden. There are links from here to half a dozen YouTube videos about him. Also in JazzNorthWest Weekly there's a link to 'Love Music Help Musician UK' which is a UK charity offering a "Transmission Fund" designed to help careers by providing grants of £500 - £1500 to fund opportunities allowing emerging and professional musicians of all genres and disciplines to focus on developing their artistic and professional development such as short courses, workshops, training and time limited periods of coaching. Alex Clarke came to mind, but she'll have to wait until she's 21.

 

 

12/09/18 - The Forest Jazz Band will not be performing next Tuesday, ( Sept. 18th ) at the Union Exchange, Market Street, Colne, due to pub refurbishing. Back to normal the following week. - Jack Moore

 

 

10/09/18 -  My name is Stewart Jessett. I'm double bass player with Carlisle's Gentlemen of Jazz. In 1964 I was working for the local Newcastle newspaper driving my Hillman Imp down Blacker Street. Suddenly, without warning, a big coloured woman in a posh fur coat stepped out in front of me. I screeched to a halt calling her a lot of rude names (thankfully I don't think she heard me). She jumped back and smiled at me "I'm sorry young man, I looked the wrong way" My god it was Ella Fitzgerald and I'd nearly killed her. I had been to see her the night before at Newcastle City Hall. She must have been shopping before her next venue. I could have been famous for the wrong reason

 

09/09/18 - I’ve told you about the film documentary ‘There’s A Future In The Past’  before, and about the talent that is Vince Giordano, bandleader, multi instrumentalist and Grammy Award winner for his work on Boardwalk Empire! It’s fascinating stuff. I've seen it twice in cinemas (in the UK and New York) and have a copy of the DVD. Here is a trailer for the film: https://vimeo.com/179935106 . If you would like to own a copy, you can order one (and his CDs) direct from Vince in the USA via this link: http://vincegiordano.com/music. You won't regret it! I have had the privilege of singing with his Nighthawks when we have visited New York City. - Tony Jacobs (Visiting New York ? They play Mondays and Tuesdays at the Iguana - Norman G)

 

09/09/18 - Congratulations to Richard Exall & Amy Roberts, who tied the knot last week. Amy studied at the Northern College of Music  in Manchester.

 

08/09/18 - If you enjoyed reading last week's diary from the 10th Avenue Jazz Band, then you'll enjoy reading some more from other years, in this week's Page of the week.

 

08/09/18 - No mid week daytime jazz this week I'm afraid, unless of course you know different!

 

08/09/18 - Several birthdays to celebrate this week - Spats Langham on Monday, Tony Ormesher on Wednesday, Roy Swift on Thursday along with well known Albrighton promoter John Howell who will be celebrating his 85th birthday (No, I couldn't believe it either!). On Saturday it's Harold Troughton and Richard Lord. Many Happy Returns to you all and keep up the good work.

 

08/09/18 - I guess there's one thing jazz festivals must dread - a weekend of rain.  Norman Gibson tells me that, "Trevor Stent's Fest Jazz was amazing, but it rained quite a bit on the Saturday, but Sunday it was incessant and the potential jazz audience drastically suffered".   Trevor says, "For the festival, it was a catastrophe. On the Sunday 29th July we had only 402 spectators who braved the appalling wind and rain whereas in 2016 (and in previous years) we had around 1100. The future of Fest Jazz is in serious doubt. That is why the young team who worked so hard to organise this year’s event have launched an appeal via a Crowd Funding project: “Save Fest Jazz!”". If you go to http://tinyurl.com/yce8jy7e you can make a donation and help keep this festival alive. There are 'perks' for donors.

 

08/09/18 - Barrie Marshall sent me an interesting cutting from his scrapbook. it was a report from the Lancaster Guardian on the very first gig by the New Riverside Jazz Band. I've extracted and added it to the bottom of the band's page.

 

08/09/18 - Congratulations today to Fred Jarvis, former Gen Sec of the NUT, on his 94th birthday. It was he ,together with the late bassist Dick Goodwin, who put together the concert in Wallasey, on the 14th February 1949, all of 69 years ago, which resulted in the birth of the Merseyssippi * Jarvis and Dick Goodwin both worked in Wallasey Town Hall and while Dick was forming the band, Fred was writing occasional reviews of the Wallasey Rhythm Club in the local press. To quote his review of 21 May 1949 . ' One of the biggest audiences yet to attend its meeting was present when the Wallasey Rhythm Club presented its first " all band " session at the Hotel Victoria on Monday last. Loudest applause of the evening was reserved for the Club's own group the Merseysippi Jazz Band......'   The interesting last sentence reads , ' This was indeed a session for Wallasey Jazz, swing, ( and be-bop ? ) fans to remember. FJ '   The personnel that night : Wally Fisher (t), Pat Evans (cl), Dennis Gracey ( tbn ), Frank Robinson (p), Ken Baldwin (bjo), Ken Metcalfe (d) and Dick Goodwin (b).   -   *Yes, that is correct. They dropped an 's' shortly after. - Bob Lamb

 

06/09/18 - On the up and up - Garstang Jazz Club, set up by bass player Jim Swinnerton, treated around 60 people to a good helping of jazz and hotpot today plus some first class music by top NW musicians. Following a two month break, it was a nervous time for Jim wondering if the fans would remember and return, but they did, and more. It's not often I see a standing ovation at a jazz club, but the audience, which included some musicians, clearly enjoyed today's performance as they stood up and applauded. It was good to catch up with familiar faces, including Ray and Jenny Knight (aka Rayk Jazz, aka Harvey Duck), who were there to capture the event on video as part of their third Jazz Odyssey series on NW Jazz Bands on YouTube, along with their presenter for the series, Louis Lince. I was amazed to discover 250 jazz band videos of theirs on YouTube, with no doubt lots more to come, a real credit to them. Next month will probably see the style swing more towards New Orleans when the Three Bears are joined by  Spirit of New Orleans musicians, we shall see.

 

06/09/18 - Looking through your 'Deps' list, I noticed the name of my friend and colleague Dave Parker of Peterborough in the 'Bass' section.  I am sorry to have to tell you he died in August after a battle with cancer. He had a magnificent Jazz Funeral at which many of us from this region had the privilege of playing. - Ivan ('Pops Coffee'). Thanks Ivan, the list has been updated- Fred

 

06/09/18 - I attended the funeral of Norman Dakers today. It was a beautiful ceremony. From the “Old Days” Eric Brierley and his wife Maggie also were present and it was so good to renew, and review, old times.  Thank you so much for the publicity you have given to this wonderful friend and musician, Norman Dakers. Yours in Jazz - Alan Brown

 

 

05/09/18 - There were 5,300 visits to this site last month, up almost 3% on the previous month. Thanks to everyone who visited.

 

 

04/09/18 - I've just added a fascinating insight into the life of musician and band leader, the late Alan Duckles. It comes from the eulogy given by his son Stephen at Alan's funeral service. He has kindly allowed me to reproduce it on the site, and it's on Alan's tribute Page.

 

04/09/18 - As many regulars will know, I announce the forthcoming daytime events on this page at the weekends, as I've long advocated mid week lunchtime jazz sessions for those of the older generation who don't see dark nights inviting.  So I was heartened and vindicated to get this email from Peter Swensson - "We played at the Palm House this afternoon and 156 attended. This is a record for us. I only wish half this number would come to our evening sessions. John Fogg was depping for John Rothwell who is on holiday. John played with the band in the 80's and hasn't lost his touch. It was lovely to work with him again. Terry Birkinhead led the second liners during the parade numbers".  You can click on the photos that Peter sent me for larger versions. Now let's see how many Jim Swinnerton pulls in at Garstang on Thursday lunchtime. In fairness it's only his third session.

 

 

04/09/18 - Bob Lamb writes, "Quite a few years ago during some jazz research I sought, and found, at the Liverpool Record Office, the report of the arrival in Liverpool of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. I obtained a Xerox copy of the article from the Liverpool Echo of April 1 1919. Because of the condition of the original newspaper only a readable but poor copy was possible. I doubt if it would scan although today's technology my prove me wrong.  so I will show it just as it appeared mid-column and sandwiched between ' This Week's Entertainment on Merseyside ' and an advert for 'Clarke's Blood Mixture' a Complete and Lasting Cure ' for piles!".  - Bob Lamb. Quite right Bob and it fits nicely in with the article by Peter Vickers "I was conned but I kept on looking" and I've added it as a footnote - Fred

 

04/09/18 - The latest issue of Dove Jazz Bugle is now available to read on line.

 

04/09/18 - The Frog Island Jazz Band played at Rochdale Jazz Club on Sunday, and there to record the event as usual was Sam Ralph. You can see Sam's photographs by clicking here

 

04/09/18 - It's continually happening that when jazz fans and musicians pass on, their families are left trying to find a home for what the departed would have regarded as their "personal and valuable collection".  I was contacted today by a musician who was trying to save his family from that dilemma, by leaving instructions for them. That has simply shifted the problem onto himself, so I was able to refer him to an item in Jazz Extras, currently item 17, "Donate your record collections - to The National Jazz Archive". However it did leave us wondering if any other musicians or jazz fans with music collections, had even thought about this and whether or not they had any ideas as to what they wanted to happen to them?  If you have, please do let me know.

 

04/09/18 - I'm informed that one of the most valuable pages on the site for musicians, is the Deps List. Being linked from Jazz Extras means it's not in a fixed place, which is not good if looking for a dep in a hurry, so I've now also linked it from the Main Menu.

 

03/09/18 - When I started the Tributes Page, little did I realise how many names would  be appearing in a relatively short period. Adding a new name alphabetically and then moving all the other names further down the list has become time consuming and I've resorted to a spreadsheet to do it for me. Unfortunately, because of the way I started it, the names are now sorted alphabetically by first name, and horizontally rather than vertically.

 

03/09/18 - I forgot to put a link in to the Garstang Jazz Club poster when I posted this week's daytime jazz events. So take a look now.

 

 

01/09/18 - An interesting article in The Liverpool Guide - "Popular Hope Street venue aims to become the epicentre of live jazz".  It's about a jazz club in Hope Street Liverpool, and DJ and promoter John Dean explained: “I felt that the whole Jazz thing was under represented in Liverpool, and I want to make Hope Street Jazz at Frederiks a solid destination for Jazz-lovers in the city".   Wonder where he's been?

 

01/09/18 - Dear Fred, Thanks a lot for putting Don Bastow back in touch with me after around 55 years. He just remembered mine and Colin’s involvement in jazz during the 50’s and early 60’s.  He and his wife Jean, who married the week after us, went on a number of holidays together with us. He had a lot of business moves and we lost touch.  However, with your help, we met up yesterday here in Wales and it was so good to catch up, we never stopped talking and I have been invited up to their home in the Lake District soon. I think you should go into business as an Agency for finding lost friends...and not only musicians! - Cheers Brenda Canty-Forrest (Brenda Tomkin).

 

01/09/18 - I have just returned to Wales after saying farewell to Doug Whaley. He was quite simply the best! Having known him for over 50yrs as both a band member and friend l will miss him terribly. He was a member of the Zenith Six during the heyday of the Black Lion, and during his last few difficult years we shared good times in New Orleans and on safari in Kenya. He was so chuffed when we were recognised in a crowded Jazz club on Times Square New York a few years ago! He was a rock when I lost Keith in 2002.  Along with many of his friends musicians and family we have given him a send off which I know he would have approved.  Gabriel it's time to pass your trumpet to a better player! - Marcia Pendlebury.

 

01/09/18 - It was quite like the good old days today in St Annes at Sea today, crowds of people on the beach and the pier, all coming to listen to Mike Lovell's Sticky Rock Jazz Trio with Mike Lovell, Anthony Mason and Colin Turner. OK, well I suppose some had maybe come for the kite festival too.

 

 

1/09/18 - Bands come and bands go, some from this country and some from abroad. But one band that came from America on more than one occasion, not only made a lasting impression on Barbara & I when we put them on in Preston in April 2000 after being approached by friend of the band, Mart Rodger, but reed player Bob Storms kept and published a diary of subsequent visits between 2003 and 2005. It makes for interesting reading about some of the NW jazz clubs as seen through foreign eyes. It's this week's Page of the Week.

 

01/09/18 - Many Happy Returns on Tuesday to Howard Worthington and Tony Davis.

 

01/09/19 - Daytime midweek jazz events coming up - On Tue, 4 September, 14:00 – 16:00, The SAVOY JAZZMEN are giving a concert in Sefton Park Palm House. Tickets can be reserved by ringing 0151 726 9304 or alternatively you can pay at the door. Further information can be obtained from Peter Swensson 0151 722 1478.  Following the summer break, Jim Swinnerton re-opens Lancashire's only jazz club when he presents The Three Bears trio with Mike Owen and special guests John Hallam and Jamie Brownfield at Kirkland & Catterall Memorial Hall, near Garstang, Preston PR3 0HR.  It takes place on Thu, 6 September, 12:00 – 14:30 Admission includes hotpot or vegetarian option.
 

August 2018

 

31/08/18 - Hi Fred What a lovely tribute and good wishes piece John Percival has written to Alex Clarke. John obviously has a leaning towards encouragement of the young, who we have to look on to keep our jazz alive. I've been 'beating the drum' for some time in favour of young bands getting more bookings in Jazz Clubs and Festivals. But while the UK hangs back the Continent is steaming ahead with great young bands emerging with regularity. Age has caught up with me and I have retired from jazz events promotion, but I am finding time again helping the young Frog and Henry Band fill the northern part of their Feb 2019 Tour with the five piece. Sadly Malcolm, Roa Island JC, has retired and we are currently in negotiation with a venue to fill that Feb 15 date, otherwise we were close to releasing a twelve plus venue programme. All good fun, and a pleasant, amiable and seriously enthusiastic bunch of young musicians I have had the good fortune of meeting over the last few years. It would be great to be able to turn the clock back ! Good luck for the future Alex. - Norman  Gibson

 

31/08/18 - Just to let all the friends of these two bands know of their parts in this year's Wirral Arts Festival festival. The Merseysippi have the honour of presenting the opening concert on Saturday 29th September at Heswall Hall: 8 till 10.30. Tickets from Linghams bookshop in Heswall or from the band. Price £10. The Peninsula Jazzmen welcome all comers to Heswall Royal British Legion on Tuesday 2nd October, 8.30 to 11.00. Free admission but donations are welcomed!  Both bands look forward to seeing you at the Festival. For full details, check www.wirralartsfestival.co.uk

 

 

28/08/18 - The Dixie Beats would like to wish our brilliant reed player, Alex Clarke, all the very best in her studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Alex will appear with us at Eagley on Monday night (3rd. Sept) before setting off next week to start her four year course (although she will still perform with us during vacations and home visits). During the last two years Alex has well and truly established herself on the circuit and seems to have played with everyone in every genre. Despite this considerable success she remains a truly down to earth, good humoured musician and it is an absolute delight to have her as a member of the the band. Her contributions to our arrangements and performances, enthusiasm and personality have made her a key part of our line up and we look forward to welcoming her back as often as she can manage, and when she's an international superstar will be quite happy to be the backing group. Good luck and every success in your studies, Alex - you deserve it. - John Percival;

 

28/08/18 - Norman Dakers' funeral will be at Peel Green Crematorium at 11am Wednesday 5th Sept. postcode M30 7LW. and afterwards at Irlam Social Club Cutnook Lane, M44 6JS - Tony Dunleavy

 

28/08/18 - I also remember Doug Whaley, and twice singing with him and the Red River at Dresden Dixieland Jazz Festival, 1985 and 1990.have you seen the clip on U tube?  Hoffman Jazz. I am sad that I can’t get over from Sweden to attend his funeral on the 31 August. My love and happy memories to all my music friends, and the times we shared together - Sheila Collier

 

28/08/18 - I remember Norman Dakers when I joined the Southside Stompers in 1958.  He was such good fun!   I remember giving him a lift in my Isetta bubble car over the Pennines to Sheffield to play in a Jazz Club over there, and we got lost and had to ask the way. He was a large gentleman, and when I opened the front for him to get out, he almost rocked the little 3 Wheeler over.  Another time we got lost in the smog, and I stayed at his mum’s house, borrowing her long nightdress. I was only 18. Happy days. My condolences to his family, - Sheila Collier.


27/08/18 - Just doing a bit more tidying up of my collection and thought I'd send you this interesting little clip...... Zutty talking about the 1938 Panassié session (Mezzrow, James P., Ladnier etc.). At the end, Zutty wonders what happened to the final recording after James P. & Ladnier became the worse for wear. Well, it eventually came to light and I have added an extract at the end of Zutty's piece. - Graham Martindale -  Click here to listen

 

27/08/18 - In readiness for the re-opening of the Garstang Jazz Club on 6th September  next week, following the summer recess, Jim Swinnerton has sent me a couple of posters iadvertising what appears should be a great event - click here to view

 

27/08/18 - Sorry to relay news of the passing of NORMAN DAKERS on Aug 23rd 2018. Norman was an original member of SOUTHSIDE J. B. of Manchester during late 1950's/early 60/s. A fine musician & a larger than life character. His regular saying was 'I used to know lots of jokes, but can't remember any ' , then spent the next half hour rolling them out non-stop. He saw action in Europe during the 1939-45 war, where he sustained a back injury which affected him for the rest of his life. During recent years He, wife Margaret, my wife Jean & myself were frequent visitors to jazz clubs & dining out until ill health hit them. A lovely man, always pleasant (except when he had to wear a tie). Everybody he met was his friend. He will be missed. R. I. P. "Norm" - Frank Cholerton

 

26/08/18 - Re; Page of The Week. Thank you Fred for showing Laurie Taylor's 'Thinking Allowed' broadcast. He's right. For anyone around at the time the Temple was the place to be with the Mersey's at their excitingly entertaining best. Who cannot remember, with joy, admiration,and a bit of a drunken smile, Liverpool's own Neddy Seagoon aka Pete Daniels playing the part of a Tradjazz Maynard Ferguson. What a terrific band in an amazing period in the cultural history of Liverpool,where there was music before the Beatles. Unfortunately not too many people know that now. The Temple is now a Coffee Bar and Deli called Baby E. - Bob Lamb

 

26/08/18 - I just read Ian Royle's very accurate description of the weather conditions on Llandudno Pier last Friday 24th August with the River City jazz band, and I've only got one comment to make - I've started with a cold today, I wonder why?! - Laurie Cooper.

 

26/08/18 - Sticky Rock Three - just finished the gig in the Sunset Lounge on The North Pier, with Paul Guppy, Dave Bateman and Mike Lovell on the North Pier at Blackpool.

 

26/08/18 - The Temple in Liverpool is the subject of this week's Page of the Week

 

26/08/18 - Many Happy Returns today to Mike McLachlan & Andrew Mackenzie, and on Tuesday to Keith Shone.

 

26/08/18 - More midweek daytime Jazz events this week than usual - On Mon, 27 August, 11:00 – 17:00, Deco Delight at Cartmel races, and on Tue 28th August, 13:15 – 16:30, The River City Jazz Band are on Llandudno Pier. Mike Lovell's 6 in a bar will be at The North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood on Wed, 29 August, 12:00 – 14:30. Then finally on Friday  The River City Jazz Band are back on Llandudno Pier again from 13:15 – 16:30.

 

26/08/18 - After the monsoon conditions on Llandudno Pier this last Friday (thanks to all our supporters for their enthusiasm before the thunderstorms), today's show (Sunday 26th August) has been cancelled due to the prospect of further downpours. However the River City Jazz Band will be appearing in wellies, sou'westers, thermal underwear and suitably anointed with goose grease on Bank Holiday Monday and on the Tuesday as well.- Ian Royle

 

24/08/18 - There is now a tribute page for Doug Whaley, and I've just added the latest email which came from Frank Slater.

 

24/08/18 - For anyone wishing to catch up with Alex, the Alex Clarke Quartet will be paying at the Congleton Jazz & Blues Festival tomorrow (Saturday 25th), with Special Guest TJ Johnson, formerly of this parish but now resident in London. Also appearing is Liverpool-based Amanda Brown and the Common Ears, who I and countless others had the good fortune to see at Trevor Stent's recent Fest Jazz in Brittany. Other sessions over the weekend include the Beartown Stompers and Swingology.- Barry Pryme

 

 

23/08/18 - Sad to hear about Doug'. I played with him many times over the years. He was able to adapt to any style of jazz and Big Band music, I enjoyed every session I did with him. He showed such tenacity to carry on with his playing after the devastating series of strokes he suffered, mastering playing left handed. and having a stand made to hold his trumpet in the playing position Another light has gone out in the jazz world. Rest in Peace Doug - Tony Dunleavy

 

23/08/18 - Really sad to hear about Doug Whaley’s passing : knew him from his association with local jazz musicians in Whitefield, North Manchester, including Jim Ashton (banjo ) who played in the ‘Cotton City Jazzmen ‘ whose base was a pub , near where I moved to from Whitefield just off Walmersley Road , Bury , in October 1957. Will tell Jim the arrangements: knew Doug wasn’t well , & understand he lived not far from the wake venue, but never got round to visiting him. Wouldn’t have taken much effort as I live in Bolton too! - Brian Taylor.

 

23/08/18 - I am deeply sorry to hear about Doug. He was just about the best player in the North West and, specifically, one of the nicest fellows you could meet. I hadn't seen him for years, but will always remember him and his playing. - Steve Voce

 

 

22/08/18 - Ray Murphy is "interested in meeting someone to play jazz trumpet (dixi) and give me advice,would like to find a tutor - I live in OL11 area of Greater Manchester. Played with Owen Bryce in Northampton". Any ideas anyone?
 

22/08/18 - I am very sad to advise you that I received a call from Colin Whaley, a nephew of Doug Whaley. Colin advised me that Doug passed away on Monday 20th August after being ill for some time. Colin has provided me with the following details relating to the funeral. Colin is quite happy for me to pass on this information for publication on JazzNorthWest. Doug’s funeral will be held at Radcliffe Crematorium at 2.30pm on Thursday 30th August, Postcode M26 4EU. His wake is at Bradshaw Conservative Club, Bradshaw, Bolton, Postcode BL2 3ET – All Welcome.  Doug was a brilliant musician and a major influence to many musicians in jazz circles of all genre. He played a big part in my own life as a musician, work colleague and friend since 1957. He will be sadly missed and I have no doubt that his passing marks the end of an era for many of us. - Regards, Barry Aldous

 

22/08/18 - Could you have filled three pages about your life story at the age of 18?  Well North West jazz musician, Alex Clarke, has done just that in the latest edition of Just Jazz Magazine, and what an interesting and well written story she has to tell. Mark my words, this is one determined young lady who is going places. She recently released her first CD and says she's "serious about doing my bit towards the apparent revival of young people playing and enjoying jazz and swing". Well worth getting hold of a copy of the magazine which you can order by clicking here and sending off the form.

 

20/08/18 - Details have now come through for Alan Duckles' funeral arrangements. His funeral will take place at Lancaster and Morecambe Crematorium on Friday 31st August at 2-30pm, and afterwards at the Greaves Park

 

20/08/18 - Tonight – the sensational Benny Goodman Small Groups from the 1930s on Now You Has Jazz, Jazz, Jazz with Teddy Wilson, Lionel Hampton, Harry James Martha Tilton and the great Gene Krupa. 8pm on "The Sound of Spitfire"
 

20/08/18 - Some more cracking photographs from Rochdale Jazz Club Last night. Sam Ralph kindly gave access to them here - Andrew MacKenzie's Jazz Friends

 

20/08/18 - Could you help Marsden Jazz Festival go with a swing? Well that's the headline in Saddleworth Life. It's detailed in this week's JazzNorthWest Weekly. "Marsden Jazz Festival needs you!" It would appear that Marsden Jazz Festival, is seeking volunteers to help ensure this year’s event goes smoothly.

 

19/08/18 - ‘Director/Producer Renee Edwards has crafted a documentary about the embattled tradition of New Orleans’ musicians, and their struggle for continued habitation and survival after their careers have been made barely tenable by natural disaster, poor flood defences and political machinations. - Katrina.  “If the musicians ain’t got a chance to live, then what chance has the music got?” - Dr John. The film, "One Note At A Time" is set in the iconic musical backdrop of New Orleans, where the music stopped in 2005 when one of the most destructive hurricanes in American history struck. The flood defences failed, flooding the Crescent City for weeks. Lives were lost and lives were shattered. Many displaced musicians felt compelled to return to the chaos and bleak confusion to play again. This is the story of some who made it back, told in their own words, with those who fought alongside to resuscitate the music scene. I have been in contact with Jane Munro who tells me -"The film is screening at HOME Manchester Aug 24-30. Here is their film page, although tickets won’t go on sale until Tuesday. https://homemcr.org/film/one-note-time/".  Check out the trailer  below

 

 
 

19/08/18 - Correction - Just one daytime midweek jazz event - The River City Jazz Band on Llandudno Pier on Fri, 24 August, 13:15 – 16:30

 

19/08/18 - This week's Page of The Week is "What makes a Jazz Club successful"? It was put together by John Muskett from the results of a poll by Norman Gibson and David Wellock back in 2014.

 

19/08/18 - Many Happy Returns next Saturday to Ben Holder, and on Sunday to Mike McLachlan & Andrew Mackenzie.

 

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

 

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


 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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