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13/01/22 - After a short break,  The Peninsula Jazzmen have decided to restart next Tuesday, 18th January, same times and location. See What's On for more details

13/02/22 - I am so sorry to hear the news from Martin Bennett. I hope that his treatment goes well, good wishes to him and to Sue. - Janet Rodger  :  I'd like to send Martin Bennett my best wishes & hope that his treatment goes well, - Laurie. Cooper

13/01/22 - I have just received an email from Classic FM with the subject "Watch mind-blowing clarinet solo played by street performer".  You guessed it, It was about Doreen Ketchens. Norman Gibson will no doubt firing an email off to her as soon as he reads this, but I should point out that broadcasting companies often restrict access from other countries, unless you use something called a VPN to get round it.

13/01/22 - The Wirrorleans Jazz Band have had their next appearance at Formby Cricket Club moved back a week from 28th Jan to 4th Feb, to make way for a charity night.

13/01/22 - Barbara & John Hallam have just published their latest newsletter, which you can read here.  You can also receive their newsletters by email, rather than rely on me to tell you.

13/01/22 - Whilst a few gigs are starting to be cancelled, Sam Ashton, who runs occasional jazz events in Hornby, has emailed to confirm that, "The `Harmony Hounds` will be with us on Saturday, 19th February.  This long established and popular band style themselves on the `Pasadena Roof Orchestra` who play the music and sing the songs that were heard in the dance halls and clubs in the 1920s to the original orchestrations: you will love it, as I did when I first heard them". Details in What's On

13/01/22 - Terrible news about Martin, we (as Fred), will be plugging for you. - Jon Critchley

12/01/22 - Martin Bennett has rung me and asked me to post this message from his Facebook Page. "Tomorrow is day one of my radiotherapy sessions for chronic spinal/bone cancer, identified in me yesterday, as well as during several investigations last week. I had previously complained to my GP that my lower jaw had gone numb and was this something to do with my dentures? An immediate MRI scan revealed the cancer as above, together with a gathering pool of water over the brain. Wine I'd have understood but water.............? Having had Prostate Cancer some years ago it was expected that cancer would reappear in a different form sometime in the future. Yesterday confirmed that it had. Watch this space for developments. The Cancer Hospital in Clatterbridge, on The Wirral, just south of the river Mersey/Liverpool will be running the procedures. Several other hospitals in the area will be involved for the varying aspects of the long term treatment. More later as and when".    Good luck Martin, we'll be thinking about you - Fred

11/02/22 - A beautiful tribute to Howard Murray has been sent in by his nephew Greg. A thoroughly enjoyable addition to Howard's tribute page, which hopefully will be there for many years to come for others to read.

11/01/22 - The Cheshire Workshops at Burwardsley has decided to close during weekdays through January - therefore sadly the Wabash Swing Trio session there planned for Thursday 20th of this month has been cancelled. I'll keep the website posted in early February's as to whether the planned session next month will go ahead. Sorry for any disappointment.  - Mark Challinor

11/01/22 - "The Ayr jazz club event with Mike Daly on the 14th has been cancelled, I was going", says Rex Goodwin.  "Thanks for your hard work keeping the information flowing".

10/01/22 - I've just updated Mike Daly's Dixieland Rhythm Kings page and returned the link to the Main Menu as the band has appeared back in What's On for Dumfries Jazz Weekend

10/01/22 - 4 to the bar returns to the Devonshire Arms on Tuesday 15th February at 8.30 pm with Dave Burke on reeds ,Phil Lucas on trumpet and Dave Parr on double bass.

10/01/22 - I've just added another tribute to the Howard Murray page, this time from the Revd Allan Wilcox. If you don't read them all, be sure to read this one.

10/01/22 - So lovely to see the photos of Roy Williams receiving his MBE at Windsor Castle. I met Roy when he was doing National Service he came to the Black Lion in Salford to play trombone late 1950s The best ! Over the years had the great pleasure of his friendship and great sense of humour . Always a pleasure to hear him play ,--and to be invited to sing with him. I remember especially 'The Folks who live on the Hill 'at The Royal Hotel Hayfield, and 'Precious Lord , take my Hand ' with TJ Johnson at Keswick . Love you Roy !  - Sheila Collier

09/01/22 - My wife and I have just returned from watching the Wyre Levee Stompers at their new monthly venue. This is the Fleetwood Bowling Club on Upper Lune Street, Fleetwood. This was the first event staged there and was reasonably attended, even though there was very little in the way of advertising.  Perhaps you could put this monthly event on your "What's On Page" on your website. The next event is Sunday 13th February starting at 2.30pm. Hopefully it will encourage more people to attend. - Derek Watters

09/01/22 - We at Glossop Jazz Club have decided to cancel our January gig (Tame Valley Stompers) due to the Omicron virus. The safety of our supporters is of paramount importance, hopefully by Feb the virus will be past it's peak. -  Grayham Simpson

09/01/22 - The gig list for Southport Fleetwood Hesketh has been updated

09/01/22 - Great to see photos of Roy Williams out & about. What a superb jazz trombone player. From the moment when I first heard him many years ago I knew that was the only way I wanted to play. Never achieved it of course but at least I tried, - Laurie Cooper

09/01/22 - This from Eagley Jazz Club - "It is with very heavy hearts that we have made the difficult decision to cancel 17th January's event with the Chicago Teddy Bears Society Jazz Band. The current wave of the Omicron variant sweeping the country is highly infectious although its symptoms are not as severe as previous variants. Consequently we feel that in order to protect our membership, it is safer to delay the start of our 2022 programme until February, when hopefully the current wave has passed its severity". 

09/01/22 -  Thanks Fred for posting the pictures of Roy with his M.B.E.  I would have loved to have heard his comments at that moment . - Peter Daniels

09/01/22 - We are in uncertain times as you well know, and it must be very worrying for bands and for the people who run jazz clubs, not knowing that with a reduced attendance, if they can afford to pay the bands, none more than the forthcoming Ewan Bleach Quintet tour. So far, Bollington is the only one to notify me it has been cancelled, and Kendal, Carlisle and Dove are still going ahead on 12th 13th and 22nd January. If I hear anything different I'll post it on this page, and in What's On

08/01/22 - When Roy Williams was awarded the MBE, there were several messages of support posted on this site, resulting in his younger brother Vic, getting in touch with me and expressing his appreciation of the kind words written about Roy. Roy used to stay with the late Cyril Wroe, and his wife Nora when he was up in the North, particularly the Fylde Coast, and Cyril asked me to put him in touch with Vic, which I did.  Recently I emailed Vic to tell him Cyril had passed away, and he replied, "Very sorry to hear of the passing of Cyril, he occasionally phoned me for a chat while he was undergoing his kidney dialysis treatment , always very cheerful. R. I. P. Cyril. I will pass the news on to Roy. He is doing ok still improving slowly and was well enough to travel to Windsor Castle to receive his MBE from Princess Anne recently, accompanied by his eldest son Andy. I have attached some pictures taken on the day. Best regards to you Fred and have a safe and happy 2022".   You can see the heart-warming photos by clicking here

06/01/22 -  We had good feedback from the bands and attendees at Stranraer which we found encouraging, so we have a jazz weekend in Dumfries coming up from 25th - 27th March. , Fingers tightly crossed and at the same time optimistic that it will all come together as good as the event at Stranraer - Fraser  Milligan

06/01/22 - Just when you've put Ewan Bleach's tour on your web site, I have to tell you that, sadly, we have had to cancel his gig at Bollington Arts Centre. Several factors came into play, some at Bollington but also it was a 'free-standing' gig meaning that they had to travel from London just for the one event. We hope to go ahead with February but will keep you posted. - Bernard Selby

05/01/22 - Dove Jazz Club gig list has been updated

04/01/22 - Ewan Bleach and his quintet are set to tour the North West in January, starting at Kendal Jazz Club on the 12th Jan, then Carlisle Jazz Club on the 13th, Dove Jazz Club on 22nd, followed by Bollington Arts Centre on the 29th.

03/01/22 - Jazz restarts at Didsbury Cricket Club, after the Christmas break, with the Canal Street Stompers, this Thursday (6th January). New year, new start time 8.00pm, and new price £8. - Roger Williamson

02/01/22 - Trevor Banks (trumpet) from Liverpool, is the latest musician to join the Deps List

02/01/22 - Many Happy Returns this week to Brian 'Sam' Ellis on Tuesday, and on this side of the Pennines, to Jon Moore in Lancaster on Friday

02/01/22 - Many tributes continue to pour in for Howard Murray. They have all been posted on his Tribute Page

01/01/22 - I co-lead the Freddie Smith Big Band, with Paul Lenard.  We perform every Wednesday evening, from 8.30pm, at Bebington British Legion, Teehey Lane, CH63 8QS.  Although we are not a trad jazz band, we are part of the jazz scene, on Merseyside. I’m wondering if you could mention the band on your web page. Freddies has been performing at the Legion for over 15 years, having originally been founded in the 1970s by professional sax player Freddie Smith. The band attracts top musicians from the North West, who are eager to share their talents. Since we have all suffered from the effects of Covid, we are finding our audience has not returned to its usual numbers. I’m, therefore, trying to find ways of letting people know we are back performing. Your web page is great for letting jazz enthusiasts know what is available. If you could find time to add the band’s details to your list that would be great. - Trevor Banks

01/01/21 - If you are a fan of big band swing you might be interested in this station link to the Swinging Years, sent to me by John Westwood


31/12/21 - There is now a tribute page for Howard Murray. There are many more on Facebook, but unlike Facebook, on this site the page remains just 2 clicks away from the main menu.

31/12/21 - Very sad news about Howard Murray. What a great character and what a great jazz musician. I have particularly fond memories of a weekend in Whitehaven with the Payday Loons. Howard kept us all entertained with numerous anecdotes over dinner and breakfast.  I always enjoyed playing with Howard. Thanks for so many happy memories. RIP Howard - John Dorgan

31/12/21 - Oh dear! Over the last two years Meryl and I have learned of the deaths of so many friends – jazz and non-jazz - that Howard Murray’s demise feels like the last straw. I can’t remember how long ago Howard and I first met, but we’ve played a wide assortment of gigs together, some with 6 or 7 piece groups and some with trios and quartets – always most enjoyable. Howard was talented, knowledgeable, versatile and great fun to play with, even if some of his jokes scored highly on the groan factor. I think our last encounter was just before the first coronavirus lockdown when we both depped with New Orleans Wiggle at New Mill in West Yorkshire.   Howard played often in our trio at the Thatch and Thistle in Blackrod, and I particularly remember our performances with Martin’s Old Green River Band in Kirkcudbright and Abersoch in one weekend. Condolences to Carole and Howard’s family. Harmoniously, - John Muskett

31/12/21 - Terribly sad to hear about Howard. I knew that his health wasn't good but it's still a shock. He'll be greatly missed - Laurie Cooper

31/12/21 - Dear Fred. Bad news I’m afraid about Howard Murray. He died peacefully in his sleep last night He had been suffering from several complaints, including serious heart problems. You will know as much about his widespread music as I do, so you will appreciate what a loss this is to so many people all over the UK, as well as several parts of Europe. I shall be contacting them through FB and asking them all to share it to make sure it goes far and wide. He was a full time member of our Old Green River Band and travelled with us everywhere. - Martin Bennett.  Howard had just celebrated his 82nd birthday on the 3rd of this month - Fred

31/12/21 - Sandra Jaffe, who along with her husband, Allan, owned and managed Preservation Hall since the early 1960s, died on Monday, Dec. 27, 2021 said her son Ben Jaffe, creative director of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on the hall's Facebook page. She was 83.  More information here

30/12/21 - I was surprised and saddened to learn of Dave Woonton’s death. We string bassists are excused boots, so I had never marched with him, but had known him for many years. He was a regular attendee at jazz performances, and was often at Delph Band Club to listen to the Spirit of New Orleans. Two months ago in York at the regular Thursday lunchtime session at the Cross Keys (jazz now re-located to nearby Dringhouses Sports Club) I was surprised, and pleased, to spot him at the bar. He was on a day trip to York by train, and, after the jazz, was bound for the Rail Museum before riding the rails back across the Pennines. We had a long discussion over jazz and sundry matters. Dave was a well-informed and interesting companion, very open-minded over jazz styles. I am sure that many of us will miss his contribution to the jazz scene.  Best wishes for 2022 to you Fred, Barbara, and all your devoted contributors and readers. - John Muskett

29/12/21 - The gig list for Glossop Jazz Club has been updated

29/12/21 - News has reached me that trombone player and founder member of the Forest Jazz Band, Jack  Moore, passed away recently.

28/12/21 - Given the astronomic rise in rates of Covid in this area, and even allowing for the goodish news that symptoms are milder with the Omicron variant, we have decided that our monthly Manchester Jazz night at High Lane Conservative Club should take a one month break. Therefore, we will not be appearing at High Lane on Monday 3rd January.  The safety of our wonderful audience and that of our band members is paramount.  Hopefully, by February, rate numbers will have peaked and be on the decline, vaccination coverage will have become significantly higher and data on the effects of Omicron will have been clearer.Therefore, we hope to resume our fun night of hot traditional jazz on Monday 7th February

26/12/21 - Many Happy Returns today to Mick Unthank, two lots of presents in two days, that's some going.

24/12/21 - The Wyre Levee Stompers have a daytime gig coming up on 5th January at Cleveleys W.M.C. Details here and in What's On

24/12/21 - Happy Christmas and thank you for  all your efforts on behalf of music.  My brother Keith, Musicians Union Marketing dept and magazine editor, has posted this telling video on Youtube.  Title: Save Afghan Musicians. You may wish to kindly add to the news page. Many thanks. - Ken Ames

23/12/21 - Falling attendance figures (11 for my Christmas show on Tuesday) has made me decide to cancel all my shows at Wilmslow for the foreseeable future. I've sent a message to Neil Clarke who manages my website so it should appear on there any moment. If you can inform people in your news section it may well save a handful of wasted journeys. - Graham Brook

22/12/21 - I read Barrie Marshall's report on the passing of the clarinetist Colin Beal. I was with Colin and his family just a week before he died. Colin and his niece Mel played in the sit-in bracket with the Sydney based Bridge City Jazz Band where Col had been the regular clarinetist for 17 years. He had taken a break to recover from a bad fall from his bicycle (Col was a very keen cyclist) and he will be sadly missed by his many fans. - Peter Cowden (Australia).

22/12/21 - The latest issue of just Jazz has arrived, and Pete Lay tells me that future issues are safeguarded despite Jim Macintosh having to call it a day due to computer problems. You can see the contents of the current issue by clicking here

22/12/21 - Roger Marshall (Dove jazz Club) writes, "Unfortunately due to the rising numbers of Covid cases both locally and in the Country in general along with the associated political uncertainty we have decided reluctantly that it would be sensible to cancel our proposed Concert that was due to take place on the 29th of this month. Our priority has got to be the safety and welfare of the members of our audience, the musicians and our bar staff. I am sure that you will all understand the reasons behind our decision. It may well be that the need for us to make this decision will be taken out of our hands by the further Government restrictions that are expected to be imposed the day after Boxing Day.".

21/12/21 - Many thanks to those. of you who kindly sent us a Christmas Card. One that sadly we couldn't decipher the sender's signature on said , "Hope all is well with you and the family. I am OK at this crazy time, no theatre fun, but enjoy a singing group every Thursday". Plenty of clues there but still had me stumped, but no worse than the one where the sender forgot to put his/her name on! Perhaps if you recognise the words, you could relieve us of our sore scratched heads?

21/12/21 - "Here is a link that you may like", says Barry Aldous. I made the video some time ago and used music by the Preston based George Jackson Jazz Band. I think they made the recording in around 60 years ago. Most of the band members are no longer with us, including George (Trumpet) himself I suspect. Maurice Gavan was clarinettist at this time, with Jim Smith on (Tmb), John Featherstone (Pno), Don Bridgewood (Dms) and Mike Reddin (Bjo) who is still with us. I can’t recall the bass players name, but he came from Ramsbottom. Somewhere, I have the original recordings!

20/10/21 - Unfortunately I was misinformed about the date of Cyril Wroe's funeral, which I have just found out took place today. Barbara & I had every intention of going.

20/12/21 - Sorry to inform you that, due to the Covid threat, the Black Horse Jazzmen will not be running their sessions at the Royal Oak in Settle on Tuesday nights till further notice. We hope it will not be too long and thank the Hotel management, our jazz followers and our various guest musicians for their support. Your website is a great joy and I visit every day. Wishing everyone a Happy, even if silent, Christmas. -  Peter Boswell

20/12/21 - Barrie Marshall writes, "You may not have head of him, but Colin Beal was a clarinet player who used to live in the Lake District and was a big friend of Keith Moore and Mike Lunn. I've been told he has died in Australia".

19/12/21 - Sometimes news of the passing of a band member comes as a shock, but none so great as the one that came to me this week. Dave Woonton, Grand Marshal with the Red Rose Band for many years, died suddenly last Sunday. It was on the 23rd August after hearing that the Red Rose Band had disbanded, that I asked Dave if he would write A history of the Red Rose Band. He didn't hesitate to reply, "I think your suggestion to recognise the band in print is super. I will try to get the memory bank and brain working and try to put something together". All who knew Dave found him to be a real gentleman and a special individual. More details when I get them - Fred

19/12/21 - The gig list for The Phoenix Jazz Club in Stoke has been updated

19/12/21 - Thanks to Bill Duckworth who regularly send me the gig list, Carlisle Jazz Club gig list has been updated.

19/12/21 - I'm sure many out there have had computer problems but spare a thought for Jim Macintosh who has been the graphics designer for Just Jazz magazine for nearly 24 years. His computer crashed and just when he thought he had overcome the problem with an acquisition of new equipment and appropriate designer tools, within a week or two this also crashed. Pete Lay, the editor, has written to say "various options were discussed, but the outcome is that sadly Jim can no longer prepare our magazine for publication". He asks that in future if people will please send all photos, letters, advertising direct to him on this email address: - or Jim wrote in his own inimitable style, "Well, my computer finally died. I got a newer one with matching software, but one evening everything disappeared off the monitor which then turned a bright puke green, the computer made a noise like T-rex and seriously overheated – that, I’m afraid, was that. Pandemic, Brexit (living in Germany), T-rex – I tried a booster jab on the fricking thing, but even that didn’t work!"

19/12/21 - Norman Gibson sent me a link to this video and it has nothing to do with jazz, but I'm sure it will bring back memories to many of you out there who remembers tunes from the 50's and I feel sure you will enjooy it as much as I did.

19/12/21 - Talking of birthdays, this week it's Many Happy Returns today, to bass player, Derek Brown.  Other birthdays coming up this week include trombone player, Bernard Burke on Thursday, drummer Peter Darwin on Friday and to bass player, The Reverend Allan Wilcox on Saturday. Wishing you all a Happy Birthday when it comes.

19/12/21 - "Thank you for the Birthday mention", says musician Sam Wood, "When I get older, losing my hair..." - I've got there"!  Sam makes regular trips to Cornwall and he says. "I've heard a couple of rumours from Cornwall that the Smugglers 51 Club has packed up, but nothing official. I've asked Roger Marshall at Dove Holes if he knows anything but he hasn't replied yet. If I get any definite news I'll let you know". Anybody out there know the score?

17/12/21 - We have just received the sad news that Eagley Jazz Club's longest-standing committee member, Frank Croft, has passed away in hospital. He had been a stalwart of the club for many years, since its inception. In recent years his activities had been limited by his Parkinson's but he still advised us about many of our activities. He will be sadly missed. Should any of you wish to send a message to his family, please email it to and we will add it to the condolences from Eagley Jazz Club. - Ann Lord

16/12/21 - Hi Fred, Yet another stonking night of traditional jazz played by The Original Panama Jazz Band at Irby Country Club on Wednesday 15 December 2021. The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by an enthusiastic audience and dancers. Great music, free entrance and cheap drinks served by friendly bar staff. What’s not to like. Next session is Wednesday 5 January 2022. Kind regards & best wishes for the new year. - Roger & Hilda Bywater

16/12/21 - The Christmas Treacle Market which includes a session with Annie's Saints & Sinners in Macclesfield, is going to be this coming Sunday instead of Boxing Day (unless COVID has a hand says Annie).

14/12/21 - Eagley Jazz Club gig list has been updated for the next six months

14/12/21 - The funeral of Cyril Wroe will take place on 21st December, 12:30pm at  Carleton cemetery and crematorium, Stocks Road, Blackpool, FY6 7QS. C.T.Hull Funeral Directors

12/12/21 - I just noticed that the Wirrorleans got a little mention on the site (5/12/21), and I just thought you might be interested in some more detail. John Blackman is not a founder member of the band, however one of the founder members is still playing regularly, and that is Geoff Parker on Clarinet/Tenor. One of the bands first proper public performances was at the International Garden Festival in 1984, and I think the drummer then was Pete Pemberton. - Andrew MacKenzie

12/12/21 - The Tenement Jazz Band have posted the following - A couple of positive tests within Team Tenement Jazz Band have unfortunately led to us to take the decision to delay our festive bash on Thursday.  We'll be back running our Monthly sessions in the The Argyle and Cellar Bar from February 2022, last Thursday of every month. That first session will have some mince pies, festive raffle and special guests.  Sorry again, but with isolation rules it was shaping up to be a solo banjo gig, which nobody has wanted since mid-1936. The full team TJB wish you a very happy Christmas, merry new year, and we'll see you all soon.

12/12/21 - "Is it possible to add my Trad Jazz Show onto your web page", asks Chris Goacher. "The Jazz Club is broadcast weekly on,  6pm Tuesday, repeated on Saturday and Sundays".   Worth checking out the website, it's all things jazz, so I've added a link to it, also the programme on Tuesdays is listed in What's On.

11/12/21 - Many Happy Returns today (Saturday), to Moe Green.   Next week, possibly having to cut back on celebrations, it's A Happy Birthday to Alex Clarke and Barrie Quilliam on Tuesday, Keith Garner and Richard Knock on Wednesday, Sam Wood on Thursday and Harry Swinburne on Friday. It's a special Happy Birthday to Harry who ran jazz and Big Band nights at Maghull Town Hall, as well as an excellent jazz weekend in  Llandudno, as he celebrates his 90th birthday. Well done Harry because I know it's been a tough journey at times.

 09/12/21 - Bollington Arts Centre gig list has been updated

08/12/21 - What a refreshing message from Linda Smith. A lovely positive attitude... - Pete Lay

06/12/21 - This lovely email from Linda Smith - "I went to Didsbury Cricket Club last Thursday and it was a great evening with the Canal Street Stompers. I took my Mum ( she'll be 98 next month) and she enjoyed it. We will be going again this Thursday. Didsbury Cricket Club is where I met Colin 33yrs ago. It has been refurbished and is a lovely venue. I'm taking Mum to Manchester Jazz at High Lane tonight. I've been there each Monday since they restarted, plus I go to the Devonshire once a month and to Beaky's at Ashton ( Tame Valley Stompers) twice a month. It seemed strange at first Colin not being on bass but I'm amongst all the lovely friends I've made over our years together".

06/12/21 -  Jazz returned to Didsbury Cricket Club last Thursday. Audience numbers were similar to before lockdown and we were happily entertained by The Canal Street Stompers says Roger Williamson. The 9th December sees the Tame Valley Stompers, followed by the Roger Browne Trio on the 16th to end the year.

05/12/21 - Many of you in the North West, especially on the Wirral and those who regularly went to Keswick Jazz Festival, will have seen and heard the Wirrorleans Jazz Band. I have come across a tape cassette, and also a letter I sent in June 2000, to founder and leader Al McDowall, thanking him for it. If you saw the band around that time, you'll  no doubt remember the much loved grand old lady vocalist, Marge Prestt. The tape is called, "Why? with Marge Prestt". There are other memorable musicians on the tape who are no longer with us - Frank Robinson and Bernard Bibby for example.  John Blackman who now leads the band, is also on the tape and I suspect, the only founder member still playing. There are tunes on the tape I'd never heard before, and I was knocked out by the beautiful clarinet playing of Bernard Bibby. Check it out here at number 25.

04/12/21 - A change to the Chicago Teds gigs  - Grappenhall Ex Servicemen's Club. The club night has been moved forward in December, to Thursday December 16th for our Christmas Party, almost sold out 6 tickets available at £10. Also this coming Sunday 5th December we are at The Burscough Arts Centre, also £10 ticket. Then Friday December 10th at Eastham Golf Club and finally  the Fleetwood Hesketh in Southport on 15th December. For more information please give me a call - Rae Owens.

03/12/21 - I play clarinet in our very amateur but enthusiastic jazz band. I play a 1975 R13 Buffet 150th Anniversary edition clarinet which does remarkably well given its age.  However, it has developed a problem (misalignment of a key) and it could also do with a service. My local music shop where I've taken it to before unfortunately no longer handles repairs. I wondered if you or anyone who reads your website would know of anyone who could perform some TLC on my clarinet?  I live in Southport and rely on public transport so preferably somewhere within striking distance.  Any help anyone could offer would be gratefully received. - Thank, Matt Jenkinson

03/12/21 - The Canal Street Stompers will be moving forward a week this month, their usual gig at The Railway, on Chapel Road in Sale will be on the 22nd December, just in time for a bit of pre Christmas Cheer.

01/12/21 - This from Jazz Guide News Page - "Tony Sheldon has contacted Jazz Guide with a view to relaunching his ‘Jazz on a Sunday’ project. Because of the time that has elapsed since the start of the Pandemic, and, the current mood of the public, he would like to know how many people would be interested in attending sessions. He has asked that any interested parties contact him at 0161 740 3714 and register their interest.  This information is vital, as he cannot start to book bands without knowing what support he is likely to expect".

01/12/21 - "In view of the latest news on the pandemic, we have decided to suspend jazz sessions at St Helens Bowling Club until further notice", writes Keith Allcock. "This is a shame, given that we were just trying to get them going again, but safety has to be the primary concern. Until we see how effective the fight against the new variant will be, we feel we need to err on the side of caution.We hope of course to revive the sessions before too long and that there will be sufficient support to make them viable". - Keith Allcock


30/11/21 - Jeff Lewis writes, "I notice that you're mentioning which bands are keeping their websites up to date and would like to mention that Speakeasy Bootleg Band's website is very much alive, well and being updated every few days".  Thanks Jeff, but it's worth mentioning that when this site first started, very few bands had their own website, so all the pages were created by me. As Jeff indicates, once bands set up their own pages, they were well maintained and updated, often without telling me, so my pages were not. I made the decision, in some cases, to link direct to the band's sites, rather than mine, and you can usually tell that from a note at the top which directs you back here. Reference to pages being updated  therefore, are just the ones I maintain.

29/11/21 - Malcolm Cookson, jazz promoter at Bardsea, has changed his email address. For those who wish to email him, you'll find the new contact details on the Bardsea Jazz Club page.

28/11/21 - Long time jazz fan, and who I saw many times at Eagley, Pam Woosey, has emailed to say, "I have recently had to change my Sky Box to Sky Q and unfortunately lost all my recordings of Clare Teal and Walter Love on the old Sky.  Is there any way I can record Jazz Club with Walter Love with continuity as I will not remember each Sunday to record afresh".  I don't have Sky so can't help on this one but maybe someone out there could assist?

28/11/21 - Can I thank my old Belfast mate George Smyth for bringing up this video of Greg Stafford singing 'Ice Cream'. It's well worth sharing on your site. As George has said he's seen Greg live a number of times, as have I, but I wonder if he recalls back in 2003, that Greg did something unprecedented for him in NOLA. He came into Fritzels', with his then lady friend, to say his goodbyes to us before we flew home next day. I've always appreciated that gesture.  - Norman Gibson

28/11/21 - There have been several messages about Sue Reid-Povall, and these have all been added to Sue's Tribute Page

28/11/21 - Following a reasonably well supported session of traditional jazz from The Wabash Swing Trio this last Thursday at The Cheshire Workshops, Burwardsley, near Tattenhall, I was delighted to read Jon and Terry's compliments on the performance. Much appreciated.  The good news is that these monthly lunchtime sessions will continue in the new year which is excellent, the first session of 2022 being on Thursday 20th January, 1pm until 3pm - free admission.  The venue is perfect with plenty of socially distanced seating, good quality food, stunning scenic views and a great mix of music from Mike Hayler, clarinet/tenor sax, Howard Worthington, string bass and Mark Challinor, ukulele, guitar and banjo. Please pass the word around of this new venue and help to keep our music well and truly alive in these troubled times. - Mark Challinor

28/11/21 - Many Happy Returns this week to Mike Pearson today, ex-pat Tony West on Monday, Paul Marks on Wednesday and Howard Murray on Friday

27/11/21 -  Yes, Terry Birkenhead is right, it was a lovely afternoon with perfectly balanced music. Just right for this venue, and a super way to spend a few hours. Roll on January 20th. - Jon Critchley

27/11/21 - The gig list for the Fleetwood Hesketh club in Southport, has been updated

27/11/21 - Early afternoon, 25th November, and - Covid to blame - our first outing to 'live' jazz since March 2020, and what a treat it was ! Mark Challinor's Wabash Trio at the Cheshire Workshops, Higher Burwardsley, near Tarporley, with Mark on guitar/ukulele, Howard Worthington on bass, and the superb Eric Newton as dep on clarinet. The 73 mile round trip was worth every mile. A monthly gig, the next in January - well worth a visit. - Terry Birkinhead.

27/11/21 - The Harlem Hot Stompers page has been updated to include reed player Dave Burke

25/11/21 - A huge thank you to all those who turned up at The Cheshire Workshops today to support the monthly Thursday jazz session. It was lovely from our point of view to play to such an appreciative audience and we hope we entertained you. I'm hoping for the sessions to continue in January - date to be confirmed.  Unfortunately there won't be a session in December as we've been booked for the Breakfast With Santa weekends!  Many thanks again and keep supporting the venue if you can and let's hopefully try to build a great little jazz club there once a month. - Mark Challinor - Wabash Swing Trio

25/11/21 - Steve Komarnyckyj has sent out a plea - "My father-in-law Geoff Speight has sadly passed away, and apparently he was once in a local Huddersfield act called The Mac Jessop Band. I am trying to track down photographs, particularly those which might show him playing the piano, so if you have any or any contacts who might please help. And I apologise if this e mail is entirely irrelevant and based on a wild rumour"

24/11/21 - Carlisle Jazz Club gig list has been updated

24/11/21 - News has been relayed to me from his friend and neighbour, that reed player Cyril Wroe, well known past band leader & musician, passed away this morning at the age of 89. Cyril led the Festival Jazzmen on the Fylde Coast for many years, and led the band that we visited regularly at Uncle Tom's cabin when this site first started. We have been friends with Cyril & Nora Wroe since the 90's, and although Cyril had been undergoing dialysis treatment for some time, his death comes as a big shock. I spoke to him just a few weeks ago when he rang to offer me the loan of a CD that he had put together featuring some of the great names of British jazz that not only played with his band but stayed with them overnight. I remember that Cyril was a salesmen selling pressure vessels when I first knew him, and he never missed an opportunity to visit Nat Gonella whenever he was in the area of Gosport. He was a member of the Royal Engineers Association and invited us to one of their events on a couple of occasions. There is now a tribute page set up here

22/11/21 - Many happy returns today to Savannah Jazz Band leader, John Meehan. On Friday another drummer celebrates his birthday - Dave Berry. Best wishes to you both.

21/11/21 - I am saddened to hear of the sad loss from the jazz scene of David Roberts. He was a familiar sight at almost every venue in the North West and will be greatly missed. I'm sure that David must have visited as many jazz venues as local musicians. His enthusiasm was such that I often wondered why David didn't play an instrument. I have a large collection on CD of (it seems) everything we did at Cheetham Hill C.C. and later Middleton Conservative Club, with the Howard-Allen band over the years. An immediate instinct was to phone Bert Allen with the sad news but very recently we also lost Bert. My sincere condolences to Pauline. RIP... Record in peace David - Howard Murray, later with Martin Bennett's Old Green River Band. (and a few others.)

21/11/21 -  Very sorry to learn of the death of Sue Reid. Alerted by your site notice of her CD with Malcolm Hogarth & Elizabeth Toner when it came out, I bought it directly from Sue. Rather than take the money, she suggested I donate it to a charity. On learning that a favourite charity of hers was Freshfields Animal Rescue, I doubled the contribution on her behalf.  Thanks Fred for introducing me to a fine singer on an excellent CD. I would recommend people buy a copy in her memory. - Bob Lamb

19/11/21 - There is now a tribute page in memory of Sue Reid-Povall and I've just added another one.

 19/11/21 - I was very sorry to learn of the death of Dave Roberts. He and Pauline were stalwart audience regulars for the jazz at Delph, and supported the music at Eagley, The Black Swan and a number of other venues. There can’t be many north-west jazz musos without a number of Dave’s recordings, some issued as official band CDs, and many other live recordings of interesting music. Dave also gave me a number of recordings of Irish folk and country musicians from regular visits to the emerald isle. Dave will be much missed as a listener, critic and audio-chronicler of jazz in north-west England. Condolences to Pauline and Philip. - John Muskett

So Sad to hear the news about David, such a nice friendly man, always keen to have  chat and give me copies of his recordings of jazz and any other type of music he thought I might be interested in. David and Pauline would be sat near the band almost every Friday night at the Delph band club. I hadn't realised until he gave me a portable drive, just how many recordings he had made. The recordings go back to 2004 and include the Dave Donohoe band and The Spirit of New Orleans and their many Guest musicians. On the hard drive there are 76 gigabytes of music and thousands of individual tracks.  He will be another friend I will miss. Condolences to Pauline and family. - Dave Pogson

19/11/21 - Lindsay Taylor, who played in the Bourbon Street Roof Raisers, Jazzin'it and also depped with Annie's Satints & Sinners has left the North West and is  now living in London. We wish him well.

18/11/21 - Like Clive, by chance I found out only a few days ago about Sue. She was always welcome to sing with the band when she visited The Irby Club with Mike, but she had to be asked and never expected to. She was a most self-effacing girl, never really accepting that she was the best around. She sang in “proper” keys, and always let a good melody come through without the pretentiousness of thinking it could be improved on by twisting it and adding syllables that don’t exist. And all without the use of semaphoric arm- waving.   We dedicated last night’s gig at The Irby Club to her, starting with Bei Mir Bis Du Schoen, which she used to sing, and later with Andrew McKenzie and the rhythm section doing “You’ve Changed”, which Sue had sung beautifully on a CD featuring her, Malcolm Hogarth and Isabel Toner.  Incidentally, Malcolm has copies of that CD, the proceeds of which go to Clatterbridge Hospital. RIP Sue, and condolences to Mike. - Jon Critchley

18/11/21 - The funeral of David Roberts will take place at 10.30 am on Thursday 2nd December at Rivington Parish Church, BL6 7SE, followed by a light buffet at the Bridge Hotel Horwich.

18/11/21 - I just found out last night that Sue Reid-Povell had died. I checked with your website and it was not mentioned. Over the years I had put on concerts for Sue to sing with her fellow musicians. I telephoned her husband Mike and he gave me permission to send you the details.  Sue was being treated for cancer originally pancreatic, which had spread to her lungs. She went into Arrowe Park Hospital on Tuesday 2nd November and peacefully passed away around midday on Thursday 4th November.  She received wonderful care at the hospital. Sue did not want a funeral, but she will be remembered by all the local jazz scene and memories and photographs can be added on JazzNorthWest.  Donations can be made to one of the Cancer charities.  We really miss you Sue and our thoughts go out to Mike. - Clive Edwards

18/11/21 - We were shocked to hear that David Roberts had died and we will miss seeing Pauline sitting next to him.  We have many recordings that David made and sent to us. He always stopped to chat about the music and complimented solos he enjoyed.  David was a great supporter of jazz for many years and we will all miss him.  Condolences to Pauline and the family  - Derek and Trish Galloway  

18/11/21 - An interesting Agency 'Bands For Hire' has a section for Jazz & Swing, with pages of young musicians on it, and one new band recently joining the list is Twenties Again - "A Traditional Dixieland jazz band full of vibrancy", (is that Michael Grant in the picture?). It's a young jazz trio which you can hire FROM £550. Good that young professional musicians can get a decent reward for their talents, although no doubt the agency will want a slice of it. At those rates, current jazz clubs visitors should realise what a bargain they are getting for less than £10 in many cases.

18/11/21 - Very sorry to read about David Roberts. Myself and the band knew him very well indeed and have a huge collection of his recordings of our sessions at The Black Swan. Not having seen him since Covid struck, I was very pleased indeed to see both David and Pauline at our session at Eagley Jazz Club less than a month ago. No hint then something was about to go wrong. No doubt you will have any info regarding the funeral etc.  Thank you for letting all of us know. - Martin Bennett

17/11/21 - Hi Fred, Any brass men wanting a good repair man, I can recommend this guy - Adrian Jarvis. He has just done a super job on John Higham's Benge trumpet. His workshop address is Unit 17D Westside Ind. Est., Jackson St., St. Helens. WA9 3AT. Tel. No .01744 755441.  - Peter Darwin

17/11/21 - Just when I thought I had no more cassette tapes, I came across a couple of storage boxes in the garage, and it's a positive treasure trove.  The first tape I have transferred is by the Tyne Valley Stompers, who I only saw once, but don't ask me where or when. The band was founded in 1979 and the tape was recorded in 1991. Click here to see the list of lost tapes, the latest one is tape No. 24, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Anybody else remember seeing this band?

16/11/21 - I never knew David Roberts, but he approached me at a gig at Eagley Jazz Club. He said that he had recorded the concert and asked would I like a copy. A few days later a C.D. from him arrived.  A very nice man. My condolences to Pauline and family.  Peter Darwin, Merseysippi Jazz Band

16/11/21 -  Philip Roberts has written, "Very sadly my father David Roberts passed away suddenly last Wednesday. He was a great lover of jazz all his life. He lived in Horwich and he and his wife Pauline went to Delph band club every Friday for 15 plus years before Covid. They also went to Eagley Jazz club, the Black Swan Culcheth, Rochdale jazz club and countless others. He took his little Tascam recorder to every gig he went to and enjoyed making CDs from his recordings, often giving copies to members of the band. His wife of 50 years is devastated at the loss. Pauline and myself would be very grateful if you could share the sad news in your newsletter to the community"   They were obviously super fans in the NW area, and I certainly saw them at several venues over the years, unfortunately never got the chance to chat with them. This lovely photograph of David & Pauline taken on David's birthday earlier this year, was sent to me by Philip. - Fred

14/11/21 - Many Happy Returns to trombone player Ken Parkinson, who today reaches the grand age of 92

13/11/21 - After a very successful three years of Thursday afternoon jazz at the Cross Keys in York the pandemic struck and in the lockdown period the pub changed from being a tenanted to a managed pub . So when restrictions were lifted we found that there were more noses in the trough and suddenly found our afternoon sessions were no longer financially viable . It seems whilst we had full houses the pub just not generate the necessary turnover to pay a fee to the bands. So, it was all change and on Thursday afternoons from the 18th of November the jazz sessions will be at the Dringhouses Sports Cub, 12 St Helen’s Road, York YO24 1HR, just 250 yds from the Cross Keys. There will be a charge of £5 on the door but the drinks are so much cheaper than in the pub. This development of Weekday Jazz in Dringhouses is in association with ‘Jazz in the Spa’ - Alan Bramley

13/11/21 - Terry McGrath is the latest musician to join the Dep's List

12/11/21 - Here's another one you shouldn't miss, although you may have to be quick, Barbara Hallam has sent me a flyer for the next Jazz Lunch at the Farmers Arms, Bispham, near Parbold. As most people rebooked after the last session, there are just a few places left. John Hallam will have special guest Spats Langham with him on the 12th December. More details here

12/11/21 -  Mark Challinor has started a new monthly Thursday lunchtime jazz session at The Cheshire Workshops. Higher Burwardsley, Tattenhall, CH3 9PF. Mark says, "Our next event is on the last Thursday in November, the 25th, between 1 and 3pm in the lovely bistro room at this craft centre with stunning views across the Cheshire Plain. Good food or coffee/ tea and cakes are available and admission is free!  We re trying desperately to build up the regular event and would appreciate as much support as possible from trad jazzers out there.  The Wabash Swing Trio features Mike Hayler on clarinet and tenor sax, Howard Worthington on string bass, and myself, Mark Challinor on ukulele and guitar. Whilst we play many traditional jazz tunes, for a wider audience we also throw in our own versions of some more contemporary popular favourites. We can guarantee a really lovely afternoon of music and quality food / refreshments.  Please pass the word around and let's get live music up and running again". Click picture for larger version.

10/11/21 - Due to some football match - The Original Panama Jazzband will not be playing on Wednesday December 1st at The Irby Club; but we’ll be back there on December 15th for the Christmas party night! - Jon Critchley

08/11/21 - The Phoenix Jazz Club gig list has been updated

07/11/21 - Congratulations to Jamie Brownfield & Maria Nuţă who got married yesterday in Nesscliffe, Shropshire

07/11/21 - Tomorrow's is Peter Brown's birthday. On Wednesday, Graham Martindale & Terry Brunt share birthdays so many happy returns to you all. have a lovely week.

06/11/21 - Another sad Glenn Miller story is that the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York (opposite Madison Square Garden) is to be demolished, because it went bust during Covid lockdown.  Guess what is the telephone number of the joint? - Howard Murray

06/11/21 - I've just been reading details of the Ewan Bleach Quintet January Tour 2022 on the Jazz Guide News Page. If anyone is interested in booking this fine new band, you are asked to contact them urgently as slots are expected to fill up swiftly. Just a pity there are no contact details!

05/11/21 - "Just had an email from the Palm House" says Peter Swensson. "They are postponing the start of the jazz sessions until the New Year".

05/11/21 - "You might wish to put this video out on your News Page", says Norman Gibson.  "Ewan Bleach put this 'One Man Orchestra' video together as a gift to his mother for her 70th. birthday. The title ' I'll get by' ( as long as I have you)  has two relevancies, the love for his Mum (as we all had for ours ) and it was recorded at the beginning of the Covid lockdowns.  As he hopes to make a trip up North early in the New Year with his ' Man Overboard' band, I'm hopeful of arranging a gig for him. Fingers crossed".

03/11/21 - Information has just reached me that Mike Pointon has died. I see it has also been posted on Peter Butler's site jazz&jazz

03/11/21 - The gig list for Southport Jazz Club at The Fleetwood Hesketh, has been updated.

02/11/21 - Many thanks to Ian McCann who has sent me an update for the Harlem Hot Stompers web page although it's still work in progress.

02/11/21 - The latest edition of the Dove Jazz Bugle is now available to read on line.


31/10/21 - Many Happy Returns this week to Roger Browne on Monday, Danny Riley on Tuesday and Harry Roberts on Saturday

30/10/21 - The Jazz nights at the Boathouse, Ellesmere, Shropshire have been cancelled for NOVEMBER and DECEMBER 2021 due to a change of management.
Monthly Jazz nights will return in the New Year following alterations being carried out to the premises.

29/10/21 - Carlisle jazz Club gig list has been updated

28/10/21 -  Roger Williamson has emailed to say, "We are hoping to get jazz restarted at Didsbury cricket club in December and have so far booked Canal Street Stompers on Thursday 2nd December, and Tame Valley Stompers on Thursday 9th December When we get going we will have to review entry price and starting time but for now we are sticking to 8.30pm and £6. Enquiries Steve Butterworth 0161 336 0130 or Roger Williamson 0161 881 6256".

28/10/21 - The next Kendal Jazz Club concert at Kendal Rugby Club, Shap Rd, Kendal is one week earlier than usual, on Wednesday 3rd November.  The Tim Kliphuis Trio make their long-awaited return. More details at

28/10/21 - Chris Walker is bringing the Pedigree Jazz Band to the Midlands in May, and there is a gap between 6th at Newbold Verdon and the 8th at Stafford. If anyone is interested in booking the band within reasonable travelling distance of those two venues, please contact Chris at

27/10/21 - Just been talking to Christine so am now able to give you more details about Dave Donohoe's funeral. The funeral will take place on Thursday 4th November at 2.30pm at Oldham Crematorium which is part of Hollinwood Cemetery. This is off Roman Road Hollinwood (off Junction 22 on the M60).  Afterwards the wake is at Westholme Masonic Hall Stockport Road Mossley - Trish and Derek Galloway.

27/10/21 - "Yes Fred, it is sad to hear that John Petters has called it a day", says Peter Jezard. "But I can't help responding to some of your comments with regard to playing music for the *love of it". This is not the first time this subject has cropped up, in 2011 I started a page called, "Will you pay more for your live jazz?", so I'll add Andrew & Peter's comments to the page, and you can read it here.

27/10/21 - The latest issue of Just Jazz Magazine has arrived. Publishers (Mike and Sylvia Murtagh), have said, "We would like to thank those folk from the UK or Europe who have renewed their subscriptions by using PayPal. However, we suspect you may have paid using 'business transaction'.  Unfortunately; we get charged a fee, money we can ill afford to lose.  As with most publications, we are run on a' shoe-string' budget. Certainly not for profit or gain!  lf using PayPal to pay your 'subs' in UK or Europe please send payment via the 'Sending to a friend or to family' section - this is fee free. To make payments to our PayPal account, pay to:

27/10/21 - Trish and Derek Galloway write, "Here is an update on the funeral arrangements for Dave Donohoe’s funeral. - The funeral will take place on Thursday 4th November at 2.30pm at Oldham Crematorium which is part of Hollinwood Cemetery.  This is off Roman Road Hollinwood (off Junction 22 on the M60). Afterwards the wake is at Westholme Masonic Hall Stockport Road Mossley".

27/10/21 - Lots of tributes to Dave Donohoe coming in, and his daughter Charlie writes, "Thank you so much for sharing this - I have forwarded it on the rest of my siblings . It’s wonderful hearing everyone’s memories of dad . Please could you leave a message from us all - thanking them for all their kind words

24/10/21 - It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear friend DAVE DONOHOE He passed away in his sleep, surrounded by his family ,on Saturday 23rd October 2021 His funeral will be on Thursday 4th November at Oldham Crematorium at 2 - Derek & Trish Galloway.  A Tribute page has now been set up in memory of Dave. If you have any memories you'd like to share, please contact me - Fred

24/10/21 - Very sad to hear what John Petters is saying about how Covid has decimated attendances at live Jazz and that he is giving up performing. I feel bound to remark, however, that he is, or should we now say was, pretty much a professional musician (if a drummer qualifies as musician, according to the old joke). His gigs - John Petters’ Productions - were at the high end of the Trad Jazz market. I do hope none of the musicians in our wonderful territory bands, who are used to playing for love of the music and little more than expenses, are of the mind to similarly walk away. I’m fairly certain they won’t be. - Andrew Liddle

23/10/21 - Interesting email from drummer John Petters today. - "My Retirement From Live Gigs - I will be retiring from playing live sessions following my date at St John’s Arts Centre, Old Harlow on Saturday 30th October.  The jazz scene has been decimated by Covid and there is no sign things will get better any time soon.  I intend to focus my attention on my radio show, jazz history, talks on jazz to U3As and any other groups. I will also be writing a column for ‘Radcom’, the journal of the Radio Society of Great Britain and other writing projects. Much as I love playing gigs, enjoying the company of my fellow musicians and meeting jazz fans, I do not like all the aggravation which goes with it. I’ve had enough of driving for hours and lugging my drums into venues and out again and driving home again after playing a high energy gig. I intend to spend much more time enjoying my hobby of amateur radio and other activities". As a fellow radio ham and a jazz fan, I wish you well in the future John. John Petters will be presenting "This Joint Is Jumpin’ the Life and Music of Fats Waller on Monday 11th October at 7pm on Sound of Spitfire Radio.

21/10/21 - "Any suggestions how I can find access to swing, Gypsy jazz and swing dance events that are going on around Congleton / Northwest? I recently moved back from abroad and have no contacts now for a passion I enjoyed very much in Hong Kong" - Andy Barton

21/10/21 - I've realised I need to make my piano advert more positive, so I'd like to specify a price of £800 or near offer - Malcolm Hogarth. More details on the Sales Page

20/10/21 - Val Kirkhead is doing another of her popular jazz evenings at Grange Fell Golf Club, Grange-over-Sands LA11 6HB on Friday 12th November 2021. It features Spats Langham's Hot Fingers Trio & Emily. You can see full details by clicking here

17/10/21 - Many Happy Returns of the day today to guitar and banjo player Dave Bateman. Tuesday sees a special birthday for Suzanne Mott, but I couldn't possibly divulge a lady's age.

16/10/21 - I just read that piece by David Woonton about the Red Rose band it brought back so many wonderful memories of my many years playing in the band, well done Dave! - Baz (Barrie Marshall)

16/02/21 - I'm indebted to John Dorgan who accepted the challenge and sent me a new write-up and photograph for the Downtown Dixieland Jazz Band in Liverpool

16/10/21 - Despite a promising start to the North Euston Orpheans's last Wednesday in the month sessions at the North Euston Hotel, the management of the hotel have advised us that it is impractical for them to continue with the arrangement. It would seem that our use of the Vantini Room last month prevented the hotel from hiring it out for a funeral wake. Whilst in the past when the Vantini Room was in use for a private booking the band would be relocated to the Family Bar, it would now appear that this is no longer possible. It was suggested that we could be accommodated in January but we have reluctantly come to the conclusion that the uncertain nature of this arrangement renders it equally impractical for us to continue with the residency. May I take this opportunity to thank our loyal followers for their enthusiastic support over the years. Thanks also to the Hotel for being such good hosts to jazz for such a long time. In these circumstances I think it would be appropriate to delete The North Euston Orpheans from your list of bands. - Colin Turner. The band is still on the site and listed under Whatever Happened To - Fred

16/10/21 - Over on the Fylde Coast there's a lovely small town called Lytham (or Lytham St Annes), located at the River Ribble estuary, and it features a nice park (Lowther Park), and a theatre within it called The Lowther Pavilion which puts on lots of events. The Theatre has started to feature a bi-monthly Lowther Jazz Club, and Ann Lord (Eagley J.C.), went to see Cafe Society there on 29th Sept., and described it as "a superbly slick performance". That programme is still being advertised on their web site!  It prompted me to email the Theatre on 28th Sept, to find out which bands had been booked for future events, and I'm still waiting for a reply. In this month's Jazz Guide there's a full page advert for the venue in 2022 and the next event on 24th November on their web site is listed as "This month's artist is to be confirmed".  I'm sure some of our smaller jazz promoters will be aghast at this!  My understanding is that it's run under a Service Level Agreement between Fylde Council and the Lowther Gardens Trust. with a subsidy from the Council. - Fred

14/10/21 - John Muskett has sent me some details of the funeral/life celebration of trombonist Mike Taylor: They have been added to Mike's Tribute Page

14/10/21 - I read Roy Candsdale piece with interest and have to agree with him. In the early years of ‘Just Jazz’ there were many heated articles about the same subject. However, the majority of views plumbed for Bing to be included amongst the ‘jazz influencers’. He may not have had a ‘jazz voice’, but it was more about, structure, content and timing, which was very much jazz based – the fact that Bing was playing drums in bands before he took the ‘Road to Whiteman’, may have something to do with that. I suspect this argument will continue for a few more years, however, maybe via YouTube, Spotify etc, the younger jazz ear will appreciate his contribution to the early jazz era! - Pete Lay

14/10/21 - I posted this item on 13/09, but completely forgot to update What's On, so a timely reminder from Mike Carnie - There will be a change of Band for the Jazz Concert at The Boathouse, Ellesmere, Shropshire on Thursday November 4th. when The Five & A Penny Band will be playing. Personnel :- Tony Peers ( Trumpet & Vocals ) Jeoff Parker ( Sax & Clarinet ), Peter Fryer ( Trombone ), Dave Alexander. ( Guitar & Banjo ), Pete Beresford. ( Keyboard ) and Mike Carnie. ( Drums )

13/12/21 - John Rothwell has played for The Savoy Jazzmen for 20 years and in the Preston area a whole lot longer. He joined The Savoy Jazzmen when Hugh Gerrard was still with us and the style of the band fitted him like a glove. Hugh passed away not long after Jon Pen recorded the band (probably Hugh's last recording) and we issued it as a tribute disc to Hugh. Moving on John has had hearing problems for some years and had an implant fitted and now has other health problems. He also finds driving long distances at night very tiresome. This combination has led to him resigning from the band. He may be able to play again in the future when "they" have sorted him out. Meanwhile, if you wish to see or hear John in action he has made a number of CDs and DVDs with the Savoy, the Red Rose Brass Band (New Orleans style marching band) and the Silver Bell Band. You can watch or listen to a number of these on the web.  In addition to his playing and recording activities John is a walking encyclopaedia on the history of New Orleans and its music. Anyone doing serious research on these topics should knock on his door.

John - it's been great having you in the band both for your superb drumming and for your company. Please accept our thanks and those of our supporters who enjoyed the music you made and your company. We all hope your health problems get sorted ASAP..   Good wishes - Peter (Savoy Jazzmen)

13/10/21 - The Original Panama Jazz Band web page has been updated

11/02/21 - I'm delighted that Grand Marshal David Woonton took up my suggestion that he put together an article about his memories with the Red Rose Marching Band. He's done it and it's a very interesting read. It's called, "The Red Rose New Orleans Brass Band 50 years of Marching".

11/10/21 - Ayr Jazz Club has been updated and all the gigs are listed in What's On

10/10/21 - Barrie Marshall tells me the Sun Street Stompers will not be playing next Sunday lunchtime at the John O'Gaunt in Lancaster. Wait for it....the reason is because it's the Lancaster Music Festival and the pubs will be full of bands playing music!

11/10/21 - Having previous had to cancel Washington Whirlygig and T J Johnson bands in March & May last year, Bernard & Carol Selby have rebooked them for November & December this year at Bollington Arts Centre

10/10/21 - "I very much like the latest style of your ' news ' page !  Here's an article you might like to consider - "BING IS NOT JAZZ" - a different view" - writes Roy Cansdale.  A passing comment from Clive Edwards in his list of "Jazz to Smile To", sparked this off, so I'll add it to that page. You might like to add your thoughts to it also.

10/10/21 - Well that's it, fully updated now, booster jab, flu jab and now Windows 11 on my laptop. So far so good, but apart from a slightly sore arm, nothing else seems to have changed much. My main PC is not capable of running Windows 11 according to the PC Health Check you can carry out first, so I'm running both from now on. I'll need to do more reading to find out what I've gained, but at the moment it's not very obvious. - Fred

10/10/21 - Stuart McLean, the Ayr Jazz Club organiser tells me, "So far good news - we will have our first gig on 22 October with The Pedigree Jazz Band at The Horizon Hotel, then hopefully what would normally have been our End Of Season Party Night with The Vieux Carre Jazzmen at The Fairfield Hotel including buffet at a "thank you to the members price" of £10 on 26 November. Despite a number of band losses and musician losses I hope to have a programme for 2022 in the next few days. We are moving from Ayr Rugby Club to the Fairfield Hotel on a permanent basis from January. We are suspending membership as such in favour of a flat fee on the door but will retain details of everyone attending for promotional purposes".

10/10/21 - Many Happy Returns to Gerry Clayton on Tuesday 12th October.

09/10/21 - As many of you are aware, most evenings I'm working on the web site doing updates etc, so TV takes a back seat, not that there's much I would want to watch anyway, but tonight was different.  If you've ever read Andrew Liddle's article about me, you will know that when I was between the two jazz periods in my life, I traversed lots of other genre, Johnny Cash, Carpenters, Beethoven, Steeleye Span, & Edward Grieg for example, and tonight I settled down to watch a couple of other musicians who knocked me out then, and did again tonight - Simon & Garfunkel - The Harmony Game. Sorry if you've been looking for News or updates. - Fred

09/10/21 - Clive Edwards writes - "As we all need cheering up. I wondered if this play list from my last U3A Jazz Group would be of interest".  Well maybe you could suggest some more to add to the list.

08/10/21 - Jazz aficionados used to meet weekly at the Britain's Protection, in Great Bridgewater Street in Manchester every Tuesday night and listen to lectures about the jazz greats, and perhaps the not so well known. Manchester Jazz Society was listed on my Jazz Clubs page until Covid came along and put paid to it, or so I thought. I have just sent an email to find out what is happening and Matthew Thompson told me, "We're now continuing on Zoom indefinitely and have also just started using Eventbrite to raise funds. People can buy an annual season ticket for £10 here: Now that is progress.

07/10/21 - As part of the continuing update and corrections to the web site, the Jazz Clubs page has been restricted to those which are currently open and booking bands. Once I hear back from the rest I can easily restore them to the list once they start booking bands again. Unfortunately I may have to apply the same treatment to some of the bands listed on the spotlight page who have not responded positively to the letter sent out - Fred

07/10/21 - Dove Jazz Club have issued their latest 'Dove Jazz Club Bugle'. Their next event on October 16 will be Doctor Butler's Hatstand Medicine Band. Now there's a name to conjure with, sounds intriguing. I just watched some of their videos, not exactly traditional jazz, but no doubt entertaining, otherwise they wouldn't be asked back for a second time. They are described as  "a travelling troupe of musicological minstrels, peddling the good Doctor’s unique good-time tonic to all four corners of the land. Formed from a secret combination of early blues and jazz forms, a sprinkle of ragtime, a dash of hot swing, the essence of sweet spiritual, a pinch of the oldest of old-timey melodies and a teaspoon of Vaudevillian and Music Hall showoffery. All whisked together with the most esoteric of folk rhythms". - Fred

07/10/21 - "Greetings", says one anonymous contributor. "This is an ongoing discussion about obscure female jazz singers. Feel free to join us and add some names that are not mentioned or just enjoy some new music".  Can't see Ottilie Patterson on there, no doubt there's plenty more missing.

07/10/21 - The Phoenix Jazz Club at Stoke is now back up and running in the Phoenix Suite at Longton Rugby Club. The next event is on 13th Oct and features Mark Challinor, Mike Hayler, Jon Critchley and Peter Robinson, - Fred

07/10/21 - The Original Panama Jazz band is pleased to welcome new members Jonny Spall on reeds/vocals and Andrew McKenzie on trombone / vocals. Both are excellent musicians and personalities and bring a great potential to the band. Read about them on our webpage, soon to be updated. And special thanks to Dave Dixson and Pete Fryer who have given their most able support to the band. Always welcome. - Jon Critchley

07/10/21 - The last time I spoke to Roy Freeman about the Silver Bell Band, he expressed doubts about the band being able to continue after the loss of Pete Vickers, the loss of the regular venue, and members of the band with health problems having to travel a round trip of over 40 miles to play. For that reason the band page now appears under, "Whatever Happened To", but is still visible on the site.  This letter was sent to over 200 musicians on my mailing list, and as yet I'm still working on the replies so I can update the pages where required, or move them off the band spotlight page, if they have disbanded. It's a slow process and I haven't even started on the clubs yet! - Fred

07/10/21 - STOP PRESS The Boathouse Stompers gig tonight at The Boathouse, Ellesmere, Shropshire, has been cancelled at the last minute owing to bar & restaurant staff shortages. Mike Carnie tells me that the events on Thu November 4th and December 2nd will definitely go ahead.  - Mike Carnie

06/10/21 - Howard Murray sent me an email with an intriguing message - I didn't dare fail to send this TO YOU -   08/10 - video no longer available - Fred

05/10/21 - As per our conversation today, I am looking for a jazz piano/keyboard player who can help with basic jazz or blues tuition at the keyboard, without referring too much to musical notation.  I have some visual problems, which makes it very difficult to read notation. I am well aware of chords, scales, arpeggios etc. , but now need to learn from the keyboard itself. Once I have the gist of jazz or blues, I am certain that I would be able to play something for myself by playing what I am thinking, with the knowledge I already have, instead of playing what I am reading from notation.  I have a Grade 5 ABRSM in theory from some years ago, but this sort of stuff does not enable me to make something up at the keyboard. Do you know of anyone who teaches this way without having to revert to notation? The words, improvisation, playing by ear or “winging it” come to mind. I am in the Wigan, St.Helens, Warrington area. My details are, Ashton in Makerfield, 01942 728472; 07730 129971. - Paul McCooey

05/10/21 - The latest edition of Just Jazz Magazine is now out, There are several tributes to Colin Bowden, and a tribute to George Chambers, leader of the Apex Jazz Band in Northern Ireland (who died on July 29th), by Mike Poynton. There's also a write-up of the 9th Rydale

05/10/21 - Dear Fred, you do the most fantastic work with JazzNorthWest It is so good to see musicians getting together again after nearly two years , and to hear live music again . Here in south Sweden and Denmark , where I live , it is the same happy revival . My husband , clarinetist Lasse Karlsson has become reborn , playing with his friends again to a real audience . At one stage we thought the music had died . You have played a huge part in keeping the faith through a terrible time . Thank you . Please put my tribute to you on your news page, and I send you love and best wishes from Helsingborg, Sweden - Sheila Collier

04/10/21 - I totally agree with Jon Critchley, you don't need pretty colours on your site, it's brilliant as it is now. Probably the moaners' Mums didn't buy crayoning books for them when they were children. It's almost as bad as people who feel the need to "colourise" perfectly good black & white photographs - drives me mad. There you go, rant over. Hope you're keeping well Fred, you are much appreciated, - Laurie Cooper

03/10/21 - I read with interest about Jazz Books for sale from one of your contributors yesterday and on the mentioned site, ABE Books, it states that there is a £10 postage charge added if you want them posted to Belgium.  From a recent experience I can tell you that there will also be a customs or tax charge inflicted as well. 50 days ago Cadillac Records posted a newly released CD which I am on, with Albert Nicholas and Barry Martyn recorded in 1966;Before it was released to me I had to pay 20 euros to the Douane over here and even then it took them another 20 days to actually send it on .So beware - Brian Turnock

03/10/21 - Many Happy Returns tomorrow to Pete Lindup, and on Saturday to Jack Cotterill, incorrectly reported earlier as Pete Cotterrill, who was Jack Cotterill's grandfather. "If you've never heard "Am I Doing All Right " then you should", writes Bob Lamb. "It's hilarious, not only was Pete Cotterill a very good drummer but also an ace raconteur. His setting up the drum kit is something. All jazz fans would enjoy it. It was uploaded by John Howell ( )

02/10/21 - One memory of my earlier gigs was playing alongside Ian Royle's dad at the Bier Keller (long gone) on Piccadilly in Manchester. He was a lovely person and very encouraging to me, a young musician still green behind the ears. I can't recall who else was in the band. It was probably an 'Oompah' style outfit. Maybe Ian might remember. - Paul Medina

02/10/21 - Just leave the news page as it is, it's perfectly clear without adding different colours etc.  Whoever suggested otherwise should realise they're so bl***y lucky to have you and your website. - Jon Critchley

02/10/21 - Ayr Jazz Club is "staggering" into life with a first club night on 22 October 2021 at The Horizon Hotel, The Esplanade , Ayr, commencing 7.30pm with The Pedigree Jazz Band. .  An initial survey of members etc gave us a very good response, so we have decided to go for it.   After that, all being well, we hope to hold a Party Night (ticket only) at The Fairfield Hotel, Ayr on 26 November with the Vieux Carre Jazzmen.  We still await the outcome of future plans for Ayr Rugby Club to allow us to begin to create a programme for 2022. - Stuart McLean

02/10/21 - Hello Fred. Ken Ames gave me your email address. I have a number of jazz books for sale. They are mostly Jazz Book Club. They can be seen on ABE Books. My 'Shop is available by clicking here. -  John Cockle

02/10/21 -  It has been suggested I could use multi colours depending on news content, but unfortunately it would create too much work on my part, and if anything I need to go the opposite way. I used to use red for the date, and alternate colours for the content, so how about this?  Hope it's acceptable - Fred

02/10/21 - On 21/07/21 - I mentioned an article in The Times about Chris Barber - A Trailblazer's Legacy, but I couldn't read it at the time as I wasn't a subscriber. Now I've only just discovered that its a 4CD presentation pack released on 23rd July this year. Lots of reviews London Jazz News, Last Music Company, The Guardian, and  Elmore Magazine are but just a few. - Fred

01/10/21 - Clive Edwards is now 86 he tells me, and needs a walking aid, but is still doing his bit for jazz. He's asked me to post details of a jazz evening in Neston on the Wirral. It's at The Parkgate Clubhouse on Wednesday 13th October 2021. Click link for more details. - Fred

01/10/21 - It is regrettable that I am not able to go along with all of Pete Lay's posted comments. Of course visa and PCR costs should be paid, but he hasn't mentioned, or, he is not aware, that a French promoter has to pay a Government playing tax ( 25% I think ) on all musician's fees. This is to recognise musicianship as a fulltime job with all the benefits same as other professions. My goodness how our young UK musicians would love that after they've gone through Music College ! But how would one raise that extra money from audiences brought up on long term cheap entrance charges?  When I was promoting small jazz evenings I took care of my responsibilities, and it was up to the bands how they managed theirs. I should think most UK promoters simply agreed a playing fee and how the band arrived there was up to them. It's difficult enough organising and managing to get a regular audience to break even. I never sought, or did, make personal gain, which was the aim of the professional large scale jazz event promoters, and rightly so.  - Norman Gibson


30/09/21 - Well said, Pete Lay!  - Jon Critchley

30/09/21 - In reference to Norman Gibson's and Malcolm Bridge's notifications: - It is all very well promoting The Mama Shakers (yes, a good band), but who will cover the cost of their visas and/or PCR tests if applicable. Considering there are no reciprocal arrangements for British bands to play in Europe, how will British musicians feel if this French band get to tour here (supposedly, as holiday makers who have just happened to bring their instruments with them, and end up playing gigs, and probably being paid better than British musos). Considering how we are battling with the government over getting visa free work/travel to play gigs in Europe, it is rubbing salt in the wounds. Oh for for pre-Brexit days!!  - Pete  Lay

29/09/21 - Re News Item 21/09/21. That's my Dad, Bill Royle next to bass player Sid Bennison. He taught me trumpet and introduced me to Dixieland jazz, swing and big band music. Good trumpet player my old man!! - Ian Royle

29/09/21 - I've read your page on RAF Padgate. I'm the admin on the Jimmy Deuchar Archives group on Facebook.  I understand Jimmy Deuchar did his national service in Padgate before joining the Dankworth Seven in 1950 aged 20 I wondered if anyone served with Jimmy or whether there were any photos etc from this time.  Many thanks - Bruce Rayner

27/09/21 - I am delighted to inform you that The 'Teds' will be back at Eastham Golf Club on Friday 8th October and the on the second Friday every month. - Rae Owens

26/09/21 - Jim Swinnerton joined the Sun Street Stompers today after 17 years since last playing regularly with them. Barrie Marshall says they were well pleased with the turnout for their first post Covid gig. Click on picture to enlarge

26/09/21 - Having seen the Mama Shakers at Chateauneuf du Faou a couple of years ago I should like to reinforce Norman Gibson's message and encourage any promoters having doubts to go ahead and book them. They are young, lively and very enjoyable.  - Malcolm Bridge

26/09/21 - Many Happy Returns this week to Keith Allcock on Thursday, and to Brian Ellwood on Friday 1st October.

25/09/21 - The last jazz event at La Vita restaurant in Huyton (see 17/09/21) went so well that it will continue next week, and will be on regularly from now on and  shown in the what’s on listings under La Vita, Huyton, says Jonny Spall. - "Thursday 30th September features the talented Tony Peers, Tony Ormesher and Hugo Harrison. The band will be performing a wide range of jazz from traditional right through to cool bossa novas and beyond. There will be something for everyone. You can book a table now by contacting the restaurant on 0151 458 2845. It would be great to see everyone there"

24/09/21 - The Savoy Jazzmen have decided to put on hold the sessions at Sefton Park Cricket Club for the time being. Support has been very poor and we are going to wait until we are back at the Palm House where we can spread the word says Peter Swensson. We are again starting our weekly two hour rehearsals in the studio to keep our lips in and the band together.

24/09/21 - I came across this free webinar on a US site, which may be useful to Jazz musicians here. It's a webinar about how Jazz musicians can build their own website to promote themselves. The time is 1pm EST (6pm BST) on 29th September. It may be useful to Jazz musicians here!

24/09/21 - Angela has been in touch with me, and wishes to get a UK tour together with her very good 'Mama Shakers' French band in 2022. (This video taken at Fest Jazz 2018). They had some bookings here, including me, when Corona Virus broke. No dates suggested at this point, just to register interest please email Angela and me -  Angela speaks perfect English and is a very lively front lady, sings well and plays trumpet or clarinet on most numbers. - Norman Gibson

23/09/21 - When I came to email out the latest News Items, I spotted the photograph of the Syd Lewis Band below was missing (now fixed). Not sure when or how that happened, but if anybody spots anything on the News Page that doesn't appear right, then please let me know. My two proof readers (Norman Gibson & Peter Swensson), are usually on the ball, so maybe it only got deleted very recently. - Fred

22/09/21 - Not only is another band about to return to its old venue (Barrie Marshall's Sun Street Stompers at Ye Olde John O'Gaunt in Lancaster) but on this occasion, bass player Jim Swinnerton will also be back with the band. Sunday lunchtime from 12-30 - 3pm on 26th September.

22/09/21 - Ann Lord tells me that "many of our members praised the Dixie Beats at the end of the evening at Eagley Jazz Club, and the audience was larger than what we've seen for a long time! If any club is looking for a band - think of this band!  She has posted a video here.

22/09/21 - Just had a call from Katy Clachan regarding the Jazz Extravaganza in Stranraer, 11th - 13th October. It would appear that there are just a few rooms now available. Katy tells me that the venue is well and truly Covid aware with one way systems in place, and even Perspex screens to separate comings and goings where necessary, so seems like a very safe place to be. As Scotland has its own rules compared to England, so if you do have any questions in that respect, contact the hotel on 01776 704413. If you have any questions at all about the jazz, Katy is more than happy to assist and you can contact her on 01292 443309 or 07810 007021.

21/09/21 - Hi Fred, Ian Royle dropped me a note with some very interesting memories of playing with Syd Lewis's band, so thanks very much for being the go-between (13/09/21). I've just unearthed this picture of Syd and the band. Maybe you could publish it and see if somebody recognises any of the faces. Best regards, Pete Lewis. Click on photo for larger version

21/09/21 - The Jazz Listing for the Fleetwood Hesketh  in Southport, has now been updated for October

21/09/21 - The Canal Street Stompers appeared in What's On for tomorrow, and in fact they play on the last Wednesday in the month, which for this month is the 29th September

21/09/21 - Things are looking up. I just checked What's On and I see there are six gigs listed today.

19/09/21 - Not sure where Gospel Music fits in with traditional jazz, although many of you will remember Sister Rosetta Tharpe invited over by Chris Barber, so I'll post this just in case - Acclaimed gospel trio Resounding Harmonies will perform a one-hour concert with a programme that celebrates the history of gospel music. The programme will span gospel songs from the earliest well-known classics through songs embodied in the Civil Rights Era right up to the present day with contemporary gospel.  Resounding Harmonies comprises Michelle Parris, Kathy McLeish and Sophie Harriot, who between them have over 30 years' experience of singing as solo artists, in gospel choirs (Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir and Jabez Family) and at venues such as the Jazz Café and 606 Jazz Club. It will be live streamed free on YouTube from St. Cross College,  Friday 15th October 2021 at 7 pm. Click here for a booking form

19/09/21 - Saddened, but not surprised, to read of the end of Jazz Club 90. In olden days, when we used to pursue jazz all over the place, Albrighton was our longest drive without an overnight. It's about 70 miles each way from Chesterfield, and cross country. Well, worth it! Sadly, it's not covid that's stopped us, just decrepitude. We are not alone. - Trig and Pat Ellis

18/09/21 - Another band has returned to its old venue. This time it's Barrie Marshall's band, The Sun Street Srompers, who are back at Ye Olde John O'Gaunt in Lancaster on Sunday lunchtimes from 12-30 - 3pm.  26th September is when it all starts again.

18/09/21 - Thanks to Keith Wadeson for highlighting the return of jazz to the North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood, on the 29th September. However, the start time is the usual one of 12 noon and not 2pm as stated. - Colin Turner

17/09/21 - Hey Fred, I hope you are well. I just wanted to let you and your wonderful readers know about a new restaurant gig that's starting next week. It's 7-9pm Thursday 23rd September at La Vita (77-79 Derby Rd, Huyton Village, Liverpool L36 9UQ). It's hopefully going to become a regular weekly gig and will present the amazing talents of the North West's finest musicians. Next Thursday features the wonderful trumpet playing of Tony Peers, with a great rhythm section provided by Mal Horne and Jim Swinnerton. We'd welcome the support of the jazz loving community, so to book a table please contact the restaurant on 0151 458 2845. It will be great night out and I've attached the poster. I'll keep you up to date about more gigs happening there in due course. Many thanks, Jonny Spall

17/09/21 - Hi Fred, Jazz is back on at the North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood on September 29 from 2pm. The North Euston Orpheans are playing, £6 on the door. Last Wednesday each month – Keith Wadeson

17/09/21 - Just to let you know -  The Wyre Levee Stompers, now in their 47th year together, are pleased to announce that, after some 18 months absence due to Covid, they will be returning to their Thursday night sessions at The Ashley Club, Victoria Road East, Thornton Cleveleys commencing Thursday 23rd September at 8-30pm.  The line-up will comprise Pete Lindup on trumpet, Mike Pearson on trombone, Willy Barrow on banjo/guitar, Frank Carter on bass, John Smith on drums and myself on reeds. Despite some health issues, Ken Emery, a founder member of The Wyre Levee Stompers will be with the band, on piano for their Thursday night sessions at The Ashley Club - Bill Barrow

16/09/21 - Norwich Evening News has just published an article, "Remembering the dazzling career of Norwich's very own 'Queen of the Blues' ", reminiscing about the life of Beryl Bryden

16/09/21 - A 1938 CG Conn Victor 80-A Cornet in Mint Condition has just gone on the Sales page

15/09/21 -  Peter Swensson has now confirmed that jazz at the beautiful Sefton Park Palm House has been confirmed for 2022.  As in the past the Savoy Jazzmen will be playing on the first Tuesday of each month with the exception of January & August.

15/09/21 - Trombone player, Mike Taylor, is the latest musician to be remembered on the Tribute Page

14/09/21 - Good to see your News Page is back to normal. Great to read the various messages. Pleased to say we (Savoy Jazzmen), are back at the Palm House. Had hoped to have started earlier but the jazz sessions start again Tuesday 7th December 2-4 pm. Fingers crossed we will get the support we had pre Covid-19. We should have the dates for 2022 very soon. Our Monday lunchtime sessions are a real challenge. We are not getting anywhere near the support we were hoping for but it’s so good to have a weekly session and it keeps the band together. - Peter Swensson

14/09/21 - John & Marie Howell write about Jazz Club 90 in Albrighton, "Due to Covid and our ageing audience being reluctant to venture in to a crowded room the attendance has dropped off over the past few weeks making Jazz Club 90 no longer viable and we have cancelled all future gigs. I have informed band leaders and those in the audience who are on our mailing list and will put a notice on the website. I will still keep an eye on your website!  Best wishes to you and Barbara and thanks for all your help ,over the years".

13/09/21 - Mike Carnie tells me there is a once only band change for the 4th November at the Boathouse, Ellesmere, Shropshire. The band playing on this date will be - The Five & A Penny Jazz Band. Mike also tells me that the regular band, The Boathouse Stompers, have had 2 great monthly nights there since reopening. On request a meal can be arranged before the Jazz session commences at 8pm in the evening. The monthly concerts are held on the 1st Thursday of every month, so Mike suggests you come along and have a great night of jazz and food.

13/09/21 - Just to let you know that The Downtown Dixieland Jazz Band are back at The Caledonia in Liverpool this Friday 17th September at 8.30pm. We are also planning to play there in the 3rd Friday of every month. -  John Dorgan

13/09/21 - Just linked to your excellent site relating to Ian Royle, who refers to playing with the Syd Lewis Big Band/Orchestra, presumably in the immediate pre/post war period. Syd was my uncle and we know very little about his musical career (which was always a part-time occupation despite the impressive look of the band). If you know anything or anybody who may know something we would be very pleased to hear about it. - Pete Lewis

12/09/21 - Many Happy Returns today to Tony Ormesher. Also tomorrow to John Howell of Jazz Club 90 fame, Richard Lord on Wednesday and Mike Reddin on Saturday.

12/09/21 - The Wirrorleans Jazz Band will resume their residency at Formby Cricket Club, Cricket Path, L37 7DP, from 24th September on the last Friday of the month up to and including March 2022.  Please note the earlier times of 8pm - 10-30pm. Looking forward to welcoming everybody back - John Blackman

11/09/21 - I’m sure your members will be sorry to learn of the death of Alan Radcliffe, aged 92, on August 14th 2021.  Alan was founder and leader of Manchester-based “The Saints” jazz band from the late 1940s until leaving the band in 1975, during which time it had established itself as among the finest of the British jazz revival, playing at the Royal Festival Hall before the (then) Princess Elizabeth, supporting Louis Armstrong and his All Stars on their 1956 tour, recording with EMI and Parlophone (under the watchful eye of George Martin) and playing innumerable concerts across the north west.  I know he is fondly remembered by many who heard the band at the time and who still listen to CD transfers of the original 78rpm recordings that they made. But for Alan’s modest, self-effacing nature he would undoubtedly have made one of the most popular jazz clarinetists of his day. As it was, he was content to be the best he could be in the band he founded in the late 1940s with his school friends. -
Tim Atkinson


10/09/21 - Sheila Collier sent me this lovely photograph. She says, "It’s the ferry from Elsinor Denmark to Helsingborg looking west to Denmark ! Takes 20 minutes. We are able to go without any restrictions now and playing too!   We are only a short walk to the ferry from our Apartment so it’s like Ferry cross the Mersey. Haven't sorted visiting U K yet though, they have their own restrictions .

09/09/21 - Some Good News at least, Barbara Hallam tells me, "Our Jazz Lunch at the Farmer's Arms is now full with a waiting list, so thanks for putting it on your site. Just hoping nobody comes on spec as we won't be able to accommodate them".

09/09/21 - Dear Fred, You kindly put a message on your site re my late husband’s old jazz programmes. I received a reply from a jazz enthusiast who lives in Macclesfield who has been to collect them on the basis it would take him down memory lane of the concerts he went to at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester in his youth.  He kindly gave me a donation which I have passed on to Pancreatic Cancer UK for research into the cause and treatment of this illness from which my husband sadly died. Nice to know the programmes so lovingly kept for nearly 60 years have found another home. - Lisa King

09/09/21 - I’m delighted to report that Lowther Pavilion has decided to launch its own jazz club and we, Cafe Society, are playing for the first one. It’s on the 29th of September in the evening and details can be found here on their website. - Anthony Mason

09/09/21 - "I’m sorry to report the death of trombonist Mike Taylor, native of Sheffield. Mike had suffered a stroke a month or two ago and had been in hospital since. His partner Annie ’phoned us on Monday morning with the news that he had died the previous day, Sun 5th September.  He had played for some years with New Orleans Heat, and we both played with The Spirit of New Orleans. Mike was an open-minded excellent musician, very approachable and considerate. He would occasionally suggest trombone and bass duets for several, or many, choruses, which I greatly appreciated. He will surely be missed by many. I’ll try to send on any further details. Best wishes to Barbara, yourself and your many readers, Harmoniously, - John Muskett

09/09/21 - The latest Just Jazz Magazine is now out and includes part 4 of Dave Donohoe's "looking after the Legends", which will eventually be reproduced on the site. Click on the title above to see a list of the contents.

09/09/21 - Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival announcement - "We have unfortunately taken the difficult decision to cancel this years Jazz Festival which was scheduled for 14-17 October.  We will be back 9-12 June 2022 with a brilliant selection of the best Jazz artists and we can't wait to see you there!  The decision to cancel was made for a number of reasons, primarily the health and safety of our visitors, bands and local people.  We re already working on next years festival to make it the best ever!   Keep an eye on our Facebook and our website for updates on next year's festival and on buying your tickets. If you bought tickets for this year's festival please send us a message or contact the person from whom you purchased your tickets. We apologise again for the disappointing news and thank you all for your continued support".

09/09/21 - Les Brown informs me that "We have resumed our jazz sessions at Boston Spa Village Hall. Early signs are encouraging. Please find attached the programme for September. The normal two monthly programme should be resumed next month. Thank you in anticipation of your continued support".

08/09/21 - The Merseysippi Jazz Band are back in action on Monday, and owing to a proposed increased financial burden being levied by the cricket club, the band has relocated to the Aigburth Arms, in Aigburth, Liverpool. Barbara and I went there many years ago when Pat Halcox was guesting with the band, and I seem to recall it was a very nice venue, in a very nice location. Only problem is, that although the band will be expecting to play every Monday night, should there be a clash of interest, football will be the winner, so check with the venue before setting off -. 0151 363 2186.

07/09/21 - Did you miss me?  Nobody emailed to say where's the news? Maybe you thought I was sunning it up on a beach somewhere? Well nothing could be further from the truth, I was taken by ambulance into Royal Preston Hospital on Monday 30th Aug, with what turned out to be a urinary tract infection and was finally allowed home yesterday, so there's a lot of catching up to be done, not least of all on sleep. Whilst I'm stamped 'fit and healthy' again, it will be a day or two I guess before I'm fully back in the saddle, so please bear with me.


29/08/21 - The item on the Red Rose Band on 25/08 was not attributed at the time, and it was in fact sent in by Graham Martindale.  I do appreciate people letting me know when this happens, and on this occasion Dave Wooton did the honours

29/08/21 - Live music returns to town hall, is the headline in The Shropshire Star. A jazz concert will take place on September 11 at the Town Hall, featuring Shropshire's Derek Harrison with his band the Jazz Knights. Proceeds will be in aid of The Wem Town Hall Community Trust. ""The Jazz Knights feature a wealth of experience with Stan Williams on trumpet, Eric Newton on clarinet, Stuart Tanner on bass, Graham "Rocket" Ashley on drums, and Russ Latham with vocals, all led by Derek Harrison on keyboard/piano.". The show starts at 8pm, with cabaret seating, licensed bar serving, serving hot and cold drinks and light refreshments. Tickets are on sale from Wem Town Hall on 01939 232299.

29/08/21 - Peter Eddowes' newly formed busking group, Quintessential Jazz', played in Morecambe's Arndale Centre on Friday, raising money for St John's Hospice. Peter sent photographs, which you can see here.

28/08/21 - Phil Shotton ( is the latest muician to join the deps list. Phil plays Clarinets & all saxophones, flute & piccolo, and is an excellent sight reader as well as improviser

28/08/21 - It was pleasure to read Dave Donohoe's piece about Alton Purnell on your web site. The photo of Alton spoke volumes. A kindly, welcoming sort of bloke. He was a very capable pianist in New Orleans Bands but could also boogie, e.g. Pine Top Boogie, a durable number, popular today with the jive dancers. - Malcolm Cookson

27/08/21 - Bardsea Jazz Club at  The Bardsea Malt Kiln Village Hall, Bardsea, Ulverston, restarts on 18th Sept with Matt Palmer's 6 piece Eagle Jazz Band. There is a maximum capacity of 50 as the venue still maintains social distancing. Tickets for the event (which include a hot and cold supper), are £15. Contact details are on the Bardsea Jazz Club web page

27/08/21 - We are pleased to announce that Sunday Jazz at the Farmers Arms, Bispham, nr Parbold, starts again on Sunday 26th September. The pub is under new management and the format is now a Jazz Lunch (see flyer). Please note table reservations are necessary.

26/08/21 - Another residency update. - Eastham Golf Club are not able to open the function room for our Jazz Night at the moment., Next night, hopefully, will be Friday 8th October. - Rae Owens

25/08/21 - During my enforced return to the UK after living & working in Spain before retiring to France I was delighted to be asked by Peter Vickers to join the Red Rose Band for their 2010 summer season, playing snare drum alongside John Rothwell's bass drum while Peter moved to brass bass. Here's are a couple of links to videos of the band marching smartly in Lytham St Annes and at the Charnock Richard Scarecrow Festival during that period.   - Graham Martindale

25/08/21 - I'm grateful to one of the North West's best known musicians, Dave Donohoe, for permission to reprint his article "Looking After the Legends". This was a three part series that first appeared in Just Jazz Magazine in June this year and relates to some amusing incidents involving visiting American musicians.

24/08/21 - I have been sent this photograph of the Red Rose Marching (Brass) Band and other musicians, all of whom played with the band at one time. I think I can name them all except one, how about you? The one person missing is the photographer, Barrie Marshall who took the photograph at the funeral of Frank Caunce

24/08/21 - Perhaps better known for his articles, interviews and CD reviews in Just Jazz magazine and others, Andrew Liddle has now turned his talents to piano playing. Check out this video I just uploaded. Any piano tuners in the house?

24/08/21 - I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Mac Rae, having first encountered them when they usually opened the Whitley Bay Jazz Festival, they were always a joy to hear and meet, their genuine love of the music they played was totally infectious. Despite the many big names and top class musicians that Whitley Bay attracted, for many of us their attitude and approachability was indeed something to revel in and I was always pleased and fortunate to see them at a number of festivals, the Trad jazz scene is indeed a great deal poorer with the demise of such really nice men who brought so many happy memories to so many fans. God Bless both Mac and Dave, thanks to CD's I shall be able to continue listening and recalling some wonderful evenings spent in their company. - Jim Cowe.

23/08/21 - Yesterday saw the end of another era when the Red Rose Marching Band marched into the history books as the members decided to say farewell to marching in rain, hail, and mud. Not surprising in a way as 78 year organiser Roy Freeman told me that he was the youngest member of the band, if he didn't count his son Joe who occasionally played with them. The longest serving member of the current line-up is Band Marshall David Woonton, and I've asked Dave to put together an article about his memories with the band. Following a decade of playing in brass bands formed for particular events, it was musicians from the Preston area, aided by others from West Yorkshire, who formed the Red Rose Brass Band in 1969. Since then this New Orleans style brass band has been heard regularly at carnivals and festivals throughout Lancashire and the surrounding Counties. The band has travelled to London to play on demonstrations, has been a frequent visitor to Birmingham to play there at The Jazz Festival and has travelled North to Edinburgh to try to prevent a local brewery from closing! .

23/08/21 - The Worth Valley Hot 7 now have a Facebook page and an email address

23/08/21 - Dave Donohoe has added a few words to the Gerry Owen Tribute Page

22/09/21 - Many Happy Returns this week to Mike McLachclan & Andrew Mackenzie on Thursday, and to Keith Shone on Saturday

19/08/21 - Correction - The Chicago Teds Grappenhall Ex Service Club. residency has started on the fourth Thursday each month, however, the next club night will be FRIDAY 27th August...this is because there is a Music Week at the club, and we are the Friday concert.  Eastham Golf Club will start Friday 10th September and then on the second Friday every month. - Rae Owens.

18/08/21 - New Orleans jazz musician Mac Rae died on Wednesday 11th August 2021 He was co-leader of the RAE BROTHERS band who appeared at many jazz festivals.  His younger brother David died in February last year Mac was a very close friend and will be greatly missed.  His funeral is at St. Patrick’s Church Felling Gateshead at 10 30 am on Thursday 2nd September. Good bye old pal - Derek Galloway

18/08/21 - The next event at Glossop Jazz Club is on 16th Sept with the Tame Valley Stompers, not the 6th as previously stated

18/08/21 - Jill Lince has written, "It’s 18 months since Louis passed away but still the sorting out goes on! Could you mention on your website that I have a complete set of New Orleans Music magazine to give to any one who would like it. It would have to be collected from my house, though, because the postage costs would be at least £15. I also have two sets of The Grove Dictionary of Jazz – one two-volume and one three – volume. All hardback. I will consider reasonable offers for them. Not expecting a fortune! Also for collection.  Contact number 0161 494 9899"

18/08/21 - Norman Gibson asks, "Could Robin Rapuzzi be the most exciting Washboard player? Here he is with Tuba Skinny and how does he just keep all that action going?  Norman also suggests we might like The Jungle Jazz Band. He also told me of a programme on BBC Radio 3 yesterday - Louis Armstrong's tour of East Germany in 1965, "His rendering of Mac The Knife is a recommended listen".  First broadcast 14 Jul 2019, it is still available on BBC Sounds

18/08/21 - Visitors to Eagley Jazz Club will know that Bob Wade (tpt) was unwell by the end of the programme. I've just had a call from John Meehan to tell me that Bob is none the worse for his sudden faint and would like to thank all those at Eagley Jazz Club who came to offer help and who stayed with him before he was transported to Royal Bolton Hospital for a check-up. John said it happened during the penultimate number, and one of the band members commented, "Well at least he didn't have to listen to a drum solo". 

17/08/21 - I see, scanning through the lengthy document of Edinburgh Bands, ref Band 36, the Edinburgh Ragtimers (1950's ) didn't have a brass bass player.  Perhaps leader Michael Fartola didn't feel he had a need for one !  - Norman Gibson

17/08/21 - I have been sorting through my late husband’s memorabilia and have found amongst his souvenirs an assortment of original souvenir programmes of jazz concerts he attended in London which includes Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, all the big names of the 50s and 60s. There are about a dozen or so. Before I put them into the recycling bin I just wonder if they were of interest to anyone you might know. In the 1960’s we moved to Lancashire and unfortunately jaunts to London for concerts were then no longer feasible but obviously had been a highlight of the time as he kept the programmes. In his youth, he was also a member of the Glenn Miller Society. - Lisa King.  I'll forward any emails if interested - Fred

16/08/21 - Artists and venues announced for a new jazz festival in North Yorkshire.  The New Leyburn Jazz Festival will take place from 22-24 October. Details here

16/08/21 -  Clarinettists Sandy Brown, Archie Semple and Jack Duff, trumpeters Al Fairweather and Alex Welsh, pianists Stan Greig and Alec Shaw and trombonists Johnny McGuff and Dave Keir, all of whom became notable UK professional jazz musicians in the 1950/60s are just a few Scottish professional jazz musicians who moved south to further their professional careers. All played in Edinburgh at some stage, and there's an amazing piece of literature documenting "Traditional and mainstream jazz bands in and around Edinburgh" which has only recently been posted in the Scottish Jazz Archive.

6/08/21 - Covid, aging, deaths, and closing venues seem to be the main factors contributing to bands and clubs not reforming or reopening. The latest casualty, which is affected by all those things, is The Tuxedo Jazz Band. Brian Woods has sent me a statement to that effect, which you can read here.

16/08/21 - Glossop Jazz is back in business, however, due to the effects of Covid at Glossop Cricket Club, it became necessary to find a new venue. For the foreseeable future, our gigs will be held at Glossop Masonic Hall, 18 Henry Street, Glossop, (behind Norfolk Square),  SK13 8BW. Jazz from 8-00 pm to 10-30 pm.  Our next event is on 6th 16th Sept with the Tame Valley Stompers - Grayham Simpson.  Glossop Jazz Club page has been updated

16/08/21 - Dead or Alive? - Spotify just informed me of, "Upcoming concerts near you by artists you love". and  included a picture of THE Harry James on his trumpet, and said he was appearing on Sat, Nov 13 at Belgrave Music Hall. which it seems is some 70 miles away in Leeds. Still, I've never seen a live ghost before, so it was worth digging deeper. Having seen this picture of him, presumably reborn, I think I might just give it a miss.

16/08/21 - The Chicago Teds Grappenhall Ex Service Club. residency has started on the fourth Thursday each month, however, the next club night will be FRIDAY 27th August...this is because there is a Music Week at the club, and we are the Friday concert.  Eastham Golf Club will start Thursday 10th September and then on the second Thursday every month. - Rae Owens.

15/08/21 - I fully endorse Fred's comments about the BBC reference its paucity of traditional jazz!  I am particularly pleased that I 'introduced' Walter and Fred to each other via respective correspondence some years ago.  Please continue to keep the faith both of you!  Long live traditional jazz originating from the New Orleans variety moreover, whatever some people care to call it nowadays!  - David Evans, Rhuddlan

15/08/21 - If you are on my mailing list to receive the news via email, and it never arrived, it's probably because several servers bounced it back reporting it as spam!  No accounting for taste, I used to like Spam.

15/08/21 - Returning to the West side of the Pennines in over a year, the Savannah Jazz Band are back at Eagley Jazz Club tomorrow (16th). The band members are John Meehan (drums and leader), Brian (Sam) Ellis (Trombone), Roger Myerscough (Clarinet), Chris Marney (Banjo), Tony Pollitt (Bass) and new member Bob Wade (Trumpet). Bob replaces Bill Smith who has sadly retired due to ill-health. - Ann Lord

15/08/21 - Colin Bowden - An Appreciation - Part 1 - Monday 16th August @ 7pm on The Sound of Spitfire at 7PM - John Petters

15/08/21 - Busking for charity - "Quintessential Swing Quartet", will be busking in Morecambe Arndale Shopping Centre on Friday August 27th at 1pm, and all monies collected will go to the local Hospice (St. Johns Hospice in Lancaster), to help their funds. - Peter Eddowes

15/08/21 -  Unfortunately, the Storyville Jazz Band from the Netherlands have been forced to cancel their UK tour because of Covid restrictions. They were due to appear at Eagley Jazz Club on 4th October but happily have been replaced by one of our favourite Jazz bands, the Tame Valley Stompers. For those keen to see the Dutch guys, they are now due to be with us 3rd October 2022. Looks like it'll be a very entertaining night, based on the videos on their website! - Ann Lord

14/08/21 - Following on
from Walter Love's programme on jazz in Northern Ireland, which seemed to arouse an interest in one band amongst some visitors,  it seemed worth having a listen to The Apex Jazz Band from that part of the UK. I've added one of their tapes/CD recording to this week's recommended album.

13/08/21 - Peter Swensson has kindly passed on a photo of the parade band at Gerry Owen's funeral. The photograph was taken by Jill Hollywood (Peter & Jill) at Gerry’s funeral. They include Derek Galloway, Peter Whitehead, Richard Knock, Roy Freeman, Brian Woods & Mal Horne. Click on the picture for a larger version.

12/08/21 - The Chicago Teds are not playing at Eastham tomorrow night as was previously advertised in What's On. I think I may have forgotten to delete it. The 10th September has yet to be confirmed.

11/08/21 - It's the Boathouse Stompers that will play monthly at The Boathouse in Ellesmere staring on 2nd September, and not The Chicago Kats as first posted.

11/08/21 - Walter Love's Jazz Club on BBC is possibly the only weekly programme on BBC that regularly plays our kind of Jazz. I can't help feeling that the number of connections or plays of a particular programme on iPlayer are closely monitored and maybe if enough of us keep playing the programme it will be regarded as worth continuing and even better than writing in as individuals. This way you can enjoy making your point.

11/08/21 - Walter Love did Bunk proud on Sunday - do give it a listen I find the progression from the hard 4/4 of New Orleans drumming to the more fluid style produced by Baby Dodds very clear; that's what got me interested in playing in the first place! - John Westwood

11/08/21 - I'm afraid I forgot the birthdays this week, so belated birthday wishes to Keith Moore last Sunday, and to Frank Lowe on Tuesday. However it's Many Happy Returns to Harold Salisbury today and to Fraser McCombe tomorrow

09/08/21 - A "ROLAND" Percussion Pad model SPO-11 has just gone on the Sales Page. I believe it's something for drummers, I just know it's not a Windows 10  Computer!  No doubt interested people will know, same applies to Malcolm's Suitcase 88, nothing to do with holidays either I bet.

09/08/21 - Re: The Item about European travel abroad for musicians etc. I not sure the guy on the radio is all correct in what he says. It is best for musicians to read all the reports in the Musicians Union’s newsletter, all available online. They say nothing has changed, except the individual can travel, but doesn’t take into account their instruments, or if a band – their equipment, their roadie, their transportation – there’s a hell of a lot of work to be done. A sledgehammer to Boris and Priti might just knock some sense into them. They are not understanding the problem and to be honest, I don’t think they give a damn about the Entertainment and Leisure industry. - Pete Lay

09/08/21 - When Hurricane Katrina flooded 80,000 homes in New Orleans, German musicians, led by Traditional Jazz Trumpeter, Klaus Lumma, raised $50,000 to help New Orleans musicians affected by the storm. This month, these same German musicians were flooded by overflowing rivers and torrential rains in Eschweiler, Germany. The Talbahnhof, Eschweiler's premier Jazz Club, was severely damaged. Several musicians there lost everything, including their instruments and homes. Check out this page for more information and to see how you can help

09/08/21 - Bands are starting to report the return of gigs, the latest being the Chicago Kats Boathouse Stompers at The Boathouse in Ellesmere on 2nd September. I'm updating What's On as they come in so keep your eye on it to find out where you can go and listen to some great music. There's also a monthly version which you can download here, but it's only updated weekly on Mondays.

08/08/21 - Hi Fred, Thanks again for your informative and entertaining website. As I write I'm really enjoying the 'lost tape' of Charleston Chasers. Of the 25 tracks, no less than 7 are not in my collection. I don't subscribe to Spotify (being allergic to spending money) but I thought it worth a try, even for 20 seconds!  However, it keeps running and I've reached track 23. It's been interrupted a couple of times by adverts, but only between tracks. A small price to pay! I  have to visit the toilet now and then anyway.  All the very best, - Trig Ellis (Supporter of Jazz and failed jazz musician)

08/08/21 - Malcolm Hogarth has a Rhodes Suitcase 88 for sale. Details are on the Sales Page

08/08/21 - We are delighted to report that the Dovejazz Bugle is blowing again at last after a period of some 18 months ! There were odd occasions during these dark days when as far as live jazz was concerned even the most optimistic of us did wonder if we would ever see a glimpse of a light towards the end of the long and dark tunnel of Covid19 . We do now appear to be moving in the right direction at last and hopefully there will be no hiccups along the way to further dampen our spirits.    We trust that you will enjoy this edition and we look forward to publishing another one before our September opening on the 25th. Please do your utmost to generously assist live jazz whenever you can - it does not need me to tell you that our musicians require and deserve all the support that they can get after an extremely barren period monetarily!    If you live within travelling distance we are greatly looking forward to welcoming you at one of our Autumn productions where we can come together to appreciate what we have been missing for far too long a time. - Roger Marshall

08/08/21 - Ian McCann tells me, "Jazz is returning to the Devonshire Arms on the first Tuesday of the month. Dave Burke, Phil Lucas and Rae Owens will be joining me on 7th September". What's On updated

08/08/21 - Re: The Quarrymen, Interesting.  In 1962, when I was 'livin' da'n Souff', a Liverpool lass said she had tickets for an amazing band and she was treating me.  It was the Beatles at a theatre in Romford Essex.  We were on the front row in the circle, but the screaming from a standing crowd of girls below made hearing them difficult. Ahh ! the Swinging Sixties I was there !   Norman Gibson

07/08/21 - Jazz at the Cross keys – restarting Thursday 2 Sept 2021. Traditional Jazz every Thursday afternoon, 1.00pm – 3.30pm, at the Cross Keys, 32 Tadcaster Road, York YO24 1LQ, Tel 01904 701525. Free admission. On 2 Sept we start our new season of jazz at the Cross Keys with Jim Wright’s Rhythm Deluxe. And to follow: 9 Sept. Yorkshire Stompers, 16 Sept. Ron Burnett and his Mardi Gras Jazz Band, 23 Sept. Paul Smith’s Trad Jazz Collective - Alan N Bramley

07/08/21 - I have used the BBC comments link provided by Norman Gibson to yet again complain about the needless use of swearing that (for us) makes otherwise good drama unwatchable. - Jon Critchley

07/08/21 - 64 years ago today (August 7th), John Lennon’s teenage motley crew, the skiffle act The Quarrymen, first performed at the now-iconic Liverpool Cavern club, You can read "Remembering The Quarrymen's first show at The Cavern Club" on line here

07/08/21 - Time for a new album, this is one I came across by accident, hope you like it, The Charleston Chasers - Fred

06/08/21 - Norman Gibson writes, "BBC have a page at for viewers to send in their comments about programmes. Perhaps this jazz tonight on BBC4 could be an opportunity to coax the BBC to put out some more of these jazz specials.

06/08/21 - John Gordon tells me that the Tame Valley Stompers' Wednesday night venue re-started on August 4th. at 9pm at Beaconsfield Conservative Club, Stamford Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 6QL The next date is Wednesday  18th Aug and thereafter the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. He's also told me of a gig he's got featuring Alex Clarke on Sunday 6th September, see What's On for details

05/08/21 - Another in the Lost Tape series No. 23 sent to me by John Westwood. This one was recorded in 1990 by The Apex Jazz Band and called Carolina Moon

05/08/21 - Tomorrow night ( Fri ) three hours of Jazz on BBC 4 ( FV 9 ).  10pm Jazz Legends in their own words, 11pm Louis Armstrong in Concert and 11.55pm Jazz Horns Gold.  - Norman Gibson

04/08/21 - Trevor Barnes writes, "I’m having a clear out of jazz CDs. As you will see from the pictures it is an eclectic collection from the twenties to the sixties. There are about 450 CDs in all. I’ve committed my favourites to my iPod. I don’t want any money for them. I want them all taken together. No cherry picking. Whoever gets them will need to collect them from Sheffield. ALL GONE NOW

04/08/21 - Musicians thinking of touring or playing in Europe, might be interested in this item on Radio 4 sent to me by Howard Murray. It starts about 01:17.

04/08/21 - I was unable to update the recommended album on Spotify last week, as we were down in London visiting our daughter. So enjoy the Merseysippi Jazz Band for another week.

03/08/21 - Too late - it's gone - Upright piano. In good order and concert tuning. No action problems. Offered free of charge. Collect from Prestwich.  RNCM student needs the wall space for an orchestral size Xylophone! - Howard Murray. 07940 837342

03/08/21 - This week's excellent "Jazz on a Saturday" programme by John Smythe (at until next Saturday) marks 120 years of Satchmo's [actual] birthdate, plus the 50th anniversary of both his and Lil's death in July/August 1971. Interestingly, the first recording aired is by the band in which the intractable Simon Wallace played so well. Another example of just how our music lives on Down Under! After that If you've not listened to Walter Love's Jazz Club this week, you'll have missed hearing what is virtually a "History of New Orleans Jazz in Northern Ireland".- John Westwood.

03/08/21 - Trevor Stent has sent me  a brief report on Fest Jazz 2021. He says, "It was the weekend before last and was a success beyond our wildest dreams (given the problems beforehand). I thought organisers in the Northwest, and beyond, would be interested to know about our experience with the “vaccine passport” which is proposed for the UK later in the year I believe. For us , it worked very well: attendance was cut by 25% but those that were there could enjoy themselves like at a normal festival from 2 years ago . We and the young organisers were mightily relieved and delighted. The atmosphere was one of the best ever".

03/08/21 - A true and amusing story from Terry Birkinhead - From Russia with Love

02/08/21- I am afraid that I have just heard the extremely sad news from Colin Bowden's family that he passed away yesterday after a relatively short spell of ill health at the age of 89.  It certainly marks the closing of the curtains for one of Europe's finest New Orleans style drummers ever. A person who has certainly left his knowledgeable stamp upon our genus of the jazz scene and who will be remembered for many awhile by a sizeable portion of the jazz aficionados.   Never again will we be privileged to hear 'Things A Plenty' played with the inimitable Bowden vigour, panache and enthusiasm.   It was a great pleasure for me to have spent time in Colin's company listening to the wonderful tales of yester year that included those when the Colyer Band weaved its magic to enraptured massed multitudes in Great Britain and much further afield. Not to mention witnessing first hand his numerous appearances as a drummer on the Dove podium. The Clubs considerable involvement with the renovation of his 1956 drum kit gained a host of Brownie Points for the Dove Jazz Club that were put to good use by his frequent appearances at The Centre of the Universe.    May this much respected musician and valued and trusted friend RIP. - Roger Marshall

02/08/21 - I must respond to the note in the News Page by Bruce Carnaffin which I regard as rather insulting to all those musos who have, for the past 18 months, done their daily practice and kept their talent on top form. I saw the evidence of this when I enjoyed Chris Walker's Pedigree Jazz Band playing superbly at their first outside gig last Saturday - which would've been very different if they hadn't all kept their metaphorical 'lip in'.  I'm sure his Kendal Jazz Club will experience the full evidence of this and I do hope he'll then recognise the fact then!  Grumble over - enjoy the rest of the day! - John Westwood

01/08/21 - Many Happy Returns this week to Mike Lovell on Tuesday, and to Mark Challinor on Saturday


30/07/21 - At long last live music is emerging from hibernation, and jazz players are rubbing their eyes, stretching, and checking that their instruments still work. Kendal Jazz Club have planned gigs over the next 3 months, with the first being the Pete Major Trio on Wednesday 11 August - Bruce Carnaffin.

30/07/21 - Geoff Bull in Australia has also confirmed the bass player on the George Lewis recording, "In The upper Garden", and gives us a little more insight into it.  "To answer your question, the recording that you refer to is almost certainly one from a session where George recorded all hymns and I sure is the only time George ever over dubbed one of his own recordings. The session was a Trio comprising George, the Bassist is Placide Adams and it is Joe Robichaux on Piano but playing in a strictly vamp style which George apparently had asked him to play as he missed the Banjo chords that he relied on as a self taught “ear” player. This would explain why it could be mistaken for a Banjo. If you listen to all of George’s recordings done after Joe Robichaux replaced Alton and when George stopped using Banjo after Marrero had died, Joe Robichaux plays that chord vamp style in all of the ensembles on those recordings. Hope this helps".

30/07/21 - At noon Monday 9th August the Savoy Jazzmen are starting a new weekly residency. The venue is Sefton Cricket Club, Croxteth Drive, Sefton Park. L17 1AP. We will be playing between 12.00 - 14.00 hours. There is an admission charge of £5.00. As the session is at midday you are very welcome to bring your own lunch however tea coffee etc must be purchased at the bar. There will be a raffle. There is a good car park. - Peter Swensson (Savoy Jazzmen)

30/07/21 - The programme for the Fleetwood Hesketh jazz Club in Southport has been updated.

29/07/21 - Fred .. I see no mention on your news page that the wonderful Kenny Ball / Chris Barber bassist Vic Pitt passed away on Tuesday last. I am posting this
just in case you had not heard this sad news.-- Des Hopkins. Took me a while to confirm this, but it is on the Chris Barber site where it says, "Vic passed away on Tuesday July 27, 2021 - RIP Vic".

29/07/21 - The latest edition of Just Jazz Magazine has arrived. There's good news for overseas subscribers. In an attempt at eliminating high bank charges incurred when renewing their subscriptions to Just Jazz, there's an easier and more cost effective way of paying. Just Jazz has set up a PayPal account, and although it is mainly for non-UK readers, customers in the UK can, if they wish to, use PayPal to pay their subs as well. Pay to:

28/07/21 -  Daniel Gottlieb writes, "I came across your website while searching for a band my Grandpa was in. The band was Smoky City Stompers and I'm after a physical copy of the recording where he played guitar. As far as I can tell they only released one vinyl under the label Addison according to Discogs. I'm wondering whether you have a physical copy of the vinyl or know someone who does who would be willing to sell it?".

28/07/21 - Gerry Owen's tribute page has been updated.

28/07/21 - Didn't take long for the answer to the bass player to come along, both confirming the bass player to be Placide Adams. "The Bass player on 'The Upper Garden' track is Placide Adams, but I only know that because it says so on the Album sleeve.  Unfortunately it doesn't credit the Banjo player". -  Norman Gibson. "It is from the CD – George Lewis Plays Hymns – Milneburg Records MCD1 – recorded New Orleans 1964.  George Lewis (clarinet), Joe Robichaux (piano), Placide Adams (bass) ... as you see NO banjo ... just block chords from the pianist. There are 15 hymns/spirituals and an interview with George on the CD. It is worth looking out for on eBay or Amazon". - Pete Lay.

27/07/21 - Quite a few of you bought copies of the "George Lewis in Japan 1963" DVD 11 years ago through me which was made available through a great deal of effort by Australian trumpet player Geoff Bull, in conjunction with the New Orleans Rascals. I met up with Geoff & The Rascals when they appeared at the Whitley Bay Jazz Festival in July 2010.  John Muskett's question has prompted me to email Geoff & Linda to see how they are, but before doing so, I came across this video about him and his latest venture uploaded in June this year at It's a short video but well worth the watch to see how young and not so young are getting together.

27/07/21 - While roaming around YouTube I came across a recording (sound only) of George Lewis playing “In The Upper Garden”. I thought that the bass playing was superb – resonant plucked notes (no slapping) accurately delivered, chords clearly described, mix of 2 beat and 4 beat playing until the final (4 beat) chorus, sympathetic lines, neither too simple nor over-complicated. The banjo playing (plectrum rather than a tenor model?) is discreet, and a second clarinet (George multitracking?) joins in half way through.    I’m sure that there must be George Lewis enthusiasts who can identify the bassist. He (she?) and the banjoist don’t sound like Pavageau and Marrero to me. Any answers? - Harmoniously, John Muskett

27/07/21 - Sheila Collier writes, "Maybe this band was not based in Manchester, but I have been singing again in Copenhagen and Bornholm !  It’s great . Here is a photo

26/07/21 - Ed Lee tells me that Rae Owens' birthday was on 29th June, better late than never  I suppose.

26/07/21 - Re: The Barber CD set - I purchased it last week. If you have a lot of Barber in your collection, you will have a good majority of the recordings. However, an excellent tribute. Although there are two Colyer tracks on the CD, the reviewer makes no mention of Ken. Without Ken, Chris would not have had the 'springboard' he was given in 1953. The band would have started out its professional life without Pat Halcox, I wonder who Chris would have got? Others in the frame at the time, didn't want to turn professional. Things could have turned out completely differently ... funny how fate has a part to play. - Pete Lay

25/07/21 - Jazz is back at The Hope & Anchor pub in Ulverston on 29th July, "Hope Springs Eternal" will hopefully be playing regularly on the last Thursday in the month. See What's On for more details

25/07/21 - Many Happy Returns today to Les Harris, and tomorrow to Charlie Bentley. On Thursday it's Happy Birthday to three musicians - Barry Aldous, Rae Owen and Tom Rippeth. Two more musicians complete the week's birthdays on Friday - Jim Swinnerton & Ken Binns.

24/07/21 - The Recommended Album page has been updated, Time for Volume 2 of Vintage Merseysippi Jazz Band

22/07/21 - I think the Times article is referring to a new 4cd boxed set of Chris' music, and is reviewed by Denny Illett. Here's a link: - Jon Critchley

21/07/21 - Chris Barber: A Trailblazer’s Legacy review — the innovator with a taste for tradition - That's the heading of an article in the Times, published on Wednesday July 21 2021, 5.00pm. Unfortunately you have to pay to read it unless you are already a subscriber. Sadly, I'm not.

21/07/21 -  Congrats to Eagley Jazz Club. A venue I remember with affection having guested there many times with the fabulous Jim Wilkes and his energetic Stompers. Happy Days! - Derek Harrison

20/07/21 - Now for the bad news - The Classic Jazz Party at Whitley Bay 2021 has been cancelled and also Pershore Jazz Festival 2021 has been cancelled

20/07/21 - It's good news bad news time. First the good news - Annie’s Saints and Sinners are playing at Macclesfield Treacle Market once again between 11am and 12 noon outside the Town Hall. This is the first time since the first lockdown and Annie Cousins says, "Please forgive any mistakes if anyone comes to hear us as we have only managed one short practice in the garden".  Dave Bateman tells me that the High Society Jazz Band is back at the Bare Village Club on Sunday 15th August, 4.00-6.30pm. We are hoping that this will become a regular monthly gig again, and we are looking forward to seeing old friends and making some new ones. Admission is free, but a collection will be taken. There is ample car parking and a well-stocked and reasonably priced bar, but they do not serve food at the moment. Thirdly Allan Wilcox tells me, "Manchester Jazz  monthly session at High Lane Conservative Club begins again on Monday 2nd August". Finally Derek and Trish Galloway tell me that "The Canal Street Stompers resume their residency at the Railway in Sale on Wednesday 28th July at 8.30 and The landlord is looking forward to welcoming all you jazz fans back after such a long enforced break So are we !!".

20/07/21 - In this week's programme, Walter Love takes me back to the days of my youth - and beyond - again! Nothing to do with the North West but a stunning reminder of how it all once was on the London scene. Do give it a listen. - John Westwood

20/07/21 - Many Happy Returns today to John Percival leader of the Dixie Beats.

20/07/21 - I asked Ann Lord how it went last night at Eagley, and she told me - "John Hallam and Tom Kincaid and the lads put on a really great performance of a mixture of various genres of Jazz and were greatly appreciated by the audience. I videoed the finale which I'll put on our Facebook site for all to see. It was really great to be back to almost the ''old'' normal, apart from a few face masks. In terms of numbers, we were up to 88 registrations yesterday but had several cancellations at the last minute due to self-isolations, illness, heat and general nervousness about going into confined public places. Nevertheless, we still had around 74 people attend, which isn't bad! Most of them were members and the rest were John Hallam fans, a few of whom were interested in joining our club. It's very gratifying knowing that so many people had a good time, listening to great music and catching up with old and new friends in the club! Long may we continue to provide this service to our members!".

19/07/21 - To celebrate the Sefton Park Palm House’s 125th Anniversary, the Savoy Jazzmen are appearing there between 1 - 3 p.m on Tuesday 27th July

18/07/21 - Photo taken last Sunday at All Saints’ Parish Church Childwall. Never had so many 2nd liners before. A wonderful turnout. - Peter Swensson. Savoy Jazzmen.

17/07/21- Many Happy returns this week to Chris Pendlebury on Monday, Bob Pickersgill and Mike Carnie on Tuesday, Isabel Toner on Friday (23rd, not 13th as previously shown), and Brian Singleton on Saturday

17/07/21 - Quintessential Jazz, a new four piece busking band, are out on the road again, this time they will be playing outside Scoota Mart on Victoria Road in Cleveleys. The band first played on Booths Car Park in Garstang on 7th July.

17/07/21 - I've just been going through my list of 21 jazz clubs. Fifteen of them have yet to show any sign of advertising future gigs, which is somewhat depressing.

17/02/21 - Scottish Jazz Archive Board Member Graham Blamire has put a considerable amount of ink to paper in producing an excellent outline of traditional jazz and mainstream in and around Edinburgh. If you thought this site was a great collection of traditional jazz material, you ain't seen nothing yet!  Click HERE to read

17/07/21 - Saturday is new album day from now on. John Westwood suggested we should feature a NW Band, and recommended the album - " Vintage Merseysippi Jazz Band Vol.2.",  as he had just been listening to it. Nothing wrong with Volume 1, so Vol.2 can wait until next week. Click here to enjoy

16/07/21 - I've just received notification of the 37th Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival 2021. It's from Friday 16th July, every day until Sunday 1st August when this region will once again become the centre of jazz and blues interest with 136 performances, 129 of them free admission, featuring 203 musicians in 52 bands appearing in 63 venues throughout Birmingham, Sandwell, Sutton Coldfield and Solihull as well as shows in Dudley and Redditch. It features Dixieland, Bebop, Modern Jazz, Swing, Rhythm & Blues – and there’s more - Jitterbug and Charleston dance lessons, Ukulele and Harmonica Workshops, and you can join the Festival Sketch Crawl or  get involved in the photography – and that’s all free as well. Looks like there's something for everyone, so check out the programme here

16/07/21 - A few days ago I was sent a very interesting article, written by the late Geoff Walker in Feb 1991, and printed in Jazz World. It was called, "In Defence of the Banjo", and I've taken the liberty of reproducing it on the site. Musicians in particular should find it very interesting.

14/07/21 - Eagley Jazz Club, 19th July, 8pm: John Hallam and the Tom Kincaid Trio, Ann Lord says, "If you'd like to go, please would you register your name, contact phone and email by emailing or by phoning Ann on 07938171684. At the moment, Eagley Jazz Club have decided to ask for registrations for just the 19th July as it is something of an unknown quantity, also it's John Hallam who has a massive following". The application form has also been updated for those who would like to become members, so why not  save yourself £2 for this event and join now.

13/07/21 - I am hosting a real and in person live concert at a brand new and beautiful venue in Stoke on Trent, Etruria Methodist chapel. It shall be featuring Jamie Brownfield, Andrzej Baranek, Ed Harrison and yours truly. The date is Saturday the 31st July. It would be great to have the support of some of wonderful jazz fans in the northwest, if we get enough support it could continue as a regular venue promoting guests from around the country! For more details and tickets head to my website - .Jack Cotterill

13/07/21 - My granddaughter Ellie and I, are the last of very few who had accommodation booked at Fest Jazz, to have to cancel. Ellie, having secured a new job, cannot get time off. Trevor tells me that the lack of 200 from UK (who usually attend booking weekend passes), means this loss will put a large dent in the festival's finances. But the festival is definitely going ahead - I'm really miffed missing it. - Norman Gibson

12/07/21 - Anybody out there got an Amazon Echo?  Did you know Alexa sings the blues?  Have a listen

12/07/21 - Normally on Monday I update the Recommended Albums page (there is just one in the pipeline), but I forgot to send out News Updates via email on Wednesday, and that meant it was only yesterday that some people were notified of the latest album. In future I will update the album page on Saturdays, so enjoy ,"Kid Ory meets Red Allen 1959" a little longer.

11/07/21 - Now You Has Jazz, Jazz, Jazz - Special Louis Armstrong 50th Anniversary Show - Monday 12th July @7pm. Tune in on Monday (12th July) night at 7pm (UK BST, 18:00 utc/gmt) repeated at 1-2pm UK BST Wednesdays and 1am (00:00 utc/gmt) Thursday. Don’t miss the hottest sounds of classic jazz on sound of Spitfire. Tune in on Monday at 7 here : Keep Swinging, - John Petters

11/07/21 - Many Happy Returns today to Ian Royle. I recently uploaded some videos of Ian taken over the years and well worth a watch. Also Many Happy Returns to Cyril Wroe, who has retired from playing, but ran the Festival Jazzmen for several years.

09/07/21 - My condolences on the sad loss of Gerry Owen, and love and best wishes to you two , Derek and Trish. Hope we can meet again one day. Love - Sheila Collier

09/07/21 - Wednesday 7th July, in case you missed it, was the European Cup semi final day, with England winning 2-1 against Denmark. Not a night to hold a jazz club event you might think, especially as Covid restrictions don't end until the 19th. Well Joan Lester, who runs the Fleetwood Hesketh jazz club in Southport, deserves a medal for pressing on with it, as do the ten people who came to listen. I'm surprised there were so many!  I wonder if Rae Owens realised the significance of that date when he accepted the booking and recruited 3 fellow musicians to join him?  He did tell me though that when England beat Germany in the 1966 world cup, he was playing in Germany!

09/07/21 - Jonny Spall recommended I contact you about a new fortnightly residency for my traditional jazz band, starting Tuesday 13th July at 8pm at the Penrhyn Arms, Pendre Road, Penrhynside, Llandudno, LL30 3BY. Free entry, but we ask for donations in the pot in the interval please, preferably paper money!  The band is Liam Byrne, reeds, Andy MacKenzie, banjo/guitar, Neil Yates, trumpet, Andrew MacKenzie, trombone. i have attached a digital poster.  Great pages, by the way, keep up the good work!  - Neil Yates

08/07/21 - Graham Martindale's personal tribute to Gerry Owen begins with the well-remembered voice of Geoff Coates, banjo-player with the New Orleans Express before retiring from his deputy headship and moving to Spain. Graham also shows his photo, briefly, before switching back to Gerry for the beginning of Hushabye. His quick, deadpan humour is evident in his introduction of Gerry ('He was a fractious child. He broke both his legs') as 'Geraldo Owen' with his 'Cuban rhythm section' and of Hushabye itself as 'a lullaby sung to Gerry by his mother round about 1904'. Touring with him was a laugh a minute. //  Sadly, Geoff died in Spain nearly ten years ago, but not before publishing Going Home: The Story of the New Orleans Express in 2010. I'm sure both these events were reported in these pages when they happened, but Graham's tribute to Gerry has also stirred memories of Geoff that I felt moved to share.  //  Yesterday I found a nice YouTube clip of him playing Bourbon Street Parade with his 'Dixie Swing Band' in Nerja, Spain in October 2011 when, as we now know, he had only a few weeks to live. For anyone interested, click here

08/07/21 - Our first jazz session (what is one of those?!) will be on July 25th at The Royal, Delaware Avenue, Albrighton, Shropshire. WV7 3BW. The Club opens for customers at 12.00. Session from 1.00-3.00 and Admission is £7.00. Marie’s world famous rolls will no longer be available but rolls are sold from the bar as are tea and coffee along with the usual pub drinks. You can get more information, bands etc., by going to  - John and Marie Howell

08/07/21 - The funeral of GERRY OWEN will take place on Tuesday 27th July at Christ Church Thorley Lane Timperley Cheshire WA15 7AN. The service starts at 10 am and Gerry will be buried in the Church graveyard. - Derek and Trish Galloway

06/07/21 -  I was coming home just now and heard this great programme on the Car Radio, "King Louis the First of Britain" it is about Louis Armstrong’s many visits to Britain between 1932 and 1968. He died 50 years ago today ! He won over many admirers in the UK. Well worth listening to - Mike Feltham

06/07/21 - Very pleased to announce the return of jazz to the Royal British Legion, Pensby Road , Heswall on the 1st, 3rd & 5th Tuesdays, starting Tuesday 20th July. The Peninsula Jazzmen are looking forward to playing for old friends and new faces, in fact for anyone who wants a relaxed evening of jazz. Music starts at 8 o'clock and we finish at 10.30. See you there!! - Dave Dixson

05/07/221 - More tributes have been added to Gerry Owen's page

05/07/21 - This week's shared album - Jon Critchley says, "Kid Ory meets Red Allen 1959" : my introduction to Red Allen years ago. Superb. Do you have an album you'd like others to hear?  Let me know

04/07/21 - Many Happy Returns to three trombonists. Today to Eddie Taylor, and on Tuesday to Lindsay Taylor and Tony Dunleavy.

02/07/21 - Busking has returned tomorrow, with the Quintessential Swing Quartet playing on Booths Car Park in Garstang

01/07/21 - John Westwood sent me a message - need cheering up? If so, try, Well it certainly cheered me up, thanks John

JUNE 2021

30/06/21 - The latest Just Jazz magazine has arrived, and with it, my name on the front page. Wow!  It's a tribute to all at Just Jazz that they have managed to keep the magazine going through the pandemic.

30/06/21 - Graham Martindale has posted his own personal tribute to Gerry Owen on YouTube.

30/06/21 - Leeds Jazz Club have postponed their reopening until Tuesday 20th July due to the current situation with the Covid restrictions. The first night will be Frank Brookers Happy Chappies. - Mark Croasdale

29/06/21 - Tribute Messages have continued to come in throughout the day for Gerry Owen. Please feel free to send me any memories you have of Gerry and I'll add them to the page.

28/06/21 - We are sad to announce the death of our dear friend Gerry Owen. Gerry died peacefully in hospital on Sunday 27th June, he had been ill for some time. Gerry played sax and clarinet with many bands including River City Jazz band, New Orleans Express, Tuxedo and Canal Street Stompers.  Funeral arrangements will be announced later. We send our condolences to Kay and the family.- Derek and Trish Galloway.  There is a tribute page set up for Gerry which you can view here

28/06/21 - Need a smile, check out this cartoon sent to me by Ian Royle (link corrected)

28/06/21 - "The music of Jelly Roll Morton" is the suggestion of Keith Garner for this week's recommended album which you can listen to here

27/06/21 - "It is with great sadness that the Committee of Eagley Jazz club has made the difficult decision to cancel our event with the Tame Valley Stompers on 5th July. Our main concerns are the safety and enjoyment of our members, guests, musicians and staff of Dunscar Conservative Club. The continuing restrictions and high levels of Covid19 in the area have influenced this difficult decision. All being well, we will go ahead on 19th July with John Hallam and the Tom Kincaid Trio. Members will soon receive a mail shot from us with full details of our programme and our club's development. For further information about our club and its activities, please email us at" - Ann Lord

27/06/21 - Many Happy Returns this week to Tony Smith & Grant Hogan-Taylor. They both share birthdays on Wednesday.

26/06/21 - Just received my copy of Jazz Guide, noticeable by the lack of venues and as a result, a thinner than usual copy, but cheers for Terry Cheney for keeping it going, it must have been difficult.

24/06/21 - Unfortunately the Favourite Album page was not updated this week, so I'll leave you with Humph for another week.

24/06/21 - Jazz Guide Magazine is back!  The relaunch magazine July/August 2021 has hit the mailing house, so should be with all advertisers/subscribers by the end of the week.

22/06/21 - As restrictions remain in place, The Canal Street Stompers have postponed restarting jazz for a month. We will welcome you all back to the Railway in Sale on Wednesday 28th July. - Derek & Trish Galloway

21/06/21 - The Lockdown Pictures had come to an end, even though the lockdown hasn't, so here's some souvenir photos sent in by Keith Wadeson.

21/06/21 - The gig at the Boathouse in Ellesmere for 8th July has been cancelled due to you know what. It has now been re scheduled for 5th August. - Mike Carnie.

21/06/21 - The Savoy Jazzmen are leading the worship at All Saints' Parish Church, Childwall Abbey Road, Childwall, Liverpool. L16 5EY. at 3.45 p.m. on Sunday 11th July. The service starts with a Mardi Gras Parade from the church hall car park to the church. Everyone welcome. Bring your brolly/parasol and join in the parade numbers. There will be a special parade for the children.

21/06/21 - Joan Lester has rung and confirmed that despite freedom day not arriving today, it's still all systems go for the Fleetwood Hesketh on the 7th July when the Rae Owen Quartet are set to play.

20/06/21 - The nephew of Bangor-born Harry Parry, the famous clarinettist and jazz band leader, is asking the people of Bangor for their memories of Harry or his siblings.Mike Taylor is writing a very personal biography of his uncle and has asked the people of Bangor to help with any memories they might have or stories of Harry & the Parry family who lived at No. 60 Caellepa which have been passed down by grandparents or parents. More on the story here. You can also see a video of the band

20/06/21 - Many Happy Returns today to Tom Kincaid. Tomorrow, Roa Island Jazz Promoter Malcolm Cookson will celebrate his, along with clarinet player Wally Fawkes who by my reckoning will have reached the grand old age of 94. Tuesday sees another clarinet player,  Barrie Marshall,  having a birthday celebration, and on Friday it will be the turn of pianist Pete Major.  Finally, on Saturday, bass player Pete Fielding will have his birthday. Many Happy Returns to you all and I hope you have a great week.

19/06/21 - Ann Lord writes, "Just to let you know that despite the current restrictions, Eagley Jazz Club will continue with the first 2 events on 5th and 19th July. Our venue has allowed us to have 60 people in the audience with similar rules to restaurants. We will contact all members by email and post this coming week to inform them that we will be taking registrations for both events. All being well, the 19th will go ahead as normal, with John Hallam and the Tom Kincaid Trio, and we should know by 12th July. Anyone wishing to be added to our mailing list and requiring further information, please email ".

19/06/21 -  An article on Louis Armstrong (50 years on, and still on song) has appeared in Jazzwise Magazine

17/06/21 - Jazz at The Fleetwood Hesketh in Southport in the future will start at 8pm instead of 8-30pm

16/06/21 - David Leithead writes, "Banjo & Guitar sale - David Straker, a mate I've known for 73 years, is having a clear-out of some of his instruments so I've offered to notify all my contacts who may be interested in acquiring any of them. The collection is being taken to Auction next week so give David a ring a. s. a. p. if you are interested in making a purchase. They are located at Nottingham".  Contact me for more details - Fred

16/06/21 - Sorry to say that the much awaited return of The Original Panama Jazz Band to The Irby Club will now be 4th August, delayed due to you-know-what. - Jon Critchley

14/06/21 - Ed Lloyd-Hughes is now down to 3 double basses having sold the one that was advertised on this site a month ago.

14/06/21 - John Howell has chosen Humphrey Lytttelton to feature on the Album of The Week

13/06/21 - Many Happy Returns today to Keith Hockin who made several trip to the NW when he was leading the Antique Six, and Barbara & I have called to see him on a couple of occasions at his antique shop in Stow on The Wold. Tomorrow it's Many Happy Returns to Richard Leach, and Dave Wright on Tuesday.

12/06/21 - I started a project some time ago when Ian Royle sent me copies of copied video tapes that had been transferred to DVD, but as you can imagine the video quality was somewhat lacking, but it was worth it for the the audio content which had suffered much less.  I selected a couple of video examples taken from videos of the different bands Ian had played with and created a playlist called Focus on Ian Royle which you can now see on YouTube, and well worth a listen.

12/06/21 - I've just added a link to Keramos Jazz Echoes. Keith Garner writes, ", I recently set up a YouTube channel called Keramos Jazz Echoes with the idea of putting up some of the audio recordings I've made down the years. Virtually all the recordings were made while I was part of the band so getting anything usable was largely a matter of luck, but my main purpose in doing the channel  is historic rather than sonic. A good example of what I mean is "Fidgety Feet" which was recorded in 1971 when the Mardi Gras Society Band used to play at The Midland Hotel in West Didsbury. It's definitely not hi-fi, but it does capture something of the enthusiasm that was always a feature.".

12/06/21 - The mystery of the singing bird is solved says Jon Critchley. "Well, I’ve been chatting to Maurice Baker; he has numerous Youtube entries and is an expert:  He has analysed it and done a spectrograph of it to determine that the bird is......................  A Great Tit.  Geoff, your suspicions are confirmed.  The Great Tit has over 70 songs in its vocabulary.  This particular one doesn’t feature on his YouTube pages.

11/06/21 - Ian Royle writes, "John Brown assures me that the bass player was Ken Ingarfield who played with Sid Lawrence's orchestra. I should have remembered that because I did regular 'deps' for Sid. I have a terrific video taken at 'Battle of Flowers' week in 1984 (Orwell eat your heart out-we had FUN) and I played with Andy Smith's 'band within a band' (Ken was a member), otherwise known as the 'Hundred Proof Jazz Band' within Sid's unit and down at the James Brindley pub in Birmingham".

11/06/21 - "Those contemplating going down to Fest Jazz Brittany may find this Guardian article helpful", writes Norman Gibson. Mind you here in Lancashire we are currently advised not to leave the County, and the way the Covid rate is currently rising, no other country will want any of us anyway! 

11/06/21 - The unknown bass player with John Brown's Bodies on Music While You Work is not Dickie Hawdon, sadly I never worked with him (though I met him at the College). I'll e-mail John Brown !! - Ian Royle

09/06/21 - Many Happy Returns today to Brian Turnock, bass player who spent time in the NW but now resides in Belgium and plays with the New Orleans Z'hulus

09/06/21 - Hi Fred, I think that the “unknown” bass player on Ian’s broadcast would have been Dickie Hawdon.  I did a one-off broadcast with the band in late 1979, and Dickie was the bass player then, having moved up to Leeds after playing trumpet with John Dankworth’s Big Band. Like Ian himself and Dave Browning, Dickie was one of the few great jazzers who were also great lead trumpeters. - Frank Slater

08/06/21 - Jazz at The Lakes with John Hallam & Friends has been added to the Jazz Weekends and Festivals page

07/06/21 - I've spared you all Jon Critchley's version of his mystery bird played on his descant recorder, because he's just tweeted me the real thing. Now someone out there should be able to put his mind at rest, my money's on a traditional blackbird. No modern ones allowed on this site. Shelley Perry writes, "Having now heard the real thing, I’m convinced it’s a blackbird!".

07/06/21 - In reply to Paul Medina yesterday, Personnel were John Brown (leader clarinet. alto sax,) Colin Hulme (clt/alto) Mick Burney (tenor,hughes

 clarinet), Bob Wilson (tbn), Ian Royle,(tpt), Bryan Layton (pno), Jim Birkett (gtr), ? (bass) and John Gibson (drums).

07/06/21 -  The Parade Jazzband is returning to the Black Horse Lower Heswall starting tomorrow night Tuesday, the 8th of June.

07/06/21 - A new week and a new favourite album, once again, through lack of suggestions, you'll have to put up with mine. It's an LP I bought and which to me at the time after endless plays of Bobby Shaftoe, Merrydown Rag and Ice Cream, was refreshingly new and different, Chris Barber like I'd never heard the band before -  Elite Syncopations.

06/06/21 - I thoroughly enjoyed Ian Royle's links to John Brown's Bodies on Music While You Work. I would be interested to know if Ian can recall any of the personnel on the recording. - Paul Medina 

06/06/21 - Bert Allen has now been added to the tribute page

06/06/21 - Many Happy Returns on Monday to someone who I have been communicating with for years first in Spain, now back in the UK, and who has sent me endless CDs over the years  - John Westwood. On Friday, Happy Birthday to an ex Mancunian musician, now in his home country, Ireland - Des Hopkins. Truly an international flavour this week.

04/06/21 - It would appear we have no twitchers in our readership as nobody came up with the solution to Jon Critchley's query "I keep hearing this bird, but never see it. Can anyone tell me which one sings this, over and over? Well it struck me that if we had, they may not be readers of music, so here's Jon's version of it for those who aren't sight readers. Can't say I've ever heard a bird sounding like this though.

04/06/21 - I was interested in your view with regards the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group Jazz Survey. You are correct in saying; “if we ignore it, we don't exist, so do your bit and have a go at it”.  I did the survey three times (I’ll shall never recover that 45 minutes in my life again) as a Promoter – Musician – Audience. As you say there are glaring omissions, which makes it very difficult for Traditional/Mainstream/Dixieland partakers to complete the survey with honesty. Just Jazz is mentioned – only once – but only if you do the survey as a musician. Jazz Guide is not mentioned at all, neither your own excellent website Jazz NorthWest. As a musician or promoter there is no mention of African/American or American White or Australian White or Black or various ethnicity ... WHY??  I can’t see how this survey is going to be a saviour for our music or return us to normality after we rid ourselves of Covid. To me this survey is to collect data about ‘political correctness’ about diversity and equality – it has really nothing to do with getting back to business and performing properly again or being able to promote events to capacity audiences. It is data collection!! - Pete Lay

04/06/21 - "Happy to inform you that we now have a complete programme for the year! The missing date of 1st Nov has been filled by the very excellent Harlem Hot Stompers!  - Ann Lord for Eagley Jazz Club

03/06/21 - It is a sad task for me to report the death of my very close friend and jazz vocalist, Bertram (Bert) Allen, yesterday morning..2 JUNE 2021 after an illness of a few months. In his last weeks, Bert was in the tender care of his friend Christine who assures me that he slipped away peacefully in the company of his two sons and his friend, the vicar of his church. In view of current restrictions, the funeral, not yet dated, is likely to be a small, family event but the two sons have asked me to invite a few musicians who frequently gigged with BERT. Should restrictions suddenly change, normal customs will apply. Bert sang with all the names in Manchester, notably the Saints, Smoky City, Harlem Hot Stompers, Pete Haslam's Collegians. Between us he and I ran The Taverners and the Howard Allen Band..or was it the Allen Howard band, based in Blackley. Bert also 'depped' when bands needed a vocalist. Missed and remembered on Manchester's Jazz circuit. - Howard Murray

03/06/21 - Dave Lethead's cartoon (30/05/21), is no joke it is true. I can think of two clubs where we have had two change seats where they have all been showing their holiday snaps and generally talking over the musicians.

03/06/21 - This has just appeared on a local community web site here in Preston, but don't get excited, I doubt it will live up to our expectations, but with no program listing to go off, who knows? - "Preston's Jazzin' the Park is being held online this year, rather than its native home Winckley Square. We have global line up of artist this year who've provided exclusive videos of their performances which have been lovingly stitched together by the Jazzin' the Park Productions Dj crew, with vinyl only sets. Tune in at our website".

03/06/21 - I was a little taken aback this morning when I read this headline in the Scottish Herald - "Festival preview: Pop, Jazz & Trad".  Fear not, Trad Jazz has not been sidelined, it's the abbreviated name for "In The Tradition", a series of Edinburgh International Festival concerts, co-promoted with Celtic Connections and Edinburgh’s Soundhouse organisation.

02/06/21 - John Westwood says, "If you've not listened to Walter Love's Jazz Club from Northern Ireland this week, you'll have missed hearing lots of old friends (including Chris) in action. You can hear it by clicking here

02/06/21 - Re previous item, Jon says, "How stupid. Select from the following:  A: Not worth the time and effort, B: Nobody could glean anything worthwhile from it, and C: All of the above.

01/06/21 - Jon Critchley has alerted me to the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group Jazz Survey. Haven't we had one of those somewhere before? There's a separate questionnaire for promoters, musicians, audience, festivals and Organisations. It's difficult to imagine how anyone could conduct a survey that covers every area of jazz, so you'll soon begin to see that some questions just don't apply to our style of jazz and our clubs. Having said that, if we ignore it, we don't exist, so do your bit and have a go at it. I did and soon discovered I could say in answer to question 1) that I listened to jazz daily, and in the next question, I could answer that I listened "Occasionally - I do not listen every day".  Q16 gives a list of magazines, blogs etc., and asks which ones I read.  I couldn't see any (what happened to Just Jazz?), so answered 'None of these', only to be told I must choose 3, so I chose "Sandy Brown Jazz", "Other", and "None of these"!  Andrew Liddle would have a hard job analysing this one!

MAY 2021

31/05/21 - Howard Murray says, "Did I ever send you this? Well yes you did Howard, in September last year, but it's worth another look. A live streaming webcam in colour on Bourbon Street, New Orleans, and it's starting to wake up again.

31/05/21 - Time for a new 'favourite album', and this week John Westwood recommends "Here is Chris Barber.", John says, "I know you're seriously thinking of ditching it, and I know it's a month since a serious birthday went by almost in silence but this one album that contains a dozen classics: One of the tracks has had almost a million Spotify plays, but I wonder just how many readers have heard the others?".

30/05/21 - Leeds Jazz Club will be starting up again on Tuesday 6th July, 8pm and then every Tuesday after that. Due to the closure of the Armley Conservative Club it will now be held at The Main Line Club, Pudsey Road, Leeds, LS13 4LS. The club has a large concert room with a stage and plenty of car parking.  Band details will follow shortly. - Mark Croasdale

30/05/21 - Many Happy returns on Tuesday to jazz promoter Graham Brook, and on Friday to musician Jeff Milner

30/05/21 - The June issue of Just Jazz Magazine is now out and about. My thanks to the editor, Pete Lay, for giving a plug and link to the post covid jazz survey I carried out with the help of Andrew Liddle. In the same issue there's a letter from Tony Sheldon (Jazz on a Sunday) wondering what the future holds for musicians and fans alike and asks some very pertinent questions. Well worth a read

30/05/21 - Dave Lethead sent me this cartoon, which quite amused me.

30/05/21 - Ian Royle writes, "Hello Fred, Thought you'd enjoy this. The Beeb had a 'nostalgia week' which among other things had five days of 'Music While You Work' featuring, among others, Edmund O'Ross (the Irish Latin American specialist), Ray Ellington and errr, us !! This is John Browns Bodies a bit antiseptic but it was a Beeb session".

30/05/21 - More details of the jazz weekend at North West Castle in Stranraer have come in, including details of bands and pricee

30/05/21 - On 13/05, Susan Enefer asked for help locating a newspaper article which her father wrote. She now writes, "I’ve found several articles about Louis’ 1956 UK visit in the Louis Armstrong House Museum’s digital collection (thanks to Steve Andrews for his suggestion). I was able to view them online and the one I’m looking for was published under my father’s Dave Duke byline in the ‘Manchester Evening Chronicle’ not the ‘Empire News’, as I thought. I’ve submitted a request for an official copy, as there are copyright issues, and am waiting for their reply. Again, many thanks to you and your readers for helping me in my search".

29/05/21 - Like the Phoenix rising from the Covid ashes,  the Worth Valley Hot Stompers has been reborn as the Worth Valley Hot 7  led once again by Mark Croasdale and is now listed on the Band Spotlight page. The new band starts with a Jazz Evening in the grounds of Kiplin Hall on Friday July 9th

28/05/21 - "Recently, I came across a magazine produced in Crail, Scotland, in 1957, when I was doing National Service and It brought to mind my time there when, among other things, I remembered playing jazz with Gordon Stafford in the camp hall, where we were both serving; he was a far better musician than I could ever be". So starts an interesting reminiscence  by Peter Cottee which I've added to the end of Gordon Stafford's tribute page

26/05/21 - Hello Fred. Anything Goes swing trio...... In March we lost our brilliant guitarist and friend David Allsop to cancer. We have now re-grouped with David Bateman on guitar and banjo and Gerry Clayton on Bass. We have had a couple of little outside gigs so far this year as part of our practice. This weekend we are playing outside at Rubys cafe. On the prom in Morecambe, (next block to the Clarendon hote)l. Starting at 12 noon. Anyone wishing to come please bring picnic chairs as seating is a bit limited. There are teas and snacks but no booze.

26/05/21 - Two jazz clubs have been in contact to say they are back in business - Eagley Jazz Club with gigs for the rest of the year, where Ann Lord tells me, "I've been hanging back to see what happens with the Covid variant in Bolton but these variants could go on for ever - at some point, we just have to get on with life!  Fingers crossed we don't have to cancel anything". And The Fleetwood Hesketh in Southport where Joan is taking a tentative step to see what the reaction is, although the fans are telling her they are looking forward to returning.

24/05/32 - I never met Mick Potts but played with one or two guys from Preston and the North who had done. This anecdote is probably the only one I dare ask Fred to print, and came from a Blackburn and Darwin Piano and Clrt. player. Potts had been booked at "stately " type home near Preston, for a very formal dinner dance..tails & black tie an' all that, eh?  The 4tet arrived in very good time and as the guests went in to dine, Pottsy, as my friend called him, realised that there was fine collection of paintings, scattered around the reception area and on walls up a very impressive, noble stairway.Apparently, Mick had an appreciation of such art and waiting to be called in to play, he was half way up this staircase studying at the paintings. Suddenly, the front doors burst open and an everso, terribly terribly, young couple burst in , he in formal garb and a white scarf and she wearing a skirt which wouldn't reach her knees without a rope ladder and almost wearing a blouse which would be low topped if it indeed had a top. She saw Mick in dinner jacket and mistaking him for a waiter, said in an awfully, cut glass accent."I say! I say !"  (Who likes being addressed as "I say!"?), "We're dreadfully late! Where are the guests?"  Pottsy is recorded as saying, with maximum, Maitre De pomposity.  "Modom. The guests have gone IN to dine. Should I announce that the Strippagram has arrived?"

24/05/21 - The Wednesday Quiz might have ended, but Jon Critchley has come up with an unusual quiz for musicians and bird lovers. He says, "I keep hearing this bird, but never see it. Can anyone tell me which one sings this, over and over? Remember to play it with feeling, up a tree. It's almost the middle 8 of "Over the Rainbow", as whistled by Richard Briars in "The Good Life"! ".

23/05/21 - Re Gateway Jazz Band, Thanks for putting this on, Great band: Great vocals also. Mick Potts was A1. - Jon Critchley

23/05/21 - Many Happy Returns this week to Malcolm Hogarth on Wednesday, and Bruce Carnaffin and Dave Dixson on Thursday.

21/05/21 - Some time ago, I raised the memories of V.O.A Jazz hour and the presenter Willis Conover. (What a distinctive voice!). It has just passed the 100th anniversary of his birth. Recently I got this from a Ham friend in Florida, asking if it was of any interest to me. Not Trad but good viewing. Enjoy, - Howard Murray

21/05/21 - Great news ! Jazz at The Railway in Sale is back. The Canal Street Stompers resume their residency on Wednesday 30th June at 8.30 and then every last Wednesday in the month.  We hope to see all you Covid survivors there soon. - Derek and Trish Galloway

21/05/21 - Terry Birkinhead has a collection of 50 L.P. records (and 1 EP) of Traditional Jazz bands from 14 different countries – excluding the U.K and the U.S.A. – that are for sale, all in good condition, from the 1970’s and 1980’s. The proceeds would be donated to the North West Air Ambulance Service. Further details are on the Sales Page

19/05/21 - A suitable home has now been found for the cornet case from Steve Duckles.

19/05/21 - Steve Duckles (son of Alan and Gerry), writes, "I am currently engaged with the sad task of clearing my parents' home of possessions, so that the house can be sold. I have a soft case for a cornet which is filled with various accessories - several mutes and stands etc. I would love to find a good home for these items if possible - I'm giving them away free of charge if someone can collect them from me in Lancaster. Could you possibly spread the word for me please?".  If interested, please contact me and I'll pass any enquiries on, and that way I can announce when they have gone. - Fred

19/05/21 - On 06/05, Don Armstrong recalled depping for one of two brothers from Carlisle, when they played at a King's College Newcastle Arts Ball at the Oxford- alleries. He couldn't recall the name of the band and thus started a string of memories of the band - The Gateway Jazz Band, and its members, one of whom was bass player Colin Smith who played with Mart Rodger's band. Linda Smith, wrote to me and sent me a photograph, and a copy of the LP they had made.  I've added this to the list of lost recordings, and it can be heard by going to this page

18/05/21 - End of lockdown and end of the lockdown quiz. I'm sure all those of you have enjoyed the 60 sets of quizzes provided by Bert Thomson, will join me in thanking Bert for keeping the brain ticking over, all these past weeks. Today's final quiz is the fourth in the Hidden Instruments series

17/05/21 - Graham Martindale ends the series of lockdown pictures, with a couple of photographs in lockdown pictures 8

17/05/21 - I first played with John Barnes at Hyde CC. jazz, It was the day I had bought my Baritone Sax.. John spotted it (never met him before) and instantly wanted to buy it. It is a Pan American, badge-cloned Cohn. He had an identical one with him and said that head been searching for a second one for years. I didn't take him on but he repeated the offer at the end of the gig. When he was playing he had this mock disdain for musical quoting.. ie slipping in a phrase from something else well known. (Often did it himself) He would pull a disapproving face or frown. At Southport, with the Smoky City Jazz he gave a couple of frowns and eventually put his hand in his top pocket and flashed me a red card. The crowd howled with laughter. Alway VERY entertaining to crowds and musicians. His playing must now be enjoyed on YouTube. - Howard Murray

17/05/21 - My show this week on (20 May - 9PM) is my first instalment of "Ellingtonia". All pieces by Ellington and Strayhorn with some performed and arranged by other bands .Expect to hear the likes of Joe Temperley, Loren Schoenberg, Echoes of Ellington, Don Sebesky, Mark Masters, James Chirillo and Joe Henderson. Diggable sounds abound... - Frank Griffiths

17/05/21 -  "Humph and Buck Clayton in perfect accord and I think mutual appreciation and respect for each other", says Jon Critchley as he selects this weeks Spotify Album

17/05/21 - Welcome to the start of Covid freedom, and with it comes the ability to visit your favourite jazz venues once again, but be aware there are still distancing procedures in place and seating will be restricted. What's On has been completed cleared out and now only shows the events have been recently confirmed.

16/05/21 - Many Happy Returns this week to Phil Lucas (today), John Higham (Tues), Paul Medina (Wed), Peter Fryer (Thu), and Dave Donohoe (Sat).

16/05/21 -  Susan Enefer writes, "Many thanks to you and Peter Eddowes for your help and suggestions (13/05/21). I had already tried the British Newspaper Archive but didn’t find the article but will try the John Rylands archives. I’ve also contacted the Louis Armstrong House Museum in NYC and am waiting to hear back. The Google results you found all concern my father. Besides being a newspaperman he wrote detective fiction novels, many of which were translated into foreign languages. He also wrote two books about jazz - Daily Dispatch Jazz Book and Jazz in Black and White - plus a few TV scripts and a play. He had a jazz column in various Manchester and other newspapers under his own name and also used the byline Dave Duke. Friday/Saturday nights he DJ’d at the Bodega Club.  A few years ago while visiting my brother, who lived in Sale, I came across the original of the Louis Armstrong article among a pile of faded newspaper clippings - my father had kept all his ‘Empire News’ show biz articles. Unfortunately, all these clippings went missing after my brother passed away in 2017.  Thanks, again, for posting and your help. I’ll let you know if I’m successful."

15/05/21 - My thanks to Alan Bond who spotted I had John Barnes' age incorrect. He was actually born in 1932, making him 89 today.  Back in 2017. I announced his 90th, and last year I announced he was 93. Both those inaccuracies went by unnoticed, so where were my proof readers when I needed them?

14/05/21 -  At a committee meeting at Wilmslow Conservative Club last night, the decision was made to allow me to recommence my weekly jazz shows with a grand opening date of August 3rd. As soon as I have August and September booked, I (or, in reality, Neil Clarke) will update my website accordingly.- Graham (Brook)

14/05/21 - Re: The Gateway Jazz Band, I have a recording of a broadcast in Holland, October 1982.- Gerard Bielderman

14/05/21 - The Chicago Teddybears are ready to accept bookings. "Our regular venues which will be restarting are - Grappenhall Ex-service club Every fourth Thursday starting July 22nd and Eastham Golf club every second Friday starting July 9th. For more details, contact me on 0151 525 6900" - Rae Owens

13/05/21 - Just a thought, but perhaps this lady might try the Louis Armstrong Museum in New York. They have large collections of Armstrong related stuff including lots on his European tours. The director, Ricky Riccardi, is an authority on all things Armstrong, too, so this might be a good place to start. - Steve Andrews

13/05/21 -  Hearing everybody Talking about the Carlisle jazz scene and Mick Potts, I used to play at the Carlisle Jazz Club on trumpet with Gordon Solomon’s “ Phoenix Jazzmen” from Newcastle in the 1960s before I got into the Big-Band scene at the “Oxford Galleries in Newcastle with Jack Hawkins “ Sound of the Seventies” showband, Great times, lots of fun. Derek Dalton

13/05/21 - My father, Douglas Enefer, was the Northern show columnist for the Empire News in the 1950s-1960s and interviewed Louis Armstrong when he performed in Manchester in 1956. I have been trying to find a copy of the published interview, so far without success, and wonder if by chance any of your readers might have a copy among their memorabilia. - Susan Enefer, Sidney, BC, Canada

13/05/21 - There was a duplicated question in Wednesday's quiz, this has now been sorted.

12/05/21 - Curly Jones has retired from running the RiverCity Jazzmen. He's sent me a pictorial history of the band's memorable gigs, and says that, "It would be lovely if we had some feedback from musicians with memories of playing with the band when they see the photos!".  Let me have your memories and I'll add them to the page.

12/05/21 - Hi Fred,  Picked up on this band from your Jazz Site . Bria Skonberg is a the leader on trumpet / vocals . Hope you enjoy this. - Peter  Darwin

12/05/21 - I'm emailing you on behalf of the Alsager Golf & Country Club Jazz Society to say that we are starting up again on 20th May, weekly on Thursdays as before but with all the necessary social distancing rules for indoor music & drinks that you would expect. We kick off with Gair Carson on sax/flute with Richard Wetherall & the house bass & drums for rhythm section. Then we have Darren Lloyd on 27th May, followed by Alex Clarke on 3rd June. Details can be found on our website, linked via yours. A big welcome is assured to all our old gang & hopefully some new faces too. - Kind regards Sarah

12/05/21 - I know that we're not North West but in case any of your readers take boating holidays here goes. Our little band J for Jazz plays traditional jazz every Friday lunchtime at the Foxton Locks Inn, Foxton, nr Market Harborough, Leicestershire. The area is very beautiful, and visitors come from all over the world to see the series of ten locks, and the inclined plane which was used to drag canal traffic up the hill. The pub serves food in a large conservatory overlooking the canal, and there are usually several real ales on the go. J for Jazz is the longest running jazz band in Leicestershire. It is led by cornetist 'Rev' John Timms, renowned for his gospel and blues singing. On trombone is Avo Avison, still blowing strong in his 80s, famous for playing with Acker, and then for years with the Bob Wallis band. Musicians are always welcome to have a blow, so we hope that sometime some Northern folks can join us. - John Irwin (Well at least I know there's one person from that area that reads my emails, thanks John - Fred)

12/05/21 - I've emailed all musicians on my mailing list to inform them that all unconfirmed residencies and gigs currently appearing as 'cancelled', will not appear in What's On after 16th May,  unless told otherwise. Responses are now coming in.

12/05/21 - Mike Feltham sent me an interesting article from The Telegraph which suggested that listening to jazz can influence you in making better dietary choices.  Researchers found that a slow high pitched jazz melody  played on the piano, nudged people towards a healthy meal!  Well that's where I've been going wrong then, I've been listening to fast foot tapping stuff in the belief that the  exercise would help my weight problem! Unfortunately if you click the link you might find you can't read the article unless you are a Telegraph subscriber.

12/05/21 - John and Marie Howell who run Jazz Club 90 in Albrighton, writes, "I told you that we were planning to start on May 30th then we had some bad news yesterday!  After all the planning and working out the "safe" capacity of our new venue would be 65-70 we were told that it is reduced to only 50, this means our already booked audience of 67 would have to be whittled down.  The problems this would create in deciding who couldn't come for the gigs in June meant the only fair way to do it was to cancel them all.  This then meant the lovely job of cancelling the bands and notifying the audience....who'd be a promoter?!!  Fortunately we have had no complaints and everyone is happy to wait until July.   I will let you know how we get on as several of the musicians in your area play for us"

12/05/21 - It's Wednesday, and time for the penultimate quiz No. 59 from Bert Thompson. This week it's about  jazz bands who are non-U.S. and non-U.K. Name the country from which each hails/hailed.

11/05/21 -  Lovely to catch up on dear old Horst's travels from John Muskett but how many of us realize that Horst had a big part to play in our everyday safety? Read more from Jeff Roberts at the end of the updated page.

11/05/21 - With reference to Don Armstrong asking about a Carlisle band in the 50's it sounds as though it was the Gateway, the leader being Mick Potts whose brother played clarinet. Mick played trumpet & piano and vocals . My late husband Colin Smith ( who had the nickname Sycamore) played washboard originally ( as in this photo ) he then taught himself tuba and later double bass. The tuba player in the photo is Peter Myers ( who I am still in touch with). Al Potts is on clarinet. I'm not sure who the banjo player and trombonist are on the photo but can find out. I can give more history if Don would like to know more. Colin later went on to play with Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz.-  Linda Smith (Click picture for full size - Fred)

11/05/21 - Re the Peter Bledge info. re the above. The Gateway played at the Garret Club, Devonshire St., Carlisle during the 50/60s. I shared the trumpet chair with Mick Potts when my army duties allowed from 1955 until 1957. When I was available Mick took over the piano stool his first love. The line up was Al Potts clar, Mick. Norman Healy Creed tmb., Albert Holliday dms,. Colin Sycamore Smith tuba, the banjo was shared between Buddy & Cooky. Sorry I can't remember their full names, it's an age thing. - Bill Robinson.

11/05/21 - In order to clarify what's happening in the North West regarding jazz clubs and jazz gigs, as from 17th May, I've removed all residencies andt gigs that were previously marked as cancelled during the pandemic,  All bands will need to notify me of any residencies that have resumed, and any new bookings so that they can be added to What On

11/05/21 - I'm pleased to say that The Original Panama Jazz Band will resume its first and third Wednesday  night residency at The Irby Club on 7th July, 8.00 start, free admission as usual.  The Club has gone to great effort to ensure a safe environment for all the staff and customers. It has had successful visits from Covid compliance officers;  also the Club has been "fogged": meaning that all surfaces have been disinfected prior to the re-opening and is as safe as it can be.  It will be great to see all the regulars again. Hope the band isn't "foggy" as well! - Jon Critchley

10/05/21 - Monday and time for another record on the jukebox of recommended albums from yourselves. This week is a departure in that I recently discovered that one band name that appeared on the site over the years and I hadn't heard on record, was the Zenith Six. Now I've found it on Spotify and can well understand why it was so popular. 17 tracks of sheer joy!  Unfortunately this will be the last album in the series unless I get another recommendation, it doesn't appear to be a popular addition to the site.

10/05/21 - The mention of the Gateway Jazz Band re Don Armstrong’s enquiry brings back many happy memories of Mick Potts. Mick left us in 1993 at the age of 57 after his 3rd heart attack, a true legend in his own lifetime. His older brother was Al Potts who Mick taught to play clarinet and they formed the Gateway in1953. Mick was a classical trained pianist who after getting the jazz bug taught himself to play the trumpet.   Mick was a close friend of Wild Bill Davison and they played together in Carlisle with Mick on piano although I recollect Jim Willis Gateway’s pianist taking Mick's place when Mick suffered one of his heart attacks. Think the venue was near the cattle market.   Mick brought many big names to Carlisle . Oscar Peterson,George Chisholm, Alex Welsh, Britains Greatest Jazz Band, Sammy Rimington, WASO and even Jimmy Deuchar which showed that whilst he was a traditionalist in the mould of Armstrong he could enjoy Modern.   Yes my highlight of any week was travelling the 33 miles from Dumfries down to Carlisle every Sunday Sing Something Simple on the car radio at 7, 0 clock and then entering the real world of Micks Club at 7.45 before returning home suitably refreshed with English Bitter {our wives took it in turn to drive} and JAZZ HOUR on the radio at midnight. Shame I had to go to work on the Monday. - Peter Bledge

10/05/21 - Thanks to John Muskett for his feedback. I’m doing ok here near Paris, i have a steady jazz music teaching job, and hopefully the gigs will pick up soon. On the bass front, no, I have no intention of tuning in fifths! Trading fours between myself (arco to pizzicato) was the idea of session producer French saxophonist Francois Jeanneau. I just practiced soloing pizz with the bow in my hand, so i could switch back fast. I was fortunate to see Red a couple of times in Paris in the 1990’s. For me one of his best recordings is live in Paris salle Pleyel with Mulligan and Brookmeyer in 1954, check it out!  - Gary Brunton

10/05/21 - Long time site visitors  will no doubt cringe when they hear the name Horst Kitzinfangel. Well he's back, and John Muskett has been digging into Horst's early years. For those who were not lucky enough to catch him first time round, you have a lot of catching up to do, simply click here. The rest of you will have to scroll to the bottom of the page to reveal the latest. Jeff Roberts reckoned the trianglist was born in Bermuda, I wonder how he got to Austria, in one of these perhaps?

09/05/21 - Many Happy returns on Monday to Norman Gibson (right), who is celebrating by having his hair cut!  On Tuesday it's Happy Birthday to Darren Lloyd, and on Wednesday to Martin Bennett. John Barnes, will be having his 94th birthday on Saturday still residing in a care home  as far as I am aware.

08/05/21 - I enjoyed listening to Gary Brunton’s tribute to Red Mitchell. A number of us tuning in to Fred’s site probably like jazz in a variety of styles, though I struggle with some of the developments after the post-bop era. Gary gets a lovely springy plucked sound from his bass, and it was good to hear some bowing. On more than one occasion when switching between pizzicato and arco I’ve managed to drop the bow – I’m not sure what the musical term is for the thud as the bow hits the deck (I know what my expression is).  Red was a superb, if idiosyncratic, bassist. Has Gary tried his tuning in fifths? A favourite CD of mine is Jive at Five by the Clark Terry/Red Mitchell Duo. I hope that Gary has managed to find enough playing and teaching work to sustain him over the last twelve months. I’m beginning to wonder whether I’ll get any gigs (paid or unpaid) ever again. - Best wishes to you Fred and Barbara, to all your readers, et bonne chance à Gary. - Harmoniously, John Muskett

07/05/21 - Following on from the 'shed building' comments, Ian Royle submitted this which came from Lee Slater-sax player from Stone. "The longest drum solo was 10 hours and 26 minutes-and was performed by the child sitting behind me on Delta flight 963 from LA to Tokyo".

07/05/21 - Terry Birkinhead has sent in another interesting photograph taken in May 1995 of the Wirrorleans Jazz Band doing their bit to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of VE Day.

07/05/21 - On 26/04/21, Mart Rodger's widow, Janet, mentioned George Buck and the Zenith Six.  Janet kindly told me a little more about Mart's acquaintance with George Buck, and I've added that to the bottom of George Buck tribute page. It was in response to me wondering about the Zenith Six's other recordings.

07/05/21 - After trawling my site, Don Armstrong now seems to feel the name of the band was the Gateway Band from Carlisle, and the leader was Mick Potts. If anyone can add further information, please let me know and I'll pass it on - Fred

06/05/21 - I played Clarinet in the Panama Jazzmen on Tyneside in the 1950's and had a great blow on one occasion, depping for one of the brothers from Carlisle, at a King's College Newcastle Arts Ball at the Oxford Galleries. The other brother led the band and played fine trumpet and I think the name of the band was the Castle Jazz Band??   Do you have any information re their musical careers etc. If not no probs but I often tell people about the great night I had without being able to name names. I now live in Adelaide and play quite often with Derek Dalton and in 2019 I was in UK and played a couple of sessions with Bob Wade and Gordon Solomon in the River City Jazz Band at Ashington Jazz Club. - Don Armstrong

06/05/21 - John Brunton's son Gary, has emailed to say, "I know you guys are mainly concentrated on New Orleans jazz but please take look at this video put together by my record label on a tune i wrote and recorded as a tribute to the great Red Mitchell. My album « Second Trip » will be reviewed in Jazzwise July edition. All the best from France.

05/05/21 - I enjoyed Andrew Liddle’s excellent interview in May’s edition of “Just Jazz” with vocalist Tatiana Eva Marie. She is of French/Swiss nationality and is usually based in New York. Partly as a result of the Covid crisis, she has been staying and performing in France these last few months and we had provisionally booked her for Fest Jazz in July along with a great young New Orleans style band led by Joë Santoni. I was on the point of sending you some videos for your site as I’m not sure many UK jazz fans had heard of her. Sadly for the festival, and happily for everyone else, the health situation has improved and she is returning to Switzerland and the States. No reason however for your readers not to see some of the videos which have millions of followers:  and There are dozens of others on You Tube. I am sure many of your readers will appreciate her. Hopefully, so will we at Fest Jazz 2022…. - Trevor Stent

05/05/21 - Time for the Wednesday Quiz from Bert Thompson, and this week you have to Name the town or city alluded to in each song.

03/05/21 - Hi Fred, Re: Savannah Jazz Band, I met Bob Wade when I was visiting the northeast, he is a great player and a nice guy, I used to sit in with the band at Culler-coats on the coast, - Derek Dalton

03/05/21 - Keith also comments, "Re shed building - Tony Hobson of the Eagle Jazz Band invariably used to follow a Barry Norman drum feature with "You'd have to go a very long way - slight pause - not to hear that".

03/05/21 - Monday is album time and this week Keith Garner suggests we have a listen to Dutch Swing '55! and I have to agree it's exciting, well let's just say I can't stop my leg jumping up and down as I type! It also starts with one of my favourite numbers, Riverside Blues. There's no more albums in the pipeline, so get your thinking caps on and let me have your suggestions for next week!

02/05/21 - Many Happy Returns today to Trevor Stent, the only NW musician (or ex NW musician) with a birthday this week, unless you know different?



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