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Paul Sawtell
Nice One !

Triplex Social Club

Eckersall Road


B38 8SR

Monday 3rd November

The Brian Newton

Big Band

The Fat Chops Big Band.

Guest vocal
Lee Gibson.

Sunday 16th November 12-30pm
£9-00 on the door

Moseley All Services Club,
91 Church Road,
B13 9EA


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A great weekend of Jazz in Llandudno.

The Magull Jazz Weekend 17th October.

Chatsworth House Hotel

Promoted by Harry Swinburne.

The Brownfield Byrne Hot Six.

Chicago Teddy Bears Society Jazz Band.

A most successful and enjoyable weekend with over one hundred folks attending, and the sun shone throughout.

Friday evening Jamie’s band was featured, and what a delight with six of the best young musicians you could wish to hear.

Jamie Brownfield trumpet, Liam Byrne tenor, Tom Kincaid piano, Jim Swinnerton bass, Andy Hulme guitar,  and Jack Cotterill drums.

They played a wide selection of jazz from the Duke to Louie and gave the audience of Trad Fans a very nice surprise! The applause said it all. There were three sets lasting over a period three half hours and the room was still full at 11-30pm .

These young men are truly professional and deserve to be heard from a much wider audience. If you read this please book them or ask someone else to.

Saturday.  TheChicago Teddy Bears Society Jazz Band was a complete contrast playing the New Orleans Style with great flare.

They are very well known but, following the sad loss of their pianist plus a few other problems, the band did have a number of deps. who filled the position of reeds, trumpet, trombone and piano with great style. Added to this Ray Owens bass just tied it all together with more than a few stories and laughs.

Just to show how good the night was they ended at 11-45 pm and that is very late for us old ones !.
Great credit to  Harry Swinburne, who had not been a well man for presenting this enjoyable  weekend.


Oswestry Friends for Cancer Research.

An evening at Packwood Haugh School.
Ryton XI Towns,
 Sy4 1Hx
Saturday 15
th November 7-30 pm
The Pete Allen Trio
Pete, reeds-vocals . Dave Browning, piano. Sean Moyes, banjo.

Tickets. £12-00   01691 661980

The Waterworks Reunion.
The Nautical Club
Bishops Gate St
BT 15 1 ET
Saturday 29
th November 8-00 pm
This is a date for your diary. Please be there for a great evening.

The Waterworks led the jazz scene for many years in Birmingham.


The Savannah Jazz Band
Tickets £9-00

Saturday 25th October 7 pm

The Birmingham Swing Dance Ball
 Union Hall,
 Aston Students' Union
Aston Triangle,
 Birmingham, B4 7ES

West Midlands launches first annual UK Frankie Manning Month – the nation’s biggest series of swing dance events.

Full details  http://bit.ly/wmswing  

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Geoff Inwood

Jazz Services

Lots of info on the UKs biggest Jazz Site

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I have been a Jazz fan nearly all my life from the early days of Geoffrey Everitt and Radio Luxemburg and the wonderful A.F.N. ( American Forces Network) in Germany. I even built a one valve radio so I could listen to this station late at night. At this time the disc jockey was Moff Moffat and his programme was Midnight in Munich. He played the greatest jazz of that time on V Disc. Woody Herman. Stan Kenton. Benny Goodman and of course Louis Armstrong. If there is anybody who remembers these times and programmes I would be interested to hear from them.

I recall going to a meeting in Sutton Coldfield some years ago and we had a lecture from a collector of V Discs.

If you know of this gentleman I would be pleased to hear from you

In those days we only had 78rpm records 10 or 12inch. My dad had a spring wound record player with needles that you had to change after a couple of plays. In time I bought an arm with a stylus which played through the radio. (wonderful).

It was a Guy called John Tims who started my interest in Jazz, he is a drummer and lives in Ellesmere and became a good friend. He had his own room with his kit in and a radiogram to play his records on! He invited us there on a Sunday afternoon's and we played his and our records. What a great time it was.

John was the drummer with The George Riley Band a local dance band located in Oswestry and resident at The Victoria Rooms but quite often they came to play at the Garrision Theatre. Park Hall Training Camp.

My earnings at that time were about £2-00 per week and after giving my mother twenty five shillings for my keep this left me with fifteen shillings of spending money! Records as I recall were around two shillings & sixpence so much care was needed before buying. As time progressesd LPs came onto the market and 3minutes of playng time became a thing of the past, of course it was not quite that simple as I had to aquire a record player to play at 33 RPM.

Most of the Jazz I went to live was with the Big Bands Ted Heath,Geraldo, Joe Loss and if very lucky Vic Lewis.

One great treat was the Dance Band Championships held at The Winter Gardens in Blackpool and if I remember correctly a band called Ken Mackintosh won in that year and went from strength to strength. The resident band for the show was Geraldo.

Over the years I have been fortunate to see and listen to many fine bands. Woody Herman. Buddy Rich and of

course the great Ted Heath Band never to be forgotton. Then along came George Shearing, The MJQ, Stan Kenton etc

But the great change came with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Miles Davies and of course our own Johnny Dankworth Seven who were leading lights in this change of style. It is good to see that for all these changes that the Trad /New Orleans jazz is still played throughout this country, and bands like Chris Barber, Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk and Phil Mason must take much credit for this.

As any Jazz fan knows the local musicians who form the many bands throughout the country and play for peanuts must also be given great credit for keeping this music alive. But dont forget it is our support that can

keep them playing.

Geoff Inwood

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Severnside Jazz Band

The Four Crosses Hotel .

Sunday 26th October


Admission £5-00 on the door

Tel 01743 249248

Symphony Hall Foyer Bars
Saturday 25th October  1-30pm

Sax in the City with the Notebenders

Ease into the weekend with this diverse and dynamic band, which brings together musicians from across the city, continuing the legacy of their founder, the legendary jazz musician Andy Hamilton.

A free event .

Jazz at The Priory
Nanpantan Road,
 LE11 3YD

Thursday 30th Oct

Jazz Salon Rouge

Return of banjo player, John Noddings` long established trad. band from Warwickshire with the great trombonist “Avo” Avison.

Admission £8-00

Friends of Upton Jazz
Hanley Castle High School,
Upton upon Severn

Friday October 31st
 8.00 p.m.

The Basin Street Brawlers.
The Basin Street Brawlers are London's own master exponents of hot jazz,

Tickets £15 (Members £12)

Every Sunday
Two hours of jazz
Presented by
John Hellings 8-10pm

BBC Hereford 94.7 FM

BBC Stoke 94.6 FM

BBC Shropshire 96 FM

Aggborough Jazz.
Hoo Road,
DY10 1NB

October 27th 8 pm

The Millenium Eagle Jazz Band

£8-00 on the door

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Herbie Hancock
Cantaloupe  Island

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