Jazz West Midlands

A site for all jazz fans in and around the Midlands

This music
Paul Sawtell
Nice One !

The Fat Chops Big Band.


Sunday April 19th 12-30pm
Moseley All Services Club
Church Rd

£9-00 on the door



The Big Busk

April 4th & 5th
All around town day and night.

Theatre Severn

Saturday April 4th

12 noon

A big Jazz Jam by our local musicians

More info

http://www.thebigbusk.co. uk/index.php


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10th Annual Jazz and Blues Festival.

May 22nd to May 25th

The gigs will take place across 20 venues in town and most are free.
For all details


Good News
Stratford Jazz
I am advised that Stratford Jazz will reopen on
 April 8th
With The Ben Markland Quintet.

For details check my Birmingham page.


Malvern Jazz Weekend.
 Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th April.

We are starting to put together a programme of gigs, and have already booked our 2 headliners, Bryan Corbett (trumpet) and his trio, and Dom Franks Strayhorn Quartet. We have new venues on board, so hopefully the event will be bigger and better than ever. We have started listing some details on our website, www.malvernjazzweekend.co.uk

Worth also mentioning that all gigs are free to the public.

The Angel Inn,
High Street,
WR10 1AF

 A Personal History of Jazz

Starts 14th April for 7 sessions

Tuesdays, 7.00 – 9.00 pm,

Venue: Fees: £42

A great chance to listen to and discuss the evolving styles and innovations of a sample of the Jazz greats; taking in Jelly Roll, Louis, the Duke, Beiderbecke, Basie, Bird, the early UK scene and a host of others. from Hot to Cool. Everyone welcome - beginners or fans, Trad or Modern - we ask "Can you dig it?"

Tel 0121 237 8120

Mail. kbrown@wea.org.uk

Jazz Radio.

If you want your jazz 24hours a day just click here


Please do give it a try . You will not be disappointed

This is to advise that the jazz magazine

Jazz West Mids

Is owned and run by Stella Draper who is the editor.


Please note my web is independent of the above


Geoff Inwood

Jazz Services

Lots of info on the UKs biggest Jazz Site

http://www.jazzservices.org. uk/

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.

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 was a drummer and lived 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.

I am sad to say he passed away this year 2015  at the age of 84

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

Fred Burnett’s Great web site www.jazznorthwest.co.uk

The Worlds First Iron Bridge which spans the River Severn

at Ironbridge in the County of Shropshire.

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Theatre Severn

Saturday 28th March
12 noon

Lunch Time Jazz

Westcoastin Band

John Williams baritone sax

A fine seven piece band playing Jazz of the West Coast.

It’s free but please contribute a couple of pounds to help with expenses

Birmingham Town Hall

Sunday 29th March, 3pm

Tommy Dorsey - A tribute

Gordon Campbell Big Band

Guest vocalist Matthew Ford

A Sunday afternoon concert featuring the best of Tommy Dorsey’s music with the Gordon Campbell Big Band and Matthew Ford.

Tickets £17-50 /£12-50

Hartlebury Parish Hall
Waresley Court Road
Hartlebury, Worcestershire

Tuesday 24th March 7-45

The Crown Phoenix Big Band

Playing the music of Glen Miller ,Count Basie & Artie Shaw.

Vocals by Julie Knight

Admission on door £5-00
 in aid of cancer research

Bridgnorth Jazz
The Black Boy.
The Cartway Bridgnorth.
Easter Monday 6
th April


Ben Cummins trumpet
& vocals
Simon King guitar.

It’s free. Donations requested

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

The Shrewsbury Jazz Orchestra


The Hive

March 27th  8pm.

Tickets on the door £7 -00

This weeks youtube special

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Alex Welsh

Davenport Blues

Wonderful !

It may not always be jazz

Click here just for fun. The children will love it.