Jazz West Midlands

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This music
Lady be Good
Is by WJ Bubbles  ?
Nice One !

Fat Chops Big Band.

Sunday 19th October

With guest
Mark Nightingale

Moseley All Sevices Club.
Church Rd
Mosley B13 9EA

£9-00 on the door

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The Great Malvern Autumn Jazz Weekend

September 19th and 20th

Following the huge success of the inaugural Jazz Weekend at Easter, modern jazz, swing, Latin and more comes to Malvern over the weekend of the 19th and 20th September, with free jazz gigs open to all, at a variety of venues around town.
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The Festival Drayton Centre

Market Drayton Shropshire

Saturday 27th September 7-30 pm

King Pleasure & the Biscuit Boys

Admission £15-00

UK Jazz Radio.

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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.

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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Chick Corea, Gary Burton.

La Fiesta

Jazz cannot get any better

It may not always be jazz

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The Coolest Juke Box Ever

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Sunday 21st September 7-30pm

Solihull Arts Complex

Homer Road

B91 3RG

The Steve King Big Band.

Tickets 0121 704 69

The Pershore Jazz Club

Pershore Working Mens

Club, 57 High St,


24TH SEPTEMBER 8-15 pm

Paul Harrison Band (Denmark)

Traditional jazz at the highest level. Paul brings his band from Denmark for a rare UK tour.

Bolehall Manor

Amington Road
B77 3LH

Monday October 13th 8-30 pm
The Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra.

A fine young band don’t miss them

Admission £8-00

The Stafford Jazz Society
Stafford Rangers FC Club
Astonfields Rd

SEPTEMBER 21st 12-30 pm


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 Silvershine Jazz Club

558 Bearwood Road, Smethwick

25th Sept

Shaine Dorsey & Band.

9pm start