Jazz West Midlands

A site for all jazz fans in and around the Midlands

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Paul Sawtell
Nice One !

The Fat Chops Big Band.

Guest vocal.
Jeff Hooper

Sunday 11th January 12-30pm
Moseley All Services Club
Church Rd

£9-00 on the door


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Oxfam Stomp

Friday 9th January 7-30pm
Kings Heath Cricket Club
247 Alcester Rd South
Kings Heath B14 6DT

New Georgia Jazz Band plus Phoenix Jazzmen.

George Huxley’s All Stars with many of our local bands in attendance
Tickets £10-00 on the door . All proceeds to Oxfam

The Harp Albrighton

The Harp has now been sold and the new owners are

The Hop Back Brewery from Wiltshire.

John and Marie will continue to run Jazz Club 90 I am pleased to say, so please continue to support the club as always.

Advanced Notice

Magull Jazz Club has booked their weekend in Llandudno.

April 17th to Sunday 19th April.

The bands will be The Merseysippi Jazz Band .

The Old Fashioned Love Band.

£87-00 per person !

To book. Tel Harry Swinburne 0151 520 1633.
It’s a Great Weekend !

Jazz Radio.

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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.

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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Symphony Hall Café Bar

Friday 19th December, 5pm

The Notebenders

The Notebenders is a diverse and dynamic band,  continuing the legacy of their founder, the legendary jazz musician Andy Hamilton.

Join us for a joyful Christmas celebration with this much loved community big band.

Part of Jazzlines Free Gigs

Stratford Jazz
No 1 Shakespeare Street
Stratford on Avon

Wed 7th Jan 2015, 8pm

Alan Barnes/Bruce Adams with Tom Hill trio.

Alan Barnes sax.  Bruce Adams trumpet. Tom Hill bass. Paul Sawtell piano.

Neil Bullock drums.

Tickets £15-00

Tim Lord presents
The Black Boy Bridgnorth

Sunday Dec 21st  12.30pm

Faith Hellier Trio
 with Roy Sainsbury
guitar + bass TBA

Tickets on door

Jazz Club
Harrisons Sports & Social Club.
Wharewell Lane
Great Wyrley
WS6 6 E

18th December 8-45pm

New Washboard Syncopators

Tickets for visitors £3-00

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

BBC Hereford 94.7 FM

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BBC Shropshire 96 FM

The Trumpet

December Special
Tuesday 23rd 8-30

Chris Gumbley’s Christmas Reunion,

Brian Corbett trumpet.
Steve Palmer drums.

Plus guests

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Gary Burton Chick Corea.

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Thank you for supporting this web page.

I do hope it has helped in advising where all the jazz is happening.

Geoff Inwood