Jazz West Midlands

A site for all jazz fans in and around the Midlands

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Bridgnorth Jazz Festival
29th May to 1st June.
Details on my Shrewsbury page.

Newcastle Under Lyme Jazz Festival
rd to 26th May

Titley Jazz Festival 2014

25th, 26th & 27th July
A really big festival of main stream musicians.

UK Jazz Radio.

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

More jazz here than you could ever wish for

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It’s all on You tube

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

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

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Willie Nelson
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It may not always be jazz

This is a spot for my older friends

The Coolest Juke Box Ever

It’s not jazz but a great site for music of the past

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The Magazine for followers of Traditional Jazz.

Where it’s happening When it’s happening.

North. South. East and West.

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April issue out now

Tel 01908 542595

Web site www.thejazzguide.co.uk

Symphony Hall Café Bar
Saturday 26 April, 1:30pm

Sax in the City with The Notebenders

Hear them perform a selection of new and recognisable works that will ease you into the weekend.

The Arena Theatre Wulfruna St Wolverhampton

Saturday 26th April 8pm


The band is completed by a London-based crew of stellar young musicians including pianist Andrew McCormack, tenor saxophonist Graeme Blevins, and trumpeter Quentin Collins.

Tickets £18-00 / £16-00

01902 321321

Jazz at The Priory
Nanpantan Road,
 LE11 3YD

Thursdays 8-30pm
May 1st
Annie Hawkins` Jazzmen
Lively slap bassist, Annie, returns to her old Loughborough home, with 5 great friends: trumpeter Teddy Fullick, Roger Bird on reeds, Dave Vickers on trombone, John Smith on guitar and ace classic drummer, Nick Ward

The Stafford Jazz Society
Stafford Rangers FC Club
Astonfields Rd
MAY 4th 12-30pm

A Cannock-based Glenn Miller style big band performing a wide repertoire of popular jazz and swing classics from the 1940s Jim Henderson conducts.  

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 Edge Arts Centre
William Brookes School, Farley Road,
Much Wenlock.

Much Wenlock Festival.
th April 8-15pm

Superb Jazz & Poetry Gig.
Award-winning actor Alex Jennings performs Auden’s words between new arrangements of the songs performed by Ruthie Culver and the UtterJazz Quartet.

Tickets £20-00
01952 728911