Jazz West Midlands

A site for all jazz fans in and around the Midlands

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

Fat Chops Big Band.

Sunday 14th September

With guest
Catherine Marcangelo

Moseley All Sevices Club.
Church Rd
Mosley B13 9EA

£9-00 on the door

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Open Jazz Jam

A new site for beginners and improvers.

The Millenium Hall
Nr Newport
TF 10 9DS
Sunday September 7
th  6-30pm



Kenilworth Festival

Jazz at the Wardens Cricket Club – Friday 12 September at 8.00 pm

The Top Hats – a small  jazz group – will play jazz standards, blues and more all evening at the Wardens Cricket Club, Glasshouse Lane, Kenilworth from 8 till late 0n Friday 12th September so come along for a night to remember.


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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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Art Blakey
Jazz Messengers


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

http://www.1959bhsmustangs.c om/VideoJukebox.htm

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 Birmingham Jazz
The Red Lion
Jewellery Quarter
95 Warstone Lane
B18 6NG.

5th September 7-45 pm


The Band Line Up is: David Austin Grey: Piano/Keyboard, Nick Rundle: Tenor Sax, Chris Young: Alto Sax, Nick Jurd: Double Bass/Electric Bass, Jim Bashford: Drum Kit

Admission £5-00

Bishops Castle Jazz

The Three Tuns Pub
Bishops Castle

Tel 01686 668675
Friday 5th September
8-00 to 10-30
The Mike Blakesley Quintet.

John Williams baritone.
Mike Blakesley trombone.
Chris Bolton bass.
Stuart Goodhew piano.
Gary Santry drums

Admission £5 on the door

The Brooklands Hotel
Mill Road
Nr Meole Brace Island
    SY3 9JT   

Sunday Night Jazz.

Sunday 14th September 8-30pm

Jeff Matthew’s Chicago Swing Katz

8-30 pm
£5-00 on the door

Simon Deeley
The Bonded Warehouse.


September 12th

Rebecca Grace & JCjazz Trio


Tickets on the door £7-00

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 Hand Hotel, Llangollen.

Sunday 7th September
12-30 to 3 pm

The Deeside Dixies.


George Galway reeds
12-30 to 3pm

The music is free