Jazz West Midlands

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This music
Paul Sawtell
Nice One !

The Fat Chops Big Band.


Gordon Cambell trombone

Sunday May 10th
Moseley All Services Club
Church Rd

£9-00 on the door


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Jazz Club 90
The Harp. Albrighton Nr Wolverhampton.

It is with much regret that I have been advised by John & Marie that the club will close on Sunday May 17th.

They have been dedicated to the jazz scene for some twenty years or more, every Tuesday night and Sunday lunch time.

Many bands would be unknown had they not appeared at the Harp.
Full details at
Please try and make one more visit to wish them well, and say thanks for a great job well done for all these years.

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


Tim Lord Presents

The Bridgnorth Jazz Festival
May 28th to 31st
with some great jazz men in attendance

Digby Fairweather, Roy Williams, Karen Street, Tina May, Paul Sawtell , Spats Langham. etc

Full details On my Shrewsbury / Wolverhamton pages

www.bridgnorthjazz .co.uk


Great News

Jazz is to continue at Leasowes Bank Farm, Nr Shrewsbury.

Bolthole Jazz
Presented by Chris Bolton Levin.
June 6th June 27th July 4th and July 18th.

Full details on my Shrewsbury page .

Alan Barnes , Dave Newton, Art Themen, Clark Tracey to name a few.

Bookings advised 01743 790903.

Numbers Limited.

Contact. chrisboltonlevin@hotmail.com

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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

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Stratford Jazz Club
No.1 Shakespeare Street

Wednesday 13th May


The Andy Derek Quartet.

Andy trumbone.Mike Kemp piano. Wayne Matthews bass.Fred Claridge drums.

Tickets £12-00 on the door

Jazz at The Bonded Warehouse
Canal Street

May 8th 7-30pm

Levi French Trio
with Sam Smith bass

Carl Hemmingsley drums

Jazz Club 90
The Harp

May 5th 8-30pm

Mike Owen's Ory Tribute  

Another great gig from Jazz Club 90

It’s Free !

St Marys Church


Saturday 9th May

Birmingham Conservatoire Saxophone Ensemble
and Chris Gumbley

 Saxophone Showdown

A varied and entertaining evening of virtuosic saxophone music featuring students from both Jazz and Straight courses at Birmingham Conservatoire.

Admission £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

Shrewsbury Jazz Network

The Hive


Saturday May 9th 8-00pm


with special guest,  Lluis Mather

Admission £14-00

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Lee Morgan trumpet

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