Jazz West Midlands
A site for all jazz fans in and around the Midlands
The Fat Chops Big Band.
Sunday June 21st
Bands and Musicians performing.
Buck Clayton Legacy Band (UK. Germany, Holland)
Carl Sinclair’s Boogie Band
Chris Pearce Quartet
Craig Milverton Trio
Des Bacon's Red Hot Syncopators
FB Pocket Orchestra
Graham Hughes Quartet
Keith Nichols Hot Six
Kevin Grenfell’s Jazz Giants
Perdido Street Jazz Band
Pigstreet Trotters Jazz Band
Richard Leach's 7 Stars of Jazz
Savannah Jazz Band
Plus many more.
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Tim Lord Presents
The Bridgnorth Jazz Festival
Digby Fairweather, Roy Williams, Karen Street, Tina May, Paul Sawtell , Spats Langham. etc
Full details On my Shrewsbury / Wolverhamton pages
The Upton Jazz Festival
Thursday 25th, To Sunday 28th June
Upton upon Severn is the ideal setting for a weekend of jazz, fun and good company, and following the success of 2014 we will have Jazz, Swing and Dance - 60+ concerts over 4 days, in two main areas of town. For the first time we have 2 sessions of music on Thursday evening at the Sports Ground Marquee; three larger marquees with two dance floors.
Down by the Riverside: six town venues including the ever popular Conway Castle Jazz
river trips and Jazz under the Bridge. Plus our 'All Welcome' jam sessions. The
Jazz Bus will be running and there will be a Big Saturday Parade; and the Church
Jazz is to continue at Leasowes Bank Farm, Nr Shrewsbury.
Full details on my Shrewsbury page .
Alan Barnes , Dave Newton, Art Themen, Clark Tracey to name a few.
Bookings advised 01743 790903.
21st to 23rd August
Pershore College, Avon Bank, Pershore
Many great Jazzmen and Jazz Bands.
Digby Fairweather Half Dozen. George Huxley. Jamie Brownfield. John Hallam. Midland
Youth Jazz Orchestra.
4 Venues one location
Tickets Friday £15-00. Saturday £28-00. Sunday £28-00.
Tel 01386 554235
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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.
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The Shrewsbury Jazz Network
13TH JUNE 8pm
SHREWSBURY JAZZ ORCHESTRA
with special guest,
Stratford Jazz Club
Tom Hill bass. Andy Shillingworth tenor.
Al Gurr piano. Pete Harris guitar. Neil Bullock drums.
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