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Nice One !

The Fat Chops Big Band.

Guest vocal
Pete Long reeds.

Sunday 14th December 12-30pm
Stirchley Working Men’s Club, Hazelwell Lane, Stirchley, Birmingham B30 2PR

£9-00 on the door


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The Harp Albrighton
The Harp has been up for sale for some time now but Donna has recently received an offer which she has accepted.

The new owners intend to keep the pub as it is, no turning in to an eating house or other "modernisations", they have been looking for a more traditional, local hostelry and think the Harp fits the bill.

Fortunately from the point of view of Jazz Club 90 they also intend to keep the jazz arrangements as they are as long as Marie and I will continue to run it....we had to think long and hard for all of a millisecond before we agreed!

Obviously the legal side of things takes a little while but it is hoped that all will be sorted by early December.

We will be very sorry to see Donna, her husband Dave and brother Russell leave the Harp and would like to thank them for all the financial support and encouragement they have given us to help keep jazz very much alive and kicking at the Harp, and it goes without saying we wish them well in the future.
John &Marie.

The Pershore Jazz Club Special

Pershore Working Mens Club,
57 High St,
WR10 1E
10th December 8-15 pm

The Digby Fairweather All Stars
Tickets only £12-00 inc Fish & Chip supper.
01527 66692
The Waterworks Reunion.
The Nautical Club
Bishops Gate St
BT 15 1 ET
Saturday 29
th November 8-00 pm
This is a date for your diary. Please be there for a great evening.

The Waterworks led the jazz scene for many years in Birmingham.

The Savannah Jazz Band
Tickets £9-00

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Geoff Inwood

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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.

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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Gupshill Manor

Gloucester Road

GL20 5SY
01684 292 278

The Crescendo Big Band
Sunday 30th November 8pm

A concert of big band jazz
admission £9-00

CBSO Centre
Berkley Street,
 B1 2LF

Tel:  0121 616 6500

Saturday22nd November 8pm

Steve Coleman & Five Elements

Steve Coleman alto sax

Jonathan Finlayson trumpet

Anthony Tidd bass

Sean Rickman drums
Tickets £15-00

The Worcestershire Jazz Orchestra

Friday 12th December 8-00 pm

Guest artist  Gary Alcock  drums.

Also featuring the vocals of Robert Redman,
The British Legion
Salwarpe Rd

Burton Jazz

Marstons Social Club

Shobnall Rd

Burton on Trent
27th November

Brownfield/ Byrne Hot Six.

Admission £8-00

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

Jazz Club 90
The Harp

25th November

The Wabash Jazzmen

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It may not always be jazz

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