Jazz West Midlands

A site for all jazz fans in and around the Midlands

This music
Paul Sawtell
Nice One !

The Fat Chops Big Band.


Martin Williams
Martin is one of Britain’s top sax players and arrangers

Sunday August 9th
Moseley All Services Club
Church Rd

£9-00 on the door


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The Pershore Jazz Festival

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.
Richard Leach. Roger Marks and many more
Click here for full info.

4 Venues one location

Tickets Friday £15-00. Saturday £28-00. Sunday £28-00.

Tel 01386 554235


Good News.

Jazz Club 90 returns
Albrighton Sports & Social Club.

A Reunion.

Sunday October 25th 1-00 pm

The 25th anniversary of Jazz in Albrighton
See my Wolverhampton page

John and Marie are back.
Brecon Jazz Weekend

7th 8th 9th August
Digby Fairweather half dozen. Kenny Barron.
Scott Hamilton. Julian Arguelles etc.

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Jazz Radio.

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

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.

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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Bolehall Manor
Amington RoadTamworth.

Monday August 10th
 8-30 pm

Andrzek Baranek  Quartet.

Frank Grim bass. Tony Ormesher guitar

Dave Wilkes drums

Triplex Social Club

Eckersall Road


B38 8SR

Monday 3rd August 8-30PM

The Brian Newton Big Band

The Brian Newton Big Band has been part of the Birmingham Big Band scene for over 49 years and is still going strong.

The Hand Hotel, Llangollen.

The Deeside Dixies.
Sunday August 2nd


Dave Thomas ( Panama Jazz Band)

Richard Knock. trumpet

12-30 to 3pm

The music is free

Leader Malcolm Hogarth

The Artrix Theatre

Sunday 2nd August 7-30 pm

Big Band. Five Star Swing

The unique Big Band with Five Star Swing are making a welcome return

Every Sunday
Two hours of jazz
Presented by
John Hellings 8-10pm

BBC Hereford 94.7 FM

BBC Stoke 94.6 FM

BBC Shropshie 96 FM

The Rudddock Performing Arts Centre Egbaston Birmingham

Saturday 1st August 7-00 pm

The People's Orchestra present
An Evening with John Altman & Friends
Tickets £12-00

This weeks youtube special

Chick Corea.Gary Burton

La Fiesta

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It may not always be jazz

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