Jazz West Midlands

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Paul Sawtell
Nice One !

The Fat Chops Big Band.

Bruce Adams

Sunday March 15th 12-30pm
Moseley All Services Club
Church Rd

£9-00 on the door


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Stratford Jazz

I am advised that all is not lost re Stratford Jazz. A New Promoter has been found, and all being well we shall see a new programme starting in April
Watch this space.


Malvern Jazz Weekend.
 Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th April.

We are starting to put together a programme of gigs, and have already booked our 2 headliners, Bryan Corbett (trumpet) and his trio, and Dom Franks Strayhorn Quartet. We have new venues on board, so hopefully the event will be bigger and better than ever. We have started listing some details on our website, www.malvernjazzweekend.co.uk Worth also mentioning that all gigs are free to the public.

Advanced Notice

Magull Jazz Club has booked their weekend in Llandudno.

April 17th to Sunday 19th April.

The bands will be The Merseysippi Jazz Band .

The Old Fashioned Love Band.

£87-00 per person !

To book. Tel Harry Swinburne 0151 520 1633.
It’s a Great Weekend !

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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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Birmingham University
Bramall Music Building,
Saturday 7th March, 7.30pm
Back to Basie Orchestra

with Elaine Delmar

Paying homage to the great American Jazz composer and pianist, Count Basie,
Admission £20 Full price £10 Students

Tel01782 206000

Worcester Jazz
Fownes Hotel.
City Walls Road,

March 2nd 8pm
 Elaine Delmar

The Brian Dee Trio

Bill Coleman bass. Carl Hemmingsley drums
Admission £12-50

Staffs County Club,
77 Eastgate St,
ST16 2NG

Tuesday 3rd March 8pm



Simply put The Robin Nolan Trio are one the world’s best known and most admired Gypsy Jazz acts.


Doors Open 8pm. Pay on the Door £8/£6
Promoted by Chris Gumbley

Solihull British Legion
Union Road

Solihull Trad Jazz Club

Sunday  8th 1pm
Amy Roberts /Richard Exall Jazz Band.

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

10th March 8-30pm
Red Dragon Jazzmen with Ruth Frith
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Back in Time
Gene Krupa
Big noise from Winnetka

It may not always be jazz

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