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.

Mark Nightingale,

Sunday February 21st
Moseley All Services Club
Church Rd
£9-00 on the door


Midlands Orchestra looking for Musicians

The People’s Orchestra, a West Bromwich based orchestra, is looking to recruit talented musicians of any age.

The charity run orchestra is locally funded and looking for musicians trained to a grade 7 with an interest to play film scores, as well as popular music, with a view to expanding their talent in a fun and inexpensive way.

It doesn’t matter if you haven’t played for years, the orchestra would still love to meet you.

To join call: 0121 569 2616 or email:


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Cheltenham Jazz Festival

27th April to 2nd May

The Jazz Festival returns in 2016 with its trademark mix of international jazz stars, homegrown talent and up-and-coming new artists.

More details to follow



Stratford Jazz

Change of Venue
Stratford ArtHouse,
 Rother Street

Stratford on Avon
The next event February 10th  


Monday 22nd February 7-30 pm

New Vic,
Etruria Road,



Clare Teal with her Trio.

The music played in these shows is always evolving, from The Great American and British Songbooks to the music made popular by her heroes, Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day and Peggy Lee to more contemporary covers and original material Clare loves to create a melting pot of styles and genres, but all sung in her inimitable style.

Beautiful melodies, fabulous arrangements and all interspersed with Clare’s warm and witty story telling.

£16.50 - 20.50 per ticket

Tel: 01782 717 962


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Is owned and run by Stella Draper who is the editor.


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Geoff Inwood

Jazz Services

Lots of info on the UKs biggest Jazz Site


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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The Brooklands Hotel
Nr Meole Brace Island

Sunday February 14th 8-30pm

Jeff Matthew’s Chicago Swing Katz.

Guest vocalist
Linda Angelis

£6-00 on the door

West Midlands Travel Club.
Wheelers Lane.
Kings Heath



The Southside Big Band


guest vocalist


Beoley Village Hall

Holt End,

Wednesday 24th February 8-30pm

Chris Carmell's Vintage Jazz Band.

Tickets on door


Jazz Club 90

Albrighton Sports & Social Club
Cross Rd,

Sunday February, 14th 1-00pm

Dene River Jazzmen.

£5-00 on the door

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

Friends of Upton Jazz
Hanley Castle
 High School

Saturday February 13th

 'New Orleans Music
 The Savannah Jazz Band.

7.30pm, including Fish and Chip Supper served at 8.15pm.

Tickets £18 (Members £15)

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Miles Davis


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