Jazz West Midlands
A site for Jazz Fans in and around the West Midlands
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at Ironbridge in the County of Shropshire.
two hours of jazz presented
Radio Shropshire 96fm
To Listen Again
The Solihull Jazz and Blues Festival is back. Four days of vibrant jumping jazz, cool melodic blues and family entertainment featuring the cream of the UK jazz and blues circuit. And it's bigger and better than ever.
Just some of the fine musicians who will be playing
King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys
Val Wiseman Combo
Roy Forbes with The Brian Dee Trio
Alan Barnes' Liquorice Stick Allsorts (Alan Barnes, Jim Hart, Paul Clarvis),
Dave O'Higgins Quartet
Bobby Woods Quartet.
Bruce Adams Quartet
Listen on Line click the above url
K Jazz Radio, the internet-based jazz music radio station with a global following of well over a million listeners, has unveiled the launch of a television channel dedicated purely to jazz.
Jazz West Mids has now been aquired from Linda & Barry by
Stella Draper who is now the new editor . She can be contacted on 01788 553884 for advertising. Her web site will remain.
I wish her well with the new project and trust many of you will advertise in the magazine.
I was advised by my friend Frank Meeson of these details.
Bob Erwig, is a retired cornet player from The Climax Jazzband and I understand now lives in Canada. Some of you may know him ?
I must advise you that they are addictive and you may may spend a lot of time on your computer !
Menorca The Jewel in the Med
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.