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.


A. J. Brown.

Sunday June 21st
Moseley All Services Club
Church Rd

£9-00 on the door

Upton Jazz

Bands and Musicians performing.

Alan Barnes

Alligator Gumbo

Annie Hawkins’ Jazzmen
Amy Roberts
Ben Cummings – tribute to Chet

Baker and Gerry Mulligan

Ben Holder's Quartet

Buck Clayton Legacy Band (UK. Germany, Holland)

Carl Sinclair’s Boogie Band

Chris Pearce Quartet

Craig Milverton Trio

Des Bacon's Red Hot Syncopators

Dixie Strollers

FB Pocket Orchestra

Graham Hughes Quartet

Hot Banana

Hotsy Totsy

Jamie Brownfield

John Hallam

Keith Nichols Hot Six

Harlem Madness

Kevin Grenfell’s Jazz Giants
Pedigree Jazz band

Perdido Street Jazz Band

Pigstreet Trotters Jazz Band

Richard Leach's 7 Stars of Jazz

Savannah Jazz Band

Plus many more.

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Tim Lord Presents

The Bridgnorth Jazz Festival
May 28th to 31st
with some great jazz men in attendance

Digby Fairweather, Roy Williams, Karen Street, Tina May, Paul Sawtell , Spats Langham. etc

Full details On my Shrewsbury / Wolverhamton pages

www.bridgnorthjazz .co.uk


The Upton Jazz Festival

Thursday 25th, To Sunday 28th June

Upton upon Severn is the ideal setting for a weekend of jazz, fun and good company, and following the success of 2014 we will have Jazz, Swing and Dance - 60+ concerts over 4 days, in two main areas of town.  For the first time we have 2 sessions of music on Thursday evening at the Sports Ground Marquee; three larger marquees with two dance floors.

Down by the Riverside: six town venues including the ever popular Conway Castle Jazz river trips and Jazz under the Bridge.  Plus our 'All Welcome' jam sessions. The Jazz Bus will be running and there will be a Big Saturday Parade; and the Church Service.
Full details click

Great News

Jazz is to continue at Leasowes Bank Farm, Nr Shrewsbury.

Bolthole Jazz
Presented by Chris Bolton Levin.
June 6th June 27th July 4th and July 18th.

Full details on my Shrewsbury page .

Alan Barnes , Dave Newton, Art Themen, Clark Tracey to name a few.

Bookings advised 01743 790903.

Numbers Limited.

Contact. chrisboltonlevin@hotmail.com

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

Jazz Radio.

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

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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

Fred Burnett’s Great web site www.jazznorthwest.co.uk

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The Shrewsbury Jazz Network
The Hive
01743 234970

13TH JUNE 8pm


with special guest,


Admission £14-00

Worcester Jazz
Fownes Hotel.
City Walls Rd.

Monday June 1st
8-00 pm

Maggie Reeday Quartet.

Tom Hill bass. Matt Carter piano.
Coach York drums

Admission £10-00

Stratford Jazz Club
No.1 Shakespeare Street
Wednesday 10th June.

Tom Hill’s Straight Jackets.

Tom Hill bass. Andy Shillingworth tenor.

Al Gurr piano. Pete Harris guitar. Neil Bullock drums.

Admission £12-00 on the door

Friday June 19th. 7pm

Pete Allen's Traditional Jazz Band
Tickets with roast Hog
01691 661980

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

Symphony Hall Cafe Bar

Saturday 30th May 1-30pm

Sax in the City with The Notebenders

Ease into the weekend with this diverse and dynamic band, which brings together musicians from across the city, continuing the legacy of their founder, the legendary jazz musician Andy Hamilton.

This weeks youtube special

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Ann Burton

It never entered my mind.

Wonderful !

It may not always be jazz

Click here just for fun. The children will love it.