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DEC’11/JAN ’12 FEATURES

All the latest news, views and developments in the jazz world: 
skbb

hollySTEVE KING BIG BAND

hollyANNUAL XMAS CONCERT

The Steve King Big Band will be performing their annual Christmas Concert at Halesowen Members Club on Sunday 18th December at 12.30 pm.

Always a popular event, the band will be playing a selection of everyones favourite Christmas tunes in their own big band style. American songstress Lynn Dawes will be singing some great Christmas songs with the band to get everyone in the mood for the festive season. £6 on the door.


TIPITINA

tipitina

Tipitina Local dates include:

  • Sharman’s Cross in Solihull B91 1HT December 16th

  • Malmaison Hotel 1 Wharfsdale St. The Mailbox, Birmingham B1 1RD December 31st


Healing Process
 

ANDY GAYLE – THE
HEALING PROCESS

Andy Gayle’s latest album “The Healing Process” is a musical representation of a very personal journey, which is admirably and succinctly set out in the very eloquent liner notes.

Musically, the album consists of twelve numbers, eight of which are original. They cover a very wide range of moods and emotions, from the extrovert “Soho Road” to the beautifully poignant “The City Hums Your Name”. Andy plays tenor or soprano sax on all bar one of them. His soprano playing makes an occasional nod in the direction of Kenny G, and is fluent, powerful but sensitive throughout. His tenor sax playing is exceptional, in that he is always capable of maintaining a big sound, even in the fastest passages: not always the easiest thing to do. His talents as an arranger are also to the fore, and are displayed in a wide variety of sonic textures.

It is a tribute to Andy’s abilities that so many of Birmingham’s finest musicians agreed to take part in this project. All are outstanding, but special mention must go to John McKinley on guitars, and Pete Hammond on drums, who underpin the whole thing. The vocals of Michelle Brogan are also very special: more should be heard of her.

In short, this is an album which should be taken up by a major jazz label.

ANDY PEATE

Buy CD from www.andygaylejazz.co.uk or

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 Hello everyone!

Welcome to the December / January issue of Jazzwestmids...

Ken MassonTamworth’s Mainstream & Modern Club hosted by Ken Mosson celebrates 20 years at Bolehall Manor on January 9th with the Mark Goodchild Sextet. The club actually opened its doors 5 years earlier in 1987 at The Good Companions (later re-named The Old Liberal House) with a short period at The Jolly Sailor before settling into its current Amington Road location. Ken’s club is a very friendly one with it's loyal following and gifted performers including the Monday, 12th December line-up featuring The Tom Hill Quartet, Tom on bass, Paul Sawtell vibes, Al Gurr keyboards and Nick Millwardon drums. Well done, Ken, on 20 years of Jazz At The Manor and a certain 80th birthday this past summer!

The Southside Big Band have a special concert on Wednesday, 14th December when vocalist Jeff Hooper makes a welcome return to The Stadium Club in Wheelers Lane, Kings Heath B13 0ST. A great night at a great venue!

Hey, there’s a New Jazz Club at HARRISON’S SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB, WHARWELL LANE, GREAT WYRLEY WS6 6EU WALSALL , WEST MIDLANDS“ Barbara And All That Jazz” are opening on Thursday 1st Dec. Let’s wish the new club the very best ! Phone : 01922 412138 Fax : 01944 768443

Sutton Coldfield Trad Jazz Club is on the move to The Walmley Social Club, 4 Fox Hollies Road, Walmley B76 2RJ. The first gig will be on Wednesday, 21st December 2011 which will also be Christmas Party night. The Walmley Club is an excellent venue with a large car park. Nos.71 and 914 buses run from the town centre and stop within a few yards of the club.

Leam Jazz, Dec 14th, continues a series of special guests with, Andrea Vicarim, Professor of Jazz Piano and senior lecturer at Trinity College of Music, London, one of Europe’s leading conservatoires. Andrea Vicari is also the musical director of a show about Chet Baker: “Chet Baker Speedball” which ran during the London jazz festival. Andrea is heavily committed to Jazz Education, currently working with Yamaha Jazz Experience and is Musical Director of the Dordogne Jazz Summer School. “One of the most brilliant young jazz musicians in the UK - an outstanding pianist and superbly fertile composer” ( Penguin Rough Guide to Jazz )

Well, Jazzers, have yourselves a very Merry Christmas and a very musical New Year!

Stella

Oxfam Stomp

The 46th Annual Oxfam Stomp - all proceeds to Oxfam
Friday 6th January, 7.30 pm to 11.30 pm
At The New Billesley, Brook Lane, Kings Heath, Birmingham B13 0AB
 
Featuring:
 
Chris Pearce's Frenchmen Street Jazz Band
Spats Langham & Friends
George Huxley's Jazzmen & Caz Shennington
Brian Mellor's Jazz Ramblers
 
£10 on the door or £8.50 in advance from Pat McMeekan on 0121 444 3525

 

Rush Hour Blues : Carole Westwood and the Archie Cotterell Trio, November 14th. 2008

Archie Cotterell

All of us at JazzWestMids were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of pianist Archie Cotterell. A full obituary will appear in our next issue.

The funeral has been arranged for Wednesday 21st December at 2pm, at Bushbury Crematorium, Wolverhampton. Following the funeral, there will be a reception at the Masonic Lodge, Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton.

Roger HillRoger Hill passed away peacefully on Tuesday 8th November

Roger was a central figure on the Birmingham music scene from the mid 60’s. It began with his brother Bob with Bobby & The Dominators, soon to be followed by The Plazents, Brumbeats, Uglys, The Exception and later Fairport Convention. From the mid 70’s there followed a successful involvement with Chris Barber’s Jazz Band with whom he travelled far and wide. (Chris once quoted ‘If you want to know anything about guitars-don’t ask me-ask Roger Hill’) -praise indeed!

Roger’s musical career spanned over 50 years from The Plaza in Old Hill to New Orleans (which he disliked-’It’s on a bog’ he said often!) Encouraging him to speak about his experiences was fascinating, impressive, and humorous and his philosophy in more recent times was ‘Let The Good Times Roll’ and most all of his gigs kicked off or ended with it. Despite suffering a debilitating condition, Raynauds Phenomenon, likened to frostbite and affecting his finger tips, Roger would be seen putting on special plasters overcoming the discomfort, to enable him to play his beloved guitar.

Sadly, no more to be heard around our city, the sweet strains of ‘Nuages’ the haunting ‘Evening’ or the mighty ‘Hey Joe’, to name but a few of the awe inspiring tunes, the versions of which Roger had made so much ‘his own’-but certainly, the friends and devotees that loved him, will keep his music in their hearts forever.

Rest in Peace Roger - Musician Extraordinaire - Gentleman - Eccentric and a friend to many

Nanette

Leam Jazz

Latest Gig News:

  • Sunday gigs at the Actress & Bishop in Ludgate Hill, Brum are starting at the earlier time of 3pm. Also check out the Simon Deeley Trio at the Ruskin Glass Centre Wollaston Road Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 4HFon 29th January
      

  • TREVOR BURTON BAND at BROWN LIONTrevor Burton
    On Sunday January 15 Trevor and the Band will be playing at the Brown Lion Pub, 18 Hall St. Hockley, B18, Corner of Warstone Lane and Caroline St, from 5.30-8pm - Free admission, hot and cold food available until 4pm. A warm welcome and great music from Trevor at the Brown Lion! Good parking too! For info call Linda on 0121 241 6751

  • REUBEN JAMES AT BEARWOOD CORKS THURSDAY 16th JANUARY
    John and Reuben hit the beat
    Pianist Reuben James (photo rt with John Patrick) started as a young prodigy performing with The Notebenders and quickly moved up to the Birmingham Jazz Ensemble. He has since gone on to tour with trumpeter Abram Wilson. He now brings his own trio to the club where he played some of his very first gigs. A great young pianist with a rapidly growing reputation - Admission £4 (£3 concs) - Music starts at 9pm

  • RAY BUTCHER IS BACK! Having left the Midlands to run the new Blue Train Jazz Club in London Ray will be returning to play a one off gig at the Leam Jazz Club on Wednesday January 18th.

  • ANDY GAYLE JOINS HENRY NEWMAN
    BAND AT CORKS
    Henry & Andy

    Andy Gayle will be joining Henry Newman and his band at Bearwood Corks this Thursday 9th January. Andy is among the very best saxophone players in the region and recently wowed a full house at Bearwood Corks with Definition Of Magic.

    Originally self-taught he went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music under the likes of Courtney Pine and Jean Toussaint before playing lead tenor in Tomorroww's Warriors. He has recently recorded a stunning professionally produced CD album called "The Healing Process" which I'm sure will be available on the night.

    The rest of the band will include some of Henry's regulars including former Black Voices vocalist Janice Williamson who I'm never shy to remind people I have on a beautiful vinyl LP. All in all it looks like Henry has put together an excellent line up for this gig.

    The following week at Corks it's pianist Reuben James (16th January) who started as a young prodigy performing with The Notebenders and quickly moved up to the Birmingham Jazz Ensemble. He has since gone on to tour with trumpeter Abram Wilson. He now brings his own trio to the club where he played some of his very first gigs.

  • STRATFORD JAZZ UPDATE FROM MAGAZINE: Sun 18 Dec - Bebee Quintet. "Christmas Special" - Percy Pursglove (t) replaces: Bryan Corbett

  • RAY BUTCHER IS BACK! Having left the Midlands to run the new Blue Train Jazz Club in London Ray will be returning to play a one off gig at the Leam Jazz Club on Wednesday January 18th.

  • MEANWHILE DECEMBER KICKS OFF WITH SOME GREAT GIGS INCLUDING Fret & Fiddle at Bearwood Corks on Thursday 1st, Steve Ajao’s Club Bebop at the Prince Of Wales B’ham on Saturday 3rd and Barbara & All That Jazz at Jazzamataz Coventry on Sunday 4th -
    All in DECEMBER?JANUARY LISTINGS


The Brasserie, Leamington

CORRECTION FROM MAGAZINE:

The dates listed in the above advertisement are listed as being at their sister hotel in Stratford in the October edition of the magazine. Please note that the above advert is correct and that the dates are at the Brasserie in Leamington Spa.


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NOVEMBER ’11 FEATURES

All the latest news, views and developments in the jazz world: 
sculptures

JAZZ MEETS ART...

...for charity...            ...in Hereford

As "demon trumpeter" Ben Cummings raises money for The George Melly Sculpture Appeal

George Melly and Ben Cummings

Hereford's latest arts gallery venue, The Crown Inn at Whitchurch is branching out into the world of Jazz with a major charity concert by "demon trumpeter" Ben Cummings on Friday 25th November.

Cummings has appeared alongside many Jazz greats including Jamie Cullum, Jacqui Dankworth, Humphrey Lyttleton and the late George Melly.

The special Jazz evening starts at 8.30 pm and entrance is £5. Proceeds are in aid of the Brecon based charity The George Melly Sculpture Appeal and will also feature long time Melly associates John Gibbon on drums with Dave Moses on Bass and Phil Mead on Piano.

The George Melly Sculpture Appeal is a registered charity based in Brecon, which is fundraising to commission a public artwork to celebrate the life of George Melly and his connection with Brecon Jazz Festival. The designs, by Bruce Williams, are for a series of three surrealist benches to be sited on the promenade ovelooking the river Usk.

George Melly was the first musician to be contracted by Brecon Jazz (in 1984) and was a life long supporter and advocate of Brecon, describing Brecon Jazz as “New Orleans in The Beacons”.

John Gibbon said "The Crown is a pub/gallery and is the perfect location for Ben's concert as George was arguably even more passionate about art than Jazz". Melly collected surrealist art in particular and was well known as a broadcaster, critic and raconteur in addition to being a mainstay of the British Jazz Scene from the 1940's up to his death in 2007.

The event at the Crown will take place in the gallery space of the recently refurbished pub where new owner Dez O'Leary is currently hosting an exhibition of the work of iconic film poster artist Graham Humphrey.

The concert will also have a multimedia element and will feature projections that further explore the Jazz / Art connection whilst Ben Cumming's special show will feature a "remembering George" section with recollections of Melly and will highlight famous numbers such as Dr Jazz associated with Melly over his long career.

Ben Cummings with The John Gibbon Trio at The Crown, Whitchurch, HR9 6DB (Between Ross and Monmouth) Friday 25th November at 8.30pm £5 entry in aid of The George Melly Sculpture Appeal

Enquiries : 07729 467420
www.thecrownwhitchurch.com/
www.facebook.com/GeorgeMellySculptureAppeal
www.georgemellysculpture.org.uk/



Bryan Corbett

BRYAN CORBETT BENEFIT

Stratford Jazz
Sun 27 Nov.
£10

As a tribute to the fine musician and excellent jazz trumpeter, Bryan Corbett, Stratford Jazz has joined forces with his musician friends to arrange a benefit concert on Sunday evening at 7:30pm on 27th November at The Chapel at No.1, Shakespeare Street, Stratford-Upon-Avon.

See: www.stratfordjazz.org.uk

Bryan has been unwell for some time and undergoes urgent surgery during November. Naturally we all wish this Bryan well and hope for a speedy recovery. This is an excellent opportunity for Midlands’ jazz lovers to demonstrate their appreciation for Bryan’s outstanding contribution to the jazz scene. Admission to this unique concert will be £10 with a bumper raffle

All musicians have agreed to forgo their fees, all proceeds will go to Bryan. Contributions of prizes to our bumper raffle would be much appreciated but what we need most of all is a bumper audience as a fitting accolade to this popular musician.Musicians lined up to play so far the line up include:

• Alan Barnes
• Chris Bowden
• Neil Bullock
• Sara Colman
• Al Gurr
• Levi French
• Mike Gorman
• Pete Harris
• Ben Markland
• Tom Hill
Stratford Jazz

BOOZE & BLUES LATEST

booze and blues

Here's the full programme for the Blues & Booze Festival at the Prince Of Wales. Proceeds of raffles etc. will go to the John Taylor Hospice, Erdington, this donation will be in memory of Roger Hill, Blues musicianwho sadly died recently, and to St Mary's Hospice,SellyPark. It promises to be a fantastic All Day Charity Blues Festival.

  • 1pm  Pete Hyde & Friends

  • 3pm  Paul Cowley & Tony Stokes ,

  • 4pm  Ann Duggan Band

  • 5pm  Kevin Hadley (below right) & Jon Boran, young Birminghamsinger/songwritersKevin Hadley

  • 6pm  Brian Collins

  • 7pm  Smokin' Ade Wakelin

  • Evening session: Musicians from the Crossroads Blues Club

  • 9pm  Maz Mitrenko (top 2nd left)

Saturday 26th November at the Prince of Wales, Cambridge St, B1 2NP, from midday till late.  Free admission. Proceeds of raffles etc. will go to the John Taylor Hospice, Erdington, this donation will be in memory of Roger Hill, Blues musician who sadly died recently, and to St Mary's Hospice, Selly Park.

For further information phone Linda on 0121-241 6751 or email jazzwestmids@yahoo.co.uk


CHRISTMAS WITH THE

PUPPINI SISTERS

SSBB

Puppini-style wartime classics, pop songs, original material and specially re-worked Christmas tunes for some extra seasonal cheer.

Wednesday 7 December, 8pm - £15, £18.50
Birmingham Town Hall


Healing Process
 

ANDY GAYLE – THE
HEALING PROCESS

Andy Gayle’s latest album “The Healing Process” is a musical representation of a very personal journey, which is admirably and succinctly set out in the very eloquent liner notes.

Musically, the album consists of twelve numbers, eight of which are original. They cover a very wide range of moods and emotions, from the extrovert “Soho Road” to the beautifully poignant “The City Hums Your Name”. Andy plays tenor or soprano sax on all bar one of them. His soprano playing makes an occasional nod in the direction of Kenny G, and is fluent, powerful but sensitive throughout. His tenor sax playing is exceptional, in that he is always capable of maintaining a big sound, even in the fastest passages: not always the easiest thing to do. His talents as an arranger are also to the fore, and are displayed in a wide variety of sonic textures.

It is a tribute to Andy’s abilities that so many of Birmingham’s finest musicians agreed to take part in this project. All are outstanding, but special mention must go to John McKinley on guitars, and Pete Hammond on drums, who underpin the whole thing. The vocals of Michelle Brogan are also very special: more should be heard of her.

In short, this is an album which should be taken up by a major jazz label.

ANDY PEATE

Buy CD from www.andygaylejazz.co.uk or

iTunes

 Hello everyone!

Welcome to the November issue
of Jazzwestmids...


Just got back from a glorious 10 days in Cyprus and its too cold to show off my tan!

One or two venues may be closing but there’s still lots of good jazz music around so please support our musicians and keep music live. We have quite a few new venues and bands advertising this month, so scrutinise our adverts closely and don’t miss a thing !

BBC Big Band, Friday 25th November, Birmingham Town Hall. The BBC Big Band, led by former Kenton trombone star, Jiggs Whigham, celebrates the centenary of one of the jazz world’s top cult figures Stan Kenton. Kenton’s band and style became known as “The Wall of Sound”, a tag later used by Phil Spector. Stan Kenton’s name has become a byword for some of the most exciting and original innovations ever to happen to the world of big bands.

Calling all Blues Fans. The Prince of Wales, 85 Cambridge St. B1 2NP, is putting on a Blues and Booze Festival on Saturday, November 26 from midday till late AND it’s completely free admission. The Festival is the brainchild of pianist Freddie Pirotta (famous for his Hip Operation) in collaboration with Linda Semp from the Prince of Wales. Programme isn’t quite yet finalised but you can be sure it will be exciting with a few surprises. If you’d like to join in the performance side, please call Linda on 0121 241 6751 or Freddie on 0208 432 9434. All events at the Prince can also be found on Linda’s Facebook page or you can email her at jazzwestmids@yahoo.co.uk

For Trad Jazz fans in the Coventry area, Wednesday 9th November sees a one-off special night of jazz featuring T.J.Johnson on piano, Jamie Brownfield on trumpet, Adrian Cox on sax and clarinet, Jay Darwish on bass and Mez Clough on drums. The venue is The Sky Blue Connexion, Ryton-on-Dunsmore (A423/A445 intersection)and kicks off at 8pm. Admission is £9.00 with nibbles!

Double dates in November at Tamworth’s mainstream and modern club at Bolehall Manor, Amington Rd, Tamworth B77 3LH. Monday 14th sees Bryan Corbett with the Paul Sawtell Trio followed on Monday 28th by John Hughes and The Walsall Jazz Orchestra. The club has an an anniversary coming up in a couple of months ... more on that later!

So keep supporting live music and enjoy the jazz!

Stella


Latest Gig News:

  • CORRECTION FROM MAGAZINE - JB Jazz & Blues are playing at Shirley British Legion on November the 18th and NOT at Solihull Jazz Club as stated in the magazine

  • BLUES & BOOZE FESTIVAL @ THE PRINCE OF WALES Kevin Hadley- Saturday 26 November starting at midday and continuing through till late (midnight or later) - Admission free - Programme is being arranged by pianist Freddie Pirotta and Linda Semp - Wannabe performers should email Linda (jazzwestmids@yahoo.co.uk) or ring 0121 241 6751. LATEST NEWS IN FEATURES!
                             Prince of Wales, 85 Cambridge St. B1 2NP

  • SOME GREAT LATE GIGS FOR NOVEMBER INCLUDE John Hughes with Walsall Jazz Orchestra on Monday 28th at Tamworth "Jazz at The Manor", The New Orleans Wanderers at Bournville on Tuesday 29th and Millennium Eagle Jazz Band at Sutton Jazz Club on Wednesday 30th - All still in NOVEMBER LISTINGS


The Brasserie, Leamington

CORRECTION FROM MAGAZINE:

The dates listed in the above advertisement are listed as being at their sister hotel in Stratford in the October edition of the magazine. Please note that the above advert is correct and that the dates are at the Brasserie in Leamington Spa.

 

OCTOBER ’11 FEATURES

All the latest news, views and developments in the jazz world: 
SSBB

SOUTHSIDE TRIBUTE
TO ERIC DELANEY

On Wednesday 12th October The Southside Big Band are putting on a concert which will include a tribute to Eric Delaney (below) who died on July 14th.

Eric was one of the most inventive of British drummers, captivating audiences with his leaps across the stage from drum kit to timpani. After leaving Geraldo in 1954 and forming his own band Eric had a huge hit with his recording of Oranges and Lemons which will be included in our concert along with other hits.

There is a special guest percussionist, Matthew Green, who will be featured playing pedal tuned timpani etc. Also on the night Paul Drakeley will be singing the the songs of Dean Martin.

Eric Delaney

Welcome to the October issue
of Jazzwestmids...


Autumn is upon us but I have resisted the temptation to put on my central heating, that extra warm jumper has done the trick.

Plenty of venues to warm you up this autumn so I hope you will go out and support live music. There’s music from a-far and music from a-near!

I think Stella wrote this before the late
heat-wave, but the mesage remains
HELP KEEP MUSIC LIVE!!

New Jazz Club : John Dunmore has been inspired to return to his roots to recreate those wonderful sounds of the early New Orleans bands. The Saracens Head in Little Brington, Northants NN7 4HS is the venue and the line-up is John Dunmore: Reeds/vocal/, Phil Boyd: Tpt/vcl., Ron Radford: Tbn.,Roger Howlett: Bjo., Chris Reilley: Keyboard, Glynn Murray: Bass, Dave Rooker: Dms. Guest musicians will be more than welcome to sit in. Let’s establish a good old fashioned Jazz Club….just like there used to be…

Droitwich Jazz Club is organised by Richard and Pattie Leach and sessions are held in the comfortable surroundings of the clubhouse at Gaudet Luce Golf Club in Droitwich, Worcestershire. There is ample parking for cars and excellent bar facilities with snacks available. Doors on jazz club evenings are open from 7pm with music between 8 and 10.30pm. Admission is £8, payable on entrance. Live e local live Jazz scene; we showcase a wide range of musicians from a gypsy jazz through stride and swing to interpretations of jazz standards Kings Heath Cricket & Sports Club, 247 Alcester Road South are fielding The JB Jazz & Blues Band on 22nd October. This band likes to have fun and their polished performance is sure to hit a six ! All the musicians are also vocalists and they have a wide repertoire ranging from Louis Prima right through to Louis Armstrong. As the name implies they are very versatile and can play in many styles including Jump Jive, Swing, Blues and many more.

The Steve King Big Band starts a busy Autumn in October. They appear as part of a big band week at Sand Bay Leisure Complex in Weston Super Mare on the 5th and 6th. The end of the month sees them return to one of the UK’s finest venues for big bands, Wigan Jazz Club. This is a lunchtime concert so hopefully a few readers will make the trip up the M6! Full details appear in their ad or you can contact Steve on 0121 550 1564.

Much to go for, much to enjoy so go to it !

Stella


STRATFORD-ON-AVON
MUSIC FESTIVAL
15 - 22 October 2011

Jaqui Dankworth and MYJO

The 2011 October Festival starts on Saturday 15 October. Eight days of world-class music from top international classical, folk and jazz musicians. The main jazz event will take place on Friday 21st October with the highly acclaimed Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra and special guest, Jacqui Dankworth. The evening, ‘Singin’ and Swingin’ will be hosted at the Levi Fox Hall, King Edward VI School.

email: School.stratmusicfest@btconnect.com

TONY CHRISTIE & MYJO

Tony Christie & MYJO

Jamming For Charity

Charity gig to raise money for Caudwell Children at the The Jamm House St Pauls Square on 4th October featuring Tony Christie with MYJO.

Tony Christie is fast approaching his 50th anniversary in the music industry. Caudwell Children has provided services worth over £13 million to thousands of children with over 350 different medical conditions. The Charity is committed to changing the lives of children by providing specialist equipment, treatment and therapy as well as its annual ‘Destination Dreams’ holiday and family support services.

Caudwell Children
Lara Collins & Tomasso Starace
Dates advertised as being at the Bonded Warehouse in July/August’s magazine are in fact at the Hive in Shrewsbury. The last outstanding event is Laura Collins Quartete on Oct 8th. The the mistake was in the advert and the Hive’s dates appeared correctly in both magazine and web listings
 
Denise Lawrence

MERCURIAL JAZZ FROM DENISE LAWRENCE AND FRIENDS TO LIGHT UP FESTIVALS ACROSS THE MIDLANDS

Mercure Hotels are promoting three Jazz Festivals across the region which will feature top Uk Jazz, Blues and Gospel singer Denise Lawrence. Denise will be joined at the various venues by Slie By Slide, The Sussex Jazz Kings, The Old Fashioned Love Band, The Heart Of England Jazz Band and The Dart Valley Stompers, along with husband Tony Lawrence, her own band and saxophonist George Huxley.

For full details download the brochures for the Festivals using the links below:

  • Friday 6th to Monday 9th May 2011 - Mercure Shrewsbury Albrighton Hall Hotel and Spa - Ellesmere Road, Albrighton, Shrewsbury SY4 3AG - To book, call 01939 291000 - Download brochure
     
  • Friday 9th to Monday 12th September 2O11 - Mercure Cheltenham Queen's Hotel The Promenade, Cheltenham GL50 1NN - To book, call 01242 514754 - Download brochure
     
  • Friday 7th to Monday 10th October 2011 - Mercure Stratford-Upon-Avon Shakespeare Hotel Chapel Street, Stratford-Upon-Avon CV37 6ER - To book, call 01789 294997 - Download brochure

Mercure


 

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    Apex jazz & swing
  • Jazz & Swing with
    THE APEX JAZZ & SWING BAND
    TEL 01543 276428 robin539@btinternet.com
     
    JB Jazz & Blues
  • Let the Good Times Roll with
    THE JB JAZZ & BLUES BAND

    TEL: 01452 862328 www.jbjazzandblues.co.uk
     
    swing museum
  • Gipsy Jazz with
    THE SWING MUSEUM

    Tel: Andrew Rackham 01788 574099, 07766037115
     
  • Interplay
  • Contemporary Fun Quintet
    INTERPLAY
    Adrian Litvinoff 01926 424206
    http://interplayjazz.wordpress.com
     
    Bank Street
  • Top Midlands Trad & Swing Band
    THE BANK STREET SYNCOPATORS

    STEVE: 01902 842720 scmsempre@aol.com
     
  • Presenting the music of Duke Ellington
    KINDA DUKISH BIG BAND

    Mike Fletcher 0121 444 4129

  • Milennium JazzAny size for any Occasion visit
    MILLENNIUMJAZZ.COM

    MATT PALMER 0115 921 2464 or 07973 882235 www.millenniumjazz.com
     
  • Jazz & Blues for all your Functions
    CLIVE ALLSOPP QUINTET

    Tel: 0121 240 1584 - clivetheslide@blueyonder.co.uk
     
    Barbara and all that jazz
  • Traditional Jazz & Blues
    BARBARA AND ALL THAT JAZZ

    BARBARA: 01543 502997 batotaylor@talktalk.net
     
    Jazz not jazz
  • Wedding Band, Playing Jazz And Pop Standards
    JAZZ NOT JAZZ

    Mob: 07946 392736 andrew.davey2@tesco.net
     
    Casey Greene
  • Saxophone, Flute & Clarinet
    CASEY GREENE
    01743 356789 or 07966 719715
    www.caseygreene.com

 

SEPTEMBER ’11 FEATURES

All the latest news, views and developments in the jazz world: 
SKBB

Steve King Big Band
40th Anniversary Concert

As a grand finale to their 40th Anniversary celebrations, the Steve King Big Band have their “official” 40th concert on Sunday 25th September. It is taking place at The Nautical Club, Bishopsgate Street, Birmingham, B15 1ET.

The evening will take the form of a pre-concert reception where you can meet and chat to the band past and present. The band will perform a first set, which will be followed by a buffet. Following the buffet, the band will wind up proceedings with another set. Many ex-members of the band are attending and several will be sitting in with the band. It should be a great night.

Because of the catering, admission will be by advance ticket only. The cost is only £9.00 including the buffet. Ticket contact details are in the advert.

Welcome to the September issue
of Jazzwestmids...


Hello everyone!!!
         Summer is nearly over but where did it go ???

Nevertheless we have a great variety of Jazz to entice you in September ! If you have fond memories of such names as Louis Armstrong, Acker Bilk and Chris Barber, you may be interested to know that your kind of music is alive and well at Sutton Coldfield Trad Jazz Club. A different band every Wednesday from 8.30.to 11.00 at Sutton Coldfield Town Football Club, Coles Lane, B72 1NL.

Tamworth’s Mainstream And Modern Jazz Club has a tribute to Paul Desmond lined up for Monday, 12th September featuring Alison Neale on alto saxperfectly supported by Al Gurr on keyboards, Mark Goodchild on bass and Garry Randall on drums. A great night at the Bolehall Manor Club, Amington Road, Tamworth B77 3LH.

Jazz On The water Live music and real ale cruises operate on many Saturday afternoons throughout the year, featuring talented musicians from around the Midlands and elsewhere. Trad Jazz, Rock, Modern Jazz, Blues, Celtic, Folk, Gypsy Jazz & much more… September 3rd Fret and Fiddle. Fret & Fiddle draw inspiration from the small string bands of the 30’s and 40’s, and particularly from the most famous of all: the Quintette du Hot Club de France featuring Stéphane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt. Real ale from local small brewery is normally available on these cruises. – seat reservations essential.

The Callander Jazz and Blues Festival is now firmly established on the UK Festival map and is one of the largest rural music festival events in Scotland. Visit the Heart of Scotland and experience a weekend of first class entertainment amongst the early Autumn splendour of the Trossachs. One of the headline bands is The Slammers. The band consists of double bass, piano, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, trumpet, trombone and drums. The singer is a very talented young man, Duncan Morris, who came from the European Rat Pack tour to join the band.The Slammers The Slammers are set to put on a brilliant Vegas style show which will really take the audience back in time !

Enjoy it all !!

Stella


TONY CHRISTIE & MYJO

Tony Christie & MYJO

Jamming For Charity

Charity gig to raise money for Caudwell Children at the The Jamm House St Pauls Square on 4th October featuring Tony Christie with MYJO.

Tony Christie is fast approaching his 50th anniversary in the music industry. Caudwell Children has provided services worth over £13 million to thousands of children with over 350 different medical conditions. The Charity is committed to changing the lives of children by providing specialist equipment, treatment and therapy as well as its annual ‘Destination Dreams’ holiday and family support services.

Caudwell Children

MORE PLEASURE
AT THE HARE & HOUNDS

Big Joe Pleasure

The irrepressible King Pleasure & the Biscuit Boys make the return trip to The Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath [106 High St, Birmingham B14 7JZ, 0121 444 2081] on Friday 30th September.

Tickets are priced at £10 and available from
theticketsellers.co.uk
or on the door.

The current lineup is The King himself on vocals and baritone sax, Bullmoose K. Shirley on guitar, Boysie Battrum on alto and tenor saxes, Mighty Matt Foundling tickling the ivories, double bassist Shark Van Stoop and Gary ‘The Enforcer’ Barber on drums.

The band are on the road throughout the UK and Europe promoting their new album ‘Live at Last’ on Big Bear Records, available on CD and on iTunes.

Info: Big Bear Music, PO Box 944, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B16 8UT
Tel: 0121 454 7020 Fax: 0121 454 9996
Email: admin@bigbearmusic.com


RIP Bob Moreton

Trumpeter Bob Moreton died on 9 August following a long illness. Bob's swinging trumpet graced many traditional bands in the Midlands over the years, including Big Eric Dodgson's Old Comrades and New Revival bands, the Ollie Dow Band and the group that Bob himself founded in the early eighties, the Bank Street Syncopators.

As well as being a fine musician, Bob was an all-round Good Guy, with a sense of
humour that complemented his rather impish appearance. Bob's presence on a gig
was a guarantee of an enjoyable session and some good laughs. Our condolences go out to Jean, Dave, Sue and the rest of Bob's family.

Jim Denham


BOOK A BAND

    Apex jazz & swing
  • Jazz & Swing with
    THE APEX JAZZ & SWING BAND
    TEL 01543 276428 robin539@btinternet.com
     
  • Let the Good Times Roll with
    THE JB JAZZ & BLUES BAND

    TEL: 01452 862328 www.jbjazzandblues.co.uk
     
    swing museum
  • Gipsy Jazz with
    THE SWING MUSEUM

    Tel: Andrew Rackham 01788 574099, 07766037115
     
  • Interplay
  • Contemporary Fun Quintet
    INTERPLAY
    Adrian Litvinoff 01926 424206
    http://interplayjazz.wordpress.com
     
  • Top Midlands Trad & Swing Band
    THE BANK STREET SYNCOPATORS

    STEVE: 01902 842720 scmsempre@aol.com
     
  • Presenting the music of Duke Ellington
    KINDA DUKISH BIG BAND

    Mike Fletcher 0121 444 4129

  • Any size for any Occasion visit
    MILLENNIUMJAZZ.COM

    MATT PALMER 0115 921 2464 or 07973 882235 www.millenniumjazz.com
     
  • Jazz & Blues for all your Functions
    CLIVE ALLSOPP QUINTET

    Tel: 0121 240 1584 - clivetheslide@blueyonder.co.uk
     
    Barbara and all that jazz
  • Traditional Jazz & Blues
    BARBARA AND ALL THAT JAZZ

    BARBARA: 01543 502997 batotaylor@talktalk.net
     
    Jazz not jazz
  • Wedding Band, Playing Jazz And Pop Standards
    JAZZ NOT JAZZ

    Mob: 07946 392736 andrew.davey2@tesco.net
     
    Casey Greene
  • Saxophone, Flute & Clarinet
    CASEY GREENE
    01743 356789 or 07966 719715
    www.caseygreene.com

Things to watch out for in September include:

  • The Steve King Big Band (above) 40th Anniversary Concert on Sunday 25th September at the Nautical Club in Birmingham
     
  • Jazz returns to Bearwood Corks Club on Thursday 1st September with Andy Hamilton & The Blue Notes
     
  • Stafford Jazz returns to Stafford Rangers FC on Sunday 4th September with the Old Fashioned Love Band
     
  • Sept 26 Steve Morgan plays Northfield CEM Club
     
  • 27 Sept The New Orleans Wanderers play Bournville
     
  • MYJO play at The Roadhouse in Stirchley on Wednesday 28th wille Jack Cotterill of The Cheshire Cats play Sutton Coldfield Jazz Club
     
  • Birmingham’s Caliufornian born ace of the Double Bass Tom Hill will be playing what he calls some funkin’ jazzy Latin bluesy jumbo!!! at Bearwood Corks Club on Thursday 29th September
     
  • Swing Museum play at Summersault in Rugby on Friday 30th September
     
  • and of course The Trumpet in Bilston has Jazz every night.

...and the following additions to the Listings came in too late for the Magazine:

  • Sunday sessions at The ACTRESS & BISHOP, Birmingham.  
    4th September 2011 - CARL SINCLAIR
    11th September 2011 - THE TOY HEARTS
    18th September 2011 - The return of THE ROAD RUNNER
    25th September 2011 - BIG BOY BLOATER 
    2nd October 2011 - THE TOY HEARTS
     
  • The HIDEOUT, Sutton Coldfield
    Tuesday 6th September 2011 - DARREN HANLON
    Friday 16th September 2011 - The STEVE GIBBONS BAND
     
  • Live Wednesdays at The JAM HOUSE, St Paul's Square, Brum 9.30pm - 11.00pm Free Admission before 9pm. 
    Wednesday 21st September 2011 - THE GIANT KILLERS

Lara Collins & Tomasso Starace
Dates advertised as being at the Bonded Warehouse in July/August’s magazine are in fact at the Hive in Shrewsbury. They include Tommaso Starace on 10th September and Laura Collins Quartet on Oct 8th. The the mistake was in the advert and the Hive’s dates appeared correctly in both magazine and web listings.


JULY/AUGUST ’11 FEATURES

All the latest news, views and developments in the jazz world: 
The 27th Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival July 1st to 10th 2011

Performances on the city’s streets and squares, in shopping centres, stately houses, cafés, bars, restaurants, museums, hotels, on the canal, in two castles[!], a zoo and on the buses.

The Festival’s free 64 page programme is available at the Library, tourist information centres, the Council House and all the usual venues. You can also view it online at this link.

BIJF

The Brass Volcanoes (above) are just one of the many acts you'll find in and around town. Some of the more enticing events include Alt Country singer Kasey Cubero (at a Jazz Fest? Never mind I'll be going), John Ruddick Quartet, Jean Paul Gard, Dave O'Higgins, Tipitina, US Jazz singer Sandy Russell and saxophonist Art Themen who's linking up with the Henry Newman Trio at the Bournville Social Club. If Henry invites some of the other musicians up on stage, such as forner Black Voices singer Janice Williamson, the this promises to be a cracker.

The vast majority of the events are free, but two of the best of the pay to get in events promise to be Lady Sings The Blues (featuring Val Wiseman, Digby Fairweather...) at the Botanical Gardens on Sunday 10th July at 7pm (£15/10)and a link up between UK trombone star Dennis Rollins and veteram Birmingham Jazz legend Andy Hamilton at Bearwood Corks Club on Thursday 7th July (8.30 for 9pm - £5/4)

Val iseman Dennis Rollins

Matthew Herbert Big Band Mostly Jazz Festival 2011

Taking place from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd July the second Mostly Jazz Festival is shaping up to be full of big names such as Festival headliners The Cinematic Orchestra and The Matthew Herbert Big Band (above) and recent programme addition, Afrobeat sensation Dele Sosimi (below), as well as interesting local artists like Steve Tromans Debop Band and Lluis Mather & Noose. The festival will bring three days of live soul, funk and jazz to the beautiful setting of Moseley Park.

dele sosimi
 

Welcome to the July & August issue
of Jazzwestmids...


 Hello Everyone,
         Lots of Jazz to enjoy during July and August...

BIRMINGHAM INTERNATIONAL JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL
218 performances in 81 venues, almost all of them with free admission and many in public places.ring 0121 454 7020 for programme. Mostly Jazz Festival 2011

Taking place from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd July the second Mostly Jazz Festival is shaping up to be full of big names such as Festival headliners The Cinematic Orchestra and The Matthew Herbert Big Band and recent programme addition Dele Sosimi as well as interesting local artists like Steve Troman’s Bebop Band and Luis Mather & Noose. The festival will bring three days of live soul, funk and jazz to the beautiful setting of Moseley Park.

Date for your diary: Friday 8th July – The Trumpet. Swing Parade with Special Guest Bruce Adams. Edgar Marcías and friends’ new venue is Benjamins in Halesowen, every Sunday. I went along to the first session, very nice place, plenty of room, nice people.

George Huxley will be playing at The Civic Hall Stratford-On-Avon for an “ An American Celebration “ on Monday 4th July Friends of The Orchestra of the Swan are presenting a summer fundraising concert.

I have been asked for details of the Burton ‘Big Band Concert at Henhurst Hill Henhurst Hill Social Club, Henhurst Hill, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, DE13 9TB Telephone: 01283 215703,Come along and hear the sounds of the Burton Big Band, refreshments available and entry free of charge. Starts at 8.30pm
Old Sills Jazz Club

Kellard Thomas

George Huxley has a special guest on Thurs 28th July, Kelland Thomas, a versatile musician comfortable in a variety of genres, Dr. Thomas performs, records and tours regularly with vintage jazz group The Original Wildcat Jass Band and fusion band Sylvan Street. He has performed with Jerry Lewis, Peter Nero, The Four Tops, Diane Schuur, Manhattan Transfer, The Spinners, Sam Moore, Jimmy Heath, and many more. George met him last year in America whilst playing at a jazz Festival.

Stella

Digby Fairweather

The Flight Of The Bumblebee!

By John Watson

Jazz goes with a swing – but at a Digby Fairweather concert it was in danger of going with a sting.

Just 90 minutes before his show was due to start in a Staffordshire village church, two massive swarms of bees invaded the building. The bees began to invade St Peter’s Church in Elford, near Lichfield, just as the musicians arrived to set up their instruments.

The concert organisers quickly realised they would have to evacuate the building as tens of thousands of bees swarmed in. But the musicians and the jazz fans were in luck, as the nearby village hall happened to be free for the night, and the concert went ahead on time in its new location.

The concert, staged as a tribute to legendary American jazz cornet player Ruby Braff, starred trumpeter Digby with guitarists Dominic Ashworth and Colin Oxley, and bassist Len Skeat.

Digby, who was in the church when the bees invaded, commented: “The bees were very, very threatening. I tried playing The Flight Of The Bumblebee, but they took no notice. However, we had a great night at the village hall.”

It was the first in a new summer series of concerts, entitled Jazz At St Peter’s. The next concert in the Jazz At St Peter’s series is on July 7, and will star two legendary jazz musicians: trombonist Roy Williams and tenor saxophonist Tommy Whittle.

You can Digby playing again, minus the bees, at The Birmingham jazz Festival.

a new softback edition    

The Poer of Jazz
THE POWER OF JAZZ

Title: The Power Of Jazz
Subtitle: Photography by John Watson
Published by: blurb
Price: £25.
Exclusively available to buy from:
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The acclaimed book of jazz photography The Power Of Jazz, by UK-based photographer John Watson, has now been published in a new softback edition by blurb.com.

It features more than 140 photographs of jazz legends and rising stars, including Chet Baker, Sonny Rollins, Oscar Peterson, Gil Evans, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer, Dame Cleo Laine, Johnny Griffin, Benny Golson, Kenny Davern, Kurt Elling, Jan Garbarek, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Hank Jones, Roy Hargrove,
Charles Lloyd, Dave Holland, Pat Metheny, Jane Monheit, Lee Konitz, the Mingus Big Band and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. 

JWM
 

Dates for your diary:

  • The Prince of Wales, Cambridge Street, Birmingham, will be making its contribution to the Birmingham Jazz Festival Fringe as usual this year.

    On Sunday July 3rd the acclaimed Roger Hill Band will play from 4.30 to 7.30pm, and on Sunday July 10th Smokin’ Ade and his Blues Band will play in the same time slot. Both highly recommended! .

  • IPANEMA ARE LIVE @ THE HIVE SATURDAY - 9th JULY

    There appears to be some confusion in the magazine over whether Ipanema are playing the Hive in Shrewsbury or the Bonded Warehouse this Saturday. They are in fact playing at the Hive, as are Tommaso Starace on 10th September and Laura Collins Quartete on Oct 8th.

STOP PRESS 
DUTCH LEWIS BROADBAND @ BEARWOOD CORKS ON THURSDAY 4th AUGUST...

...then it’s a three week break

Yes it’s official! The Jazz at Bearwood Corks is having a holiday. They finish up with the Dutch Lewis Broadband on Thursday 4th August and take a 3 week break before re-opening on 1st September with Andy Hamilton & The Blue Notes, followed by The Notebenders on 8th September.


2 CHANGES TO THE TRUMPET’s PROGRAMME:

 • On Monday 29th July it’s John Sparry (vibes) Alec Hewes (bass), Richard Werritt (guitar), and Musti (Reg's away then, too!).

 • On Sunday 14th August (evening) it’s Sambuca Diaries.

britains got talentAuditions for the next series of Britain's Got Talent are taking place at the Actress & Bishop over the next few Sundays.
 
Who will be the lucky ones?
Here's a list of the hopefuls...

July
10th - COLIN BROWNE & Guests
17th - JAMES O'HARA with Dandelion & Burdock
24th - THE DRUGSTORE COWBOYS
31st - THE CLARKESVILLE MOUNTAIN BAND
 
August
7th   - THE THOMAS FORD TRIO
14th - CRACKER & THE WOODPECKERS
21st - THE DRUGSTORE COWBOYS
28th - BIG JOE PLEASURE with Boysey & Matt
(all gigs are FREE and usually kick off at some time around 3.30/4.00pm and finish about 6.00/6.30ish)
 

twinwood

For info go to www.twinwoodevents.com


!! NEW BOOK A BAND NEW !!

This is a new section in both the printed and web editions:

  • Jazz & Swing with
    THE APEX JAZZ & SWING BAND
    TEL 01543 276428 robin539@btinternet.com
     
  • Let the Good Times Roll with
    THE JB JAZZ & BLUES BAND

    TEL: 01452 862328 www.jbjazzandblues.co.uk
     
    swing museum
  • Gipsy Jazz with
    THE SWING MUSEUM

    Tel: Andrew Rackham 01788 574099, 07766037115
     
  • Contemporary Fun Quintet
    INTERPLAY
    Adrian Litvinoff 01926 424206
    http://interplayjazz.wordpress.com
     
  • Top Midlands Trad & Swing Band
    THE BANK STREET SYNCOPATORS

    STEVE: 01902 842720 scmsempre@aol.com
     
  • Presenting the music of Duke Ellington
    KINDA DUKISH BIG BAND

    Mike Fletcher 0121 444 4129

  • Any size for any Occasion visit
    MILLENNIUMJAZZ.COM

    MATT PALMER 0115 921 2464 or 07973 882235 millenniumjazz.com
     
  • Jazz & Blues for all your Functions
    CLIVE ALLSOPP QUINTET

    Tel: 0121 240 1584 - clivetheslide@blueyonder.co.uk
     
    Barbara and all that jazz
  • Traditional Jazz & Blues
    BARBARA AND ALL THAT JAZZ

    BARBARA: 01543 502997 batotaylor@talktalk.net
     
    Jazz not jazz
  • Wedding Band, Playing Jazz And Pop Standards
    JAZZ NOT JAZZ

    Mob: 07946 392736 andrew.davey2@tesco.net
     
    Casey Greene
  • Saxophone, Flute & Clarinet
    CASEY GREENE
    01743 356789 or 07966 719715
    www.caseygreene.com
Mostly jazz

MOSTLY JAZZ...

     ...IN EARLY JULY IN BRUM...

booker t
Booker T Jones (above), leader of the now legendary Stax rhythm section “Booker T & The MGs” heads the line up of the 2nd ever Mostly Jazz Festival. The festival also features The Cinematic Orchestra, Gilles Peterson, a DJ set from Craig Charles (Red Dwarf & Corrie) and the Matthew Herbert Big Band who have recently done the music for ‘Life In A Day’, the new film by Ridley Scott and Kevin McDonald.

Chancery Cruising Jazz Party at Sea