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Birmingham Jazz Festival
Bob Kerr's Whoopie Band

Bob Kerr’s Whoopee Band

Ludicrously talented,              

                 wonderfully entertaining

& impossibly silly!

Sunday 14th July at Botanical Gardens 7pm £15 • Email festival@bigbearmusic.com for information • www.birminghamjazzfestival.com

The Festival has it's usual galaxy of free gigs at all sorts of weird and wonderful venues across Brummagem which you can find out about on their website or by picking up a programme at an information point or one of the listed venues.


Burney and Wizard

It was a pleasure to be at the Asylum venue in Birmingham this week, to see a star studded benefit concert for saxophonist Mike Burnley.
The Acts included the ageless Steve Gibbons, and the 'masters of swing' King Pleasure and the Biscuit boys. A special cheer was also reserved for chart topper Roy Wood!
Mike attended the evening, and had a twinkle in his eye as Roy treated the audience to a set containing many Wizard classics that Mike had been played on originally.
Overall it was a fantastic evening enjoyed by all the performers and a very enthusiastic audience.

  Hi Everybody!...

Summer is here,

honest it really is!!...

Lots of good music for you though even if the weather is not.

Birmingham’s own Jazz Festival with gigs all over the city, from July 5th – 14th. Programmes available form the tourist office or download from www.Birminghamjazzfestival.com

Mike BurneyTue 9 Jul - Asylum, 41 Hampton Street Hockley. Birmingham,B19 3LS There is a special benefit gig for Mike Burney, who is currently off work due to ill health. Mike’s former Band mates including Roy Wood, Steve Gibbons, and King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys, will all be playing plus many surprise guests. All proceed going to Mike. Mikes playing, covers a range of blues, jazz and big band genres. The Move, Wizzard, Jimmy Cliff, sax player in Billy Fury’s backing band...    ...More recently, he worked with the Million-Airs Big Band & Concert Orchestra and spent eight years with The Syd Lawrence Orchestra. He is currently working on a joint project with other Wizzard members called “The Old Horns Band. Mike has toured, accompanied and sessioned with artists such as Chaka Khan, The Beach Boys, Sammy Davis, Jr., Petula Clark, Memphis Slim, Steve Winwood, Ruby Turner, Adam Faith, Bob Hope, Cliff Richard, Cilla Black, Dionne Warwick and Matt Monro; We all send Mike our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

An exciting new Jazz event on Saturday 27 July from 7pm the beautiful grounds of prestigious Brockencote Hall .. Well-known jazz, blues and swing artists – including Sheila Waterfield Band featuring Ian Hill and Graham Dent and the Ralph Allin Quartet – will provide the toe-tapping tunes, while refreshments such as hot food and real ales will be available to buy. £12.50 per person.

We also have the fabulous Twinwood Festival 24/25/26 August. This spectacular annual vintage music,dance and fashion festival included top orchestras and bands. Ten venues within the festival site. There are dance floors. free dance lessons, air displays, fashion shows, vintage shops, classic vehicle displays and The Glen Miller museum.. 01923 282725. www.twinwoodfestival.com

Have a good summer and ...

... keep Jazzin’

plays Upton - 19th July
Stephanie Trick

Upton logo On Friday July 19th the Friends of the
Upton Jazz Festival present the Stephanie Trick Quartet.

Strident US pianist Stephanie will be performing with Amy Roberts, Debbie Arthurs and Jim Swinnerton.

£13 (Members £10) • 8PM • Concert at HANLEY CASTLE HIGH SCHOOL, WR8 0BL • TEL: 01684 593794 • Details at www.uptonjazz.co.uk (Friends page)

Pershore Jazz Festival


The Birmingham Jazz Festival has it's usual galaxy of free gigs at all sorts of weird and wonderful venues across Brummagem which you can find out about on their website or by picking up a programme at an information point or one of the listed venues. Our pick of the pay to get in gigs are

  • MIKE BURNEY BENEFIT CONCERT featuring the Roy Wood Band, Steve Gibbons Band, King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys and many more at The Asylum, 38 Hampton Street B19 3LS
  • 2013 British Jazz Awards at St Pauls Church in the Jewellery Quarter
  • A SILVERSHINE SPECIAL playing the music of Andy Hamilton and featuring Blue Notes past and present plus guests at The Silvershine Jazz Club at Bearwood Corks Club B66 4BT
  • and anything at the Botanical Garden, especially as the weather looks like holding up!

SoulProvidersThe price of the Soul Providers gigon 25th July at The Silvershine Jazz Club at Bearwood Corks Club in Bearwood is £5 with a £4 concession, a quid more than advertised in the printed magazine. However it is for charity so we hope you won’t mind.

A couple of gigs that missed our printed edition are:

  • Tuesday 20th July- The Boycott Arms, Claverley WV5 7DH 8 p.m.

  • Sunday 25th July - The Dog at Warley (Ember Pub) Hagley Road B67 5EU 2 p.m.

  • Also There’s another great charity gig featuring the now celebrated Remi Harris Gypsy Jazz Trio and singer, ex broadcaster for H&W, Nonny James at the Crown And Sceptre in Bromyard. Click on the ad below to download it as a PDF


Edgar Mac

Venezeulan pianist Edgar Macías is back in Brum and will be performing at the Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath Birmingham B14 7JZ on Sunday 28th July. He will be joined by Chris Bowden (sax) and Miles Levin (drums) - bassist to be confirmed.

5.30 – 8pm • free entry

Hot August Night

  • Tuesday 27th August 2013 Morning/Afternoon Jeff Barnhart Swingtet; Great Western Jazz Company; Adrian Cox Band; Jim McIntosh’s Jazzoholics; George Huxley’s All Star Jazz Band; Mike Cox’s New Orleans Jazz Band; Bob Reynolds’ New Society Jazz Band; Hogarth’s Hooligans; Ploughboy Jazz Band; Chris Newman. Evening Barnhart’s Bude Beach Bum Band; Keith Nichols’ Hot Five with Spats Langham; Dart Valley Stompers; Sunset Cafe Stompers; The Golden Eagle Jazz Band; Jumping Out Four; Swing Commanders
  • Wednesday 28th August 2013 Morning/Afternoon George Huxley’s All Star J B; Ivory and Gold Dave Stradwick’s Sussex Jazz Kings; Keith Nichols Trio; Original Rags; Dart Valley Stompers; The Swing Commanders; The Rich Bennett Band (Picnic); Bude Street Parade Evening Barnhart’s Bude Beach Bum Band; Keith Nichols’ Hot Five with Spats Langham; Chris Pearce’s Frenchmen Street J B; Martin Bennett’s Old Green River Band; Dennis Armstrong’s Great Northern Jazz Band; Roger Marks’ Cornish Armada Jazz Band; John Shillito’s Select Four; The Swing Commanders; Roger Marks’ Cornish Armada Jazz Band
  • Thursday 29th August 2013 Morning/Afternoon Barnhart’s Bude Beach Bum Band; Maddocks-Huxley Reeds United; Keith Nichols’ Hot Five with Spats Langham; Chris Pearce’s Frenchmen Street Jazz Band; Martin Bennett’s Old Green River Band; Dennis Armstrong’s Great Northern Jazz Band; Dave Martin’s Jabbo Five The Great Western Jazz Band; John Shillito’s Select Six; Stratton Street Parade Evening John Maddocks’ Jazz Men; Richard Leach’s 7 Stars of Jazz, New Orleans Heat; Tony Oreshko Trio with John Hallam; The Winter Sunshine Band with Brian Carrick; Dave Moorwood’s Rascals of Rhythm; Laurie Chescoe’s Reunion Jazz Band; Gordon’s Algiers Strutters; Company B
  • Friday 30th August 2013 Morning/Afternoon John Maddocks’ Jazz Men; Richard Leach’s 7 Stars of Jazz; Dave Moorwood’s Rascals of Rhythm; New Orleans Heat; Tony Oreshko Trio with John Hallam; Des Bacon’s Red Hot Syncopators; Laurie
    Chescoe’s Reunion Jazz Band; Matt Palmer’s Festival Six; The Winter Sunshine Band with Brian Carrick; The Two Counties Jazz Band; Marks/Walker Tribute to Trad Evening Dave Moorwood’s Big Bear Stompers; Jeremy Huggett’s Band of Gold with Paul Munnery; Gerry Brown’s Mission Hall Jazz Band; John Shillito’s Select Six; Panama Jazz Kings; The Big Dog Boogie Band; Steve Tucker’s All Star Jazz Band

(Please Note: programme may be subject to change without notice)
Full Strollers £80 or £22 for one day strollers via your credit or debit card by calling the Ticket Line on
01288 355694 or by cheque payable to Bude Jazz 2013 c/o Bude Visitor Centre, The Crescent, Bude, EX23 8LE. Accommodation information - phone The Bude Visitor Centre on (01288) 354240
or book online at www.VisitBude.com
For further information visit www.jazzfestivalbude.co.uk, e-mail jazzman@clasgraph.plus.com

SKBB JUly August

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Marlborough Jazz Fest july 2013
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 Burton Jazz Festival


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

Quality live entertainment will be hosted by Dame Cleo Laine in her beautiful garden to celebrate Cleo’s 85th birthday year Music in the Garden 2013 June 8th – July 7th

CleoPerforming in the garden over 5 summer weekends:

Alan Barnes Trio • Liane Carroll Trio • Buck Clayton Legacy Band •
David Gordon Trio • Tom Green Septet • Tony Kinsey • Cleo Laine &
Friends • Nigel Price Organ Trio • Georgia Mancio • Classical Kicks
with Lizzie Ball & James Pearson • Charlie Wood & the New Memphis
Underground • Enrico Tomasso Quartet • The Legends

www.musicinthegarden.org.uk • Box office 01908 280800

Message from Cleo:

It’s the time of year to think about music in my garden! Summer is here and our team at Wavendon is delighted to offer you a programme for 2013 that will fill you with blissful thoughts of basking in sunshine in the delightful surroundings of the Old Rectory garden.

There’s lots that is new and exciting in this our 13th season. Good music, good company, good refreshment.

Look forward to seeing you soon


  Hi Everybody!...

...It’s Summertime...         

...welcome to our June issue

The Steve King Big Band is very pleased to have been selected to present a series of monthly concerts at the prestigious Kingfisher Country Club in Wall Heath (near Kidderminster). The concerts will be on the second Sunday of each month starting on Sunday 9th June. The Kingfisher has just had a one million pound facelift making it one of the regions top cabaret nightspots. Admission is just £8.00 and the show starts at 8.30 pm. Further details can be found on the venues website www.thekingfisherclub.co.uk

I am pleased to announce that on 11th June will be Bryn Venus’ return to perform at Bournville Club following an illness that forced him to cancel all gigs a couple of months ago. He has now fully recovered and raring to go!!

I am Sure you will all send best wishes to Mike Burney who has been very ill. The Birmingham Jazz Festival is presenting the Mike Burney Benefit on Tuesday 9th July at the 400 capacity The Asylum with all concerned performing and contributing
without payment.

Keep Jazzin’

plays Upton - 19th July
Stephanie Trick

Upton logo On Friday July 19th the Friends of the
Upton Jazz Festival present the Stephanie Trick Quartet.

Strident US pianist Stephanie will be performing with Amy Roberts, Debbie Arthurs and Jim Swinnerton.

£13 (Members £10) • 8PM • Concert at HANLEY CASTLE HIGH SCHOOL, WR8 0BL • TEL: 01684 593794 • Details at www.uptonjazz.co.uk (Friends page)

King Pleasure

British and International Vocal Jazz Academy Scholarships and part Scholarships available • Fortnightly Sunday workshop and performance course 2013 in West London • ongoing enrolment.

For mature instrumentalists and singers and young people at the start of their careers, jazz performance, history, vocal technique, theory, technical skills, and instrument skills plus ‘tools of the trade’ with rhythm section.

Eminent jazz musician / tutors including Gareth Williams - piano; Peter Ind – bass and Les Cirkel – drums plus specialist masterclasses.

For course and scholarship details contact:
E: verona@veronachard.com
Tel: 020 8992 1571 (leave message and we’ll call you back) www.veronachard.com

BIVJA – promoting personal empowerment to perform, championing Jazz.

Birmingham Jazz

Arabella SprotLATEST GIG NEWS:

Matt Ford will be singing with the Southside Big Band on Wednesday 12th June and not Gary Rutter as advertised. It's at The Stadium Kings Heath at 8.30pm

Pershore Jazz Festival
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All the latest news, views and developments in the jazz world: 

24 - 27 MAY

Jazz‘n‘ Blues in Solihull is fast becoming a firm fixture on the Jazz and Blues circuit, 2013 sees the return of the event that got Solihull jumping and jiving in 2012 - and it's bigger and better than ever. Solihull has established itself as an increasingly popular festival venue with activities spread across the town.

Through the imaginative integration of its pubs, clubs and open spaces Solihull provides a back drop that is well liked by the visitors and a firm favourite with the performers. For details of who is appearing, when and how to book tickets see below.

More at: www.solihullfestivals.co.uk

  Hi Everybody!...

...Spring is here, at last! 

Firstly I must apologise to Garry Corbett. The photo we had on our front cover last month, of Brian Corbett, was taken by Garry and not Bill Shakespeare, as shown.

Solihull’s fabulous Jazz & Blues Festival returns for its second year.

There will be two outdoor stages in Mell Square and Jubilee Gardens with four days of free performances by 26 different band/performers plus two special ticketed nights at the Arts Complex: on Friday 24th May The Big Bear Folly showcases King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys, Val Wiseman Combo, Tipitina and Roy Forbes with The Brian Dee Trio in one great celebration show.

Saturday 25th May undisputed Jazz ‘Maestro’ Alan Barnes will round up some of the UK’s best and most talented musicians to join his “Liquorice Stick Allsorts.”

More at: www.solihullfestivals.co.uk

Coventry’s 1st Spring Jazz Festival 23rd to 27th May...

...plus fund raising concert for Myton Hospice, on Thurs. 24th in St John Church, Spon St, music by Mike Sole Trio, and the fabulous Kel Elliott & her band + special guest £12/£10 Friday 24th 7:30 am - 9am Jazz train commuter service - Coventry train station Friday 24th 4:30 pm – 6pm Jazz train commuter service - Coventry train station

Saturday 25th Street music and dance from 2 pm- various locations around city centre daily free events in 10 venues.including Herbert Art Gallery, Blue Bistro, The Establishment John Taylor House,Roots Gallery and Warwick Arts centre, Esquires, Inspire, Cafe Caprese

More at: jazz.musiccoventry.info

Have a listen to Longside Internet Radio, based at Martley in Worcestershire. They have a programme of Jazz on a Sunday night, presented by Alun Jones “The Jazzman”Sundays 9.00pm .

You can find it at: internet-radio.com/station/longsideradio/

Due to popular demand Four Oaks Big Band are moving back to The Toby Inn, Sutton Park, for their monthly concerts.

Keep Jazzin’


King Pleasure


Birmingham’s Big Bear Records is set to celebrate 45 years in the music biz come October, and this is a preview of a blockbusting package show that will tour throughout the UK and Europe from Autumn. The Folly has a tradition going back to the 1960s and 1970s, where the first Ffolly took to the road featuring Locomotive, Bakerloo Blues Line, Tea & Symphony and Black Sabbath with Ozzy Osbourne.

The class of 2013 is King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys, Tipitina, Roy Forbes with the Brian Dee Trio and Val Wiseman Combo.

- KP on the stage 2 FRIDAY 24th MAY 7.30PM -
0121 704 6962 - £15

Chameleon Brasserie Leamington Silvershine Jazz Club, Bearwood



Bonded WarehouseBryan Corbett will join Tom Hill Quartet for their gig at The Bonded Warehouse, Stourbridge on May 10th

Tom Hill's exciting Quartet featuring Andy Shillingford (saxes), Keith Bill (piano) and Neil Bullock (drums) will now become a Quintet with the addition of special guest Bryan Corbett ( Trumpet) among the finest jazz musicians in the Midlands. The band features the music of Duke Ellington, Benny Golson and Don Grolnick. Tom is also a fine singer and will perform a selection of blues and standards.

All concerts are on Friday evenings, and start at 7:30 pm - Tickets on the door (unreserved seating)£7.00 adult, £3.50 students/under 16's

Arabella SprotJune Listings are now up, but you can still find what’s on in the remaining days of May in our May Listings including:

  • New Orleans Wanderers at Bournville on the 28th

  • Chase Jazzmen at Red House, Albrighton on the 29th

  • Arabella Sprot (rt) at Silvershine Jazz, Bearwood, on the 30th

  • Julie Edwards at Summersault, Rugby on the 31st

Change to Southside Big Band:

Unfortunately Matt Ford will not be singing on 15th May,  it will be Garry Rutter Matt Ford appearance has been postponed till June 12th. Apologies for unavoidable change

Birmingham Jazz

  • Fri 3 rd May 7.45 pm
    Cloudmakers £10

  • Fri 17 th May 7.45 pm
    Nest £4

  • Fri 24 th May 7.45 pm
    Emeline & The Jazz Mates £4

  • Sat 1 st June 7.45 pm
    Charlotte Glasson Quintet £10




MONTHLY VENUE: THE GEORGE. Watling Street.(A5) Kilsby
Northants. CV23 8YE. Tel 01788 822229
large car park .Food available.
SUNDAY MAY 12th .2013.............1.00---4.00pm

Himself on reeds/vocals
Ron Radford..........................Trombone
Glynn Murray.........................Bass
Dave "Kid" Rooker..................Drums
"Mad" Mike Taylor..................Keyboard
Dave Seymour.......................Banjo/Gtr

Band web site:  www.louisianamusic.co.uk  -  Tel: 01604 781241
email: biffojazz@hotmail.com


with the best of London & NY


Giacomo SmithThursday 9th May Reuben James will bring a fabulous 7-piece line up to the Silvershine Jazz Club, Bearwood. Reuben, who first came to the attention of West Mids audiences playing piano in The Notebenders Big Band, has since gone on to tour with Abram Wilson and headline with his own tro in the Cheltenham Jazz Festival just gone.

The band Reuben is bringing to Bearwood is called Kansas Smitty’s and features New Yorker Giacomo Smith(left) on clarinet and alto sax along with a couple of Tomorrows Warriors in Ruben Fox (tenor sax) and Mark Kavuma (trumpet) along with Rosie Turton (trombone), Moses 'Big beat' Boyd (drums), James Banner (bass) and of course Reuben James on piano.

The news of what Reuben had planned for this gig only came to the ears of the Silvershine Jazz Club at the last minute, so the price was set at their regular £4 with a £3 concession. The chance to see these musicians at that pice is an opportunity not to be missed.

The Silvershine Jazz Club is at Bearwood Corks Social Club, 558 Bearwood Road (corner of Sherwood Rd), Smethwick B66 4BT - 0121 429 2091 - www.bearwoodjazz.co.uk- 9pm (doors 8.30)

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Bryan Corbett
Photo by Garry Corbett

Bryan Corbett is Ready for a dramatic return to Stratford Jazz at The Chapel Sunday 14th April

The gig we've all been waiting for, the return of Bryan Corbett be at 8pm, Sunday 14th April at The Chapel, No.1 Shakespeare Street. The owner, Harvy, has kindly agreed to open the kitchens for this special gig so food will be available.

Starts 8pm Admission £10

  Hi Everybody!...  

... and Welcome to the April edition of JWM!

RIP Jazz trumpeter Kenny Ball who died on 7th March.

Kenny Ball & his Jazzmen

He formed his band “Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen”, in 1958 and continued to entertain us till 2013. The Kenny Ball had 13 top 30 hits in the 1960s

Kenny Ball Jazzmen to play on, says trumpet legend’s son

The Kenny Ball Jazzmen will continue despite the death of their founder and leader. The jazz star’s son Keith told BBC News: “The legend lives on. We will go on playing and touring as long as people still want to hear us.”

He was speaking just a day after his trumpeter father’s death in hospital from pneumonia on Thursday, aged 82. Keith Ball has been fronting the band on vocals since his father became ill recently.

Also sad to report:

Terry Lightfoot

Jazz band leader Terry Lightfoot has died at the age of 77, after a battle with prostate cancer. Terry Lightfoot, who was born in Potters Bar but settled in Olney, Buckinghamshire, had been touring for most of the time from the 1950s up until 2012. He had played alongside greats such as Louis Armstrong and Lonnie Donegan.

His death comes less than two weeks after that of trumpeter Kenny Ball, who started his career playing in the Terry Lightfoot’s Jazzmen band. The band’s first major concert appearance was at London’s Royal Festival Hall in 1956.

The same year he met Louis Armstrong for the first time and was presented to him as the youngest professional band leader in the UK. Kenny Ball was on trumpet with the Lightfoot band until he left to form his own band in 1958. Bryan CorbettHe celebrated 30 years as a bandleader in 1987 with the release of the album As Time Goes By.

Lightfoot took part in a nationwide tour as a member of the Kenny Baker/Don Lusher All Stars, also included the bands of Acker Bilk and Kenny Ball. He later fronted the Acker Bilk Paramount Jazz Band while Acker was recovering from throat when his daughter Melinda joined as singer, later being accompanied by Terry Lightfoot’s grandsons, guitarist “Joe Miles” Needham and drummer “Ollie James” Needham.

...and now the good news:

I am sure you will be pleased to know Bryan Corbett (left) is back after a long absence due to illness. You can see him perform at Summersaults Restaurant on April 12th Stratford Jazz on Sunday 14th April. and Barton Arms B6 4UP on Saturday 20th April £10/£8

Keep Jazzin’

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Featuring: Chris Bowden,
Neil Bullock, Purcy Pursglove,
Steve Tromans, Ben Markland
and special guest Bryan Corbett

Saturday 20th April 7.45pm @ The Bartons Arms, 144 High Street, Aston, B6 4UP - £10 / £8

A unique Birmingham Jazz project intended to showcase the best of locally based musicians to Birmingham Jazz audiences, in a first class jazz club setting. This is in indeed a super-group worthy of a much higher profile on both the regional and national scene. None of these excellent artists need an introduction to jazz lovers, let’s just say it promises to be an unforgettable night of first class contemporary jazz. And, hopefully, the long-awaited return to the stage of trumpeter Bryan Corbett as an anticipated special guest.

Great jazz, wonderful dining and excellent real ale – all on tap

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Sheyi Martins in Rugby


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

Gabrielle Ducomble

Gabrielle Ducomble

Sun 10th March 7.45 pm £10

Following a successful singing career in France, Belgium born Gabrielle moved to London to immerse herself in the music, graduating in 2009 with a postgraduate qualification in jazz from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

This is a rare opportunity to see her perform in the West Midlands.

  Hi Everybody!...  

... and Welcome to the March &
Easter edition of JWM!

Hope you are all managing to keep warm, plenty of good jazz to help you this month and no matter what type of jazz you enjoy, you’ll be able to find a club that caters to your taste.

Arthur Brown has a special show “Horns a Plenty” at the CEM Club, Quarry Lane, Bham B31 2PY on March 11th (just off the A38 Bristol Road) with special guest Roy Williams. Roy is a trombonist with a wealth of international experience and he’s being joined on the front row by trombonists Pat Bayliss, Ron Hills and Martin Veasey.

Easter is just a short time away so if you fancy a break, why not take in Jazz at the Wessex Hotel, Street, Nr Glastonbury, Somerset (tel. 01458 443383).

There you’ll be able to enjoy the New Orleans Easter Parade and soak up such joyful bands as Brian Carrick’s Algiers Stompers, New Orleans Heat, Sunset Cafe Stompers, Dave Soby Trio, Steve Graham ‘s New Orleans Band, Wessex New Orleans Band and the Camelia Brass Band. The fun takes place March 29th -31st. Enq. John Minnion, 01633 211368.

Nearer home on Monday 11th March the Tamworth Mainstream & Modern Jazz Club feature Paul Sawtell’s Quartet with the man himself on vibraphones, Paul Kilvington on keyboards, Bill Coleman on bass and Dave Hassell on drums. Lovely,
friendly club ... well worth expanding the horizons!

And for Big Band fans there’s a cracker of a show at the Stadium Club, Wheelers Lane, Kings Heath B13 0ST on Wednesday, March 13th with The Southside Big Band and star vocalist Jeff Hooper... Strictly unmissable!

Jazz Brunch at The Arden Hotel on Sunday 17th March Barry Green on Piano with Alan Barnes on sax. Barry plays regularly in jazz venues all over the UK, including Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express Dean Street, the 606 Club. He also teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, as well as The Royal Academy of Music and Goldsmiths college. and at many Jazz Summer schools. Barry is joined by the very popular Alan Barnes who is not only one of the UK’s finest jazz musicians, he is also a renowned composer and arranger.

A nice St. Patrick day treat for you to enjoy.

Happy Easter to you all!!


I have received a subscription cheque from Miss M Higginson, but no address. If any one knows Miss Higginson please will you ask her to contact me with her postal details. Thanks. Stella: 07876 784627. email: jazzwestmids@hotmail.com

Southside Big Band Wednesday 13th March with Special Guest Geoff Hooper

Jeff Hooper & Southside

Jeff Hooper is one of the most talented and best-liked singers on the European music-scene. He is an international known cabaret artist who developed his talent as a singer with the famous Syd Lawrence Orchestra.

Early in his career he worked with Matt Monro (who taught him how to tie a bow tie!), Morecambe and Wise, and Stephane Grapelli. He sang with Dame Shirley Bassey and Sir Tom Jones at the opening of the National Assembly of Wales. He is a great favourite on the BBC RADIO 2 show and Friday Night is Music Night.

Jeff is a friend of the great lyricist Hal David of Bacharach and David fame, and has performed new songs by him at David’s request. His work is prolific, with overseas concert tours, weekly radio shows, luxury cruises and regular performances across Britain and beyond in some of the world's top jazz clubs, concert halls and cabaret spots. Jeff and his Swing Easy band have been selected once again to be the Strictly Come Dancing Tour Band.

The gig is Wed 13th March at The Stadium, Kings Heath, 8.30pm, Admission £8, enquiries 0121-475 6177

Isle Of Wight Jazz


Fans of traditional New Orleans jazz will be converging on Street, near Glastonbury, this Easter – some from as far afield as Denmark!

The Wessex Hotel’s 3-day New Orleans Easter Parade (29 to 31 March) features seven top bands. There are just a few tickets still available for the jazz and accommodation package and also some day tickets for those not needing overnight stays. Phone the hotel on 01458 443383 or John Minnion on 01633 211368 for details and bookings.

Tommy Burton CDs - a message from Linda
Tommy Burton

A gentleman has made contact with us asking where he can obtain certain CDs, DVDs or VHS etc of Tommy Burton. If you can help with this, or know anyone who can, please call Linda Semp on 0121 241 6751 or email jazzwestmids@yahoo.co.uk The person enquiring lives in Leamington Spa so any information relating to that area would be particularly helpful.


Gabrielle Ducomble



One year on from Andy Hamilton’s 94th Birthday, which was the last time he played in public there will be two events remembering the man, his music and his legacy to the city of Birmingham.

SILVERSHINE JAZZ CLUB (Thursday 28th March):

The Slivershine Jazz Club are putting on a concert celebrating the music of Andy Hamilton MBE. For this very special gig the Silvershine Jazz Club are bringing together as many current and former Blue Notes as possible to perform and celebrate the music written and played by Andy Hamilton (photo - Garry Corbett) along with some Special Guests including Steve Ajao and Alvin Davis.

Notebenders at St JohnsThe tunes will include as many of the Caribbean grooves (such as Silvershine, Jamaica By Night, Acafess and Paris) as possible, along with many of the standards Andy loved to play. The Silvershine Jazz Club is at Corks Club in Bearwood Road, where Andy played his last gig

This Concert starts at 8.30pm to make sure they can fit in all the tunes they’ve lined up for you and it has a single admission price of £5 (no concessions as stated in our magazine but it does start earlier). There’s more about who’s playing etc on their website at bearwoodjazz.co.uk

ST JOHN’S LADYWOOD (Friday 29th March):

The Notebenders Big Band are puttin on their own tribute to ndy Hamilton at Saint John and Saint Peter’s Church in Ladywood. This concert more about showcasing the legacy that Andy left his home area of Ladywood and the city in the shape of the Notebenders and the Ladywood Community School of Music who will also be represented. Both organisations are based in the heart of Ladywood not far from where the great man lived and they were both founded by Andy Hamilton. Andy’s son Mark Hamilton wil also be playing.

The concert is from 7 to 9.30pm, it's free admission with donations, a raffle and refreshments ant it's at St John and St Peter's Church, Darnley Rd. Ladywood B16 8TF

Click here to download their Flyer

Richard Exall's Shooting Stars
Sunday 10th March - Richard Exall's Shooting Stars are at Jazzamatazz at the Westwood Heath Club & Reading Room, Westwood Heath Road , Coventry , CV4 8GP
12:30 - 15:00, £5.00 admission & raffle (This is a correction from the published Listings)