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First Time Winners & Old Favourites

Art Themen

The 2008 British Jazz Awards have just been announced, with some surprise winners taking their place alongside some odds-on favourites.

First time winners include the widely-respected but little-recognised singer Val Wiseman, tenor saxophone star Art Themen (above) in the middle of his comeback, rising trumpet ace Freddy Gavita, the Back to Basie Big Band, much-loved trumpet star Digby Fairweather and his Half Dozen and Calligraph Records, the label masterminded by the much-missed Humphrey Lyttelton.

Humph, who died in April, swept the board in both industry categories, winning both New CD and Re-Issue CD. The indefatigable Alan Barnes won both the clarinet category (touring with his Licorice Stick All Stars playing its part there) and the alto saxophone sections, with Alan Barnes Ellingtonians placed second in Small group.

Click here to download the full results


6 - 10TH MAY 2009

Keith Nichols

Set amidst England’s glorious Lake District, the 18th Jennings Keswick Jazz Festival runs from 6th to 10th May 2009. Three of Europe’s most exciting bands – France’s Hot Antic Jazz Band (below), Holland’s Oriental Jazz Band and Italy’s Chicago Stompers – appear alongside overseas stars such as Frans Sjostrom, Jeff Barnhart, Jim Fryer, Joan Viskant and Matthias Seuffert.

Hot Antic Jazz Band

Alan Barnes and John HallamRubbing shoulders with them will be a galaxy of Britain’s top jazz musicians including Alan Barnes, Enrico Tomasso, James Evans, John Hallam, Karen Sharp, Keith Nichols (above), Pat Halcox, Spats Langham and many, many more.

Phone Theatre by the Lake now on 017687 74411 for full details and tickets at special early bird prices.

You can also see Alan Barnes and John Hallam (left) at the Friends of the Upton Jazz Festival, Hanley Castle High School, WR8 0BL, on Friday January 23rd at 8pm.


Roysters dancers

Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th January 2009

There are still a few spaces left for Roysters January Weekend so contact Roy on 01803 311291 if you would like to join in.

In April and October 2009 Roy has arranged a great programme to enable the Lindy Hoppers to dance over the three days. Take a look at the advert on page 5 and you will see what we mean! The Lindy Hoppers told Roy the bands they like, so he booked them. All the swinging bands that the dancers enjoy are there, including John Whitlock, Steve Tuckers All Stars, the 9-piece Carlton Swing Band, JB Jazz & Blues and the Millennium Eagles. So why not give your partner a treat for their birthday, anniversary or a late Christmas present. Its a lovely hotel, Roy also said he would have a limit of 120 guests to ensure it's not over-crowded.

For more details visit www.roystersjazz.co.uk or phone Roy on 01803 311291.


Richard Leach's 7 Stars of Jazz

In2theatre, Stratford's inclusive Theatre Company for adults with special needs, is holding a fund-raising Dixieland Jazz concert to raise funds for the company. Internationally renowned Richard Leach's 7 Stars of Jazz, (pictured below), will bring the audience an outstanding evening of Chicago, Swing and Dixieland Jazz. Their high energy professionalism makes it impossible not to be swept along with the swinging atmosphere.

The concert takes place at Stratford Civic Hall on Wednesday 3rd December at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8.50 from the Box Office on 01789 207100. Please come and support this very worthwhile cause and enjoy a great evening’s entertainment.


JAN 9TH 2009, 7.30PM

Heart Of Englang Jazz Band

The Oxfam Stomp needs no introduction to our readers. We know that many of you enjoy this annual event at the Billesley, Brook Lane, Kings Heath, B13 0AB, listening to great trad jazz while raising funds for Oxfam. Bands taking part this year include Heart of England (pictured above), the Washboard Syncopators, Millennium Eagles, George Huxley, Antique Six and Eureka Parade Band.

Tickets £8.50 in advance from The Rotunda Ticket Shop, 0121-202 5000 or Pat McMeekan, 0121-444 3525, or £10 on door.


The band's Christmas Concert will take place at the historic Alcester Town Hall on Friday 5th December, so come and enjoy a lively festive evening. The band also plays regularly at Evesham Arts Centre, Pershore Jazz Festival and Kingsley Theatre Redditch. Their musical director - trombonist Pat Bayliss - has just come back from a memory-lane national tour with Al Martino. The band includes some lady members of the National Saxophone Choir. Their current music programme includes much loved favourites from Basie, Kenton and Ellington, as well as more modern arrangers like Tom Kubis, Frank Mantooth and Gordon Goodwin. Vocalist Louise Johnson has an extensive repertoire including Peggy Lee, Ella and Julie London classics. Further information from Roger Skyrme on 01564 742059.


Enriquo Tomasso

Enrico Tomasso started playing the trumpet at the age of five. His father, jazz clarinettist Ernie Tomasso, nurtured and encouraged his inherent talent and gave him every opportunity to hear and meet the jazz greats such as Benny Goodman, Roy Eldridge, Oscar Peterson, Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby Hacket, Billy Butterfield, Maynard Ferguson, The Basie and Ellington Bands and many others. His biggest inspiration was Louis Armstrong whom he met and played for during Louis’ visit to England in 1968, leading to a friendship that lasted until Louis’ death.

Nowadays Enrico is considered one of the top jazz trumpeters on the jazz scene and has won best trumpet category in the British Jazz Awards. On stage he has an exciting presence and a lively personality evident at jazz festivals and clubs throughout Europe. Some of his recent collaborations are with Scott Hamilton, John Dankworth, Marty Gross, Warren Vache, Dan Barrett, Ken Peplowski, Martin Taylor, John Barnes and the bands of Acker Bilk, Keith Nichols and many more. Enrico is continuing the line of a fine jazz tradition.

You can see Enrico at Keswick Jazz Festival which will take place on 6th – 10th May 2009. For bookings and information tel 017687 74411, early bird discounts available.



Lee and Gil Monks are inviting you to take a Spring or Summer break in the beautiful Alcazares area of Spain’s Costa Calida, and enjoy the music of Gil’s ‘Swingtet’ at the 4-star Hotel Costa Narejos. The hotel boasts amenities including a Spa Centre, Beauty Salon and Gymnasium.

There are 3 golf courses only 10 minutes from the hotel and another 6 only 20 minutes away. So, there’s something for everyone, and the music as well! You can see the Hotel on www.hotelcostanarejos.com 'Swingtet' plays Mainstream Jazz, Swing, Bossanova, Latin, etc. with Gil on saxophones, flute & clarinet, Keith Monk, keyboard and vocals, Brian Shotton on bass and Arthur Buck on drums. They have known each other for many years having a wealth of experience with most of the well-known star singers from the UK and America.

Contact Lee or Gil on 00 34 968 432630 (please note this is a Spanish number), or e-mail gillee70@hotmail.com


The 24th International Oliver Cromwell Jazz Festival will take place at Upton-upon-Severn from 26th to 28th June 2009. Headline bands now booked include Les Haricots Rouges, Bourbon Street Stompers, Lamarotte, Tim Kliphuis Quartet, Paul Jones & Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen, King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys and the Joe Stilgoe Trio.

Full band listings and booking leaflet will be available in the New Year from The Festival Office. Tel. 01684 593254 or at www.uptonjazz.co.uk

Jazz on a Winter's WeekendSouthport

Southport6th to 8th Feb 2009 at the Royal Clifton Hotel

Enthusiasm is running high for this festival. For all details or to book call 01704 541790 or visit www.jazzinsouthport.co.uk

The Scarlet Pimpernel

• Live Jazz Every Sunday • 3pm to 6pm • Free Entry •

Edgar Macías

The Scarlet Pimpernel host a fabulous Sunday afternoon Jazz programme headed by the outstanding Birmingham based Venezuelan pianisyt, Edgar Macías (pitured above).

Simon SpillettDecember

  • 7th: Special Christmas Jazz Concert with Simon Spillett (alto sax, right), Edgar Macías (piano), Bill Coleman (double bass) and Miles Levin (drums).
  • 14th: Edgar Macías and Friends featuring Keith York (drums) and invited guests.
  • Dec 21st: Special Christmas Celebration with Brenda Scott (vocals) and The Edgar Macías Trio featuring Bill Coleman (double bass) and Miles Levin (drums).
  • Dec 28th: New Year Party with Edgar Macías and Friends featuring Chris Bowden (alto sax) and invited guests.


  • 4th: Celebrating the New Year 2009 with the Scarlet Pimpernel All Stars - featuring Brenda Scott, Roy Forbes, Sheila Fawkes, Frank Leadon, PeterGill, Steve Ajao, Phil Phillips, Chris Bowden, Ray Butcher, Andy Peate, Terry McGrath, Kenny Mac, Keith York, Seamus Denver and Eddie McGuire - with Edgar Macías (piano) Bill Coleman (bass) Miles Levin (drums), and Richard Sealey (percussion).
  • Jan 11th: Suzanne Mellard (vocals) with Edgar Macías (piano), Mike Green (bass) and Andy Ferguson (drums).
  • Jan 18th: “Latin, American & British Jazz” with Edgar Macías (Venezuela) piano, Tom Hill (USA) double bass, and Neil Bullock (UK) drums.
  • Jan 25th: Edgar Macías and Friends featuring Keith York (drums) and invited guests.


Mike Hatton

Alan BarnesDec 13 - Omara Portuono (right), Diva from the Buena Vista Social Club at Birmingham Town Hall - Box Office 0121-780 3333,  www.thsh.co.uk

Jan 4 - Alan Barnes will be at the White Swan in Sratford (Stratford Jazz gig 01789 298 607)

Steve AjaoJan 22 - Steve Ajao Birmingham's favourite Bebop artist will be at Bearwood Corks Club 558 Bearwood Rd, B66 4BT. Features Tom Hill (bass), Tim Amann (keys) and Miles Levin (drums).

Jan 23 - Alan Barnes will be at the Friends of Upton Jazz Festival at Hanley Castle High School 01684 593794

Feb 1 - the fabulous Steve King Big Band play the Artrix in Bromsgrove. Ring 01527 577330 for tickets

Feb 1 - Steve Ajao (left) Birmingham's favourite Bebop artist kicks off February at the Scarlet Pimpernell in Tennal Lane, Harborne B32 2JE

Later in the month they have John Smith, Casey Greene and Brenda Scott. Watch out for our February listings very soon.

Four Oaks Big Band

Dutch LewisALTERATION - Four Oaks Big Band (above) now at the Toby Inn, Sutton Park on 15th Jan (not 8th as advertised) - ALTERATION

ALTERATION - Dutch Lewis (left) brings a special line up to Bearwood Corks on Thursday (14th Jan). Features excellent Steve King Big Band guitarist, Trevor Davis, as well as Julian Powell (brother of the Dirty Pretty Things and former Libertines drummer).- ALTERATION

Trevor Emeny


Features Trevor Emeny (above) twice as well as Saxophonist Mike Yorke with his EWI (Electric Wind Instrument), Carole Westwood and many others.

The photo is by Garry Corbett - You can check out more os his work on his BlueJazzBhudda Flickr site


<empty><empty>Merry Christmas and a Jazzy New Year to all our Readers from all at JWM

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Claire Martin

Claire Martin and her Quartet at Ludlow Assembly Rooms

Acclaimed as the best ever British jazz singer in a recent issue of America's leading jazz publication Jazz Times, Claire Martin was born to sing.  She learned all of Judy Garland's songs by the time she was 12 but it was hearing Ella Fitzgerald's legendary "Song Books" that changed her life, inspiring her to go to Stage School and then to study singing in London and New York.

Influenced by Ella, Betty Carter and Shirley Horn she possesses a peerless sense of swing, pure tone and a true improvisor's ear but her love of great lyrics means that she always puts the song first. Her off the cuff wit brings a dash of humour to her fabulous stage show.

Don’t miss this chance to see Claire Martin and her quartet at Ludlow.

Friday 14th November,  8pm
Box Office:  01584 878141


George Huxley's Jazz Band

Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th January 2009

If you fancy a long weekend by the sea after Christmas in the beautiful resort of Paignton, near Torquay, then the Roysters Jazz Weekend may be just the tonic you're looking for! The weekend is four nights dinner, bed and breakfast and takes place at the very comfortable AA 3-star Redcliffe Hotel, only a few yards from the sea.

Bands include George Huxley's Jazz Band (see picture), John Maddocks Jazzmen, Des Bacon's Red Hot Syncopators, and more.

For more details visit www.roystersjazz.co.uk or phone Roy on 01803 311291.


The inaugural "Tribute To The Great Song Stylists" show featuring two top class vocalists with the Steve King Big Band took place in October at the Birmingham Library Theatre. It was such a success the show has been booked into several other venues in the near future.

You can catch the next show on Friday 28th November at Tamworth Assembly Rooms. Vocals will once again be courtesy of Gary Lewis and top American vocalist Lynn Dawes.

The show starts at 8 pm and tickets are available from the box office on 01827 709618.

Pictured right: Gary Lewis



Funktional are a young band who have been together for two years and are building a great following and reputation. The band consists of Nick Dewhurst, trumpet (18), Tom Miner, tenor sax (16), Sam Craig, piano (17), Chris Langford, bass (18) and Matt Sellar, drums (23). They have a wide repertoire featuring jazz, funk, blues, pop, salsa and Nick's own compositions. Some of Funktional's highlights in 2008 included supporting rising jazz star Abram Wilson, and performing at the Lichfield Real Ale, Jazz and Blues Festival.

They are now recording a CD of their favourite compositions, due to be out around Christmas. Their main influences include Abram Wilson, Arturo Sandoval, The Brecker Brothers, Dennis Rollins, Donald Byrd, Fred Wesley, Herbie Hancock, Jaco Pastorius, James Brown, Jimmy Smith, Joe Satriani, Pat Metheny, Tower of Power and Walsall Jazz Orchestra. You will be hearing a lot more about this young band. See them live at St Mary's Centre, Lichfield on December 8th at 7.30pm. Contact Nick Dewhurst on 01543 252120 or nick.dewhurst@live.co.uk


The band's Christmas Concert will take place at the historic Alcester Town Hall on Friday 5th December, so come and enjoy a lively festive evening. The band also plays regularly at Evesham Arts Centre, Pershore Jazz Festival and Kingsley Theatre Redditch. Their musical director - trombonist Pat Bayliss - has just come back from a memory-lane national tour with Al Martino. The band includes some lady members of the National Saxophone Choir. Their current music programme includes much loved favourites from Basie, Kenton and Ellington, as well as more modern arrangers like Tom Kubis, Frank Mantooth and Gordon Goodwin. Vocalist Louise Johnson has an extensive repertoire including Peggy Lee, Ella and Julie London classics. Further information from Roger Skyrme on 01564 742059.


So What

Fans of big band Jazz are in for a rare and special treat as the excellent So What! 18-piece Jazz Ensemble appears at the Stafford Jazz Society's Sunday lunchtime session on the 23rd November at Stafford Rangers Football Club, Astonfields Road.

This unique band, playing all their own arrangements, will present an exciting mix of music, including modern versions of Louis Armstrong classics such as West End Blues and Cornet Chop Suey. Many of their tunes have an exciting twist in their tails.

One not to be missed! Contact Nick on 01785 226950.


If you live in the Coventry or Rytonon- Dunsmore areas there are some great events coming up at the Jazz Connection in December and January which we're sure you will enjoy. On December 3rd there is a special evening featuring the Savannah Jazz Band, starting at 8pm. Tickets are £10.50 including a buffet.

On January 7th 2009 they will have "the best possible start to the New Year" with the Jazz Connection Allstars, featuring John Maddocks, Roger Marks, Steve Graham, Gentleman Jim Macintosh, Anne Hawkins and Barry Norman.

Tickets are £8.50, start 8.30pm. For further information about the club or to book tickets contact Derek on 02476 335273

Warren Dorsey

In Remembrance


who passed away three years ago on 6th November 2005

Well known Midlands jazz singer, Greatly loved and sadly missed by all his family and friends.

Mike Hatton


  • Nov 5 - Burton Big Band Henhurst Social Club
  • Nov 6 - Mike Hatton’s MJHQ (right) @ Corks
  • Fri 7 - N C Big Band Gornal RBL Poppy Appeal
  • Sun 9 - MYJO Fenton Community Centre, Stoke on Trent


Featuring the Voice of Sinatra Jim McAllister

@ The Stadium, West Midlands Travel Club, Wheelers Lane, Kings Heath, Birmingham - Wednesday November 12th   8.30pm
Tickets on door 0121-475 6177
We apologise for giving the wrong date in some magazines.

Mike Hatton


  • Nov 20 - Huw & Chris Morgan (right) @ Corks
  • Fri 21 - FAT CHOPS Big Band @ Sutton C'field Town Hall with Guest Dave Chance
  • Sat 22 - Casey Greene @ KHI Coffe Bar, Ironbridge


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Acker BilkFriday10th - Sunday19th October

The 13th Stratford on Avon Music Festival promises a more international line up of top musicians than ever before. Leading the jazz element of the Festival this year is legend Acker Bilk (pictured) who appears with his Paramount Jazz Band at Stratford’s Civic Hall on Wednesday 15 October at 7.30pm. To book phone the Civic Hall on 01789 207100 or book online at www.civichall.co.uk.

In addition Stratford Jazz has two great evenings in store at the White Swan Hotel. The Liquorice-Stick All Sorts on Sunday 12 October is a new trio featuring Alan Barnes on clarinet and sax with Jim Hart on vibraphone and Paul Clarvis on drums. ‘Never Pat a Burning Dog’ on Sunday 19 October features a quintet specially formed as a tribute to Ronnie Scott with Dick Pearce on trumpet, Mornington Lockett on sax, Tom Hill on bass, Paul Sawtell on piano and Neil Bullock on drums. To book in advance phone Roy on 01789 298607, but hurry, tickets are going fast.
For full details see www.stratfordmusicfestival.com


The Bridgnorth Jazz Festival 2008 will take place during the weekend of 24-26 October and will include ‘A Tribute to Ella and Oscar’ featuring Anita Wardell and Craig Milverton, the now famous Jazz Trail, Wheatley's Arcadians (30's vaudeville), The Carole Westwood Quartet, (Carole pictured left) and the star of the festival, Keith Nichols, with his re-creation of The Paul Whiteman Orchestra. For further information phone Tim Lord on 01746 765737 or visit www.bridgnorthjazzfestival.co.uk


Andy Hamilton’s home venue, the Corks Club at 558 Bearwood Road, always has a very interesting programme featuring many exciting musicians. On Thursday 9th October they welcome one of the UK's top Sax Stars Simon Spillett who will be playing with excellent local rhythm section, John Patrick, Tom Hill and Tony Richards.

Simon, winner of the 2007 BBC Jazz “Rising Star” Award, has risen meteorically in the past two years to become one of the most dynamic and distinctive Tenor Saxophonists on the UK jazz scene. His driving and energetic style is often compared to that of his idol, the late great Tubby Hayes. See listings for full details or visit www.bearwoodjazz.co.uk.



Library Theatre, B’ham, 6.30 (Film starts 7.30) FREE IN

Silvershine Film DocumentaryThe Walia brothers who are based in Bearwood, are responsible for a slate of fantastic TV documentaries and films, spanning over two decades of work. When asked what film they would really like to showcase from a body of work across the globe – it was the documentary Silvershine, featuring local Jazz legend Andy Hamilton.
As part of a ‘blast from the past’ season this is a documentary well worth seeing – as it was last broadcast on ITV in 1988 and featured at the ‘Birmingham International Film Festival.

FilmFirst intend this to be part one of a two stage event with a second screening early next year followed by a live performance with Andy Hamilton and his band...watch this space for further info on that event.

So if you’re looking for an excuse to go out next Monday night – please feel welcome to come along – doors open at 6.30pm with an open licensed bar (typo on flyer sorry) with the screening due to start around 7.30pm.

Click Here to download the flyer


Lynn Dawes of theSteve King Big BandTHE STEVE KING BIG BAND

The Steve King Big Band is one of the Midlands leading big bands and appears all over the UK. On Sunday 5th October they appear in concert at one of Birmingham's best kept secrets, The Library Theatre which is tucked away in Paradise Place next to the Adrian Boult Hall.

For this appearance they are joined by two fabulous vocalists, Birmingham's own Gary Lewis plus the sensational Lynn Dawes (pictured, right) from the USA. The show pays tribute to the great song stylists of the last 50 years such as Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli, Dean Martin, Barbra Streisand, Bobby Darin and Sarah Vaughn plus some of the younger ones such as Michael Buble, Toni Tennille and Robbie Williams. Box Office 0121-303 2323.


The N C Big Band will be staging their fifth Annual Old Town Hall Dancers Reunion Charity Dance at Gornal RBL on Friday October 17th at 8pm. The event is in aid of the Russells Hall Leukaemia Unit Appeal Fund. For all enquiries phone Terry Smith on 01527 874537.

Jazz Party at seaJAZZ PARTY AT SEA

If a Jazz Cruise in the Caribbean, visiting the coast of Central America and the Bahamas, is your idea of a holiday of a lifetime then Chancery Cruising’s annual ‘Jazz Party at Sea’ is one not to be missed. The Jazziz Omni Media 25th Birthday Celebration Cruise sails from Miami on 15 November 2009, and many star performers will be aboard (see advert page 3).

For full details phone 020 7405 7506 or e-mail bookings@

Garry AllcockSunday 12 Oct Garry Allcock's Tribute to Count Basie & Frank Sinatra at the Barn, BrookvaleRd Witton Special Offer...2 tickets for the price of 1   £10

Your chance to see a great band at a terrific price !!
8pm tel 0121 356 5706


  • Thurs 23 - MYJO (right) @ Bearwood Corks
  • Sat 25 - Old Comrades @ The Trumpet
  • Sat 25 - Casey Greene @ the Bridgenorth Jazz Festival
  • Sun 26 - NC Big Band @ The Robin 2
  • Also Barbara & All That Jazz, Heart Of England, JB Jazz & Blues, and more in our Listings section.

Lynn Dawes of theSteve King Big BandStill a few seats left to see Ann Duggan & Robert Hines on JAZZ ON THE WATER on Saturday 11 October 

2.30 pm from Gas St Basin Great 3 hour canal cruise with music and bar ..only £7 Phone Sam on 0121 2367057


Chris Bowden

Next JAZZ ON THE WATER on Saturday 18October - Sara Colman (below) & Chris Bowden (right)

Sara Colman2.30 pm from Gas St Basin Great 3 hour canal cruise with music and bar ..only £7 Phone Sam on 0121 236 7057

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Buddy Greco

MYJO (Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra) with their very special guest singer Matt Ford will be appearing at the Solihull Arts Complex on Thursday 25th September.

MYJO (below) will also be at Tamworth Assembly Rooms on Sunday 28th September with their special guest, singer Carole Westwood. Matt Ford will also be the special guest of Fat Chops Big Band at Tasco's Club, Hazelwell Lane, Stirchley, Birmingham on Sunday 12th October at 12.30pm. All Enquiries: 01675 442 050


Sam Waller's very popular jazz trips on the Birmingham canals feature two great bands in September: pianist and vocalist Phil Sayer with his son James on Saturday 13th September and the ever popular Steve Ajao on Saturday 27th September. Starting at 2.30pm from Gas Street Basin phone Sam on 0121-236 7057 for bookings and enquiries.


Steve King Big Band

The acclaimed Steve King Big Band below) will be appearing at Solihull Complex on Sunday 14th September,

Box Office on 0121-704 6962. For more information about the band


JB Jazz & Blues

JB Jazz & Blues Band has been awarded "The Band of the Year" for 2008 by the Stafford Jazz Society.

The band was formed over ten years ago, featuring the fun and essence of Louis Jordan and Louis Prima, jazz jive and a taste of rhythm and blues. The line-up is John Beckingham (piano), Roger Manwaring (saxes), Andy Wood (guitar), Mark Howell (bass) and Clive Miller (drums). The band has appeared on Channel 4, played for ten consecutive years at the Upton on Severn Fringe Festival and is a regular feature of Midland jazz clubs.

George Thorby Big Band

Jazz Events at Ludlow Assembly Rooms:

Saturday 13 September, 7.30pm George Thorby Big Band
This hugely popular Big Band features the music of Basie, Ellington, Kenton and Glen Miller, and the Great American Songbook. £15/£13.50 concs.

Saturday 20 September, 12.30 - 5.30pm
A wonderful opportunity for jazz enthusiasts to enjoy a day of jazz in all its genres, both listening and playing. The afternoon is devoted to education and playing opportunities including improvisation and group playing. All ages, under 12s to be accompanied by an adult.

Gigs are free, but reserve in advance at Box Office 01584 878141
or visit

Matthew Ford
Jazz on a Winter's Weekend

Southport Melodic Jazz has come up with a brilliant programme for the club's 5th annual 'Jazz on a Winter's Weekend' festival which will run at Southport's Royal Clifton Hotel 6-8 Feb 2009. Programme director Geoff Matthews commented that 'the festival is going to be a celebration of British based contemporary jazz - musicians, bands, composers and arrangers. The vein of British jazz is so rich just now that our biggest problem was what to leave out.'

Weekender tickets are now on sale (£120) and the programme includes The David Newton Trio with Art Themen, Liz Fltcher with The Matt Waites Quintet, Arnie Somogyi's Scenes fron The City, Bobby Wellins/Don Weller Quartet plus string ensemble, The Clark Tracey Quartet, Alan Barnes' Stray-Horns Octet and The Anita Wardell Quartet - and lots more.
Ring 01704 541790 or email matthewsjazz@sky.com for tickets or more details.

Dave Newton

JWMWelcome to Karli

This month we welcome our new sub-editor Karli who has worked very hard on this magazine, and we hope she will be very happy with us. If you need a designer for your flyers, promotional material etc. call Linda on 0121 241 6751. She can put you in touch with someone suitable at a very competitive price.

Andrea VicariAndrea Vicari and the Jazz Day Collective

Saturday 20 September, 7.30pm The Plural Quartet £12, £6 under 18s.
Ludlow Assembly Rooms, 1 Mill Street, Ludlow, SY8 1AZ, tel 01584 878141


Andy Prior at the Sinatra Music Society

Andy PriorThe Sinatra Music Society is holding its Annual Convention at the Clarendon Suite, Hagley Road, Birmingham on Sunday 19th October from 10.30am.

The main concert starring Andy Prior and his Orchestra begins at 3.45pm, tickets £16. Food is available all day. To book tickets or enquire about the society please call Frank Harvey on 01543 317743.

17 - 19 October 2008

Ayr Jazz Festival is a friendly festival, set in the heart of scenic Burns' country, with lots of added attractions in the area.

This years festival promises to be an action-packed event with music provided by top UK bands such as The Rae Brothers New Orleans Jazz Band, Dave Donohoe Jazz Band, Havana Swing, New Century Ragtime Orchestra, Sportinghouse Strings, Mike Daly Trio and outstanding musicians including Norman Field, Mike Piggott, Martin Litton, Frank Brooker, Tom Kincaid and more besides.

The festival is held in central hotels, all within easy walking distance of each other. There are good road, rail, air and sea links to Ayr and a local caravan site is available. Ticket applications on 01292-590773.
Accommodation and other information from Katy on 01292-443309

The Waterworks Jazz Club take an Autumn break in Quinton

The Waterworks Jazz Club, normally held at the Birmingham United Services Club, Gough Street, will be taking place from October to December at the Quinborne Community Centre, Ridgacre Road, Quinton, B'ham B32 2TW. All enquiries to 0121-445 5668 or 01527 575160.

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