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DECEMBER ’06 FEATURES

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

HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OUR READERS

The Jazz West Mids team, Linda, Dick and Barry wish our readers, subscribers, advertisers and all jazz fans a very Happy Christmas, with many thanks for your support throughout the year.


BIRMINGHAM JAZZ AWARDS

Sara Colman won the audience's vote at Rush Hour Blues
Sara Colman, the People's Choice, © Russ Escritt

As part of Birmingham Jazz's 30th Anniversary Searson Soweto Kinch and Jaqui Dankworth presented the Birmingham Jazz Awards at the Jam House on the first of November. It featured awards for our local, national and international stars, plus performances from Sara Colman, Sugar Beats and the Clark Tracey Quartet.
The winners were

Best International Artist: Dave Holland
Best UK Band: Clark Tracey Quintet
Best Club Jazz Band: Sugar Beats
Rush Hour Blues Audience Poll: Sara Colman
Best Band in Education Project: The Void
Best Supporting DJ: Sammy Goulbourne

We have a couple of photos by Russ Escritt of award winners, the void (below) and Sara Colman (above). There are more photos on Russ's own site www.russpix.co.uk

The Void
The Void, © Russ Escritt


Scorched Earth coverCalling themselves Scorched Earth, Chri Bowden and Mike Gates have a new album out. Jon Fielding wrote this review:

Scorched Earth
“Resistance to the passage of sound”
(Rehab Records cd REH001)
www.scorchedearth.biz

They say that the best albums are those that gradually work their way into your heart. This is definitely the case here. This is a beautifully produced album that after
two or three listens will leave you wishing there was more. A very different album to the usual fare, with Mike Gates’ John Martynesque vocals and guitars sitting comfortably with Chris Bowden’s graceful, intelligent, Wayne Shorter style sax solos. From the opening track “Out of the darkness”, you’re not quite sure what to expect, reminiscent of an experimental Miles Davis, or the wild landscapes painted by many a Weather Report album. Bowden’s luscious string arrangements flow in and out throughout the album, complimented by some subtle bass from Simon Smith and thoughtful percussion from Andy Wheeler. All in all it’s a creative mix of moving songs and powerful instrumentals. Is it jazz? Is it folk/rock? It doesn’t really matter. It’s very inspiring and I can only recommend you go find out for yourself.
(On sale now from independent record shops and online from www.discovery-records.com)


 

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Elaine DelmarElaine Delmar at Southport

The delightful and outstanding singer Elaine Delmar (heard by your Editor on Saga FM radio recently) will be one of the stars at the Southport Winter Weekend from February 2nd - 4th.

A Wonderful Weekend of Contemporary Jazz at Southport

Southport Jazz has created a quality festival with its third “Jazz on a Winter’s Weekend” on 2nd-4th February, 2007.

Last February’s event got rave reviews for wonderful contemporary jazz, slick organisation and brilliant “ fringe” activities – jazz art, photography and workshops. Taking place again at the Royal Clifton Hotel on Southport’s famous promenade, the programme is arranged so that visitors can enjoy every gig in the spacious and comfortable hotel suites, with time to relax, dine, and also enjoy the fringe events. ‘Ambience’ and ‘ atmosphere’ are the keynotes here.

What matters is the quality of the music and Southport Jazz has really pulled out all the stops and created a balanced and interesting mix of the best of UK contemporary jazz. The Festival opens with the delightful Elaine Delmar backed by an outstanding band including Brian Dee and Jim Mullen. The late set sees Bobby Wellins with Andrew Cleyndert, Spike Wells and Mark Edwards.

Stan TraceySaturday 3rd starts with a big band session with Swingshift and star soloists including Steve Waterman, Barnaby Dickinson and Alan Barnes. The afternoon set is guitarist Pete Oxley’s Curious Paradise. The great Stan Tracey (left) Quartet is the evening highlight including a performance of Stan’s iconic ‘ Under Milk Wood Suite’ with Welsh narrator Phillip Madoc. Reedsman Andy Panayi leads his Septet for the late set with a pad of Andy's own arrangements.

The final day opens quietly with vocal jazz – a set from The Liz Fletcher Trio followed by Pete Churchill at the piano. The temperature rises in the afternoon with a session from the Tubby Hayes era with his great devotee tenorist Simon Spillett’s Quartet with John Critchinson, Martin Drew and Andrew Cleyndert. Sponsor Steinway & Sons are providing two grands for an early evening duet from John Donaldson and Mark Edwards and the festival ends with a performance of the Barnes- Plater suite ‘The Seven Ages of Jazz’ with Liz Fletcher singing Alan Plater's lyrics to Alan Barnes’s music with his own all star octet. Alan Plater provides the anecdotal links.
Exhibitions by internationally renowned jazz photographer William Ellis and jazz inspired artist Dave Barden and a ‘jazz shop’ put the icing on the cake.
For a full brochure contact Geoff Matthews on 01704 541790 or e-mail: smjc@artees.freeserve.co.uk Download the programme from www.jazzinsouthport.co.uk Card payments can be taken by telephone.


THE DANKWORTH’S AT STRATFORD

by Michael Beaumont

Cleo Lane and Johnny Dankworth

I had not seen the Dankworth’s live for a few years and wondered if the magic of their earlier years would still be intact. Appearing to a capacity audience at Stratford’s Civic Hall as the climax of the towns excellent October Music Festival I was not disappointed. They were outstanding. Now in their eightieth year they are a marvellous advertisement for the campaign against ageism in the work place.

The first half featured John’s quintet with local maestro Mark Nightingale: trombone, John Horler: piano, Alan Ganley: drums and son Alec on Bass. They presented a superb blend of new and old with each musician allowed plenty of space to show their superb skills. Alan Ganley’s drumming was a joy to behold, no shed building here. Mark, as ever, proved why he is our number one trombonist and the audience were spell bound by Alec’s bass feature.

That first set really set the mood for why the audience were there: ‘Dame Cleo Laine’. She was outstanding and the years have done nothing whatsoever to diminish the quality of her voice; the technique, the intonation, the range, the depth of expression. Like a good red wine it had matured beautifully with time. The first selection lasted a full 15 minutes with Cleo barely taking a breath. Mind blowing.

Space prevents greater coverage of what was a wonderful experience so In conclusion if you get the opportunity to see these two doyens of our musical world in the future. DON’T MISS OUT!


Andy Smith - 1946-2006

For more than a year Andy had been rehearsing and playing with the N C Big Band when when he tragically died on his 60th Birthday.

Roger Bruton has sent in an obituary written by Brian Rankine trumpet player with The Syd Lawrence Orchestra and, for many years now, with the BBC Radio 2 Big Band. To read it in full please click here.


BRIAN WAITE

Brian Waite, The Kidderminsterbased jazz pianist, died on Saturday 21st September after a long battle with leukaemia.

Mal Gibbons writes:

“ Brian was a great player and alovely guy. We met in the late 70s and I always tried to get him for my gigs, though he was much in demand.

Brian was an early participant, and later tutor, at the Barry Jazz Summer School, and was also the author of an excellent book on Jazz Piano. In recent times he worked with Erica Lyons and John Gibbons, backing a wide variety of Jazz stars on dates throughout the UK. Brian will be sadly missed but not forgotten.”


Heart of England Jazz Band
The Heart of England Jazz Band are just one of the great local bands joining us at JWM in wishing all of you a very Happy and Traditional Christmas. Catch the The Zenith Hot Stompers (below) at the Kings Head in Lichfield on Thursday 7th dec, whilst you can see the Heart of England Jazz Band in Briely Hill Town Centre at noon the following day.

Zenith Hot Stompers

NOVEMBER ’06 FEATURES

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

BIRMINGHAM JAZZ AWARDS

soweto kinchBirmingham Jazz are celebrating their 30th Anniversary season with a uniquely special event, which they hope will once and for all put Birmingham in the middle of the jazz map. It takes place at The Jam House on Wednesday 1st November at 8pm. There will be awards for local, national and international stars, plus performances from Sara Colman, Sugar Beats, The Void and the Clark Tracey Quartet. The inimitable Soweto Kinch and Jacqui Dankworth will be compering.
Tickets £10 (£5) from 0121 454 2371 or www.thejamhouse.com (full price only on web)


Doctor Teeth Big Band creates mayhem...

...at Kings Heath Cricket and Sports Club on Saturday 11th November. The Doctor Teeth brand of non-stop jump jive will be taking off from 8.30pm and everyone is invited to come down and join the party. Don’t miss this gig!!. Tickets on 0121-444 1913 and 0121-444 1362 (Polly).


Esther Miller

The Stage, Paradise Place, Birmingham (next to Central Library) is putting on excellent quality mainstream jazz on Sundays from 1pm. Fans of Esther Miller will be able to catch her trio at The Stage on Sunday 5 November (see the Stages Sunday listings).


Jazz Festival Previews

Jazz Festivals are very special events and we know that many of our readers have favourites which they visit on a regular basis. The amazing amount of top quality music and the exciting carnival atmosphere of many festivals, plus the opportunity to renew old friendships, is a great attraction for all jazz fans. Below are contact details for several festivals, with next year’s dates, to whet your appetite and cheer you over the winter months.

Big Band fans will be excited to see what is on offer from Chancery Cruising featuring The Brooks Teglar Orchestra, including tributes to Gene Krupa, Count Basie Orchestra, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller (in full uniform), Frank Sinatra, Tommy Dorsey etc. For more information phone 020-7405 7056.
 

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Cool new scintillating jazz from Way Out West

Jazz musicians from both sides of Offas Dyke have come together to perform a new piece commissioned by Bishop’s Castle Jazz which is all about the ‘frontier’ town of Bishop’s Castle.

The music is called Bishop’s Castle Conclamation and has been composed by Eddie Harvey with funds provided by the Arts Council and South Shropshire District Council.

The Band, Way Out West, are an eight piece, based in Bishop’s Castle. Their influences combine the cool west coast sounds of a horn section with the soulful sounds of Hammond Organ and driven along by a rhythm section with the deepest of grooves. Comprising Ben Thomas (tpt/flugel), Gareth Jones (trom), Casey Greene (alto sax), John Williams (baritone sax & MD), Geoff Grimes (organ), Charlie Mason (gtr & MC), Clive Rainbow (bass gtr) and Greg Evans (dms) Way Out West will be performing the world premier of Bishop’s Castle Conclamation at their concert at The Three Tuns Inn, Bishop’s Castle, Fri 17th November.


Scorched Earth Launch

If you enjoy something different, and especially if you are a fan of Chris Bowden on sax and Mike Gates, guitar and vocals we strongly recommend their gig at the Jam House on Tuesday 21st November. It’s a free gig which is promoted by Birmingham Jazz and they will be launching their latest CD, Scorched Earth. For more details:– www.myspace.com/scorchedearthuk

OCTOBER 2006 FEATURES

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

John Ruddick with his DegreeDOCTOR JAZZ

John Ruddick, (left) the musical director of the outstanding Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra has been recognised by Birmingham University. For his work, not only with MYJO, but also with the other youth and senior bands with which he is associated, it has conferred on him an honorary Doctor of Music. MYJO was a winner in the BBC National Big Band Competition on eleven occasions, and this year won the Dutch National Big Band Competition for the second time.

The recognition comes at a time when John and Nichola Ruddick celebrate twenty five years running the MYJO organisation. Below John and Nicola celebrate the award.

Cleo and Johnny

Byron Wallen

Byron Wallen comes to Lichfield Arts

Following this years successful Real Ale, Jazz & Blues Festival Lichfield Arts have organised a cracking line up for autumn at their splendid Lichfield Guildhall venue. Opening the season on Friday October 6th will be the brilliant Tony Kof i Trio. Besides Tony on Saxophones their is new superstar Anders Olinder on B3 Hammond Organ and the dazzling Winston Clifford on drums with trumpet star Byron Wallen adding additional flair to the group. These brilliant musicians are at the strident edge of British Jazz so grab this rare chance to hear them

Other jazz dates lined up are the superb guitarist Deirdre Cartwright on Nov 10th and Rod Mason’s Elements flying in on Dec 1st.

10th Teignmouth Jazz Festival

November 17th to 19th is focused on three main venues with fringe events in local pubs and restaurants, and a ‘ showcase’ venue for Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Also two workshops for musicians by Steve Waterman and Mike Outram.

Some of the highlights will be performances by, Alan Barnes, Roy Williams with Tad Newton’s Jazz Friends, Dave O’Higgins with the Craig Milverton Trio, Theo Travis Quartet, Steve Waterman Quintet and Mike Westbrook.
 

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Special Night at Jazz Connection

Phil MasonFor one night only on Wed’ October 4th the Ryton on Dunsmore club will feature “ The Jazz Connection All Stars”

Artists taking part will be: Drums: Barry Norman, ex Eagle Jazz Band, Bass: Howard Worthington, Wabash Jazzmen, Banjo: Mark Challinor, Wabash Jazzmen, Trombone: Terry Brunt, ex Mart Rodger Manchester Jazz, Clarinet: Johnny Rodgers, Gambit Jazzmen, Trumpet: Phil Mason, Phil Masons N Orleans All Stars. A night not to be missed.

Buffet, also bring your brollies. Advance Tickets £10, pay on door £12 Phone Derek on 02476 335273


Regular Jazz at Pier 39 Restaurant

A new venue for jazz lovers is the Pier 39 Restaurant which features live music on Friday night and entertaining the diners on 27th Oct will be Maria L.P.

The restaurant is located at 290 - 292 Lichfield Rd, Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield. 0121-323 4600


Liane Carroll to star at Bridgnorth Jazz Festival

The Bridgnorth Jazz Festival opens with Liane Carroll on Friday 27th October. Liane is a double BBC jazz award winner.

The Jazz Trail is being expanded to ten venues this year and will culminate in a jam session at the Crown in the middle of Bridgnorth.
Hotline: 01746 789628

 

SEPTEMBER 2006 FEATURES

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

UK National Drum FairNATIONAL DRUM FAIR COMES TO BRUM

The National Drum Fair takes place at the Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre in Birmingham on 30 September and 1 October. Following the success of the event in recent years, it is moving to a larger venue for 2006.

The fair will feature all the finest vintage and custom drums. Playing live at the event will be Ian Palmer (Alan Skidmore quartet), Nick Ward (the UK’s premier traps drummer) and Young Drummer of the Year James Birt. Martin Ranscombe will be on hand to offer drum tuning advice. (Bring your snare drum).

Cleo and Johnny
CLEO LAINE AND JOHN DANKWORTH WILL BE AT THIS YEARS STRATFORD MUSIC FESTIVAL.


ARTRIX
THEATRE DOUBLE DOUBLE

JOHN ETHRIDGE & KIT HOLMES:

On 02 September John Ethridge and Kit Holmes put on Guitar workshops followed by a performance at the Artrix in the evening. John plays five guitars, Kit plays three, so come along and hear all eight at the concert or find out how they do it at the workshops!

John Etheridge is one of the world’s most respected guitarists and his music spans a myriad of styles and influences. He was the guitarist for the celebrated jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli and has performed with Soft Machine, Pat Metheny, Andy Summers, Nigel Kennedy and John Williams. John’s special guest Kit Holmes’ music fuses a broad range of influences from pop to folk, blues and soul.

‘I never wanted to be a star, just a highly respected musician like John Etheridge’. STING – THE GUARDIAN.

The workshop starts at 6.15pm and the concert at 8, prices£12 (£11) Concert & £5 Guitar Workshop

TIME ENOUGH & THE STEVE KING BAND (Double Bill)

Steve King BB & Time Enough16 September 2006, 8pm £ 10 (£8)

Time Enough is a seven-piece band that is gaining a reputation across the Midlands for playing jazz with a difference, from Jobim to the Yellowjackets. They play a mix of vocal, instrumental and original compositions – often with unexpected rhythms that give the music a new twist – in which anything could happen!

The Steve King Big Band has been performing for over 30 years, covering everything from Miller to Goodwin. Prize winners an unprecedented 9 times in the Musicians’ Union big band contest, they have 5 albums to their credit and have appeared to sell out audiences throughout the Midlands.
 

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Jazz Spotlight at the Norbury:

Following the success of the Bonded Warehouse and Kidderminster Library venues Simon Deeley is about to start a new venue at the Norbury Theatre in Droitwich Spa with the aim of presenting the best in British Jazz. Top artists such as Bobby Wellins, Jim Mullen, Brian Dee, Digby Fa i rweather, Rosemary Squires, Esther Miller and Lee Gibson are among the exciting list of musicians booked for the first season.

Opening on Sept 16th is the bri l l i a n t violinist Ralph Allin. Tel. Simon on 01384 377797 / Box Officr 01905 770154.


Scarborough Jazz Festival 2006
15 - 17 September

Bobby WellinsThe fourth Scarborough Jazz Festival is to be staged in the Grand Hall of the Victorian Spa Complex which looks out across the beach towards Scarborough castle.

SJF always tries to put on a fresh and balanced programme and unashamedly puts the spotlight on British musicians. Georgie Fame is one of the stars of this year’s Festival. Other big names include one of the truly great names of British Jazz, Saxoponist Bobby Wellins (right), while Tina May will be joined by American Sax star Scott Hamilton.

Apart from the immediate attractions of the town and the picturesque surroundings, visitors can expect a variety of Fringe Events which will lead up to the main festival. For more information about the festival contact The Scarborough Spa Complex
Box Office Tel: 01723 357869 or visit www.scarboroughjazzfestival.net


Coming Events

Pershore Jazz Festival. September 8th / 10th Tel: 01386 554235.

Bridgnorth Jazz Festival begins on Friday 27th October. Ticket Hot Line 01746 789628.

Special Night at Jazz Connection. Wednesday October 4th with the “Jazz Connection All Stars” including buf fet. Advanced tickets £10. £12 on door. Tel Derek 02476 335273.

NC Big Band News. 2005 was a very successful year and 2006 seems equally good. Their next event is at the Kings Heath Cricket and Sports Club on Saturday 16th September. Tickets £6, Tel 0121-444 1362.

 

AUGUST 2006 FEATURES

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

Bob Wilber to meet the Friends of Upton

Bob WilburLegendary American clarinet and soprano saxophonist Bob Wilber appears at Upton-upon-Severn Memorial Hall on Friday August 4th with an all star line-up featuring Nik Payton (reeds), Richard Busiakiewicz (piano), Dave Green (bass) and Bobby Worth (drums).

Bob, now in his 78th year became the first pupil at Sidney Bechet’s school of music in Brooklyn. As a musician, arranger and composer he has been described as one of the best a l l - round jazz musicians in the world. He won a Grammy Award for his recreation of Duke Ellington’s music for Francis Coppola’s film ‘The Cotton Club’. Nik Payton is now resident in Brazil where he has formed his own band to general acclaim. Accompanying Bob and Nik are three stalwarts of the UK jazz scene. Don’t miss it!

Paul Lawrence


FRET & FIDDLE
GRACE SAM’S CRUISES

Fret and Fiddle

Fret & Fiddle (pictured here at Bearwood Corks Club) are to play Jazz on the Water on SaturdaySeptember 2nd. A canal cruise with some beautiful Gipsy Jazz has to be the perfect way to end High Summer.

So far Emmit Till and the ubiqutous "to be announced" are scheduled for August.


Julian Marc StringleTRAD & MODERN
@ the ISLE OF MAN

Julian Marc Stringle (left) is one at the stars of the Isle of Man Jazz Fest, 11-13 Aug. IOM mixes Modern and Trad, with the Chicago Teddy Bear Society (below) among the other acts.
Chicago Teddy Bears Society
Clockwise from top right - Chicago Teddy Bears Neville Goodwin, Tony Dunleavy, Rae Owens, Dave Mott, Ken Doran, Tony Ormesher. Centre Brian Singleton, leader Photos Fred Burnett at Eagley Jazz Club, 20th March 2006
 

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DEREK HALFORD 1940-2006

The George Huxley Band sent us this email:

"The George Huxley Band have all been greatly saddened by the recent death of their long time friend and Trombonist, Derek Halford. The Midland Jazz scene will be very much the poorer with the passing of this fine musician."

Click here for a full tribute by Selwyn Newton.

Maria Luis Patrick
WOMEN IN MUSIC FESTIVAL

Maria LP, Yaz Alexander, Laura Ige and Kirsty & Kenny and were amongst the acts performing at the first ever "Women in Music" festival, which was held in the Irish Centre and South Birmingham College in June. The festival suffered from a lack of support and some poor scheduling especially in the Irish Centre in the afternoon. However Maria LP's performance in the South Birmingham College auditorium (pictured above) went down a storm. Laura Ige (below) put on a great show featuring Alvin Davis on sax.

The photos were taken by JWM's own Dick Jones

Laura Ige with Alvin Davis on Sax
   

Curtis SteigersCurtis Steigers is just one of the stars appearing at the Nairn Jazz Festival, Thurs 6th - Sun 13th Aug,

 

 

JULY 2006 FEATURES

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

BIRMINGHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL BONANZA

Festival stars, Gilad Atzmon, Aaron Weinstein ans Al Copley

180 shows in 50 Birmingham City Centre venues with 90% of the concerts free of charge! That is the Birmingham International Jazz Festival from Friday 7th to Sunday 16th July: an amazing array of wonderful Jazz from all corners of the globe.

Highlights include the New York vo c a l i s t/pianist Al Copley with Diz Honeybear Watson, Gilad Atzmon, Zoot Money and the Lazy Jumpers, Mishka Adams, a very special violin double header on July 15th by the Aaron Weinstein Trio from New York with Tim Kliphuis (Holland), the New Orleans Jump Band, manic blues fromCanada’s Shuffle Demons, trad from the Bourbon Street Stompers, modern jazz from the Enrique Oliver Quartet, Digby Fairweather, George Melly, Val Wiseman and many others.

The winners of The Marston’s Pedigree British Jazz Awards will play at a special concert, tickets £12, at 8pm on Tuesday July 11th at the Electric Cinema on Station Street, (rear of New Street Station), the oldest working cinema in the UK, now fully restored to its 1930s Art Deco splendour. For information, tickets etc. phone 0121-454 7020, www.birminghamjazzfestival.com.


Bob Wilber to meet the Friends of Upton

Legendary American clarinet and soprano saxophonist Bob Wilber appears at Upton-upon-Severn Memorial Hall on Friday August 4th with an all star line-up featuring Nik Payton (reeds), Richard Busiakiewicz (piano), Dave Green (bass) and Bobby Worth (drums).

Bob, now in his 78th year became the first pupil at Sidney Bechet’s school of music in Brooklyn. As a musician, arranger and composer he has been described as one of the best a l l - round jazz musicians in the world. He won a Grammy Award for his recreation of Duke Ellington’s music for Francis Coppola’s film ‘The Cotton Club’. Nik Payton is now resident in Brazil where he has formed his own band to general acclaim. Accompanying Bob and Nik are three stalwarts of the UK jazz scene. Don’t miss it!

Paul Lawrence

Humph at Marlborough

Humphrey Littleton will be heading a fine line-up at this years Marlborough International Jazz Festival on the 7th, 8th and 9th of July. See advert on page 2 for full details.

C&G Publishing

Author and publisher Colin Aston has taken the momentous decision to retire after a career in which he has received plaudits from many well known musicians. We wish Colin a very happy, relaxing and enjoyable retirement.

New venueNew venue

The Coffee Lounge, organised by the Cobweb Collective, (see advert on page 12) will feature many of the new up and coming stars from the area. Starting on June 30 with the Alex Merritt Trio other artists include Mike Fletcher (jnr) ­ Dad runs the ‘Kinda Dukish’ big band ­ Ray Butcher, Mary Wakelam, Mike Williams, Mike Adlington and Dan Nichols.

 

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JOHN WILLIAMS & The Bingham String Quartet
29th July 2006

For 26 years Leasowes Bank, a remote Shropshire hill farm, has hosted an annual multi-genre summer music festival. The programme includes much new music and jazz composers who have been commissioned include Nikki Iles, Michael Garrick, Neil Ardley, Bob Wilber, Barbara Thompson, Howard Blake & Anna Brooks.

This year’s new work, Dick Walter’s ‘Excursions for Baritone Saxophone & String Quartet’ will be premiered by festival founder John Williams with the Bingham Quartet on 29th July in a mixed programme which also includes works by Elgar, Graham Lynch & Martin Butler.

A Shropshire based musician with an international reputation JOHN WILLIAMS has extended the boundaries of jazz with a series of innovative projects including his Spotlite CD ‘Five Housman settings & other jazz works’ (now in it’s 4th pressing!) which was chosen by the Sunday Times as ‘the outstanding British jazz release of 1996’.

Tickets: £ 11.00 (£ 9.00 cons) Tel: 01743 790769

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Wigan International Jazz Festival
celebrates 21 years with...

...an impressive line up featuring the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band Dir. Slide Hampton, Dankworth Dynasty - Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Jacqui & Alec Dankworth, Monty Alexander Trio, Ben Riley’s Monk Legacy, We Remember Clifford with Benny Golson, Randy Brecker and Eddie Henderson plus many more. The Festival runs from 15th to 22nd July. For details phone 01942 825 677 or visit www.wiganjazz.net

Birmingham Botanical Gardens Jazz Picnic

The Midsummer Big Band Music Evening is a highlight of the calendar for the Botanical Gardens and on Sunday July 16th the NC Big Band will again be entertaining, with their special guests the Ralph Allin Trio. You are invited to dress in 1940s style, to celebrate the Queen’s 80th birthday. A bottle of champagne will be presented to the best dressed group. Bring your own picnic, table, chairs etc. if you wish. This is a really special occasion not to be missed. Tickets: 0121-454 1860

Southport Charity Jazz Festival Ball...

...featuring Roy Ayres will be held at Southport Floral Hall on Friday July 7th in aid of Mercy Ships. For further information and tickets please contact Ross McWilliam on 07771 916788

The Plough at Trysull...

...near Wolverhampton, is restarting its jazz on Wednesday July 12th after a short break. The quality of artists at this mainstream and modern venue is exceptional and well worth you making the trip.

Simon Deeley...

...continues to organise a carefully thought out programme of mainstream jazz at the Bonded Warehouse in Stourbridge. On Friday July 7th he features Mark Brown (tenor sax) and Ray Butcher (trumpet) with the Simon Deeley Trio and on Friday July 21st there is a change to the advertised programme and the featured artists will be the Casey Greene Quartet. Concerts start at 7.30pm, £6 on the door, for any information phone 01384 395216