Jazz in East Kent


  I have an enduring love for Kent, the adoptive county of my teenage years and my early twenties. We lived in East Kent in Beltinge, a cliff top village just along the coast from Herne Bay. So I like to think of myself as a “Man of Kent” even though I don’t qualify through birth east of the River Medway. What connection does … [Read more...]

Betty Renz, her life, her loves and her JAZZ


  Betty Renz is my foremost jazz heroine. It is she who inspired the launch of Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle in 2011 - the UK’s youngest jazz festival which continues to grow from strength to strength each year. Now aged 82, Betty's enduring love is jazz and one of her ambitions is to sing with as many jazz bands as possible, and even to … [Read more...]

Don’t Stop the Music! It Can Change Our Children’s Lives!


I’ve not long been back from one of the most wonderful jazz festivals it’s been my privilege attend. Why a privilege? Well, besides the fact that Fest Jazz in Châteauneuf-du-Faou, Brittany, was faultlessly organised and featured great bands, including Tuba Skinny from New Orleans, for me there was one particular BIG band which stole the … [Read more...]

Freetime Old Dixie Jassband Blisworth Bound High Noon Sunday 21 September


Premier Trad Jazz Band from Holland Freetime Old Dixie Jazz Band Don't miss this rare opportunity to enjoy this great band. Here's just a sample of their prowess: Rob Vlam (tb, voc, ld), Ruud Peerdeman (tp, voc), Jan Jaap Kroeb (cl, as), Piet de Wit (bj), Jaap de Wit (cb, bs, sous.), John Lippe (dm, voc). Filmed at Fritzel's Jazz Pub … [Read more...]

Next @ The Ent Shed, Bedford


6.45 pm October 2nd 2014 The Tommy Andrews Quintet Former Guildhall School saxophonist Tommy Andrews brings his acclaimed quintet to Bedford as part of a Jazz Services Supported tour of the U.K. The group, featuring Nick Costley-White, Ivo Neame, Dave Manington and Dave Hamblett will play compositions from the critically acclaimed new album … [Read more...]

Hot News: Old Hat Jazz Band EP Launch


Back in October, 2013, I featured London based Old Hat Jazz Band on Jazz&Jazz in a post entitled “Capturing the Quintessential Sound of Early Jazz”. I quoted Mike Pointon’s article in Just Jazz (July, 2013) - Old Hat “are anything but old hat … but a talented young group - all in their twenties - playing a repertoire that owes … [Read more...]

Kent Jazz News Autumn Issue


  Here is the Autumn 2014 issue of The Kent Jazz News compiled and edited by jazz devotee Harry Stubberfield. It’s packed with news about the jazz scene in Kent and beyond. Click here to view your online copy: AUTUMN JAZZ NEWS To receive your personal copy in print, email Harry at: hstubb.61@hotmail.co.uk   … [Read more...]

Tad Newton Presents Jazz at The Bedford


Jazz At The Bedford is proving to be a great success! Excellent, easily accessible venue, comfortable seating, great food and real ales. Increasingly popular so best book in advance! … [Read more...]

Jazz & Buffet Night with Tad Newton’s Jazzfriends – Friday 19th September


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Girl Of My Dreams Aboard The Dixie Queen


  YouTube © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz Best viewed in HD Trefor Williams’ Usual Suspects playing on The Thames aboard “The Dixie Queen”. The occasion? John Petters’ “Sensational London River Boat Shuffle” on Saturday, 6th September. Capture the atmosphere, the swell of the river, the enthusiasm of the fans, the dancers, … [Read more...]