Introducing The Jake Leg Jug Band


  "Fun and varied – I'm sure The Jake Leg Jug Band provide a good evening's entertainment" Just Jazz "Live this must be a hoot - and I'd pay to see it" Americana UK If you want the authentic sounds of 1920's and 30's America - Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Ragtime - then The Jake Leg Jug Band is for you. And you don’t need to cross an … [Read more...]

Capture the Atmosphere! Name the Tune! Tuba Skinny at Fest Jazz


More from Fest Jazz, Châteauneuf-du-Faou, Brittany, in July, 2014. Star act Tuna Skinny doing what they enjoy most - playing in the town square, New Orleans Street Style. The number, typical to their 1920s/1930s themes - New Orleans Bump by Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers. Even the church bells sounded a peal of applause. Thank you, Robin, … [Read more...]

Music In The Garden with Cleo Laine and Friends


One balmy day back in June, Ginny and I enjoyed a glorious cream tea afternoon in The Old Rectory Garden at The Stables, Wavendon, for “Music In The Garden” with Cleo Laine and Friends. Playing with her were John Horler on piano, Jim Hart on drums, Jules Barnes on bass and Mark Nightingale on trombone. Mind you, Cleo fired them all during … [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 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...]