Plymouth Jazz Club Features Four Great Bands In March/April 2017

Founded 1984

Plymouth’s Premier Jazz Venue

Jazz&Jazz is delighted to support Plymouth Jazz Club.

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Sunday, March 5th • 7.00 for 7.30pm

Steve Waterman with the
Neil Burns Trio

Steve Waterman, one of the UK’s finest trumpeters stars with guitar maestro Neil Burns  in a programme of exciting mainstream jazz.

The Royal British Legion Club, Tailyour Road, Crownhill, Plymouth PL6 5DH

Admission £9, Members £7, Full-Time Students £5 Tickets on the door.
Tel: 01752 721179

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Sunday, March 19th • 7.00 for 7.30pm

The Sussex Jazz Kings

One of the most popular traditional jazz bands in the South.

The Royal British Legion Club, Tailyour Road, Crownhill, Plymouth PL6 5DH

Admission £9, Members £7, Full-Time Students £5 Tickets on the door.
Tel: 01752 721179

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Sunday, April 2nd • 7.00 for 7.30pm

The Martin Dale Quartet with Roger Marks

Top Devon trombonist Roger Marks joins popular Plymouth  saxophonist Martin Dale and his  Quartet for a great evening of easy listening mainstream jazz.

The Royal British Legion Club, Tailyour Road, Crownhill, Plymouth PL6 5DH

Admission £9, Members £7, Full-Time Students £5 Tickets on the door.
Tel: 01752 721179

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Sunday, April 23rd • 7.00 for 7.30pm

The Jabbo Five

This exciting band presents lively interpretations of the music of Jabbo Smith and his
Rhythm Aces and Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five.

The Royal British Legion Club, Tailyour Road, Crownhill, Plymouth PL6 5DH

Admission £9, Members £7, Full-Time Students £5 Tickets on the door.
Tel: 01752 721179

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French Rag Stars of Fest Jazz 2016 Planning an October/November 2017 UK Tour


It was a privilege to film French Rag at Fest Jazz 2016. They not only won the Battle of Jericho, they won the hearts and minds of the discerning Fest Jazz fans, including mine.

And now they plan to win hearts and minds in the UK with a 2017 tour.
So, more about the band.

First the eight piece line up:

Mickaël Knockaert (Trumpet/Bugle)
Gordon Ortenzio (Sax)
Constant Sajaloli (T-bone)
Vincent Evrard (Guitar/Banjo)
Antoine Rivière (Guitar/Banjo)
Jonas Umbdenstock (Double Bass)
Marc Devillers (Washboard)
Marc-Antoine Moercant (Drums)

French Rag play with a joyful and explosive energy drawn from the deepest origins of jazz! On their website they describe themselves as “The French Rag Old School Jass Band” and immediately follow up that description with this amazing YouTube:

Another French Rag teaser – notice especially their young fans and the dancers:

Plus “The French Rag aux Paris Follies de la Coupole”

Thanks go to Marc Devillers for sending me these impressive YouTubes in preparation for
French Rag’s 2017 UK Tour
scheduled from Friday 27 October until Sunday, 5th November.

This is a great opportunity for UK Jazz Clubs and promoters to get in on the act. One promoter with connections to this website has already made an offer. French Rag would be sure to add a new dimension to Jazz UK – and who knows, fastidiously promoted they could well appeal to many younger fans.

Register Your Interest
So, UK Jazz Clubs, Venues and Promoters, here’s how to register your interest. Address enquiries direct to French Rag by email to Marc – preferably copied to me at: Views and options could also be submitted in “Speak Your Mind” below.

Surely an opportunity not to be missed!

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

French Rag on Facebook

Time for another Alan Cooper Remembered Gripping Yarn – Enjoy!

As I’ve said before: Why keep my “Gripping Yarns” to my own personal madcap experiences, when there are others to tell specifically linked to Jazz. For instance, this yarn which James Evans (aka John Jamie Evans) has brought to my attention also fits the “Gripping” Bill!

Just hit the link below for another fun feature from Jamie Evans:

Farewell to the Clydes


And here again is the link to his John James Evans
YouTube Site


Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

Introducing “Lula Jazz Band”

“The classy and enjoyable sounds of jazz with Lula Jazz Band to enhance your event!”

Matthew Bason (piano); Paul Taverna (sax); Danilo Palazzese (drums); Richard Clarke (guitar) Jamie Wilkins (bass); AND “our energetic and passionate singer Vilija Leitanaitė”

Vilija Leitanaitė

Lula Jazz Band emailed me: “Hi Peter we a jazz band based in Milton Keynes and we were wondering if you could list us on your website. Here you can find a our social network pages and website. Please let me know what we require in order to be listed.”

So, Lula, let’s begin by simply introducing you to Jazz&Jazz followers.

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Doc Houlind Revival All Stars’ March 2017 UK Tour


Doc Holland at Olney Jazz Club 2015

4th March: HONKY TONK JAZZCLUB, 8:00 pm
Leopold II Laan 12 A, Bastion V, 9200 Dendermonde, BELGIUM

5th March: HAYLING ISLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL, 4:45, 8:15 & 10:15 pm
Sinah Warren Coastal Hotel, Ferry Road, Hayling Island, Hants PO11 0BZ

The Royal British Legion, 1611 Warwick Rd, Knowle, Solihull B93 9LF

7th March: HARWICH JAZZ CLUB, 8:00-11:15 pm
 Electric Palace Cinema, King’s Quay Street, Harwich, Essex CO12 3ER

8th March: NEW READING JAZZ CLUB, 8:00-10:30 pm
Reading Rugby Club, Sonning Lane, Reading RG4 6ST

9th March: NOTTINGHAM RHYTM CLUB, 8:00-10:30 pm
The Stadium Leisure Snooker Club, Nottingham Road, Basford,
Nottingham NG5 1EG

10th March: SALISBURY JAZZ CLUB, 8:00-11:00 pm
Livestock Market, Netherhampton Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP2 8RH

11th March: DOVE JAZZ CLUB, 8:00-10:30 pm
The Community Center, Dove Holes, Nr Buxton, High Peak Derbyshire

12th March: OLD BARN HALL JAZZ CLUB, 1:00-4:00 pm
Old Barn Jazz Hall, 55 Church Road, Great Bookham KT23 3PQ

13th March: WIDNES JAZZ CLUB, 8:00-11:00 pm
Widnes RUFC, Health Road, Widnes, Cheshire WA8 7NU

14th March: WRAYSBURY’S JAZZ CLUB, 8:00-11:00 pm
Wraysbury Village Hall, The Green, Wraysbury, Middlesex TW19 5NA

15th March: NEW TOWNHOUSE JAZZ CLUB, 8:15 pm
33-35 Eleanor Cross Road, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire EN8 7LA

16th March: THE SWAN, 8:00-11:00pm
The Swan Inn, High Street, Chaddesley Corbett,
Nr Kidderminster, Worcestershire DY10 4SD

17th March: ONGAR JAZZ CLUB, 8:00-11:00 pm
Budworth Hall, High Street, Ongar, Essex CM5 9JG

Ramsgate Small Boat Owners Club, Guildford Lawn, Ramsgate CT11 9AY

Beelbroekstraat 2, 9040 Sint-Amandsberg, Gent, BELGIUM

(Schedule reproduced courtesy of Jesper Capion Larsen)

The New Orleans Z’hulus at Olney Jazz Club during their 2016 UK Tour.

The Band
Søren Doc Houlind – drums, vocals
Jørgen Munksgaard Nielsen – trumpet
Jesper Capion Larsen – clarinet
Kristian Barfoed – trombone
Lis Krøyer – piano
Ebbe Kærsgaard Hansen – banjo
Brian Turnock – bass

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

(Photo & YouTube © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz)

The Dorine de Wit Band’s West Country Show, 3rd/5th March


Dorine and her band at Fest Jazz, Brittany, 2016

Born to Become a Star!

Growing up in Enkhuizen, a hot bed of traditional jazz in Holland, with a father who plays banjo in the Freetime Old Dixie Jass Band, singer songwriter Dorine is no stranger to the traditional jazz scene.

After moving to Cornwall in 2007 she became a founder member of the popular RnB, jazz and ska band “Roadkill”. She also toured the UK and Denmark with the Rich Bennett Band – a busy and popular band on the British jazz scene often winning “band of the year” in the clubs for pulling in the biggest crowds of the year. Despite only starting to play guitar (and later banjo) in 2009, Dorine is a naturally talented musician. With her relaxed but driving banjo playing and natural, warm singing style, she quickly became immensely popular and a star attraction wherever she played. So much so that last year she took the leap and formed her very own band.

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Hot Jazz at Sylvie’s Place with Tad Newton’s Jazzfriends: 1st March 8.00pm

The Jazzfriends’ debut visit to Sylvie’s Place! Not one to miss at any cost!

Tad Newton’s Jazzfriends At The Spice of Life

Tad Newton: 01604 858549

(YouTube © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz)

NJA Blue Plaques Mark UK’s Jazz Heritage

Based in Loughton Library in Essex, The National Jazz Archive holds the UK’s finest collection of written, printed and visual material on jazz, blues and related music, from the 1920s to the present day. Founded in 1988 by trumpeter Digby Fairweather, the Archive’s vision is to ensure that the rich tangible cultural heritage of jazz is safeguarded for future generations of enthusiasts, professionals and researchers.

In 2011 the Archive received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to conserve and catalogue the collection with the focus on telling of the Story of British Jazz. As a result, many photographs, journals, documents and learning resources have been made available on the Archive’s website: .

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Pete Allen Plays Bechet at Olney Jazz Club

Pete Allen

Sydney Bechet’s “Jaqueline”

Pete Allen (Clarinet/Sax), Dave Browning (Piano), Keith Donald (Bass),
John Petters (Drums), Jim Douglas (Guitar).

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

(Photos & YouTubes © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz)

Dave Ware’s Hot Shots at Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle Saturday 25th February

12 Noon
Saturday 25th February 2017

Dave Ware’s Hot Shots

Dave Ware on Trumpet

Jimmy Tagford on Drums

Chris Thompson on Bass

John Finch on Trombone

Chris Ramsey (clarinet/saxophone)
Lyn Saughter (banjo)

Ramsgate Small Boat Owners Club
Guildford Lawn,
CT11 9AY

Tickets Including Buffet £12
Hotline 01843 596789