Final Countdown to the 25th Jennings Keswick Jazz Festival


"Keswick Jazz Festival is the UK's largest and most popular celebration of traditional, New Orleans, swing and mainstream jazz. "Fabulous international guests and top UK talent feature in this large and warm-hearted gathering of people who all love to listen and dance to the great music that the Keswick Jazz Festival is renowned … [Read more...]

Sunday 8th May: Keswick Welcomes Bohém Ragtime Jazz Band to a Pre-Festival Concert


  Get a pre-Festival taste of Keswick this Sunday, 8th May, with the Bohém Ragtime Jazz Band visiting from Hungary - "Everybody Loves My Baby" Visit the Festival Website to ensure your booking. Full Keswick Jazz Festival Programme to be featured shortly. … [Read more...]

Les Fanflures’ Fanfares Set To Greet Fest Jazz Fans


Combine Swing, Funk and "Fanfare Jazz" with New Orleans spices, and you get The Fanflures! Combine The Fanflures with Fest Jazz and you have the promise of top rate entertainment at a choice of the festival venues, even the Food Village and the Bars. Founded in 2014, here The Fanflures thrill jazz fans at La Dynamo, Toulouse, in … [Read more...]

Castle Countdown to Barry Palser’s Super Six on 12th May


Great band, great musicians! Book quickly for the best seats in the house! Box Office: 01933 270007 A YouTube Taster: Contact Tad Newton for further details: email – tel – 01604 858549 Web: A Must Read! “Without this kind of work, live jazz would be dead!” Peter M … [Read more...]

Lemsford Jazz Club Revisits the 1920s with Johnny Dodds & The Frog Island Jazz Band


Lemsford Jazz Club fans were swept along on a tide of nostalgia back to the 1920s and 30s by The Frog Island Jazz Band on Sunday, 1st May.  John Whitehead, Trumpet; John Jeans, Trombone; Jim Hurd, Clarinet; Chris Marchant, Drums; Keith Durston, Piano; Brian Lawrence, Banjo; Rob Fullalove, Tuba. The band and fans were saddened when Brian … [Read more...]

Remembering Our Wonderful Friend, Bob Thomas, Jazz Trumpeter, 1930 – 2016

L/R: Bob Thomas of Bob Thomas and The Thomcats, Peter Butler, Acker Bilk, Brian Smith of Welwyn Garden City's Peartree Jazz Club

  It is with a such heavy hearts that Ginny and I have to tell the jazz world about the passing of jazz trumpeter, Bob Thomas, aged 86. I have a very special place in my heart for Bob and Hazel. We were neighbours in Lemsford village for years until Ginny and I moved away in 2013. I’m so glad that I visited them just four … [Read more...]

“Broken Hearted Blues” – the Real Version by Tuba Skinny


  Tuba Skinny's very own version of "Broken Hearted Blues" written and sung by Erika Lewis and filmed in the Grand Marquee at Fest Jazz, 2014. I call it one of my "Take Two" YouTubes due to the angles I had to film from to avoid/crop out the melee of dancers (much as they added to the atmosphere) and capture the band at their best. Sadly … [Read more...]

Jazz Feasts at Olney in May, June & July


May Newsletter Featuring Our May, June & July Events Book tickets on 01234 711348 Hello again all. Welcome to the latest OJC newsletter. We’ve some more great gigs coming up……. Tuesday May 3rd 8.00pm The Krupa Connection - (formerly Three Men on Third) Featuring the music of the Gene Krupa Trio …. Richard … [Read more...]

“Without this kind of work, live jazz would be dead!” (Richard Exall)


  Some months ago I was criticised for focusing on jazz clubs in just the Bedfordshire,  Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire Triangle. Followers of this site will know that this is far from the truth - the reach of Jazz&Jazz is world wide. I admit that several clubs in Beds, Bucks and Northants do feature prominently. Not because I … [Read more...]

Let The Good Times Roll at Fest Jazz 2016 with Dorine de Wit and Jamie Brownfield


The Dorine de Wit Band with Jamie Brownfield is heading for Fest Jazz, Châteauneuf-du-Faou, this July. Along with Jack Cotterill (drums), Ian Cox (electric bass}, Mike Lunn (keyboard) and David Vaughan (sax), Dorine (banjo and vocals) and Jamie (trumpet) promise spectacular jazz, drawing on the influences of trad, swing, rock 'n' … [Read more...]