Pictorial Feature – Millennium Eagles at The Winning Post


  I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Laurence Cumming for the photos of bands and musicians which he takes for me and I’m sure followers of Jazz&Jazz will agree with me that they represent superb studies of the very best of jazz. In July this year Laurence photographed The Millennium Eagles at The Winning Post, Twickenham, and … [Read more...]

Jazz @ The Ent Shed, Bedford


  How often do we overlook worthwhile jazz venues and events right under our noses? Thomas Syson emailed me some time ago about jazz gigs he runs at “The Ent Shed” in the centre of Bedford, just minutes away from my home. He wrote: “I see you advertise venues and gigs around Bedford and generally spread the word of jazz! I have … [Read more...]

Yoshio Toyama’s Jazz Foundation fundraises for ‘Louisiana Music Experience’ exhibit


  HANDS ACROSS THE OCEAN Jazz&Jazz's good friend Yoshio Toyama emailed me about a very special New Orleans venture he is involved in. Don Marquis, head of the Jazz Museum when Yoshio and Keiko lived in New Orleans back in the 1970s, contacted them last year and asked if they could help raise funds for a new venture in The … [Read more...]

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces Jazz Band Heading for Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle


TONIGHT !!! Saturday, 30th August, 2014, 8.00pm to 10.30pm  Venue Ramsgate Small  Boat Owners Club, Guildford Lawn, Ramsgate, CT11 9AY  The great Bix Beiderbecke inspired Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces Band But their repertoire isn’t only based on Bix. It also features Rhythm ’n’ Blues, Spirituals and Gospel numbers and … [Read more...]

“There’ll Be Some Changes Made!”


  Ramsgate’s very own Sophie Tucker stole the show during Seaside Shuffle’s 2014 Festival when she sang “There’ll Be Some Changes Made”, accompanied by Pete Lay’s Gambit Jazz Band. And why not, because in many ways the show is hers! She had long had visions of a seaside festival in South East Kent and what better … [Read more...]

Alan Haughton Announces Olney Jazz Club’s Autumn Season


Hi Everyone, I hope you are well and have had an enjoyable summer... we've got an excellent Autumn Season planned and I hope you find much to interest you in our forthcoming programme.... Tuesday September 2nd A great night of driving and swinging jazz is guaranteed with the return of the award-winning sax star Simon Spillett. … [Read more...]

The Lilly of the Valley


  Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle welcomed back Colin Kingwell’s Jazz Bandits for the July, 2014 Festival on Saturday 12th July. Colin was on top form as usual and Jazz&Jazz is pleased to present not only a YouTube of the band playing “The Lilly of the Valley” but also one of those tall tale gems that Colin is well known for. To … [Read more...]

Dave Rance’s Rockin’ Chair Band Rocks Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle Fans


  Saturday 12th July, 2014, and the sun shone brightly over Ramsgate’s picturesque harbour and seafront. But that didn’t keep Seaside Shuffle Festival fans away from The Small Boat Owners Club, where the sun shone equally as brightly courtesy of Dave Rance’s Rockin’ Chair Band and the fans' rapturous applause. Fans love … [Read more...]

Highly Recommended Viewing: Souvenir Review of The Sant Andreu Jazz Band at Fest Jazz 2014


  Thank you so much, Trevor Stent, for sending me the link to Philippe Briand’s amazing Web Review of Joan Chamorro’s young musicians’ phenomenal performances at Fest Jazz, Châteauneuf-du-Faou, in July.  I am so privileged that Philippe included videos I took of the band and it adds to my enormous pleasure in being at Fest Jazz … [Read more...]



Ben Waters and his thirteen year old son, Tom, filled the floor with dancers at Fest Jazz, Châteauneuf-du-Faou, July, 2014. “A fabulous boogie-woogie pianist with enormous energy to go with his wonderful talent, Ben stars at jazz festivals around the world and with The Rolling Stones.” Tom is equally talented on saxophone and together they … [Read more...]