Announcing Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle’s 2018 Summer Festival: 13th/14th/15th July


Venues include The Small Boat Owners’ Club,

The Royal Victoria Pavilion, and

The Seaman’s Church!

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Fest Jazz 2018 – Introducing Trevor Stent’s Young and Inspirational Organising Team

Left to Right: Angelina Beauvir, Margot Flamery, Mélanie Jouet and Trevor Stent.

Fest Jazz is unusual among jazz festivals because youngsters play a major part in the organisation of the event as well as helping as volunteers. Festival Organiser, Trevor Stent, asked two of this year’s young team, Margot and Mélanie (both 23), about their work:

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Jazz at The Bedford with Special Guest Pete Allen …




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Matt Palmer’s Aces of Rhythm at The Walnut Tree, Blisworth

At this session Matt paid tribute to
The Walnut Tree, Blisworth,
for featuring live jazz throughout the year.

Hit the Logo for the Jazz Link!

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Three Ways “SWAY” …

“When Marimba Rhythms start to play
Dance with me, make me sway
Like a lazy ocean hugs the shore
Hold me close, sway me more.”

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Facebook Can Become So Frustrating

…as can other Social Media outlets!


Take jazz for instance. Whatever is posted, whatever is featured, it’s here today and gone tomorrow as it sinks rapidly lower down the list of billions of entries.

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JAZZ&JAZZ … Rebooting the Strategy!

Jazz&Jazz Features
 can have a far greater impact than
fleeting Social Media posts!


As Jazz&Jazz continues to grow I am reluctant to spend ever more hours reviewing and promoting events that Social Media already enables clubs, bands and musicians to promote for themselves. For instance, many already use my Facebook Jazzers Group for this purpose. In the UK there is also the monthly Just Jazz Magazine, The Jazz Guide and the Jazz Guide Website, not to mention other websites that carry comprehensive
lists of events.

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Hot off the Press: Just Jazz May 2018 Editorial Lamentations

The May issue of Just Jazz Magazine arrived this morning.
The Editorial caught my attention.

Please be sure to read the comments at the foot of this post. Imperative! A must!

It began “This month, Just Jazz celebrates 20 years of dropping through your letterboxes” and continued, quoting Jim McIntosh: “It would be wonderful to say here’s to the next 20 years. I really consider this a tad unlikely”. Today, “the average age of traditional jazz fans and musicians is about 70, so in 20 years’ time…”

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Sam Hall’s Jazz Revisited Revisits Lemsford Jazz Club…

Sunday May 13th

1.00 till 4.00pm

Featuring: Jeff Ross (tpt); John Turner (clt); Gordon Rushton (tbn); Tom Jardine(pno);
Dave Arnold (bs); Sam Hall (bjo); Garrick Arnold (dms)

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Olney Fans: Be Prepared for Red Hot Jazz with The Basin Street Brawlers


Tuesday, May 1st, 8.00pm at
Carlton House Club, High St. Olney Mk46 4BB

£10 in advance/£12 on the day.

It’s a Scoop! So be advised, they’re HOT, book quickly:

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