John Petters announces his retirement from Live Gigs!

On 23rd October John Petters announced his retirement from live gigs with effect from his performance at St John’s Arts Centre, Old Harlow, on Saturday 30th October.

John explained: “The jazz scene has been decimated by Covid and there is no sign things will get better any time soon.”

“I intend to focus my attention on my radio show, jazz history, talks on jazz to U3As and any other groups. I will also be writing a column for ‘Radcom’, the journal of the Radio Society of Great Britain and other writing projects. Much as I love playing gigs, enjoying the company of my fellow musicians and meeting jazz fans, I do not like all the aggravation which goes with it. I’m weary of driving for hours and lugging my drums in and out of venues and driving home again after playing a high energy gig. I intend to spend much more time enjoying my hobby of amateur radio and other activities.”

Unquestably we will miss your live gigs John, so what better way to reminisce and depart with a flourish than by recapturing here on Jazz&Jazz a selection of numbers performed not so long ago at your mesmerising evening hosted by Tad Newton at Bedford Golf Club.

Accompanying John:
Richard Exall (Clarinet, Sax), Pete Rudeforth (Trumpet), Keith Donald (Bass), plus Ace Harlem Stride Pianist, Dave Browning.

Just for the fun of it why not visit an original Fats Waller number,
“This Joint Is Jumpin'” – jazz as it was in the thirties. Hold your breath!: https://youtu.be/LKe6yH3ZwGo
Thanks for your jazz “Petter’s Style”, John!
We really would welcome the occasional come back!

Peter M Butler, Editor Jazz&Jazz  
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It’s Trad Dad!

Barber, Bilk and Ball Stars play music by Chris Barber, Acker Bilk and Kenny Ball plus Terry Lightfoot, Alex Welsh, Humphrey Lyttelton and more!
Before The Beatles Britain was Trad mad and our concert celebrates the music of the late ’50s and early ’60s when the sound of Dixieland was adapted in a uniquely British way to create a happy, upbeat swinging style that will be a perfect way of celebrating coming out of long Covid gloom. The seven-piece band led by trombonist Ian Bateman features a group of musicians who worked extensively with the big stars of the Trad era and continue to keep the music alive with their superb playing and sheer love of the music.

Tickets £15 from Tad Newton on 01604 858549
email: tadjazzfriends@gmail.com

Remembering Colin Bowden

No need for words – his drums tell it all!

Recalling Banjo Maestro Nick Singer

YouTube No 59 in the Jazz&Jazz Covid 19 Blackout Buster Series

Nick was a personality in his own right. I have fond memories of his performances at Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle and at the Ivy House, SE London, where he starred regularly with “Doolally Tap”.

Peter M Butler, Editor Jazz&Jazz  
YouTube© Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz

Lemsford Jazz Club Swings Back into Action with the Rockin’ Chair Band!

Sunday, 19th September, 1.00pm sharp

Dave Rance describes his Bedfordshire based band as “a little different from the usual jazz bands, often amusing but always entertaining!”

Highly appropriate and spot on, Dave, and Lemsford Jazz Club fans will give you and the gang a resonating post lockdown welcome back to Lemsford on
Sunday, 19th September, 1.00pm sharp.


Dave on Flugelhorn

Earlier at Lemsford Jazz Club, a touch of Rockin’ Chair Magic:

Thanks go to Brian Smith aka “Smiffy” for bringing live jazz back to Lemsford, Hertfordshire, despite the pandemic. Worldwide it may be but Jazz will overcome!

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

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Tel: Brian Smith (“Smiffy”) on 01707 880569

Email: smiffy.jazz@virginmedia.com

Facebook: Lemsford Jazz Club

Jazz to Cheer the Soul!

YouTube No 58 in the Jazz&Jazz Covid 19 Blackout Buster Series

Midway through their exhilarating February, 2020, UK tour
Frog & Henry were resoundingly applauded by enthralled fans at
The Walnut Tree Jazz Club, Blisworth, on Sunday 10th February.

Following is a YouTube filmed for Jazz&Jazz on the occasion.

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Revitalising Jazz&Jazz

As Editor and Publisher of Jazz&Jazz I have to admit to deserting my post in recent months and falling under the spell of Facebook.

The problem lies with the all pervasive worldwide Covid19 affliction and the cruel spell it has cast over every day life. Facebook has been far more proactive in confronting the consequences and compensating for the sparseness of live entertainment. Hence to a degree I have relied on
their features.

As a result, followers of Jazz&Jazz are beginning to express frustrations at my failure to keep the site updated with jazz features, especially as I have so much to offer in lieu of live jazz for the duration. Back in April I had every intention of confronting the issue when I published this feature “Facing up to Facebook”: http://www.jazzandjazz.com/2021/04/adapting-to-facebook/

Earlier I had posted:

Further Jazz&Jazz YouTubes:

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

Announcing The Pershore Jazz Festival

Scheduled for
13th – 15th August 2021

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

Facing up to Facebook

A close friend and long time follower of Jazz&Jazz recently lamented on the current paucity of features on the site. He presumed it might be due to the ongoing shut down of live jazz due to Cobid19.

Not so! A key to the problem is the rapacious omnipresence of Facebook. How so? Simply put, besides my personal Facebook Page I have also launched a Facebook Group entitled “Jazz&Jazzers / Celebrating the Joy of Jazz”. Popularity of the Group has shot up with 1,600 members and counting.

So as of now, my intention is to focus on and lure fans to this, my home site, Jazz&Jazz.com. In recent years I have filmed a series of YouTubes featuring a wide range of jazz bands and musicians. But I have become so entrapped by the easy accessibility of jazz on Facebook that I have sidestepped presenting them here on Jazz&Jazz.com. So much so that to date I have released only 56 of over 400 of my Jazz&Jazz YouTubes.

This has to change!

beginning with:
YouTube No 57 in the Jazz&Jazz Covid 19 Blackout Buster Series

“SOUTH!” (Bennie Moten): The Tenement Jazz Band

During their Spring 2019 tour south of the border, Edinburgh’s
Tenement Jazz Band played at a Tad Newton Jazz Evening at Bedford Golf Club.
In addition to “South” their repertoire included a series of tuneful but
little know numbers.

Paddy Darley – Trombone
Charles Dearness – Trumpet
Tom Pickles – Saxophones
John Youngs – Guitar/Banjo
Doug Kemp – Double Bass

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

(YouTube © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz)

Farewell Colin Kingwell!

The sad news reached me today that Colin Kingwell has, in words he would appreciate, shuffled off his mortal coil. I was flawed.
Colin always welcomed me to film him with his Jazz Bandits.

The last time I filmed the band was when Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle welcomed him back to their 2014 Festival. As ever, Colin and the band were on top form and his jokes and repartee
surpassed adoration.

Peter M Butler
Editor Jazz & Jazz

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