Final Countdown to Jazz Piano Favourites at The Walnut Tree

Join us for a selection of Jazz Piano Favourites at The Walnut Tree, Blisworth.
12.30 pm, Sunday 4th December.
Alan Barnes on sax, Tomas Pedersen on bass and Ronnie Fenn on drums.

Good food available!

Tickets £15 from Tad Newton: Tel ‭01604 858549‬ / ‭07748 176332‬
Tel: Alan Barnes on 07882 606554.

Looking forward to you joining us!

Jazz&Jazz Launches …

On Thursday 24th November, 2022, I celebrated my 80th birthday and Ginny, my wife, urged me to promote a project I have been mulling over for years – to launch my very own online studio featuring my Jazz ART.
So here goes!

Old Timers that we are, we tend to achieve new projects rather more sedately than in our earlier years. But the advantage of this is that now you can watch this new project grow and encourage us along the way.
To date I have painted over 50 jazz musicians and bands featured on jazz& Now they need to have a category of their own. I’m no longer able to get about as easily as I used to for filming but I can still bring jazz to you and into your homes via my Jazz ART and YouTubes.

I began painting over 65 years ago and have become known for my use of vivid colours. When Ginny and I married, some 50 years ago, I started painting landscapes and seascapes. With each painting I wrote a verse. So Art&Verse took shape. But like so many ventures it had to be sidelined as business and family demands grew.

In 2008 Roger Pout, my closest friend from schooldays, reintroduced me to jazz and we attended the Hemsby Autumn Jazz Festival. I was hooked! Jazz&Jazz was launched and along came my jazz portraits and caricatures. Now I would like to share these with you.

Here’s how you can see and enjoy JAZZ ART on my website. You might already have noticed that we have been updating the website and have changed a few things around in the navigation bar.

Jazz Bands” continues to feature Jazz Bands. So anyone who would like their bands featured should email me on:

“Jazz Fans” has given way to the new heading Jazz Events where new and upcoming gigs and festivals are announced and promoted.

Jazz Features now includes content about a wide variety of bands and musicians.

In addition we have created a new category for YouTubes and Videos. This will include previously produced YouTubes and newly launched Jazz&Jazz YouTubes. I will also breath new life into older Jazz YouTubes that I feel are worth promoting again.

Next comes, Jazz ART!
Jazz ART will be dedicated to featuring my jazz paintings. A brief introduction will be followed by a new painting. Prints of all my paintings will be available in two sizes, A4 and A3. Printed on special stock, they will be produced in two different types of printing processes. As time goes by we may also offer the original paintings for sale.

Under Jazz ART there will be a page About Jazz ART and a Jazz ART Index. The index will be a guide to finding any of my paintings. It will take you to articles featuring my paintings of your favourite musicians and bands. 

Over time we will take you on a tour of my Jazz ART which will feature musicians and bands I have painted from all over the world. You might well be amazed!

Each signed Jazz ART Print captures my vivid use of colours and includes a verse reflecting the inspiration for the painting. I hope you enjoy my Jazz Art and that you will be tempted to purchase and cherish prints reflecting the joy that Jazz can bring.

Keep Jazzing!

Peter M Butler
Editor and Proprietor Jazz&

I simply had to share this!

King Charles is set to star in an episode of The Repair Shop as part of celebrations for the BBC’s centenary.

Repair Shop

The monarch will choose a piece of pottery made for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and an 18th Century clock to be restored by the programme’s team of experts.


Birthday Greetings for a Formidable Octogenarian …

Fingers fleeting and nimble
Each thimble a cymbal
Washboard Rhythm King supreme!

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Brian Smith (aka Smiffy) on Washboard,
Maitre Di of Lemsford Jazz Club,
Celebrating with
Sarah Spencer’s Jazz Band

(Sunday 9th October, 2022)

Watch out for forthcoming Lemsford Jazz Club announcements!
YouTube courtesy of Virginia Butler

Celebrating Louis Armstrong


Louis Armstrong

Lemsford Jazz Club Welcomes Sarah Spencer’s Transatlantic Jazz Band

Lemsford Jazz Club leaps back into action at 1:00pm this
Sunday, 9th October 2022 at Lemsford Village Hall,
Brocket Road, Welwyn Garden City AL8 7TT.

Stars of the show will Include Sarah Spencer and her internationally
renowned Transatlantic Band.

Admission is £12 payable at the door.
Tea and coffee will be available, free of charge, and you are
welcome to bring your own refreshments.
Car parking is also available and free of charge.

Don’t miss this very special event as the Club will also be celebrating
Smiffy’s 80th Birthday and his and Marion’s Wedding Anniversary.
Sarah Spencer – reeds and vocals
Peter Leonard – trumpet 
Rob Pearce – trombone
Hugh Crozier – piano
Heather Birt – string bass
Rod Brown – drums

Jazz&Jazz YouTube featuring Sarah soon after she settled in the UK

Sarah Spencer Stars with Tad Newton’s Jazz Friends at Olney Jazz Club 6th September 2022

John Petters Presents …

Now You Has Jazz, Jazz, Jazz” – John Petters Recordings

I don’t usually play my own tracks on Now You Has Jazz, Jazz, Jazz,
but at the request of Chris Hyde, the owner of Sound of Spitfire, I will be offering a chronological overview of my recordings.

This is not to blow my own trumpet or more to the point, bang my own drum, rather it is a celebration of the many unique musicians whom I’ve had the honour of working with over the past 40 years.

There will be tracks from my first vinyl LP in 1977 with my Dixie Seven, on to Stealin’ Apples, the second LP in 1982 by my Swing Band, a session with Ken Colyer, an album with Humphrey Lyttelton, Wally Fawkes and Al Casey, a live concert recording with American clarinet virtuoso, Kenny Davern, a Dixieland session with American trumpet star, Yank Lawson, trio sessions with American Blues pianist Art Hodes, with reedmen Kenny Davern and Trevor Whiting and my first release on the New Orleans based Jazzology label.

John Petters

`Meantime a recent Jazz&Jazz YouTube
“The Joint Is Jumping!

Tune into to Now You Has Jazz, Jazz, Jazz here:

“Jazz in the Church” Features Saxophonist Supremo Adrian Cox

`On Friday, 2nd September, 2022 “Jazz in the Church” will be back for the first time since December, 2019, and will feature charismatic Saxophonist and Clarinetist Adrian Cox backed by Tom Kincaid on piano, Andy Crowdy on bass and Jack Cotterill on drums.

Venue: St John’s Church, Church Hill, Knutsford, WA16 6DH

Doors open at 19:00 with the show starting at 19:30 and
finishing at approximately 21:30.
Please bring your own drinks, plastic glasses will be provided.

Tickets are available via the link below. If for any reason the event has to be cancelled you will get a full refund.

St John the Baptist’s Church
Church Hill
WA16 6DH

Disabled access and facilities are available at the venue.

Greg Abate Stars in Jazz at the Walnut Sunday 17th July