Jazzin’ Around Northampton May till November

Back in April last year, Richard Exall commented on Jazz&Jazz: “Without this kind of work, live jazz would be dead!”

He was referring to Tad Newton’s sterling work in promoting jazz throughout the year in and around Northampton and further south in Bedford. Any jazz promoter will tell you that these days it takes dedication and stoicism organising jazz for just one club let alone several venues. More so those promoters with their own bands. Because Tad also needs to allocates slots for his own band and musicians  – Tad Newton’s Jazz Friends – besides booking them into venues far and wide!

Not an easy task!

So Jazz&Jazz is pleased to focus on Tad Newton’s
ongoing May/December Jazz Fest! Read on!

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Swansea International Jazz Festival 15th – 18th June

Jazz&Jazz is pleased to promote
The Swansea International Jazz Festival

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Olney Jazz Club Announces “Great gigs coming up!”

Tuesday May 2nd 8.00pm

The Ben Holder Quartet

Ben Holder is one of the most gifted and exciting young jazz violinists in the UK. Taught classically from the age of six, he studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire. During his classical studies, Ben began listening to Jazz – classic masters such as Benny Goodman and Oscar Peterson and of course the great jazz violinists including Grappelli, Joe Venuti and the awe inspiring Stuff Smith. Alongside his early studies and later at college he embarked on a detailed analysis of these musicians techniques and the way in which they merged this most classical of instruments into the jazz idiom. Ben’s innate sense of swing rhythm (something which often eludes classical players) stems from those early listening sessions – and his various awards bear testimony to his abilities. A first call jazz violinist for many of the North’s top bands and studios.

Along with Guitarist, Jez Cook, Double Bassist, Paul Jefferies and Drummer – Malcom GarrettThe Ben Holder Quartet play swinging jazz from Louis Armstrong to Gershwin, Fats Waller to Grappelli, Ben’s own originals to The Beatles and everything in between. All this is of course done with copious amounts of energy & excitement along with some beautiful ballads thrown in for good measure!

Overall The BHQ are about having fun and taking the audience along for the ride, with music that will make you want to dance all night, just like the early jazz shows of the 1920s. After all, we are nearly back in the swinging 20s once again!

Fully Booked but call in case of late cancellations!

All tickets £12/£10 in advance from Carlton House Club, High St, Olney.
Tel: 01234 711348 or Phonebox Magazine, Stanley Court, Olney.

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“You Know Sheik of Araby?”

Featuring “Old Chaps” from Lille, France, at The Walnut Tree, Blisworth, during their
2017 Spring UK tour.

“Do you know Sheik of Araby?” Or rather do you know
HRH Romain Dsrx on Sax?

Old Chaps are Dréo de Lille (Vocals), Louis Thomas (Trumpet),
Romain Dsrx (Saxophone), Vince Evrard (Guitar), Benoît Luchier (Bass),
Nicolas Wroblewski (Drums).

(Photos & YouTube © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz)

Dréo de Lille’s Stunning Rendition of Oscar Brown Jr’s “Dat Dere”

During their April, 2017, UK Tour, Old Chaps Jazz Band from Lille, France, starred at
Tad Newton’s Walnut Tree Jazz Club, Blisworth, Northants, where I was privileged 
to film several numbers for YouTubes.

Dréo’s rendition of Oscar Brown Jr’s “Dat Dere” was immensely compelling, even spellbinding!
One of those rare occasions of being in the right place at the right time to
capture something very special.

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Fest Jazz 2017 Shaping Up To Be The Best Yet…!

For your fascination! Simply imagine your are already on the banks of The Aulne:

Jazz&Jazz Presents Old Chaps at Blisworth: “After You’ve Gone”

Old Chaps hail from Lille in France and were filmed for this YouTube at
Tad Newton’s Walnut Tree Jazz Club, Blisworth, Northants, during their
April, 2017, UK Tour.

 Starring Dréo de Lille (Vocals), Louis Thomas (Trumpet), Romain Dsrx (Sax),
Vince Evrard (Guitar), Benoît Luchier (Bass),  Nicolas Wroblewski (Drums).

I also had the pleasure of filming this dynamic young band at Fest Jazz 2016.

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

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

PS: Any resemblances?

The Jazz Repertory Company Features British Big Bands, Sunday, 23rd April 2017

7.00pm Sunday 23rd April 2017
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ

The Jazz Repertory Company return with a brand new production that turns its attention to home-grown British Big Band talent, as well as showcasing the work of several musicians from overseas who made their names here in the UK. 

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Lester Brown Trumpet/Flugelhorn at The Walnut Sunday 16th April!


Lester Brown

Also starring on Sax – Frank Griffith

Another unmissable Jazzfriends Sunday Special!

Tad Newton: 01604 858549


Chris Watford and Jackie Sims Pay Tribute to Ken Sims

Ken Sims

Mike Owen

Shortly after Ken Sims’ passing, Chris Gordon Watford asked me if I could “reclaim” footage filmed back in March, 2001, and reproduce it as a YouTube of Ken and Mike Owen playing with his New Orleans Standard Bearers at
Botany Bay Jazz Club.

Chris wrote “Mike Owen had just come back from playing professionally in New Orleans for eight years and was living in the West Midlands and complaining that none of the trumpeters up there had “any balls” as he put it! Ken Sims had never heard of him and it was worth studying Ken’s face when he suddenly realises he is sitting next to a trombonist who is something very special! Likewise when Mike Owen hears Ken blowing he cannot believe he’s playing with a trumpeter who is head and shoulders above what he’s found back in the UK!”

Thank you for the privilege, Chris, and here is the YouTube.

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