Jazz Art & YouTubes & "Gripping Yarns"

Brian Carrick’s Algiers Stompers “Slow Drag’s Boogie Woogie”

This is one of my very first YouTubes featured on Jazz&Jazz way back in 2013.
I have a two very special reasons for posting it again now.

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YouTube Feature: Lester Brown & Frank Griffith Guesting with Tad Newton’s Jazzfriends at The Walnut

Frank Griffith

Lester Brown


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Time for Reminiscing: Sammy Rimington at The Black Bottom Club

Whenever I can find the time, I enjoy delving into and even relaunching my earlier Jazz&Jazz YouTubes. This one is very special. A flashback to Sammy at The Black Bottom Club in Northampton on 15th March, 2014.

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Mid Summer Winning Post Reunion with The Southern Revival New Orleans Jazz Band

When I offered to post their very special Winning Post Reunion here on Jazz&Jazz and not just on my FB Jazzers Group, Kay Leppard emailed me: “I’m quite happy to put in on Jazzers myself as I know how busy you are.”

I might be kept very busy doing what I can, but I have done no more for jazz than you and Tony have, Kay, over so many, many years, both at The Winning Post and London’s 100 Club – going right back to Eel Pie Island days. So it’s my pleasure to feature your Reunion event with
Tony O’Sullivan and The Southern Revival New Orleans Jazz Band right here.

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17 Venues on New Orleans Z’hulus’ June Whistle-stop UK Tour

Friday, 2nd – Sunday, 18th June

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NJA Exhibition: Say it with Music! Celebrating the People and Places Involved in Shaping Jazz

This exhibition – “Say it with Music” – will be held at The Forum, Southend from the
5th – 29th May as the culmination of the National Jazz Archive Intergenerational Jazz Reminiscence Project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

NJA Reminiscence Project Meeting

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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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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 Beckons! Fun, Festive, French! Featuring International Bands!


Fest Jazz, Châteauneuf-du-Faou, the young at heart festival
everyone is talking about.

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A Rare Treat: “Buddy’s Habits” John Picket on Slide Whistle

Since first hearing the Slide Whistle solo in Arnett ‘King Mutt’ Nelson’s and Charley Straight’s number “Buddy’s Habits”, I had longed to film it. John Picket assuaged my whim with his very own magical rendition when playing with Christine’s Stackyard Stompers at Lemsford Jazz Club in March, 2017.

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