Focus on Dom at The Phoenix Club, Soho: “I’m Gonna Kill That Hen”

Dom & The Ikos at the Phoenix Artists Club.

I filmed Dom & The Ikos playing this wonderful Charlie Morris blues number back in 2014, during the Phoenix Club Launch of his Dom & The Ikos Album.

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NJA Presents Trio Manouche at Loughton: Saturday 24 June

Gypsy jazz comes to Loughton!

Gypsy jazz group Trio Manouche, with Quentin Collins on trumpet, play a
fund-raising concert for the National Jazz Archive on Saturday 24 June in Loughton, Essex. 

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The Big Debate: Is Jazz Facing Doom… or BOOM?

On 4th June Jazz&Jazz featured:
The Big Debate: Is Jazz Facing “Doom & Gloom”? but concluded
“All Is Far From Lost!” 

To measure reaction I posted two follow up features on my Jazz&Jazz Facebook Page in two posts entitled: “Picking Up The Pieces” Parts 1 & 2. For those who prefer not to access Facebook, these are featured below.

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Promoting Young Musicians: The Ben Holder Quartet

Latest in my promo campaign featuring young jazz bands and musicians comes Ben Holder and his Quartet. Ben is a young giant of jazz in more ways than one.

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A Joyful Cacophony! The Covent Garden Marching Band 2016

Bringing back memories!

What New Orleans can do, London can do too.

Covent Garden Courtyard reflection in the bell of Tim Wacher’s trombone

View more of the Glorious 2016 Flamboyance!

(YouTube © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz)

“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)

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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Andrea Motis/Joan Chamorro “Emotional Dance” Pizza Express Soho Launch

Andrea Motis  & Joan Chamorro Group
“Emotional Dance” 
Album Launch

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French Rag Stars of Fest Jazz 2016 Planning an October/November 2017 UK Tour


It was a privilege to film French Rag at Fest Jazz 2016. They not only won the Battle of Jericho, they won the hearts and minds of the discerning Fest Jazz fans, including mine.

And now they plan to win hearts and minds in the UK with a 2017 tour.
So, more about the band.

First the eight piece line up:

Mickaël Knockaert (Trumpet/Bugle)
Gordon Ortenzio (Sax)
Constant Sajaloli (T-bone)
Vincent Evrard (Guitar/Banjo)
Antoine Rivière (Guitar/Banjo)
Jonas Umbdenstock (Double Bass)
Marc Devillers (Washboard)
Marc-Antoine Moercant (Drums)

French Rag play with a joyful and explosive energy drawn from the deepest origins of jazz! On their website they describe themselves as “The French Rag Old School Jass Band” and immediately follow up that description with this amazing YouTube:

Another French Rag teaser – notice especially their young fans and the dancers:

Plus “The French Rag aux Paris Follies de la Coupole”

Thanks go to Marc Devillers for sending me these impressive YouTubes in preparation for
French Rag’s 2017 UK Tour
scheduled from Friday 27 October until Sunday, 5th November.

This is a great opportunity for UK Jazz Clubs and promoters to get in on the act. One promoter with connections to this website has already made an offer. French Rag would be sure to add a new dimension to Jazz UK – and who knows, fastidiously promoted they could well appeal to many younger fans.

Register Your Interest
So, UK Jazz Clubs, Venues and Promoters, here’s how to register your interest. Address enquiries direct to French Rag by email to Marc – preferably copied to me at: Views and options could also be submitted in “Speak Your Mind” below.

Surely an opportunity not to be missed!

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

French Rag on Facebook