“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

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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 Devillersdev_marco@yahoo.fr – preferably copied to me at: peter@jazzandjazz.com. 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

Introducing “Lula Jazz Band”

“The classy and enjoyable sounds of jazz with Lula Jazz Band will enhance your event!”

Matthew Bason (piano); Paul Taverna (sax); Danilo Palazzese (drums); Richard Clarke (guitar) Jamie Wilkins (bass); AND “our energetic and passionate singer Vilija Leitanaitė”

Vilija Leitanaitė

Lula Jazz Band emailed me: “Hi Peter we a jazz band based in Milton Keynes and we were wondering if you could list us on your website. Here you can find a our social network pages and website. Please let me know what we require in order to be listed.”

So, Lula, let’s begin by simply introducing you to Jazz&Jazz followers.

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February Blooms for Olney Jazz Fans

Pete Allen’s Quintet delights a full house at Olney Jazz Club on
Tuesday, 7th February, with their vibrant rendition of “Roses of Picardy”.

Pete Allen (Clarinet/Sax), Dave Browning (Piano), Keith Donald (Bass),
John Petters (Drums), Jim Douglas (Guitar).

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

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

“Indian Summer” Brightens February Blues At Olney Jazz Club

Pete Allen’s Quintet delighted a full house at Olney Jazz Club on
Tuesday, 7th February.

Pete Allen

Pete Allen (Clarinet/Sax), Dave Browning (Piano), Keith Donald (Bass),
John Petters (Drums), Jim Douglas (Guitar).

My apologies to Pete, “Indian Summer” should have taken precedence over “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans” and “On The Sunny Side of The Street” previously posted.

Still to come: “Roses of Picardy” and “Jacqueline”.

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

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

Olney Goes Sunny Side Up To Shake Off The Winter Blues


Pete Allen took to “The Sunny Side of the Street” and enthralled a full house of fans at
Olney Jazz Club on Tuesday, 7th February.

 

Pete Allen (Clarinet/Sax), Dave Browning (Piano), Keith Donald (Bass),
John Petters (Drums), Jim Douglas (Guitar).

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

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

Pete Allen Goes “Way Down Yonder In New Orleans”

Pete Allen

Olney Jazz Club presented Pete Allen and “A Touch of Bechet”
to a packed audience on Tuesday 7th February.

Pete Allen (Clarinet/Sax), Dave Browning (Piano), John Petters (Drums), Keith Donald (Bass) and Jim Douglas (Guitar) performed star turns. Jazz&Jazz filmed several great videos for YouTubes. Here is the first:

More to follow in forthcoming Jazz&Jazz Posts.

Thanks go to Alan Haughton for a great evening!

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

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