Remembering Colin Bowden

No need for words – his drums tell it all!

Recalling Banjo Maestro Nick Singer

YouTube No 59 in the Jazz&Jazz Covid 19 Blackout Buster Series

Nick was a personality in his own right. I have fond memories of his performances at Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle and at the Ivy House, SE London, where he starred regularly with “Doolally Tap”.

Peter M Butler, Editor Jazz&Jazz  
YouTube© Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz

Jazz to Cheer the Soul!

YouTube No 58 in the Jazz&Jazz Covid 19 Blackout Buster Series

Midway through their exhilarating February, 2020, UK tour
Frog & Henry were resoundingly applauded by enthralled fans at
The Walnut Tree Jazz Club, Blisworth, on Sunday 10th February.

Following is a YouTube filmed for Jazz&Jazz on the occasion.

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Farewell Colin Kingwell!

The sad news reached me today that Colin Kingwell has, in words he would appreciate, shuffled off his mortal coil. I was flawed.
Colin always welcomed me to film him with his Jazz Bandits.

The last time I filmed the band was when Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle welcomed him back to their 2014 Festival. As ever, Colin and the band were on top form and his jokes and repartee
surpassed adoration.

Peter M Butler
Editor Jazz & Jazz

Farewell Chris Barber

“The sad news keeps on coming. Chris Barber has now joined
the band in the sky.”

Brian O’Connor

“Chris Barber OBE, one of the greatest figures in the history of British jazz, has sadly passed. For nearly 70 years, Chris led bands that covered many genres of jazz from New Orleans, the Blues, Rhythm & Blues and, of course, skiffle. A great servant to the jazz world who will be
hugely missed by jazz fans.”
National Jazz Archive

I was delightfully privileged to spend time in deep conversation with Chris not so long ago:
Thank you, Chris, for your massive contribution to Jazz. I managed to capture the YouTube featured in the link above from way back in The Gods in Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar. That same day Chris said we should get together to share the story of his life in jazz in full. I guess that now we will have to wait until another day!

Peter M Butler
Editor Jazz & Jazz

“Cushion Foot Stomp”… YouTube Masterpiece: Sarah Spencer’s Covid 19 Global Ramblers

A fine example of jazz musicians combining their talents from different locations to compensate for the plight of the Covid19 live jazz shut down.
Thanks go to Sarah for her skill in compiling this
YouTube masterpiece.

Also to help fill the void whilst Covid19 casts its unwanted pall of silence over live jazz, I am currently featuring a series of my own Jazz&Jazz YouTubes filmed in happier days. These include Sarah playing with Mike Owen’s Scarlett’s Serenaders (below) shortly after her arrival
in the UK from the USA.

Mike (trombone), Sarah (Saxophone) , Brian Mellor (Banjo),
Brian Lawrence (bass) and Baby Jools (Drums).

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

Confronting Covid19

Currently I am featuring selections of my Jazz&Jazz YouTubes filmed up until Covid19 struck to help fill the void in live jazz. Meantime musicians and bands are confronting the plague in their own uniquely effective ways.

Here is an example of a just one of their strategies to watch out for online.

Peter M Butler
Editor Jazz&Jazz

“I Found A New Baby”

YouTube No 49 in the Jazz&Jazz 
Covid 19 Blackout Buster Series

Emily Bacon and her Good Time Jazz Band at The Walnut Tree Jazz Club, Blisworth.
(Courtesy of Tad Newton)

(YouTube © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz)

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

Jazz&Jazz Flash Backs Featuring The Covent Garden Marching Band


Despite the Rain, Jazz Adds Panache and Flair to Covent Garden’s Flamboyant Rent Collecting Ceremony!
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Keeping Ahead of the 2020 Covid 19 Live Jazz Blackout: Jazz&Jazz YouTube 20 “The Light From The Lighthouse”

Jonny Boston (Leader, Clt, Sax, Vocals); Gary Wood (Tpt, Vocals);
Dave Hewett (tmb); Tim Huskisson (pno); Trefor Williams (bass);
Martin Guy (dms)

Casting a beam of light from a brilliant evening at
The Bay Jazz Club back in virus free 2016.

Peter M Butler
Editor Jazz&Jazz