Jazz Art & YouTubes & "Gripping Yarns"

Summer Time …

I had long wanted to film Ron Findon’s virtuoso rendition of “Summertime” and finally had the good fortune to do so when he played with Christine’s Stockyard Stompers at
Lemsford Jazz Club on Sunday, 4th January, 2015.

Back then it was a wonderful way to usher in the New Year but now, upon his passing in the summer of 2021, I am immensely humbled to be able to include it in my Jazz&Jazz tribute to such a remarkably talented musician.

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

(© Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz)

Review of Jazz in England

All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group Announces A Review Of Jazz In England

Reproduced courtesy of Chris Hodgkins:


Following an enforced delay due to the global pandemic and a year of unprecedented change, challenges, and specific hardships for working musicians, the All Party Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) commissioned a Review of Jazz in England. The Review will be undertaken by APPJAG’s Secretary, Chris Hodgkins, and an expert advisory panel, chaired by musician and jazz educator Dr Kathy Dyson.


If you are a jazz musician, a professional working in the jazz industry or a jazz fan, the Review wants to hear from you.

Below are four questionnaires dealing with the crucial areas of gigs, festivals, audiences and musicians. The fifth questionnaire is for people and organisations who want to address the terms of reference or a particular area; you are able to attach a document if it is easier.   Please select the appropriate questionnaire for you and click on the link below to complete and return it to us, so your views form part of the Review.

Please note the closing date for the questionnaires is midnight, Monday 28th June 2021.

Review of Jazz in England – National Jazz Promoter and Venue Research Questionnaire

Review of Jazz In England Audience Questionnaire

Review of Jazz in England Jazz Festivals

Review of Jazz In England Musicians’ Questionnaire

Review of Jazz in England  People and Organisations Questionnaire

The Review’s Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference

Terms of reference for the Review of Jazz in England

Review’s Advisory Panel

Review of Jazz Advisory Panel

Advisory Panel Review of Jazz in England

“Cold Comfort and Home Truths” an introduction to the issues the Review will be considering

Introduction and Summary Front Cover 1st May Final 2021-page-001

Cold Comfort and Home Truths Introduction and Summary

Foreword and summary by John Fordham

Link to full text of “Cold Comfort and Home Truths – informing the review of jazz in England

Cold Comfort Home Truths Cover March 2021-1

Cold Comfort and Home Truths – informing the review of jazz in England

Foreword and summary by John Fordham

 The Objectives of the Review

Chris Hodgkins summarises the review’s objectives:

 ‘This review concerns the operation, management and business of jazz, and its purposes are twofold:

 One, to help  the jazz constituency in England to understand and use its resources in the most efficient and effective ways –  and two, to make the case for improving the support, sustainability and promotion of jazz in England. 

    The review will be undertaken in two phases. The first, entitled “Where are we now?”, examines the present state of jazz in England, drawing on revealing data from five key surveys aimed at the jazz constituency. The second asks the question: “Where do we want to be?”, and develops a succinct action plan for jazz in England that will go out for consultation to  all interested parties, and the jazz constituency at large.’

John Spellar MP and Lord Mann (Co-Chairs of APPJAG), and Alison Thewless MP and Chi Onwurah MP (Co-Vice Chairs of APPJAG), detail some of the review’s objectives:

“It has been a tough year for jazz with many musicians and promoters falling through the cracks in terms of funding. APPJAG continues to put the case to the Department for Culture, Digital, Media and Sport to rectify this egregious state of affairs. Underpinning the review is the fact that jazz in England (and indeed across the UK) is “rich beyond the dreams of avarice” in terms of human resources: jazz musicians, composers, volunteer promoters, audiences, commercial promoters, educators, youth orchestras, jazz festivals, Arts Council England funded jazz National Portfolio Organisations, a growing service economy and jazz archives. But there are some vital issues that need addressing urgently; increased investment, frictionless touring in the EU, financial support for musicians and promoters who fell through the cracks in 2020/21 and a fair deal for musicians getting their music streamed. The objective of the Review of Jazz in England is to inform Government, funding bodies, potential sponsors, Parliament and to assist the jazz constituency in shaping an action plan for jazz in England.”

And Dr Kathy Dyson, Chair of the Advisory Panel of the Review of Jazz in England, comments:

“As a jazz musician and educator I am well aware of how hard a year it has been for jazz musicians, promoters, studios, technical staff, media and the jazz constituency at large. Realistically, recovery will be slow on the domestic scene and our touring capabilities will be hampered both by Brexit and the myriad quarantine and travel issues globally. This current situation is exacerbated by ten years of funding cuts which have dramatically affected the arts and now the Government is planning to impose a disastrous 50% funding cut to arts subjects including music at Higher Education level in England. The pandemic has thrown petrol on flames and highlighted issues of insecurity, low wages and exploitation of musicians by the music streaming companies. This Review of Jazz in England is a genuine and concerted attempt by people who care deeply about the music, musicians and all  involved in promoting it, to find out how the jazz community has fared during the pandemic, what the main issues are that we face now; how these can best be addressed during the post Covid period with the aim of an  action plan for the  jazz community in England.” 

Teesside University Business School is partnering the Review of Jazz in England, and Associate Dean (Marketing & Recruitment) Dr Noel Dennis, writes:


“Teesside University Business School is proud to support the Review of Jazz in England. This is a very timely project that will provide the analysis to allow for fresh strategic thinking to ensure a sustainable future for this wonderful music. I am delighted our students are being afforded the opportunity to contribute to this exciting project and, in so doing, develop their professional skills.” 

All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group

The All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG) aims is to encourage wider and deeper enjoyment of jazz, to increase Parliamentarians’ understanding of the jazz industry and issues surrounding it, to promote jazz as a musical form and to raise its profile inside and outside Parliament. APPJAG currently has over 116 members from the House of Commons and House of Lords across all political parties.   The Group’s officers, as at the Annual General Meeting of 22nd March 2021, are Co-Chairs:, John Spellar MP and Lord Mann, Secretary, Sir Greg Knight MP, Vice Chairs, Alison Thewless MP and Chi Onwurah MP. Treasurer is Ian Paisley MP. Officers are Lord Colwyn and Sarah Champion MP.

The Secretariat is Chris Hodgkins with the assistance of Louis Flood. The contact address is: appjag1@gmail.com the web address is: https://appjag.org/

All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed in this report are those of the group. This is not an official publication of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees.

Peter M Butler
Editor, Jazz&Jazz.com

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

Food for Thought! “UK Government Committed to Saving Touring in Europe”

Courtesy of the Musician’s Union

The music industry welcomes UK Government’s firm commitment to save touring in Europe following Commons evidence session.”
The largest bodies representing musicians – the Incorporated Society of Musicians and the Musicians’ Union – have welcomed the
UK Government’s firm commitment to solve the critical
issues facing touring post-Brexit.

MPs from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Committees heard evidence from industry leaders, including the Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), Deborah Annetts. The ISM warned that touring artists faced an “extraordinary crisis” due to costly new barriers to performing in the European Union which include visas and work permits. The ISM called on the UK Government to:
(1) negotiate a bespoke visa waiver agreement with the EU
for the creative sector and
(2) enter bilateral discussions with key EU Member States to sort
out work permit rules.

The ISM and the MU have welcomed the firm commitment of the Minister for Digital and Culture, Caroline Dinenage, to work with music organisations to find workable solutions to these critical issues including mobility. This commitment extends across the whole of Whitehall. The Government has also indicated that it is its ambition to start discussions with key EU Member states in the coming weeks to address issues regarding work permits. DCMS also confirmed that musicians travelling with portable musical instruments between the UK and the EU will not be subject to costly customs rules in the form of formal declarations or ATA Carnet. Guidance will be available as soon as possible. This important clarification has been welcomed by the music sector. The ISM and the MU have outlined their commitment to play an active and constructive role with the UK Government to resolve the problems facing touring musicians after Brexit.

ISM Chief Executive Deborah Annetts said: 
“I was delighted to speak to MPs yesterday and it was fantastic to see that the Minister and civil servants at DCMS are fully committed to fixing the problems including mobility facing touring musicians after Brexit. We now need the same willingness from the EU so that both sides can come together to find workable solutions to the mountain of costs and red tape.
“The Creative industries contributed more than £111bn to the UK economy in 2018 but we have already been badly affected by COVID-19.
The ISM is ready to expand our ongoing activities to support the
UK Government so that close cultural collaboration can
continue after Brexit.”

MU General Secretary Horace Trubridge said:
“Both the MU and the ISM have amassed a large body of evidence and information that we are happy to share with the Ministers in order to work towards finding positive solutions for the problems that our world leading musicians and their ancillary workers currently face as a result of the breakdown in negotiations for our sector.
Let’s move forward together with the various Government departments in a spirit of cooperation to systematically remove the barriers that we have identified.”

Notes for Editors
The ISM and the MU have already held constructive high-level meetings with politicians and civil servants. Together, we are calling on the UK Government to:
Negotiate a bespoke visa waiver agreement with the EU that is separate to the trade deal exempting touring performers, creative teams and crews from needing to obtain a visa for up to 90 days in a 180-day
period when seeking paid work.
Enter bilateral discussions with individual EU Member States that do not currently offer cultural exemptions for work permits, such as Spain, Italy, Belgium and Portugal.
Create a properly resourced and dedicated UK Music Export Office to help new and established artists and their businesses to navigate the
new regulatory environment.
Publish guidance to help the performing arts sector navigate the different visa and work permit requirements for each EU Member State as a matter of urgency.
Provide an emergency funding package for the performing arts sector to mitigate against the additional costs and loss of work due to the lack of mobility provisions in the trade deal.
Explore with the EU cultural exemptions for new Carnets and
Cabotage rules.

Background information
The Creative Industries contributed more than £111bn to the UK economy in 2018. (UK Gov)
Music contributed £5.8 billion to the UK economy in 2019 and employment in the industry hit an all-time high of 197,168 in 2019.
(UK Music)
International touring represents an essential part of many musicians’ livelihoods. ISM research shows that:
44% of musicians earn up to half of their earnings in the EU/EEA.
(54% in 2016)
43% travelled to the EU more than five times a year. (39% in 2018)
32% spend more than 30 days in the EU for work. (41% in 2018)
76% of UK musicians fear it’s likely Brexit will stop them performing
in Europe. (Encore)
Arts, entertainment & recreation are the sectors worst affected by coronavirus. (ONS)
79% of musicians earn less than £30,000. (ISM)
About the Musicians’ Union 
The Musicians’ Union (MU) represents over 30,000 musicians working in all sectors and genres of music. As well as negotiating on behalf of its members with all the major employers in the industry, the MU offers a range of services tailored for the self-employed by providing assistance for professional and student musicians of all ages.

MU website  
The Union was founded in May 1893 in Manchester by a musician,
JB Williams, who became the Union’s first General Secretary.
Further details about the history of the Union can be found at its dedicated archive website.   
For more information, please 
email Keith Ames at the MU.

    About the ISM
The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is the UK’s professional body for musicians and a nationally recognised subject association for music. Since 1882, it has been dedicated to promoting the importance of music and protecting the rights of those working in the music profession.  
It supports over 10,000 music professionals across the UK and Ireland with unrivalled legal advice and representation, comprehensive insurance and specialist services.
Members come from all areas of the music profession and from a wide variety of genres and musical backgrounds. It campaigns tirelessly in support of musicians’ rights, music education and the profession
as a whole.
It is a financially independent not-for-profit organisation with no
political affiliation. This permits freedom to campaign on any issue affecting musicians.  
For more information, email Bruce Rothberg at the ISM.

“A Touch of High Society”

YouTube No 56 in the Jazz&Jazz 
Covid 19 Blackout Buster Series

The Adrian Cox Quartet recaptures the magic of
clarinetist Edmund Hall

One of a series of Jazz&Jazz YouTubes filmed during Adrian’s
Edmund Hall Presentations.

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

(YouTube © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz)

“Stairway to the Stars”

YouTube No 55 in the Jazz&Jazz 
Covid 19 Blackout Buster Series

I jumped at the opportunity to meet and film Jonny Boston at
Botany Bay Jazz Club for my Jazz&Jazz YouTubes.
Just today (9th January, 2021) Jonny messaged me:
“So much has happened since this gig. Lovely to watch again!
Thanks Peter for posting it!”

Full story and more YouTubes on Jazz&Jazz: http://goo.gl/QBG4ey

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

(YouTube © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz)

Dave Browning’s Jazz Cats Live at The Walnut Tree

Station Road,  Blisworth,  NN7 3DS
Sunday 3rd January, 2021: 12.30-3pm

Admission £15.00 in advance only (reduced numbers strictly limited).

Call 01604 858549 to book and for further information. 

Three miles from J15 on M1.
Free parking

TAD NEWTON 01604 858549

email: tadjazzfriends@gmail.com

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

“The Dime Notes” Live at the Walnut Courtesy of Tad Newton

Station Road,  Blisworth  NN7 3DS  NN7 3DS

Sunday 13th December 12.30-3pm

Admission £12.50 by ticket only (Reduced numbers strictly limited).
Call 01604 858549 to book and for further information. 
Bar facilities and good food available.
Superb intimate atmosphere, great jazz, real ales.

Three miles from J15 on M1.
Free parking

TAD NEWTON 01604 858549

email: tadjazzfriends@gmail.com

Peter M Butler
Editor Jazz&Jazz