Too Soon Tina, Far Too Soon!

Born30 March 1961
GloucesterGloucestershire, England
Died26 March 2022 (aged 60)
LondonMiddlesexGreater London, England

I was so stunned by the news of Tina May’s passing that I simply had to take first opportunity to pay tribute to her by re-posting this selection of the Jazz&Jazz YouTubes I have filmed of her.
Tina May and Rachel Johnson at a Tad Newton Bedford Golf Club Jazz Session.

Peter M Butler

Olney Jazz Club Welcomes back Tad Newton’s Jazz Friends

With Guest Star Julian Mark Stringle on Clarinet & Saxophone

8.00pm Tuesday 5th April

Featuring Gary Wood [trumpet/vocal], Mike Wills [clarinet/saxes],
Tomas Pederson [bass], Ronnie Fenn [drums], Alan Haughton [piano],
Tad Newton [trombone/vocal]: “Basin Street to Basie and Beyond!”

Special Guest Julian Marc Stringle [clarinet/sax]
Julian was voted best clarinettist at the British Jazz Awards in 2006, 2007 and 2019. His major influences have been Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, and Buddy De Franco. Julian’s highly melodic music and unique sound excites the jazz audience wherever he performs. ”The best clarinettist to emerge in British jazz in decades!” (Sir John Dankworth).

It’s been very gratifying that we have been able to provide some fabulous jazz nights for you at The Carlton House Club in recent months despite the trials and tribulations of current times. We have all enjoyed wonderful sessions recently with Graham Smith’s Jazz Allsorts and Kevin Grenfell’s Jazz Giants. Long may this continue!

Although Government Covid restrictions are being eased I trust you agree that for the time being it’s sensible to be cautious, especially in the light of the current repeat in rising infections. We intend to continue monitoring our numbers carefully in order to keep everyone safe. We will also continue to exclude the raffle. And to reappraise circumstances as and when necessary.

All being well, we have some great bands and musicians in the pipeline for you including Andy Dickens Hot Gumbo, Harlem Big Band, ClarkeTracy/Alex Clarke Quartet.

Hopefully our next session at OJC on Tuesday April 5th will feature Tad Newton’s Jazzfriends with very special guest, the fantastic Julian Marc Stringle [clarinet/sax].

Our two previous sessions were disappointing as regards audience numbers and didn’t cover the costs of the bands/advertising etc.! We really do need to boost support. An audience of 70 plus is needed to make our sessions viable – more to continue to attract top class bands and musicians. 

Please try and come along if you can. Call me on 01604 858549 or email Alternatively tickets are also available at Phonebox Magazine in Olney.

It would be a great shame if Olney Jazz Club were to be put in jeopardy in any way after all the fabulous evenings we have had over the years. Especially as we have some great sessions lined up for you, including: Andy Dickens’ Hot Gumbo, Harlem Big Band and Tad Newton’s Jazzfriends with special guest Julian Marc Stringle.

After the strife of so many months they need and deserve sell out concerts.

Wishing Olney and all Fans Happy Jazz ahead!
Tad Newton

Announcing Fest Jazz 2022

Tuba Skinny special guests visiting from the USA

We are delighted to announce that Fest Jazz 2022 is on course for 28th/31st July! 
We look forward to meeting all our UK festival goers again after the disappointment of 2020 and the difficulties of 2021. The festival in 2021 was a great success, but sadly those from the UK were unable to travel to France. That’s why we just can’t wait to welcome you back at
Fest Jazz 2022!

The Online Ticket Office is open so don’t leave it until the last minute to reserve your accommodation.  As one of the regions in France happily least affected by the Covid-19 virus, Châteauneuf-du-Faou is yet again a tourist hot spot!

So why delay? Be sure to explore the full programme and place your bookings post haste!
We truly look forward to seeing you back at Fest Jazz 2022.

The Fest Jazz Team

The Fest Jazz Programme:

straight from

FEST JAZZ 2022 at Châteauneuf-du-Faou, Brittany.

This year, Fest Jazz, one of the most talked about jazz festivals on the European classic jazz scene, welcomes one of the most celebrated classic jazz groups in the world: Tuba Skinny.  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hop over the Channel and see them.

The eight-piece group with its relaxed, informal approach to life and music will fit perfectly in the atmosphere of this legendary Breton festival, with its slogan “More Woodstock than Conservatoire!”

Nestling on the banks of the beautiful River Aulne in central Brittany, Fest Jazz is a four-day explosion of music and swing dance that attracts around 4 000 festival goers every year.  There are four covered venues with spectators freely strolling from one to the other, as well as music in the bars in the town where there is a rally of Classic Cars.  120+ musicians perform over 40 concerts during the weekend.

The atmosphere is relaxed and convivial with a great mixture of nationalities and generations. And there are swing dancers everywhere!  There is a “young and democratic feel” to Fest Jazz with young artists, young spectators and young organisers.  There is no “Artists’ Bar”, everyone mixes together.

It is likely that this year (as in 2021) that festival goers will have to show they have been fully vaccinated.  But Brittany has happily been spared the worst of Covid.  It is said that Châteauneuf-du-Faou is so far from anywhere, the Spanish ‘flu hasn’t arrived yet !

The early names on the programme 2022 include: Tuba Skinny (28th/29th July), the wonderful Gunhild Carling and her Family (30th/31st July), Tatiana Eva-Marie and Joe Santoni, Anastasia Ivanova (young Russian trombone star), Sabine Sassi, The Mama Shakers and many others.

Lots of people in the jazz world are talking about Fest Jazz as a “new kind of jazz festival”.  Why not come and see for yourself and join in the fun?

Write to  for information and any questions you wish to ask.  Brittany Ferries (Plymouth – Roscoff) is the nearest ferry terminal (70 minutes easy drive away), Brest is the nearest airport.

4 day tickets 80€/Single day tickets 25€

Olney Jazz Club Presents Kevin Grenfell’s Jazz Giants

Don’t miss this grand opportunity to get back into the
pre-pandemic jazz grove at Olney Jazz Club.
To spur you on here’s Kevin Grenfell’s reminder of days gone by:
Gene Austin’s “Girl Of My Dreams” performed by
“Slide By Slide” for Jazz at The Bedford Golf Club, Thursday, 2nd May, 2014.

Kevin Grenfell (trumpet), Richard Leach (trombone), John Fellows (bass),
Graham Smith (drums) and Simon Banks (piano).
Enjoy the repartee!

Take note, restricted numbers so be sure to book posts haste!
Email Tad at:

John Petters announces his retirement from Live Gigs!

On 23rd October John Petters announced his retirement from live gigs with effect from his performance at St John’s Arts Centre, Old Harlow, on Saturday 30th October.

John explained: “The jazz scene has been decimated by Covid and there is no sign things will get better any time soon.”

“I intend to focus my attention on my radio show, jazz history, talks on jazz to U3As and any other groups. I will also be writing a column for ‘Radcom’, the journal of the Radio Society of Great Britain and other writing projects. Much as I love playing gigs, enjoying the company of my fellow musicians and meeting jazz fans, I do not like all the aggravation which goes with it. I’m weary of driving for hours and lugging my drums in and out of venues and driving home again after playing a high energy gig. I intend to spend much more time enjoying my hobby of amateur radio and other activities.”

Unquestably we will miss your live gigs John, so what better way to reminisce and depart with a flourish than by recapturing here on Jazz&Jazz a selection of numbers performed not so long ago at your mesmerising evening hosted by Tad Newton at Bedford Golf Club.

Accompanying John:
Richard Exall (Clarinet, Sax), Pete Rudeforth (Trumpet), Keith Donald (Bass), plus Ace Harlem Stride Pianist, Dave Browning.

Just for the fun of it why not visit an original Fats Waller number,
“This Joint Is Jumpin'” – jazz as it was in the thirties. Hold your breath!:
Thanks for your jazz “Petter’s Style”, John!
We really would welcome the occasional come back!

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

It’s Trad Dad!

Barber, Bilk and Ball Stars play music by Chris Barber, Acker Bilk and Kenny Ball plus Terry Lightfoot, Alex Welsh, Humphrey Lyttelton and more!
Before The Beatles Britain was Trad mad and our concert celebrates the music of the late ’50s and early ’60s when the sound of Dixieland was adapted in a uniquely British way to create a happy, upbeat swinging style that will be a perfect way of celebrating coming out of long Covid gloom. The seven-piece band led by trombonist Ian Bateman features a group of musicians who worked extensively with the big stars of the Trad era and continue to keep the music alive with their superb playing and sheer love of the music.

Tickets £15 from Tad Newton on 01604 858549

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

Lemsford Jazz Club Swings Back into Action with the Rockin’ Chair Band!

Sunday, 19th September, 1.00pm sharp

Dave Rance describes his Bedfordshire based band as “a little different from the usual jazz bands, often amusing but always entertaining!”

Highly appropriate and spot on, Dave, and Lemsford Jazz Club fans will give you and the gang a resonating post lockdown welcome back to Lemsford on
Sunday, 19th September, 1.00pm sharp.

Dave on Flugelhorn

Earlier at Lemsford Jazz Club, a touch of Rockin’ Chair Magic:

Thanks go to Brian Smith aka “Smiffy” for bringing live jazz back to Lemsford, Hertfordshire, despite the pandemic. Worldwide it may be but Jazz will overcome!

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

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Tel: Brian Smith (“Smiffy”) on 01707 880569


Facebook: Lemsford Jazz Club

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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