Announcing The Herne Bay Jazz & Swing Fest: Sunday 13th August

Broadreach Records are excited to announce the launch of the
2017 Herne Bay Jazz & Swing Fest
Sunday, 13th August, 4.00 til 9.00pm
At the Herne Bay Pier Stage.

With a fantastic lineup of some of the UK’s hottest jazz and swing musicians,
Herne Bay Jazz & Swing Fest is gearing up to be a real asset to this beautiful seaside community.
With not one but two headliners, trumpet player extraordinaire Digby Fairweather and the brilliantly expressive guitarist Jim Mullen each performing evening sets, the afternoon will also heat up with
sets by splendid saxophonist Paul Booth, versatile vocalist Kai Hoffman and
rising star pianist Liam Dunachie.

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Prelude To The 2017 Shuffle: Barnacle Bill At The Belgian Cafe, Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle 2014

Barnacle Bill, Belgian Cafe, 2014 Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle.

I was delighted to catch up with Barnacle Bill playing in The Belgian Cafe during the 2014 Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle Festival just before he handed in his horn, announcing to the audience that, age 87, he was taking “early retirement”!

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An Analysis of Jazz&Jazz YouTubes: Seeking Answers!

Over the past three years I have filmed for and produced 658 Jazz&Jazz YouTubes of which 538 have been released for pubic viewing. In addition I have countless more MP4 movies, many of which are potential YouTube material.

An analysis of these YouTubes tells a story about the status of jazz, particularly in the UK compared with, for instance, Europe and the USA – in itself perhaps a potential steer to the future.

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Thursday 22 June 2017: The Covent Garden Marching Band Heads The Big Parade for the 20th Annual Rent Collecting Ceremony – A Spectacle to Behold!

Not to be missed! So make a day of it in Covent Garden, on Thursday, 22nd June. Arrive in good time – the ceremony starts at 4.30pm.

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Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle Presents Jazz By The Seaside 14/15/16 July

Enjoy the seaside, enjoy the sea air, enjoy the camaraderie and most of all,
enjoy the Jazz at Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle.

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Thank You, Smiffy, For Sticking With It and Bringing Jazz Back To Lemsford

In honour of Smiffy, my portrait of him playing washboard in “The Long and Short Arm”, Lemsford.

Brian Smith, aka “Smiffy” was born in The Long Arm and Short Arm pub in Lemsford Village just outside Welwyn Garden City, long enough ago to have followed some of the great jazz bands of the 1950s and 60s. Those were the days when Hatfield, Potters Bar, Enfield and Welwyn Garden City were hot beds of jazz.

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Maggie (“I Wandered Today To The Lemsford Hills, Maggie”)

The Happy Jazz Band

Presenting Two Magical YouTube Versions of “Maggie”.

The first, a unique Jazz Club rendition by The Happy Jazz Men on Sunday 11th June, 2017, at Lemsford Jazz Club.

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Flashback to July, 2014: Denise Gordon Thrills Olney Jazz Club Fans

Recapturing Magical Moments

Popular American Jazz Classic sung by vocalist and gospel diva Denise Gordon, accompanied by jazz legend Roy Williams on trombone, Boysey Bartrum on sax, Tomas Pedersen on bass, Bobby Orr on the drums and Alan Haughton on piano
at Olney Jazz Club. 

First posted in back in July, 2014, but reposted due to enhancements afforded by recent software upgrades. Couldn’t remove the dancers from front of stage, however, nor quite compensate for
the starry night stage lighting. But hey! that’s jazz!

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

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


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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The Big Debate: (No Way) Is Jazz Facing “Doom & Gloom”?


Chicago Swing Katz, 2013: L/R Derek Harrison, Keyboard; Jeff Matthews, Clarinet; Bill Buck, Drums; Pete Ainge, Trumpet; Dave Margaroni, Double Bass; Andrew Mackenzie, Trombone; Barry Edwards, Guitar.

As recently as 15th May, Jeff Matthews, The Chicago Swing Katz, yet again broached the issue of the younger generation’s attitude towards jazz. Writing in Fred Burnett’s “Jazz North West” he commented:

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