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King Charles is set to star in an episode of The Repair Shop as part of celebrations for the BBC’s centenary.

Repair Shop

The monarch will choose a piece of pottery made for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and an 18th Century clock to be restored by the programme’s team of experts.

Visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-63224720

Birthday Greetings for a Formidable Octogenarian …

ALL EYES ON SMIFFY!
Fingers fleeting and nimble
Each thimble a cymbal
Washboard Rhythm King supreme!


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Brian Smith (aka Smiffy) on Washboard,
Maitre Di of Lemsford Jazz Club,
Celebrating with
Sarah Spencer’s Jazz Band

(Sunday 9th October, 2022)

Watch out for forthcoming Lemsford Jazz Club announcements!
YouTube courtesy of Virginia Butler

Celebrating Louis Armstrong

Armstrong

Louis Armstrong

Sarah Spencer Stars with Tad Newton’s Jazz Friends at Olney Jazz Club 6th September 2022

John Petters Presents …

Now You Has Jazz, Jazz, Jazz” – John Petters Recordings

I don’t usually play my own tracks on Now You Has Jazz, Jazz, Jazz,
but at the request of Chris Hyde, the owner of Sound of Spitfire, I will be offering a chronological overview of my recordings.

This is not to blow my own trumpet or more to the point, bang my own drum, rather it is a celebration of the many unique musicians whom I’ve had the honour of working with over the past 40 years.

There will be tracks from my first vinyl LP in 1977 with my Dixie Seven, on to Stealin’ Apples, the second LP in 1982 by my Swing Band, a session with Ken Colyer, an album with Humphrey Lyttelton, Wally Fawkes and Al Casey, a live concert recording with American clarinet virtuoso, Kenny Davern, a Dixieland session with American trumpet star, Yank Lawson, trio sessions with American Blues pianist Art Hodes, with reedmen Kenny Davern and Trevor Whiting and my first release on the New Orleans based Jazzology label.

Enjoy!
John Petters

`Meantime a recent Jazz&Jazz YouTube
“The Joint Is Jumping!

Tune into to Now You Has Jazz, Jazz, Jazz here: https://www.soundofspitfire.co.uk/

“Jazz in the Church” Features Saxophonist Supremo Adrian Cox

`On Friday, 2nd September, 2022 “Jazz in the Church” will be back for the first time since December, 2019, and will feature charismatic Saxophonist and Clarinetist Adrian Cox backed by Tom Kincaid on piano, Andy Crowdy on bass and Jack Cotterill on drums.

Venue: St John’s Church, Church Hill, Knutsford, WA16 6DH

Doors open at 19:00 with the show starting at 19:30 and
finishing at approximately 21:30.
Please bring your own drinks, plastic glasses will be provided.

Tickets are available via the link below. If for any reason the event has to be cancelled you will get a full refund.
TICKETS

Venue
St John the Baptist’s Church
Church Hill
Knutsford
WA16 6DH

Disabled access and facilities are available at the venue.

Greg Abate Stars in Jazz at the Walnut Sunday 17th July

Olney Jazz Club Presents The Clarke Tracey / Alex Clarke Quartet …

All About FiddleBop …

Wales-based FiddleBop plays Gypsy Jazz updated!
On violin, Spanish guitar, keyboard, and fretless bass.
And we sing too, with four voices in harmony.

FiddleBop’s jazz is sophisticated yet never pretentious or stuffy. It’s danceable but not rhythmically bland. Has plenty of improvised solos
but is tuneful and melodic.

We play jazz that’s drawn from all of the genres’ century-long history. Look forward to our unique beggars-in-velvet treatment of get-up-and-dance jazz from the 1920s (when “jazz was king”), 1930s chilli-hot swing, and bop and cool post-bop. Also jazz-flavoured classic pop, some folk-jazz, as well as our very own creations. All with Gypsy zing and passion!

Gypsy Jazz-Zing: Updated


Yes, FiddleBop plays Gypsy jazz – which was jointly created by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in 1930s Paris — updated for the 2020s.

And the “jazz-zing” bit? That’s the pizzazz and excitement that comes from loving what we play! And from being (ahem!) pretty good musicians.

All of which is why – please excuse us, we’re about to blow our own trumpet (and mix our own metaphors) – audiences love FiddleBop’s unique gypsy-tinged flavour of jazz music. Music which can be sweet, chilled, yet even mysterious at times. Such as:

  • our delicate instrumental explorations of the great John Coltrane’s exquisite “Naima”
  • our bluesy takes of Thelonious Monk’s “Round Midnight” and “Well, You Needn’t”
  • classic cool jazz by Miles Davis. “So What”!
  • FiddleBop’s nostalgic close-harmony vocals in Paul McCartney’s “Here, There, and Everywhere” and Irving Berlin’s “Cheek to Cheek”
  • jazz-favoured folk tunes including “O Give Me Your Hand” written c. 1603 by harpist Ruairdi Dáll Ó Catháin
  • Jo’s poetic late-night-smoky-bar “Thirteen-and-a-half Days In The Desert”, and Paul’s sea-soliloquy “Sailing All Alone”.

Also music which, with its roots in the fiery Gypsy jazz tradition, is hot unto cooking. FiddleBop will get your feet stomping and your heart thumping (in a good way, of course) during:

  • “The Charleston” from the early days of jazz;
  • Traditional Gypsy jazz tunes: “Minor Swing” “Dark Eyes”, and the more modern “Swing Gitan”;
  • Gypsy jazz staples such as “Dinah”, “Bei Mir Bistdu Shein”, and “Sweet Georgia Brown”;
  • Irish reel “Drowsy Maggie” and East European rouser “Odessa Bulgar”;
  • Duke Ellington’s classic “It Don’t Mean a Thing”;
  • the John Coltrane Quartet’s interpretation of “My Favourite Things”;
  • FiddleBop’s very own searing take on Dizzy Gillespie’s “A Night In Tunisia”. Yaaay!

FiddleBop is:

So how about having FiddleBop liven up your next event or party with some “Gypsy jazzing: updated”? We’re friendly, we don’t bite, and we cost less than you might think.

Why not check us out? Simply email us or phone us (01982 560726 / 07968 950870) for a quote.


Olney Jazz Club Presents “Harlem” at the Carlton House Club

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