Gershwin, Bacharach, Monk, Gillespie all at The Fancy Bakery, Bedford …




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Remembering Tony Richards


Richard Elmes posted a brief message on my Facebook Jazzers Group yesterday: “I’m devastated to say that Steamboat’s wonderful trumpet player and great friend Tony Richards, died today after a very short illness. We will miss him so much….condolences to his family.”

Playing at Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle Festival: Tony Richards (tpt), Dave Corsby (clt), Martin Rawbone (tmb), Nick Rawbone (dms), Neil Francis (bass), Dave Robinson (vibes)

Tony played with Richard’s “Steamboat Jazz Band”. They featured regularly at the Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle annual Summer Festival and at the monthly jazz sessions in the Ramsgate Small Boat Owners’ Club where I was privileged to film them.

In remembrance of Tony here he is with Steamboat, “Basin Street Blues”

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

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

Urgent Message to Jazzers Worldwide: Google Advertising Withdraws Revenue

Google have kindly informed me:


Hi Jazz & Jazz,

“As you probably heard, we recently announced updates to the YouTube Partner Program (YPP). We made these changes to address a spike in abuse on YouTube by bad actors like spammers, impersonators, and re-uploaders. Our goal is to ensure a healthy ecosystem where original creators can grow and thrive.

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“The Old Rugged Cross”: The Adrian Cox Quintet at Bedford Golf Club

When “JazzFan76” commented on my Old Rugged Cross Jazz&Jazz YouTube: “Not a fan of religious music but this was played very beautifully”, I simply had to feature it again on Jazz&Jazz.

“The Old Rugged Cross” is favourite hymn written in 1912 by George Bennard, an American evangelist and composer. Recorded over the years by many famous artistes and performed here by the brilliant
Adrian Cox Quintet.

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Introducing Florence Olivia “The New Star On The Block”

I am thrilled and delighted to welcome young stars to the Pantheon of Jazz Artistes.
Without hesitation I voted singing sensation Florence Olivia as Jazz&Jazz’s
“New Star On The Block”.

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Reintroducing Little Witley Jazz

Little Witley Village Hall Committee email me: “We wondered if it would be possible to get a posting on your website for our upcoming jazz evening with The Freetime Old Dixie Jass Band. Little Witley Jazz have been running jazz evenings since the early 80’s including The Zenith Hot Stompers, Humphrey Lyttleton, Kenny Ball, Tommy Burton and many more.”

With a line up like that how could I refuse!

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Just Jazz Lamentations

The February edition of Just Jazz Traditional Jazz magazine arrived at
No 153 early this morning. I was stunned by the front cover!

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“Give Them A Break” – The Beaucrees’ Second Fundraiser Single


The plight of our homeless is currently a hot topic amongst jazz musicians and jazz fans on Facebook and the Facebook Jazzers Group.

Beaucrees Band Leader Tony Tutton, a personal friend, has just announced the release of their song “Give Them A Break”, aimed at increasing awareness of this national travesty. The record has a simple message – Stop The Homelessness!

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Farewell Hugh Masekela

In all the years since I launched Jazz&Jazz I have rarely been taken aback quite as much as by the BBC news announcement this evening reporting the death of South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela.

In these years I have been hugely privileged to cross paths with an amazing number of jazz greats, many reported in features on this site. Hugh Masekela was paramount amongst them. The occasion – a concert at the Royal Festival Hall during the 2010 London Jazz Festival.

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Desperately Needed – Support for Jazz&Jazz!

There has been a let down in my efforts to support jazz. Once I have recovered from the set back I’ll bite the bullet and fully address the issues in another post! [Read more…]