National Jazz Archive June Newsletter

The National Jazz Archive June Newsletter is now available.

Features include:

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NJA Presents Trio Manouche at Loughton: Saturday 24 June

Gypsy jazz comes to Loughton!

Gypsy jazz group Trio Manouche, with Quentin Collins on trumpet, play a
fund-raising concert for the National Jazz Archive on Saturday 24 June in Loughton, Essex. 

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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)


Remembering John Bennett …

Sadly John Bennett is no longer with us. Yet another Jazz Great Star to depart the scene.
What better way to commemorate him than to repost Alan Bateman’s magical portrait
of him back in his days with Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen.

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Introducing “Fizz Jazz” From Sao Paulo, Brazil

Jazz&Jazz is very much an international website. Here is a message I received from Cleber Guimaraes in Brazil: “I would like to introduce to you my band, Fizz Jazz. We play swing and traditional Jazz here in Sao Paulo”.

Cleber, I’m delighted to feature Fizz Jazz on Jazz&Jazz so let’s fizz together and why not begin with your YouTube which speaks more than words for you and the band!

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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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Tom Syson Sextet ALBUM LAUNCH Quarry Theatre, Bedford – June 9th

Tom Syson

On the 9th June, the Tom Syson Sextet will be performing at the Quarry Theatre, Bedford, as part of their 10-date UK tour to celebrate the release of Tom’s debut record ‘Green’. This is the official Album Launch event, which makes it extra special. Other venues/events on the tour include the Glasgow Jazz Festival and the Manchester Jazz Festival.

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