Revitalising Jazz&Jazz

As Editor and Publisher of Jazz&Jazz I have to admit to deserting my post in recent months and falling under the spell of Facebook.

The problem lies with the all pervasive worldwide Covid19 affliction and the cruel spell it has cast over every day life. Facebook has been far more proactive in confronting the consequences and compensating for the sparseness of live entertainment. Hence to a degree I have relied on
their features.

As a result, followers of Jazz&Jazz are beginning to express frustrations at my failure to keep the site updated with jazz features, especially as I have so much to offer in lieu of live jazz for the duration. Back in April I had every intention of confronting the issue when I published this feature “Facing up to Facebook”:

Earlier I had posted:

Further Jazz&Jazz YouTubes:

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

Announcing The Pershore Jazz Festival

Scheduled for
13th – 15th August 2021

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

Facing up to Facebook

A close friend and long time follower of Jazz&Jazz recently lamented on the current paucity of features on the site. He presumed it might be due to the ongoing shut down of live jazz due to Cobid19.

Not so! A key to the problem is the rapacious omnipresence of Facebook. How so? Simply put, besides my personal Facebook Page I have also launched a Facebook Group entitled “Jazz&Jazzers / Celebrating the Joy of Jazz”. Popularity of the Group has shot up with 1,600 members and counting.

So as of now, my intention is to focus on and lure fans to this, my home site, Jazz& In recent years I have filmed a series of YouTubes featuring a wide range of jazz bands and musicians. But I have become so entrapped by the easy accessibility of jazz on Facebook that I have sidestepped presenting them here on Jazz& So much so that to date I have released only 56 of over 400 of my Jazz&Jazz YouTubes.

This has to change!

beginning with:
YouTube No 57 in the Jazz&Jazz Covid 19 Blackout Buster Series

“SOUTH!” (Bennie Moten): The Tenement Jazz Band

During their Spring 2019 tour south of the border, Edinburgh’s
Tenement Jazz Band played at a Tad Newton Jazz Evening at Bedford Golf Club.
In addition to “South” their repertoire included a series of tuneful but
little know numbers.

Paddy Darley – Trombone
Charles Dearness – Trumpet
Tom Pickles – Saxophones
John Youngs – Guitar/Banjo
Doug Kemp – Double Bass

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

(YouTube © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz)

Farewell Colin Kingwell!

The sad news reached me today that Colin Kingwell has, in words he would appreciate, shuffled off his mortal coil. I was flawed.
Colin always welcomed me to film him with his Jazz Bandits.

The last time I filmed the band was when Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle welcomed him back to their 2014 Festival. As ever, Colin and the band were on top form and his jokes and repartee
surpassed adoration.

Peter M Butler
Editor Jazz & Jazz

Farewell Chris Barber

“The sad news keeps on coming. Chris Barber has now joined
the band in the sky.”

Brian O’Connor

“Chris Barber OBE, one of the greatest figures in the history of British jazz, has sadly passed. For nearly 70 years, Chris led bands that covered many genres of jazz from New Orleans, the Blues, Rhythm & Blues and, of course, skiffle. A great servant to the jazz world who will be
hugely missed by jazz fans.”
National Jazz Archive

I was delightfully privileged to spend time in deep conversation with Chris not so long ago:
Thank you, Chris, for your massive contribution to Jazz. I managed to capture the YouTube featured in the link above from way back in The Gods in Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar. That same day Chris said we should get together to share the story of his life in jazz in full. I guess that now we will have to wait until another day!

Peter M Butler
Editor Jazz & Jazz

Food for Thought! “UK Government Committed to Saving Touring in Europe”

Courtesy of the Musician’s Union

The music industry welcomes UK Government’s firm commitment to save touring in Europe following Commons evidence session.”
The largest bodies representing musicians – the Incorporated Society of Musicians and the Musicians’ Union – have welcomed the
UK Government’s firm commitment to solve the critical
issues facing touring post-Brexit.

MPs from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Committees heard evidence from industry leaders, including the Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), Deborah Annetts. The ISM warned that touring artists faced an “extraordinary crisis” due to costly new barriers to performing in the European Union which include visas and work permits. The ISM called on the UK Government to:
(1) negotiate a bespoke visa waiver agreement with the EU
for the creative sector and
(2) enter bilateral discussions with key EU Member States to sort
out work permit rules.

The ISM and the MU have welcomed the firm commitment of the Minister for Digital and Culture, Caroline Dinenage, to work with music organisations to find workable solutions to these critical issues including mobility. This commitment extends across the whole of Whitehall. The Government has also indicated that it is its ambition to start discussions with key EU Member states in the coming weeks to address issues regarding work permits. DCMS also confirmed that musicians travelling with portable musical instruments between the UK and the EU will not be subject to costly customs rules in the form of formal declarations or ATA Carnet. Guidance will be available as soon as possible. This important clarification has been welcomed by the music sector. The ISM and the MU have outlined their commitment to play an active and constructive role with the UK Government to resolve the problems facing touring musicians after Brexit.

ISM Chief Executive Deborah Annetts said: 
“I was delighted to speak to MPs yesterday and it was fantastic to see that the Minister and civil servants at DCMS are fully committed to fixing the problems including mobility facing touring musicians after Brexit. We now need the same willingness from the EU so that both sides can come together to find workable solutions to the mountain of costs and red tape.
“The Creative industries contributed more than £111bn to the UK economy in 2018 but we have already been badly affected by COVID-19.
The ISM is ready to expand our ongoing activities to support the
UK Government so that close cultural collaboration can
continue after Brexit.”

MU General Secretary Horace Trubridge said:
“Both the MU and the ISM have amassed a large body of evidence and information that we are happy to share with the Ministers in order to work towards finding positive solutions for the problems that our world leading musicians and their ancillary workers currently face as a result of the breakdown in negotiations for our sector.
Let’s move forward together with the various Government departments in a spirit of cooperation to systematically remove the barriers that we have identified.”

Notes for Editors
The ISM and the MU have already held constructive high-level meetings with politicians and civil servants. Together, we are calling on the UK Government to:
Negotiate a bespoke visa waiver agreement with the EU that is separate to the trade deal exempting touring performers, creative teams and crews from needing to obtain a visa for up to 90 days in a 180-day
period when seeking paid work.
Enter bilateral discussions with individual EU Member States that do not currently offer cultural exemptions for work permits, such as Spain, Italy, Belgium and Portugal.
Create a properly resourced and dedicated UK Music Export Office to help new and established artists and their businesses to navigate the
new regulatory environment.
Publish guidance to help the performing arts sector navigate the different visa and work permit requirements for each EU Member State as a matter of urgency.
Provide an emergency funding package for the performing arts sector to mitigate against the additional costs and loss of work due to the lack of mobility provisions in the trade deal.
Explore with the EU cultural exemptions for new Carnets and
Cabotage rules.

Background information
The Creative Industries contributed more than £111bn to the UK economy in 2018. (UK Gov)
Music contributed £5.8 billion to the UK economy in 2019 and employment in the industry hit an all-time high of 197,168 in 2019.
(UK Music)
International touring represents an essential part of many musicians’ livelihoods. ISM research shows that:
44% of musicians earn up to half of their earnings in the EU/EEA.
(54% in 2016)
43% travelled to the EU more than five times a year. (39% in 2018)
32% spend more than 30 days in the EU for work. (41% in 2018)
76% of UK musicians fear it’s likely Brexit will stop them performing
in Europe. (Encore)
Arts, entertainment & recreation are the sectors worst affected by coronavirus. (ONS)
79% of musicians earn less than £30,000. (ISM)
About the Musicians’ Union 
The Musicians’ Union (MU) represents over 30,000 musicians working in all sectors and genres of music. As well as negotiating on behalf of its members with all the major employers in the industry, the MU offers a range of services tailored for the self-employed by providing assistance for professional and student musicians of all ages.

MU website  
The Union was founded in May 1893 in Manchester by a musician,
JB Williams, who became the Union’s first General Secretary.
Further details about the history of the Union can be found at its dedicated archive website.   
For more information, please 
email Keith Ames at the MU.

    About the ISM
The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is the UK’s professional body for musicians and a nationally recognised subject association for music. Since 1882, it has been dedicated to promoting the importance of music and protecting the rights of those working in the music profession.  
It supports over 10,000 music professionals across the UK and Ireland with unrivalled legal advice and representation, comprehensive insurance and specialist services.
Members come from all areas of the music profession and from a wide variety of genres and musical backgrounds. It campaigns tirelessly in support of musicians’ rights, music education and the profession
as a whole.
It is a financially independent not-for-profit organisation with no
political affiliation. This permits freedom to campaign on any issue affecting musicians.  
For more information, email Bruce Rothberg at the ISM.

“A Touch of High Society”

YouTube No 56 in the Jazz&Jazz 
Covid 19 Blackout Buster Series

The Adrian Cox Quartet recaptures the magic of
clarinetist Edmund Hall

One of a series of Jazz&Jazz YouTubes filmed during Adrian’s
Edmund Hall Presentations.

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

(YouTube © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz)

Facebook! Friend or Foe?

I launched my Jazz&Jazz Facebook Page some years ago. My intention? Primarily to feature and promote the contents of, and further the reach of jazz& It has helped. All the more so since adding my Facebook Jazzers Group. But recently Facebook has become top dog with Jazz&Jazz demoted to the wings.

One of my major Jazz&Jazz supporters recently emailed me: “I know everything has come to a near stop as far as jazz is concerned, but, on my frequent visits to your site, I have noticed it is rather spasmodic and quieter than I’ve been used to. I trust this is just down to the current situation we are all in.”

Norman, you may have hit the nail on the head. But this need not and should not be so.

Promotional opportunities lost!
Yes, along with the many members of my Facebook Jazzers Group, I have been featuring and promoting reams of jazz on Facebook. But this has been at the expense of current features here on Jazz&Jazz. Promotional opportunities lost!

A solution to this during the Covid19 Shut Down is to feature more, many more, of my Jazz&Jazz YouTubes here on Jazz&Jazz. I have let this lapse, so entangled have I become in Facebook and my Facebook Jazzers Group.

Facebook can be an encumbrance. It doesn’t get down to the nitty gritty possible here on jazz&

So my plea! Even though I use Social Media to highlight items, I urge fans and enthusiasts to comment in “Speak Your Mind” here on Jazz&Jazz rather than on, or maybe as well as, the Social Media links.

Obviously I will continue to use Social Media. But with increased discretion. I need to get back to spending serious time posting features here on Jazz&Jazz rather than allow Social Media to distract me or my followers.

Jazz&Jazz first and then my Facebook Jazzers Group!

Currently Covid19 prevents me from filming but fans can follow my Jazz&Jazz YouTubes at:

Please, help the cause with positive feedback to this and other posts in Comments below. Thank you for your patience and continued support.

Peter M Butler
Editor Jazz&Jazz

“Stairway to the Stars”

YouTube No 55 in the Jazz&Jazz 
Covid 19 Blackout Buster Series

I jumped at the opportunity to meet and film Jonny Boston at
Botany Bay Jazz Club for my Jazz&Jazz YouTubes.
Just today (9th January, 2021) Jonny messaged me:
“So much has happened since this gig. Lovely to watch again!
Thanks Peter for posting it!”

Full story and more YouTubes on Jazz&Jazz:

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

(YouTube © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz)

Dave Browning’s Jazz Cats Live at The Walnut Tree

Station Road,  Blisworth,  NN7 3DS
Sunday 3rd January, 2021: 12.30-3pm

Admission £15.00 in advance only (reduced numbers strictly limited).

Call 01604 858549 to book and for further information. 

Three miles from J15 on M1.
Free parking

TAD NEWTON 01604 858549

Peter M Butler
Editor Jazz&Jazz