Trefor Williams’ Select Six Thrill Ramsgate Seaside Shufflers with “A Night in New Orleans”

Trefor’s Select Six Open Seaside Shuffle with “A Night in New Orleans”

Glorious blue skies and mid summer sunshine greeted fans as they flocked to the Kent coast for Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle, the UK’s youngest Jazz Festival. And what better way to launch into the weekend’s celebrations than with “A Night in New Orleans” courtesy of ace bassist Trefor Williams and His Select Six on the evening of Friday 12th July.

Trefor on bass and vocals

On the edge of The English Channel, Ramsgate, with its picturesque harbour, conjured up dreams of New Orleans and The Mississippi! Not to mention the hospitality and camaraderie at the Ramsgate Small Boat Owners Club with its well stocked and reasonably priced bar PLUS evening snacks, prawns and sandwiches served up by the Seaside Shuffle Committee.

A wonderful start to a great weekend of real ale, good wine, genuine friendship and New Orleans Jazz.

Watch out for a series of Jazz&Jazz posts coming soon featuring the entire festival, its wonderful bands and musicians and the very special people without whom, in these difficult times, Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle might never have been launched in 2011, let alone have a promising future.

Peter Leonard and John Howlet

Andy Maynard










Chris Marchant

Ian Turner











Starring with The Select Six, Betty Renz, Thanet based jazz singer whose dream of a jazz festival in Kent inspired the launch of Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle in 2011.

YouTube featuring Betty singing “I’ve Got What It Takes” with Les Herbert’s JazzBand

Photos © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz

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  1. Betty Renz says:

    Peter Butler, Author of this website has been a staunch supporter of the Seaside Shuffle from the very beginning. He omits to say if it wasn’t for his artwork, time and support it would never have got off the ground. So. Do keep an eye on all his work. You can buy a print of your favourite jazz musician or commission one yourself from peter@jazzand
    Thank you Peter. You put us into orbit !
    Betty Renz

  2. Peter Butler says:

    Thank you so much, Betty. Comments like that make what I am doing, not just for Seaside Shuffle but as much as possible across the spectrum of New Orleans Jazz, so worth while.


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