Sammy Rimington Returns In Force to Warm Chilham Fans

Sammy Rimington’s TRULY International Jazz Band at Chilham

Barely seven months since the launch and book signing of his photo biography “Sammy Rimington A Life in Pictures”, Chilham, Kent, welcomed him back on Sunday, 20th October. But this time in The Village Hall rather than at The White Horse and in full force with his full International Band. 

Ardent fans, many of whom have followed Sammy since his early years in Kent, are never disappointed by his loyalty to his early haunts and venues during his annual UK tours and yet again revelled in a programme replete with their all time favourites. Pure, glorious New Orleans Jazz!

Sad News
On a sad note, Sammy told his fans that his close friend, trombonist Freddie John had suffered a stroke and so for the first time in 40 years could not join him to play with the band. Freddie is making a recovery and in his place, Sammy introduced Jasper Van Pelt, pianist Emile Van Pelt’s brother, on trombone.

Glad News
also made a surprise announcement. His long standing and illustrious Japanese friends, jazz musicians Yoshio and Kelko Toyama were to join the band on stage.

The Story in Pictures
Our Jazz&Jazz photos tell the story of a glorious musical afternoon presented by a truly International Band led by our very own Sammy Rimington, matchless champion of New Orleans Revivalist Jazz.

Sammy and Yoshio reinforcing their longstanding friendship.

Keiko and Yoshio Toyama with Sammy and Jasper Van Pelt

Trefor, Eric the Omnispresent and Sammy









Recapturing the magic!

Keiko Toyama










Sammy! A life in Jazz.

Norman Emberson

Jasper Van Pelt







(Photos © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz)

This feature wouldn’t be complete without thanking Sammy’s wife Louise for her wonderful organisational skills. Please Louise, begin planning for next year. Presumably following Sammy’s star billing at the annual Hemsby Autumn Jazz Parade!

There might still be time to get along to Sammy’s tour gigs on 26th & 27th October.
For details click here. 

More about “Sammy Rimington A Life in Pictures” 

Emile Van Pelt, Trefor Williams and the ubiquitous Eric Webster!

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  1. Clive Fowler says:

    What is the latest news of Sammy Rimmington, please?


  2. Peter Butler says:

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