The Midnight Choo-Choo Arrives at Blisworth! Next on the Timetable, The Frenchman Street Band!


The Millennium Eagle Jazz Band. Matt Palmer (reeds), Terry Williams (trombone), Brian Lawrence (bass), Peter Brown (trumpet), Chris Etherington (banjo), Jack Cotterill (drums).

Gone are the days when Blisworth Hotel accommodated passengers on Robert Stephenson’s first, now defunct, railway line between London and Birmingham. Gone too are the days when the hotel’s ballroom was one of Northamptonshire’s popular night spots, promoting artists such as Gary Moore, Hawkwind and Deep Purple.

But not so Jazz!

Now known as The Walnut Tree Inn, the hotel is home to Live Jazz every Sunday lunchtime, along with Jazz Specials throughout the year, presented by Tad Newton.

The very next session is this coming Sunday, 20th April at 12.00 noon – with Chris Pearce’s Frenchman Street Jazz Band and special guest trombonist Richard Leach. An Easter Special with lunches available so don’t miss out!  Just £8 – pay on the door. 

Chris Pearce's Frenchman Street Band

Chris Pearce’s Frenchman Street Band

But what of that Midnight Choo Choo?

None other than Matt Palmer’s Millennium Eagle Jazz Band starred at Blisworth back in March and “The Midnight Choo Choo” was just one of their numbers which Jazz&Jazz was privileged to capture on YouTube.

I’ve posted two versions of this YouTube. The first version is High Definition and the second version is Standard Definition. I would would be interested in receiving opinions on the quality of each version.

High Definition:

Standard Definition:

Photos & YouTubes © Peter M Butler, Jazz&Jazz

Millennium Eagle will be starring at Big Bear Music’s 3rd Solihull Jazz Festival:
23rd / 26th May.
For further information please contact Big Bear Music, PO Box 944, Birmingham, B16 8UT
Tel: 0121 454 7020 Email: [email protected]


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