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which need confronting. 

Fred Burnett recently mentioned them on Jazz North West:
“Producing the Jazz Guide is an expensive job and Terry and Sarah have seen for themselves at various jazz clubs that people have left copies lying about at the end of the night, so no surprise that free copies may not be so freely available in future. To ensure that you continue to receive a copy that keeps you abreast of What’s On in the whole of the UK, you need to subscribe.”

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Terry says, “We are also trying to widen the scope of the publication, by inviting other sections of the genre into the fold”. Jazz&Jazz shares Terry’s aims in this. It’s crucial for the future of jazz, especially amongst the younger generations.

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Terry has also introduced a Jazz Guide Newsletter which you can obtain via his web site on a regular basis by simply clicking on the “Contact Us” button and asking to be put on the newsletter mailing list.

Just recently the Newsletter featured a French Band well worth looking at: Hippocampus Jass Gang – “Who says OKOM is dying? No pensioners here folks!”

Norman Gibson commented: “We all love our traditional and classical New Orleans jazz, but this is a good example of what the 25/30 year old young people are craving for. These new young bands are playing some really good variations on the ‘old stuff’, and we promoters should relent and see if we can embrace it ! Trevor Stent suggested I look at Hippocampus Jass Gang and I have to say I like them. The dancers on this clip seem to be doing a form of retro swing line dance, but it can be seen that they are having a whale of a time with it ! Peter Butler at JazzandJazz is in agreement with the young band movement and is featuring many of the UK ones.”

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  1. Jim McIntosh says:

    I don’t quite understand why other sections of the ‘genre have to be invited into the fold’, when you show that young people like (dig?!?) Hippocampus Jass Gang. I think they are fabulous, but certainly NOT a different genre. The only difference is, they are young and vibrant, thereby attracting youngsters. The basic music is pretty well the same. Question: What would the youngsters’ reaction be to a young wild Acker Bilk Band (all in their late twenties) springing on the scene, young Ron McKay et al? That’s what we need – not all this piffle about different genres…

  2. Jim McIntosh says:

    Also, Tuba Skinny are not a different genre…

  3. Peter Butler says:

    Point taken, Jim. Perhaps not the best wording.

  4. Jim McIntosh says:

    I apologize for my rather forthright comment, but stick to my guns about not needing to change the music (too much). In the mid sixties the Traditional jazz scene here in the UK was in the doldrums (apart from the 3Bs). Along came the Max Collie Rhythm Aces (young band) and totally transformed the scene: Traditional jazz in the Kings Road, hob-nobing with the likes of Paul MaCartney. There might be a few sour grapes out there who might dispute that – that’s their prerogative. Also later, the Phil Mason mob filled every jazz club in the country (and incidentally had a huge young following [not so long ago] as well us ‘elders’). The point is, in both cases, spanning more than 30 years, there was no need to change the music; so why now?? We need more young jazz animals – bring on Tony Pitt, Laurie Chescoe, Denny Ilett, Louis Lince, John Meehan, Roger Myerscough, Dave Hewett, myself (dare I say!), Brian White, Sims; then we need some of the older guys to help us along – Adrian Cox, Jonny Boston, TJ Johnson, Amy Roberts, Richard Exall, James Evans, Mike Owen, Baby Jools, Jack Cotterill, Jamie Brownfield et al. No need to change the music…

  5. Peter Butler says:

    Points well taken, Jim, but you paint an “if only” picture. It’s not just down to the bands and the musicians. It’s about the clubs and the fans. In a recent survey I did on Jazzers it became yet more apparent that although they play the clubs, younger musicians wouldn’t go to clubs as fans, or indeed expect their own fans to do so. They prefer to attract their own younger audiences to their own venues, in the main using social media to drum up attendance. And they succeed.

    Yes, they play the “old” music (thankfully), but just like the stars you mention, they also write their own music, sometimes in the “traditional” vein, sometimes hyped up a bit for their younger fans. They are musicians so why wouldn’t they want to introduce their own, new numbers. Plus they’ve got a lot to compete with these days. Even Tuba Skinny have introduced several of their own numbers – granted in the same style.

    I was at a gig yesterday, “trad” jazz, and got talking to the trumpeter afterwards who likes to get away from trad and play mainstream when he can. I last met him at Olney Jazz Club in Buckinghamshire where Alan Haughton caters for both. When it’s mainstream, trad fans stay away or complain. But when its trad, the mainstream fans turn up for that as well. Helps keep this successful club going and well attended. It’s the fans who have got to develop a little give and take for the sake of jazz. By the way, Alan features younger bands at Olney and attracts younger fans.

    I sense there is something of “never the twain shall meet” at the opposite ends of the jazz spectrum. Excluding the extremes of Modern “Jazz”, perhaps no need to change the style of the music too much but let’s not exclude new numbers.

    Yet I have to admit, if forced, I would have to confess a preference for what I prefer to call “New Orleans Revivalist Jazz”. So please, let’s always include that in the mix, and a good many of the younger bands do.

    PS: Jim, I’ve truly enjoyed your sessions with TJ in The Crypt and especially in one of Max’s last concerts at The Granville Theatre for Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle back in 2011.

  6. Jim McIntosh says:

    Very well put Peter. You hit the head on the nail with the Mainstream fans supporting Traditional jazz, but not vice versa. I think that may have always been the case, even within Traditional jazz. Colyer versus Ball, etc, etc. The Ball fans appreciating Ken, but not always the opposite.

    I wonder what these fans would make of Kevin Grenfell and myself this evening. We are performing to a sell-out audience our own ‘adaptation’ of ‘Dinner For One’, a short (very popular in Germany) comedy starring Freddy Frinton. I am James the Butler (oops!), and Kevin is Miss Sophie. The cast includes Kevin, myself, a rubber chicken, four eggs, two trombones, one trumpet, a squeaky hamburger, a banjo and ukulele (+harmonica), two very large balloons, a stale lobster, a tiger skin (lovingly created by myself last night), and a Mickey Mouse jazz playing telephone! Maybe this could be the way forward… (only joking of course). There will also be some jazz in there somewhere!

    I too enjoyed the Crypt and Ramsgate. I loved the hall, great acoustics too.

  7. Peter Butler says:

    Kevin as Miss Sophie???!!! I’d love to see that, especially with Gentleman Jim Butler in support! Will there be YouTubes? Captured two wonderful YouTubes of Kevin with Richard Leach recently:

  8. Jim McIntosh says:

    There were some camcorders about, so we shall see what we can do. Two highlights were the (rubber) chicken laying eggs on the dinner table, and one of Miss Sophie’s large extremities bursting! Not forgetting Kevin and myself ‘singing’ On A Bicycle Maid For Three’…

  9. Peter Butler says:

    Brilliant! I’d love to feature a YouTube of the event if you can get your hands on one via one of the camcorders!

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