A warm welcome back to the UK, Intrepid Disney Land Explorer, Sarah Spencer!

On a scale of one to ten how can I rate the mind boggling
Disneyland Adventures of my very special jazz friend,
Sarah Spencer?

Best leave it to the star of the show herself.
So why not check her out on Facebook.

Meantime here is one of her Global Rambler’s “Covid Wary”
Combo YouTubes.

Recorded by Sarah Spencer’s Global Ramblers (“Our Music Is Infectious”): Sarah Spencer – vocal; John Service – trombone; Sarah Spencer – tenor saxophone; Hugh Crozier – piano;
Jim Swinnerton – string bass;
Jack Amblin – drums.
Composed by Robert Blackwell, McKinley Millet, 1958

We have a Paypal tip jar – Donations are gratefully accepted but not expected. All proceeds will be shared among those on the video. https://www.paypal.me/SarahSpencerTipJar

The Global Ramblers have a cd out. There are various ways to purchase it (including digital download). Visit Sarah for the details: https://sarahspencer.hearnow.com/

Peter M Butler

Olney Jazz Club Programme: May, June, July

Carlton House Club Olney 
Tickets £15 each [currently we are still restricting numbers].
Call 01604 858549 or email: tadjazzfriends@gmail.com
“Live Jazz…Use it or lose it!”

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Tuesday May 3rd
Andy Dickens’ Hot Gumbo
“Evoking the warmth and exuberance of Mardi Gras New Orleans,
the jazz heat of Chicago and the excitement of New York Swing”.
Featuring some top jazzmen from the south and south west of England: Andy Dickens [trumpet/vocals], Al Nichols [sax/clarinet], Mark Aston [baritone sax/trombone], Simon Picton [guitar/banjo], Brett Nevill [bass] and Richie Bryant [drums, ex Acker Bilk Band].
A great band….getting rave reviews…not to be missed!

Tuesday June 7th
Harlem Big Band
Vintage big band jazz from New York in the late 1920’S and early 1930’s in the electrifying style of Duke Ellington, King Oliver, Cab Calloway, Fletcher Henderson, McKinney’s Cotton Pickers et al. Top trombonist and “Tricky Sam” stylist Bob Hunt has reformed the legendary Harlem, previously the creation of the late Paul Munnery. 
“The Cotton Club Revisited!”now directed by Bob Hunt and Michael Kilpatrick and featuring a host of highly respected jazz players!
Trumpets: Mike Henry, Charles Manning, Wil Robinson.
Trombones: Bob Hunt, Graham Woodhouse.
Reeds: Zoltan Sagi, Richard Exall, Michael Kilpatrick.
Piano: Art Toper. Guitar/Banjo: Rachel Hayward.
Drums: Nick Ward. Vocals and Presentation: Sarah Spencer

Tuesday July 5th
The Alex Clarke/Clark Tracey Quartet
Alex Clarke [sax/clarinet]
Great young jazz talent..recent finalist in
BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year;
Clark Tracey [internationally acclaimed jazz drummer],
James Owston [awesome young bassist!]
David Newton [legendary award winning pianist].

Jazz standards with a swinging and contemporary driving edge!

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Ewan Bleach Releases New Album

I’m pleased to announce that my debut album ‘Ewan, the Night’n the Music’ is to be released next week.

You will be able to buy it from Friday the 11th of March off my brand new label: Old Style Records. Here’s the link: https://oldstylerecords.bandcamp.com/releases

It’s ballads album, a tribute to the poetic side of jazz improvisation and the rich melodic compositions of the old songwriters and features John Kelly and Martin Wheatley on guitar, Colin Good on piano and Jim Ydstie on bass and of course myself on, clarinet, and soprano, alto and tenor saxophones. 

And on the 22nd of April we’ll be presenting an official launch concert at 
St Giles In The Fields, a church in London’s West End. You can buy tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ewan-bleach-album-launch-tickets-287812584187

Any questions about above, or anything else including booking, don’t hesitate to contact me at info@ewanbleach.com

All the best


Announcing Fest Jazz 2022

Tuba Skinny special guests visiting from the USA

We are delighted to announce that Fest Jazz 2022 is on course for 28th/31st July! 
We look forward to meeting all our UK festival goers again after the disappointment of 2020 and the difficulties of 2021. The festival in 2021 was a great success, but sadly those from the UK were unable to travel to France. That’s why we just can’t wait to welcome you back at
Fest Jazz 2022!

The Online Ticket Office is open so don’t leave it until the last minute to reserve your accommodation.  As one of the regions in France happily least affected by the Covid-19 virus, Châteauneuf-du-Faou is yet again a tourist hot spot!

So why delay? Be sure to explore the full programme and place your bookings post haste!
We truly look forward to seeing you back at Fest Jazz 2022.

The Fest Jazz Team

The Fest Jazz Programme:

straight from

FEST JAZZ 2022 at Châteauneuf-du-Faou, Brittany.

This year, Fest Jazz, one of the most talked about jazz festivals on the European classic jazz scene, welcomes one of the most celebrated classic jazz groups in the world: Tuba Skinny.  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hop over the Channel and see them.

The eight-piece group with its relaxed, informal approach to life and music will fit perfectly in the atmosphere of this legendary Breton festival, with its slogan “More Woodstock than Conservatoire!”

Nestling on the banks of the beautiful River Aulne in central Brittany, Fest Jazz is a four-day explosion of music and swing dance that attracts around 4 000 festival goers every year.  There are four covered venues with spectators freely strolling from one to the other, as well as music in the bars in the town where there is a rally of Classic Cars.  120+ musicians perform over 40 concerts during the weekend.

The atmosphere is relaxed and convivial with a great mixture of nationalities and generations. And there are swing dancers everywhere!  There is a “young and democratic feel” to Fest Jazz with young artists, young spectators and young organisers.  There is no “Artists’ Bar”, everyone mixes together.

It is likely that this year (as in 2021) that festival goers will have to show they have been fully vaccinated.  But Brittany has happily been spared the worst of Covid.  It is said that Châteauneuf-du-Faou is so far from anywhere, the Spanish ‘flu hasn’t arrived yet !

The early names on the programme 2022 include: Tuba Skinny (28th/29th July), the wonderful Gunhild Carling and her Family (30th/31st July), Tatiana Eva-Marie and Joe Santoni, Anastasia Ivanova (young Russian trombone star), Sabine Sassi, The Mama Shakers and many others.

Lots of people in the jazz world are talking about Fest Jazz as a “new kind of jazz festival”.  Why not come and see for yourself and join in the fun?

Write to contact@fest-jazz.com  for information and any questions you wish to ask.  Brittany Ferries (Plymouth – Roscoff) is the nearest ferry terminal (70 minutes easy drive away), Brest is the nearest airport.

4 day tickets 80€/Single day tickets 25€

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”: http://www.jazzandjazz.com/2021/04/adapting-to-facebook/

Earlier I had posted:

Further Jazz&Jazz YouTubes:

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz