Diary

  • Sun
    09
    Aug
    2020

    New Orleans Heat

    🦠 CANCELLED JAZZ 🦠 

    🦠 DUE TO 🦠 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC 🦠

    Please be advised that, given the current government advice regarding action of ‘social distancing’, in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, that all Jazzamatazz gigs are cancelled until further notice.

    I will continue to monitor the government strategy on a week to week basis.  

    All changes to our jazz programme will be reflected on our website, Facebook page and on our land line answering machine 024 7640 3120.  Please check weekly as to if the forthcoming gig is going ahead or not.

    Our thoughts remain with the artists and bar staff who have lost their income overnight.

    Let’s hope normal service will be resumed as soon as possible!

  • Sun
    16
    Aug
    2020

    Chase Jazzmen

    🦠 CANCELLED JAZZ 🦠 

    🦠 DUE TO 🦠 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC 🦠

    Please be advised that, given the current government advice regarding action of ‘social distancing’, in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, that all Jazzamatazz gigs are cancelled until further notice.

    I will continue to monitor the government strategy on a week to week basis.  

    All changes to our jazz programme will be reflected on our website, Facebook page and on our land line answering machine 024 7640 3120.  Please check weekly as to if the forthcoming gig is going ahead or not.

    Our thoughts remain with the artists and bar staff who have lost their income overnight.

    Let’s hope normal service will be resumed as soon as possible!

  • Sun
    23
    Aug
    2020

    T. B. A. (Sweet & Hot Quartet - cancelled)

    🦠 CANCELLED JAZZ 🦠 

    🦠 DUE TO 🦠 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC 🦠

    Please be advised that, given the current government advice regarding action of ‘social distancing’, in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, that all Jazzamatazz gigs are cancelled until further notice.

    I will continue to monitor the government strategy on a week to week basis.  

    All changes to our jazz programme will be reflected on our website, Facebook page and on our land line answering machine 024 7640 3120.  Please check weekly as to if the forthcoming gig is going ahead or not.

    Our thoughts remain with the artists and bar staff who have lost their income overnight.

    Let’s hope normal service will be resumed as soon as possible!

  • Sun
    30
    Aug
    2020

    Carl Sinclair Duo

    Coming from a family of strong musicians, Carl first started playing the piano when he was six years old. He had classical lessons to the age of twelve (just listening and learning to copy the sounds) and went on to win 'Young Musician of The Year'. A few years later, he switched to a teacher that gave more direction on improvisation, jazz and pop. By the age of eighteen, he'd mastered the art of playing boogie-woogie piano - relying on a strong left hand and a quick technique. Since 2007, he has become one of the resident pianist at Jools Holland's live music venue 'The Jam House' in Birmingham. But he’s also very privileged to have performed at some of the country’s top music festivals and theatres and at countless weddings/private parties - and even done a few for some celebrities!

    One of our club favourite acts, Carl Sinclair (piano) will make a return visit to us alongside Howard Smith on Drums.

  • Sun
    06
    Sep
    2020

    Jake Leg Jug Band

    The Jake Leg Jug Band bring you the authentic sounds of 1920's and 30's America - Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Ragtime - and put their own twist on it. Songs of murder, betrayal, gambling, liquor and redemption. Signing to one of the UK's most prestigious Jazz labels ‘Lake Records’ they recorded albums as part of the 'Vintage Recording Project' essentially recording all live around ribbon microphones, as it would have been back in the 1930’s.  Four albums released in five years; ‘Cotton Mouth’, ‘Next Stop!’ ‘Everythin's Jake’ and ‘Break a Leg’ all met with rave reviews; "A masterpiece of nostalgic music. The band display real virtuosity and create a wonderful sound that will be hard for any other band to repeat" Folk North West. "Expert musicianship and great arrangements....highly recommended"  Just Jazz. "Instrumental virtuosity. Very enjoyable, very listenable" Blues & Rhythm, "A wonderful album. Expert musicianship and superb arrangements" Fatea. "Good time music from a good-time group"  The Jazz Rag. The line-up is: Duncan Wilcox (Vocals & Double Bass), Neil Hulse (Vocals & Guitar), Liam Ward (Vocals, Harmonica & Jug), Bryony-Rose (Vocals & Washboard) & Toby Wilson (Vocals, Banjo & Dobro).

  • Sun
    13
    Sep
    2020

    Mercia Jazz 5

    The Mercia Jazz Five began life in 1984.  It was started by a group of jazzmen who had previously played mainly traditional jazz, but who had always enjoyed, appreciated and wanted to play music from the swing era.

    The band in the past had usually consisted of trumpet, saxes & clarinet, guitar, double bass and drums but has at times also included trombone or piano.

    The numbers that the band play have been taken from mainly the repertoires of bands such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman and the small groups drawn from these bands, featuring players such as Lester Young, Johnny Hodges, Buck Clayton, Cootie Williams, Harry Edison, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster & Gene Krupa.

    This quintet has been fortunate enough to play as a resident band every second Tuesday of every month at the Bournville Social Club and every third Wednesday of the month at the Trumpet, High St. Bilston. Next week they adorn our stage; we look forward to welcoming them.

  • Sun
    20
    Sep
    2020

    Dart Valley Stompers

    The Dart Valley Stompers was formed in 2005 with the aim of playing lively and exciting Traditional & New Orleans jazz and features award winning reedsman Jeremy Huggett on Clarinet, Saxophones & Vocals. Since its formation the band has proved to be very successful and has built up a strong following with audiences up and down the country. Based in the South West, The Dart Valley Stompers is one of the most popular and busiest bands in the country. They regularly perform to capacity crowds at Jazz Clubs and Festivals both in the UK and abroad with demands from audiences and promoters that they quickly make a return visit!

    The band play a repertoire firmly rooted in Traditional & New Orleans jazz, The Dart Valley Stompers is guaranteed to get your feet tapping and stomping – this is definitely a band not to be missed! Jeremy Huggett – Clarinet, Saxes & Vocals, Graham Trevarton – Trumpet & Vocals, Kevin Grenfell – Trombone & Vocals, Howard Williams – Banjo & Guitar, Keith Tolley – Double Bass, Chris Stockings – Drums.

  • Sun
    27
    Sep
    2020

    Eagle Jazz Band

    The Eagle Jazz Band founded in 1951 delighted audiences worldwide for an amazing fifty-four years, one of the oldest formed bands in the UK. The band sports a healthy combination of youth and experience, Pete Brown (trumpet cornet and valve trombone) and Brian Lawrence (Bass and Sousaphone) were both long serving members of the original Eagle Jazz Band after initially forging their musical partnership in the Potteries based Mardi Gras Society Band during the 1970s.  Matt Palmer (clarinet & saxes) joined in 2004, having worked extensively with Pete at Alton Towers theme park in Staffordshire. Drummer Tim Jones has added vigour to the engine room to allow the band to fire on all cylinders when required, along with Brian Mellor (banjo and guitar) and Terry Williams (trombone drums vibes).

    The collective experience amassed by the current line-up includes top UK theme parks, river cruises cruise liners, major UK and European Jazz Festivals and Radio and Television broadcasts. The wide repertoire is drawn from popular songs from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s; Classic Jazz compositions by King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton Sydney Bechet and Duke Ellington plus New Orleans Marches, Rags, Stomps, Blues, Swing and instrumental features. Whatever we play, the major priority is to entertain the audience but to always maintain a high standard of musicianship and presentation.

  • Sun
    04
    Oct
    2020

    Wendy Kirkland Quartet

    UK born and bred Wendy Kirkland is a world class jazz pianist and vocalist. Her debut album 'Piano Divas' made such an impact when it was released in March 2017 that it was immediately snapped up for distribution by Discovery Records. It also made the Album of the Week slot twice in one year on The Jazz UK radio, shortly followed by overwhelming critical acclaim from the national mainstream and jazz press. More airplay of the album followed on Clare Teal's Radio 2 show, Alyn Shipton's Jazz Record Requests on Radio 3, Helen Mayhew's shows on JazzFM and latterly BBC Radio Scotland by Clare Teal's Scottish counterpart Seonaid Aitken. All have noted her swinging style, equally as adept with the Great American Songbook as with Brazilian bossa nova and her own original songs.  Described as "the unsung heroine of British Jazz" by esteemed jazz critic Ian Mann and "mellow and stylish" by Clive Davis of the Sunday Times, Wendy will be performing songs from her album which contains fresh arrangements of songs made famous by jazzwomen who started out as pianists then learned to serenade the audience too, as Wendy has done. These include Diana Krall, Eliane Elias, Shirley Horn, Nina Simone and Blossom Dearie. Wendy tells the story of these women and how they inspired her to strive to become the UK's leading exponent of jazz piano and voice, with equal merit in both. Wendy is joined by a band who have performed with the UK's top jazz players as well as US stars such as Darius Brubeck. Pat Sprakes (guitar), Paul Jefferies (double bass) and Steve Wyndham (drums).

  • Sun
    11
    Oct
    2020

    Savannah Jazz Band

    The Savannah Jazz Band is as much a musicians' band as it is a magnet for its impressive number of loyal fans. Over the years the band has enjoyed playing with some very fine and talented musicians and the genuine admiration that exists between Savannah and the many guests who have joined them is mutual. The band has a varied and ever changing program, and is constantly adding new numbers to their extremely wide repertoire. The Savannah Jazz Band is never predictable! There is never a shortage of fun, excitement and raw good music whenever the Savannah Jazz Band takes the stage. The Savannah is one of the most popular UK bands around, with their talent for satisfying listeners and dancers alike they have built up a truly international reputation at major festivals in the UK and overseas.

    The band's driving and exciting New Orleans style attracts large audiences whenever they play. Their many fans follow them from festival to festival and turn out devotedly to see them at regular venues in the UK. This tremendous support is very much appreciated by the band. They have graced the stage in Holland, Germany, Denmark. Finland, Majorca, Canada and all parts of the UK, delighting new audiences and collecting loyal supporters along the way.

  • Sun
    18
    Oct
    2020

    Tad Newton's Jazz Friends

    The band has established itself as one of the most respected and entertaining outfits on the British jazz scene, with their adventurous and eclectic repertoire gaining plaudits wherever they perform. Tad Newton’s Jazz Friends have recently headlined at Upton On Severn Jazz Festival, Pershore Jazz Festival, Teignmouth Jazz Festival, Birmingham Jazz Festival, Bromyard Music Festival, Jazz On a Summer’s Day in Blisworth, Wellingborough Jazz Festival, Wantage Jazz Club, Olney Jazz Club, Carlton Music Festival and at The Spice of Life Jazz Club, one of London’s top jazz venues. The band comprise of Tad Newton (trombone/vocal), Alan Haughton (piano), Ronnie Fenn (drums), Tomas Pedersen (bass), Mike Wills (reeds) and one of London's top young jazz players as a special guest Lester Brown (trumpet/flugelhorn). This poses to be a fantastic session, one that will be remembered for many weeks to come.

  • Sun
    25
    Oct
    2020

    J G Jazz

    With 40 years of experience as a professional jazz and blues pianist and band leader, John Beckingham has drawn together a group of highly experienced musicians and vocalists from some wonderfully diverse performance backgrounds - from blues, street jazz and traditional jazz to West End musical theatre.They all have in common a passion for the popular music of the 1920s to the early 1950s, including Jazz Standards, Swing, Latin, Blues, The Great American Songbook and the movie & musical theatre numbers of the era. The band consists of John Beckingham: Piano and vocals, Gilly Leeper: Vocals, Phil Probert: Guitar Banjo and vocals, Keith Tolley: Double Bass and vocals, John Caplin: Saxophones and vocals, and Graham Twist: Drums.

  • Sun
    01
    Nov
    2020

    Christine & The Stackyard Stompers feat Amy Roberts

    Christine and The Stompers play from a repertoire of 1920's jazz, led by Christine on trombone and vocals, paying tribute to the jazz greats like King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton and Clarence Williams. They enjoy bringing back ideas from the more obscure bands and tunes of the period.

    Line-up: Christine Woodcock (trombone); John Picket (trumpet); Amy Roberts (reeds); Dave Arnold (sousaphone); Roy Hart (banjo); Richard Howell (drums).

  • Sun
    08
    Nov
    2020

    Washington Whirligig

    Formed in 2012 Washington Whirligig has quickly gained an enviable reputation for its versatility and professionalism. Catering for all occasions from birthdays and anniversaries to formal dances and corporate entertainment, they have also taken the jazz club scene by storm, earning praise and gaining great reviews wherever they perform. Playing early New Orleans through to driving mainstream jazz, swing and blues, they have a programme for every occasion. All band members are experienced musicians, respected within the industry, ensuring your event will be a memorable day.

    “Whirligig by name and by nature, this recently formed band is a joy to both listen to and play with. Their enthusiasm, endeavour and the excitement they create on the bandstand will, in my opinion as an occasional guest member of the band, take them a long way toward their drive to success. As with many other bands, the Alex Welsh Band are among their influences and inspirations, but with one difference, they play with the fire and drive of their idols, missing in so many other “tribute” bands. I will be happy to play with this band as often as they ask me to"

           Jim Douglas, guitar and banjo, Alex Welsh Band, 1963 to 1981. 

    Dave Hepworth (clarinet & tenor sax), Andy Bramall (guitar, banjo & vocal), Rob Cotterell (Drums), Liz Hepworth (bass & vocal) & Wil Robinson (trumpet, flugel horn & vocal).

  • Sun
    15
    Nov
    2020

    Scarlette's Serenaders with special guest Enrico Tomasso

    Scarlette's Serenaders are named after Mike Owen's daughter, their repertoire includes jazz standards, old popular songs, and pretty much any songs they happen to like on the day itself!
    A quartet from the Midlands in the New Orleans style of playing dance hall music which is great for dancing to, as well as listening to.  We are delighted on this session to be joined by one of the UK's finest musicians, on trumpet, Enrico Tomasso.

  • Sun
    22
    Nov
    2020

    Saxarama - Jeremy Huggett & Alex Clarke

    Saxarama is lead by club favourite Jeremy Huggett on saxophones and vocals. Alongside him in the frontline is Alex Clarke on saxophones.

    Jeremy and Alex first played together at the headline session of the Old Duke Jazz Festival in Bristol in August 2019. Such was the positive feedback of the crowd that they’re going to join forces once again.

    They’ll be backed by a fantastic swinging rhythm section of Rich Hughes (piano), Simon Smith (Bass) and Steve Street (drums).

    With a saxalicious repertoire that’s great for listening and dancing this is a session not to be missed!

  • Sun
    29
    Nov
    2020

    Fret & Fiddle

    Fret and Fiddle have come a long way since forming in 2001 as a duo making their mark as a tribute to Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt. Since those early days playing at small folk and blues clubs and experimenting with their repertoire, they have enjoyed over a decade of success as a trio, winning awards such as Stafford Jazz Society's “Band of the Year” and producing over four albums of material.

    The co-founders of the group, professional violinist Sally Minchin and guitarist Andy Bole, embarked on their project “Grappelli Swing” in 2014 to wide critical acclaim playing as a five-piece line up on their'' UK tour. Now they have added an exciting new dimension to the band and are joined by the phenomenally talented Steve Street on drums, Rich Hughes on piano and Simon Smith on double bass.

    Prepare to be dazzled by Fret and Fiddle's show which takes you through the swing music of the 1920's, the blues, americana, folk, gypsy and some foot-tapping fiddle tunes. Come and hear songs from the shows such as “Anything Goes by Cole Porter,” sing along to old hits like “I Can't Give you Anything but Love” and prepare to be dazzled by Andy's greek bouzouki playing! This versatile and entertaining group even throw in a few refreshingly individual songs by the likes of Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen, making certain that there is something in every show to delight everyone in every audience. Fret and Fiddle have just released their new album “J'Attendrai” which has been making waves locally and nationally and their track “Pennies from Heaven” has already been played as part of BBC Introducing on local BBC radio.

  • Sun
    06
    Dec
    2020

    Spats Langham's Hot Fingers with Emily Campbell

    Hot Fingers welcomes you to an eclectic mix of vintage acoustic music. As well as the red hot jazz of 1920’s New York, there will be sophisticated 1930’s Swing. The band re-create the ‘French Coffee House’ sound of the king of gypsy swing Django Reinhardt, the blues guitars of Eddie Lang and Lonnie Johnson, and the syncopated Latin rhythms of Argentinean Oscar Aleman, this is mixed with vocals from the song-writing greats, crooners such as Bing Crosby and Al Bowlly, and hokem from the likes of Cliff ‘Ukulele Ike’ Edwards.  From Jump-Jive to swing, from the Charleston to Bossa-Nova, Hot Finger’s wide range of styles and rhythms makes them popular with both sit-down audiences and dancers alike. The band comprises Spats Langham (banjo, guitar, ukulele), Danny Blyth (bass clarinet, guitar) and Malcolm Sked (sousaphone, double bass). They will be joined by the superb vocalist Emily Campbell who adds a touch of class with her plaintive vocals, drawing inspiration from the likes of Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald.

  • Sun
    13
    Dec
    2020

    Remi Harris

    Remi Harris is an exciting guitarist from the UK who's unique style draws inspiration from artists such as Django ReinhardtJimi HendrixWes MontgomeryPeter Green and Led Zeppelin. He has performed at Buckingham Palace, Montreal Jazz Festival, BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with Jamie Cullum, on BBC 4 Television and live on BBC Radio 2 & 3.

    In his live shows Remi plays an eclectic mix of jazz standards, improvisations, original compositions and new arrangements of his favourite tunes. He plays a variety of acoustic and electric guitars and the shows are interspersed with his commentary about the history of the music and instruments he’s playing.

    "extraordinary musician" - Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

    "astonishing stuff" - Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6 Music

    "Brilliant" - Martin Taylor MBE

    "tremendously gifted” - John Etheridge

    "Terrific” - The Telegraph

    "extraordinary" - R2 Rock'n'Reel Magazine

  • Sun
    20
    Dec
    2020

    Lady Be Good

    Lady be Good is an all-female, saxophone-filled jazz band that brings a touch of class to your event. Think classic swing and jazz from the likes of the Rat Pack, Julie London, Nina Simon and Peggy Lee, plus more modern numbers with our unique twist.

    With lush vocals from alongside the soothing tones of the saxes, plus a guest male singer for duets if the occasion calls for it, and a very funky upright bass you've probably never seen or heard anything like Lady Be Good before.

    Perfect music to get your guests up on the dancefloor and keep them there, without overpowering those who just want to sit and tap their feet at the back.

    Christmas Party Fun.  Mince pies, crackers, surprise present raffle, Christmas Hamper Raffle draw, and lots of fun.

    Tickets will be sold in advance for this gig, please enquire at the desk Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the door.

  • Sun
    27
    Dec
    2020

    Sarah Spencer's Transatlantic Band feat Spats Langham

    Sarah relocated back to the UK in January of 2017 and has been continuing to lead her ‘Sarah Spencer’s Transatlantic Band’ on both sides of the Atlantic, in Europe and in the USA. She has also joined the long-established, Bob Dwyer’s Bix and Pieces band and is the other member of the front line of Mike Owen’s exciting and wonderful Scarlette’s Serenaders, which also performs internationally. In addition to these, she is guesting with many other bands all across the UK and Europe.

    Sarah Spencer's Transatlantic Band performs powerful New Orleans jazz in the tradition of the great Revival. Drawing influence from bands of that era, as well as taking influence from more modern New Orleans music, blues, rhythm and blues and the greats of all eras of Jazz and Blues; like Henry 'Red' Allen, Louis Armstrong, Kid Ory, Jelly Roll Morton, Big Bill Broonzy, Lonnie Johnson, Louis Jordan, Louis Prima and countless others.

    Personnel of the Transatlantic Band are Sarah Spencer (reeds and vocals), Chez Chesterman (trumpet and vocals), Mike Owen (trombone and vocals), Spats Langham (banjo, guitar and vocals), Tony Sharpe (string bass) and Jools Aldridge (drums).

  • Sun
    03
    Jan
    2021

    Washboard Resonators

    The Washboard Resonators hail from Leeds in England and can be described as sounding and looking like ‘a ragtime street band meets a Hollywood musical on a theatre stage somewhere in around 1932’. Their favorite performers include the jazz, ragtime, hokum, blues, comedy and vaudeville sounds of Louis Armstrong, Blind Boy Fuller, Fred Astaire, The Washboard Rhythm Kings, Robert Johnson, Gene Krupa, Max Miller, George Formby, Tampa Red and The Memphis Band. The spirit of these long gone artists and their music is summoned back to life every time Martyn and Jack take the stage with their mixture of old traditional songs and new songs written by the band. Formed in 2014, they started out busking while playing together in blues trio Leeds City Stompers. Word spread and quickly the duo was in demand, playing many times per week.

    Jack Amblin (washboard, drums, percussion, jug, sings and tap-dances). Martyn Roper (guitar, banjo, ukulele, jug and vocals).