Diary

  • Sun
    06
    Jan
    2019

    Swing Kings

    A return visit by popular demand of this great band lead by Ron Hills who is considered by jazz fans as one the UK's finest trombonists.

    This swinging, six-piece unit includes some of the Midlands most respected jazz musicians led by the wonderful Ron Hills (trombone), alongside Tony Pipkin (trumpet & flugel horn), Terry Roberts (saxophones).

    In the rhythm section, are club favourites Roy Dutton (drums), Roger Heath (double bass) and Rod Kelly (piano).  Who all pay a respectful tribute to some of greatest icons of 1930's and 40's jazz and popular music, when swing really was king!

  • Sun
    13
    Jan
    2019

    Ben Holder Trio

    The Ben Holder Trio is a stellar line-up of incredible musicians, blending an energetic mix of traditional jazz and swing with Ben's own infectious originals, which hark back to the fun and swing of the 1920s and 1930s. The group is one of the most exciting trios to emerge in recent years. Led by the fiery enthusiasm of 26-year-old Ben Holder, who not only wows on violin but also on the keys, the trio is strengthened by the phenomenal Jez Cook on guitar, and the suave talent of Paul Jefferies on double bass.

     

    The Ben Holder Trio masterfully mix old jazz favourites with some more recent material and leave audiences up and down the country shouting for more.

  • Sun
    20
    Jan
    2019

    Martinique Jazz Band

    Established nearly twenty years ago, The Martinique Jazz Band fast became one of the top jazz bands on the local scene in the Midlands.  They have played at many of the premier venues both in the UK and on the continent, and played with many of the top stars in jazz.  Their annual German tour has always gone down well with both the musicians and the audiences.  The Band has also played in Fritzels on Bourbon Street in New Orleans during the Jazz and Heritage Festivals.  After being invited to play at one of the Mayors charity presentations, the whole band were declared "Honorary Citizens of New Orleans!".  The Band refuses to be labelled as a "Dixieland" band and they take pride in playing many different styles of jazz, from King Oliver to King of the Swingers, from Beiderbeck to Brubeck, from Louis Armstrong to Louis Prima through to Louis Jordan.  Their musical repertoire is as broad as it is long.  Many of their numbers will be recognised by even non-jazzers but they also continue to play lesser-heard obscurities because of their unique musical value. The play-list includes, Old Classic Jazz, Blues, Show Tunes, Sinatra and some good old swingers but the main aim is to send people home very happy.

  • Sun
    27
    Jan
    2019

    Frog Island Jazz Band

    The repertoire covering the music of such names as Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers, The New Orleans Wanderers, Johnny Dodd’s Blackbottom Stompers, Papa Celestin’s Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra, Clarence Williams and King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band. Over the years the Frogs have appeared regularly at Jazz Clubs and venues throughout the United Kingdom and have also performed on numerous occasions in Holland, Belgium, France, Germany and USA. In April 1980, the band travelled to New Orleans and was the only British band to appear at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Returning in 1982, the Mayor of New Orleans conferred the title of ’International Honorary Citizens’ upon the band for its services to the music of the city. The band returned again in 1986 and 1988 receiving a warm and enthusiastic reception.

  • Sun
    03
    Feb
    2019

    Steve King Big Band

    The band originally started as an offshoot of Steve’s school orchestra, and from these early beginnings as a youth band, the passage of time has, after almost fifty years turned the Steve King Big Band into one of the Midlands leading exponents of big band music.  The current line-up is an eclectic mix of seasoned pros and semi-pros including some of the brightest sparks in the jazz scene today which helps keep the band at the forefront of the burgeoning big band movement.  Since winning a talent competition with a major brewery in the early days, it has gone from strength to strength, appearing at every major venue in the West Midlands playing for concert and dance engagements including several sell out appearances at Ronnie Scott's.  It was amongst the prize winners at the annual Musicians' Union Big Band Contest an unprecedented nine times, winning outright on two occasions.  It has released six bestselling albums including its latest CD, “60 NOT OUT”.

    A typical concert will encompass anything from Goodman to Goodwin.  With a woodwind section that doubles twenty-six instruments between them and a tuba player and tuned percussionist as part of the regular line-up, this band tackles many charts other bands cannot reach!  The demanding concert programme features the best big band music of the last 60 years.  Vocals are in the very capable hands of Lynn Dawes who hails from the USA. Lynn has appeared on four of the band’s albums and has proved a big hit with audiences throughout the UK.

  • Sun
    10
    Feb
    2019

    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 Kate O'Malley, 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 you up on the dancefloor and keep you there, without overpowering those who just want to sit and tap their feet at the back.

  • Sun
    17
    Feb
    2019

    Fret and 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 phenominally 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
    24
    Feb
    2019

    Kevin Grenfell's Jazz Giants with Jeremy Huggett

    Kevin Grenfell (Trombone) is a first-class trombonist with a great sense of humour.  He has put together a fine all-star band, including guest stars, touring in the area.  Joining Kevin for this date is our club favourite Jeremy Huggett who has graced our stage and dazzled us with his musicality on many occasions.  Whomever joins Kevin and Jeremy on this gig is sure to deliver an entertaining, high octane, harmonious and enjoyable afternoon.

  • Sun
    03
    Mar
    2019

    Eagle Jazz Band (Millennium)

    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   Julyan “Baby Jools” Aldridge (drums) has returned to the fold and 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.  All band members are multi-instrumentalists, enabling us to play a variety of different sounds and styles each played in a happy, entertaining manner, many featuring vocals.

  • Sun
    10
    Mar
    2019

    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.

  • Fri
    15
    Mar
    2019

    E V E N I N G C H A R I T Y C O N C E R T Friday 15th March 20:00 - 23:00 The Dart Valley Stompers in aid of CERU

    The Dart Valley Stompers was formed by Jeremy in July 2005 with the aim of playing lively, exciting music in the Traditional and New Orleans styles of jazz.  Since its formation the band has proved to be hugely successful with a strong following throughout the UK.  The Dart Valley Stompers is one of the most popular and busiest bands in the country regularly performing to capacity audiences at Jazz Clubs and Festivals both in the UK and abroad.  The front line features Jeremy Huggett on tenor sax, soprano sax, clarinet & vocals, Graham Trevarton on trumpet & vocals, and Kevin Grenfell on trombone & vocals. The hard-driving rhythm section includes Howard Williams on banjo & guitar, Tony Mann on double bass and Chris Stockings on drums. The band’s repertoire is firmly rooted in traditional & New Orleans jazz and is guaranteed to get your feet tapping and stomping – definitely a band not to be missed!

    Tickets for concerts in advance, either enquire at the desk or send a S.A.E. and cheque made payable to Jazzamatazz to Emma Pearse, 1 Long Close Avenue, Allesley Village, Coventry, CV5 9GH.   Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the door.

    Charity Concert in aid of CERU. Leamington Spa Hospital houses the Central England Rehabilitation Unit (CERU), which offers neuro rehabilitation to adults following acquired brain injury.  For more information on CERU please visit: www.ceru.co.uk

  • Sun
    17
    Mar
    2019

    Apex Jazz and Swing

    This Midlands based band was formed over 20 years ago with some members from the Hazel Slade Big Band.  They always promise to please the audience with some fabulous numbers from a varied repertoire.  Presented in a light hearted fashion with some banter between Jon & Robin. They really are a little big band!  Tunes from W C Handy, The Ellington Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie, Django Reinhardt to name just a few.  A s the band name suggests, this band don’t ‘alf swing!  One of the clubs favourites.

  • Sun
    24
    Mar
    2019

    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
    31
    Mar
    2019

    Carl Sinclair Duo

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

    Carl comes from a family of strong musicians he first started playing the piano when he was only 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!

     

  • Sun
    07
    Apr
    2019

    Jeremy Huggett's Jazz Friends with Kevin Grenfell

    Jeremy Huggett’s Jazz Friends are making returning to Jazzamatazz.  The musicians have all appeared at the club over the years in different bands and under several names, this time they come together and appear with Jeremy Huggett as his Jazz Friends, of whom they are!

    Jeremy Huggett is featured on saxes, flute & vocals and he’s joined by some of the UK’s top jazz musicians.

    Gethin Liddington (trumpet), Richard West (piano), Federico Leonori (bass) & Eddie John (drums).

    The Jazz Friends play a mixture of Traditional & Mainstream Jazz with a hint of Blues so there’s going to be something for everyone – this is definitely a session not to be missed!

  • Sun
    14
    Apr
    2019

    11 th A N N I V E R S A R Y The Bateman Brother's Jazz Band Tribute to Louis Armstrong (tickets £10 in advance or £12 on the door)

    Tickets for concerts in advance, either enquire at the desk or send a S.A.E. and cheque made payable to Jazzamatazz to Emma Pearse, 1 Long Close Avenue, Allesley Village, Coventry, CV5 9GH.   Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the door.

  • Sun
    21
    Apr
    2019

    Baby Jools and the Jazzaholics

    Baby Jools is part of the new youth movement in old school New Orleans jazz. The Gloucester musician has spent much of his time as the drummer with Jim McIntosh and Max Collie, but the Jazzaholics have now been together for several years, thereby strengthening his own leadership duties.  Baby Jools started playing drums at the age of six, rumbling around to the accompaniment of his father’s record collection. By the age of 17, he’d already joined our locally-based Millennium Eagle Jazz Band.  He favours the authentically clunky sound of the 1920s and 30s, emphasising his collection of woodblocks and rolling out a particularly resonant snare and bass drum clatter. The Jazzaholics repertoire differs from most such outfits as they’re very likely to throw in a large shot of rock’n’roll. This club session should certainly guarantee a strutting and spinning Sunday afternoon.  Baby Jools (drums), Mike Owen (trombone), Denny Illet (trumpet), Jim Swinnerton (double bass), Karl Hird (reeds) and Brian Mellor (banjo and guitars).

  • Sun
    28
    Apr
    2019

    Exall Goes Getzy

    Jazz Samba, The iconic album by tenor saxophonist Stan Getz and guitarist Charlie Byrd became a worldwide sensation in 1962.  The music was inspired by the new sound of bossanova, which Charlie Byrd had only recently discovered while on a tour of Brazil in 1961.

    The Richard Exall Quartet brings together some of the UK’s finest exponents of the genre to bring the sounds of Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd back to life.

    The varied and exciting programme also consists of favourites from Getz Au Go Go and The Cool Sound of Stan Getz, making the most of Stan Getz’s reputation for beautiful ballads and rip-roaring swing standards, of which he was famous.

    Richard Exall - tenor sax

    Denny Ilett - guitar

    Dave Green - double bass

    Clarke Tracey - drums

     

  • Sun
    05
    May
    2019

    Terry Beano's Jazz Vets' (Tierra Buena)

    The Tierra Buena Traditional Jazz Band has been entertaining audiences in Coventry and Warwickshire every week for nearly sixty years!  This six-piece band started playing Traditional/Dixieland/New Orleans Jazz in 1958 at The Pilot Hotel, Radford, just as the 'Trad Boom' started (band and audience were both very young back then!). Several years at The Pilot were followed by years at The Cottage, Earlsdon, then other residencies at pubs and clubs in Coventry and in Warwickshire, and more recently ten years at The Cocked Hat, Binley. Almost always it has been on Monday nights, and most remarkably half of the current band have been playing since the earliest days. The band has increased its expertise and its repertoire with the years, yet kept its enthusiasm and stayed true to its jazz idiom.

  • Sun
    12
    May
    2019

    Jeff Barnhart (USA) Silent Movie Show

    Thrill to the comedic antics of early film comedy stars, including Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd in an entertaining session of mirth and music for the entire family. 

    Few people have experienced the art form that ushered in the movie industry that we now take for granted.  The silent film era lasted from 1895 to 1927.  A silent film was without synchronized recorded sound or spoken dialogue.  In silent films the dialogue is transmitted through muted gestures, mime and title cards with a written indication of the plot or key dialogue.  This is a unique opportunity for movie fans of all ages to experience vintage entertainment and learn more about the genre.  Car chases, stunts, suspense and romance await you as Jeff weaves his musical magic from scene to scene.  An unforgettable session of education, entertainment and above all, LAUGHTER!

  • Sun
    19
    May
    2019

    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
    26
    May
    2019

    Sheila Fawkes S&G Band

     A hot dance band that falls outside the remit of most traditional jazz outfits both in style and repertoire.  Picture the 1920’s/1930’s dance hall or ballroom, the musicians on stage immaculate in their tuxedos, and the glamourous female vocalist seated stage, right, waiting for her turn to arise and perform the newest songs of the period.  Then comes the jazz solos.

    Sheila Fawkes (vocals), George Huxley (reeds), Jon Penn (piano), Terry McGrath (trombone and saxophone), Mark Johnson (double bass), Tim McGrath (guitar and banjo).

  • Sun
    02
    Jun
    2019

    Bev Pegg's Good Time Four

    The ideal band for jazz clubs, Bev Pegg’s Good Time Four comprises of Roger Heeley (piano), John O’Connor (double bass) and Ken Wright (drums).  All of these great musicians know Bev's jazz repertoire inside out meaning that the overall sound is always precise and in Bev's own style. The band, a four piece, retains that special 1920's/1930's classic jazz feel. Bev Pegg and his Good Time Jazz Gang gathered together for the first time as a unit on Saturday May 3rd 1997, when they recorded the album "Take Your Fingers Off It" on P.E.K. Sound, a specialist jazz label with high reputation in the UK jazz field.  Bev's initial album was so well received by the jazz press and enthusiasts alike, that live gigs just had to follow. The band definitely gives the crowd a "good time" with its’ well-known musical repertoire, interspersed with lots of laughs.  The band fronted by Bev on vocal, guitar and banjo, has built up its reputation as being one of the swingin'est, hottest jazz outfits in the land.

  • Sun
    09
    Jun
    2019

    Sarah Spencer's Transatlantic Band

    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), Brian Mellor (banjo, guitar and vocals), Tony Sharpe (string bass) and Jools Aldridge (drums).

  • Sun
    16
    Jun
    2019

    John Hallam / Amy Roberts Quintet

    John Hallam has been playing the clarinet since the age of 14 followed soon after by the alto saxophone and flute.  He gained experience with a military bands, a dance band but also formed a jazz band whilst still at school.   Under his musical belt, among other experience is, a twenty-one year stint with the Smoky City Jazzband and included playing alongside Humphrey Lyttelton, George Melly, George Chisholm, Joe Harriot, Bud Freeman, Wild Bill Davison, Stephane Grappelli, Roy Williams, John Barnes, Peter Schilperoort, Dick Wellstood, Danny Moss and many more. During this time the band played at a number of festivals in Europe and did many broadcasts on radio and T.V.

    Amy Roberts was voted winner of the Miscellaneous Category in the 2015 British Jazz Awards, and the Rising Star Category in the British Jazz Awards in both 2009 and 2011, Amy has earned an enviable reputation throughout not only the UK but also abroad.  She has worked in prestigious venues and festivals all over the UK and across Europe and has become known on the jazz circuit as a charismatic performer. Amy currently leads several bands which feature some of the most exciting musicians on the jazz scene. She also regularly makes guest appearances with other highly acclaimed ensembles and internationally celebrated orchestras.    Fuse these two talents together, and you have a musical performance with serious saxappeal!

  • Sun
    23
    Jun
    2019

    Dragon Jazzmen

  • Sun
    30
    Jun
    2019

    Slide By Slide

    The formation of Slide By Slide was the brainchild of Kevin Grenfell (trombone and trumpet) who has enrolled the musical talents of fellow trombonist Richard Leach to accompany him to form the legend known as Slide by Slide.  In the rhythm section a dazzling array of musicianship with Graham Smith (drums), Simon Smith (double bass) and Simon Hughes (piano).

    Kevin is more than pleased to have their services as they are all busy musicians with various bands (no names, no pack drill), and their individual CVs would fill a page by itself.  Always a club favorite with lots of great music and many laughs along the way.

  • Sun
    07
    Jul
    2019

    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 lively and driving band from the Midlands in the New Orleans style of playing dance hall music which is great for dancing to, as well as listening to.

    Enrico Tomasso started playing trumpet at the tender age of six years old, and almost immediately started to learn Louis Armstrong phrases after his tutor turned up with a book of Louis Armstrong hot breaks.  His tutor also taught Enrico embouchure and technique, which has stood him in great stead to become the award winning player he is today. From an outstandingly talented family in the performing arts and music, Enrico’s father would often transcribe pieces for him to play and many a time football and games was the last in line after trumpet practice. 

  • Sun
    14
    Jul
    2019

    Fret and 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 phenominally 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
    21
    Jul
    2019

    Wendy Kirkland; Piano Divas

    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
    28
    Jul
    2019

    Chase Jazzmen

    This highly popular and talented band is comprised of leading musicians in their field each of whom have a long standing history of playing traditional and popular jazz.  With a high standard of musicianship and a touch of humour the band will provide first class entertainment.  Their music is drawn mainly from popular composers and date from a period of between 1900 and 1950 in a Traditional style along with numbers from the swing era including Sinatra type compositions.  The band is West Midlands / Shropshire based and covers adjacent counties that include Worcestershire, Staffordshire Herefordshire and Warwickshire with occasional excursions further afield.

  • Sun
    04
    Aug
    2019

    New Orleans Heat

    A seven piece band playing the old style New Orleans jazz.  Recreating the music of the crescent city, be it a stomp, blues, hymn, spiritual or pop song of the day.  In the style of the late great, Bunk Johnson, George Lewis and Kid Thomas bands.  Our motto is "helping to keep the real jazz alive".  We travel extensively over the UK & Europe playing jazz clubs, theatres, hotels, jazz festivals, church concerts and private engagements.

    The regular seven piece line up is - Richard Church (cornet/trumpet), Dave Vickers (trombone), John Scantlebury or Roger Bird (clarinet/sax), Barry Grummett (piano), Colin Bushell (drums), Harry Slater (bass) and Alan Birkinhead (banjo).

  • Sun
    11
    Aug
    2019

    Frog Island Jazz Band

    The repertoire covering the music of such names as Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers, The New Orleans Wanderers, Johnny Dodd’s Blackbottom Stompers, Papa Celestin’s Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra, Clarence Williams and King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band. Over the years the Frogs have appeared regularly at Jazz Clubs and venues throughout the United Kingdom and have also performed on numerous occasions in Holland, Belgium, France, Germany and USA. In April 1980, the band travelled to New Orleans and was the only British band to appear at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Returning in 1982, the Mayor of New Orleans conferred the title of ’International Honorary Citizens’ upon the band for its services to the music of the city. The band returned again in 1986 and 1988 receiving a warm and enthusiastic reception.

  • Sun
    18
    Aug
    2019

    Pedigree Jazz Band

     The Pedigree Jazz Band are a real tribute to Trad Jazz.  Chris Walker (reeds), Tony Mann (Trombone), Andy Chislett (Trumpet), John Noddings (Banjo & Guitar), Ken Ames or Mike Bennett (double bass) and Colin Larn (drums).

  • Sun
    25
    Aug
    2019

    The Stand in Four (Matt Palmer & the Smiths)

    Following an unusual late cancellation from one of our bands, last year we were left with a gaping hole in our diary.  Fortunately, this doesn’t happen very often, so who to ask to “Stand-in?”  The answer was simple………..  How about the Nottingham contingents in Jazz? Unfortunately, due to illness, the four has become a three but we are in for a delight nevertheless, these accomplished and talented musicians from Nottingham shire will grace us with their presence.  These are all familiar faces to Jazzamatazz.  Richard Smith (Guitar),  Steve Peters (Double Bass) and Matt Palmer (Reeds).  It was a great session, so we are doing it again!  Be there or be square!!

  • Sun
    01
    Sep
    2019

    Mercia Jazz 5

  • Thu
    05
    Sep
    2019

    E V E N I N G C O N C E R T Thursday 05th September 20:00 - 23:00 The Remi Harris Duo

    Remi Harris is an exciting guitarist from the UK who's unique style draws inspiration from artists such as Django Reinhardt, Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, Peter 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

     

    Tickets for concerts in advance, either enquire at the desk or send a S.A.E. and cheque made payable to Jazzamatazz to Emma Pearse, 1 Long Close Avenue, Allesley Village, Coventry, CV5 9GH.   Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the door.

     

  • Sun
    08
    Sep
    2019

    Sweet and Hot (Jeff & Ann Barnhart USA, Graham Smith & Spats Langham)

    Last year’s session of Sweet and Hot went down a storm, so it was a no-brainer when Jeff & Anne approached the club for a re-booking in this year’s programme.  We are always pleased to give Jeff & Anne Barnhart a warm welcome to our club and we look forward to an eclectic mixture of fantastic jazz, a huge dose of humour and an inexhaustible supply of historical chat and anecdotes.

    The band as before will feature Jeff Barnhart on piano, Anne Barnhart on flute and vocals, Graham Smith on the vintage drum kit and Tom ‘Spats’ Langham on banjo and guitar.

  • Sun
    15
    Sep
    2019

    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 Kate O'Malley, 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 you up on the dancefloor and keep you there, without overpowering those who just want to sit and tap their feet at the back.

  • Sun
    22
    Sep
    2019

    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
    29
    Sep
    2019

    Martinique Jazz Band

    Established nearly twenty years ago, The Martinique Jazz Band fast became one of the top jazz bands on the local scene in the Midlands.  They have played at many of the premier venues both in the UK and on the continent, and played with many of the top stars in jazz.  Their annual German tour has always gone down well with both the musicians and the audiences.  The Band has also played in Fritzels on Bourbon Street in New Orleans during the Jazz and Heritage Festivals.  After being invited to play at one of the Mayors charity presentations, the whole band were declared "Honorary Citizens of New Orleans!".  The Band refuses to be labelled as a "Dixieland" band and they take pride in playing many different styles of jazz, from King Oliver to King of the Swingers, from Beiderbeck to Brubeck, from Louis Armstrong to Louis Prima through to Louis Jordan.  Their musical repertoire is as broad as it is long.  Many of their numbers will be recognised by even non-jazzers but they also continue to play lesser-heard obscurities because of their unique musical value. The play-list includes, Old Classic Jazz, Blues, Show Tunes, Sinatra and some good old swingers but the main aim is to send people home very happy.

  • Sun
    06
    Oct
    2019

    Amy Roberts / Richard Exall Quintet

    The Amy Roberts/Richard Exall Quintet features two of the most exciting and versatile musicians on the jazz scene today.  Both multi-instrumentalists, they perform an eclectic range of high octane music on a range of clarinets, saxophones and flute.  With inspiration drawn from the all-time heroes of reed players, Amy Roberts and Richard Exall perform well crafted arrangements that pay homage to Johnny Hodges, Lester Young, Earl Bostic, Benny Goodman, Eddie 'Lockjaw" Davis, Cannonball Adderley, Charlie Parker and many more.

    Together, Richard Exall and Amy Roberts have produced a product that successfully crosses the traditional divides of the jazz world, performing melodic and intricate arrangements that wow audiences and appeal to listeners of all styles of music.  The Quintet were voted "Band of the Year" at the end of 2014 by Rochdale Jazz Society, and have continued to go from strength to strength! One particular highlight was their tour to Sweden which included performances at the Hallevik Jazz Festival to sell-out crowds.

    Amy and Richard have recorded 2 albums together, "Why Not", and most recently, "Hodge-Stic".  The current line-up features Amy Roberts (flute, clarinet & alto sax), Richard Exall (clarinet, tenor & alto saxes, vocals, arranger), Bill Coleman (double bass), David Ferris (piano) and Nick Millward (drums).

  • Sun
    13
    Oct
    2019

    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
    20
    Oct
    2019

    Apex Jazz and Swing

    This Midlands based band was formed over 20 years ago with some members from the Hazel Slade Big Band.  They always promise to please the audience with some fabulous numbers from a varied repertoire.  Presented in a light hearted fashion with some banter between Jon & Robin. They really are a little big band!  Tunes from W C Handy, The Ellington Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie, Django Reinhardt to name just a few.  A s the band name suggests, this band don’t ‘alf swing!  One of the clubs favourites.

  • Sun
    27
    Oct
    2019

    Eagle Jazz Band (Millennium)

    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   Julyan “Baby Jools” Aldridge (drums) has returned to the fold and 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.  All band members are multi-instrumentalists, enabling us to play a variety of different sounds and styles each played in a happy, entertaining manner, many featuring vocals.

  • Sun
    03
    Nov
    2019

    Kevin Grenfell's Jazz Giants with Paul Harrison (Denmark)

    Kevin Grenfell (Trombone) is a first-class trombonist with a great sense of humour.  He has put together a fine all-star band, including guest stars, touring in the area.  Joining Kevin for this date is our club favourite Paul Harrison, who has graced our stage and dazzled us with his musicality on many occasions.  Whomever joins Kevin and Paul on this gig is sure to deliver an entertaining, high octane, harmonious and enjoyable afternoon.

  • Sun
    10
    Nov
    2019

    Bon Accord

  • Sun
    17
    Nov
    2019

    Swing Kings

    A return visit by popular demand of this great band lead by Ron Hills who is considered by jazz fans as one the UK's finest trombonists.

    This swinging, six-piece unit includes some of the Midlands most respected jazz musicians led by the wonderful Ron Hills (trombone), alongside Tony Pipkin (trumpet & flugel horn), Terry Roberts (saxophones).

    In the rhythm section, are club favourites Roy Dutton (drums), Roger Heath (double bass) and Rod Kelly (piano).  Who all pay a respectful tribute to some of greatest icons of 1930's and 40's jazz and popular music, when swing really was king!

  • Sun
    24
    Nov
    2019

    Baby Jools and the Jazzaholics

    Baby Jools is part of the new youth movement in old school New Orleans jazz. The Gloucester musician has spent much of his time as the drummer with Jim McIntosh and Max Collie, but the Jazzaholics have now been together for several years, thereby strengthening his own leadership duties.  Baby Jools started playing drums at the age of six, rumbling around to the accompaniment of his father’s record collection. By the age of 17, he’d already joined our locally-based Millennium Eagle Jazz Band.  He favours the authentically clunky sound of the 1920s and 30s, emphasising his collection of woodblocks and rolling out a particularly resonant snare and bass drum clatter. The Jazzaholics repertoire differs from most such outfits as they’re very likely to throw in a large shot of rock’n’roll. This club session should certainly guarantee a strutting and spinning Sunday afternoon.  Baby Jools (drums), Mike Owen (trombone), Denny Illet (trumpet), Jim Swinnerton (double bass), Karl Hird (reeds) and Brian Mellor (banjo and guitars).

  • Sun
    01
    Dec
    2019

    Carl Sinclair Duo

    One of our club favourite acts, Carl Sinclair (piano) will make a return visit to us alongside Howard Smith on Drums to help us kick the Christmas spirit into a swinging time.

    Carl comes from a family of strong musicians he first started playing the piano when he was only 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!

     

  • Sun
    08
    Dec
    2019

    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
    15
    Dec
    2019

    Chase Jazzmen

    This highly popular and talented band is comprised of leading musicians in their field each of whom have a long standing history of playing traditional and popular jazz.  With a high standard of musicianship and a touch of humour the band will provide first class entertainment.  Their music is drawn mainly from popular composers and date from a period of between 1900 and 1950 in a Traditional style along with numbers from the swing era including Sinatra type compositions.  The band is West Midlands / Shropshire based and covers adjacent counties that include Worcestershire, Staffordshire Herefordshire and Warwickshire with occasional excursions further afield.

  • Sun
    22
    Dec
    2019

    C H R I S T M A S P A R T Y The Alligator Gumbo Jazz Band (tickets £10 in advance or £12 on the door)

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

    Tickets for concerts in advance, either enquire at the desk or send a S.A.E. and cheque made payable to Jazzamatazz to Emma Pearse, 1 Long Close Avenue, Allesley Village, Coventry, CV5 9GH.   Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the door.

  • Sun
    29
    Dec
    2019

    Plumb Loco