All events will be held at the Stadium Leisure Club (unless otherwise stated)
We won't often get a group with a front line stronger in New Orleans influence than our next band who are making a welcome return to the club after only nine months. Mike Owen, trombone, spent many years in New Orleans playing with the best and was here recently with the Jazzaholics. Sarah Spencer, who spent many years in the States, plays the full range of reed instruments with plenty of power and is also a fine vocalist, especially with blues numbers. Regular visitor, with many different bands, Brian Mellor will be on banjo and guitar, Jim Swinnerton is scheduled for the bass role and Baby Jools will complete the five piece on drums. A treat in store to launch our 2018 programme.
Graham Smith's Jazz Allsorts
Big Graham, a regular visitor to our club, formed his Allsorts many years ago so it's surprising that this will be the first time the band has paid us a visit. The personnel is a mixture of musicians well known to us and some not seen before. Led by ex Zenith Stompers trumpeter Tony Pipkin, the front line also has Martin Veasey on trombone and another regular visitor John Hallam, that most sensitive of players, on reeds. Jim Douglas will give us some of his exquisite solos on guitar and John Day, Acker Bilk's bass player for many years, will complete the rhyhm section with Graham Smith himself on drums.
The promise of all sorts of styles should give us a joyful evening.
AGM followed by Washington Whirligig
1pm - Washington Whirligig
They came to us initially as our first lunch time special but they were so well received that we soon had them back for a full evening session. Whether or not you can get to the AGM it's well worth shelling out a fiver to see this joyful group again.
Due to adverse weather conditions it is with regret tonight’s Nottingham Rhythm Club meeting at Stadium Leisure has been cancelled, this decision has not been taken lightly and I do hope you understand. The Brownfield-Byrne Hot Six will be re-booked for early 2019.
On behalf of the committee I would like to offer our heartfelt apologies for any inconvenience caused by this decision.
Doc Houlind's New Orleans Revival All Stars
For those who's special love is the New Orleans Revival jazz, our annual treat is next on the agenda. Doc Houlind brings his band on a tour of UK every year and we make sure that include us. The personnel we have been given shows a different trumpet player from last year, Ragnar Gratow, and the probability that there will be no banjo player. Fortunately that superb clarinet player, Jesper Capion Larsen, will be there with his glorious fluid sound, Lis Kroyer will be reliving the style of Alton Purnell, Kristian Barfoed will be playing real tailgate trombone, Brian Turnock, he of the colourful trousers, will be providing a solid bass line and drummer Doc, himself, will drive with that steady beat and will no doubt give us more gravelly vocals. Be prepared for a "Wow" evening of pure New Orleans music.
Dart Valley Stompers
This band came to Nottingham many years ago so, for those who were there, it will be interesting to make a comparison. The personnel has changed a bit since then but listening to them on Youtube, they sound a really happy band.
Jeremy Huggett will front his band on clarinet and saxes with Graham Trevarton on trumpet and a regular visitor to Nottingham, Kevin Grenfell on trombone. The rhythm section will have Howard Williams on banjo and guitar, Chris Tolley on tuba and string bass and Chris Stocking on drums. Vocals will be shared by Jeremy and Kevin. This is a band you will rarely hear outside their Devon home so come and
John Burgess Remembering Alex Welsh
Two dedicated jazz band leaders who played in quite different styles died in the 1980s; Alex Welsh in 1982 (really! that long ago?) and Ken Colyer in 1988. Both these trumpet band leaders are revered today, none more so than Alex Welsh who will be especially remembered at this session. Two members of the Welsh band will be playing, Roy Williams on trombone and Tony Pitt on guitar and banjo, a happy connection.
John Burgess on reeds, who puts the Remembrance together, has to take on the Archie Semple role and Enrico Tomasso, who did meet Alex Welsh, now has to remind us of his sound. Fred Hunt's piano style was quite exceptional and who better to portray him than Tom Kincaid. Finally,two musicians, no strangers to the club, Bill Coleman and Jack Cotterill will complete the rhythm section on bass and drums.When this band came last year they gave us the "woe" factor. Don't miss.
Jeff Barnhart's Waller Band
As well as recreating the sound of Fats Waller's band two years ago, Jeff Barnhart entertained us with a wealth of stories about the man and his tunes Jeff has been bringing various bands to Nottingham every year for more years than we can count and his Waller band proved as popular as any of them. The pesonnel will be the same as last time, all frequent visitors and all much loved. Gary Wood, last seen here with Tad Newton last year, will be on trumpet, flugelhorn and taking over vocals when Jeff gets tired (imagine that!). Two old favourites who were part of Graham Smith's Allsorts, John Hallam on reeds and Bill Coleman (also here last month) on bass will support Jeff's piano and vocals aided and abetted by classic drummer Nick Ward. A fun night in store.
Kevin Grenfell's Jazz Giants featuring Paul Harrison
The last time Paul Harrison appeared at the club it was with his own band back in 2014 which featured Kevin Grenfell. This time he is featured in Kevin's Jazz Giants band, a neat five piece which will give plenty of variation for the front line: Kevin on trumpet or trombone and Paul on clarinet or sax. Making up the rhythm section of piano bass and drums are Phil Nice, Ian Parry and Mike Cypher. Ian Parry was last here with Richard Leach last year when he played banjo and guitar. Phil Nice came with the Jazz Giants two years ago. It's a rare chance to see Paul Harrison so make it a date.
Jazz Connection (Holland)
After Jeff Barnhart and Paul Harrison we stay with an international theme by bringing in a band totally new to us, Jazz Connection from Holland. They come with a reputation for perfomances dubbed "unbelievable", "amazing", "insane".Clearly we are not going to get pure New Orleans jazz. What we are likely to get is a mixture of original, exciting and rousing jazz. Check them out on Youtube to get the flavour. Sometimes we take our music a little too seriously so, this time come with an open mind and leave with a smile on your face.
Richard Leach 7 Stars of Jazz
Richard Leach has been coming to the club with his own bands or with others for as long as we can remember. So, it will be a real pleasure to welcome him back with his Seven Stars of Jazz with a quite different line-up from last year.. Five of them are back for their second or third time in the last few months.The other half of the Five a Slide front line, Kevin Grenfell will take the trumpet chair. This will be his third visit this year although then he was playing trombone. John Hallam, another regular at Nottingham will play his several reeds. Ian Riley will play piano, Jim Douglas will be on banjo and guitar, and bass player Ian Parry and big Graham Smith on drums will complete the rhythm section. A bunch of first class musicians playing the music we love. What more to ask?
Savannah Jazz Band
What new can you say about a band that gives us so much pleasure year after year? A good part of the band's success must come from the driving rhythm section. That's not to take anything away from the happy and exciting front line. No need to mention the personnel as they are so well known to us. Just be there early if you want a good seat.
Jeff Barnhart's Sweet & Hot featuring "Spats" Langham
Almost a resident now, Jeff Barnhard has been coming regularly to Nottingham with a variety of different bands and musicians and his vibrant and infectious personality has endeared him to the Rhythm Club faithful. We are therefore happy to welcome him back again, this time with his "Sweet and Hot" assemblage, a group that gives a variety of different styles. Our own Matt Palmer will be providing the main front line sound on clarinet and tenor. Jeff's wife Anne will give us the odd toot on the flute as well as singing a few songs in her own style. Another regular at Nottingham is Big Graham Smith on drums (how many bands has he come with?). Then we'll have the ever popular Spats Langham to entertain us in his unique manner. All this will be held together with his pianistics, his vocals and his dynamism by Jeff himself. No chance of dozing off with all this going on.
Brownfield-Byrne Hot 6
Unbelievably it is over four years since we had the pleasure of hearing this young band at Nottingham. They should have been with us in March but the "Beast from the East" attacked us with too much force and the gig was abandoned with mutual agreement. This was the earliest date that suited the band and our planned programme and it is clear from members' comments that it is none too soon. If you don't remember, this band swings; with Andy Hulme on guitar, Jim Swinnerton on bass and Jack Cotterill on drums, would you expect anything else? The two piece front line of trumpeter Jamie Brownfield and Liam Byrne on reeds give us the tunes and the harmonies and that superb pianist Tom Kincaid links the links the whole together. Definitely a "get there early" if you want a good seat.
Chris Walker and the Pedigree Jazz Band
If the trad days of the 50s and 60s is your thing then this band will bring back lots of memories. The Kenny Ball band of Samantha fame; the Chris Barber band of Petit Fleur days and the Bernard, sorry, Acker, Bilk band of Buona Sera days will remind you of your youth (if you are that old!).If you are not that old, this is what the youngsters rocked to sixty years ago. It's two years since the Pedigree was last here at Nottingham so it's about time we lost ourselves in our youthful past again.
Wabash Jazzmen (annual dinner and dance)
For our annual dinner we do try to find a band which can not only play good jazz but can add a bit of the party spirit as well. It is getting on for two years since we last welcomed the Wabash Jazzmen, a band that proves you don't need a thumping drummer to create a solid rhythm. Most of the band will be remembered not just for their appearances with the Wabash but with other bands as well; Bill Smith with the Savannah, Mike Pembroke with the sadly missed Old fashioned Love Band for instance. Mike Hayler on clarinet and sax completes the front line. Mark Challinor on banjo and guitar and Richard Vernon on bass make the band swing. A good band together with a three course meal has traditionally been the high spot of our jazz year so, if you haven't already bought your tickets, please ring Jim Robinson on 01509 852253 pronto so the restaurant know the number to cater for.
Emily Bacon's Goodtime Jazz Gang
Liz Bacon on clarinet and husband Paul on drums have been around for many years playing their New Orleans style of jazz although we haven't, until now, had the pleasure of their company at Nottingham. More recently they have proudly assembled a band round daughter Emily and it's this group we'll be seeing next. Emily, on piano and vocals, will be fronting the band which has other well known New Orleans style musicians; Peter Wright on cornet, Jeff Milner on trombone and Sarah Thatcher on banjo. Finally all rounder bass player Spike Kennedy completes the line up. Young jazz musicians need our support to keep traditional jazz alive so be there on 8th November to see a band with a fast growing reputation.
Baby Jools Jazzaholics
For the third November running we are happy to welcome one of the younger bands on the circuit, Baby Jools Jazzaholics. By now we know what to expect. A strong lead from Denny Illett with an occasional Louis Armstrong impression, Mike Owen showing us how influenced he was by Kid Ory and the liquid tones of Karl Hird's clarinet. All these supported by a really solid rhythm section; Brian Mellor, who must know his way to our club blindfolded, on banjo and guitar, the driving bass of Jim Swinnerton and the prince of New Orleans drummers, Baby Jools himself. A great night in store.
Eagle Jazz Band (Christmas Party)