All events will be held at the Stadium Leisure Club (unless otherwise stated)
Adrian Cox presents Profoundly Blue
Alex Clarke Hot Five
For the second time in a month we'll be welcoming a band of young, well, comparatively young, musicians to the club. Alex Clarke comes with a huge recommendation and she will lead a five piece group with a strong New Orleans sound. An amazingly versatile reed player, Alex plays, clarinet, tenor sax and flute in a variety of styles but frequent visitor Mike Owen on trombone will keep her in the New Orleans style. The other members of the Hot five are all well known to our members; that superb pianist Tom Kincaid, the driving Jim Swinnerton on bass and the well established New Orleans drummer Jack Cotterill all promise to make this a great evening.
Washington Whirligig (Friday lunchtime after our AGM)
We have put on lunchtime jazz sessions several times and the poor attendances have shown these have limited attraction. However, our members turn out for our AGM in strong numbers and they present a captive audience for a lunchtime do. As we have shown before, Washington Whirligig always give us a happy couple of hours of jazz..Members only for the AGM at 12.00 but the music will start directly after for members and guests alike. Great value for a fiver.
Mike Lovell Six-In-A-Bar Classic Jazz Band
Is it really five years since we had this Classic band at the club? We don't get much in the way of classic jazz so this style of part arranged, part improvised music should give us a rare pleasure. On the front line together with Mike Lovell on trombone will be Phil Lucas on trumpet and that soulful instrument, the flugelhorn and Willy Entwhistle of Temperance Seven fame on reeds. Chris Howse, besides playing banjo and guitar will give us some unusual vocals, Colin Turner as well as providing the bass line on tuba will also be playing bass sax and John Smith will complete the rhythm section on percussion. An evening of back to the 20s and 30s music is in store.
Doc Houlind's New Orleans Revival All Stars
Of the New Orleans revival bands, Doc Houlind's is right up there with the best so we arrange our schedule to make sure they come to us when they visit England. This will be their third visit and the personnel is unlikely to be changed from last year. The Doc, of course directs things from the drum kit and has the exiled British bass player Brian Turnock (how many New Orleans bands has he played with?) and the Alton Purnell styled pianist Lis Kryøer completing the rhythm section. Who needs a banjo? The first time Doc Houlind came to Nottingham he was playing trumpet but now his regular man is Ragnar Gratow. Christian Baroed plays trombone and the superb (George Lewis at his best) Jesper Capion Larsen excels on clarinet. A full house is likely so be there early to get a good seat.
Dart Valley Stompers
On the exact anniversary of their last appearance, we welcome the Dart Valley Stompers back to Nottingham. 79 members and guests will remember the terrific evening of jazz they gave us then and expect nothing less this time. The same musicians as last year are expected with Jeremy Huggett in charge on reeds and vocals supported by Graham Trevarton on trumpet and Kevin Grenfell on trombone completing the front line. The rhythm section will be Howard Williams, Chris Tolley and Chris Stockings on banjo/guitar, bass and drums respectively. A cracking evening in store.
Dave Moorwood’s Rascals of Rhythm
It's a few years since we saw Dave Moorwood with one of his bands in Nottingham, 2012 in fact with his Big Bear Stompers. This was a band very much in the San Francisco style of Lu Watters. The Rascals of Rhythm use a rather different style as you will see. Normally with a two reed front line, the Rascals are augmenting with guest trumpeter Pete Rudeforth, himself no stranger to Nottingham. Mike Wills and Tony Blincowe play the two reed instruments and Dave Moorwood leads the rhythm section on guitar with Perry lock on piano and Mike Bennett on bass. An unusual band with a different repertoire so come and enjoy.
Jeff Barnhart/Enrico Tomasso Armstrong Legacy
Jeff Barnhart has been coming to UK for more years than we can remember and for some time now he has used well known British musicians to give us a programme with a particular musician or style in mind. This time he calls his group his Armstrong Legacy and to portray the master who better to choose than Enrico Tomasso. As this is a five piece band, we should expect at least a smattering of Hot Five numbers but who knows? Jeff always manages to surprise us. Our own Matt Palmer will take on the Johnny Dodds role and trombonist Terry Mcgrath, last seen here with the Phoenix Jazzmen, will play the Kid Ory part. Jeff, of course, will take on the Lil Armstrong role and finally Nick Ward will play drums instead of the Hot Five banjo. As pianist and raconteur, Jeff always delights and amuses us so be there early for the best seats for a great evening.
It's nearly two years since this exciting young, well youngish, band last came to Nottingham and they were received then with great enthusiasm. Blowing things in the front line will be the same as last time with Simon Nelson leading on trumpet (he's been playing this since he was six!), Chris Wrigley on trombone ( he's only been playing since he was eleven!) and Peter Oxborough on reeds (He's blowing since forever!). Veteran John Benson, long time with Acker Bilk is on bass, and, keeping up the youthful appearance of the rest of the band, Kevin West will be plucking various hand held rhythm instruments ands Tony Wilkins will be driving the band with his drum kit. Vocals will be shared around and there is the promise that you won't get bored while these boys are in charge.
Budapest Ragtime Band
As you will know, we do try to feature young bands and groups from overseas whenever possible. Matt keeps a busy eye out for bands coming to UK for festivals to see whether we can arrange our dates to fit them in. Well, you've got a real treat on 27th as we've been able to catch these guys on their way to Upton. It's Ragtime with a capital R and it's a sound full of energy and expertise they bring with them. If you need a preview you'll have to listen to them on Youtube but in any case just come and be entertained. You might just want to follow them to Upton.
Mike Owen’s Scarlett’s Seranders with Sarah Spencer
Mike Owen's group were last with us in January last year but not in this form. This time the band is augmented by adding a trumpet and banjo and guitar to make a full six piece. So soon after his triumphant lead with the Louis Armstrong Legacy, Enrico Tomasso is back with us, as also is Spats Langham. With Mike on trombone, Sarah Spencer on reeds will complete the front line. Jim Swinnerton's bass and Baby Jool's drums make up the rest of the rhythm sectiom. Sarah's powerful singing will be a welcome extra and most of the band have their own vocal talents to add to the variety.
New Orleans Heat
It's now twenty years since we lost one of the finest New Orleans revival style clarinetists, Chris Blount, but The Blount Band which became New Orleans Heat have kept the music going with few changes of personnel. Surprisingly, it is four years since we had the pleasure of hearing this band at our club but here they are again with only one change from that session, Brian Bates instead of Will Robinson on trumpet. Roger Bird and Dave Vickers complete the front line with Barry Grummett, Alan Birkinhead, Harry Slater and Colin Bushell making up the band. Not to be missed!
Eagle Jazz Band
On Thursday August 8th we'll be able to say "The Eagle Has Landed" again. It's amazing to think that the original Eagle Jazz Band was formed before the first moon landing. Led now by our own Matt Palmer we are lucky to be able to mark the progress of the band through their annual visits to the Club. Last year they gave us a joyful Christmas session. This year, with the same personnel, they'll be able to help us forget Brexit, the weather and all the other worries. Just come and enjoy yourselves; you know you will.
Jeff Barnhart & Tom ‘Spats’ Langham with their Barrelhouse Lads
At least once a year that fantastic entertainer Jeff Barnhart leaves his home in USA for a tour of UK clubs. That always includes us. For this, his second visit this year, we'll see and hear a different group as, with Spats Langham he will make up their Barrelhouse Lads. Completing the "Lads" will be two more regulars, Richard Vernon on bass and Nick Ward on drums. This has all the makings of a fun evening and as Jeff always draws a big crowd, don't be late.
Kevin Grenfell’s Jazz Giants
Kevin Grenfell should have our club as a fixture on his satnav considering the number of times he's been here either with his own band or as part of someone else's. This time he is bringing a usual five piece group, sharing the front line with Jeremy Huggett on reeds. Jeremy You'll remember from the delightful session with his own Dart Valley Stompers. Vocals will be shared between the two of them. Phil Nice on piano has been part of the Jazz Giants whenever they've been here. Simon Smith is on bass and another regular at the club, Baby Jools, will complete the rhythm section on drums. Altogether a fun night in store.
Dinner & Dance
They gave us such a good evening for our dinner and dance last year that we decided to have the Wabash Jazzmen back for this year's event. Led by Mark Chalinor on banjo and guitar with Richard Vernon on bass, who needs a drummer? Bill Smith from the Savannah will be on trumpet, Mike Hayler will be on reeds and Mike Pembroke's trombone will complete the front line.
At £24, same as last year, this band plus a three course meal must be the bargain of the year. strong>If you haven't bought your ticket please ring Jim Robinson on 01509 852253. Come prepared for a great evening and don't forget your brollies.
Savannah Jazz Band
Here we go again, trying to find something new to say about the most popular band we see at the club. The Savannah had a fine review of the band's 40 years of existence in the September issue of Just Jazz. Not surprisingly, none of the original band are still around although John Meehan joined them soon after. It wasn't long before he took over the managing of the band and what a grand job he's made of that. Personnel is the same as it has been for the past few years so we know what to expect - a great night of jazz.
Baby Jools Jazzaholics
Wow! A second band in succession playing in the New Orleans style! Baby Jools with his Jazzaholics appearing for his annual visit come next with the enthusiasm they always show. Denny Illett provides a strong trumpet lead, Karl Hird gives a lyrical clarinet and a fiery tenor sax and Mike Owen completes the front line with his "full of New Orleans background" trombone. What a front line! No slouches in the rhythm section either, Brian Mellor on banjo and guitar, Jim Swinnerton slapping the bass and Baby Jools (what a powerful drummer!) really drive the band. No-one sleeps while they're on!
Richard Leach’s 7 Stars of Jazz
It's Christmas time, well, as near as we'll get for our Christmas Party. And it should go with a bang because Richard Leach and His Seven Stars of Jazz will ensure it will! The front line will be different from their visit last year as Kevin Grenfell will replace Gary Wood on trumpet and Zoltan Sagi will be playing reeds instead of John Hallam. Richard Leach will, of course sing as well as play trombone The rhythm section of Ian Riley (piano), Jim Douglas (banjo and guitar), Ian Parry (bass) and Big Graham Smith (drums) will be the same as before. With luck there'll be a glass of wine and a mince pie to get you in the festive mood and don't forget your brolleys for the parade.