All events will be held at the Stadium Leisure Club (unless otherwise stated)
Savannah Jazz Band
In this our 75th year we've had a long run of successes so we must have chosen the right bands to get such good attendances. With the Savannah Jazz Band as our next visitors that is unlikely to change. Another "must have every year" band. Led by John Meehan on drums, a really driving drummer who looks so casual behind the skins, he is well backed by Chris Marney on banjo and vocals and Tony Pollitt on bass. And what a front line! Bill Smith on cornet, vocals and occasional harmonica, Roger Myerscough on reeds and vocals, remember him with the Phil Mason band? And that leaves Brian "Sam" Ellis, trombonist in the real New Orleans style and the band's musical director. Let's hope he brings his keyboard because that provides a really fiery backing to Bill Smith's vocals and harmonica playing. Be there early for a decent seat.
Christmas party with the Peter Frank Dixieland All Stars
With the cash tills in the shops ringing in the festive season, it's time to advertise our Christmas Party to remind you of this mega event.
Peter Frank's Dixieland Allstars have been booked to entertain us once we've had our glass of wine (or fruit juice) and mince pie.
This band is another of our regular visitors and, you will remember, is made up of musicians who are all bandleaders in their own right.
Ian Royle waas sunning himself in Spain last year so a special welcome back to him to front the band on trumpet and vocals. The rest of the personnel are unchanged for years now so they are probably getting to know each other. Andy Wallace on reeds and Dave Morell on trombone and vocals complete the front line. Peter Feank on bass keeps them in order with Chris Howse on banjo, guitar and vocals and Rod McNamara on drums keeping a steady beat. Much fun and frivolity is expected includig, inevitably, an extended brolly parade.
We've had a great year so come and enjoy the last session in 2016.
Aces of Rhythm
It must be over a year since Matt brought this group to one of our lunchtime sessions.They were so enthusiastically received that the audience wanted the group to take up a full evening performance.So, here they are with their own interpretation of the small band classic jazz of the 1920s ready to give a super send-off to the new year. You may remember one or two of them helped Matt with a great hour of jazz while we waited for the delayed Hot Antic band back in June. Supporting Matt on clarinet and saxes will be Chris Carmel on cornet. Jo Nutmen will be on piano, David Kimmins on banjo and guitar and Doug White on sousaphone.
We had a cracking year in 2016 and we've got a fine selection of bands scheduled for the coming year.. This will be a good start.
The Wabash Jazzmen have been regular visitors to Nottingham, maintaining
their five piece drumless format for over twenty years.
Not surprisingly there have been a few changes of personnel over the
years and the latest since their last visit is to have Bill Smith from
the Savannah leading on trumpet.
Mike Pemroke on trombone has been with them for many years, remember him
from the Old fashioned Love Band?
Mike Hayler, who seems to have been with the band for ever, completes
the front line on clarinet and saxes.
Without a drummer, the two piece rhythm section have to work hard to
drive the band but boss man Mike Challinor on banjo and guitar and
bassist Richard Vernon show how it's done.
This band may be small in numbers but it's big in dynamism. Not to be
AGM followed by Matt Palmer's Bee Keeper Five
Annual General Meeting followed at 1pm by a lunchtime session by Matt Palmer's Beekeeper Five. Members only for the AGM but all are welcome for the music afterwards on payment of £5.
Doc Houlind's New Orleans Revival All Stars
To book a continental band for one of our club dates requires a certain amount of luck and when the band in question is the Doc Houlind band we are doubly lucky. It's 18 months since they were last here but who could forget the real New Orleans sound from this comparatively young group of musicians, the gruff vocals from the Doc and, in particular, the superb clarinet playing of Jesper Capion Larsen. The personnel should be the same as last time with drummer turned trumpeter Doc Houlind and Peter Goetz on trombone completing the front line. It's always nice to have a keyboard in the band, Lis Kroyer in this case, and with banjoist Ebbe Kjærsgård, bassist Holden Fogh and Didier Geers on drums they have a swinging rhythm section.
They'll be visiting 14 UK clubs in 14 days and ours is the sixth so let's welcome them and show them we have the best of the lot!
John Burgess Memories of Alex Welsh
John Burgess is no stranger to our club having been here several times with bands of his own and fronting other groups. This time he has put together an absolutely outstanding band to play in the style of Alex Welsh; if any band could be described as "All Stars" this is it. With John on reeds and vocals are Enrico Tomasso on trumpet (remember that great session at our pig roast?) and the legendary Roy Williams on trombone who spent twelve years with Alex Welsh. Who could know that style better? What is then needed is a rhythm section of similar quality to back up the front line and John has got it. Tom Kincaid, that most imaginative of jazz pianists is the link man with Tony Pitt (who also played with Alex Welsh) on banjo and guitar, Bill Coleman on bass and young Jack Cotterill on drums. If there is one band not to be missed this year, this has to be it. Get there early before we run out of seats.
Mike Owen's Scarlette Serenaders
We are having a lunchtime special, repeating one last October, featuring Mike Owen's Scarlette Serenaders. With Mike on trombone is Sarah Spencer, a gifted reed player and blues singer with huge experience playing in America. She plays the full range of reeds from clarinet to baritone sax. Here is a front line with a style influenced by playing in New Orleans. Behind them will be a rhythm section well known in Nottingham, Brian Mellor on banjo and guitar,Brian Lawrence on bass and Baby Jools on drums. Named after Mike's daughter the Scarlette Serenaders will help the lunch go down, an absolute bargain at £5.
Richard Leach's 7 Stars of Jazz
Richard Leach must know the East Midlands jazz circuit by heart as he is a regular visitor both with his own bands and with others. He is proof that you don't need to be big in stature to be big in popularity. This time he brings his full band in the shape of his 7 Stars of Jazz which now makes three consecutive sessions with the extra delight of a keyboard. It will also be the second session in a row to give us the Alex Welsh sound. Last time the 7 Stars came to the club, Gordon Whitworth had the trumpet chair but this time another frequent and welcome visitor, Gary Wood leads; Chris Pearce on reeds and Richard on trombone complete the front line as usual. Ian Riley, a new name to us, is the pianist together with the usual suspects, Ian Parry on banjo and guitar, John fellows on bass and Big Graham Smith (another regular) on drums.
A happy evening is in store.
The Barnhart/Huxley Hot Five
For the first of his two visits to Nottingham this year, Jeff Barnhart is teaming up with George Huxley and Matt Palmer to make up his Hot Five which made such an impact last year. Jeff's wit and charm, not to mention his delightful piano playing are well known from his many years of visiting Nottingham. Matt and George have played their Soprano Summit style on many occasions showing how musically satisfying two reed harmonising can be. And where would Jeff be without that most reliable of classic jazz drummers, Nick Ward. To cap it all we will have the pleasure of hearing Jeff's wife, Anne, playing that most unusual jazz instrument, the flute. Altogether the promise of a most interesting and musical jazz evening with lots of laughs thrown in.
Barry Palser's Super Savoy Six
Amazingly it's over three years since Barry Palser brought his Savoy Six to Nottingham when he entertained us during our 2013 annual dinner. And a right cracking evening that was too. After getting on for 60 years leading his own band, Barry hasn't anything to prove about giving the jazz public what they want and we are in for a memorable evening. The personnel has changed a bit since his last visit with Pete Rudeforth coming in the trumpet chair instead of Gary Wood. Our old friend John Crocker will handle the reeds and with Barry, that makes up the front line. The ubiquitous Jim Douglas is on banjo and with luck will give us one of his special guitar solos Finally, Alan Morgan on bass and John Tyson on drums will drive the whole outfit. Satisfaction guaranteed!
Savannah Jazz Band
The trouble with having a visit from such a good band year after year is that there is nothing new to say, especially when there is no change in personnel.
This has to be the most popular, the most reliable and the most satisfying band we book, which is why it's an annual event. With its driving rhythm section led by drummer/leader Johm Meehan and supported by Chris Marney on banjo and Tony Pollitt on the mini bass, this band rocks. Brian "Sam" Elllis on trombone and occasionally on keyboard is the music arranger for the band, Roger Myerscough has the reeds chair although we rarely hear his baritone sax these days and Bill Smith leads from the front on trumpet, occasional harmonica and vocals. You know what to expect so come and enjoy a cracking evening.
Eagle Jazz Band
The last time the Millennium Eagle Jazz Band appeared at the club was for the Christmas party back in 2014. Now just known as the Eagle Jazz Band but still under the leadership of our own Matt Palmer they will be welcomed back to give us another evening of classic jazz. The front line is unchanged with Pete Brown on trumpet and Terry Williams on trombone working with Matt on clarinet and saxes. Behind them, the rhythm section will be somewhat different from before with Brian Mellor, who certainly doesn't need a sat-nav to find his way to the club, on banjo and guitar and another regular, Baby Jools on drums. Lastly, Brian Lawrence is still with the band on bass and sousaphone. Entertainment is the band's key word and these guys know how to have fun.
Now in its 11th year, this exciting and somewhat youthful band from East Anglia returns to entertain us after a successful debut last year. Led by the "remarkably handsome" (by his own admission!) Simon Nelson on trumpet and occasional flugelhorn, he is supported by the presumably less handsome Peter Oxborough on clarinet and saxes and Chris Wigley on trombone. The rhythm section which drives this bunch of characters has Kevin West on banjo, guitar and ukulele, the more mature John Benson on bass and Tony Wilkins on drums.
Nearly all the band are allowed to sing which should give some variety. The band went down well last year so come and see how they do this year.
Jeff Barnhart International Swing Quintet with Spats Langham
Always a crowd puller, that jazz pianist and vocalist extraordinaire Jeff Barnhart is coming to town for the second time this year; this time with a different group which he calls his International Swing Quintet.
John Hallam, who fitted in so well with Jeff's Waller band last year, Is with him again on reeds and that makes for a real swinging session.
Jeff's delightful wife Anne will give us the occasional toot on the flute and might even sing a song or two when Jeff needs a break. Man mountain behind the drums, Graham Smith, must surely count as the most regular of all musicians playing at the club. He'll make it swing.
Finally, an entertainer not seen enough in Nottingham, Spats Langham, who has probably played with more bands than most, will be there to remind us of his guitar prowess and his unique vocals. An evening to look forward to.
Tad Newton's Jazz Friends
This band seems to have appeared everywhere in the country except Nottingham, surprising for such a versatile group. Although inevitably the personnel has changed, Tad's Jazz Friends have been playing for well over 30 years and they have a repertoire as wide as any contemporary band. Trumpet player Gary Wood is the one member of the band who will be familiar as he played here with Richard Leach just a few months ago. Tad himself on trombone and Trevor Whiting on reeds complete the front line. Unusually these days the Friends don't have a banjo or guitar in their line up but a strong piano, Alan Haughton, sometime with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, makes up for that. Completing the rhythm section are Tomas Pederson from Denmark who has been with the band for over twenty years and Ronnie Fenn on drums. Whichever style of jazz rocks your boat, you are likely to be well catered for by this most popular band.
Annual Dinner & Dance with Washington Whirligig
They came to us first for a lunchtime gig and went down so well that they came back for an evening event. Now, the final accolade, Washington Whirligig are back to play for our annual dinner and dance. Just five years old, this band has really made a name for itself with its variety of styles and its sheer enthusiasm. Personnel should be the same as for their previous visits, led by reed player David Hepworth. The other man in the front line is Will Robinson who plays trumpet and that instrument with the lovely tone, the flugelhorn. The three piece rhythm section consists of Andy Bramall on banjo and guitar, Liz Hepworth on bass and Rob Cotterell on drums. This session with a really good dinner is a by ticket, price £22, to allow table plans to be worked out. Tickets are still available from Jim Robinson on 01509 852253 but don't leave it too late.
This is the club's biggie so expect to enjoy a super evening with a swinging band.
Baby Jools Jazzaholics
One year on and here they are again. Baby Jools brings his Jazzaholics to give us more of this super special brand of New Orleans jazz. Mike Owen spent many years in New Orleans playing and learning with the best. Karl Hird has played this style from his teenage years with his parents Pam and Llew in Australia and all over. With Mike on trombone and Karl on clarinet and tenor will be Denny Illett on trumpet with his forceful lead. Baby Jools' driving drumming is well supported by Brian Mellor on banjo and guitar and Jim Swinnerton on bass.
A not to be missed night.
Matt Palmer's All Stars featuring Enrico Tomasso
For those of you who came to Normanton last year to celebrate our 75th anniversary, you'll remember what a good session it was. For those who didn't you'll now have a chance to hear for yourselves because Matt isbbringing that band to our usual venue. In the trumpet chair will be that great Louis Armstrong stylist Enrico Tomasso and completing the front line with Matt will be his old friend and fellow performer, Kevin Grenfell on trombone and, maybe, occasional trumpet. Always popular but rarely seen in Nottingham will be Sean Moyses on banjo and other plucking instruments and no doubt he will also have a spot of his own. To fill the engine room we'll have Pete Robinson on bass and Tim Jones on drums. Over half the band sing for their supper so there should be a few vocals. Lots of treats in store so come early for a good seat.
Christmas Party with The Phoenix Jazzmen and Sheila Fawkes
What would December be without our Christmas Party, this time with The Phoenix Jazz Band who made their club debut in February last year with great success. This should be a fun night with a glass of wine and a mince pie to welcome you at the door and a brolly parade mid session.
Pete Ainge is on trumpet (remember him with The Heart of England?), Mike Hayler is on reeds, last here with the Wabash earlier in the year and Terry McGrath completes the front line on trombone. The rhythm section is made up from Pete Robinson on banjo and guitar, Bob Boucher on bass and Ken Wright on drums. And, of course, Sheila Fawkes will be there to take the vocals. So, come early to get in the mood for a really happy evening.
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
Jeff Barnhart's Sweet & Hot featuring "Spats" Langham
Brownfield-Byrne Hot 6
(rearranged following cancellation in March due to bad weather)