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)
With the much missed Tony Hobson in charge, the Eagle Jazz Band pleased audiences for many years. Since Matt took on the responsibility he has managed to maintain the same sense of fun and exuberance and it is still one of the most sought after bands on the circuit. We always look for a band that will keep the right spirit for our Christmas special along with a glass of wine and a mince pie and the Eagle really fits the bill. Pete Brown will lead on trumpet and no doubt duet on trombone with Terry Williams. Matt, of course, will play his usual variety of reed instruments. The ever present Brian Mellor on banjo and guitar will give us some vocals, the other Brian, Lawrence will be on bass and new boy Tim Jones will rattle the skins. There will be a brolly parade as well so come and enjoy a festive fun evening with a favourite band.
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.
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.
Kevin Grenfell's Jazz Giants
For the fourth time in under a year Kevin Grenfell will play trombone or trumpet (or both) at Nottingham. He's been here with his Jazz Giants, with the Dart Valley Stompers and, only a couple of weeks ago, with Richard Leach's Seven Stars of Jazz. This time it will be a return of his own Jazz Giants to see the start of our 2020 season. As we will be featuring several new bands (to us) in the next three months, we decided to kick off with one of our regulars. Personnel should be the same as last September: Jeremy Huggett on reeds will join Kevin on trumpet and trombone in the front line and the support will come from Phil Nice on piano, Simon Smith on bass and another regular to the club, Baby Jools on drums.
A Happy New Year to you all and we hope to see you to get our new year off to a good start.
Frog & Henry
Tenement Jazz Band
We're making a real effort to bring to the club some of the really exciting young bands which will be the future of traditional jazz in this country. Those of you who were at the Frog and Henry session will have had your first thrill. On 20th February you will get the chance to see a very different band. A five piece group from Edinburgh, very much in the New Orleans style playing with all the enthusiasm you could ask for. Catch them on Youtube then come to see them in the flesh.
Fri28Feb20201:00 pmFollowing the AGM (12pm)
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 but the music will start directly after for members and guests alike. Great value for a fiver!
The Jazz Buddies
For those of you who have an old schedule of events, please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, the Vitality Five will now be appearing in November and the Jazz Buddies will take the March date. Surprisingly it is nearly five years since we last saw this band in Nottingham, really! The front line stays the same, Arthur Brown on trumpet, Mike Owen on trombone and our own Matt Palmer on reeds. Brian Mellor on banjo and guitar, who missed the last session, Simon Smith on bass and Tim Jones on drums will have the job of driving this exciting band. After two really young bands (under 50s), we are back to the veterans again (over 50s) with all their experience and enthusiasm. Come and enjoy!
Matt Palmer’s Bee Keeper Five