Gig List

SEPTEMBER 2019

1       MIKE OWEN’S STORYVILLE SIX

Stafford Jazz Society’s current Musician of the Year trombonist Mike Owen, opens our 2019-2020 season of concerts with an all-star New Orleans style band that features Sarah Spencer on reeds, Tony Pipkin on trumpet, Mark Challinor on banjo, Jack Cotterill on drums and Roscoe Birchmore on bass..  

8       MATT PALMER’S EAGLE JAZZBAND

One of the UK’s busiest traditional jazz bands. Always entertaining and led by gifted reeds player Matt Palmer, expect: Pete Brown on trumpet, Terry Williams (trombone), Brian Mellor (banjo), Brian Lawrence (double bass/sousaphone) and Tim Jones on drums. “Bringme Sunshine” is their usual closing number – they always do! 

15     MANCHESTER JAZZ

Originally formed by Mart Rodger in 1982, this traditional band, now under the leadership of banjoist Louis Lince, pays tribute to its late founder by continuing to play great jazz, featuring: Allan Dent (trumpet), Derek Galloway  (of the Temperance 7) on trombone, Chris Pendlebury (drums), Roger Browne (piano), Allan Wilcox (bass) and Eric Newton on clarinet.

22     ROBIN MASON’S APEX JAZZ &SWING BAND

Originally formed by Robin Mason over twenty years ago from members of the Hazelslade Big Band and retaining a “little big band” feel in both its style and repertoire. Robin is on reeds, Jon Stone (trumpet), Ron Hills (trombone), Jim Harney (drums), Bob Boucher (bass) and Nick Wiltshire (piano). Always highly polished performers (and not just their shoes!).

29     KEVIN GRENFELL’S JAZZ GIANTS (Nat Gonella Tribute Concert)

A tribute concert to the late, great Nat Gonella who was a regular visitor to, and was made a Life-Member of, Stafford Jazz Society in the 1990s. Trombone and trumpet ace Kevin Grenfell leads a band that always lives up to its title and reputation. Jeremy Huggett on reeds completes the front line with Richard Hughes (piano), Simon Smith (bass) and Jack Cotterill (drums). Add Kevin’s repartee and impish humour and the result is total entertainment.

OCTOBER 2019

6       WABASH JAZZMEN

A highly entertaining hot five with a distinctive rhythmic style influenced by early Ken Colyer and Chris Barber bands. Mark Challinor leads on banjo, guitar and ukulele and Richard Vernon on string bass completes the rhythm section, with a front line of Mike Pembroke (trombone), Mike Hayler (reeds) and Bill Smith playing cornet and harmonica. 

13     NO CONCERT

20     BABY JOOLS & THE JAZZAHOLICS

         (SJS 38th Anniversary Concert)

A special occasion concert with a top band to match. This New Orleans inspired all-star band led by brilliant drummer “Baby Jools” and including Danny Illet on trumpet, Karl Hird on reeds, Jim Swinnerton on bass and Brian Mellor on banjo, is certainly a combo for a big event. Expect a real New Orleans kick to the music.

27     MERSEYSIPPI JAZZ BAND

One of the longest established (founded in 1949) of the UK traditional bands with surely one of the most memorable and fitting of jazz band names! Peter Fryer (trombone) John Higham (trumpet) and Dave Dixson (reeds) form the front line, with Malcolm Hogarth on keyboard, Isabel Toner on double bass, Dave Rigby on banjo and Peter Darwin on drums. 

NOVEMBER 2019

3       S & G BAND

This band made its highly acclaimed SJS debut last April and a re-booking was certain. Vivacious vocalist Sheila Fawkes teams up with top reedsman George Huxley, and with Terry McGrath on trombone, Mark Johnson (string bass & sousaphone), Tony Pipkin (trumpet), Tim McGrath (banjo & guitar) and Andy Lowe on drums, a highly musical and entertaining concert is guaranteed.

10     BOB DWYER’S BIX & PIECES

A London based band presenting a mix of the traditional styles of jazz, and, as its name suggests, influenced by the legendary Bix Beiderbecke. Bob Dwyer leads on trombone with Sarah Spencer on reeds. Malcolm Walton (trumpet), Hugh Crozier (piano), David Price (banjo & guitar), John Bayne (double bass & bass saxophone) and Graham Collicott in the engine room on drums complete the line-up.

17       CHICAGO TEDDY BEARS SOCIETY JAZZBAND

            (John Moore Tribute Concert)    

 A concert dedicated to the memory of John Moore, our Chairman from 1982 to 1995 and a top band with which to celebrate his long and distinguished service to SJS. Currently our Band of the Year and for the fourth time! Traditional, New Orleans and Dixieland jazz at its infectious foot-tapping best and always laced with good humour from Rae Owens on double bass & tuba. The all-star line-up features Brian Singleton on drums, John Padfield (reeds), James Lucas (trumpet), Andy Mackenzie (trombone) and Ed Lee, piano. 

24     ALEX CLARKE HOT FIVE featuring JAMIE BROWNFIELD

Fast rising star reeds player and flautist Alex Clarke returns with a superb line-up, this time featuring Jamie Brownfield, widely regarded as one of the finest young jazz trumpet players in Europe. Add Tom Kincaid on keyboard, Jack Cotterill on drums and Richard Vernon on bass and a mouth-watering concert of amazingly gifted jazz musicians is in prospect. 

DECEMBER 2019

1       NO CONCERT

8       ROY SAINSBURY’S RHYTHM CHIEFS featuring DAVE NEWTON

         (John Ollier Tribute Concert)

From 2001 to 2009, thanks to John Ollier, the Society staged an annual Staffordshire Youth Jazz Festival when students from the jazz orchestras of the county’s schools, colleges and music centres were given valuable performance experience for their developing musical talents. Today’s concert pays fond tribute to John’s contribution by featuring a band, the style and quality of which he surely would have loved. The Rhythm Chiefs are inspired by the swinging music of the Count Basie small combos and features the great award-winning pianist Dave Newton, guitarist Roy Sainsbury, Tom Hill on bass, Bryan Corbett on trumpet, Charlie Wright on tenor sax and Malcolm Garrett on drums. Star performers all – sheer quality!

15     SAVANNAH JAZZ BAND

         (Christmas Concert)

There’s never a shortage of fun, excitement and good music from the Savannah. This Yorkshire-based band plays New Orleans jazz with a real bounce and kick to it and they are certain to bring those qualities to spice up our Christmas concert. Band leader John Meehan plays drums; Tony Pollitt (bass) and Chris Marney (banjo) complete the rhythm section, whilst the front line is led by Bill Smith on cornet (and harmonica), Brian “Sam” Ellis (trombone) and Roger Myerscough on reeds (“and magnificent voice”). A Christmas cracker of a concert in prospect.

22     NO CONCERT

29     NO CONCERT

6 – CHRIS PEARCE & ANDY LEGGETT’S “SOPRANOS”

An exciting 6-piece band formed in 2014 to present a wide variety of swinging jazz from Dixieland & New Orleans through to early 20thcentury dance bands. Joining reedmen Chris & Andy in the front line is Dave Deakin on trombone. Vic Partridge plays guitar & banjo, Tony Sharp double bass and Roger Wells drums.

13 – MATT PALMER’S “ACES OF RHYTHM”

A band formed in 2010 to specialise in authentic small group jazz of the 1920s and playing respectful tribute to some of the jazz icons of that era. Matt leads on reeds, with Chris Mercer on cornet, Dave Kimmins on banjo & guitar, Al Harris on double bass and Jo Nutman on ragtime piano.

20 – THEALEX CLARKE HOT FIVE

A band led by the very talented local young reeds player & flautist Alex Clarke with some of the most highly rated jazz musicians on the national circuit, namely Mike Owen on trombone, Tom Kincaid on piano, Richard Vernon on double bass and Jack Cotterill on drums.

27 – THE DEBONAIRES LITTLE BIG BAND

A vintage, lively and sophisticated dance band led by trumpeter Max Debon and with delightful reeds playing and vocals from Sarah Eastwood. Popular jump, jive and swing music from the early jazz and swing era presented with style and guaranteeing a highly polished entertaining concert.

FEBRUARY 2019:

3 – WABASH JAZZMEN

Founded by Mark Challinor to create dynamic traditional jazz influenced by the original Max Collie Rhythm Aces and Mark’s fondness for the jazz of Ken Colyer & Chris Barber. Bill Smith on cornet and harmonica is joined in the front line by Mike Hayler on reeds and Mike Pembroke on trombone. In the rhythm section Richard Vernon plays double bass and Mark adds variety on banjo, guitar and ukulele.          

10 – ….. NO CONCERT …..

17 – FROG & HENRY STRING & BRASS BAND

A young American multi-instrumental band that has toured and played in 4 continents. Formed in 2013 to craft an entirely unique take on early 1900s dance and street jazz music of New Orleans, the band features the world’s only foot-operated tuba, allowing the musician to play a six-string banjo at the same time!  

24 – ARTHUR BROWN & MATT PALMER’S “JAZZ BUDDIES”

With a front line of Arthur Brown on trumpet, Matt Palmer on reeds & Mike Owen on trombone, jazz audiences know they are in for a lively and exciting session. Add a rhythm section of Brian Mellor on banjo/guitar, Peter “Pedro” Robinson on bass, Tim Jones on drums and an all-star line-up is complete.

MARCH 2019:

3 – ….. NO CONCERT …..

10 – MATT PALMER’S “RHYTHMIC REEDS” with CHRISTINE TYRRELL

A welcome return for one of the UK’s most talented and most loved jazz vocalists, Jamaican born Christine Tyrrell, backed by an all-star band featuring Matt Palmer and George Huxley on reeds, Mark Challinor on banjo, guitar & ukulele, Brian Lawrence on bass and Jack Cotterill on drums.

17 – DART VALLEY STOMPERS

Taking traditional jazz by storm” is the band’s mission statement and led by award-winning reedsman Jeremy Huggett with Kevin Grenfell on trombone, Graham Trevarton on trumpet, Howard Williams on banjo/guitar, Keith Tolley on double bass and Chris Stockings on drums, they do just that!

24 – ERIC NEWTON’S “WILLY’S WEEPERS”

The resident jazz band at the Wilbraham Arms, Alsager and led by Eric “Busker” Newton who needs no introduction to SJS audiences with his lyrical clarinet- playing, spiced with good humour. Expect Terry Brunt on trombone, Pete Brown on trumpet, Peter Robinson on guitar & banjo, Chris Pendlebury on drums and John Musket on bass.

31 – BOB DWYER’S “BIX & PIECES”

A band noted for its rich variety within the traditional styles of jazz and, as its name suggests, influenced by the legendary Bix Beiderbecke. Bob Dwyer leads on trombone with Sarah Spencer playing reeds, Max Emmons on trumpet, Hugh Crozier on piano, David Price on banjo & guitar, John Bayne on double bass & bass saxophone and Graham Collicott on drums.

APRIL 2019:

7 – S & G BAND

A new jazz combination making its debut at SJS but with some very well-known and highly accomplished musicians: George Huxley on reeds, Sheila Fawkes on vocals, Gary Bell on trumpet, Terry McGrath on trombone, and a rhythm section featuring Mark Johnson and Tim McGrath.

14 – KEVIN GRENFELL & RICHARD LEACH’S “SLIDE BY SLIDE”

Trombonists Kevin Grenfell and Richard Leach share the front line; Kevin also doubles on trumpet. Dave Hanratty plays double bass, Richard Hughes piano and in the engine room “Big G”, Graham Smith. Whether you are dancing, listening or singing along, this band has something for everyone, including good humour.

21 – RON HILLS’ “SWING KINGS”

Music from the Great American Songbook and other jazz standards tastefully presented by a quality band led by trombonist Ron Hills, with Tony Pipkin on trumpet & flugelhorn, Roger Heeley on piano, Terry Roberts on reeds, Roy Dutton on drums and Roger Heath on bass.

28 – ….. NO CONCERT …..

MAY 2019:

5 – **PEDIGREE JAZZ BAND–a Stafford Music Festival Concert

Our annual Salute to Trad Jazzindulging in those iconic, chart-topping, foot-tapping hits of the late fifties & early sixties and with a band more than capable of authentically reproducing those memorable tunes: Chris Walker on reeds, Andy Chislett on trumpet, Tony Mann on trombone, John Noddings on banjo/guitar, Ken Ames on double bass and Sy Gorelick on drums. (12-30pm to 3-00pm)

12 – **SAVANNAH JAZZ BAND–a Stafford Music Festival Concert

There’s never a shortage of fun, excitement & good music from the Savannah. This Yorkshire-based band plays New Orleans jazz with a real bounce & kick to it. Led by John Meehan on drums, Bill Smith heads the front line on cornet with Brian “Sam” Ellis on trombone & Roger Myerscough on reeds. The rhythm section is completed by Chris Marney on banjo &  Tony Pollitt on bass.(12-30pm to 3-00pm)

19 – ORIGINAL PANAMA JAZZ BAND

Originally formed in 1954 with a style that has been compared to the Chicago influenced Alex Welsh band. Trumpeter Jon Critchley leads the band & the front line, with sidemen Laurie Cooper on trombone & Dave Thomas on clarinet. Malcolm Hogarth plays piano, Isabel Toner double bass and Bill Buck on drums complete the line-up.

26 – TAME VALLEY STOMPERS “TERRY’S DEAD GOOD BOYS”

Firm SJS favourites, the Dead Good Boys play with a sense of fun but never at the expense of their highly skilled musicianship, top entertainment value and quality presentation. Terry Brunt on trombone, beret & scarf directs the show, with Roger Wimpenny on trumpet and Paul Broomhead on reeds to complete the front line. Peter Smith on bass guitar, John Gordon on banjo & guitar and band leader Norman Pennington on drums provide a strong supporting rhythm section.  

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VENUE:

The White Eagle Club, Riverway, Stafford ST16 3TH (01785 242327)

CONCERT TIMES:

12-30pm to 2-30pm (unless otherwise shown**)

ADMISSION CHARGES FOR ALL CONCERTS:

£7 / £6 (SJS Members) 

“SUNSET CAFÉ” REFRESHMENTS:

Home-baked light refreshments by Award-Winning Tiggy’s Pies

+ the White Eagle Club’s licensed bar

ENQUIRIES:

  • Concert & Band: Nick Balmforth MBE, 21 Drakeford Court, Wolverhampton Road, Stafford ST17 4BS
    (079 74 131797)   e-mail: nickbalmforth@gmail.com
  • Membership: Shirley Ollier: 01782 399066 
  • Publicity: Ian D’Arcy: 077 78 193394

WEB:  www.staffordjazz.org