No Fixed Abode!



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Jazz Club 90





Contact John or Marie on

01902 756158 or 07947668750 



Sad news about Reg Keirle


This was on Bev Peggs Facebook page on Jan 12th

This morning, the Black Country has lost one of its great characters, Reg Keirle.

Reg was a comedian who has made me cry with laughter at on many occasions. He was a brilliant and articulate, and observant funny man, besides being a fine pianist, vocalist and artist.

His sketches of regular jazz musicians who have appeared at The Trumpet in Bilston have adorned the walls for many years. I have so many happy memories of doing lots of gigs alongside him over the past thirty plus years.

To my mind, he was one of the greats of this Black Country area. A wonderfully talented man. Youll be missed Reg mate.


Marie and I have known Reg since about 1977 and agree with everything Bev said. We became regulars at the Trumpet, every night and Sunday lunchtimes, and Reg was always there with Tamar, his partner, and he was the life and soul of the party, very often singing with other bands while every Monday he played piano, sang and told his jokes. He helped us on many occasions to raise thousands of pounds for several hospital departments and was very also very good company outside the jazz world.


We look forward to being able to start the jazz gigs again,

hopefully at the "Royal" (the old British Legion Club) in Albrighton.....when Covid 19 allows!


The club opens at mid-day and all gigs will be from 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm.  Marie's rolls will be available for your Sunday lunch!


Welcome   About us   Programme    Links    Videos


Latest News regarding the Social Club and Jazz Club 90

t is now definite that the Social Club closed on November 20th 2020 and will I believe open as a kitchen and tile showroom. As the new lockdown means we can't meet just for a drink Jazz Club 90's address is now "No Fixed Abode" Albrighton!

It will be a great shame to leave the Social Club as it has proved to be an excellent venue with Robin the Chairman, Pete the Steward and Anne behind the bar helping us in every was possible.

We have made provisional arrangements to move to The Royal (the old British Legion Club) in Allbrighton when Covid 19 allows.

We will keep you informed.

Keep well.


John and Marie




Links to Alex Clarke and TJ Johnson are now on "Videos" link above

Here a a couple of links to videos of the celebrations ofAlf's 100th birthday:    Wolves surprise   Part of his "do" at the jazz.



Use the links above to keep track of our plans and programme for jazz in Albrighton.

On the "Programme" page you can now click on the band name to link with their website

Click the "Videos" link above to find videos of bands who have played at the Club and also the many filmed at the Harp since 2007.

We now have a total of 570+ videos on YouTube.

New videos are added regularly, the latest are of Eagle Jazz Band and the Sopranos


The links below are to pages from our days at the Harp...seems like the dim and distant past now!

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Our First Gig

Sunday, October 25th. 2015 was our first gig at the Social Club and it turned out to be even better than we almost full house with many friendly faces from our days at the Harp, it was so good to see everyone.

The music provided by the Carl Sinclair Trio was ideally suited to an occasion which celebrated both the 25th. anniversary of jazz in Albrighton and the re-birth of Jazz Club covered everything from Fats Waller to Winifred Atwell , Jools Holland, Elvis, Fats Domino and more, not jazz for the purist but highly entertaining. Carl is a superbly talented pianist and singer with a great rapport with a mostly more senior audience, Howard Smith on drums complements him perfectly and Kenny his dad, on guitar, brought back many rock and roll memories.

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George Sims, one of the founders of Jazz Club 90, and original raffle ticket seller was there with his wife, Joan, and duly sold raffle tickets again, even though he is now in his 90s!

Totally out of the blue was a presentation to Marie and myself, and George and Joan, of an engraved glass plaque in recognition of our contribution to jazz in Albrighton....many thanks to Terry Taylor, John Bosworth, John Hill and every one else involved in this lovely idea.

Any misgivings we may have had about the suitability of the Sports and Social Club as a venue were soon forgotten as it is a warm, welcoming, comfortable place with very friendly, helpful staff, we look forward to future gigs with a growing amount of confidence.


Great music, excellent beers, friendly welcome....why not give us a try, you might even win the superb wine and other prizes in the raffle?


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The final gig at the Harp

On May 17th 2015 Brian Turnock's brilliant New Orleans Z'Hulus brought the curtain down on Jazz Club 90 at the Harp with a session which reminded us of how much we will be missing.

The Harp was packed with many sitting in the bar where they could just hear the band.

We went back in time a little when George, one of the originators of Jazz Club 90 ( and now 90 years old himself!) sold the raffle tickets and managed to extract more money from the audience than Marie did!

John Hill read out a message from Bev Pegg which went :

"Dear John, Marie, and all of the Harp Jazz Regulars.


Im so sad to hear of this great jazz club finishing.

 I just want to thank John & Marie for organising what has been a great little club with a wonderful homely atmosphere.

 I have always loved playing here, and having a bit of a laugh, in front of such a lovely warm welcoming crowd. You will all remain in my mind for the rest of my days.

 Thank you all for the happy memories.

 Bev Pegg"


I think that sums up everything about the Harp, with the addition of all the wonderful bands who have entertained us so brilliantly and helped create that atmosphere.


Marie and I would like to thank everyone for their support over the years and for the many cards and gifts which we have received....but more especially for the many friends we have made and hope to keep in touch with in the future.


The final act was to remove the photos from the "bandstand"....the walls look very bare now!

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Updated May 16th 2015

Please read this regarding the future of Jazz Club 90 at the Harp....the short answer is there isn't one!

The longer answer is that the HopBack Brewery, the new owners of the Harp, met with Marie and myself yesterday (28th April) to say that the jazz was not making enough money and they proposed that we should stop the Tuesday gigs, with almost immediate effect, and do only two Sunday lunchtime gigs a month which would be reviewed in two month's time, also we would have to stop supplying Marie's renowned rolls as the pub did not have catering licence which could lead to health and safety issues should anyone have problem with food poisoning in the future.

We reluctantly accepted this the only way we could continue some form of jazz and spent the rest of the day contacting bandleaders with the news. This was followed by an emotional session with New Orleans Heat when everyone expressed their dismay at the turn of events.

Early this morning I was awake and wondering how we could make it work and together with Marie decided that we can't...losing the income from the sale of rolls and from 6 or 7 gigs each month  meant it would be very difficult to run on our already very tight (but controllable budget), and only two Sunday gigs at irregular times during the month would mean loss of continuity and loss of some of our audience.

I contacted Peter Greenwood from the brewery to tell him our decision which he accepted with the agreement we would go ahead with  some of the early May gigs because it was too late to cancel them.

Marie and I would like to thank all the musicians who have entertained us so brilliantly over the years  and all the fans who have come through the doors of the Harp, some for more than 20 years, to regularly support us...we have made many friends and hope we will keep in touch through various means.

Before then let's pack the pub, especially for the last session and give the jazz a great send off!

John and Marie.


Below are items and links accumulated during our many happy years at the Harp.

Telford based Quick Time Dixieland Jazz Band are on YouTube here

Have a look at this great young band on YouTube

It is the Shotgun Jazz Band from New Orleans and includes James Evans on clarinet



December 2016.....Jazz Club 90 now has 307 videos on YouTube which have had 635,568 views 

(You can find them via our "Videos" page)


If you haven't seen the Jake Leg Jug Band click I'm Gonna Cross That River of Jordan to see a video

Photos of Charlestown Jazz Band and links to videos are now on the "Gigs 13" page

Baby Jools' All Stars playing "Sentimental Journey"and "Tiger Rag" are on YouTube


The brilliant Remi Harris Trio are on YouTube with "Limehouse Blues" and "Sheikh of Araby".


After their very successful gig on April 7th. Christine Tyrrell and Trefor Williams are on YouTube with "Saratoga Shout", "What The Lord Has Done For Me", "Breeze", "Trs Mutarde" and "Cakewalking Babies/Get Out of Here and Go Home".


Malcolm Hogarth, Terry Roberts and Bob Pearce are on YouTube with "Flamingo" and "Tiger Rag"


Videos by Mike Lovell's Six in a Bar and Rosie (At Miss Jenny's Ball), Strictly Swing Quartet (Moonlight in Vermont) and Jack Cotterill's All Stars (Swing That Music) are now on YouTube


June 12th 2012 gig by the Remi Harris Trio.....videos "Dark Eyes", "All of Me", "Django's Tiger" and "Take the A Train" are on YouTube


Christine Tyrrell was at the Harp on April 17th with Wabash Jazzmen...videos of "Ring Dem Golden Bells", "How Great Thou Art" and "Running Wild" are on YouTube


Videos by the brilliant "Odd Couple" (Arthur Ebeling and Chris Quinn)  are now on YouTube

New Ben Holder videos on You Tube: "Body and Soul", "Dark Eyes" and "Straighten Up and Fly Right".

New Frog Island Jazz Band videos on YouTube: "Chimes Blues", "Harmony Blues" and "Riverside Blues".


Watch this 11 year old trumpet player just brilliant!

More new  videos this time for the Gary Bell Quartet with the superb Janice Williams on vocals

Find new videos for Dene River Jazzmen and the Brownfield/Byrne Hot 6 on the videos page

Malcolm Hogarth, Mike Hayler, Mark Challinor (Now known as the 3 Ms) with Mark's daughter Kirsty are on YouTube here.

You can find find video of the Mike Carnie Jazz All Stars with infamous Jack Russell terrier here!

I have found a video of Paul Harrison's UK Allstars made in April last year!...find it via the Videos page. Also you can see videos of Christine Tyrrell's superb session via the gig report and Videos page

Click for Debbie Arthurs' Jelly Roll Caf

Read the Telegraph review of the Harp here and the Shropshire Star review here.

Contact: John or Marie Howell on 01902 756158. 

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