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Sad news today (Feb 7th) from Pete Ainge.

Selwyn Newton, clarinet player in the Heart of England Jazz Band, passed away yesterday  afternoon after fighting cancer for many months.

Selwyn was a founder member of the HoE and was very popular with our Harp audiences with his distinctive singing, superb clarinet playing and the fact that he was a truly "nice bloke".

Our thoughts are with Jane and his family at this very sad time.

You can see Selwyn in action with "When You Wore a Tulip" here and other Heart of England videos....including the very first one I ever put on YouTube (Dans Les Rues D'Antibes)....can be found on our "Videos" page.....the film quality is not as good as later ones but the sound is OK.

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A Tribute to vibes player Peter Appleyard by David Beechey

I have just heard that vibraphone player Peter Appleyard sadly died yesterday evening, 17th July, aged 84. He was born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire on 26th August, 1928 and started playing drums around his home area before touring with Felix Mendelssohn's Hawaiian Serenaders.

During a period of national service in the RAF he started to double on vibes which soon became his main instrument. After leaving the air force he worked with Jimmy Macaffee in Dundee, Charley Berry in Sandown, Isle of Wight and Harry Brooker in Southend before joining Jack Wallace's band in Bermuda in 1949.

In 1951 he emigrated to Canada where he worked with pianist Calvin Jackson in Toronto, also appearing on radio and TV. He recorded his first LP 'Anything Goes' for RCA under his own name in 1957. During the 1960s he became a first call percussionist in Toronto's studios and between 1971 and 1977 returned to the international stage as a frequent sideman to Benny Goodman, appearing on the 1972 album 'On Stage' recorded in Copenhagen and on the CD 'The King Swings' (Starline).

Between 1977 and 1980 he hosted a jazz TV series called 'Peter Appleyard Presents' which was syndicated throughout North America and included numerous guest musicians including Eubie Blake, Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton and Kenny Davern. During an association with clarinettist Peanuts Hucko, including two tours of the UK he was featured on the LP 'Peanuts Hucko with his Pied Pipers' (1979 World Jazz).

In 1987 he visited the UK with a Benny Goodman tribute band which included Sam Most, Urbie Green, Slam Stewart and Hank Jones and,in 1990, recorded the CDs ''Barbados Heat' and 'Barbados Cool' for Concord. From then and until fairly recently he has appeared in the United States, Scandinavia, Switzerland and Japan.

He has appeared as a sideman with Mel Torme on 'Sing Sing Sing. (Concord 1992), Bob Wilber on 'Everywhere you go there's Jazz' (Arbors 1998), Dick Hyman on Swing is Here' (Reference 1996), Skitch Henderson on 'Swingin with Strings' (Arbors 2001) and Bucky Pizzarelli on 'Swing Live' (Chesky 2001).

Peter's  CD , 'Peter Appleyard and the Jazz Giants – ‘The Lost Sessions 1974' (Linus, Canada) came joint fourth in the new issues section of the Jazz journal Critics' Poll 2012 and along with his last CD, 'Sophisticated Ladies (Linus, Canada 2012) is a worthy tribute to this fine musician. Peter is survived by his partner Elfrieda, daughter Suzie and son Peter.

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I must add our own tribute to Peter Appleyard on behalf of all those lucky people who saw him several years ago at the Harp when he played in front of the Heart of England Jazz Band.

What was intended to be "a couple of numbers" when Peter arrived with David Beechey turned into a most amazing full blown session!

Peter came in and soon took over to the delight of the band and the audience!

Numbers with the full band, quartets with the rhythm section, even playing the drums when he fetched Clive Millward off his kit to sing at the front, all of this added up to a master class from one of the great vibes players of all time, showing just why his life in music included so many stars of the jazz world.

John Howell.

The music is "Dizzy Spells" played by Peter Appleyard on vibes (with Wray Downes on piano) prior to his ultimate claim to fame when he appeared at the Harp!.

 

 


The back page of Jazz Guide is reproduced here as a tribute to both Lynda and Bernie Tyrrell who for many years produced the Guide which became the "Bible" for jazz fans across the UK.

 

 

 

I saw this on Fred Burnett's website (www.jazznorthwest.co.uk ) ....well worth a look.

An interesting video sent to me by Barrie Marshall is this one -

Recorded 1983-85 the program is hosted by Al Hirt and features performances by Woody Herman, Irma Thomas, Delia Reese, Teddy Buckner, New Orleans Jazz All-Star Band and many more. Blues and ragtime, along with a rich local brass band tradition and many other influences, came together in early 1900's in New Orleans, Louisiana to create a new type of music called Dixieland jazz, also known as traditional jazz or New Orleans jazz. As jazz gained in popularity, it spread north from New Orleans to Chicago, New York, Kansas City, and across the Midwest to California. The America's Music Legacy series was recorded 1983-85 and produced by 20TH Century Home Entertainment. It showcases the musical legends performing the songs that continue to attract and entice the whole world, because they truly are the best of all that is America.


Congratulations to Donna and Dave who were married on Friday, October 5th. 2012......Donna, with her brother Russell, owns the Harp and Dave has been manager since they took over five and a half years ago.

Their commitment to the jazz has enabled us to continue providing top class music and this was acknowledged through the collection and a card signed by all our regulars which was presented to the happy couple on Friday evening....an evening which kept up the Harp tradition of keeping the bar staff very busy! The superb buffet was enjoyed by some 300 of their friends and family. 

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The happy wedding news is unfortunately followed by the sad news of the death of Derek Rowland, drummer and leader for many years of the Bank Street Syncopators.

Derek's funeral will be at Bushbury Crematorium, Underhill Lane Bushbury, Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV10 7JG on Thursday, October 18th. at 11.00am.

 

Important announcement.   (Nov. 20th. 2011)

In order to avoid any confusion and rumours this is the gist of an announcement I made yesterday lunchtime :

***The Harp Hotel is up for sale.***

Donna, Dave and Russell feel it is time to move on after spending more than four years since Terry died turning this internationally known jazz club into an even more appealing venue for both musicians and audience, at the same time bearing in mind the requirements of the pub during the rest of the week.

The Harp has been "home" for Jazz Club 90 for over 18 years and Donna and Dave have said that they would like new owners, whoever they may be, to continue the tradition.

Marie and I have said we will do all we can to keep the jazz sessions successful, both for the Jazz Club and the Harp, in order to help attract the right buyer.

Jazz fans can help to maintain the attraction of the Harp as a jazz venue by being in our audience as often as possible and showing that the Harp has an important role to play in the jazz world.

Whatever the outcome Marie and I would like to thank Donna, Dave and Russell for the invaluable help they have given us to keep Jazz Club 90 successful over the last four years.

 

See a superb Japanese girls' Swing Band here........ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7N6slVrQeY

 

See videos of Frank Pardoe, sadly no longer with us, with the Heart of England Jazz Band on the Videos page

Even more bad news....Derek Bennett, for many years the drummer with Zenith Hot Stompers, had a massive stroke yesterday ( March 25th) and sadly didn't survive.

Funeral arrangements

Stourbridge Crematorium

South Road, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 3RQ

 on

Friday 8th April 2011 at 11.40am

Followed by refreshments at

Ramada Hotel - Kidderminster

Habberley Road, Bewdley, Nr Kidderminster,

Worcestershire DY12 1LA

Family flowers only - Donations please to:

Nicola Bicknell

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research

39-40 Eagle Street

London

WC1R 4TH

 

 

 

 

More Sad News

Frank Pardoe, tenor sax player and one of our regular and popular supporters at the Harp sadly died unexpectedly today (March 19th). Although Frank had to combat several serious illnesses over the last few years his death at the age of 84 (he was in the Harp for his birthday last week) comes as a very nasty shock.

Our condolences to Ena and the family at this sad time.

 

Frank's funeral will be at St. Mary's Church, East Castle Street, Bridgnorth on Tuesday, March 29th. at 12.30pm.

Parking in Bridgnorth is difficult at the best of times so you are advised to use the car parks in Listley Street.

 

 

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This page unfortunately is a bearer of sad news again after we heard the bandleader and sax/clarinet player Rod Chambers died suddenly yesterday afternoon, January 4th. 2011.

 

Rod made many visits to the Harp with his Louisiana Joymakers and more recently has been the reed player with the Savannah Jazz Band.

The funeral will be a Jazz Service at St. John the Baptist Church (commonly known as St John's Church) Kidderminster Road (A448), Bromsgrove, B61 7JW Monday 24th January 2011 at 1pm then afterwards at the Bromsgrove Sports and Social Club, 174 Worcester Road (B4091), Bromsgrove, B61 7AY. followed by a private family service and committal on Tuesday 25th January 2011. The Savannah Jazz Band are playing at the Church service and the Louisiana Joymakers and many others will be at the Club to give Rob a right good jazz send off.

Sad News

Last Friday we had the sad news that Ken Jones had died suddenly on Thursday, Feb. 11th. Ken was a brilliant pianist and, as is said so often about jazz musicians, a really nice gentleman. He was a founder member of John Burnett's Jazz Bandits and appeared at the Harp on the last Tuesday of every month for many years and more recently has been in with the Martinique Jazz Band and Apex Jazz and Swing Band.

Details of Ken's funeral:

Ken's funeral service is to be held at St Nicholas on the Green,

Kings Norton, Birmingham, B38 8RU.

at 2 pm on Monday 1 March.

On the A441 (Pershore Road South) out of Birmingham.

Click here for a map.

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Once again a jazz musician's funeral brought together many of his friends from the jazz world and beyond. Ken would have been proud to be played in to the packed church by many of the musicians he had performed with over the years.

Ron Hills paid tribute to Ken's influence on John Burnett's Jazz Bandits where they spent many years together and talked of the many other ways  that Ken entertained countless audiences over the years.

The congregation was invited to stay and listen to the "BIg Jazz Band" (5 trumpets, 4 trombones, 1 piano, 1 clarinet, 1 soprano sax and 1 banjo...I think that was all!) who played several numbers whilst the family went to a private cremation.

We then adjourned for refreshments and chat, mostly about a brilliant musician and a real gentleman who will be greatly missed.

 

 

A photo showing more of the changes to the "bandstand"

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With new curtains also in the lounge.........................this is now the "New Look"  bandstand which has met with nothing but approval from musicians and audience alike.
Changes afoot at the Harp!

Donna , Dave and Russell are doing a great job of refurbishing the Harp. Having started with a complete makeover of the bar, which now has a much brighter and more welcoming feeling, they have now progressed to the lounge.

With the whole pub already rewired the decorators were able to move in to give a new fresh look to the place but not before a few trials and tribulations....such as when Marie and myself, together with 3 year old grandson Adam, went to take down the photos. It transpired that many of them were now an integral part of the building as they were the only things holding the plaster together! This meant that much of the "bandstand end of the room had to be boarded and re-plastered.

This having been done and the decorating completed we were able to put back some of the photos, as you can see below, not totally covering the wall as before but as a "frieze" along two of the walls with many of the framed pictures hung throughout the room.

A splendid new "Jazz Club 90" banner was donated by one of our regulars and there will be new blinds and curtains soon.

With new carpet and furniture promised before too long the lounge will be even more welcoming than before with I am sure still the same atmosphere that appeals to musicians and fans.

Add to all this the superbly run bar, with excellent service from Alan and Nick, and the financial backing for the jazz from Donna, Dave and Russell and I believe we will have a Jazz Venue which will continue to be one of the best in the country.

  The new look bandstand  

A cool time for hot jazz!

Worthy of reporting is the change to the heating system in the Harp. The huge air conditioning unit which clung to the ceiling for many years, and which we swear had come out of one of the ginormous Continental artic trailers (and still provided shelter for 15 Albanian refugees!), is no more and has been replaced by three very modern units which can be altered independently by remote control behind the bar.

Hopefully the hot summer promised by the forecasters will mean they are running on "cold" for a few months! 


Although this is our jazz website I feel that the effort put in by Donna, Dave and Russell to keep the Harp going as a music venue justifies my very selfish inclusion of a report on the "Neil Diamond Tribute" night on Friday, January 30th.

It was the first time Marie and myself had been to a Friday session and the main reason for going was that our 7 year old grandson, Jamie, is a fervent Neil Diamond fan.

Paul George, also known as Diamond Geezer, was the entertainer for the evening and both he and the already gathered audience were amazed when Jamie walked in wearing a sparkly, sequin covered jacket, just like his idol would wear. Within minutes Paul had brought him a CD featuring Diamond songs and later had a rather embarrassed Jamie out the front to sing a song with him and also had their photo taken together.

The people in the almost "full house" audience were amazed at Jamie being able to sing all the words of every song that the "Diamond Geezer" performed during the evening, even after a little nap he woke up to join in!

Even Donna and Dave came down to see this new little superstar in the Harp and his "air guitar" dancing to the Rock and Roll that Paul finished off with had everyone in stitches.

Dave fetched the "Diamond Geezer" poster out of the display case and gave it to Jamie for his bedroom wall and a rather tired little boy went home very happy.

He is now on  Paul's website "News" page (www.diamondgeezermusic.co.uk) and also the Neil Diamond fan club site (www.iaisnd.com) Message Board.

Without the Jamie factor this would still have been a superbly entertaining evening and Donna, Dave and Russell are to be commended for the work they have put in since taking over the Harp and deserve everyone's support for ventures such as this.

Paul George as "Diamond Geezer"....with little star Jamie.

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Tuesday, January 20th. 2009

The Terry Pibworth jazz dynasty lives on!....after Terry's passing his daughter Donna and son Russell kept the jazz in the family and now Russell and his partner Jill have announced they are to become parents and, to put it mildly, they both seem to be rather pleased! 

On the right is the first photo (11 week scan), not yet old enough to pull pints in the Harp but we await that pleasure in the future!

Congratulations to Russell and Jill from Jazz Club 90.

 

Another Review in the Shropshire Star

Jazz act sent us all home pleased

New Orleans Heat

The Harp, Albrighton, December 7th. 2008

Mentioned in one of Britain’s best selling dailies as one of the last bastions of the curious cultural phenomenon British traditional jazz The Harp certainly lived up to its reputation by featuring New Orleans Heat. The band did justice to the venue and gave a packed audience a couple of hours of sheer joy.

The line-up consisted of the leader, Barry Grummet on piano, Gwyn Lewis - cor­net, John Scantlebury - alto sax/clarinet, Mike Taylor - trombone, Tony Peatman - banjo, Harry Slater - bass and Colin Bushell on drums. Most of the music was based on their best-selling CDs Walking with the King and Big Manou.

It would be wrong to mention any particular highlight from this top quality band but the pick for me were Down in Honky Tonk Town, Birthday Boy - Mike Tay­lor’s rendition of Sweet Georgia Brown, the haunt­ing cornet playing of Gwyn Lewis in Royal Telephone and Willie the Weeper (he’s also a good vocalist), Love Songs of the Nile, and John Scantlebury’s interpretation of St Jude’s Hymn, which was clarinet playing at its best.

Barry Grummet has done a wonderful job with this hand-picked band and leads a very solid rhythm section.

As an encore the band raised the roof with Panama.

Suitably relaxed by Andrew Brough’s Pale Ale expertly dispensed by landlord Dave Taylor, we went

 home happy with smiles on our faces.

Derek Ruddock

 

We were able to wish Russell, the suitably embarrassed brother of Donna and co-owner of the Harp, a very happy 30th. birthday when we gave him a cake and signed card at the Apex session on December 2nd.

We are indebted to Derek Ruddock for this review in the Shropshire Star, Wednesday, November 26th. 2008.

Superb Sounds of Trad Jazzers

Richard Leach’s Jazz Band

The Harp, Albrighton.

 After too long an absence, it was back to the heartland of traditional jazz in the county to enjoy the sounds of the Richard Leach Jazz Band.

It’s great credit to John and Marie Howell, ably supported by mine hosts Donna and Russell Pibworth, for bringing such quality bands to The Harp. The welcome and friendliness generated is top class. It is always more difficult in a lunchtime concert to create the same atmosphere that one seems to get during the evening, however the quality of the band more than made up for this and each set was superb.

Richard was supported by Gordon Whitworth on trumpet, Dave Wilkinson on reeds, Howard Worthington on bass and Brian Wellor on banjo/guitar. My favourites included Marching Thro’ Georgia, Stevedore Stomp, I’ve found a new baby, and Dapper Dan, but the highlight of the session was Richard Leach’s interpretation of the Jack Teagarden classic St James Infirmary Blues, this was trombone playing at its best. My only criticism would be the lack of a drummer as a driving force in the John Petters mould, but this did not detract from a cracking day out with freshly made rolls, real ale and good company. A diary date is one of the top bands in the Midlands New Orleans Heat who are at the Harp on December 7.

Not to be missed.

 Derek Ruddock

 

Follow this link to hear a 25 minute Radio 4 programme presented by Mel Hill about one of the Midlands' greatest drummers, Peter Cotterill. Pete died in March 2005 but during his career in jazz played for the likes of Max Collie and was well known for his association with the legendary Tommy Burton.

The CD of this programme was loaned to me by Joyce, one of our Harp regulars who is a friend of Pete's widow Lynne. Lynne very kindly gave permission for me to put this on our site....I am sure there are many fans of this great drummer who will enjoy listening to it.

We have now had more than 13,600 visits to the Jazz Club 90 website!


Another invitation to join us, this time on Tuesday, November 25th. when Antique Six Jazz Band will be in the building on the occasion of Marie's birthday.

If you are a Harp regular you will know just how hard Marie works at every session to relieve you of your money for the "kitty" which helps Donna, Dave and Russell to fund the jazz..

If you haven't been before you will see Marie selling raffle tickets, the football card, fresh rolls and anything else she can think of (legal of course!) to raise money.

A very good chance to say "Thank you" to my lovely lady.

Come and join us!

On Tuesday, October 14th....to hear the brilliant New Orleans Heat and help us celebrate 15 years of jazz at the Harp. The past 15 years have seen us progress from an unknown club featuring excellent local bands to a venue now known around the world which has been proud to welcome such jazz greats as Kenny Baker, Phil Mason, Terry Lightfoot, Neville Dickie, Peter Appleyard, Tommy Burton and many, many more national and international stars of the jazz world.

We will be holding one of our special raffles with many prizes (just a few of the alcoholic liquid variety!) and, to show our appreciation of all the support we have received over the years, Marie will again be providing light refreshments which usually go down extremely well!.

8.30 start...don't be late!

My thanks to everyone who helped to make my 75th. birthday celebrations such a success....from our family at home, having cancelled our big party because of the dire long range weather forecast (which turned out to be completely wrong!) to our friends at the Harp on Sunday, Sept. 14th. Below is part of the gig report for that day.

I must say I enjoyed being on the receiving end of the generosity of our audience, from the very welcome pints of Holden's to the singing of "Happy Birthday", the candles to blow out on the cake, the card with very nice comments, the wine from "mine hosts" and other presents, topped off by the   envelope with the proceeds of the collection amongst the wonderful jazz fans.....my sincere thanks to everyone. Whether I should thank John Bosworth and my lovely wife Marie for the "75" banners and the long forgotten photos of a very young me, and others of Marie and myself, is another matter!

 

......what a good looking bunch!

The entertainers, Adam and Jamie.....

 

In case you haven't seen the August programme on our first page you might like to know that due to a cancellation we have been able to book the

Carl Sinclair Duo...a brilliant young piano player with Howard Smith on drums

for Sunday, August 31st, starting at 1 o'clock.

Carl was an instant success when he was at the Harp in June with his piano playing, singing and personality...everything from Winifred Atwell to Boogie to Ray Charles and more!


Popular visitors to the Harp, JB's Jazz and Blues Band, have been voted the "Band of the Year"  by Stafford Jazz Society Members and awarded the Ken Rattenbury Memorial Trophy.

Congratulations to leader John Beckingham and his excellent band


Below is a letter from John Bosworth, one of our very regular members of the audience, which appeared in the Express & Star, a Midlands evening newspaper. I am sure we all agree with the contents!

Amy’s talent so amazing.

 I went to see Amy perform on Tuesday evening. What a talented performer she is, with a quite remarkable grasp of the various elements of jazz, considering how young she is. Her quiet, unassuming character and willingness to mingle with members of the audience during and after the performance was refreshing.

However, I am not talking about Amy Winehouse, as some might have thought, but Amy Roberts, a young lass from Cornwall who plays alto saxophone quite brilliantly. She played alongside the Heart of England Jazz Band at the Harp Hotel in Albrighton. What a pity that so few of her own age were there to see such an able performer holding the audience, and members of the band, almost spellbound.

With youngsters like her, there is hope that jazz will survive and grow once again.

John Bosworth, Catholic Lane, Dudley.

 

After the news that beer had been named after Terry (see below) the following report appeared in the Bridgnorth Journal on March 15th. 2008:

Raising pint in memory

THE Harp Hotel, in Albrighton, has introduced a new beer for customers in memory of the former landlord.

“Terry’s Session Beer”, which was named after Terry Pibworth and also honours the hotel’s connection with jazz music, has gone down a treat with punters since being launched.

New landlord Dave Taylor (pictured) said that he has had to order more in already. “It was the head for the brewers Slaters of Eccelshall, Mick Huxley, who came up with the idea as he was good friends with Terry,” he said.

Dave now runs the establishment with his girlfriend,  Terry’s daughter, after Terry passed away last year. But the family links do not stop there as it was Dave’s sister Angela, a graphic designer, who came up with the design for the beer’s name, which can be seen on the bar taps.

“I have been running the pub now since June last year and it’s going really well,” added Dave. We have kept the music going and everyone seems to be enjoying it.”

The Jazz Club, which introduces a variety of jazz musicians to Albrighton most Tuesdays and Sundays, moved, to the Harp Hotel after outgrowing The Bush.

Picture: Simon Devey

 

Dave sampling "Terry's session bitter" at the bar in the Harp.

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The success of Jazz Club90, and indeed the very existence of this website, is in no small way due to the financial support and encouragement from the late Terry Pibworth, the owner of the Harp. It is therefore with great pleasure we hear the news that Terry now has a beer named after him by Slater's brewery...aptly named "Terry's Session Bitter...Terry was known for the occasional session after time!

This splendid brew will be available from Sunday, March 2nd. at the Harp.

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Clive Millward's Funeral

Monday, March 3rd. 2008

Once again a funeral of a jazz musician has shown the great affection that exists between musicians and jazz fans.

A packed Lodge Hill Crematorium, I would estimate at least 250  family, friends and musicians filling the seats and standing wherever there was space, heard tributes from Selwyn Newton, John Grant, Clive's son Nick and grand-daughter Christie and his son-in-law Giovanni....all illustrating the the way in which Clive touched many peoples lives.

"Clive's Band", which was the members of Heart of England Jazz Band, played "Goodnight Sweet Prince" as the funeral party entered for the Humanist Service, and later played "Mood Indigo" to an eerily quiet audience. The most moving moment was when Clive's voice was heard singing "Tishomingo Blues" from one of the Heart of England CDs.

We adjourned to Northfield British Legion where once again an unbelievable number of people turned up to share memories and listen to music by the many jazzmen present.....to try to name them all would be impossible, needless to say they all played superb tributes to Clive and I think his son Nick released a lot of pent up emotion during a brilliant drum solo!

A collection took place during the afternoon and will, together with other donations made, go to the Childhood Leukaemia Research Charity, a very worthy cause.

I finish with the last line of Selwyn's tribute which you can read below....

We extend our love and thoughts to Denise, Nick, Richard and Claudia, and their families, for their loss is even greater than ours.

 

This tribute to Clive Millward appeared in the Heart of England Newsletter and is reproduced by kind permission of Selwyn Newton.

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Clive Millward

25th.March 1938-16th. February 2008

Just over two weeks from the date that Clive entered hospital to undergo tests, he is no longer with us. On January 26 Clive was part of the band, as usual, at St.Michael’s-on-Wyre, near Blackpool, and the many enquiries and commiserations already received have one common thread running through them - disbelief at the suddenness of his passing.

 For almost 60 years Clive had been a musical entertainer. From early adolescence, when he first joined his parents on the stage in local clubs, where they presented their Music Hall-style shows, until the end of January this year, he had given pleasure to countless audiences throughout the UK, as well as several European countries and, even, the cradle of jazz itself, New Orleans.

 After discovering a neglected drum kit, whilst investigating his grandmother’s attic, when he was twelve, he soon put it to good use and taught himself to play, joining his parents in their performances.

 During his schooldays he became involved with any performing activity, including plays and pantomimes. But it was whilst in the Army, doing his two years’ National Service, that Clive made several sorties from his base at Aldershot to sample London’s emerging jazz scene, visiting Ronnie Scott’s among other jazz clubs.

 An apprenticeship at what was then called ‘The Austin’, saw Clive embark on a career in the Body Development Department of which he never tired. I have met very few people who said that they enjoyed every day of their working life - in Clive’s case, 47 years. But amongst those young apprentices were several aspiring musicians, including Garry Allcock, and a lifelong friendship began. An apprentices’ band soon became a reality, in which Roger, too, was involved

 In the early 1960s Clive joined a dance band called The Fortunes which played five nights a week at The Cedar Tree in Rugeley; it also had a residency at the Westmead Country Club. It was at this time that Clive first met Arthur Brown, and after ‘depping’ with Arthur’s Jubilee Jazzmen at The Swan at Alvechurch, he was asked to become a permanent member of the band. Later, in the 1970s, Clive joined The New Delta Jazz Band, which included Ray Foxley, Roy Hubbard, Tony Davis, Mick Jones, Pete Barnard and Len Thwaites in its line-up.

 In 1981, when The Arthur Brown Jazz Band was launched, Clive occupied the drum chair for the lifetime of that band, then transferring to The Heart of England Jazz Band when Arthur joined Pete Allen. Despite the number of vocalists in each band, Clive remained the ‘Number One’ vocalist, skilfully adapting his voice to the lyrical demands of songs like ‘Summertime’, the subtleties of ‘Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans’ and Irving Berlin’s 1938 composition, ‘My Old Walking Stick’, or the Charleston-like qualities of ‘Five Foot Two’. He had an extensive collection of old greetings cards upon the back of which dozens of lyrics had been scrawled in case the memory failed.( He sang over 70 songs). Publications such as ‘Just Jazz’ often carry readers’ comments about the low quality of singing in some bands, where it might have improved the performance not to have bothered at all. This was never the case with Clive who was invariably immaculate in both the interpretation and execution of a great range of songs.

 Despite the many other changes that both The Arthur Brown Jazz Band and The Heart of England Jazz Band experienced over nearly three decades, there was only ever one drummer in either band - Clive Millward.

 Throughout his life Clive had always been incredibly creative and practical in all his enthusiasms. He had built working steam locomotives and aircraft, from scratch, rebuilt classic cars, and had an envious ability to be able to find a solution to almost any practical problem.

 When not concentrating ferociously hard on his playing or singing, he invariably had a smile on his face, was always a gentleman and had a calm, relaxing disposition which endeared him to so many.

 As founder member of two major Midland jazz bands, Clive was also founder member of the ‘family’ that each band became, so that all of us who ever made music with Clive, have lost something so much more than just another passing musician, but a very dear friend. It is more true than in many other cases that without Clive our band will never be the same again.

 We extend our love and thoughts to Denise, Nick, Richard and Claudia, and their families, for their loss is even greater than ours.

 Selwyn Newton

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This review by Derek Ruddock of a recent session at the Harp was in the Shropshire Star on February10th. 2008.

Jazz Club 90--Harp Hotel--Albrighton--Shropshire.

Tucked away on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border under the stewardship of John & Marie Howell, lies a haven for traditional jazz enthusiasts. On Sunday we were not disappointed, The Antique Six Jazz Band played to a packed audience at the Harp and gave two hours of pure joy.

This is a well knit band with no weaknesses. Led by the legendary classic jazz playing of Chris Mercer on trumpet and vocals, the front line also featured Chris Pearce on clarinet/saxes, his particular rendition of ‘The World is Waiting for the Sunshine’ was superb and watching his imagination unfurl and take flight was an engaging experience. Richard Leach, apart from playing trombone, did all the intros and possesses a wicked sense of humour. His interpretation of ‘On Treasure Island’ was full of ingeniously inventive touches.

No jazz band is successful without the drive and expertise of a top class rhythm section. Graham Smith on drums was quite exceptional, whilst Dennis Mowatt provided subtle changes of key in a very solid performance of banjo playing. Last but not least the most unheralded of musical instruments is the bass but Len Thwaites really made the double bass talk.

 This is very much a fun loving jazz band and from the opening number ‘Joe Averys Piece’ to the final number ‘Nagasaki’ they really seemed to enjoy each other’s company.

 

They are due back at this wonderful intimate venue on April 15th 2008. Definitely a date not to be missed — see you all then.

       Derek Ruddock

 

Saturday, July 21st.....the day of the fourth Jazz Club 90 cruise aboard the good ship Edward Thomas 2nd was like the previous many days....raining!

This did not deter the hardy members of the party who assembled at 10.00am sharp in order to board under the sharp eye of Captain "Big John" Bosworth and his trusty mate, "Her Indoors" Barbara. Making up the passenger list we had Gladys and Gordon, Iris and Terry, Marj and Roy, John and Pat, Frank, Marie and yours truly and of course John and Barbara. One absentee was the other Gordon who cried off because of a stomach bug, or was it too much wine?...we shall never know!

Having had a senior moment and left my camera in the boot of the car I am indebted to our captain for the few photos below.....his duties as commander of the rather long ET 2nd. meant his photo opportunities were restricted, especially when turning the 70ft. vessel round to face the other way!

Setting off in a southerly direction it wasn't long before refreshments were called for with tea, coffee, red wine (at 10.30am!!!) and nibbles soon appearing from the galley. The showery weather at the start of the voyage meant that the two Johns, Bosworth and Hill, were able to get us safely to Dimmingsdale, which was our "winding" point in a wider part of the canal, where the efforts of the captain and crew succeeded in getting the very long boat jammed across the "cut"!.....a problem soon resolved by the brilliant seamanship (should that be canalmanship) of John No.1 and the brawn of John No.2. We thus finished up facing north to retrace our steps (?waves) past our mooring and on to the chippy at Newbridge.

Along the way we were again able to marvel at the tremendous engineering feat which led to the construction of the waterways with the locks being a brilliant way of getting vessels up and down inclines. John and Barbara both commented that they had never seen the water level so high, most of the time it was only a few inches below the towpath. The amount of water pouring over the overflow "weirs" was amazing and made us think of the hardship faced by those flooded out by the recent torrential rain along the Severn valley.

Having collected 13 packs of fish, chips and mushy peas from the excellent chippy at Newbridge we continued a little further to moor up for lunch. The packs of cholesterol laden food were distributed by gorgeous waitresses (I was told to put that in!) who also kept us supplied with wine and beer. As if fish and chips wasn't enough we were then plied with several delicious puddings (desserts if you are posh!) which included strawberries and cream, tiramisu, the best bread pudding I have tasted in a long time and fruit flans etc. It may have been wet outside but we had a very comfortable lunch....many thanks ladies.

Having been forgiven my "grounding" exploits of last year I was once more delighted to be at times in charge of the Ernest Thomas for parts of the journey, taking great pleasure in navigating locks and bridges with minimal, or even better, no contact with the walls!

Turning at Autherley Junction we then proceeded south again through gradually heavier rain so that the two brave Johns (not me!) finished up rather wet and bedraggled looking. We arrived back at the mooring at exactly 4.00pm following six hours of absolute pleasure in spite of the rain.

Plenty of talking, plenty of eating and drinking, looked after by lovely ladies....what more could we want! Our thanks once again to John and Barbara for inviting us. Here's to next year!

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The Oldies

Pat and Strawberries

Captain, for a little while!

Marie and Marge

Oldies, still talking!


This is almost unbelievable!

I found this on Fred Burnett's "Jazz in the North West" website and have the writer's permission to reproduce it here.

"Hi Fred, I have just returned from Ascona Jazz Festival where I talked to several well known musicians from New Orleans about the situation there now, nearly two years after Katrina. I was appalled and very upset by what I heard so thought I would pass some of it on. I don't think a lot of people realise just how little is being done. The French Quarter, the Business Centre, and the Garden District were little affected and are almost back to normal. The surrounding areas were devastated. Everything was flattened. Even after two years hardly any building is going on, no houses, no schools. A few people are existing in trailers and huts made from the wreckage and trying to rebuild their homes.  The levees which keep the water out have not been repaired! Very frightening now the hurricane season is about to start. Apparently they were never built to specifications in the first place due to corruption and bad practice hence they collapsed underneath with the pressure of water and did not breach at the top. The USA government has contracted all the rebuilding work to a construction company, Haliburton, and made a law that forbids any local construction workers to work for anyone else. Haliburton pay the minimum wage possible!  The musicians who are still there are working hard to keep the culture of New Orleans alive ( we saw a film about he Creole Culture) but are very bitter about the way thousands of New Orleans citizens have been treated and are still treated. 

A remark that was made to us was very telling! “ The money spent in two weeks in Iraq would be more than enough to rebuild all of New Orleans”

Makes you think! - Annie Cousin"

Doesn't it just?....if anyone has any comments they would like to add please let me have them.

Look at www.halliburtonwatch.org to see comments about the company rebuilding(?) New Orleans


Upton on Severn Jazz Festival 2007

Setting off after Terry's funeral Marie and I had a very good journey to Upton and were amazed to see how many caravans were already there....we finished up along the edge of the field rather than in one of the usual circles but this turned out to be more convenient as we had the dogs with us.

A dry evening allowed us to put up the awning with time to walk to the "chippy" only to find it was closed! Next morning was also kind to us and we were able to erect Mo's tent before she arrived. The entertainment was provided by Pat and John Hill who spent several hours erecting their tent,......without the instructions! Then followed the airbed blowing up saga which necessitated the use of superglue and puncture repair outfits. We are told that this had to be repeated several times during the night...at least that's how John explained the heavy breathing! Kevin and Anna also arrived to complete the party.

Needless to say the usual round of eating, drinking (in moderation of course!) and sleeping, as shown by Jess, Billie and Mo Bayliss in the photos, also led to the usual washing up session.

There was plenty of jazz to listen to with Harp favourites Rod Chambers' Louisiana Joymakers and Antique Six who both played emotional tributes to Terry, violinist Ralph Allin at last on the stage of a big marquee, the Chris Barber Big Band as professional as ever and many more who all contributed to the weekend.

The sometimes muddy conditions on parts of the site which needed tons of straw put down to get around the festival did not deter the fans  nor the dancers....there is no truth in Marie's suggestion my hands were shaking too much to take more than one photo of the dancers! The weather forecast however did prompt us to leave at lunch time on Sunday, a fortunate decision as the photos below show the state of the field on Monday morning!

Our thanks to Mo, Pat, John, Kevin and Anne who helped to make a most enjoyable weekend, to everyone connected with the festival who did a great job keeping everything moving, and to the musicians and fans who created an enjoyable atmosphere.

Here's to next year!

The flood photos by kind permission of Barry Kesterton Click photos to enlarge

Thursday, June 21st. 2007

Today was the funeral of Terry Pibworth, owner of the Harp Hotel

"Wow, what a send off!"

Those were the opening words of The Reverend Canon Jim Richardson, OBE, at the start of the service for Terry at Bushbury Crematorium. 

It was a send off which started when his family, friends and customers gathered at the Harp to await Terry's arrival for his last journey through the village. By the time the funeral party left, to spontaneous  applause, there was a crowd which filled the green and the road in front of the Harp, a crowd which followed the hearse along the High Street as it was led by a jazz band made up of musicians who play regularly  at the Harp.

On reaching the Crematorium we were amazed to see even more people, there must have been 300+ waiting Terry's arrival, many had to stand outside as the Chapel became packed to the doors, thus prompting Canon Williams' remarks.

The entrance music was the Blues Brothers' "Gimme Some Lovin'", a favourite of Terry's.

The "service" was one of the most relaxed and friendly we have ever been to, made even more relaxed when Canon Williams left his platform to talk to Donna and Russell whilst reflecting on Terry's varied and sometimes colourful life. Reference was made to the Harp's beer festivals, the music nights including Jazz Club 90's twice a week gigs and the late nights in the bar! Terry was a great one for mechanical toys, especially if they had a musical interest, so it was no surprise to some of us when Russell was asked to come to the coffin to turn on "Ossie" the tap dancing ostrich..... Canon Williams then led everyone in clapping in time with "Ossie"!

"All things bright and beautiful" and "Guide me , O Thou great Redeemer" were sung with genuine feeling by the congregation either side of the poem which starts "Don't grieve too much over this thing called death, I have only slipped away in to the next room" and ends with "All is well, let the music play on"....a comment Terry would have appreciated.

We left the chapel to the tune of "You're My Best Friend" by Queen, again Terry would have approved.

Russell and Donna invited everyone to join the family back at the Harp to "Rock On" and remember Terry in style.....Marie and I had to leave much too early to go to Upton Jazz Festival  but we were told by spies at the festival that "remembering Terry" was still in full swing at midnight....just as he would have wanted!

Terry made an outstanding financial commitment to help establish the Harp and Jazz Club 90 in the jazz world and will be remembered and missed by musicians and fans alike.

 

The musicians leading Terry through the village were Selwyn Newton, Kevin Morgan, Pete Ainge, Tony Billingsley, Dave Smith and Derek Rowland.

 

The hearse was driven by Donna's partner Dave, a rare honour but something he wanted to do for Terry.

June 11th....

It is with the deepest regret that we have to let you know that Terry Pibworth, "mine host" at the Harp, died today (Monday) at 7am following a second severe stroke.

Terry's constant support and involvement with the jazz at the Harp helped enormously to make Jazz Club 90 (and Terry) known throughout the jazz world.

He will be sadly missed as a friend and our thoughts are with his daughter Donna and son Russell at this difficult and sad time.

The Harp is closed for a few days so tomorrow's session with Ralph Allin is cancelled and Sunday with Martinique will go ahead as planned. The jazz will continue for the time being until the future of the Harp is sorted out.

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Terry’s funeral will be held at Bushbury Crematorium, Wolverhampton on Thursday next, June 21st at 2.30pm.

Family flowers only, any donations in lieu will be for the

“Stroke Unit Trust Fund, New Cross Hospital”

and can be sent Terry’s daughter, Donna Pibworth,  the Harp Hotel, Albrighton, WV7 3JF or to Marie or myself at 19, Cabot Grove, Perton, Wolverhampton. WV6 7TQ or obviously left at the Crematorium.

The Sunday and Tuesday sessions will take place as normal next week, please try to turn up as a tribute to Terry.

If you need any more info phone us on 01902 756158

I must add that we are quite amazed at the number of phone calls and e-mails we have had since Terry died and the flowers and messages of sympathy sent to Donna at the Harp are quite astonishing....emphasising once again Terry's contribution not only to the jazz world but also to other aspects of popular music on different nights of the week.

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      Excellent News!!!!!!!!

Last Sunday the Harp was full of rumours about the future....it was to be knocked down and a block of flats built, it was going to be a restaurant, a "sports" pub full of Sky TVs and more!

None of this is true, Terry's daughter Donna, her partner Dave and her brother Russell are going to keep the pub going for at least 18 months to see if they like the pub life and if they can make a good living.

Donna has said she wants the jazz to continue as a tribute to Terry.......Marie and myself are obviously delighted to do all we can to maintain the reputation the Harp has as a jazz venue, a reputation which would not exist had it not been for Terry's support of Jazz Club 90.....with your help we, and the Harp, can go from strength to strength.

Jazz Club 90 is still alive and kicking and the jazz will continue with the programme you can see on our Home  page!



It isn't very often we get an invitation to a 140th. birthday party but that is exactly where we went on Friday, April 20th. when Harp regulars Gordon Nuttall (60) and Frank, smooth-head, Pardoe (80) held a joint party at Shifnal War Memorial Club.

With the club packed with friends and family of the the birthday boys music for the evening was provided by Heart of England Jazz Band with guest Richard Leach on trombone. To add to the entertainment two rich oil sheikhs, or possibly illegal immigrants, entered the room to join in with the band.....surprise, surprise, they turned out to be Gordon, displaying his prowess on the trombone and Frank performing, amongst other numbers, his own version of Sheikh of Araby. By the end of this episode Frank had lost his beard and moustache but kept on his new eyebrows, he hasn't had so much hair on his head for many a year!

Organised by Gordon and prepared by the club staff an excellent buffet was available during the interval, combined with very nice club drink prices this enhanced even more the enjoyment of a very special party.

Later in the evening the band were joined by Kevin on soprano, Gordon Fryer on clarinet, Pete on trumpet, Anne on penny whistle, Doreen on slide whistle with Frank and Gordon out of disguise for a rousing version of "Mamma won't allow" which saw some virtuoso performances from the novices!

A brollie parade was inevitable and brought forth some very nice creations, I do wonder what the "non-jazz" members of the party thought of it all.

A splendid evening was had by all, our thanks to Gordon for arranging a very special "do" and to Frank for being the inspiration behind it, we look forward to the 150th!

 

Trombone playing Gordon....

Heart of England Jazz Band

...Frank's Sheikh of Araby

 
 

Marie leads the brollie parade

Penny Whistle Anne

The Birthday Boys

A few Harp regulars

 

April 3rd...today's jazz session was also a celebration of the Golden Wedding anniversary of Roy and Vi Corfield who over the past couple of years have become regulars at the Harp, especially the Tuesday evening gigs.

Richard Leach's Clubhouse Five provided the music, with several tunes applicable to the occasion (see More Gig Reports), and a great time was had by all.

Vi was presented with a card signed by all their friends and flowers from Jazz Club 90 to mark 50 years of wedded bliss (Roy told me to put that in!), whilst everyone tucked in to the sandwiches, Spanish onion and black pudding provided by the happy couple.

We wish Roy and Vi many more happy years together and look forward to the Diamond event!

 50 years together for Roy and Vi.

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Latest report on Grandsons, Jamie and Adam ( this is my own personal indulgence on our website!):

Jamie, (5½ going on 26!) has had some great news this week. Having been diagnosed 5 years ago as having a serious kidney condition, which may need a transplant before he is 10, the staff at Birmingham Children's Hospital have now said the diagnosis may have been wrong, he has not deteriorated as they expected (the opposite in fact, he is a very healthy little lad). He should now be able to come off the blood pressure and thyroid tablets (yes, for a pre-5 year old!) which he has taken so well for the last five years. The condition he was diagnosed with meant it was possible he could die in his 20-30s so this is the most marvellous news.

Adam is growing apace and now is following in father and grandfather's shoes by picking his place at the bar!....the photo was taken at his 1st. birthday dinner with Mom and Dad and Marie and myself.

Needless to say, Jamie and Adam get on very well together. Click on the photos to enlarge

Jamie snowballing

Adam in garden

Adam at the bar

Adam

Best pals

Adam again


20th March.....We appear to be in to a season of anniversaries, Frank's birthday last week and now a Ruby Wedding Anniversary coming up next week!

Roy and Chris, regulars with their friends on alternate Tuesdays, will have been happily married for 40 years next Tuesday {March 27th.) but will be celebrating on a sun kissed shore in an exotic part of the world.....actually I believe they will be in Eastbourne!

Friend Barbara rang me to ask if the band could surprise them by playing a suitable number....after much deliberation New Washboard Syncopators, discarding such tunes as "I had someone else before I had you and I'll have someone after you've gone", came up with "Your lips they say No! No! but there's Yes!,Yes! in your eyes." to the delight of the still happy couple.

We wish them even more happiness in the future and look forward to the "Gold"!

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Frank Pardoe, as reported below, reached his 80th. birthday on March 13th., an event announced to the world, or at least the readers of the "Shropshire Star", as you can see from the copy of the newspaper cutting on the right (click to see the larger picture).

It looks as if Frank is intent on catching his supper from the waters near his caravan in Wales......probably as a change to the extravagant eating out he will be able to do with his 25p a week pension increase!


 March 13th. 2007 and today Frank Pardoe, the very regular and popular member of our audience, celebrated his 80th. birthday.

Needless to say this had to marked in the appropriate way and Frank was duly presented with a card signed by his many friends and a be-candled birthday cake brought in by Marie.....complete with a kiss and hug, followed by many more from his lady admirers!

Frank then took up his trusty tenor sax to join in several numbers with Heart of England Jazz Band, see More Gig Reports for details of his musical exploits.

We wish Frank many more happy, jazzy years.

 

 

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Frank, Marie and the cake

Frank with a puzzled Selwyn Newton

Sheikh Frank!

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Why do things have to be changed?.......Google, the new owners of YouTube have removed the 850 jazz videos which were uploaded by 71 year old Bob Erwig in order to bring them to a wider audience. No explanation was given, they obviously don't like this style of jazz!

The superb videos are now being put on a new site and can be found at http://www.dailymotion.com/boberwig


Another gem from Fred Burnett's "Jazz in the North West" web site..... Go to http://www.jazz-toolbar.com/ and download the Toolbar. Now you will have an instant choice of over 100 jazz stations at your fingertips providing you are running Windows XP and Internet Explorer.....downloads very quickly.


The 60th. Birthday!

Marie would like to thank every one who helped to make her birthday celebrations such a success.

 Starting off on the Tuesday with musical tributes from Heart of England Jazz Band and a card and gifts from the Tuesday regulars Marie, like the Queen, progressed to her actual birthday on November 25th.

 This was a party at Rachel and Paul's which brought together family and friends and a chance to be the centre of attention for a change!   As you can see Adam and Jamie were also very much part of the celebrations with Jamie not only helping to cut the cake but also leading the chorus of "Happy Birthday".

A very special thank you to Rachel and Paul who made everyone so welcome

The third birthday celebration came the next day at the Harp when a surprised Marie was met with a room decorated with photos from the previous 60 years (almost)! John Bosworth had done a brilliant job producing the banners and posters. New Washboard Syncopators provided the music and Mo presented Marie with the Sunday gang's card and presents.

A fitting week of tributes to a lady who puts so much effort into making sure the jazz at the Harp is a success.


This is from Fred Burnett's "Jazz in the North West"  website.....

The King Oliver Complete 1923 recordings are re-issued. The 2-CD set, produced by "Off The Record" features 37 tracks, all freshly re-mastered from the original recordings for the first time in decades—including the ultra-rare "Zulu's Ball."

Find more at  http://www.archeophone.com/index.php, You can also go via our "Links" page.


 

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