Stafford Jazz Society


Did you know that Live Jazz was introduced to North Staffordshire 60 Years ago and Burslem is where it all began ?
To celebrate 60 years of Jazz, Burslem Park will be staging an afternoon of Trad Jazz, from the bandstand on the 30th of Aug…ust . 
"60 Years And Still Stomping" 
Will Include a Jazz art exhibition by Jazz enthusiast and artist Jenks, 2 x 1 hour Live performances from the Ceramic City Stompers, fronted by an original stomper trumpeter /radio presenter Mel Hill, and the legendary Eric Busker Newton. Mel and Eric will also be giving a talk on the origins, and 60 year history of Jazz in Staffordshire. Jazz Pianist Derek Harrison the spirit of piano jazz, will be performing entertaining and crowd pleasing tunes from Fats Waller to Oscar Peterson on our “PLAY ME I’M YOURS” Piano, which will be positioned in the bandstand from the 4th August to 1st September. (more info about this will be provided this week)
Look out for the flyer & posters explaining in more detail.

There are more musicians being added to the set as I write this.

David Grice

Jun 5

11 May 2014 saw SJS, in collaboration with Stafford Music Festival, hosting Marston’s Pedigree Jazzs Band - “Tribute to Trad Jazz” - at the White Eagle Club.   The concert, which attracted an excellent audience, was well received with the audience enjoying the band’s good music and good humour.   It was also a foretaste for members of things to come as the Society is due to move to the White Eagle Club as it’s regular venue as from it’s Christmas concert on 14 December.  

Apr 2



In February I received an invitation from the Stafford & District Polish Association to change our concert venue to their White Eagle Club. The Committee was keen to pursue this, terms were negotiated and at our last Committee Meeting the proposal was unanimously accepted. An Agreement has now been signed and the move will take effect from 1st January 2015.

The Committee believes this is a welcome and positive development and very much in the best long-term interests of Stafford Jazz Society.

The White Eagle Club is very accessible; situated in Riverway, Stafford ST16 3TH off the A34 Lichfield Road it is close to the town centre and within a short walking distance of regular public transport routes.

It is a spacious, modern and inviting facility; it is also well-known, well-used and widely regarded as a prestigious venue for the performing arts.

The Club has very good car-parking facilities, a competitively priced licensed bar and Julie & Martin will be able to continue to provide their valuable catering service at our concerts.

For those wanting a preview of the new venue we are holding our “Tribute to Trad Jazz” concert at the White Eagle Club on Sunday May 11th during the Stafford Music Festival. I am sure those who attended the same event there last year will remember it as being very successful and enjoyable.

The Stafford & District Polish Association also offers Stafford Jazz Society Members the opportunity to join the White Eagle Club without the necessity of an introduction by supporting/ recommending Club Members.

On behalf of the Committee I commend this change of Concert Venue to all our Members and to our wider audience and I look forward to your continued future support of Stafford Jazz Society.

Nick Balmforth MBE

Mel Hill, trumpet player with the Old Fashioned Love Band and President of Stafford Jazz Society since 2001, chose Stafford for his swan song on Sunday, 9 February.   Mel will be leaving the band to retire to Cheshire.   We are delighted, however, that he will remain President of Stafford Jazz Society.

Mel Hill - A tribute and ‘Dinah’ with The Old Fashioned Love Band.

Lindy Hopping at Stafford Jazz Society - Chris Pearce's Frenchman Street Jazzband - YouTube

Oct 2

UK Entertainment Television filming the JB Jazz & Blues Band on Sunday 22 September.   This is the second concert to be captured by this company. Please see link to UK Entertainment Television on this site. 

Oct 2
Terry Brunt receives his awards for winning Musician of the Year at Stafford Jazz Society on Sunday 29 September.   Presenting the awards are two members of SJS - John Woodward and Patricia Johnston.

Terry Brunt receives his awards for winning Musician of the Year at Stafford Jazz Society on Sunday 29 September.   Presenting the awards are two members of SJS - John Woodward and Patricia Johnston.