Stomp your feet at charity night; Jazz.
THIS evening heralds the return of a highly impressive local jazz charity tradition. The 47th Oxfam Stomp will be taking over Kings Heath Cricket Club in Birmingham and the evening's main act is George Huxley's Jazzmen - one of the leading local outfits on the traditional New Orleans jazz scene.
The Oxfam Stomp grew out of regular club nights at The Salutation in Snow Hill, Birmingham, now razed to the ground.
The Salutation Stomp began in 1964, initially on Friday nights, and then with a Sunday session to boot. They moved to The Birmingham Arms on Bradford Street before it too was closed for demolition.
By this time the committee had hatched the idea of presenting the annual Oxfam Stomp on the first or second Friday of January and 47 years later it's still steaming ahead.
George Huxley is a fleet soloist on both clarinet and soprano saxophone with Sidney Bechet being his stylistic guiding light for flighty expression.
The line-up for tonight's session is likely to feature trumpeter Gordon Whitworth, trombonist Ron Hills, pianist John Penn, bass and sousaphone man Dennis Mowatt and drummer Barry Norman.
It'll be a chance to revel in a hedonistic new year celebration, as well as donating to a worthy cause.
COOMBE SOCIAL WMC: Monday; Over 55's social evening Tuesday; Live Jazz Wednesday; Bingo & chase the lady Friday; Bingo & chase the lady Saturday; The RoadHogs also Bingo & chase the lady Sunday Lunch; Bingo 1.15 strart & chase the lady Sunday Evening ; Quiz night 8.40 start, plus bingo & chase the lady THE NEW Arches: Sat 5th Jan: ** Help The Heros** Needs YOur Help** 5 Great band from Coventry The Rooters, The Guttercats, Lipshock, Malias and Pretty Selectiv. Have given up their valuable time for this Great Cause. Please come along and give your support Big Thanks PS5 door 7.30pm. WWW.ARCHESVENUE.CO.UK 02476 711010
BIG NAME: Fleet soloist George Huxley.