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The Concorde Club

I really enjoy trad jazz and most other music. Maybe I'm biased, living just outside Southampton, but we do have the best jazz venue in the UK close by (and they do have the Brecon Jazz Blue Plaque Award for 2010 to prove it!) - The Concorde Club at Eastleigh, Southampton, just by Southampton airport, and within a few hundred yards of the M27 motorway. Post code for your SatNav SO50 9HQ.

The Concorde Club features top international jazz bands on a Wednesday, plus local jazz bands on a Sunday. Where else can you get a top class three course evening meal plus coffee for 22 (members) or 26 (non members) and great live jazz bands for dancing or just listening, on a Sunday night? Or even stay over at the adjoining Ellington Lodge Hotel with the live jazz, meal and breakfast for just 109 per couple?? The Concorde also has pop music tribute nights on a Thursday night and named artists on a Friday. As well as the main club and restaurant, there is the Mouldy Fig wine bar open for breakfast, lunch and evening meals with live jazz entertainment on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Don't take my word for it - check out the web site at or find them on facebook. Unbelievably, if you actually can still use a telephone, your call will be answered by a polite, helpful human being at the venue who can take reservations etc. Incidentally the Ellington Lodge Hotel is handy for Southampton Airport - tel: 023 8061 3989 for the Concorde Club or 023 8065 1478 for the Ellington Lodge hotel.
Incidentally I have no financial interest in the club, just a very satisfied member!
(updated June 2013)

What I'm Listening To At Present ....

I know it's all downloads, samples and freebie music these days, but for the present it is still possible to purchase properly crafted albums of freshly recorded music - as long as a few people still purchase the stuff and not just download pirate tracks .......

Currently (thanks to a Father's Day gift - thanks Deborah!) - I'm playing a CD from Hugh Laurie entitled "Let Them Talk" - yes he's the one from "House" on TV and earlier in the UK with Stephen Fry in a satirical late night show. Anyhow Hugh Laurie is also into blues in a big way and has obviously enjoyed himself with a few friends (there's even a vocal from Sir Tom Jones on one track!) making this album. The fifteen tracks are vintage tunes revamped - like St. James Infirmary, After You've Gone, Swanee River, Tipitina, Winin' Boy Blues etc. It's even worth reading the enclosed booklet (used to be 'sleeve notes' on an LP - known as 'vinyl' these days). Why not try to buy a copy - Hugh Laurie - "Let Them Talk" - from a local music shop if you still have one! (gln 18June2013)

OK so you want to hear it anyway - hear the whole album
"Let Them Talk"on You Tube:-
Or actually see Hugh Laurie perform
"Let Them Talk" (from the album) on You Tube;-
but if you do like it it would be good to actually still buy the album!!

I'm also into vintage piano music rolls (punched paper rolls used on player pianos or 'pianolas') - the original player piano hub is gone, but just 'google' "QRS piano rolls" to get started. The Wikipeadia entry has a lot more useful links! Sadly like most non computer based hobbies this appears to be in decline!
(updated 11July2011)

If you enjoy vintage gramophones, phonographs & older recorded music, try The City of London Phonograph and Gramophone Society website: CLPGS

I've been to a number of concerts featuring a French 'chanteuse' -
Monique - an excellent show, also a CD: MONIQUE (sample tracks to download)

Another really recommended CD label, superb remastering of vintage dance music from stars like:-
Billy Merrin, Jay Wilbur, Harry Leader, Ambrose, Geraldo, Mrs Jack Hylton etc.

Why not try singing along to hymns on the internet at: or:


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