Huddersfield Jazz Guitar Society

Newsletter No. 11 July 2012
Hi Jazz Guitar Fans,

The 3rd night in a succession of club/players nights provided yet another extremely satisfactory evening, which covered a broad cross-section of styles, approaches and combinations of musicians. As ever, the redoubtable Tom Prior opened the evening with an impromptu rendition of Manoir De Mes Rêves (aka Django’s Castle) which unintentionally provided a fantastic soundscape and friendly ambience for people to gradually “drift in” by. There were three of us in the room when he started and it was virtually full by the time he finished! Tom was then joined by Martin Chung, whose jazz playing has come on in leaps and bounds since he found his “jazz legs” with HJGS. The played All the Things You Are with all the ease and panache of seasoned veterans. Next up were the IDLE G(u)ITS (a play on words in more ways than one) with honorary “guits” Adrian and Robin dutifully reading their parts as if they’d had them for weeks. The GUITS were formed by Darren Dutson-Bromley who writes most of the arrangements and rehearses them on a regular basis. They played effective ensemble arrangements of Pennies from Heaven and Honeysuckle Rose. Guitar ensembles can sound wonderful, when properly rehearsed, and Darren’s group are a tribute to his talents as a teacher, player and arranger. One of the guits lost his virginity that night, he had never improvised before! Well done, a tribute to everyone involved, I’m sure we’ll be hearing much more of the old gits, sorry Idle Guits! That ball of infectious jazz guitar enthusiasm, Ken Steers, then treated us to solo renditions of Loverman, Cheek to Cheek and a medley which included a blues, Sweet Lorraine and Satin Doll amongst others. Ken always provides an assured, mature and confident performance, many hints of Joe Pass, who must by osmosis, be one of Ken’s primary heroes. Furthering the Joe Pass connection was Ken’s newly acquired Epiphone Emperor, Joe Pass model, quite hard to find nowadays. It sounded wonderful and enabled Ken to produce the most consistently even sound he has had at HJGS meetings. Nice one Ken! Martin then joined Ken for Out of Nowhere and a blues. It’s great to see Martin taking every opportunity he can find to play some jazz. Obviously a talented performer to watch out for!


Jade America Harris, a new face to some but known about, supported and promoted, wherever possible, by Adrian (who stumbled upon her remarkable talent in a ‘real ale’ folk session!) and Ian, made the first of what is hoped might become a regular spot for HJGS. Totally unrehearsed, she sang Lullaby of Birdland and Cry me a River, which stuck pretty close to the Julie London/Barney Kessel version, these were in totally alien keys, removing some of the patina from some of those rarely used frets. Thunderous applause, everyone loved her and were moved by the quality and passion of here voice. Just as the interplay between Jade, Adrian and Ian appeared telepathic, another remarkable telepathic duo got up. Trefor Owen and Andy Hulme. Their finely honed duet work mixes just the right amount of arranged ensemble and looser improvised segments, enabling the players to, as it were, show their wares. Distinctly different, yet at times consistently similar, this is a special meeting of minds and must be one of most highly regarded guitar duos on the scene today. Their programme was varied and well balanced including East of the Sun, How About You and Willow Weep for Me. The night was so full that the Owen/Hulme duo spot had to be the last as the bar staff were busy stacking chairs and sweeping up around us. I’m sure that we all left wanting more and therefore another successful evening was had by all. If you require postings in the For Sale or Gigs sections send your emails to If enough are received on a regular basis then separate emails will be sent out.
We are getting short of new raffle items. If you have any unwanted cd’s, LP’s, strings, Artist Awards etc, we will happily accept them (perhaps not the Artist Award, it won’t fit in my raffle box).

The following deals have been negotiated for members on production of a membership card: Bulldog Pickups (Huddersfield) 15% off all pickups and repairs/rewinds. ElectroMusic (Doncaster) Variable discount depending on the item(s) purchased. GTR (Huddersfield) discount on strings and accessories. 10%

The Music Room (Cleckheaton) Variable discount depending on the item(s) purchased.

Vinyl Tap (Huddersfield) Records, CDs and DVDs Matt Ryan 10% off guitar repairs/setups Customised Equipment Covers On Demand

Frailers Variable discount depending on the item(s) purchased.
NEW Foulds Guitars - Derby Variable discount depending on the item(s) purchased. We are actively pursuing other supplier/retailers and will let you know as soon as we confirm them. Remember also that we welcome your suggestions re the future direction of H.J.G.S. Please get in touch.

Following a very fruitful committee meeting, which involved serious discussion, drinking and playing in roughly equal amounts, a strategy for the next few months was panned out. Firstly committee members were allocated specific roles so as not to all be covering the same ground at the same time. These are as follows: -

Martin Chung Publicity, joint treasurer, website/facebook and development Darren Dutson-Bromley Ensembles, education, website/facebook and development Adrian Ingram Newsletter, education, international liaison and development Ian Wroe Host, joint treasurer, artiste relations, events and development

JULY Sun 1st: Swing Of Things: West Riding Dewsbury, 16.00hrs Sat 7th: Jamie Holroyd Trio, Roberts Park Saltaire, 15:30 Sun 8th: Adrian Ingram’s Jazz Dawgs, The Railway Stockport, 8:30 Mon 9th - Wed 18th Dawgs on the cut: 9th Jolly Tar nr Nantwich 10th Bridge Audlum


13th Codsall Station (with guest Roy Sainsbury) 14th Brewood festival Sat 14th: Holroyd/French Duo, Silantro Cafe Bar, St Annes-On-Sea, 20:30 Wed 18th: Adrian Ingram: Head of Steam Huddersfield, 9:00 Thur 19th: Adrian Ingram/Al Morrison: The Phoenix York, 9:00 July 25th-Aug 8th Dawgs in Brittany (touring the provinces) Several gigs confirmed including 29th Chateauneuf du faou festival July 30: Jamie Holroyd Trio, Sela Bar, Leeds, 21:30 And finally here is news of a jazz summer school from Cathy Dyson: Greetings, this is just to let you know about a Jazz Guitar Summer School being held in Manchester in August (see details below) and about the Northern School of Jazz, which opens in September ( see attached flyer). Please see our websites or call me on 0794 130 1799 for further information. All the best, Kathy.
Jazz Guitar Summer School Monday August 27th-Friday August 31st 2012 Blueprint Studios Salford. Join us to improve your skills in a relaxed and inspiring environment! The jazz guitar summer school will run for five days from 11am -5pm each day and focus on a different aspect of guitar playing daily. On Thursday and Friday, we will be joined by a rhythm section for more performance based activities. Monday- Friday 11am-12am Aural training and transcription 12pm-1pm Warm-ups, scales, arpeggios and intervals 1pm-1.30pm Lunch 1.30pm-3.30pm Special session Monday: How to Practice - a range of different approaches and techniques Tuesday: Guitar harmony for voice leading, comping and chord solos Wednesday: Brazilian and Latin rhythms and accompanying- learn to play a bossa, samba, tango or bolero! Thursday: Sight reading for the guitar - how to improve your single line and chord reading Friday: Substitutions and reharmonisation - an introduction 3.30pm-5pm Improvisation, repertoire and performance The cost is £150 for the week and includes all materials. Contact Kathy Dyson on: 0794 130 1799 for further details or drop us an e-mail via the website: The cost is £150 for the week and includes all materials. Contact Kathy Dyson on: 0794 130 1799 for further details or drop us an e-mail via the website:

Other Jazz Guitar Clubs/Societies


(We are 1 of only 4 jazz guitar societies in England)

Here are a few links:

The first Tuesday of the month at The Head of Steam : Huddersfield Railway Station Howard Alden has emailed to say how much he enjoyed playing for HJGS and asked if he can come back and do it again next year!!

As previously mentioned, in the last newsletter, we are going to re instate the idea of a selected tune sent out on a regular basis. These will be played, as a group following a short discourse (analysis of harmony, structure, tonal centres etc) by a HJGS member. The first of these will be, Afternoon in Paris, presented by Darren at the Oct meeting. Of course members are free to play it at an earlier meet and are encouraged to look at it as soon as possible. Arian has promised to provide another tune/discourse on his return from his summer commitments. Remember the society needs YOUR views and input so, if you want to provide a short introduction/discourse for a tune yourself or make any suggestions for a tune, please speak to a committee member. We have already had some other interesting ideas put forward which we are looking into. YOUR ideas are both vital and welcome. It is YOUR society and the committee is there entirely on YOUR behalf. Please, please get involved if you can!
The timetable for meetings for the rest of the year now looks like this: 2012 3rd Jul: Seminar on Bassline comping presented by Trefor Owen

7th Aug: Players evening, Ian and Adrian away playing in France 4th Sept:* Seminar on Effective Accompaniment presented by Darren Dutson-Bromley 2nd Oct: Players evening. Short discourse on Afternoon in Paris (circulated prior to the meeting) given by Darren

6th Nov:*Seminar on Survival Skills part 1 by Adrian 4th Dec: HJGS showcase gig (hope you’re all working on something)

* please note that in order to ensure am effective combination of
complete workshop and some time for playing, these sessions will commence at 8:30 on the dot. Of Interest
Found anything on the web or heard of something which may interest our members, then this is the place for it. Oxfam in Huddersfield have a number of jazz guitar albums and back copies of Guitar magazine. Joe Finn’s Jazz Guitar Almanac ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Please let me know as soon as items are sold to remove them from the list. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Tanglewood Semi Acoustic [335 style] -- All Black with no marks/plus unused shoulder bag included. Nearest Match : This guitar has a great two Humbucker Type Sound and set up to a playable standard and can be demonstrated at any of the next jazz guitar society meets upon request Preferred Sale Price: £175 - Cash Only


LP VGC Stereo 11 Superb Tracks[£10]Email: JOHNNY SMITH (guitar) with Hank Jones, George Duvivier, and Don Lamond. Side One: Memories of You, Manha de Carnaval, Here's That Rainy Day, Yesterday, Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most. Side Two: The Shadow of Your Smile, Michelle, My Favourite Things, Golden Earrings, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, The Girl from Ipanema. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Roland VS 880 Digital Work Station £80 Marshall Vibra trem effects pedal £30 All in first class condition. email: (please note underscore after robin) These can be borrowed by Guitar Society members prior to buying. I can bring goods along to a meeting of the society. Robin Thomas --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------60’s Gibson Johnny Smith pickup (neck mounted) : £55.00 Kent Armstrong (pickguard mountable) JS style jazz pickup : £35.00 DiMarzio DP195 - PAF Classic™ Bridge : £30.00 Line 6 DL4 delay modeller and line 6 expression pedal both boxed as new. £145 Contact Ian Wroe ( ) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Speakers all tested and in working order. All 8 ohms Emminence (Fender) 75 watt 12” lightning bolt as fitted to Fender Ltd Ed valve amps as new £35 Emminence 10” (Kappa) Heavy duty, top of the line, 150watt, similar to Electro-voice. As new and a steal at £50. A great upgrade for any 10” based amp! Jenson 30 watt 10” new £35 Jenson 30 watt 10” s/h £15 Jenson 30 watt 12” from Ltd Ed Blues Junior, as new, heavy duty £25 Pickups Rowe De Armond 1960s soundhole pickup with volume control, near mint and in perfect working order. Used by 60s icons McLaughlin, John Martyn, Lennon, Gabor Szabo et al. Classic, rare and very sought after. These pickups change hands for £400£500! Therefore a bargain at £200 or consider interesting trades.


Contact Adrian Ingram ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Eastman "export prototype"? has no model/serial number. Carved spruce top & Maple with Maccassar Ebony bridge, finger plate and tailpiece. Floating Pup & vol control. Fiberglass pro case. Ex Cond £1100 ono. Enquiries welcome, poss p/ex guitars/amp what have you?
Contact or 07759789853. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Peavey “Ecoustic” model 112 (USA). Instrument and Mic inputs, plus Jack and XLRs.

Excellent condition 1x12” acoustic or electro-acoustic amp suitable for jazz guitar. PRICE REDUCED TO £175 Call Nick on 01706 810324



A faithful recreation of a rare original vintage Selmer guitar as played by and a favorite of John Jorgenson. "I took it with me to Samois...and it held its own in many a jam session, with a lead tone audible over as many as 8 rhythm guitars all playing at once!"
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Select solid spruce top with a beautiful birds-eye maple back and sides Body is bound in solid ebony with maple/walnut/maple purfling on top and back Bound maple neck with a 21-fret fingerboard of genuine ebony, marked with pearl position dots Genuine bone nut with traditional "zero" fret Dovetail neck/body joint Body size- 14-fret neck joint - Scale length 26 5/8” - Nut width 1 3/4” - Body length 18 1/2” - Lower bout 16” - Upper bout 11 1/4” Horizontal cutaway Characteristic "Oval" soundhole, surrounded with a delicate multi-ply rosette Unique and rare solid peghead design Moustache bridge with, a compensated, movable center Nickel-plated, open geared tuning machines with a 14:1 ratio Adjustable truss rod Trapeze tailpiece Shop adjusted Click image to read reviews


This guitar was set up by the luthier at HobGoblin in Leeds. A new mahogany bridge was made to increase intonation of sound at higher resonances. The guitar has a mike fitted along with a tail piece jack pin. This would enable a higher quality amplification system to be fitted if required. The guitar is basically unmarked and comes complete with fitted hard case . This is a beautiful instrument and plays withe a lovely action and a very loud mellow tone. I'm selling simply and sadly because I am elderly and arthritus makes playing this guitar difficult. I am now having to play my manouche on my Peerless Renaissance.. These guitars come up for sale rarely and this is a beauty.
Both guitar and case are AS NEW and have never left my house in the 4 years I've owned them Cheers Rod (Scarborough) 07980913390 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------De` Armond `RED` Jazz Guitar pickup . Early 60`s but very little used . Perfect working order . £190 Tel Brian Lewis on 07776 184111 , 01565 653003 or --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Edwards “ES-335” (ESP) (Quality Jap, solid timbers, tone-pro tailpiece, Bulldog cool PAFs. Sunburst nr mint with hard case. £800 ono. Info Hayden Minett (Bulldog pickups) Roland GR33 gtr synth and pickup £200 ono. Info Hayden Minett (Bulldog pickups) Rivera model R55 1x12 valve amp £600 ono Info Hayden Minett (Bulldog pickups) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Trades Wants 1. 2. 3. small amp : Polytone (any model considered); Musicman RD50 (1x10 or 1x12); Peterson (Wood cab 10” speaker) AER etc Hiscox cases for Les Paul, 335, 16” jazz guitar/dreadnought Seymour Duncan alnico Pro II neck telecaster neck pickup

If you have of know the whereabouts of any of the above please contact Adrian Ingram Charts


Huddersfield Jazz Guitar Society


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