Silvershine Jazz Club

558 Bearwood Road (corner of Sherwood Rd), Smethwick B66 4BT - 9pm (doors 8.30)

- 4th June -

ndy Gayle is one of the best sax players in the region. He studied Jazz at Guildhall under the likes of Jean Toussaint, Pete Churchill, Simon Purcell and Scott Stroman. He has also worked with some of the best on the British and international Ska scene, and toured the USA, Europe and Japan with the Specials, Special & International Beat, The Skatalites and Jazz Jamaica.


He has even supported Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers with the Classical Reggae pioneers Bubble Free.


This week he will be bringing his dazzling skills to The Silvershine Jazz Club. Come along and be prepared to be blown away.


The Line up is:


  • Andy Gayle            Sax
  • Tim Aman             Keyboards
  • Paul Foad              Guitar
  • Jules Fu                Bass
  • Dave Ashford        Drums


with The Blue Notes
& Cormac Loane
(sax) - 11th June



Fred Webb is a regular vocalist with The Notebenders Big Band, who has performed at the Corks with his own band, as well as joining in with The Blue Notes on Jam Nights. This time he joins with a full Blue Notes band as a headline act.


A popular local performer his musical career started in Rock ’n’ Roll before making his move into Jazz and Big Band Swing. The Blue Notes line up will follow as saoon as I have it so watch this space.


The Blue Notes band will feature Cormac Loane on tenor sax as a Special Guest. Cormac is a top flight player who has guested with The Blue Notes and with Andy Hamilton & The Blue Notes many times over the years.


feat Janice Williamson (ex-Black Voices)
- 18th June

Henry Newman, Janice Williamson...


Henry Newman always brings a cracking little band to Bearwood Corks and often drops a few surprises into the line up. This time he's hoping to bring a trombone player along.

There'll be more news on who's playing as I get it, but just to say, the regular band features Janice Williamson, a top notch vocalist with a big voice . Janice was in the original line up of the acapella Gospel group Black Voices - I've even got a vinyl LP with her on, produced by Basil Gabbidon no less.

with The Blue Notes - 25th June


Nigel Beer

When Bearwood based Nigel Beer turned up with his trumpet completely out of the blue on one of our Jam Nights we were so impressed that we immediately invited him back. He returns again on Thursday 25th June to play with The Blue Notes. Expect some great Jazz from a great local musician.


Nigel Beer studied jazz at Salford University, gaining an MA in performance during his studies there, together with the James Morrison award for Post-Graduate Jazz Performance. During his studies Nigel received tuition from jazz legend Bobby Shew, among others. Since then Nigel has played professionally in many different Jazz contexts, including TV and recorded appearances, but more recently in a small group setting with his own quintet at UK Jazz festivals. His performances feature his own compositions and his unique approach to jazz trumpet playing.





Line up for this gig is:

  • Nigel Beer Trumpet
  • Ashley Allen Keyboards
  • Trevor Lines Bass
  • Massimo Natulla Drums 
  • Paul Foad Guitar

Not a full Blue Notes line up, but should be good. As far as I know it's a first time for Ashley Allen is a first timer at the Silvershine Jazz Club, though he's played with some of the best jazzers in the region.


Kansa Smitty's
Lots of people have been asking when Kansas Smitty's are returning.Great news! They Are!


The band are performing at St George's School on July 3rd. St George’s are putting on the event in conjuntion with the Silvershine Club! Anyone who has seen them before at the Silvershine Jazz Club, Bearwood know how amazingly talented these guys are!


We'll have tickets for this on sale at the Nigel Beer gig and the Lucas D & The Groove Ghetto gig before the event.
If anybody wants tickets and can’t make it to one of our gigs, please message us at the Silvershine Club and we'll sort you out! There will be food, drinks, great music and dancing, so you'll definitely be in for a great night out!
Check out the Kansas Smitty's website at:

Kansas Smitty's

Kansas Smitty's



Also we have a single they cut recently on sale for £5. It’s two fabulous tracks of stunningly crazy Jazz, so if you’re like me and you like your vinyl then you’ll love this!

with Peter Lewis & Dutch Lewis - 9th July


Nigel Beer

This Thursday the young and the not so young come together to make some sweet Jazz music with a Blue Notes band.

Peter Lewis is a young sax player who was presented with a saxophone by his church at an Andy Hamilton gig at the Corks a few years ago and has since developed into quite a player. Dutch Lewis, however, goes back a bit further; so much so that apparently a teenage Steve Winwood played in his band!

We will, of course, have the wonderful sound of Vic Evans on vocals and, being a Jam Night, you never know who else might turn up.




Andy Gayle

Singer, Shaine Dorsey will be performing for us at the Silvershine Jazz Club. Daughter of popular West Midlands based Jazz & Big Band Swing Singer, the late Warren Dorsey, Shaine was always a very popular performer when she joined in on Andy Hamilton's afternoon gigs at the Drum and the Symphony Hall.


The line up for the gig is:


  • Shaine Dorsey - vox
  • Andy Peate - keyboards
  • Malcolm Gibbons - guitar
  • Ray Brown - bass
  • Wayne Scott - drums






Cormac Loane learnt his trade as a jazz musician as a schoolboy in the North-East in the 70’s, often gigging alongside bass player Gordon Sumner, who later changed his name to Sting! Cormac progressed to the National Youth Jazz Orchestra before pursuing a career in music education which included setting up the Birmingham Schools’ Jazz Ensemble. Under Cormac’s direction, this band accompanied leading British jazz musicians including John Dankworth, Humphrey Lyttelton and Georgie Fame. Cormac continues to combine a part-time teaching career with his original passion for small group jazz playing.


Cormac has played at our club with Andy Hamilton & The Blue Notes, and with singer Shaine Dorsey. This week he brings his own Quartet to the Silvershine Jazz Club at short notice, so please do everything you can to spread the word, or, in the words of our very own Vic Evans “Tell your fiends and tell your enemies too!”


The full band is:


  • Cormac Loane, saxophone
  • Frank Partridge, keyboard
  • Martin Brown, bass guitar
  • Maurice Colby, drums


p.s. The Sting connection would appear to still be very much alive and in this photo on a Geordie Jazz blog it would appear that sting is taking a photo of Cormac:

Newcastle Big Band reunion
image from Bebop Spoken Here - Jazz in the North East and beyond

Tom O’Flaherty was invited to take the floor and perform a Tap Dance at the Cormac Loane gig. Tom is planning to run some Jazz Dance classes in conjunction with the Silvershine Jazz Club.



Junior Blue Notes - 30th July

JUnior Blue Notes
Junior Blue Notes with Dutch Lewis at Lightwood's Park

Featuring the siblings of seasoned Blue Notes alongside other young musicians who have jammed/performed with Blue Notes Senior or Junior, The Junior Blue Notes will be playing at the Silvershine Club this Thursday.

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