Review, Sutton Coldfield Jazz Club

A review of last night’s Baby Jools And The Jazzaholics show has just appeared online and I’m quite pleased to see that we hit all of the right spots. As a reference to my own followers who often ask me, the songs that I performed were as follows:

  1. ‘Brother Moses Smot the Water’ – a gospel song that I originally heard by The Golden Gate Quartet, an Afro-American vocal harmony group from the 1930s.
  2. ‘Rock Island Line’ – performed by the audiences request, is accredited to the blues singer Lead Belly, but much older.
  3. ‘Frankie & Johnny’ – is not only an upbeat blues, but also a true story that tells of the murder of 17 year old Albert Allen by his then girl friend Frankie Baker, who shot him in the stomach after he won a slow dance competition with a girl called Nelly Bly in St. Louis in 1899.
  4. ‘Goin Home’ – a jazz and blues song made famous by Ken Colyer and recorded upon his return from New Orleans in 1954.

Well good jazzers what superlatives can you say on last night’s jazz performance at the Sutton Coldfield jazz club. I will not mention the comment by Kevin on my apparel, as I know he is in awe of the purple/burgundy/white striped shirt, but all of the 60 members were held enthralled by both the individual solos and the togetherness of the band throughout the evening of great jazz and good fun. Jools and the Jazzaholics are now celebrating their 15th year together and they are getting better all the time. From stomping trad jazz to melodious slower blues and gospel tunes that hit all the right notes in the right order all of the time.

The line-up was Jools Aldridge (drums), Kevin Grenfell (trombone, vocals and ad-lib), Magic Mike Henry (trumpet), Karl Hird (saxophone and clarinet), Jim Swinnerton (double bass), and Warren Lonnie James (banjo, guitar and vocals). We had another treat on the night in the second set as Brian Mellor played banjo and sang, and received a wonderful reception from the audience. It was great to see him back.

We enjoyed plenty of vocals from Kevin, starting with “Sentimental Journey” with lovely trumpet solo from Magic Mike. Originally Les Brown and His Band of Renown performed this song, but were unable to record it, due to the 1942-1944 musicians strike, and they finally recorded the song in November 1944 with Doris Day as the vocalist, which then became the first number 1 hit for her in 1945, becoming a jazz standard along the way. Kevin was on song again with “ You always hurt the one you love” a tune that was first recorded and a number 1 hit for the Mills Brothers in 1944, and a later UK top 20 hit in 1959 by the great Connie Francis. The band were in collected fettle with “Hello Dolly” which the audience joined in with Kevin on vocal. The song was a number 1 hit for Louis Armstrong in 1964, keeping the Beatles off the top spot.
We then had some wonderful musical treats from Warren Lonnie James with the “Lonnie Donegan Experience” which included “Rock Island Line” and some wonderful vocals, guitar playing and riffs and superb support on double bass from Jim. They received rapturous and well deserved applause.

A further treat was when Brian Mellor joined the band on banjo for “Basin Street Blues” and Brian then did a vocal on that gospel blues from 1923 ( Wiseman Quartet) with “The Light from the Lighthouse” which had the audience clapping in time with the rhythm. We enjoyed two individual solos from Karl and Magic Mike on the wonderful song, “A kiss to build a dream on” the tune being adapted by Oscar Hammerstein 11 and recorded in 1951 by Louis Armstrong.
Near to the end of a wonderful trad jazz evening we had Warren and Jim performing with that Ken Colyer signature tune, “Going Home” and then all the band joining in, and finally ending with “That’s a Plenty.” We can certainly do with plenty more of that jazz music and entertainment to lift the spirits and bring a smile to our faces.

And now good folks on to next Wednesday 3.8.22 (in August already) when we have another favourite with Richard Leach’s Street Band, so we look forward to seeing you all there. Have a great week and take care.
Best Regards

Sutton Coldfield Trad Jazz Club.

On The Road Again

So friends, we’re now on full speed into the summer and I’ve done more performances than ever before.

In more recent years a tour would be just myself, perhaps my bassist, sat in a travel lodge, nattering over a late night hot chocolate… But… Last October I joined Baby Jools and the Jazzaholics as banjo player – they are undoubtedly among the top trad jazz bands around.

Then more recently I was invited to join the fantastic Jake Leg Jug Band on their national tours – and what can I say? Such an awesome band, everyone brings their skills forward to make each other sound great. The band is fun, young, vibrant and busy… Dare I say it, but, this band is going places.

It’s nothing less than an joy to work with them and an honour to have been asked to join them.

See below our tour dates for this coming monthvisit for further information you can also find me on Facebook as Warren Lonnie James

Wednesday 27 July – 8:00pm
Baby Jools & The Jazzaholics
Sutton Coldfield Jazz Club

Thursday 28 July – 8:00pm
Baby Jools & The Jazzaholics
The Swan Inn, Chaddersley Corbett, Jazz

Tuesday 16 August – 8:00pm
The Jake Leg Jug Band
Leeds Jazz Club

Thursday 18 August – 8:30pm
The Jake Leg Jug Band
Burton Jazz Club, Burton on Trent

Saturday 20 August – 7:30pm
The Warren James Band
The GF Club & Waterside Bar, Banbury

Sunday 21 August – 3:00pm
The Jake Leg Jug Band
Gresley Arms, Stoke on Trent

Tuesday 23 August – 8:00pm
The Jake Leg Jug Band
Wilmslow Jazz Club, Cheshire

Friday 26 August – 7:00pm
Baby Jools & The Jazzaholics
BD Jazz Club, Bridgewater

Saturday 27 August – 4:00pm
The Jake Leg Jug Band
Colne Blues Festival

Sunday 28 August – 3:30pm
The Jake Leg Jug Band
Twinwood Festival – The Moonshine Glade

Sunday 28 August – 9:50pm
The Jake Leg Jug Band
Twinwood Festival – Le Cafe

Thursday 1 September – 11:30pm
The Jake Leg Jug Band
Bude Jazz Fest – Methodist Church

Friday 2 September – 12:00pm
Baby Jools & The Jazzaholics
Bude Jazz Fest – Venue TBA

Friday 2 September – 3:45pm
The Jake Leg Jug Band
Bude Jazz Fest – The Falcon Hotel

Friday 2 September – 7:00pm
Baby Jools & The Jazzaholics
Bude Jazz Fest – Venue TBA

Saturday 3 September – 3:00pm
The Jake Leg Jug Band
Tuckers Jazz Club, Dalwood Village Hall

Sunday 4 September – 8:00pm
The Jake Leg Jug Band
The Cube Jazz Club, Malvern

Warren James Tour Dates Added

Hi everyone, just to let you all know that my website is now up to date with a great many new dates for 2022 as well as bookings for 2023.

By the end of this year I am hoping to have achieved more than 100 performances

At the top of the Tour Dates page of my site you will see links to the shows that I’m working with – including Baby Jools & The Jazzaholics and The Jake Leg Jug Band ( who are incredibly popular… It is a great pleasure to be playing Banjo and Guitar with these guys and gals.

See you along the road


Merry Christmas Everyone


I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas in advance of the day.

Please stay positive, don’t forget how to be loving to people and refrain from bing divided. Together we are strong even if we don’t all believe the same or see things the same.

Thank you to anyone of you that bought my new albums or EPs on downloads or on CDs this year – for those of you that bought CDs recently for Christmas stocking fillers – I hope they are enjoyed.

If anyone still wishes to purchase one then you can do so at: and I will get them sent out asap for you! Music is the key to upliftment.

But, in the meantime, we can all make 2020 a reasonable Christmas with some bright thoughts and intentions – if we choose too! I will be!

Love, Warren James & all the great musicians I work with – from our house to yours.

My Oklahoma Home EP
My Oklahoma Home
The Skiffle Sessions Album
Worried Man EP

Warren James 2020 – MY OKLAHOMA HOME Released today

Hi there all, Warren James here.

Especially for you – a few new tracks for 2020 – to celebrate the end of the dreaded Lock Down – unless you’re a broken individual like me, trapped in tier 3 eating Pedigree Chum like the true Hill Billy that I am (at heart).

I hope you enjoy this 5 track EP and I hope that I can encourage you to purchase these 5 tracks – your support is appreciated during these financially crippling times……. In fact…… I don’t even know if “crippling” is spelt like that as I’ve never been in a financially crippling situation, that’s how crippling this all is 🙂

Visit my website shop or go to to purchase and download to your inbox for immmediate playing.

Still – I hope that you are all well and I hope that we can all meet up on a live show some day soon and begin making new memories again, in the meantime – perhaps this offering will see you through in the meantime.

Much love, and special solidarity to all of my favourite WET LED pubs out there.

Warren James x

Warren James – a good start to 2016

Good evening folks,

I am pleased to announce that all 2016 tour dates are now updated and all should be accurate and correct as of now – new dates will indeed be added as we progress through the coming few months.

My rock and roll CD of more than 20 tracks has sold fantastic amounts since we re-released it in Autumn 2015… It is still for sale in the shop at – we only have it available as a CD so you will be pleased to feel as though you have ownership for a change, a little cold shoulder to the digital age (for a change)….

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Anyway, I hope that your new year has started well and I look forward to seeing you somewhere along the road.

Warmest wishes

Warren James
PS… It will soon be Christmas, one month almost gone!

Warren James – Rock n Roll Album Re-released

Great news – Warren’s 2009 album “Baby That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll” has been released and more tour dates added for 2015 & 2016

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FREE DELIVERY – New and Ceiled. Recorded and released on the Raymer Sound Label (RSCD210) in 2009 in support of a national 50s rock & roll tour

23 tracks, including:

Baby That’s Rock n Roll
Rock Around With Ollie Vee
Summertime Blues
Folsom Prison Blues
Take Your Time
Mystery Train
Jump, Jive & Wail
Jitterbug Boogie
Picture Of You
Get Rhythm
I’m Ready
Forty Days
Not Fade Away
Sea Of Heartbreaks
Twenty Flight Rock
Rave On
Real Wild Child
Singing The Blues
That’s All Right Mama
Two More Bottles Of Wine
Tear It Up

Warren James – Website epic fail

Good afternoon everyone,

I hope you all are well and that the snow in parts of the UK isn’t holding you back.

Just recently I’ve had some issue with my website but I’m pleased to say that they are now rectified but I’m aware that many people didn’t get the performance dates for February 2015 onwards – please see below – also note that the tour date page at is always kept bang up to date with venue, date and address.

If my last post failed to reach you then I would like to re-wish you a Happy New Year and tell you all that I have made 4 tracks available on a single called “Worried Man” and later on during 2015 there will be a second single released.

Making my work available for you online is fantastic for everyone concerned as the tracks will be available immediately in your download folder and you can then burn the songs to disk if that’s how you wish to listen or just put them directly onto your music player / phone etc. It gives us all greater control, it cuts out of the distribution process and a lot of “official” stuff that costs a small fortune – it’s good for us all and at just £1 per track I remain cheaper than a large hot chocolate from Starbucks 🙂

Don’t forget though, my 2014 Skiffle Sessions album,10 tracks as well as the re-release of my 2009 album Baby That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll are both available to buy on CD and I will always endevour to have them sent out first class in the next post, same day if I can make it.

So folks, keep well, wrap up warm and if you are stuck at home, well,  there’s always a few of my songs available online to fight away the cold. Just go to or to – paypal / debit / credit cards all accepted.

February 2015 fixtures are included below and to any of my followers out in Germany, I look forward to performing to you all later this month.

All the best to you, your support is appreciated… live music needs you right now

Warren James

Warren Gig Flyer Feb15-page-0

Warren James – Skiffle Tour 2016

Warren James

Turbo Charged
Acoustic, Roots, Rock-a-Billy, Skiffle and Blues

Happy New Year!!!
Firstly, can we wish you all the best for the coming 12 months and I hope that everthing goes great for you. We are please to announce that Warren has released a 4 track single called “Worried Man” available to download and self burn at your own leisure from we really hope you will enjoy it. Watch this space for news of the re-release of his 2009 rock n roll album “Baby That’s Rock n Roll”

Tour updates 2016
We still have limited availability during 2016 so if you would like to book Warren at your event or venue then now is the time to get in touch – check for dates.
To add your venue simply call Warren’s manager, Paul, on 07779 553746 or email him at:

Mon 12 – @8:30pm – LEAMINGTON SPA, Somerville Arms, 4 Campion Terrace, CV32 4SX
ACOUSTIC NIGHT – All welcome, bring an instrument along – Tel: 01926 426746
Sat 17 – @9pm – RHYL, Bodelwyddan Castle, Denbighshire, LL18 5YA
Guest guitarist with Roger Dean’s Johnny Cash Story
Fri 23 – @9pm – WYRE PIDDLE, Piesse of Piddle, Main Road, WR10 2JB
Tel: 01386 552654
Sat 24 – @7:30pm – DROITWICH, Gardeners Arms, Vines Lane, WR9 8LU
Tel: 01905 772936
Sat 31 – @7:30pm – PETERBOROUGH, Key Theatre
Guest guitarist with Roger Dean’s Johnny Cash Story

Sat 7 – @9pm – BUCKINGHAM, New Inn, 18 Bridge Street, Buckingham, MK18 1AF
Tel: 07734 728521
Sun 8 – @8pm – SALFORD, The Lowry, Pier 8, M50 3AZ
Guest guitarist with Roger Dean’s Johnny Cash Story
Mon 9 – @8:30pm – LEAMINGTON SPA, Somerville Arms, 4 Campion Terrace, CV32 4SX
ACOUSTIC NIGHT – All welcome, bring an instrument along – Tel: 01926 426746
Sun 15 – @3pm – LEOMINSTER, Grape Vaults, 4 Broad Street, HR6 8BS
Tel: 01568 611404
Fri 20 – GERMANY, KEVELAER, Hotel Goldener Löwe, Amsterdamer Strasse
Guesting with Twins 78
Sat 21 – GERMANY, ESSEN, Ampütte, Rüttenscheiderstr
Guesting with Twins 78
Guesting with Twins 78
Thurs 26 – @9pm – MATLOCK BATH, The Fishpond, 204 South Parade, DE4 3NR
Tel: 01629 581529
Sat 28 – @9pm – NANTWICH, Alvaston Hall Hotel, Middlewich Road, CW5 6PD
Guest guitarist with Roger Dean’s Johnny Cash Story

MARCH 2015
Sat 7  – @9pm – CROYDON, Oval Tavern, 131 Oval Road, CR0 6BR
Tel: 0208 6866023
Mon 8 – @8:30pm – LEAMINGTON SPA, Somerville Arms, 4 Campion Terrace, CV32 4SX
ACOUSTIC NIGHT – All welcome, bring an instrument along – Tel: 01926 426746
Sat 14 – @9pm – HEREFORD, Holm Lacey House, Herefordshire
Guest guitarist with Roger Dean’s Johnny Cash Story
Sat 21 – @9:30pm – STAFFORD, Market Vaults, 4 St. Martins Place, ST16 2LA
Tel: 01785256126
Sat 28 – @7pm – WARWICK, Private party

APRIL 2015
Sat 4 – @9pm – WALTHAM ABBEY, Woodbine Inn, Honey Lane, Essex, EN9 3QT
Tel: 01992 71050
Sun 5 – @7:30pm – CHURCH STRETTON, Housmans, 27 High Street, Shropshire, SY6 6BX
Tel: 01694 724441
Mon 8 -@8:30pm – LEAMINGTON SPA, Somerville Arms, 4 Campion Terrace, CV32 4SX
ACOUSTIC NIGHT – All welcome, bring an instrument along – Tel: 01926 426746
Sun 26 – @4pm – LEDBURY, Prince of Wales, Church Lane, HR8 1DL
Tel: 01531 632250

Warren James – skiffle update for last quarter

Tour 2014/15
Tour 2014/15

Acoustic roots, rock-a-billy, skiffle and blues

As we prepare to say good bye to the summer and move gradually towards the darker nights we thought we’d give you all an update of the final quarter tour dates for Warren James. The summer has been quite literally fantastic with the majority of venues re-booking multiple dates for Warren during 2015, whilst venue’s clients have had great times throughout and we’ve even had some great festivals with the full band line up – the year has been packed, busy and a lot of fun all around. So now we start looking forward at next year when the rounds begin again – we hope to see you before the years out check below and perhaps come out and say hi.

Tour update below
2015 is filling brilliantly, venues should book autumn dates now!
Check for availability.
To add your venue just call Warren’s manager (Paul) on 07779 553746 or email him: – track the tour on Bandsintown app and Ents 24


Fri 5 – PERSHORE, Piesse of Piddle, Main Road, Wyre Piddle, WR10 2JB
Tel: 01386 552654
Sun 7 – LEOMINSTER, Grape Vaults , 4 Broad Street, HR6 8BS
Tel: 01568 611404
Thurs 18 – DARWEN, Number 39, Bridge Street, BB3 2AA
Tel: 07849 369798
Fri 19 – GLASGOW, Pavilion Theatre, 121 Renfield Street, G2 3AX
Tel: 0141 332 1846 – Guest guitarist with Roger Dean’s Johnny Cash Story
Wed 24 – GLOUCESTER, Cafe Rene, 31 Southgate Street, GL1 1TP
Tel: 01452 309340
Sat 27 – STAFFORD, Market Vaults, 4 St. Martins Place, ST16 2LA
Tel: 01785256126

Thurs 2 – PLYMOUTH, The B-Bar,  Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, PL1 2NJ
Tel: 01752 242021
Fri 3 – SWANAGE, Square & Compass, Worth Matravers, BH19 3LF
Tel: 01929 439229
Sun 5 – RINGWOOD, Framptons, 48-50 High Street, Hampshire, BH24 1AG
Tel: 01425 473114
Fri 10 – CHOBHAM, Red Lion, 15 Red Lion Road, Woking, GU24 8RG
Tel: 01276 537413
Wed 12 – WALTHAM ABBEY, Woodbine Inn, Honey Lane, Essex, EN9 3QT
Tel: 01992 71050
Fri 17 – NEW BRIGHTON, Floral Pavilion, Marine Promenade, CH45 2JS
Tel: 0151 6660000 – Guest guitarist with Roger Dean’s Johnny Cash Story
Thurs 23 – NOTTINGHAM, Bell Inn, 18 Angel Row, NG1 6HL
Tel: 01159 475241
Wed 29 – RUGBY, Merchants Inn, 5 – 7 Little Church Street, Warwickshire, CV21 3AN
Tel: 01788 571119
Fri 31 – DORSET, Greyhound Inn, The Square, Corfe Castle, Wareham, BH20 5EZ
Tel: 01929 480205

Sun 2 – COLCHESTER, Victoria Inn, 10 North Station Road, CO1 1RB
Tel: 01206 514510
Thurs 6 – SWINDON, Beehive, 55 Prospect Hill, SN1 3JS
Tel: 01793 523187
Sat 8 – NEWBURY, The Lion, 39 West Street, RG14 1BE
Tel: 01635 528468
Sat 15 – CHARLBURY, Rose & Crown, Market Street, Oxon, OX7 3PL
Tel: 01608 810103
Sat 22 – EARL SHILTON, Red Lion, High Street, LE9 7LQ
Tel: 01455 843356
Fri 28 – DROITWICH, Gardeners Arms, Vines Lane, WR9 8LU
Tel: 01905 772936
Sat 29 – ALBRIGHTON, Harp Hotel, High Street, Shropshire, WV7 3JF
Tel: 01902 374381

Sun 28 – CHURCH STRETTON, Housmans Restaurant & Bar, 27 High Street, Shropshire, SY6 6BX
Tel: 01694 724441
**HAPPY NEW YEAR** 31st – KENILWORTH, Pomeroys, 48 Station Road, CV8 1JD
Tel: 01926 852300