Category Archives: manchester jazz festival

Mongolian Throat Singer at The Martin Harris Centre


The free thursday lunchtime concert season at The Martin Harris Centre is a source of delight, refreshment and education for the young Bernhardt. The new season started solidly with the Danel string quartet playing Haydn and Dvorak. A new universe … Continue reading

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Put the ‘Jazz’ back in ‘Manchester Jazz Festival’


Bernhardt today makes an impassioned plea to MJF to put the ‘Jazz’ back into the Manchester Jazz Festival. “Sca has a home, so do blues, folk, world music, experimental…. what about some jazz bands playing in the jazz festival. How … Continue reading

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Watching the washboard – washboardPete- a profile.


Washboard Pete could not be described any more elequently than by his biographer in 1927 “The Incredible Washboard Pete II was born in the heart of a star.  He is one year old and plays with The Hobo Sapiens, Keith Tippett, The … Continue reading

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Petra Ecclestone and her new husband James Stunt


Petra Ecclestone and her new husband James Stunt are said to be planning the party of all parties to get married life off to a spectacular start. They couldn’t do any better than hiring Manchester Jazz band The Oscar Bernhardt Ensemble . … Continue reading

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Steve Parry’s Big band… to open next years MJF ?


Bernhardt and Mrs. B recently discovered this fabulous clip of Steve Parry’s big band from hell featuring Doreen Edwards singing.  Have a gander at the footage below and then ask yourself one question; wouldn’t Steve Parry’s Big band be a … Continue reading

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