The Queen’s Baton

This Sun 20th Aug, 1030am, the Queen’s Baton will arrive in Lozells, Birmingham at the New Testament Church of God. This is part of the Commonwealth Games where a relay involving various Cities and Towns across the world pass on the Queen’s Baton.

There will be a short ceremony and then the race resumes at 11am to its next destination.

You are invited to this free event.

Please tell your family, friends, neighbours and Colleague to come along and be part of history. I’m not playing at this event but all being well I will be there. NTCG, 240-244 Lozells Road, Birmingham, B19 1NP.

For further information contact Mrs Beverley Lindsay OBE OD Vice Lord-Lieutenant of West Midlands 0121 454 6990 or

Chillaxing At Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Festival 2017

I had a super charged weekend recently! I was chillaxing at Mostly Jazz Funk and Soul Festival. Fantastic weekend!  Highly recommended. I found it a great way to unwind before my show ‘Not Just Jazz IV’ coming up this Friday.

My ears were in music heaven listening to local Acts to heavy weights such as Soul II Soul, Sugarhill Gang, Lee Fields, Craig Charles and of course the one and only Chaka Khan.  Great atmosphere and great food at the Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul festival 2017.  Speaking of food, M & E Catering served up some serious Caribbean meals and homemade sauces. Wow, just heavenly 🙂 Check them out whenever you can.


Wonder Woman

When I was young, I looked forward to watching Linda Carter in her role as ‘Wonder Woman’, on TV.  It was thrilling to see a strong female character solving problems and sorting out the baddies, quite unusual for the time! I wish I was like her (blush!).  Tonight I’m going to the Cinema to watch Wonder Woman, 2017 film.  The trailer looks good so I’m hoping it will fulfil my expectations.  I wonder if Gal Gadot will fill Linda Carter’s shoes? Have you seen it?  Is the film as good as the trailer, or better?

My New Hobby

Millicent Stephenson Saxophonist Sax RepairsYep!  I have a new hobby and I’m loving it.  However you might think me sad as it is music related but I find it quite therapeutic and other.

Last year my Sax repairer retired and I have had no joy in locating a reliable replacement.  So I decided I’d have a go. Now I’m not the sort of person to take things apart without a manual – LOL! I mean ‘Millicent Stephenson repairing her sax? Unthinkable’, I’m generally more comfortable practising and playing.  But I went on a course to dip my toe in the water and see if I have what it takes and you know what, I do and I love it.  In fact I have decided it is my new hobby.

I learnt so much on the day, but rather than me tell you about it why not have a look at this short Vid of how I got on.  My intention (time permitting) is to keep you posted on how I’m getting on with my new hobby.  So pop back from time to time to catch up! Any thoughts? Please leave a comment below.

Speak soon! 🙂




Only 23 days left to see my TV interview on BBC iPlayer

I’m still excited about this! Only 23 days left though to see what I’m talking about.

I was interviewed by Josie d’Arby of the BBC1 TV programme ‘Songs Of Praise’ recently about the shortage of female musicians and my project ‘Cafemnee’ which was created in response to this.

Our Jam Session was also filmed and this was an enjoyable experience.  The film crew led by Mark Warburton made us feel so relaxed and uninhibited that we were able to do our thing and not think about the cameras.

If you missed it you can catch it on BBC iPlayer.  It was transmitted on Sunday 5th March as part of the Zeeburge Anniversary episode.  We’re on around 16mins and 34 seconds.   Click here for the BBC1 iPlayer link or for the full link for copying and pasting into a new window see below

Don’t forget, don’t leave it too late!  Only 23 days left to see my TV interview on BBC iPlayer 🙂

By the way if you want to know more about Cafemnee then click the ‘Cafemnee’ tab on my menu bar (on this website) for details.


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Songs Of Praise Tomorrow 4pm

It’s official, Cafemnee and I will be on BBC 1 Songs of Praise tomorrow, 4pm.  If you miss it the link to BBC Songs of Prise programme page where it’ll be on iPlayer afterwards is

See the Songs Of Praise Cafemnee promo clip here: