Peter and Selina

Peter and Selina's Weblog

Peter and Selina Burton's news, covering our personal interests, e.g. jazz, travel, film and theatre plus (occasionally) information about our business interests.


Contact us via E-mail by clicking

NEAR FUTURE IN DORSET / HAMPSHIRE / WILTSHIRE BORDER AREA; DON'T MISS

Friday 8th July; 2016; Cuff Billet’s New Europa Jazz Band at the Salisbury Jazz Club, £10 entrance fee at the door. Contact Joe Croll, 023 8086 9720 or email Joecroll@sky.com. The Club meets on the second Friday of every month at the Livestock Market, Netherhampton Road, Salisbury SP2 8RH on the outskirts of Salisbury. Dancing is encouraged but you can just sit and listen if you prefer. There is a bar, raffle, large car park and hot food is available until 8.30 PM. Doors open at 7 PM and the jazz starts at 8 PM.

Monday 11th July 2016; The Amy Roberts Band at the Bournemouth Traditional Jazz Club, starting at 8PM. The club meets at the Bluebirds Social Club in Longham, BH22 9DP (opposite Haskins garden centre) and features a large dance floor, plenty of free car parking and affordable drinks. £9 admission, £10 for visitors.

Wednesday 13th July; Subb Dance – Swing Unlimited’s Dance Band – Entry £7 at the SWING UNLIMITED JAZZ CLUB at the Parley Country Club, 275 Christchurch Rd., West Parley, Bournemouth BH22 8SQ. Doors open 7.30pm, food available to 9pm, Bar to 11pm. Contacts: Cath 07771 267445 catherinepeiro@yahoo.co.uk or Pat 07730 517908 patpeiro@yahoo.co.uk. Facebook: www.facebook.com/subbjazz Website: www.subb.co.uk.

Friday 15th July 2016; The Bell Street Jazz Band at the 'Half Moon' on the outskirts of Shaftesbury, SP7 8BS. No admission fee, just book a table for dinner, phone: 01747 852456

Monday 18th July 2016; Alan Pickering's Spirit of New Orleans at the Bournemouth Traditional Jazz Club, starting at 8PM. The club meets at the Bluebirds Social Club in Longham, BH22 9DP (opposite Haskins garden centre) and features a large dance floor, plenty of free car parking and affordable drinks. £6 admission, £7 for visitors.

Tuesday 19th July 2016; The Bernie Farrenden Quartet in the restaurant at the Amberwood Inn, 154 Ringwood Rd, Walkford, Dorset BH23 5RQ, tel. 01425 272627. Full menu, £3 cover charge, advance booking advisable. Jazz starts at 8 PM.

Wednesday 20th July; Louise Victoria – beautiful Bristol-based jazz-singer with top-class musicians – Entry £8 at the SWING UNLIMITED JAZZ CLUB at the Parley Country Club, 275 Christchurch Rd., West Parley, Bournemouth BH22 8SQ. Doors open 7.30pm, food available to 9pm, Bar to 11pm. Contacts: Cath 07771 267445 catherinepeiro@yahoo.co.uk or Pat 07730 517908 patpeiro@yahoo.co.uk. Facebook: www.facebook.com/subbjazz Website: www.subb.co.uk.

Thursday 21st July 2016; Verwood Jazz Club presents New Orleans Heat, 7.30 PM at the St Leonards Hotel, 185 Ringwood Road, St Leonards, Dorset, BH24 2NP. Phone: 01202 825267. Tickets are £11 at the door (£10 for members) -contact - 07798 721405. You can eat and drink in the restaurant at any time or ask for it to be served in the St Leonards Suite (where the band plays) from 6.30 PM when the doors open.

Thursday 21st July; Tony Robinson's Chicago Jazz Aces at the Fishermans Haunt in Winkton, BH23 7AS. No admission charge, just Phone: 01202 477283 to book your table for an evening meal.

Monday 25th July 2016; Alan Pickering's Spirit of New Orleans at the Bournemouth Traditional Jazz Club, starting at 8PM. The club meets at the Bluebirds Social Club in Longham, BH22 9DP (opposite Haskins garden centre) and features a large dance floor, plenty of free car parking and affordable drinks. £6 admission, £7 for visitors.

Wednesday 27th July; CAPRICORN 1 – Bassist Paul Francis’ phenomenal full-on jazz-funk outfit – Funkalicious! – Entry £8 at the SWING UNLIMITED JAZZ CLUB at the Parley Country Club, 275 Christchurch Rd., West Parley, Bournemouth BH22 8SQ. Doors open 7.30pm, food available to 9pm, Bar to 11pm. Contacts: Cath 07771 267445 catherinepeiro@yahoo.co.uk or Pat 07730 517908 patpeiro@yahoo.co.uk. Facebook: www.facebook.com/subbjazz Website: www.subb.co.uk.

Thursday 28th July; "Jazz at the Meeting House, Ringwood" with the "Memphis Jazzmen", run in conjunction with "Julia's House" with a view to help support the wonderful work they do. As a minimum ALL proceeds from the raffle will go to Julia's House. The Meeting House is at Meeting House Ln, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 1EY.

Sunday 31st July 2016; John Maddocks' Jazz Men at the St Leonards Hotel, 185 Ringwood Road, St Leonards, Dorset, BH24 2NP. £10 admission, 7:30PM start. Bookings for jazz, Tel: 01202 701295. Full menu and bar service available in the function room.

Tuesday 2nd August 2016; The Bernie Farrenden Quartet in the restaurant at the Amberwood Inn, 154 Ringwood Rd, Walkford, Dorset BH23 5RQ, tel. 01425 272627. Full menu, £3 cover charge, advance booking advisable. Jazz starts at 8 PM.

Wednesday 3rd August; SU2 – Gino Manzi’s 80th Big Band Birthday Bash! – Entry £6 at the SWING UNLIMITED JAZZ CLUB at the Parley Country Club, 275 Christchurch Rd., West Parley, Bournemouth BH22 8SQ, admission £8. Doors open 7.30pm, food available to 9pm, Bar to 11pm. Contacts: Cath 07771 267445 catherinepeiro@yahoo.co.uk or Pat 07730 517908 patpeiro@yahoo.co.uk. Facebook: www.facebook.com/subbjazz Website: www.subb.co.uk.

Thursday 4th August 2016; Tony Robinson's Chicago Jazz Aces at the East Close Hotel, Lyndhurst Rd, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 7EF 01425 672404. No admission charge, just book a meal in the restaurant. Jazz starts at 8:30PM.

Monday 8th August 2016; Martin Bennett's Old Green River Band at the Bournemouth Traditional Jazz Club, starting at 8PM. The club meets at the Bluebirds Social Club in Longham, BH22 9DP (opposite Haskins garden centre) and features a large dance floor, plenty of free car parking and affordable drinks. £9 admission, £10 for visitors.

Tuesday 9th August; The Bernie Farrenden Jazz Delights Trio at the Nelson Tavern in Mudeford 01202 485105. Starts at 7:30 PM; Thai and English Food. Friday 12th August; 2016; Golden Eagle Jazz Band at the Salisbury Jazz Club, £10 entrance fee at the door. Contact Joe Croll, 023 8086 9720 or email Joecroll@sky.com. The Club meets on the second Friday of every month at the Livestock Market, Netherhampton Road, Salisbury SP2 8RH on the outskirts of Salisbury. Dancing is encouraged but you can just sit and listen if you prefer. There is a bar, raffle, large car park and hot food is available until 8.30 PM. Doors open at 7 PM and the jazz starts at 8 PM.

Monday 15th August 2016; Alan Pickering's Spirit of New Orleans at the Bournemouth Traditional Jazz Club, starting at 8PM. The club meets at the Bluebirds Social Club in Longham, BH22 9DP (opposite Haskins garden centre) and features a large dance floor, plenty of free car parking and affordable drinks. £6 admission, £7 for visitors.

Tuesday 16th August 2016; The Bernie Farrenden Quartet in the restaurant at the Amberwood Inn, 154 Ringwood Rd, Walkford, Dorset BH23 5RQ, tel. 01425 272627. Full menu, £3 cover charge, advance booking advisable. Jazz starts at 8 PM.

Thursday 18th August 2016; Verwood Jazz Club presents The Pedigree Jazz Band, 7.30 PM at the St Leonards Hotel, 185 Ringwood Road, St Leonards, Dorset, BH24 2NP. Phone: 01202 825267. Tickets are £11 at the door (£10 for members) -contact - 07798 721405. You can eat and drink in the restaurant at any time or ask for it to be served in the St Leonards Suite (where the band plays) from 6.30 PM when the doors open.

Thursday 18th August; Tony Robinson's Chicago Jazz Aces at the Fishermans Haunt in Winkton, BH23 7AS. No admission charge, just Phone: 01202 477283 to book your table for an evening meal.

Monday 22nd August 2016; Alan Pickering's Spirit of New Orleans at the Bournemouth Traditional Jazz Club, starting at 8PM. The club meets at the Bluebirds Social Club in Longham, BH22 9DP (opposite Haskins garden centre) and features a large dance floor, plenty of free car parking and affordable drinks. £6 admission, £7 for visitors.

Sunday 28th August 2016; The Bell Street Jazz Band at the 'Half Moon' on the outskirts of Shaftesbury, SP7 8BS. No admission fee, just book a table for dinner, phone: 01747 852456

Sunday 28th August 2016; John Maddocks' Jazz Men at the St Leonards Hotel, 185 Ringwood Road, St Leonards, Dorset, BH24 2NP. £10 admission, 7:30PM start. Bookings for jazz, Tel: 01202 701295. Full menu and bar service available in the function room.

Thursday 8th September; "Jazz at the Meeting House, Ringwood" with the "Memphis Jazzmen", run in conjunction with "Julia's House" with a view to help support the wonderful work they do. As a minimum ALL proceeds from the raffle will go to Julia's House. The Meeting House is at Meeting House Ln, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 1EY.

THE PAST

For pictures and a few words from nights not listed below browse on FaceBook Peter Burton.

Friday 13th May 2016

The Dart Valley Stompers at the Salisbury Jazz Club

Dart Valley Stompers at Salisbury

This evening we saw The Dart Valley Stompers (pictured) playing at the Salisbury Jazz Club. The band comprised Graham Trevarton (trumpet, vocals), Ron Milford (trombone, vocals), Jeremy Huggett (clarinet, soprano sax, tenor sax, vocals), Tony Mann (string bass), Howard Williams, (banjo, guitar) and Chris Stockings (drums). This is one of favourite bands, with an up-tempo approach to most numbers.
One young woman danced to some of the numbers alone, shaking her apparently unfettered breasts with wild abandon. Joe Croll asked her to assist him with the raffle saying to her (with microphone in hand) "I like your bra".
I received a comment from a female staff member that could have been a compliment or an insult. Something along the lines of "you must fancy yourself, being with such a young woman". I gently explained that many people underestimate Selina's age by 20 years.

Some favourite numbers were:

1) Bei Mir Bistu Shein, (Yiddish: בײַ מיר ביסטו שיין, "To Me You're Beautiful"), a popular Yiddish song composed by Jacob Jacobs (lyricist) and Sholom Secunda (composer) for a 1932 Yiddish musical, 'I Would If I Could' (in Yiddish, Men Ken Lebn Nor Men Lost Nisht, 'You could live, but they won't let you'), that closed after one season. The score for the song transcribed the Yiddish title as 'Bay mir bistu sheyn'. The original Yiddish version of the song (in C minor) is really a dialogue between two lovers who share lines of the song. The song became famous with English lyrics but retaining the Yiddish title, 'Bei Mir Bistu Shein'. It also appeared with a Germanized title 'Bei Mir Bist Du Schön'.

In 1937, Sammy Cahn heard a performance of the song, sung in Yiddish by African American performers Johnnie and George at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. On seeing the response, Cahn got his employer to buy the rights so he (together with Saul Chaplin) could rewrite the song with English language lyrics and rhythms more typical of swing music. Secunda and Jacobs sold the publishing rights to the song for a mere US$30. Cahn then convinced the still unknown Andrews Sisters to perform the song (1937). It became their first major hit, earning them a gold record, the first ever to a female vocal group. The song is performed by Renata Flores in the film The Last Metro. It was also a worldwide hit beyond America. Over time, the song grosed some $3,000,000, with Secunda and Jacobs missing significant royalties. Fortunately, in 1961, the copyright on the song expired, the ownership was reverted to Secunda and Jacobs, and they signed contract with Harms, Inc., securing proper royalties.

The link is to Janis Siegel's rendition as seen in 'Swing Kids'. This is the full, uninterrupted version. Not just a clip from the movie.

2) Jeremy's vocal I Can't Give You Anything but Love, the link being to a modern version by Diana Krall. Composition was claimed by Jimmy McHugh with lyrics by Dorothy Fields but some controversy surrounds the song's authorship. Andy Razaf's biographer Harry Singer offers circumstantial evidence that suggests Fats Waller might have sold the melody to McHugh in 1926 and that the lyrics were by Razaf. Alternatively, Philip Furia has pointed out that Fields' verse is almost identical to the end of the second verse of Lorenz Hart's and Richard Rodgers' song 'Where's That Rainbow?' from Peggy-Ann, the 1926 musical comedy with book by Fields' brother Herbert and produced by their father Lew. Waller's son stated that his father wrote the music so perhaps it should really be by Waller / Fields.

The song was introduced by Adelaide Hall at Les Ambassadeurs Club in New York in January 1928 in Lew Leslie's Blackbird Revue, which opened on Broadway later that year as the highly successful Blackbirds of 1928 (518 performances), wherein it was performed by Adelaide Hall, Aida Ward, and Willard McLean.

3) The Isle of Capri, the link being to the recording by Primo Scala's Accordion Band that I played so often as a child. The music was written by Wilhelm Grosz (aka Hugh Williams) with lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy and was published in 1934. It was recorded by Lew Stone and his Band with vocal by trumpeter Nat Gonella on July 25, 1934, by Ray Noble and his Orchestra with vocal by Al Bowlly on August 30, 1934, and by Gracie Fields on October 9, 1934.

The first US hit version of the song was by Freddy Martin's orchestra with vocal by Elmer Feldkamp recorded on December 3, 1934. Later hit versions were recorded by Wingy Manone in 1944, and later by The Gaylords and by Jackie Lee in 1954. Frank Sinatra recorded it on October 1, 1957, for his album: Come Fly with Me, issued in 1958. On February 2, 1935, a Spanish language version of the song, arranged as a Tango, was recorded by Osvaldo Fresedo with singer Roberto Ray. This song was a huge world-wide hit, sung in countless arrangements and translations, including in French by Tino Rossi "C'est à Capri".

Labels:


Friday 11th March 2016

Jools and the Jazzaholics at the Salisbury Jazz Club

Jools and the Jazzaholics at Salisbury

This evening we saw Jools and the Jazzaholics (pictured) playing at the Salisbury Jazz Club. The band comprised Denny Ilett (trumpet, vocals), Mike Owen (trombone, vocals), John Maddocks (clarinet, alto sax), Jim Swinnerton (string bass), Brian Mellor, (banjo) and Julyan Aldridge (drums). Mike is still rather new to us; a fine vocalist and we love the way his trombone playing varies from 'dirty' New Orleans style to clean and smooth for ballads. Interesting numbers were:

1) Mike's vocal, Those Were the Days, the link being to Mary Hopkin's hit from 1968. Those Were the Days is a song credited to Gene Raskin, who put a new English lyric to the Russian romance song "Dorogoi dlinnoyu" ("Дорогой длинною", lit. "By the long road"), composed by Boris Fomin (1900–1948) with words by the poet Konstantin Podrevsky. It deals with reminiscence upon youth and romantic idealism.

2) John's clarinet feature I've Found a New Baby, the link being to the wonderful Sidney Bechet version from 1932. It was composed around 1926 by Spencer Williams in collaboration with Jack Palmer.

3) Mike's vocal I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now, the link being to Manuel Romain from 1909 followed by some Bing Crosby versions. The music was written by Joseph E. Howard and Harold Orlob, the lyrics by Will M. Hough and Frank R. Adams. The song was published in 1909 and was first introduced in the 1909 musical The Prince Of Tonight.

Labels:


Friday, 8th January 2016

John Maddocks' Jazz Men at the Salisbury Jazz Club 

JMJM at SJC

This evening we went to the Salisbury Jazz Club, to see John Maddocks' Jazz Men (pictured) comprising John Maddocks (clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, vocals), Peter Wilkinson (trumpet, vocals), Chris Gower (trombone), Chris Satterley (keyboard, vocals), Peter McCurrie (string bass, tuba), George Skidmore, (banjo, guitar) and Brian Barker (drums). This is a popular band and it pulled in a good crowd.

Interesting numbers were as follows:

1) A tribute to the late Johnny Rodgers A Lull at Dawn, played on this link by Barney Bigard in 1944. Composition is credited to Duke Ellington and Barney Bigard but I doubt if the Duke had the original idea.

2) JM's alto feature, Flow Gently, Sweet Afton, sung on this link by Kay Starr (now 93) with Red Nichols' Orchestra. The words were written by Robert Burns in 1791 and they were set to music by Jonathan E. Spilman in 1837.

3) Perdido St Blues, this link being to the original version by the New Orleans Wanderers. It was composed by their pianist Lil Hardin as were most of their numbers, although her husband Louis Armstrong might have collaborated with her. His place on cornet was taken by the wonderful unsung George Mitchell.

Labels:


Sunday, 23rd December, 2015

Barry Palser's Super Six at the Reigate Manor Hotel

Barry Palser's Super Six

This evening we attended the first night of 'Jazz at Christmas' at the Reigate Manor Hotel. Barry Palser's Super Six comprised John Crocker (clarinet, tenor sax, vocals), Peter Rudeforth (trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals), Barry Palser (trombone, vocals), Andy Lawrence (string bass), Tont Pitt (banjo) and John Tyson (drums). Great band, playing some wonderful jazz. Facourite numbers were:

1) John Crocker's feature S'wonderful, the link being to our Chris Barber Band recording with Joe Harriet and Ian Wheeler. It was composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics written by Ira Gershwin. It was introduced in the Broadway musical Funny Face (1927) by Adele Astaire and Allen Kearns.

2) Peter Rudeforth's feature Stardust, played on this link by Gary Guthman on flugel horn. It was compsed by Hoagy Carmichael in 1927 and is considered by many the finest song ever written. The music certainly takes more pages than usual for a popular song.

3) Bei Mir Bistu Shein, (Yiddish: בײַ מיר ביסטו שיין, "To Me You're Beautiful"), a popular Yiddish song composed by Jacob Jacobs (lyricist) and Sholom Secunda (composer) for a 1932 Yiddish musical, 'I Would If I Could' (in Yiddish, Men Ken Lebn Nor Men Lost Nisht, 'You could live, but they won't let you'), that closed after one season. The score for the song transcribed the Yiddish title as 'Bay mir bistu sheyn'. The original Yiddish version of the song (in C minor) is really a dialogue between two lovers who share lines of the song. The song became famous with English lyrics but retaining the Yiddish title, 'Bei Mir Bistu Shein'. It also appeared with a Germanized title 'Bei Mir Bist Du Schön'.

In 1937, Sammy Cahn heard a performance of the song, sung in Yiddish by African American performers Johnnie and George at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. On seeing the response, Cahn got his employer to buy the rights so he (together with Saul Chaplin) could rewrite the song with English language lyrics and rhythms more typical of swing music. Secunda and Jacobs sold the publishing rights to the song for a mere US$30. Cahn then convinced the still unknown Andrews Sisters to perform the song (1937). It became their first major hit, earning them a gold record, the first ever to a female vocal group. The song is performed by Renata Flores in the film The Last Metro. It was also a worldwide hit beyond America. Over time, the song grosed some $3,000,000, with Secunda and Jacobs missing significant royalties. Fortunately, in 1961, the copyright on the song expired, the ownership was reverted to Secunda and Jacobs, and they signed contract with Harms, Inc., securing proper royalties.

The link is to Janis Siegel's rendition as seen in 'Swing Kids'. This is the full, uninterrupted version. Not just a clip from the movie.

Labels:


Sunday, 20th December, 2015

John Maddocks' Jazz Men and Julia Titus at the Concorde Club

John_Maddocks_Concorde

This evening we attended the Christmas party at the Concorde Club. John Maddocks' Jazz Men comprised John Maddocks (clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, vocals), Peter Wilkinson (trumpet, vocals), Tony Farr (trombone), Chris Satterley (piano, vocals), George Skidmore (banjo, guitar) and Brian Barker (drums). Guest vocalist was Julia Titus, whose performance included a Bessie Smith tribute, featuring six of her most famous numbers, including:

1) Do Your Duty, the link being to Bessie's recording with a summary of her life. It was composed by Wesley Wilson.

2) Downhearted Blues, sung on this link by Bessie with credits to its composers, Alberta Hunter and lovie Austin.

3) Gimme a Pigfoot & a Bottle Of Beer, another Wesley Wilson composition. The link is to Bessie of course.

Labels:


Friday, 11th December 2015

The Pedigree Jazz Band at Salisbury Jazz Club 

Pedigree Jazz Band

This evening we went to the Salisbury Jazz Club, to see the Pedigree Jazz Band (pictured) comprising Graham Trevarton (trumpet, cornet, vocals), Roger Marks (slide trombone, vocals, co-leader), Chris Walker (clarinet, vocal, co-leader), John Noddings (banjo, guitar, vocal), Tony Mann (string bass), and Colin Larn (drums). We danced to 10 numbers but only out of 27 total, such is the delivery rate from this band.

Wendy Lawrence took a photograph of us the is now our FaceBook profile pic.

Favourite numbers were:

1) Livery Stable Blues, played on this link by the Original Dixieland Jass Band. It was copyrighted by Ray Lopez (né Raymond Edward Lopez; 1889–1979) and Alcide Nunez in 1917. It was recorded by the Original Dixieland Jass Band on February 26, 1917 and, with the A side "Dixieland Jass Band One-Step" or "Dixie Jass Band One-Step" (a tune later better known as "Original Dixieland One-Step"), became widely acknowledged as the first jazz recording commercially released.

2) Sukiyaki, the link being to Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen from 1963. It was originally a Japanese song entitled Ue o Muite Arukō" (上を向いて歩こう?, "I Look Up As I Walk").

3) Chris Walker's feature Summer Set, played on this link by its composers, the late Acker Bilk and his pianist Dave Collet, in 1959. It was Acker's first hit record.

Labels:


Thursday 19th November 2015

The Sussex Jazz Kings at the Verwood Jazz Club

Sussex Jazz Kings at Verwood
This evening we saw the Sussex Jazz Kings (pictured) playing at the Verwood Jazz Club. The band comprised Dave Stradwick (cornet, vocals), Iain McAuley (trombone, vocals), Bernard Stutt (clarinet), Peter Clancy (string bass, Sousaphone), Phil Durell, (banjo) and John Hall (drums). Lovely 'fat' jazz sound from Dave's cornet backed by a band playing in the British traditional style of the 1950s-60s. Interesting numbers were:

1) Emperor Naughton's Hunch, the link explaining the title with Lu Watters' Yerba Buena Jazz Band playing the number superbly. It was written by Turk Murphy, who, together with Lu Watters and Bob Scobey, dominated the West Coast Traditional Jazz revival in the San Francisco Bay Area.

2) Bernard's feature Somebody bigger than you or I, the link being to the Elvis Presley recording from 1966. It was written by Johnny Lange, Hy Heath and Sonny Burke and is known as a gospel standard. It was originally recorded by the Ink Spots in 1951.

3) Iain's vocal 'My Wild Reigate Rose', dedicated to an embarrassed Lesley Stradwick. It was originally My Wild Irish Rose, written by Chauncey Alcott in 1899 for the stage production, "A Romance of Athlone". He also co-wrote the lyrics to "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling". Dennis Morgan played Olcott in the 1947 screen biography of his life entitled "My Wild Irish Rose". This song has been recorded by countless artists, including John McCormack.

Labels:


Monday, 9th November 2015

Sunset Café Stompers at the Bournemouth Traditional Jazz Club

Sunset Café Stompers

This evening we saw the Sunset Café Stompers (pictured) playing at the Bournemouth Traditional Jazz Club. The band comprised Steve Grayham (cornet and vocals), Pete Middleton (trombone), Mike Snelling (clarinet, tenor sax), Mike Denham (keyboard, leader), Pete Ward (double bass), Eddie Edwards (banjo), John Coad (drums) and Hamish Maxwell (great vocalist). Favourite numbers were:

1) C'est Filon, played on this link by Humphrey Lyttelton and his band, who recorded it several times in the 1950s. Mike Denham's assertion that it is a Sidney Bechet original appears to be incorrect. It was composed by Ernest Léardée about whom I can find little in English. He was born on November 9, 1896 in Fort-de-France, Martinique, France. He was an actor and composer, known for La vieille quimboiseuse et le majordome (1987), Médecins de nuit (1978) and Little Lise (1930). He died on April 12, 1988 in Fontenay-sous-Bois, Val-de-Marne, France.

2) Hamish's wonderful vocal, ably assisted by Pete Middleton, Trombone Cholly sung on this link by Bessie Smith with trombonist Charlie Green. I presume they wrote it but I have no proof. They seem to have liked each other !

3) Shimmy-sha-wabble, performed on this link by Erin Morris & Her Ragdolls live with River Raisin Ragtime Revue. It was composed by Spencer Williams (no relation to Clarence) in 1917. Williams was born in New Orleans and educated at St. Charles University there. He was performing as pianist and singer in Chicago by 1907, and moved to New York City about 1916. After arriving in New York, he co-wrote several songs with Anton Lada of the Louisiana Five. Among those songs was "Basin Street Blues" which would become one of his most popular songs and is still recorded by musicians to this day. Around the time of World War One he co-composed the song "Squeeze Me" with Fats Waller. Williams toured Europe with bands from 1925 to 1928; during this time he wrote for Josephine Baker at the Folies Bergères in Paris. Williams then returned to New York for a few years. In 1932, he moved to Europe for good, living in Sunbury-on-Thames before moving to Stockholm in 1951 where he spent most of the rest of his life. Williams returned to New York shortly before his death in Flushing, New York on July 14, 1965. His numerous hit songs include "Basin Street Blues", "She'll Be Comin Around That Mountain", "I Ain't Got Nobody", "Royal Garden Blues", "Mahogany Hall Stomp", "I've Found a New Baby", "Everybody Loves My Baby", "Shimmy-Sha-Wabble", "Boodle Am Shake", "Tishomingo Blues", "Fireworks", "I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None of My Jelly Roll", "Arkansas Blues", "Paradise Blues", "When Lights Are Low","Dallas Blues", and "My Man o’ War". Williams was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.

Labels:


Friday, 9th October 2015

The Charlestown Jazz Band at the Salisbury Jazz Club 

Chicago Jazz Aces

This evening we went to the Salisbury Jazz Club, to see The Charlestown Jazz Band from The Netherlands. The last link provides details of all the musicians. This is a great band and it pulled in the largest crowd for a year.

Favourite numbers were as follows, the links being to the band at various venues:

1) Chiquita. I think it was written by Sam H Stept.

2) Oh Marie, written by Hartonen, Pekka Olavi / Di Capua, Eduardo (whoever they are).

3) The Martinique, composed by Wilbur De Paris.

Labels:


Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Martin Bennett's Old Green River Band at the Verwood Jazz Club



Old Green River Band

This evening we returned to The Hideaway in Verwood for 'firecracker' burgers in the restaurant, followed by an evening at the Verwood Jazz Club, with Martin Bennett's Old Green River Band. This unique jazz/blues band (great for dancing) comprised Richard Bennett (trumpet, vocals), John Finch (trombone, vocals), Howard Murray (alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax), Martin Bennett (keyboard, vocals), Ed Lloyd-Hughes (string bass), and Bill Buck (drums). It was great to see Richard playing in his father's band. More of this is expected in future. Interesting numbers adapted from country songs and sung by Martin were:

1) Louise, Sweetest Girl I Know, sung on this link by Jesse Matthews. It was presumably written by Big Bill Broonzy.

2) Meet Me Somewhere In Your Dreams, played on this link by 'The Bluegrass Solution' in country style. It might well have been composed by Herb Cook, about whom I know nothing.

3) You Are My Sunshine, this clip being from the film 'Oh Brother Where Art Thou' featuring 'The Soggy Bottom Boys'. The following link claims that it was written by Paul Rice, although credited to Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell. You Are My Sunshine.

Labels:


Friday, 11th September 2015

The Chicago Jazz Aces at the Salisbury Jazz Club 

Chicago Jazz Aces

This evening we went to the Salisbury Jazz Club, to see Tony Robinson's Chicago Jazz Aces (pictured) comprising Tony Robinson (trumpet, vocals), Win Bowen (slide trombone, valve trombone), Mike Snelling (clarinet, tenor sax), Ken Ames (banjo, guitar), Brian Mursell (string bass), Greg Painter (keyboard), Terry Francis (drums) and Barbara Lorraine (vocals). Great to see our old friend Ken Ames again, playing fantastic jazz as always. I liked the wide range of jazz played, from 1918 to 1956. Other punters disagreed, wanting all early stuff. We danced to no less than 13 numbers, same as last time at this venue with this band.

Favourites were:

1) St Thomas, written by Sonny Rollins who plays it on this link from 1956.

2) Ken's banjo feature The World is Waiting For The Sunrise, lyrics by Gene Lockhart and music (Toronto 1918) by the concert pianist Ernest Seitz, who had conceived the refrain when he was 12. Embarrassed about writing popular music, Seitz used the pseudonym "Raymond Roberts" when the song was first published by Chappell in 1919. The link is to Les Paul and Mary Ford.

3) Barbara's vocal Ain't Nobody's Business, an eight-bar vaudeville blues song that became an early blues standard. It was written in the 1920s by pianist Porter Grainger, who had been Bessie Smith's accompanist, and Everett Robbins. The song was first recorded in October 1922 by Anna Meyer with the Original Memphis Five. Other early versions include Sara Martin (with Fats Waller on piano) (December 1922), Alberta Hunter (February 1923), and Bessie Smith (April 1923 ) as on this link. Porter Grainger's lyrics to the song were copyrighted in 1922, thus they are now in the public domain.

Labels:


Thursday, 16th July 2015

Fryer-Huggett All Stars at the Verwood Jazz Club



Fryer-Huggett All Stars

This evening we went to the Verwood Jazz Club to see the Fryer-Huggett All Stars, a fine band comprising Jim Fryer (trombone, vocals), Jeremy Huggett (tenor sax, soprano sax, clarinet, keyboard, vocals), Alan Bateman (trumpet, vocal), Tom Kincaid (keyboard), Jim Rimtoul (string bass) and Chris Stockings (drums). We particularly liked Jeremy's tenor sax and Tom's keyboard solo and duet with Jeremy. Interesting numbers (all new to me) were:

1) Jim's vocal, Ham and Eggs, written by Danny Barker and played / sung by him on this link.

2) Tom's great keyboard solo Play Piano Play, composed by Erroll Garner who plays it on this link. His style is so unique that I recognised it from Tom's performance.

3) Wasting My Love On You, sung beautifully on this link by Annette Hanshaw. It was composed by Harry Warren with lyrics by Edgar Leslie.

Labels:


Friday, 14th, August 2015

The Gambit Jazz Men at the Salisbury Jazz Club

Gambit Jazz Men

This evening we returned to the Salisbury Jazz Club, to see the Gambit Jazz Men, comp