Alex Welsh and his band - November 14th 1973 008
Page 7 of a programme for a performance by Alex Welsh and his band, November 14th 1973. Profiles of Alex Welsh's band members feature, including Roy Williams, Jim Douglas, Harvey Weston and Fred Hunt.
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One of the best tsxabonists In Europe and to my way of thinking, in the world. Roy also comes from the North. He is featured on a number of 'specials' with the band, including a hilarious vocal trio with Alex and John. Been with Alex for 10 years or so, and has played with some of the star jazzmen from America including Esmond Hall, Ruby Braff,
Wild Bill Davidson and Earl Hines, amongst others. On his previous visit here he played a fine duet with George Chisholm which brought the house down (to coin a corny old phrase) and 1 am sure that this evening that will be repeated. With Johnny and the rhythm section he plays some lovely Bossa Nova numbers, which is a complete contrast to the more Dixieland style he uses on such things as Ory's creole trombone when they recreate the Louis Armstrong Hot Five, A very versatile musician indeed, and always ready to have a laugh, a drink and chat.
Guitarist supreme, Jim hails from North of the border, like Alex. Jim was originally with the Clyde Valley Stompers, which held forth in Scotland for a number of years. During the 60's, with the advent of Beatlemania, Jim was on the verge of forming a Beatle-type pop group when Alex persuaded him to take the vacant guitar chair in the band. One thing for sure, all jazz fans in this country are grateful that Jim made the right decision. With the death of Dave Goldberg, we were at a loss for a top jazz guitar soloist which Jim alone has filled. He also plays some very fine banjo on the trad
numbers. Quiet and unassuming Jim enjoys his music and is always ready to swop a yarn about jazz and jazz musicians, and 1 for one am glad to know him.
An excellent musician and one who improves with each time you hear him. With Lennie Bush and the great Dane,
Nils Henning - Osted - Pederson he ranks as one of the best bassists in the world, and 1 am sure this evening will prove the previous statement. His solo playing has even been known to quieten the chatterboxes in the audiences which in itself is phenomenal and the mark of a star soloist, when he can command attention with what he has to offer.
Enjoys a quiet drink and chat and always quick to appreciate the other soloists with "fill ins" behind them, and lays down a really solid beat. Does the driving of the band bus amongst other things, and is a devoted family man.
To jazz musicians in general,and most people who kx** Fred Hunt will go down as one of the finest jazz soloists that we have ever produced in this country. His piano soloQ are pure Fred Hunt, perhaps tinges of Earl Hines can be heard, but this is not suprising as Eurl's influences can be heard in all jazz soloists,not only pianists. Fred has been with Alex for in the region of twenty years except for a brief spell in the mid sixties when he led a trio with which he recorded incidently. Fred first came to the fore with Beryl Bryden's Washboard Four and a most suprising thing to me is that he is self taught. Fred enjoys a quiet chat about his musical associations and is a keen gardener. He grows some excellent pluns for which 1 can testify, as he passed on a big bag ful during the summ. Who knows when ha retires from music he may make his name as a greengrocer (now there's a thought Fred.)
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