Chris Barber's Jazz Band with Ottilie Patterson, National Jazz Festival, Richmond - 1962 008
Pages 12 and 13 of a programme for the National Jazz Festival, at the Richmond Athletic Ground, 28th and 29th July 1962. Page 12 profiles the career of Kenny Ball, with page 13 listing the performances for the Sunday evening.
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KENNY BALL: (tpt.): Born Ilford 22/ 5/1930: Early work with Charlie Galbraith: National Service to 1950: Then with Sid Phillips, Eric Delaney and finally Terry Lightfoot before forming own group in late 1958: First recorded June I960: Phenomenal rise to success through popular radio shows ('Jazz Clubâ, âSaturday Clubâ. 'Easy Beat', âTrad Fadâ and âMonitorâ): Many hit recordings: First U.S. tour spring 1962: Appeared in film It's Trad Dadâ: International hit "Midnight In Moscowâ: Addressâ5 Wardour Street, London W.I: Recording for Pye Records: Agency Cana Variety:
JÂ£ENNY BALL is probably the first major British jazz leader to have started, matured and succeeded all within the period of wide public acceptance of distinctively British traditional jazz.
He started on trumpet at 16; his early training was with the Charlie Galbraith band. He became fully professional in 1951. Now, at 32, he leads a supremely musicianly band of brilliant young jazzmen whose talents are not confined to the narrow idiom generally thought of as comprising British traditional jazz.
Criticised in some circles for having broken so successfully into the Hit Parade, the band lias not. as detractors would have you believe, diluted jazz. It is far more likely to have invigorated the rather dreary pop music scene with its mixture of polish and drive. The two fields of music have never been reluctant to borrow from each other in the past. Why should they be so now?
Kennyâs band has an enormous repertoire, taking in a mass of now little-known jazz classics, besides ragtime numbers, music hall tunes, popular songs, even novelty numbers. How could it fail to become popular with a huge public? Steadily the hand consolidates its position as the leading popular jazz outfit, reaching over into the broader field of entertainment without losing its jazz following.
One part of the bandâs activities should not be overlooked, and that is its policy of continuing to play the club circuit, out of gratitude to the people who set the group on its way.
Tliis band was formed in 1958, and reached a high point in its career earlier this year when it played the first American resident date ever by a British jazz band. It was at Bob Scobey s club in Chicago, where tire going might have been expected to be tough. But what happened? â âA traditional band of this calibre has not been heard in Chicago for yearsâ said a local jazz magazine.
This is the band of Samantha, Midnight in Moscow and the March of the Siamese Children. But it is also the band of Nuages, Chimes blues and / got plenty of nuttin . This is Britain's showcase of truly popular jazz.
6 to 11.30 p.m.
ED CORRIES JAZZ BAND
DAVE STEWART (trumpet), MICK WHITEHEAD (trombone, clarinet), BOB GLOVER (clarinet), DAVE STEMBER (piano), BILL BEBB (banjo, guitar, vocals), ED CORRIE (bass), JOHNNIE WEBB (drums, vocals).
AND THE CLANSMEN WITH FIONNA DUNCAN
ALEX DALGLEISH (trumpet), JACKIE MURRAY (trombone), FORRIE CAIRNS (clarinet), JOHN CAIRNS (piano), NORRIE BROWN (banjo), TUCKER FINLAYSON (bass), BOBBY SHANNON (drums), FIONNA DUNCAN (vocals).
BACK OâTOWN SYNC0PAT0RS
JOHN McKAY (trumpet), MATT McPHERSON (trombone), PAUL WARDROPE (clarinet), BOB CAMPBELL (banjo), IAN McNICOE (tenor banjo), LEX ALLAN (tuba), MURRAY SMITH (drums).
TERRY LIGHTFOOTâS JAZZMEN
TERRY LIGHTFOOT (clarinet), DICKIE HAWDON (trumpet), ROY WILLIAMS (trombone), COLIN BATES (piano), WAYNE CHANDLER (banjo), VIC BARTON (bass), JOHNNY RICHARDSON (drums).
AND HIS CITY GENTS WITH JACKIE LYNN
DICK CHARLESWORTH (clarinet), BOB MASTERS (trumpet), ROGER RAE (trombone), JOHNNY EBBELS (bass), BILL DIXON banjo), GEOFF DOWNES (drums), JACKIE LYNN (vocals).
KENNY BALLâS JAZZMEN
KENNY BALL (trumpet, vocals), JOHNNY BENNETT (trombone), DAVE JONES (clarinet), RON WEATHERBURN (piano), PADDY LIGHTFOOT (banjo, vocals), VIC PITT (bass), RON BOWDEN (drums).
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