Freddy Randall and his Band, Cooks Ferry Inn, Edmonton - 1951 002
Inside pages of a programme for Freddy Randall's weekly performances at the Cooks Ferry Inn. A musical biography of Randall features, including his influence within the Cleveland Jazz Club, along with an advert for future performances.
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A Biography by Beryl Bryden.
Don't be surprised if you see me around with a black eye when Freddy gets back from Scotland. It's only fitting that the first of the series in our new folder should be on Freddy, so, black eye notwithstanding. 1 shall now proceed to â shame the devil."
Freddy was born at a very early age in a modest homestead in Clapton, in A.D. 1921 which, incidentally, was the year of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band s visit to England. No one who was " privileged â to hear him pounding on a junior drum kit at the ripe age of seven years would have prophesied any sort of future for him in the world of music, least of all that he would become uritainâs leading trumpet.
Flowever, parents and neighbours, even in the good old days, preferred their Sunday afternoon naps unaccompanied by drum rolls, and our youthful skin-basher was gently persuaded to turn his " musical talents â to the violin. Fie made taptd progress on this instrument, it was soon apparent that here was an embryo natural jazz man, and so it was inevitable that by his 16th birthday,
and through diligent thrift, a trumpet of sorts was procured. Having at last
found his correct medium, he went forward by leaps and bounds and was soon sitting in with local amateur bands. In less than one year, Freddy was proudly presenting his first outfit, the " St. Louis Four,â to a growing band of admirers, some of whom are Ferry members to this day.
In 1940 he joined the Army, where he continued to play until he was invalided out in 1943. He then joined the Freddy Mirfield Band, during which time they entered 17 contests, in every one of which the trumpet award was won b> Randall, including the All Britain. Shortly after this the Mirfield boys became an integral part of the well-known show "The Old Town Hall.â However, the boys found it impossible to- play real jazz in this type of show, and Freddy gathered together a few kindred souls and formed a jazz band with his brother Harry, whom most of the Ferry members will know, as manager. The going was hard at first, but through sheer hard work and determination they made jazz pay. Freddy and the boys were real pioneers, being frequently faced with problems and decisions to make that never enter into the affairs of amateurs of jazz who are not dependent upon their playing for a living.
It was at this point in the Randall saga that Cleveland Jazz Club was
commenced at Cooks Ferry.
Unobtrusively and unheralded, some significant honours came the way of
the Randall Band, not the least of these being that, of all the bands and groups
of jazz men to appear on B.B.C. Jazz Club, selection to represent that famous Air series, fell to the Randall boys (London Palladium, 1949). The Band have been engaged for Jazz Jamboree, Musicians Ball, Brussels International Festival of Fine Arts, and have toured Germany. Freddy has done well over 100 broadcasts to date, including B.B.C. Jazz Club, Jazz Interlude, Band Parade. B.B.C. Ballroom European Octet. Sunday night jazz on Overseas programme, âLetâs Make Music,â etc.
No one who has heard his History of Jazz could fail to agree that here is
the most versatile group of musicians in the country. Despite all this success,
however, it will be readilv agreed by the reader and. in fact, all Ferryites, that Freddy remains the most modest of guys, and since taking over the Secretaryship of Cleveland Jazz Club I have been greatly impressed by Freddyâs genuine feelings of friendship and gratitude to all you enthusiasts who enter the Lea bank portals on Sunday evenings.
Freddy has promised to write short articles from time to time for the Cooks Ferry folder, and in common with all the members. 1 look forward very much to these.
CHRIS BARBER and his New Orleans Jazz Band NORMAN HILL and his Band
Eric Silk and his Southern Jazz Band Alan Kirby and his Dixielanders
J A N~21 st.
MICK MULLIGAN and his Magnolia Jazz Band
with GEORGE MELLY Special Guest Attraction - The North Country Favourites JOAN and TED ROBERTS
Reg Rigden and his Jazz Band Dicky Hawden and his Band
FEB. 4th. GRAND BROADCAST NIGHT
GRAEME BELL and his Australian Jazz Band
Playing 7-8 p.m. only Be early.
MICK MULLIGAN and his Magnolia Jazz Band.
(with GEORGE MELLY)
(Admission at usual prices.)
Back Again ! !
Freddy Randall and his Band
and of course at all sessions BERYL ! !
FREDDYâS BROADCASTS Saturday, 3rd Feb. B.B.C. JAZZ CLUB FebruaryâEvery Monday
â Letâs Make Music â
12 Noon to 12.45 p.m.âLight
Saturday, 3rd February POPLAR TOWN HALL
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