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Acker Bilk and the Paramount Jazz Band, Free Trade Hall, Manchester - December 11th 1960 002

Acker Bilk and the Paramount Jazz Band, Free Trade Hall, Manchester - December 11th 1960 002

Inside front cover and page 1 of a programme for a performance by Acker Bilk and the Paramount Jazz Band at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, 1960. The inside front cover introduces Acker Bilk, with a photograph of the Paramount Jazz Band performing on page 1.

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Catalogue Reference Number NJA/PRO/26
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Date Made 1960
Item Format Programme
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Event Date 11/12/1960

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Mr. Acker Bilk
Ever since, two years past, an eager Public snatched every Copy of the Initial Phonographic Recording fabricated by MR. ACKER BILK and his PARAMOUNT JAZZ BAND from the market Stalls within a Sennight of its Issue, the musical Exploits of this fantastic crew have resounded throughout the the Country. Be it at Concerts, upon the Wireless or in those Establishments to which entry is reserved for Members Only, the Graph of their Success has shewn a steady (and ever upwards) climb.
Despite that which the ill-advised have criticised as the sartorial affectation of their Attire, despite some trifling Success jousting in the “Lists”—both with the Ballad “Summer Set” and with a Selection of Albums contesting the “Most Purchased Jazz” Category—despite (it must be admitted) a Veneer of Professionalism and a Touch of rumbustious Humour, it is nevertheless the Spontaneity and Authenticity of the Music which is responsible for their astounding Triumphs. Indeed, so tonic an Effect upon the Ear of the Discerning has this grandiose Ensemble that—scarce two years since the Leader himself was but a nonentity —the Paramount Jazz Band is, this day, the most highly esteemed Unit in the Land: a “Judgment ” that not only Paris but other Capitals in the Territories beyond the Channel have seen marvellously fit to endorse these recent months!
Now, with the Addition of Mr. Colin Smith to the front Line, and with the blooding of Mr. Stanley Greig at the Pianoforte, this most capital Bunch of Fellows seem destined for even greater Heights. It is you, dear Readers, however, whose Verdict, in the final Judgment, is the One that counts; it is into your Hands that Mr. Bilk and his Myrmidons this Day commend their Efforts to instruct and entertain.
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Nothing is hidden from the Photographer’s Eye! Here, upon a recent afternoon in the Parish of Chelsea, at the sign of the Cross Keys, can be descried Mr. Bilk and his Men (for the edification of a Lady Follower of the Band and a humble Potman) giving of their stout Best in return for a Stoup of the Best Stout! Mr. Mortimer at the Trombone; Mr.
B. at the Clarionet; Bass, Banjo and Traps, Messrs. Price, James and McKay respectively;
Mr. C. Smith (a Newcomer to the Group) at the Trumpet.
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