Terry Lightfoot and his Jazz Men - 1962 004
Inside pages from a programme for a concert by Terry Lightfoot and his Jazz Men, 1962. A continuation from the previous page of a biography of Terry Lightfoot, together with some of his comments on the jazz scene and photographs of the band in performance.
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ï»¿The LIGHTFOOT Story Cont.
Important engagements worthy of mention here include a nationwide tour with the near legendary Kid Ory band in October '59. In the same year the band had a spot in the BBC âFestival of Jazzââ at the Royal Albert Hall and such was their success that they were booked on the spot for the âFestival of Dance Musicâ three weeks later.
lu January 1960 the Lightfoot band repeated these successes with their appearance at the BBCâs "Saturday Clubâ concert, also at the Albert Hall, in the same month came the first tour of Scotland during which three attendance records were broken.
From then on success lollowed success. As the trad jazz boom grew, the Lightfoot band emerged from the group of half dozen or so bands that competed with one another for third place to the Barber and Bilk bands
In November 1960, Terry was asked to compose a theme tune for a children's television serial about a single track railway line and its antiquated engine. He came up with âThe Old Pull 'n' Push"âhis own recording of which sold 35,000 copies in less than 2 weeks. His LP "Trad Parade", recorded at a live session at Jazzshows Jazz Club, London, has been a remarkably good seller and the single release "Big Noise from Winnetkaâ/"Long Gone Johnâ, certainly caused a stir amongst the traddicts.
In January 1961, it was announced that the Lightfoot band would switch agents from Lyn Dutton to Harold Davisonâthe man responsible for bringing in top American jazz attractions like Basie, Ellington, Brubeck, etc. This move paves the way for bigger fields to conquer. Tours of the U.S.A. and the Continent are lined up.
In May 1961, Terry took the trad scene by storm with his capture of Dickie Hawdon, lead trumpet player with Johnny Dankworth's big modern band. Dickie had been strongly connected with the trad world some years ago, when he played with the Yorkshire Jazz Band and the Christie Bros. Stompers.
A more recent acquisition is Colin Bates âa brilliant jazz pianist who enjoyed a short spell with the Terry Lightfoot band in 1957. Colin rejoined the group on January 14th, 1962.
Following the success of "Old Pull 'n' Push". Associated Rediffusion producer Bimbi Plarris commissioned Terry to write another theme tune in March last. This was for a series called "Discover Your Cityâ. Terry came up with a choice of two themes, both of which were subsequently used. Titled "Top Gear" and âMain Drag", they are greatly requested at all the bandâs engagements.
In recent months. Terry has reached the pinnacle of success. On âMay 6th last, the band appeared on the much coveted "Sunday Night at the Palladiumâ T.V. show â the culmination of many successful television dates in such programmes as âStar-time", "Thank Your Lucky Stars", "All That Jazz", etc.
On radio, Terry has become an established favourite on "Saturday Clubâ, "Easy Beat". âGet With It". âJazz Clubâ, etc.
The Lightfoot band is in constant demand for engagements in jazz clubs, ballrooms, concert halls and jazz festivals (Beaulieu. Earlswood, Richmond. Dundee, Floating Festival of Jazz, etc. etc.). Their 1963 booking sheet was actually opened in March '61.
COMMENTS BY TERRY LIGHTFOOT
More is being done in Britain to retain the New Orleans style of jazz than anywhere in the worldâincluding America.
I prefer playing for a dancing rather than a seated audience. Jazz is primarily music for dancing to in an intimate atmosphere rather than listening to in a cold, stark concert hall.
Johnnie Richardson is the finest drummer 1 have ever played with.
1 have nothing but praise for Chris Barber. Acker Bilk and Kenny Ball for elevating traditional jazz from the outer fringe ot die entertainment world into a major part of show business.
My four year old daughter. Sharon, digs Brubeck more than my own band. She'll have to go!
The LIGHTFOOT Story Com.
Despite the big plans. Terry Lightfoot is adamant on one point. He will not forsake the jazz clubs. âThe jazz clubs gave us our chance. It's a wonderful apprenticeship working the club circuit, and without that nationwide network of clubs, most of us wouid never have had a bandâ, comments Terry.
Off stage, Terry Lightfoot is a six foot, serious looking chap, but in fact possesses an oh-beat sense of humour. He is very happily married with three bouncing daughters, Sharon, aged four, Michele, three, and Melinda, born January 16th. 1962.
Of the future, Terry is optimistic: "With the continually increasing interest in jazz and the ever-growing number of young people, I think we'll be in business for some considerable time. Jazz now turns up in the hit parade, which seems to reflect the tremendous public interest in the style of music we play.â
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