Terry Lightfoot and his Jazz Men - 1962 002
Inside pages from a programme for a concert by Terry Lightfoot and his Jazz Men, 1962. Featuring some amusing anecdotes from the life of the band, brief biographies of the musicians and a photograph of the band in concert.
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ï»¿LIFE WITH LIGHTFOOT
You can't run a professional jazz band ior six years without collecting a few anecdotes. Here are just a few or the more amusing (and printable) incidents deny hires to recount.
"When 1 was at school, I really warned jo play tne trumpet. My mends and I formed a jazz band and as there already was a trumpet player, i settled for the clarinet, r bought a very cheap one which had more elastic bands than springs! I took it home, blew it steadily for almost two hours and couldn't get a single squeak out ot it. So 1 took it back to tne shop and complained.
" l he salesman looked at me pityingly and said: âHave you tried taking the protector cap off the mouthpiece?1 1 crawted away
"Recently, 1 was playing a BBC "Jan/ Clubâ broadcast betore a live audience, t had a solo, and smack in the middle a vital part ot my clarinet snapped and the whole thing came apart in my hands. 1 had to hold it together and play the solo one handed.
"lraveiling is the toughest part or the game. 1 once drove the band Dormobne coo miles from Huntley in the north of Scotland with only 16 hours to spare before my next date in London. Alter 10 hours, r ourst a tyre, after 12 hours, 1 burst another and then, as 1 tore into London with the muiui.es running out, 1 was picked up tor speeding. It was pretty difficult to torce a snine as I dragged my soli on to the stage that night.â (INow he drives a Ford Consul but only on short journeys. I he band tours by luxury coach!)
"We re probably the only band ever to play two jobs at the same time. We were scheduled to play in a street parade at a fete in New Malden, Surrey. Two of the guys didnât turn up, so we had to play without them and naturally we sounded pretty sad. 1 stormed back to town, found the missing pair who were just as mad at me. Apparently, they'd gone to Malden near Chelmsford, tound a street parade going on there and played without us.
"Last July we had 3 consecutive engagements which sounded like a musicianâs joke! On Friday we played in the Isle of Wight, on Saturday at Guadarranque, near Gibraltar, and Sunday "The Fishmongerâs Armsâ, Wood Green. Actually, that's not quite true, we never really reached Gibraltar. We were booked to fly out by chartered plane to a society job in a bullring in Southern Spain for Guinness heiress, Mrs. Neelia Maclean. Our plane to Madrid was delaved. We missed our connection to
Gibraltar and were stranded in the Spanish
capital for 24 hours. 1 must confess we had a Dali! We were supposed to perform immediately following a bull fight. We heard later the bull didn t show up either! â
MEET THE BAND
DICKIE HAWDON. (Trumpet) Born Leeds. 1927. Musical family. Studied agriculture. Joined army 1943-48. When lie decided to take up the trumpet he almost immediately joined the Yorkshire Jazz Baud. Latei he moved to London and formed his own band. There followed spells with Chris Barber and the Christie Bros. Sionrpers. Worked in record snops. Moved to modern jazz with the bands oi Don Rendell, Tubby Hayes and Johnny Dankworth. Joined Terry Lightioot May last.
ROY WILLIAMS. (Trombone) Born Manchester, 1937. Played piano at 15, took up trombone at 18. Played with jazz bands in Bolton and Manchester. Pirst professional job with Mike Petersâ Florida Jazz Band after leaving army in July 1960. Joined Terryâs band May â61. Rates Bob Brookmeyer, Lou McGarity and Gerry Mulligan favourites.
WAYNE CHANDLER. (Banjo) Born Pontypridd. 1935. Has played with the Avon City Jazz Band, Cy Laurie, Eggy Ley (with whom he worked for two years in Germany) and the Sims-Wheeler Jazz Band. Favourite musicianâBilly Bauer.
VIC BARTON. (Bass) Born Woolwich, 1930. He has played with the River City and Storyville jazz bands as well as Sonny Morris. He picks Arvell Shaw and Slow Drag Pavageau among favourite bass players.
JOHNNIE RICHARDSON. (Drums) Born Kilburn, 1932. He joined the original Lightioot band, then left in 1957 to join Alex Welsh, rejoining Terry last year. His hobby is football, which he plays as often as possible. Favourite drummerâ Buddy Rich. Favourite BandâWoody Herman.
COLIN BATES. (Piano) Born in Llangollen, North Wales, in 1932. Has played piano since the age o< 9. Had his own jazz band in Lowesloil in 1952 after leaving the R.A.F. Moved to London in 1956, joined Cy Laurie. Worked with Terry in 1957-58. then played with Wally Fawkes and the A1 FairweatherâSandy Brown groups until rejoining the Lightfoot band on 14tn January, 1962.
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