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Pages 10-11 of Crescendo, July 1962, Vol.1, No.1. Both pages are devoted to Band Call, a round-up of the latest news from the jazz scene across the regions, focusing on the North, the Midlands and Scotland. At the bottom of page 11 is a photograph of the Johnny Kildare Orchestra at the Olympia Ballroom, East Kilbride.

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Creator Tony Brown [ed], Ray Carr, Dennis Detheridge, Jack Grant, Pete Grant
Date Made 1962
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Title or Caption Band Call

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Compiled by: Roy Carr, Dennis Detheridge, Jock Grant, Pete Grant
IbandI i CALL
OPHE New Queens Ballroom at -*■ Cleveleys near Blackpool was opened earlier this month. Resident band: the Arthur Black Quartet, plus singer Gloria Roma.
Trumpeter Kenny Baker is appearing at the Central Pier, Blackpool this Summer with Clinton Ford.
Two Modern Jazz Groups worth hearing in the North are the Emcee Five from Newcastle and the Barry Whitworth Quintet from Manchester.
The Musicians Union clamped down at a big rock dance in Blackpool recently where 10 amateur rock groups were due to appear on the same bill as Union Men.
American trumpet star Buck Clayton is billed to appear at The Manchester Jazz and Pop Carnival at Platt Field Park on Monday, August 6th. Also booked are Kenny Ball, Ken Colyer and the Saints.
Resident in Blackpool this Summer: Tommy Jones (Empress Ballroom), Charles Barlow (Tower Ballroom), Ronnie Ogden (Central Pier).
Butlins are featuring nine bands at their Camps this year — Eric Winstone (Bognor Regis), Tommy Maxwell (Ayr), Joe Daniels (Clacton), Val Merrall (Pwllheli), Eric Galloway (Minehead), Jimmy Simmons (Skegness), Garry Brown (Filey), Bert Hayes (Margate), and Freddie Gordon (Brighton).
Johnny Drake and his Crewmates are still resident at The Elizabethan Ballroom at Belle Vue, Manchester.
The biggest attraction the North West is a vocal instrumental group from Blackpool called The Echolets and which comprises:- Peter Fielding (guitar), Reg Powell (electronic organ), Colin ‘Beethoven’ MacClaren (rhythm guitar), Harry Kershaw (bass), and Derek Fell (drums), plus vocalist Dane Lawrence.
Much of their success is due to their large ‘book’ which is made up of originals and standards especially written and arranged by their manager, ex-Mayfair Bandleader, Tony Carr.
Back on the Blackpool scene is tenor-man Keith Mansfield who is a member of the Charles Barlow band. During his spare time Keith has reformed his 'kicks’ band which is made up from the cream of the local musicians and which gets together at least once a week at the Railway Hotel, Talbot Road, to play originals and standards arranged by Keith.
Amongst the numerous musicians to be found at these sessions are Bill Nickson (drums), Duggie Drake (alto), Eric Houghton (trumpet) and multiinstrumentalist Jack Bickerton.
Altoist Harry Townsend has now switched to tenor and is blowing with the Paul Burnett Orchestra on North Pier. On piano is another local personality, Gran Schofield.
Drummer Barry McCullaugh has joined Tommy Jones in the Empress Ballroom.
Ron Melber of the Amer band is an acknowledged ‘character’, working as a car salesman during the day and doubling good trombone and comedy at night.
Alan Waller leads the resident band at Middlesborough Town Hall. Vocalist is Bill Littlefair, who manages both ballads and comedy. The Waller crew seems to be pulling the crowd in.
Tony Shiels beats it out on the Hammond organ at the Yorkshire Cobble, Redcar. Has held the chair there for over three years.
At the Pier Ballroom is bandleader Danny Mitchell—now in his tenth year. Danny leads on piano. Ex-Joe Loss saxophonist Johnny Rodgers, a terrific modernist, plays with Danny, who also happens to be his father-in-law!
A LL eyes are on the new big band formed by Jerry Allen, whose TV Trio, comprising the leader on electric organ, Alan Grahame (vibes), Ken Ingarfield (bass) and Lionel Rubin (drums), has been resident in ATV’s Lunch Box for over six years.
The TV Trio is incorporated in the orchestra, known as Jerry Allen and The Midland Dance Orchestra, and continues its activities as a separate unit in Lunch Box and other ATV ‘rogrammes.
Complete personnel is Jerry Allen (organ, leader); Alan Grahame (vibes); Ken Ingarfield (bass); Lionel Rubin (drums); Johnny Patrick (piano); Harry Smart, Roger Siviter, Cecil Viles (trumpets); Fred Mercer, Ken
Kite, Mike Bingham (trombones); George Watts, John Edridge, Bill Harrington, Mike Bury, Trevor Bluck (saxes) and a girl singer still to be fixed.
The band netted a top Saturday gig— the weekend resident spot at Solihull’s new Civic Hall. Another prestige booking was the Earlswood Jazz Festival on June 30.
“Our aim is to have a repertoire that will cater for every occasion,” comments Jerry Allen. “The line-up includes some of the Midland’s leading modern jazzmen so there will obviously be a strong jazz flavour about our pad.”
Another big band attracting a lot of attention in the Midlands is led by Dennis Darlow. It has just completed a tour on the Ronnie Scott Club circuit, as well as playing several dates at the club’s branch at Sparkhill, Birmingham. It recently had a spot in ATV’s Cover Girl.
Trumpeter Darlow leads Dave Caswell, Ray Clifford (trumpets); Gerry Playdon (trombone); Brian Harrison, Tony Ashford, John Beck, Lye Jenkins (saxes); Colin Willets (piano); Don Powell (bass) and Tony Levin (drums).
“We’re looking for a singer in the June Christie - cum - Helen Merrill idiom,” says Dennis. “The problem is finding one in Birmingham.”
The band specialises in big band music of the Quincy Jones-Dizzy Gillespie variety. Dennis, who earned local acclaim with the Pentagon Jazz Unit, writes the scores.
Birmingham’s all-coloured unit, Andy Hamilton’s Caribbean Combo, is keeping busy with gigs throughout the Midlands. The line-up: Andy Hamilton (tenor) ; Herb Dickinson (trumpet); Norman Tatem (alto); Ron Daley (piano); Noel Hudson (bass) and Mike Edwards (drums).
Be warned by the experience of a Birmingham saxist. He thought he had a bargain when he was offered a King Super 20 for £36 last month. Now he’s £36 out of pocket because the police repossessed the instrument as the property of tenorman Mike Burney. It was stolen from Mike’s car outside a Birmingham public house. The King cost Mike />35-
Trumpeter Malcolm Smith, who has been doubling the Blue Rockets at the Astoria and Harry Roy’s Band at the Mayfair, flew to Bermuda recently
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to join the Alan Steward Quintet at
the Bermudiana Hotel, Hamilton.
It is with regret that we report the death of Tommy Monex, accordionist and vibist with the Irving Frith Orchestra, who died at Selly Oak Hospital,
The Artesian Hall Stompers, resident at the Thursday sessions of the Delta Jazz Club at the Warwick Castle Hotel, Gosta Green, Birmingham, are to appear once a month at all-night sessions of the Ken Colyer Club in London. They are also appearing regularly at Leicester Jazz Club.
Birmingham’s Jazz Studio One has switched from trad to modern at its Friday sessions at the Golden Cross, Aston Cross. The Trevor Emeny Group has taken over from the Sutton Chicago Jazz Group, led by pianist Ron Evans.
New line-up of the Swag Men, the Birmingham trad group, is Johnnie Gibbins (trumpet); Dennis Taylor (clarinet); Mike Bingham (trombone); Stan Fortnum (piano); Clive Morton (bass) and Maurice Mills (drums).
'VJORTH of the Border, the scene is
' nice. Loch Lomond, Trossachs, Ben Nevis (nice baritone player, Ben). The gig market doesn’t interest yours truly that much, not doubling bagpipes and claymore. Limited, you might say.
Impresario in the Stirlingshire area is Freddy Martin, who leads an impressive group at the Lea Park Hotel, Grangemouth. He’s got it made except for the rock groups. So far as Scotland is concerned, they seem to be on their way out. The Dobbie Hall, Larbert, until recently very rock-conscious, is now employing trad groups, mainstreamers.
Matt Monro did a lovely job in the Town Hall, Falkirk, not long ago, backed by the Johnny Kildare band from the Olympia Ballroom, East Kilbride. Fine outfit and both Monro and the teenagers raved about it. Ballads (plus good orchestrations) can still take a trick anywhere.
Syd Kew leads at the Plaza Ballroom, Stirling. Good band, good business. That’s a fine working slogan for
anyone. The Kew band lines up with Syd (baritone); G. Glen, W. Bell (altos); J. Bell (tenor); J. Kew ("bass); R. Finlayson (drums); J. McMillan
(piano); J. Downie, J. Wilson (trumpets). The Kew band has done a TV dancing competition and Syd himself is recuperating from a bad fall, hobbling to his bari. on crutches.
With my twin brother, Jock Grant, late of the Charles Amer band, I am about to launch a band to fit in with peculiar local musical tastes. I could write a novel on the antics up here—but we figure that we’ll get by if we can play trad, mainstream—and the lot. They go for the old trad, dad. Surprising how often you’re asked to play “Stranger On The Shore.”
We’ve tried inclining our bodies at ninety degrees to do rock—but with little hair, twenty-three-inch trews and no guitars, it means nothing.
As sax players of the Old School, we were somewhat saddened at the news of Maurice Winnick’s death, recalling the days we wailed and tongued to emulate the Winnick Sax sound.
How times have changed.
The Johnny Kildare orchestra, resident at the Olympia Ballroom, East Kilbride. “Anything from Basie, Coniff to rock," says Johnny.
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