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JAZZ NEWS — Saturday, December 24, 1"‘0
Illness Forces Cy
Laurie To Retire
many traditional jazz fans the uuhappiest news this
Christmas was released last week by the Dutton Office,
when it announced that Cy Laurie, one of the country’s
on doctor’s orders.
leading bandleaders and clarinettists, had left his own band
Although the rest will only be
temporary Cy commented: "The
sooner I have this enforced rest,
the sooner I will be back with
my band. I don’t know how
long I’ll be away, it may be a
few weeks it may be months. I
anticipate spending some time in
a warmer climate”.
The causes of Laurie’s ill
health were given as ‘nervous ex-
haustion as a result of fifteen
years of almost uninterrupted
touring and one nighters.’
Taking his place in the band
will be clarinettist Mac White,
formerly of the Dauphin Street
Six. Leading the band in Cy’s
absence will be trombonist Terry
Pitts, and supervising the Cy
Laurie Club will be Cy’s brother
The line up of the band is
completed by Trevor Arnold
(tpt), Tim Streeton (bjo), Stan
Leader (bs) and Tony Scriven
'T'HE Pete Ridge Band must
qualify as the most travelled
band of Christmas 1960. Having
returned this week from a tour
of Scotland and the North, the
band rested for two days before
setting off to Stockport (22nd),
Wilmslow (23rd), Burslam (24th),
Liverpool (26th), Glasgow (27th
and 28th), Barnard Castle (29th),
Wymongham (30th), Doxford
(31st), Southend (Jan. 1st), Gold-
ers Green (2nd) and Nottingham
While in Scotland, the Ridge
band played a concert at Kelso
Corn Exchange and drew the
biggest crowd since the last time
the Bilk band was there.
Steve reforms
Steve Lane, leader of the
Southern Stampers, has made
two changes in the band.
Ex-Chris Barber clarinettist
Alex Revill is leaving and will be
replaced by George Dawson.
Banjoist Geoff Walker, whose son
Chris Walker leads his own band,
on clarinet, has also left and has
been replaced by George Rat-
Modern Jazz
goes North
IAIN FORREST, of the Scottish
Ballads and Blues office is to
present two modern jazz concerts
in Scotland just after the New
Year. Both concerts will feature
the Tubby Hayes Quaitet and will
take place at the St. Andrews
Hall, Glasgow on January 7th
and at the Music Hall, Edinburgh
on the following day.
Malcolm Nixon, of the London
Office commented: “This does
not mean that we are entering
the modem jazz field. The Tubby
Hayes Quartet will be in the
North of England anyway at the
time and as there must be many
people in Scotland interested in
hearing this group, we decided to
promote the band on these two
Kenny Buckner, former drum-
mer with the Bob Wallis Band
who collapsed recently with a
brain ailment, is recovering slow-
ly. Avo Avison, trombonist with
the Storyville band said earlier
this week: “The improvement is
not quick, but he has started to
talk now. No more has been
said about the operation”.
Buckner is still in Brook Hos-
pital, Shooters Hill.
There is still no replacement
for Denny Hutchinson who left
After the Christinas furore has
died away, the Ronnie Scott
Club starts the New Year with a
roar in a special session con-
tinuously from 8.30 to 6 a.m. on
the 31st. You will be able to
hear the various combinations of
the Tubby Hayes Quartet, the
Scott-Deuchar Quintet, the Stan
Tracey Trio and the Jazz Couri-
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I TOHNNY DANKWORTH takes bis full Orchestra and
• J Bobby Breen into the 2 J’s club Manchester on Dec-
ember 29th. Also in attendance will be the Freddy Garner
group. This will be the re-formed Dankworth band’s first
visit to Manchester ............ Tempo records are to bring
out a single from the Avon Cities Jazz bands latest EP.
The tracks are “The Upper Set” and “American Patrol”
......... From Plymouth have come trumpeter Ron Mason
and clarinettist Roger Ball. Rod, who has just finished a
stint with Cy Laurie, will settle in London and form a new
band. He formerly led the Tamar Valley Jazz Band.
Over thirty young musicians gave their services free at
a charity concert in aid of a local Childrens home in
Huddersfield. The concert was organised by Mr. S. E.
The Huddersfield Jazz Veterans have moved their pre-
mises from the Southgate Hotel to the Dyers and Finish-
ers Club. The Veterans hold regular Wednesday night
sessions at the Club and the Jazz Cardinals regular Friday
night sessions ......... A new folk group called the Blues
Serenaders has been formed by Nick Nicholas (gtr/mndn),
Red Kelley (bs/voc) and Bud Kelley (gtr/bjo). The group
will sing songs from Lonnie Johnson to Jimmy Rushing.
Eastbourne, for sometime without a modern jazz club,
now has one every Monday at the Victoria Hotel. It is
being organised by R. Manktelow .................. Kevin Gill.
for eight years, pianist with Norwich’s Collegians Jazzband
has formed his own band in Yorkshire. His Central Jazz
Band will be resident at the Castle Hotel Bradford every
Friday ........... One of London suburbs fast rising bands
is the Preacher Hood Jazz Missionaries. The band is being
booked as far away as Basingstoke, Southampton and
Portsmouth.............. Reading jazz fans are looking for-
ward to their first all-night Carnival of jazz which is
scheduled to take place on January 20th. Further details
will be released soon.
TJIGGEST jazz attraction in the Brighton area was the
Yule Rave, held at Hove Town Hall on the 23rd. The
Sims-Wheeler and Bob Wallis bands, together with Bright-
on's own Riverside Jump Band made merry until 1 a.m.
The event was organised by Shoreham Jazzbar.
TYTEWCASTLE Jazz Club held its Christmas session at
the Downbeat Club on Friday 23rd. Terry Lightfoot’s
New Orleans Jazzmen were in attendance ................... Since
Bristol’s only modern jazz group, Jazz Inc. disbanded, the
drummer, Ian Hobbs has formed The New Jazztet ’60.
The group made its debut on December 5th at the Swan
Hotel, Bristol and was a great success. They are hoping
for regular sessions (even if they have to change the name
to ’61!) and will book well known London modernists,
like Joe Harriott and Tubby Hayes. The club meets on
Mondays, and the group boasts the following line-up:
Ian Hobbs, drums, leader; Alan Close, trumpet, tenor horn,
flugelhorn; Cliff Watkins, baritone; A1 Rait, tenor; Bill
Taylor, piano; Mike Sage, bass.
Bradford students club has the Mike Peters Band lined
up for Christmas Eve and Dick Cbarlesworth’s City Gents
in mind for Boxing Day.
Dizzy Burton’s Jazz Aces will be helping Disley Jazz
Club celebrate till midnight on Boxing Day................ The
Ken Wray-Bobby Wellins Quintet will be bringing the
modem touch to Manchester's Club 43 on Christmas Eve
and New Year's Eve................. There is an extra-special
Carnival Session at the Grosvenor Ballrooms, Norwich,
when Eggy Lev’s Band will be playing on Christmas Eve.
......... be at the Bodega, Manchester on New Year’s Eve,
when the Sims-Whccler Vintage Jazz Band will be dispens-
ing seasonable cheer.
/"\NE of the semi-finals of the Inter-University Jazz
Federation’s Jazz Band Contests will be held at Bir-
mingham University in February. Our correspondent.
Tony Lewis, will be reporting on this event (and the
Finals) at a later date-
There will be a party for all the musicians who have
played Manchester’s .Sports Guild Jazz Club in 1960 on
December 23rd.
■ *
JÁZZ NEWS — Saturday. December 24, 1960
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1961 American Tours
Include Ella And Oscar
JrlVE tours by American artists, more American folk and blues singers, new faces and old
ones — these are the plans for 1961 released this week by the Harold Davison Oflice.
Outlining the plans for next year, Jack Higgins commented: “The general plans will
be roughly the same as last year — five tours, January, March, April, September, and Nov-
“The first tour will be the
Dave Brubeck tour which
opens on January 21st. In
March we will be presenting
“An Evening ith Ella” featur-
ing Ella Fitzgerald and the
Oscar Peterson Trio. The other
three tours will probably con-
sist of one return visit and the
appearance of two new groups.
“We have plans for bringing
American artists to the Continent
but these may not necessarily in-
clude visits to Britain.
“There will be visits by folk
artists, Memphis Slim will make
a return visit in April, Josh White
will be here in April, and we
have every reason to believe that
Sonny Terry and Brownie Mc-
Ghee will be here again some
time next year”.
There is no news yet about the
British groups going in exchange,
although as previously reported
in Jazz News, the Chris Barber
Band with Ottilie Patterson is al-
most certain to make a return
visit to the States next year.
C HOOTING began this week of
the film featuring the Bruce
Turner band. Outside location
shots were filmed on Tuesday in
Baker Street and on Friday, the
cameras will be at the ‘Six Bells’
Chelsea to record some music and
shoot more scenes.
Bruce Turner commented “I
don't want to be a film star. It’s
too hard!”
The Turner Jump Band will
start 1961 with a full booking
sheet. On January 1st the band
plays a special New Year’s Day
session at the West End Ballroom,
Birmingham as part of Rank’s new
‘iazz in the Ballrooms’ policy, and
follow it up with engagements in
Bishops Stortford (3rd), Finchley
(6th), Guildford (7th) and Hitchin
(3 th).
Art Taylor, one of the roost
praised younger American drum-
mers, looked in to the Flamingo
last Saturday and Sunday on his
wav to Paris to spend Christmas
with his French wife's parents.
TF the results of this year’s Downbeat readers poll prove
anything it is that jazz has changed very little over the
past year.
Nearly all of last year’s winners have been re-elected to the
top places. The only new and important choice being that of
John Coltrane as top
Cannonball Adderley also led the alto field. The Modern
Jazz Quartet regained the small combo award which it lost last
year to the Dave Brubeck Quartet and Buddy De Franco won
back the clarinet section after an absence of five years.
Dizzy Gillespie fell far behind
Miles Davis in the trumpets with
1505 votes to Miles’ 4230 hut was
compensated by being the ninth
giant to be voted into the Down-
beat Hall Of Fame.
J. J. Johnson was another poll-
winner who walked away with his
category with 3000 votes more
than his nearest rival, Bob Brook-
meyer. Coltrane’s win also was
decisive and doubled that
of his runner - up, Stan
Getz. Cannonball was 400
votes ahead of Paul Desmond and
Gerry Mulligan proved just how
far ahead of his contemporaries
he is by registering 6500 votes
more than Ellington sideman,
Harry Camey. Our own Ronnie
Ross featured in 7th place.
Buddy De Franco pipped
Jimmy Giuffre in the clarinets,
Oscar Peterson scored 100 more
votes than Thelonious Monk,
Barney Kessel retained the guitar
section with three hundred votes
more than last year’s new star
Wes Montgomery, Ray Brown
took bass honours ahead of Paul
Chambers and Charlie Mingus,
Shelly Manne made the drum
prize in a neck-and-neck battle
with Joe Morello and Max Roach
and Herbie Mann scored an easy
victory on flute with Frank Wess
in second place.
Vibraharp and Accordion, allot-
ted special sections of their own
were headed by Milt Jackson and
Art Van Damme respectively with
Lionel Hampton and Mat
Mathews in second places. Don
Elliott won the Miscellaneous In-
struments category Vic Feldman
took 6th place on vibes
Gil Evans again beat Duke El-
lington as composer and arranger
Cannonball — 1st Alto
of 1960 as did Quincy Jones
whose new band has hardly been
heard yet in the States.
Duke was also placed third in
the big band section with Basie
at the top and Maynard Ferguson
second (Basie and Ferguson were
also 2nd and 3rd to Les Brown
in the Dance Band section).
A big win was also apparent
for the Lamberts-Hendricks.Ross
singers in the vocal groups with
Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald
repeating their wins at top solo
Barber band
to tour four
pLANS for the Chris Barber
band's visits to the Con-
tinent next year are already
under way. The band will
make its first tour abroad in
February, and the itinerary is
being fixed to include concerts
in four countries — Holland
Germany, Sweden and Den-
mark. The band is expected to
be away from February 3rd -
28th although no venues have
yet been released.
The Barber band will have
a week’s holiday for Christ-
mas. After its concert at Tun-
bridge Wells on December
23rd, the band broke up for a
week. Their first date in 1961
will be at the Empire, Liver-
pool on January 1st.
Tete a Tete
in school
a tete’ wil be breaking new
ground on January 27th. wben the
groups will play for the 2,000
scholars of the comprehensive
Eliot School at Putney.
Musicians will include the
Michael Garrick Quartet, Johnny
Scott and guests.
There will be a repeat booking
at the Recital Room, Royal Fes-
tival Hall before this on January
12th, following the recent sell-
out debut there. Continuing this
‘jazz for listening’ formula will
be the Ross-Courtley group, the
Danny Moss Quartet and Dave
Golberg playing solo guitar.
There are plans for an LP by
the ‘Tete a tete’ team and many
possibilities of television and ra.
dio dates.
The Jazzers Football are playing
the TV Scriptwriters XI at Wool-
wich Stadium on December 27th.
The match which will be played
in the morning will be for
Among the stars in the TV
team will be Jim Dale, Nicholas
Parsons, and Bill Maynard.