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JAZZ NEWS — Saturday. December 24, 1960
John Merrydoum
^"HATEVER happened to
British jazz last year —
and it has been an important
year — one thing emerges as
crystal clear; it was the great-
est year ever as regards gen-
eral publicity and popularity.
The traditionalists shouldered
aside their more introverted
brothers, the modernists, and
stepped straight into the National
spotlight. No longer was it just
Chris Barber who dominated the
jazz world. Another gentleman ap.
peared bearing the quaint appela-
tion Acker Bilk, a name that con-
jures up visions o£ a rustic Somer-
set boy complete with West Coun-
try burr, glowing, apple red cheeks
and a blunt manner o£ expressing
himself, which is exactly what Mr.
Bilk is and does and exactly what
the said Mr. Bilk is intended to
be and do.
Like the form of artillery which
the first syllable of his name sug-
gests he and his band of gaily
waistcoated entertainers (incident-
ally whatever happened to the
jackets?) went pounding away at
the inviolable throne of King
Barber, not hoping to entice his
followers but to create a com-
parable following of their own.
Chris, as unconcerned as ever
about popularity ratings, spent
most of his time as one of our
most valuable exports and in the
Central Plaza, New York his
band was almost as at home as
it was in the Colston Hall, Bris-
tol.
Several other bands showed
signs of creeping in on Mr. Bilk's
wake notably those on fronted by
Kenny Ball, Bob Wallis, Terry
Lightfoot and lan Menzies (al-
though not necessarily in that
order) but a concert tour organ-
ised by Jazzshows featuring two
of the second line bands flound-
ered in a combination of public
apathy and West Country floods.
Next year the case might be
quite different.
OUR YEAR
Most important event in our
calendar was the weekly Jazz
News. At last we could keep
jazz afficionados up-to-date on
happenings. We became a real
newspaper. Then we discovered
that we preferred the magazine
formula and slipped four glossy
pages around sixteen of newsprint
with very encouraging results. But
enough of the commercials.
In January we published an ex-
clusive and lengthy interview with
Kid Ory which proved that, ir-
respective of how Rex Harris and
Rudi Blesh feel about the loving
brotherhood of New Orleans, it
was all very much a cut-throat
business, financially and Kid, as
fine a tailgate player as ever sat
on the edge of a horse-drawn
cart, came through like Andrew
Carnegie’s grandfather.
Ken Colyer lost two of his
band in Early Spring. Ian
Wheeler and Mac Duncan, who
later collaborated with trumpter
Ken Sims in forming the Sims-
Wheeler band.
Buddy Rich was banned from
appearances in Britain because no
exchange arrangement was being
organised. This was, of course,
to protect the incomes of British
musicians several of whom would
have been given employment with
Rich on tour.
Later in the year the heavy
hand of the M.U. came down
on Andre Previn who appeared,
as most Americans d6, completely
baffled by the logic behind the
ban.
Amongst other points the bar-
ring of these two musicians show-
ed that although America may re-
gard singer/drummer Rich and
pianist Previn as entertainers,
there is someone at M.U. head-
quarters who doesn’t agree.
NEW DANKWORTH
Johnny Dankworth’s doctor
also made a decision; that Johnny
needed a rest and Johnny, not to
be left out, decided that he
needed a new band as well and
followed through with a nice syn-
thesis of youth and experience.
Sister Rosetta, almost an annual
visitor by now, went on tour with
Chris Barber sounding a little like
a female Elmer Gantry. But she
was as successful as ever proving
either that jazz fans are intensely
religious or are fascinated by the
novelty.
Following the pattern Ken Col-
yer took his band on its first Swiss
tour in May. With him and minus
his own band was trombonist Gra-
ham Stewart The Jazz Committee,
the first modem group to use a
different approach in publicity
folded as did the Jazzmakers who
won plaudits for their perform-
ances during their ’59 American
tour. Bert Courtley of the Com-
mittee and Ronnie Poss of the
Jazzmakers got together and
formed the Ross-Courtley Jazz-
tet.
BATH FESTIVAL
The magistrates of Bath, more
enlightened than most, included
jazz in their programme for the
annual Festival and Dankworth
presented his new band there in
May.
Basic came one more time and
saw and conquered with predict-
ability. Three concerts in the
band’s itinerary had to be can-
celled at short notice because of
the death of the Count’s father.
Jazzshows opened a heavy policy
of introducing blues singers to
clubgoers with mixed artistic and
financial success. Memphis Slim
proved a giant among blues en-
tertainers and Speckled Red
proved that a 12 bar blues, to
him, was any number around that
figure.
The usual influx of American
bands arrived including two
J.A.T.P’s, one ill-fated Carmen
McRae tour with British grouups
and the Miles Davis Quintet which
aroused the biggest controversy of
all with everyone pitching in and
giving their opinions.
Disaster struck Newport. Fans
refused admission rioted and did
enormous damage to the Town.
The Newport Festival became past
tense.
Just to show how clever we are
we had one here too. Our hooli-
ganism took place at Beaulieu
when a small group of thugs
numbering 200 took over a Fes-
tival attended by ten thousand.
RANK BUST
Top Rank went bust in August
and Ernestine Anderson played
several club dates in town-. The
greatest jazz film yet produced
‘Jazz On A Summer’s Day’ de-
lighted audiences throughout Brit-
ain and infuriated Londoners:
they couldn’t see it until several
months later. Then it smashed
box office records.
Humph kept the Mainstream
flag flying although sometimes it
looked at half-mast. The band
re-organised and cut down to six
pieces.
A new club, the ‘Jazz Nursery’,
opened with the intention of feat-
uring the younger musicians. It
closed shortly afterwards; youth
had had its swing.
Apart from these more eye-
catching events there were dozens
in little bands forming and dis-
banding and carrying on the tra-
dition in their own small, but
very important, way.
AH things considered, 1960 was
an eventful year and one in which
jazz was given quite a break. I
can’t say that I’ve enjoyed every-
thing I’ve heard. Some of the
music is being vastly overrated at
the present time.
But Jazz in Britain — 1960 is
a healthy scene and that I do like.
CHRIS
BARBER’S
JAZZ BAND
With
OTTILIE
PATTERSON
Recording For
Lansdoivne
BOOKINGS:
LYN DUTTON
AGENCY
8 Great Chapel Street
London, W.l.
Phone: Ger 7494
FAN CLUB:
37 Soho Square
London, W.l.
“The Jazz Gathering of the Year
ORIGINAL DOWNTOWN
SYNCOPATORS
invite you to their
DIXIELAND SHUFFLE
BOXING NITE — MONDAY. DECEMBER 26tli
Whitehall Ballroom, East Grinstead, Sussex
8.00 p.m. - 2.00 a.m. Shuffling Gear
Licensed Bar
PANAMA, DOLPHIN and DELTA JAZZBANDS
Per Acker rid Astra
I MR. ACKER BILK
|| & His Paramount Jazz Band
SOLE REPRESENTATION
LYN DUTTON AGENCY k
8, Great Chapel Street, London, W.l.
Recording- for Columbia
-rth'-T-I
JAZZ NEWS — Saturday. December 24, 1960
CLUB
Jazzshows
Jazz
Club
JJC
C Vt »V NISHT AT 7.30
100 OXFORD STREET, W.1
(Manager: Don Kings well)
All Sessions begin at 7.30 p-m-
Friday, December 23rd
ALEX WELSH AND HIS BAND
Saturday, December 24th
Christmas Eve
SIMS-WHEELER VINTAGE
JAZZ BAND
Sunday, December 25 th
Christmas Day — CLOSED.
Monday, December 26th
BOXING DAY
SPECIAL SESSION
7 30 - ll 00 p.m.
MICKY ASHMAN’S
RAGTIME JAZZ BAND
Members: 4/- Guests: 5/-
Tuesday, December 27
ALEX WELSH AND HIS BAND
Wednesday, December 28th
CASEY’S HOT SEVEN
Thursday, December 29th
FAIRWEATHER BROWN
ALL STARS ...
Club Subscription: 5/- per year.
Admission each Session: (Week-
days) 4/- Members; 5/- Guests.
(Saturdays) 5/- Members; 6/-
Guests.
Full details of the Club from
the Secretary
J.J.C., 64-66 Oxford Street, W.l
(LAN. 0184)
MARQUEE
165 Oxford Street, W 1.
THE LONDON JAZZ CENTRE
presents the
FINEST
BRITISH JAZZ
In the most friendly and
comfortable premises in London
Saturday, December 24th
JOE HARRIOTT QUINTET
TUBBY HAYES QUARTET
Sunday, December 25th
CLOSED
Monday, December 26th
JOHNNY DANKWORTH
Wednesday, December 28th
CHRISTMAS PARTY
WALLY FAWKES
TROGLODYTES
DICK WILLIAMS* JAZZ BAND
Don’t Miss This !
... Grand New Year’s Party
Saturday, December 31st
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!■■■■■!
GOING PLACES?
FRIDAY
HARRINGAY JAZZ CLUB. “The
Manor House,” Fr day December
30th. Everybody Welcome. TERRY
LICHTFOOT’S N.O.J M.
SOUTHERN JAZZ CLUB. Masonic
Hall, 640 High Road, Leytonstone.
ERIC SILK’S SOUTHERN JAZZ
BAND and EGGY LEY’S JAZZMEN.
SATURDAY
COOKS. Royal Forest Hotel, Ch'ng-
ford. GALA PARTY with DAVE
NELSON’S MARLBOROUGH JAZZ
BAND.
CHISLEHURST CAVES. SPECIAL
SESSION. Featuring Concord Jazz
Band and Guests and Surprises.
Next Saturday — Special New Year’s
Eve Party.
SUNDAY
HOT CLUB OF LONDON, Shakes-
peare Hotel, Woolwich. NO MEET-
ING.
MONDAY
COOKS, Royal Forest Hotel, Ching-
ford. GALA PARTY with EGGY
LEY’S JAZZMEN.
TUESDAY
BROMLEY JAZZ CLUB, “White
Hart,” High Street. Mr ACKER
BILK’S PARAMOUNT JAZZ BAND.
BARNET, Assembly Hall, Union
Street. FAIRWEATHER - BROWN
ALL STARS.
WEDNESDAY
IT IS WITH REGRET that we an-
nounce an illustrated lecture “JAZZ**
with lantern slides) tonight at the
“Tiger’s Head’*, Bromley Road, Cat-
ford, by the Temperance Seven.
This will, unfortunately, be an awful
ALBEMARLE JAZZ CLUB. White
Hart, Southall. SIMS-WHEELER
VINTAGE JAZZBAND.
MARQUEE, 165 Oxford Street.
WALLY FAWKES CHRISTMAS
PARTY. Troglodytes plus D ck
Williams Jazz Band.
Cy Laurie Jazz Club
41 Gt Windmill St., W.l. GER 2491
Sessions: 7.30 - 11 p.m.
Fri. (23rd) NEIL MILLET’S
JAZZMEN
Sat. (24th) KEN BARTON
Oriole Jazzfrand
(7.30 - midnight)
Sun. (25th) CLOSED
Mon. (26th) NORMAN DAY’S
CHICAGOANS
Tues. (27th) KENNY ROBINSON
JAZZ BAND
Wed. (28th) MIKE PETER’S
Florida Jazz Band
Thurs. (29th) TONY VINCENT
JAZZ BAND
Membership 5/- Students Free
RONNIE SCOTT’S CLUB
39 GERRARD ST., W.l
Tel.: GER 4752
Open Nightly : Guests Welcome
PRESENT A GRAND XMAS
WEEK OF JAZZ
* FRI. DEC. 23rd (Tonight)
2 Sessions
7.30-11 0 Scott - Deuchar
“Qu:ntet’’ plus Specal Guest
Derek Smith
12.0-5.0 am. All Nighter —
The “Quintet” plus Guests
* SAT. DEC. 24th (Xmas Eve)
2 Sessions.
7.30-1130 The “Jazzmakers”
plus Scott-Deuchar “Quintet”
12 0-5.30 a.m. All Nighter —
The “Quintet” plus Tubby
Hayes
* SUN DEC 25th (Xmas Dav)
SORRY, CLOSED!
The only day of the year we
Rest.
* MON. DEC. 26th (Boxing Day)
7.30-1.0 a m. Tubby Hayes
Quartet plus the Jazz Couriers
* TUES. DEC. 27th
7.30-1.0 a m. Johnny Dank-
worth Ouartet plus Guests.
* WED DEC 28th
7 30-1 0 am. Tubby Hayes
Quartet plus Guests
* THURS DEC 29fh
7.30-1.0 am. Scott - Deuchar
Quintet plus Jazz Record Re-
cital by ^enny Green.
COFFEE BAR JAZZ RFCORDS
Why not become a Member of
the Only Modem Jazz Club fhal
presents the Best in J:izz Seven
Nights (plus 2 AH NighterO a
week
For Membership that la*ts till
January 1962 and saves I/- to
2/6 per session, send 10/- Postal
Order, Name and Address to
Ronnie Scott Club, 39 Gerrard
Street, London W 1.
SEASON’S GREETINGS
TO PATRONS
AND MUSICIANS
And We look forward to
Another Year of the
Best Jazz in Town!
KEN COLYER
JAZZ CLUB
At Studio ’51, 10/11 Gt. Newport
Street, Leicester Square (Tube)
Fri. (23rd) From Midnight
KEN COLYER’S ALL-NIGHTER
Sat. (24th) KEN COLYER’S
JAZZMEN
Sun. 25th) Closed.
Mon. (26th) COLIN BOWDEN’S
NEW ORLEANS JAZZBAND
Guest: KEN COLYER
Pay at Door all Sessions
Apply NOW for Membership —
5/- till December 1961
Europe’' Top Jazz Club since 1952
Sam and Jeff Kruger’s famous
FLAMINGO
CLUB
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
OF JAZZ
Friday, December 23rd. 8 0-1130
TUBBY HAYES QUARTET
VIC ASH — HARRY KLEIN
JAZZ FIVE
Saturday, December 24th
7.30-11 45
DICK MORRISSEY QUARTET
FLAMINGO ALL STARS
(Skidmore, Rendell, Le Sage etc.)
Sundav, December 25th
CLOSED
Monday, December 26th
7 30-11 30
DICK MORRISSEY QUARTET
VIC ASH — HARRY KLEIN
JAZZ FIVE
Tuesday, December 27th
7.00-11.00
ROSS-COURTLEY QUINTET
TONY KINSEY TRIO
with JIMMY SKIDMORE
Comperes:
TONY HALL and BIX CURTIS
FULL COFFEE BAR SERVICE
hot snacks, etc.
Boxing Night is
DANKWORTH Night
at the
MARQUEE
165 Oxford Street.
Monday, December 26th at 7.30
Xmas Spccial
JOHNNY DANKWORTH
ORCHES1RA
CLEO
and Br'tish Jazz International
DEREK SMITH with his TRIO
(On Holiday from the States)
Wednesday Nisht is
DANKWORTH Night
BURTON’S BALLROOM.
UXBRIDGE
December 28th 8 - 11 pm.
JOHNNY DANKWORTH
with his Ql'INTET
plus (he
DUDLEY MOORE TRIO
with johnny scorr