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Musical News And Dance Band Vol.3 No.27 December 1937 0006

Musical News And Dance Band Vol.3 No.27 December 1937 0006

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BRIAN LAWRANCE RINGS THE BELL

TO the strains of " Phil the Fluter," Brian Lawrance and Hi> Sextette, with the Three Ginx, opened at the Holborn on the 8th November. A swingy, artistic little combination of bass, guitar, piano and three reeds, they put over a thoroughly sound show, combining good musicianship with a personal freshness of appeal which is definitely attractive. The sax trio is particularly well balanced and precise.

Thev commenced with Brian

singing in his powerful voice, “ Swing It High, Swing It Low,” merging into ” I’ve Got Rhythm,” with the Three Ginx doing some highly rhythmic close harmony singing. A very nice clarinet trio in this number.

I still do not like ” Cherry Blossom Lane.” treated in choir fashion, but the entire Sextette, with Brian and the Three Ginx, rendered it a good deal better than most, and a particularly fine flute solo sweetened up the morsel consider-

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ably. “ Twilight in Turkey ” is hardly a good choice to include in a variety act, and I understand that Brian is substituting a more conventional pop. here. “ The Mountains of Mourne ” is a charming little Irish ballad and Lawrance has the right voice for it. The crowd seemed greatly to like this item. Following the “ Chicken Reel,” the show finishes with a medley of pops., including ” Love Bug,” “ Sweet Leilani ” (with a really good steel guitar chorus from Harry Sherman), “ Oh Baby, What I Wouldn’t Do,” and the lovely “ Sweetheart, Sweetheart, Sweetheart.” Their encore number is “ Nobody’s Sweetheart.” Throughout the show Brian Lawrance displays an unusually pleasant personality and a remarkably good stage presence. His violin playing, also, I find extremely fine. I liked the way he looked naturally interested in everybody else’s individual contributions. Such a change from one or two of our flashy leaders who deflect the limelight from soloists by “ personality ” gesturings. Brian expects to stick to stage work for about three months, and I am convinced will meet with great success. After that? Well, don’t be surprised to see him in a resident job again.

EMEMBER Rollin’ Smith? Sang ‘‘Old Man River” in the

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SPOTLIGHT ON LONDON (contd).

Palladium Cotton Club Show

this year. He’s doing a single act

round the cinemas these days.

Calls himself the Coloured Street

Singer and incorporates piano

accordion playing into the act. You

may be surprised to learn that this

gent, used to play saxophone in

Duke Ellington's orchestra.

* * *

WENT down to the' Walter Thompson recording studios the other day and heard Jack Jackson and band doing a very jovial Boxing Day programme for the Pond’s Face Powder Luxembourg airing. The entire programme is recorded on their exclusive Philips-Miller equipment, which enables the sound to be cut direct on to the strip instead of the old method of photographing. This eliminates the wait for the him to be developed and enables a playback to be done immediately.

* * *

RIGHT time of the year to direct

your attention to a charity

which looks after musicians. “ The

Musicians’ Benevolent Fund ”

renders valuable assistance to poor,

aged and destitute musicians of

every type, whether members of

approved societies or not. Some of

the actual cases the Society has

helped are published in their

booklet, which is obtainable from

the Secretary. It makes moving

reading. Address: 16, John

Street, Bedford Row, E.C.i. It’s

nice to give a bit to such causes at

this time, if it is humanly possible. * * *

FELT a warm glow of satisfaction when I saw that the Hyams Bros, have chosen the Four Spots to join the constellation of stars appearing at their State, Kilburn, opening on December 20th. These four boys appeared in Carroll Levis’s Amateur Hour and in our last issue I wrote of their act: “ Fine guitar playing, ingenuity in introducing their numbers, and the best imitation of a brass section to date.” They will appear on December 20th with Gracie Fields, George Formby, Larry Adler, Vic. Oliver and Stone Lee. Forty-five minutes of the programme will be broadcast.

CARROLL GIBBONS on the air

December 2nd for strict dance

tempo tea-time broadcast. Also on

the nth, but for what is known as

a ” production broadcast.” This

means that the latter will contain

vocals, novelty numbers, etc.

* * *

SEVERAL people have indicated that they would like to know the records which Leonard Hibbs used on his “ History of Jazz broadcasts. Being at the unearthly hour of 4 o'clock, Friday afternoons, it has been impossible for us to comment on them. I have a complete list of all records used, which I shall be pleased to send to anyone interested, on receipt of a

post card. Leonard and 1 both

agree that having regard to the

length of the list, and the amount

of work it has entailed us in the

preparation, your request should

be accompanied by a fiver, but I'll

waive that, as the lawyers say.

* * *

BERT FIRMAN nicely ensconced in the expensive Casino. Same band as he had in the Anglais, but with brass added. Freddy Welsh and Bill Mulraney are the trombones, with Harry Owen and Archie Craig, trumpets. Funny how Bert dropped out of the limelight for so long and then came back with a wallop into two really class jobs. Good luck, pal!

Mantovani, doing extremely well with his new stage show ; Evelyn Dali f ilming at Pinewood with Ambrose’s Orchestra in “ Kicking the Moon Around ” ; Brian Lawrence proving a big box-office draw in variety. A still from one of British Lion's recent musicals.

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