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Acker Bilk and the Paramount Jazz Band, Free Trade Hall, Manchester - December 11th 1960 004

Acker Bilk and the Paramount Jazz Band, Free Trade Hall, Manchester - December 11th 1960 004

Pages 4 and the rear inside cover of a programme for a performance by Acker Bilk and the Paramount Jazz Band at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, 1960. Page 4 profiles the individual members of the Paramount Jazz Band, with a large photo of the band performing on the rear inside cover.

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Catalogue Reference Number NJA/PRO/26
Date Made 1960
Item Format Programme
Title or Caption
Event Date 11/12/1960

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FOR the Enlightenment of those ill-versed enough in Topical Affairs to be unaware of the Fact, Mr. Acker Bilk was born on the 28th Day of January, 1929, in the Village of Pensford, Somerset. Among other Amenities too numerous to mention, a beneficent Providence saw fit to equip him with a Younger Brother, David, who manages the Band ; a Father who played the Church Organ with some Expertise ; and a Flair for Improvisation rare even among the thin Ranks of Geniuses. The Clarionet came to him while serving as a soldier of the Queen (God bless her!) in Foreign Parts after which he toiled as a Smithy for a Spell before deciding to swing an Ensemble rather than a Hammer. He graced Mr. K. Colyer’s well-favoured Group for some years before inaugurating the Paramount Jazz Band in 1958.
MR. Jonathan Mortimer, who- wields the Trombone within the Unit, has seen some three-and-twenty Summers. He studied the Violoncello at Trinity College and worked with the Toynbee Symphony Orchestra before his first Essay at Jazz—on the Traps at an Hostelry situate in London’s East End. He has led his own Band also, and worked as a Builder’s Labourer and a Brewery Drayman—this latter, he states, his most pleasant recollection !
MR. Ronald McKay, the galvanic Wizard of the Trapstick and Wire Whisk, is by no means an unrhythmic Singer to boot! At one time a Foreign Office Clerk, he became interested in Music while serving before the Mast in
1950. Mr. Albert Nicholas, Mr. “Peanuts” Holland and Mr. Cy Laurie have all made use of his Effects from Time to Time.
MR. Roy James, but 20 years old, at one time earned a weekly Stipend as a Blower of Glass. Seeing no Future in this Occupation, he joined the Brotherhood of Froth-blowers. He now blows (as the Vernacular has it) fine Banjo.
MR. Ernest Price, at 33 the Doyen of the Band, almost remembers the Siege of Mafeking. Indeed, he did once labour among the ranks of a Military Dance Band in Bangalore. He is a qualified Solicitor and was a gifted Amateur of the Bass before turning Professional with Mr. William Brunskill in 1954 (“ Since when,” he avers, “ I have never looked Back—or Up, or Down.”).
MR. Colin Smith, a Newcomer to the Ensemble, blasts the Trumpet with Verve and Elan. In his 25 years, he has worked with Mr. Terence Lightfoot and Mr. Laurie, led his own Band, won a Scholarship in Engineering, played the Banjo and acted as an Electrical Technician.
MR. Stanley Greig, a Native of those wild Lands which lie North of the Scottish Border, served his musical Apprenticeship at the keyboard of the Pianoforte a Position he now richly graces again in his Maturity. But lately come to Mr. Bilk’s Ensemble, he formerly “tinkled the Ivories” for Mr. Bruce Turner and the Brothers Semple. In the intervening Years, however, he earned a seemly Competence as a Drummer in the Employ of Mr. Ken Colyer, Mr. Humphrey Lyttelton and Mr. Alexander “ Sandy ” Brown.