National Jazz Federation Royal Festival Hall - 1955 006
Pages 10 and 11 of a programme for the National Jazz Federation's second British Festival of Jazz, held at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on 5th November 1955. Featuring an article on American singer, songwriter and guitarist Big Bill Broonzy, who was the closing act at the festival.
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tells his own story in
BIG BILL BLUES
Big Bill sat down with a bottle of whisky and a tape recorder to reminisce about his life. Here is his story just as he told it.
8J" x 5j". with drawings by Paul Oliver. 8 p.p. of photographs and a full discography. 12s. 6d. net.
Edited by ALBERT J. McGARTHY
This book is a collection of articles by thirteen contributors, writing on different aspects of Jazz. It is illustrated by a remarkable collection of photographs by Frederic Ramsey, Jnr., and others. The articles included are as follows:
THE JAZZ SCENE 1939-1945 the end of an era, Charles Fox mintonâs and its aftermath,
Alun Morgan SEARCH FOR ORCHESTRAL PROGRESSION, Raymond Horricks THE REDISCOVERY OF THE
pioneers, Ron Davies the revivalists, Paul Rossiter
RAGTIME, RINGSHOUTS AND
hollers, Alex Korner rhythm and blues, Albert J.
NOTES ON THE EUROPEAN SCENE,
John Prentice HISTORICAL INTERLUDE 1211 v street, Roy Carew
176 pp., Lge Crown Zvo., frontispiece, 16 pp. half-tone illustrations.
PUBLISHED BY CASSELL
REFLECTIONS ON THE NATURE OF
jazz, Jasper Wood
sonny terry,Frederic Ramsey, Jr. blues in 1890, Big Bill Broonzy
portrait of a voice, Alan Stott
JAZZ INFORMATION, compiled by the Editor jazz magazines of all
notes on selected jazz books
jazz CLUBS IN GREAT BRITAIN RECORD MAGAZINES AND RECORD COMPANIES
Big Bill Broonzy
It is with great pleasure that we again welcome Big Bill Broonzy to our shores and we look forward to slaking our â jazz visitor â thirst with the authentic vocal refreshment he serves so well.
His visit coincides with the publication of a book containing his life story. Within the covers are to be found a series of colourful anecdotes, and details of some of the two hundred and sixty songs he has recorded. This prolific output hints at an extensive repertoire, and this is borne out by the fact that he includes Blues, Spirituals, Folk Songs and â Pops â in his programmes. His sincerity is as immediately evident
in his version of â Pennies from Heaven â as in his â Back Water Blues,â â Midnight Special â and â Nobody Knows.â
Since landing here his time has been well occupied with concert and variety dates, and jazz and rhythm club appearances where the bands of Messrs. Barber, Brown, Colyer, Lyttelton and Mulligan have been in eager attendance. He is following this concert with trips to Glasgow, Birmingham and the West Country before he ends this visit with an appearance on Independent Television on the 15th of this month.
Longevity being a feature of his familyâhe has an uncle who is still determinedly active at the age of 104âwe can look forward confidently to many more moons of pleasurable entertainment from this supreme singer.
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