One More Time

P1070054.JPGMonday 8 April Max Emmons was back at Griffin Park Jazz Club with One More Time, it’s been a while. We enjoyed tunes including Coquette, 1928, originally by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians  and followed by notable recordings by Louis Armstrong in 1942 and Fats Domino in 1958; Down among the sheltering palms, 1932 The Boswell Sisters, and Bing Crosby in 1957; and I’m confessing that I love you. Continue reading

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West London Rhythm Kings

P1060560.JPGMonday 11 March 2019 Chas McDevitt and the West London Rhythm Kings were back at Griffin Park Jazz Club for another entertaining evening of live music. Favourite tunes included I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling by Fats Waller, Trouble in the Mind, Continue reading

Stomping Nomads

P1060257.JPGMonday 11 February 2019 Stomping Nomads brightened up a dark winter’s evening with their usual mix of Rockabilly, Rock ‘n Roll, Bluegrass, Jazz and Blues. Favourites included That Old Rocking Chair and instrumentals of Sleepwalk and I’ll see you in my Dreams with John Mulhaus on guitar. John Habes also joined in on harmonica for a lively Brownsville and Route 66. Continue reading

Alley Cats Jazz Band

P1050675.JPGMonday 14 January 2019 Kicking off the new year in style, Alley Cats Jazz Band delighted the crowd with their usual wide variety of jazz tunes, encouraging those who wished to have a bit of a dance. Favourites tunes included Squatty Roo (Johnny Hodges and Orchestra, 1941), the Latin-American Brazil (Antonia Carols Jobim), and Beale Street Blues (composed by WC Handy and performed by Louis Armstrong and the All Stars, 1954). Continue reading

Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces

P1180454.JPGMonday 10 December 2018 *Thanks very much to John Habes for this write-up*
There was a very good turnout at Griffin Park Jazz Club for the 2018 Christmas Party, and we welcomed back Bob Dwyer and his “Bix & Pieces” for a varied selection from their large repertoire, with an accent on the lighter – hearted jazz (both familiar and unusual) as befitted the season and occasion, to set us dancing and foot-tapping. Continue reading

Frog Island Jazz Band

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Monday 8 October 2018 A super evening of live music from Frog Island Jazz Band. Tunes-a-plenty included the jaunty number Boogaboo, Georgia Swing (1928) and Beale Street Blues (1927) by Jelly Roll Morton and Breeze by The Synco Jazz Band. Continue reading

The BackYard Boys

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Monday 10 September 2018 It’s been a while since Colin Kingwell (winner of a tin of biscuits in this evening’s raffle) played at Griffin Park Jazz Club so we were in for a special evening with his formation of The BackYard Boys. Favourites included Running Wild (from Some Like It Hot), recorded by Original Memphis Five in 1925; Breeze, The Synco Jazz Band, 1919; a Dixieland tune Bright Star Blues and Louisiana Fairytale, Fats Waller 1935.

Trombone – Colin Kingwell
Trumpet/cornet – Tony Kavaris
Clarinet – John Lawes
Double Bass – Pete Brooks
Drums – Pete Littleproud
Banjo – Tim Wake

Join us next month on Monday 11 October when Frog Island Jazz Band will be joining us.

West London Rhythm Kings

P1010273.jpgMonday 13 August 2018 Summer is still with us and we enjoyed a fun evening of tunes from the West London Rhythm Kings with Chas McDevitt as guest with tunes New York Town (Woody Guthrie, 1944), It takes a worried man (The Stanley Brothers, 1965), and Careless Love (Fats Domino, 1961). Continue reading

Excel Jazzmen

img_14041.jpgMonday 11 June 2018 A lovely summer evening with some great live jazz from Excel Jazzmen. Some of the favourites were the beautiful Burgundy Street Blues (George Lewis, 1953) a 12 bar Blues in C; High Society (King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band, 1923 and Chris Barber’s Jazz Band with Ottilie Patterson, 1955); Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans (first heard in the movie New Orleans in 1947, where it was performed by Louis Armstrong and sung by Billie Holiday) and June Night (Ted Lewis, 1924 and Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra, 1957). Continue reading