13 October 2014 Last night Max Emmons and his band One More Time entertained the audience at The Hive while the rain poured outside. Max has actually been playing every Tuesday evening in the Brewery Tap on Catherine Wheel Lane in Brentford since 1990, and is a regular at Griffin Park Jazz Club too.
There have been changes in the band line-up since its start-up 24 years ago, but last night we had Dave Evans on drums, well-known locally and on the New Orleans style jazz scene. In earlier years Dave was a favoured drummer by various well-known American visiting musicians. Ken Ames on double bass is also a fine guitar player. His background includes playing with Ken Colyer and Bob Wallis among (or amongst – as preferred) others. Damien Murphy is a recent addition to the band joining in the last year and bedding-in very well. Pete Smith on alto and clarinet has wide experience of the style and has played in many bands including The Gothic Jazz Band and more recently in the Delta Jazz band (on trumpet). Mike Pointon, trombone, is a well-known MC and performer at many UK Jazz Concerts and events, is also a radio programme maker and presenter in a variety of areas including jazz music and early comedian/entertainers. He is one of four regular trombone contributors to One More Time’s line-up.
Max Emmons, on trumpet, runs One More Time and also plays in Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces Jazz Band. His previous bands include The Jugular Vein Jug band in which he achieved telly-visual fame with a TV spot on Magpie (which can be seen on You Tube – http://youtu.be/4qGbkSIlXYk), and The Dirty Rats Hot New Orleans Quartet. He also is a band member of The Heatherington Legacy Jazz Band seen fortnightly at The Lord Napier in Thornton Heath. You’d never guess from the performance, but Max has recently recovered from a triple heart bi-pass and is feeling pretty good now. Catch them at The Brewery Tap on Tuesday evenings or back here again soon.
Next gig at Griffin Park Jazz is Monday 10 November.