Monday 10 August 2015 We were treated to an action-packed evening of entertainment with West London Rhythm Kings last night with a scattering of tunes to get our toes tapping and our feet dancing, including Dixieland Georgia Camp Meeting and Louis Armstrong’s Sunny Side of the Street.
Clarinet – John Lawes
Trumpet – John Keen
Trombone – John Howlett
Banjo – Geoff Over
Bass – Peter Brooks
Drums – Dave Evans
John Keen told me he used to go to school in Cheltenham with Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones. They bumped in to each other at a music event in Richmond years later and Brian took John to meet the rest of the band. John remembers how smartly dressed they all looked and pondered whether he should be playing rock n roll instead of jazz but he loved the music of Louis Armstrong too much.
Chas McDevitt joined the band to sing some songs including New York Town and then Trouble in Mind with a special accompaniment of regular John Habes on harmonica. Chas has recently attended the Kihveli Soikoon’s (Skiffle and Music Festival) 20th anniversary in Helsinki (www.kihvelisoikoon.com), which he’s taken part in for the past 15 years. There is a skiffle revival happening in Finland and Chas spent some time with a film maker showing him all the old skiffle venues in London as they are now and the filming continued at Griffin Park Jazz club last night. Chas finished off his set with a rendition of hit UK and US Number 1 hit Freight Train.
Next month Bob Dwyer’s Bix and Pieces will be with us on Monday 14 September, hope to see you there