Alley Cats Jazz Band

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Monday 9 January 2017 The Alley Cats Jazz Band helped us dance away the January blues last night with a set of uplifting tunes. We enjoyed Stomping at the Savoy (a Beeny Goodman number); Sweet Lorraine, sung sweetly by Keithy Brown on vocals, and St Thomas (a hit for Sonny Rollins in 1956). Continue reading

Alley Cats Jazz Band

Monday 11 July 2016 Another foot-stomping event as Alley Cats Jazz Band were welcomed back to Griffin Park Jazz Club. The evening was full of light and uplifting tunes including At Sundown, a 1927 jazz standard with words and music by Walter Donaldson. Also Poor Butterfly, 1916, with music written by Raymond Hubbell, lyrics John Golden. Some Day Sweetheart with Keithy on vocals, written by Los-Angeles-based musicians John and Reb Spikes in 1919. It was the biggest hit the brothers wrote, and was performed by many recording artists of the period. The first one to record the tune was blues singer Alberta Hunter and then Jelly Roll Morton recorded the song twice, in 1923 and 1926. Continue reading

Alley Cats Jazz Band

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Monday 12 October 2015 We were treated to a very entertaining evening of music by Alley Cat’s Jazz Band with a scattering of Dave Allison’s seemingly made-up stories about fellow band members. Tunes included Duke Elllington’s beautiful Caravan, the uplifting The Coffee Song, the Harlem Globetrotters theme Sweet Georgia Brown and Keithy Brown sung a touching version of Nobody knows you when you’re down and out. Continue reading

Alley Cats Jazz Band (plus Crawdaddy Blues Band)

IMG_5165Monday 13 April 2015 The wonderful Alley Cats Jazz Band played again last night at Griffin Park Jazz Club. Favourite tunes were Mood Indigo, Herbie Hancock’s Watermelon Man, Someday Sweetheart sung by Keithy, and the joyous latino beats of Brazil, demonstrating their great drum and bass rhythm section.

Clarinet/Sax – Dave Allison
Banjo – Geoffrey Perrin
Double Bass – Michael Godwin
Trombone – Lesley Dyos
Drums – Keithy Brown

As a special treat we had a half hour musical set in the interval with jazz club regular and Brentford fan John Habes and the Crawdaddy Blues Band. Continue reading

Alley Cats Jazz Band

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Monday 10 November 2014 Some fun (if not slightly blurry) photos of Alley Cats Jazz Band at Griffin Park Jazz Club on Monday this week. The band was first formed in 1970 and has been in its current form for about 15 years. Dave Allison leads the band on clarinet and reeds with Keithy Brown on drums, Geoff Perrin on banjo and guitar, Les Dyos on trombone and Mike Godwin on bass. Continue reading