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

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West London Rhythm Kings

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Monday 12 December 2016 There was a full house for the jazz club’s Christmas celebration with West London Rhythm Kings providing an evening of entertainment for all. Favourite included Duke Ellington’s Creole Love Call and Cole Porter’s Ace in the Hole.

We were treated to a special musical interlude with Chas McDevitt (vocals and guitar), Bryan Clarke (who runs the jazz club, on washboard) and John Habes on harmonica. Chas also got everyone singing his 1957 hit Freight Train.
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Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces

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Monday 14 November 2016 Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces were back at the club for another evening of lively music, with the Super Moon shining somewhere beyond the clouds. Favourites were Is it true what they say about Dixie (a Dean Martin song), You’re driving me crazy (a Billie Holiday song) with Hugh on vocals and Bob singing Why don’t you go down to New Orleans. There was some dancing and much merriment all round. Continue reading

The BackYard Boys

 

 

Monday 10 October 2016 We had a fun evening last night with The Back Yard Boys‘ return to Griffin Park Jazz Club. Unfortunately Colin Kingwell was unable to make it due to health reasons but this month’s band were made up of familiar faces from regulars at the club. Continue reading

Excel Jazzmen

img_3341Monday 12 September 2016 A warm evening and another splendid session of lively entertainment from the Excel Jazzmen. Favourites were Wolverine Blues (Jelly Roll Morton), Too Busy (Ken Colyer), Isle of Capri (Chris Barber 1963) and Panana (Chris Barber 1956).

Cornet – Tony Karavis
Trombone – Simon Wyld
Drums – Pete Littleproud
Clarinet/Sax – Bernie Murtha
Double Bass – Mike Bennett
Banjo – Tim Wake

Join us again on Monday 10 October when the Backyard Boys join us.

Frog Island Jazz Band

IMG_2604Monday 8 August 2016 We had a full house at Griffin Park Jazz Club last night for the return of Frog Island Jazz Band. Favourites included After You’ve Gone (a hit for Marion Harris in 1918 and Bessie Smith in 1927), Breeze (blow my baby back to me), a hit for Clarence Williams and his orchestra in 1933, and Ken Colyer with Chris Barber circa 1958, Where did you stay last night (Louis Armstrong, Lightning Hopkins) and a jolly rendition of Frog-I-More Rag (Jelly Roll Morton). 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

One More Time (plus Crawdaddy Blues Band)

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Monday 13 June 2016 Max Emmons and One More Time returned for their second visit to Griffin Park Jazz Club in 2016 with another varied set from their huge repertoire of Classic jazz with some surprises as well as more familiar sounds. As ever with their selections, we learned that many of the great standards of later years had their roots in 1920’s and 30’s original scores. We heard well known titles like Blues Skies, Maria Elena, She’s Funny That Way, Them There Eyes and Lady Be Good, and other tunes that sounded familiar but their titles were less so… Continue reading

Excel Jazzmen

IMG_1395.JPGMonday 9 May 2016 Excel Jazzmen had the room jumping with their mix of Old Orleans Blues and jaunty upbeat tunes reminiscent of a 1920s jazz party.Favourites were Treasure Island which Humphrey Littleton used to play sometimes, Tuxedo Rag by Papa Thurston and The Whining Boy Blues by Jelly Roll Morton, beautiful and soulful. The band was joined by some new members this evening on Trombone and on the impressive looking Sousaphone. This instrument is part of the Tuba family, which normally points the sound of the instrument upwards, whereas the Sousaphone points it forwards towards the audience. Continue reading

The BackYard Boys

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Monday 11 April 2016 A fun night was had by all with entertainment provided by The BackYard Boys last night. Familiar faces from some of the other regular bands joined together especially for us with Colin Kingwell and Tony Karavis co-leading. They play with the Colin Kingwell Jazz Band, The Poorboys and Excel Jazzmen amongst many other bands.

Colin Kingwell – Trombone
Pete Brooks – Bass
Tim Wake – Banjo
John Lawes – Clarinet
Pete Littleproud – Drums
Tony Kevaris – Trumpet

John Habes kindly provides this week’s write-up: Continue reading