Monday 15 August 2017 A smartly redecorated Hive bar provided the setting for Excel Jazzmen‘s return to the club with a lively session including St Phillips Street Breakdown, a George Lewis composition played by Ken Colyer in 1953. Other favourites included The Dipper Mouth Blues, King Oliver’s Creole Jazz band in 1923, and also a hit for Louis Armstrong in 1943, and I’ll Never Say Never Again, a Nat King Cole tune. Continue reading
Monday 8 May 2017 Bob and his band provided us with a wonderfully eclectic evening of music with jaunty, upbeat Ragtime tunes, some blues, Bix Beiderbecke numbers, solos and instrumental features. Favourites were Some Day Sweetheart with Bob on vocals and drummer Graham on the spoons, an original piece by bass sax player John Bayne called Sweet Melancholy, All of me, sung by guest Marilyn, and Putting on the Ritz with Hugh on keyboard and vocals.
Next month West London Rhythm Kings join us on Monday 12 June, doors 7.30pm, £6, music starts 8.30-11pm
Monday 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.
Monday 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
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
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
Monday 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
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
Monday 14 March 2016 Max Emmons and his band One More Time gave us all a foot-stomping evening of music last night. These great musicians have such a large repertoire, we were treated to a pick and mix of New Orleans jazz and blues including Sugar Blues, a King Oliver number; Freight Train Blues recorded by Trixie Smith; Gypsy Love Song, sung by Mario Lanza in the film The Fortune Teller and the wonderful No Moon at All. Continue reading
Monday 8 February 2016 A welcome return to the Griffin Park Jazz Club for John Keen’s West London Rhythm Kings, back for the sixth year running by popular demand. Plenty of their usual New Orleans and Trad classics with some familiar tunes added to join in with, clap along to and for the brave ones, even a dance!
And a special welcome back to Skiffle legend Chas McDevitt to sing and play a selection of favourites for us. Continue reading