Monday 12 June 2017 West London Rhythm Kings featuring Chas McDevitt gave us another entertaining evening of live music at Griffin Park Jazz Club last night. Favourites included Girl of my Dreams (Gene Austin 1928) with Geoff Cole on vocals; Standing Down in New York Town One Day (Woody Guthrie, 1961) with Chas on vocals; Sweethearts on Parade (Louis Armstrong, 1930) with John Lawes on vocals. Continue reading
Monday 13 February 2017 Tributes were given to Dave Evans who passed away a few weeks ago and had played drums with One More Time for 26 years at The Brewery Tap alongside being a band member of the Excelsior Marching Band. The drums this evening were played by Dave’s best friend Jerry Wood. Continue reading
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
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
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
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
Monday 11 January 2016 Bob Dwyer and his band gave us a wonderfully cheerful night of music on an otherwise sad day with the news of the passing of David Bowie. Tunes included You Are Driving Me Crazy (Hugh on vocals), Mahogany Hall Stomp, Wild Cat Blues (with a bass sax feature by John) and Digging my Potatoes (with Max on vocals).
Monday 9 November 2015 Last night Brian Carrick and his band filled the club with their wonderful New Orleans tunes. Influenced by the joyous and jaunty sounds of the Kid Thomas Band at Heritage Hall (formerly Dixieland Hall) on Bourbon Street, he returned to the UK to form the Heritage Hall Stompers, part of the British jazz scene for 40 years. Brian continues to visit New Orleans each year to listen to music, play and also make recordings. In 1996 Brian decided to form the Algiers Stompers to play in the tradition of the Kid Thomas band and so this band was formed. Many of the band have played with Kid Thomas and know about his style of music. Continue reading
Monday 11 May 2015 Frog Island Jazz Band returned to Griffin Park Jazz Club last night with a full set of tunes to entertain the crowd. The band formed in 1962 and they feature New Orleans Jazz of the twenties and early thirties. Continue reading