Bluebird Jazz Band

Bournemouth Bluebird Jazz Club

Jazz for the people of Dorset and West Hampshire, especially Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Ferndown, Wimborne, Colehill, Verwood, West Moors and Ringwood. The club meets from 7:30 PM to 10 PM on Mondays at the Bluebird Social Club, 4 Ham Lane, Longham, BH22 9DP, Tel: 01202 570311 (opposite Haskins garden centre). There is ample car parking, a large dance floor and a bar with drinks at affordable prices. Each month we feature one national band and one local band. Admission on the door is £10 for members and £12 for visitors.

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Bands booked from January to September 2019 are:

Monday 7th January; Pedigree Chums

The band is featuring special guest Tony Carter on reeds as Chris Walker is cruising.
This band specialises in the hit tunes of the British Trad Jazz boom of the 50s and 60s. They play the most popular numbers of the era, such as Midnight in Moscow, Petite Fleur, Green Leaves Of Summer and many others. The band has proved to be a resounding success, with rave reviews and repeat bookings from nearly everywhere they perform.
Hence they now tour extensively and if you miss them when they are in your area, you will miss out on a great show.  The launch of this venture was greatly helped with continuing sponsorship from Marstons Brewery.

Band members expected on Monday:

Tony Carter, saxes & clarinet. Tony has played with the Midlands Radio Orchestra, toured America Palm Court Theatre with the Midlands Radio Orchestra and Europe with the Chris Barber Big Band. A great player and a real fun guy too!  Tony was born in Birmingham in 1943 and began playing piano at four years of age. He started listening to jazz while at grammar school and first heard Chris Barber about 1956. It was because he heard Monty Sunshine playing Hushabye that he asked his dad to buy him a clarinet. He then took lessons and learned to read music. Besides Monty, Tony's other influences included Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw.
Tony became a professional musician when he was seventeen and went to Germany to play with Val Merrall and Paul Gunther. At this time (1961) he was doubling clarinet and alto. He took up the flute in 1967 and became principal flute with the Midland Radio Orchestra. Over the years he has played with Sarah Vaughan, John Dankworth, Ron Goodwin, Norrie Paramor, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and many others. Jazz groups in which he has played include The Charleston Chasers, Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra, and other bands with Bob Hunt and Mike Henry.

Tony Mann, Trombone
Tony is a brass band trained multi-instrumentalist with several years former experience with local West Country bands. Equally at home playing double bass, Sousaphone or trombone, Tony is a valuable asset to any band.

Andy Chislett: Trumpet
A very popular, well schooled, musician with an astounding technique and engaging personality. Based on the South Coast, Andy is one of the best known UK trumpeters  and educators having spent 9 years cruising with NCL, P&O and Cunard. He is also the jazz soloist for top big bands such as The String of Pearls, John Miller, The Palm court  and the Tuxedo jazz orchestras.

John Noddings: Banjo & Guitar
John was a founder member banjo player of the Coventry based Dud Clews Jazz Orchestra and played and recorded with the band, on and off, over the years.  He has played regularly with the George Huxley Jazzmen since 1995 in both in the full band and its smaller groups.  He was co-organizer of the intriguing Royal Ascot Jazz Band for 25 years until 2 years ago. He also organised the Midlands based band Jazz Salon Rouge from the late 1970s until he recently moved down to Devon.

Ken Ames OR Mike Bennett: Double Bass
Ken Ames is a renowned guitar, banjo and double bass player and has worked, over the years, with Ken Colyer, Bob Wallis and Monty Sunshine (to name but a few!). Originally the banjo player, Ken has rejoined the band on bass to allow Tony to take the trombone chair as replacement for Roger Marks.
Mike is living proof of the old saying: Have bass, will travel. His first gig was in Malawi. Subsequently, Mike has played in places as far afield as Cairo, Prague, and Vienna. He has been lucky enough to have played with numerous bands and musicians over the years including Chris Barber, Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball, George Melly, and even Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees. Masterful and modest, that is Mike.

Sy Gorelick: Drums
Sy Gorelick (pronounced GRelic), is an Anglo-American, taught by BBC Drummer Paul Brodie (BBC Big Band and top session musician) and has made his name playing in a plethora of styles gaining extensive experience. He has worked in Recording Studios, Theatres, Ballrooms, Cruise liners, Restaurants, Pubs, Cabaret, Teaching, Night Clubs, Petrol Stations, Debenhams perfume department (true!), TV & Radio, as well as playing & teaching both in the UK & abroad. He has a lifelong interest in physiognomology, sesquipedalianism, mycology and Occitania about which, to date, he has refused to release for publication.

Pedigree Chums

Monday 21st January; Memphis Jazz Men
Monday 4th February; The Solent City Jazzmen
Monday 18th February; Bluebird Jazz band
Monday 11th March; Doc Houlind's Revival All Stars
Monday 8th April; New Orleans Heat
Monday 20th May; The Dart Valley Stompers
Monday 24th June; Tony Waller's Prohibition Jazz
Monday 22nd July; Black Cat Jazz
Monday 19th August; Dave Moorwood's Rascals of Rhythm
Monday 30th September; Sussex Jazz Kings.

Bands who performed for us from March 2018 onwards:

Monday 5th March; Tony Waller's Prohibition Jazz

Trumpet; Tony Waller
Clarinet/Saxophone; Terry Quinney
Trombone; Steve Hayes
Piano; Phil Doyle
Double Bass; Barry Glynn
Drums; David Waller

'Tony Waller and his Prohibition Jazz' performed jazz from the 1920's to 30's with music from Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, 'Fats' Waller, Sidney Bechet and Duke Ellington, as well as favourites from Kenny Ball. With versatility being a key factor with this band, there were a few treats in store!

Prohibition Jazz

Monday 12th March; Martin Jones' Acoustic Jass

This traditional jazz band is based near Southampton and travels throughout the south of England. The band has been established for twenty years providing high quality live musical entertainment at many events. Its extensive repertoire comprises well known jazz standards, blues, and the popular music of the early twentieth century, all played in the New Orleans jazz style, the sort of music to entertain all ages. The tunes have a beginning a middle and an end which most people like, and are suitable for listening to in a concert, for dancing or for background music.

Acoustic Jass

Monday 9th April; Dave Moorwood's Rascals of Rhythm.

The Rascals have a very distinctive sound and once heard become instantly recognisable. The band does not fall into any obvious category, which is one of its great strengths and provides a refreshing visit to an era of swinging, carefree jazz with a repertoire drawn from Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver to Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and the wonderful tunesmiths whose work makes up the Great American Songbook. The band is tuneful, swings like mad & exudes energy & enthusiasm and is a well organised and distinctive unit.
The Rascals are fronted by two wonderful musicians in Mike Wills and Tony Blincowe who between them play enough reed instruments to start a shop (or possibly a museum!). They carry on the great traditions of Jimmy Noone and Joe Poston, Mezz Mezzrow and Sidney Bechet, even Wally Fawkes and Bruce Turner! The drumless rhythm section of Dave Moorwood (acoustic guitar), Perry Lock (piano) and Mike Bennett (string bass), 'provides a backdrop as springy as a trampoline and uncluttered as air' (Digby Fairweather).

Rascals of Rhythm

Monday 16th April; The Bluebird Jazz band

Tom Connor (trumpet)
Bernie Murtha (clarinet and alto saxe)
Tony Hurst (trombone)
Chris Newman (keyboard)
Peter McCurrie (bass)
Doug Kennedy (banjo)
John Hall (drums).
This is now the regular line up of our resident band and very good they are. They will be performing again for us on 25th June.

Bluebird Jazz Band

Monday 14th May; The Panama Hat New Orleans Jazz band

Tony Purse (trumpet, vocals)
Ron Ager (clarinet, tenor sax, vocals)
Tom Pearce (trombone)
TBD (bass)
George Skidmore (banjo, guitar, vocals)
John Hall (drums).

The Panama Hat New Orleans Jazz Band was formed in the early Spring of 2006, by drummer Stan Bowers and trumpeter Tony Purse to fill the vacancy caused by the sudden departure of the resident band from the Lamb Inn at Winkton.
The name was chosen to reflect the band's interest in the laid back musical style associated with New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz at the beginning of the 20th century. Also, Stan is the proprietor of 'Panama Hat Promotions' the company behind the Highcliffe Jazz Festival and various other Jazz extravaganzas. Hence, the Panama Hat New Orleans Jazz Band.
The normally six-piece band consists of the conventional Trumpet, Reed and Trombone front line, backed by Banjo/Guitar, Bass and Drums. They play their interpretations of the blues, rags, spirituals and popular songs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Panama Hat New Orleans Jazz Band

Monday 21st May; John Maddocks Jazzmen

John Maddocks (reeds, vocals)
Peter Wilkinson or Tom Connor (trumpet)
Chris Gower (trombone)
Chris Satterley (keyboard, vocals)
Doug Kennedy (banjo)
Peter McCurrie (string bass, tuba, sousaphone)
Brian Barker (drums)

The John Maddocks Jazzmen are mainly from Dorset and Hampshire. The band has been in existence for 47 years. John had previously enjoyed success with The Black Bottom Stompers a band which he formed whilst a very young man in London.
The Jazzmen have their own sound brought about mainly by the unique style of John himself. John was originally inspired by the fine clarinettist Johnny Dodds, but John is his own man and encompasses influences from all over the traditional jazz spectrum. Personnel changes have been few over the years but one or two in the band can still claim to have been at least twenty five years younger when they first joined. The Band is well known for its drive and cohesiveness and the inclusion of some seldom heard tunes in the repertoire. The band continues to be popular for all kinds of functions throughout the UK including most of the major jazz venues and festivals, also toured extensively in Holland, Germany and Belgium. There have been broadcasts and many CD issues.

John Maddocks' Jazzmen

Monday 11th June; New Orleans Heat

A seven piece band playing the old style New Orleans jazz, recreating the music of the crescent city, be it a stomp, blues, hymn, spiritual or pop song of the day. In the style of the late great, Bunk Johnson, George Lewis and Kid Thomas bands. Their motto is "helping to keep the real jazz alive" travelling extensively over the UK & Europe playing jazz clubs, theatres, hotels, jazz festivals, church concerts and private engagements.

The regular seven piece line up is
Richard Church cornet/trumpet
Dave Vickers trombone
John Scantlebury or Roger Bird clarinet/sax
Barry Grummett piano
Colin Bushell drums
Harry Slater bass
Alan Birkinhead banjo.

New Orleans Heat

Monday 9th July; The Sussex Jazz Kings

Superb traditional jazz from an always entertaining and fun-loving band. The Sussex Jazz Kings are led by Dave Stradwick, the well-known player of hot, traditional jazz trumpet. The band has built up great success due to their great musical ability along with the fun and rapport they build up with their audiences.

The regular line up is
Dave Stradwick (cornet)
Bernard Stutt (clarinet)
Ian Mcauley (trombone)
Peter Clancy (string bass and sousaphone)
Paul Sealy (banjo and guitar)
Pete Lay (drums).

Sussex Jazz Kings

Monday 13th August; Black Cat Jazz

Formed in 2014, Black Cat Jazz is an exciting band combining some of the most accomplished jazz musicians from South Wales and the West Country who aim to perform music in an authentic New Orleans "Dance Hall" style.

Black Cat Jazz is inspired by the music created by musicians from New Orleans who came to prominence during the traditional jazz revival period of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. As our starting point, they select tunes that were played by Bunk Johnson, Punch Miller, George Lewis, Emmanuel Paul, the Humphrey brothers, Kids: Ory, Howard, Clayton and Thomas, amongst others too numerous to mention. They attempt to recreate the atmosphere of their great performances without directly copying or presenting a "museum piece".

They emphasise ensemble playing as opposed to individual instrument solos and wherever possible play without amplification except for announcements and vocals. The New Orleans bands playing the dance halls were, for the most part, seated during their performance. The bands would need to be prepared to play a wide variety of current pop songs of the day, nostalgic songs from the turn of the 19th century, traditional jazz standards, parade tunes and even rock'n'roll and blues. They made the bulk of their income on tips that resulted from playing whatever requests came their way from the audience.

These are the practices of the musicians Black Cat Jazz seek to emulate, and they find that this produces an authentic and musical experience where the instruments find their own natural balance together. If you are expecting a high-volume, amplified band that stands up while playing lots of notes, very quickly - then please look elsewhere.

We think the authenticity and quality of this approach speaks for itself and if you are interested in a tasteful and exciting musical experience based on the live performance of New Orleans jazz in the New Orleans "Dance Hall" style of the mid-20th Century, you will not be disappointed with Black Cat Jazz!

Band members:

Musical direction and trumpet by Steve Graham
Tom Whittingham plays trombone and occasional euphonium
John Scantlebury blowing on clarinet and alto sax
Powerhouse drummer Pete Winterhart is the driving force behind the band
Sarah Thatcher laying down rock steady banjo and guitar
Spike Kennedy dynamic string bass slapping

Black Cat Jazz

Monday 10th September; New Orleans Zhulus

This band, formed in 1984, was the brainchild of the legendary Belgian drummer Maurice Van Eyck because he wanted a group of musicians with similar views to his to continue to play in the old New Orleans tradition. Sadly the years of hard living have taken their toll on Maurice and he has retired to the south of France. However, three decades on, the band is still fulfilling his wishes. The New Orleans Zhulus play festivals and clubs throughout Europe. All of the members have either lived, or spent considerable time in New Orleans recording, or playing with the greats of this music.

Monday 8th October; Colin Bryant's Hot Rhythm Jazz Band

They are recognised as one of the most professional Jazz and Swing Bands playing on the music scene today. The band specialises in Jazz and Dance Music of the roaring 20's, 30's, 40's and 50's and can provide music for every taste with the exception of pop and chart music.
  The six top class instrumentalists are led by virtuoso clarinetist Colin Bryant who doubles on saxophone and comperes the band's musical programme. The Hot Rhythm line-up also includes trumpet/vocals, trombone/vocals, string bass doubling on Sousaphone, banjo/guitar/vocals and drummer/percussionist. Keyboards may be added for certain engagements. The band can augment as required.
   The repertoire of the band includes tunes and compositions made famous by such greats as Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, The Original Dixie Jazz Band, Glenn Miller, the Dorsey Brothers and many more. A special feature of the band is a swinging set from the Glenn Miller era.

Colin Bryant

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