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KEN COLYER ON VIDEO - Rare Footage From the Vaults
£15.99

KEN COLYER ON VIDEO - Rare Footage From the Vaults

CD / Product Number: URDVD267

Respected broadcaster and trombonist in the band,Mike Pointon writes: 'By 1986,when this session took place, Ken was no longer leading a regular band and was suffering from ill-health,but his subtly dynamic performance reveals him to still be on authoritative form. He'd recently been re-united with Ray Foxley after Ray had left the Jazzmen in 1960 and by this time Ken and Colin Bowden worked together again after Colin had been recruited for the re-born ... [MORE]

THE BIG CHRIS BARBER BAND Live in Concert in the Isle of Wight - DVD
£15.99

THE BIG CHRIS BARBER BAND Live in Concert in the Isle of Wight - DVD

CD / Product Number: URDVD251

It's here! Great new DVD from Chris Barber!
Chris Barber is one of the great British jazz icons and he celebrates his 60th Anniversary in the business in 2013. This fantastic new DVD release of Chris with The Big Chris Barber Band In Concert at the Medina Theatre in the Isle of Wight is the perfect way to celebrate this momentous occasion! This is the classic Chris Barber Big Band line-up with Mike Henry and Pete Rudeforth on trumpets, Mike ... [MORE]

THE GENIUS OF CAPTAIN JOHN HANDY
£12.99

THE GENIUS OF CAPTAIN JOHN HANDY

CD / Product Number: URCD283

Captain John Handy’s musical presence was and still is unforgettable. His phenomenal playing destroyed the myth in revivalist circles that the saxophone had no place in jazz. Capt John Handy is mainly associated with the alto sax, but he was also a fine clarinet player. To hear the Captain in full flight is pure delight as always….as this CD shows.
Few men have caused greater upheaval or changed the artistic landscape in New Orleans more than Capt. ... [MORE]

WILBUR DE PARIS and his New New Orleans Jazz Band Live in New York
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WILBUR DE PARIS and his New New Orleans Jazz Band Live in New York

CD / Product Number: URCD282

These are the very earliest tracks of the Wilbur De Paris Band from 1944 and 1953. There’s a great line-up – Wilbur and Sidney De Paris, Sidney Bechet, Omer Simeon, Edmond Hall and Zutty Singleton to name just a few!
The Wilbur De Paris band became an institution in New York City during the 1950s and toured the world in the late 1950s. Both Wilbur and Sidney are here on all tracks, and Wilbur is definitely running the show! All in all, one fabulous ... [MORE]

THE CRANE RIVER JAZZ BAND - The Cranes Fly Again
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THE CRANE RIVER JAZZ BAND - The Cranes Fly Again

CD / Product Number: URCD281

The Crane River Jazz Band is one of the most revered jazz bands of the 20th Century. This is the third exquisite album of them on Upbeat Jazz. In 1972 the Cranes re-formed and their first London appearance was at the 100 Club in Oxford Street which was released as URCD272 The Crane River Jazz Band with Ken Colyer – Reunited! This is the sequel to that album – sheer joyousness and almost relaxed telepathic teamwork. All the players are world renowned in ... [MORE]

DIZ DISLEY - With Me Little Ukulele in Me Hand
£12.99

DIZ DISLEY - With Me Little Ukulele in Me Hand

CD / Product Number: URCD280

This album is a true labour of love by one of British Jazz’s genuine originals paying tribute to one of variety’s immortals. Altogether the mood created by Diz and his choice of jazz musicians is one of sheer mischievous joy, evoking effortlessly the nostalgically raffish feel of a stroll along Blackpool’s slightly seedy Golden Mile many years ago. The CD includes two titles not recorded by Formby – I Was Waggling My Magical Wand and I Showed Me ... [MORE]

HUMPHREY LYTTELTON in RETROSPECT - Sir Humph's Delight
£12.99

HUMPHREY LYTTELTON in RETROSPECT - Sir Humph's Delight

CD / Product Number: URCD279

This richly varied anthology covers several contrasting aspects of Humphrey Lyttelton's long career from the 50s to the 80s with highlights from the many albums featuring his work on the Upbeat label. Bands include his Big Band and the Paseo Band and artists include Jimmy Rushing, Kenny Davern, Johnny Parker, Bruce Turner, Micky Ashman, Ian Armit, John Barnes, Pete Strange, Colin Bowden and many more. Album rund 69.07 minutes. [MORE]

MARKS and SPARKS - Roger Marks
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MARKS and SPARKS - Roger Marks

CD / Product Number: URCD278

This compilation of tracks from 1990 - 2017 features a number of line-ups who all have one thing in common - a two-man front line. This format is always a meeting of minds, a musical conversation where being a 'good listener' is every bit as important as expressing one's one ideas. The combination of trombone and reeds - be it clarinet or saxophone - is present on all tracks, but each partnership takes on its own distinctive sound.
Another aspect of ... [MORE]

LOUIS ARMSTRONG AND HIS ALL STARS — Live in Vancouver 1951
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LOUIS ARMSTRONG AND HIS ALL STARS — Live in Vancouver 1951

CD / Product Number: URCD277

Featuring Jack Teagarden and Earl Hines, this CD pre-dates the two Jack Teagarden/Earl Hines CDs from the Manchester Free Trade Hall in 1957 by six years and should really be considered the fore-runner to these two CDs (available on the Upbeat Jazz label – URCD258 and URCD273).
This live concert was recorded in Vancouver in January 1951 - it was a sell out show and the audience loved every second. This is one of the rarest of the all-star bands ... [MORE]

NEW ORLEANS – Original Soundtrack and Out-takes from the 1947 Cult Movie featuring Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Kid Ory, Barney Bigard, Mutt Carey and Zutty Singleton
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NEW ORLEANS – Original Soundtrack and Out-takes from the 1947 Cult Movie featuring Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Kid Ory, Barney Bigard, Mutt Carey and Zutty Singleton

CD / Product Number: URCD276

It was a fabulous idea which in true Hollywood fashion ended up a fiasco! However, there remains the music which, unlike the film, is just plain wonderful! The list of artists here is an A-Z of jazz royalty and there are 29 great tracks for you to enjoy. So close your eyes and be transported back to 1947 and the birth of jazz in New Orleans! [MORE]

COLYER AT WIMBLEDON - Ken Colyer's All Stars
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COLYER AT WIMBLEDON - Ken Colyer's All Stars

CD / Product Number: URCD275

Mike Pointon has compiled this CD from a live recording from December 20th 1975 at a great Christmas party at Wimbledon Belgrave Harriers. There is an interesting and refreshing line-up with Ken Colyer cornet, vocals, Roger Bird clarinet, Mike Sherbourne trombone, Ray Smith piano, Bill Stotesbury banjo, Annie Hawkins string bass, Colin Bowden drums. Ken Colyer includes several numbers he had used over the years but as ever, he always manages to produce ... [MORE]

SAMMY RIMINGTON - A Snapshot of his American Recordings 1995-1999
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SAMMY RIMINGTON - A Snapshot of his American Recordings 1995-1999

CD / Product Number: URCD274

This selection of recordings by Sammy from the 1990s is a good example of his special talent for combining a repertoire of standards with other numbers that are rarely used as jazz vehicles. It follows the eclectic New Orleans tradition which has always been the approach taken by musicians from the Crescent City. Tracks from 4 sessions recorded between 1995 and 1999 are featured here, using musicians Sammy has been associated with over the years in ... [MORE]

ALL STARS IN CONCERT 1957 - Jack Teagarden and Earl Hines - Volume 2
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ALL STARS IN CONCERT 1957 - Jack Teagarden and Earl Hines - Volume 2

CD / Product Number: URCD273

Volume two of this fabulous 1957 Manchester concert by a specially assembled group starring two icons of Jazz. The concert was presented by The National Jazz Federation, and with the obvious exception of Max Kaminsky, every musician had previously been a member of Louis Armstrong’s All Stars. The promoters thought they would appeal to the British public in the same way Satchmo himself had on his first post-war visit the previous year – and the rapturous ... [MORE]

THE CRANE RIVER JAZZ BAND with KEN COLYER - Reunited
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THE CRANE RIVER JAZZ BAND with KEN COLYER - Reunited

CD / Product Number: URCD272

The Crane River Jazz Band is one of the most revered jazz bands of the 20th Century. In 1949 they took the UK by storm appearing on BBC TV and Studio 51 in Leicester Square and in 1951 played at the newly opened Royal Festival Hall.
In 1972 the Cranes re-formed and their first London appearance was at the 100 Club in Oxford Street where this CD was recorded. The result was sheer joyousness and almost relaxed telepathic teamwork.
All the players ... [MORE]

RECENTLY DISCOVERED LATE VINTAGE COLYER - Ken Colyer's Allstars
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RECENTLY DISCOVERED LATE VINTAGE COLYER - Ken Colyer's Allstars

CD / Product Number: URCD271

This live session features some of the finest late Colyer where he fronts a talented line-up which reunited him with two key musicians from his `classic' 50s line-up: Ray Foxley and Colin Bowden. It is also one of the few occasions where he uses a tenor sax played by George Berry, who blows fluent clarinet for the rest of the gig. Ken himself is on inspired creative form here.
This is the much-awaited audio version for some of the tracks on the ... [MORE]

ROGER MARKS - In Retrospect - Marks out of Twenty
£12.99

ROGER MARKS - In Retrospect - Marks out of Twenty

CD / Product Number: URCD270

Roger Marks’ Armada Jazz Band toured Britain and, to a lesser extent Europe, extensively for 25 years appearing repeatedly at the majority of the jazz clubs and festivals and enjoyed great popularity with the public and critics alike, receiving generous air-play on BBC Radio 2 in particular.
This CD will appeal to a large audience being very much BBC Radio 2 repertoire as well as interesting for the jazz aficionados. Humphrey Lyttelton really liked ... [MORE]

TERRY LIGHTFOOT - In Retrospect
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TERRY LIGHTFOOT - In Retrospect

CD / Product Number: URCD269

The second in our series celebrating great British jazzmen is released to mark the second anniversary of the death of Terry Lightfoot. In a recording from 1990, originally released as Stardust, Terry demonstrates the versatility of his playing and his band leading. From the start of his career in the mid 1950s, Terry's name has been synonymous with quality of sound and presentation.In this recording from 1990, Terry Lightfoot and his band clearly ... [MORE]

TJ JOHNSON in RETROSPECT - A Celebration of 30 Years in Jazz and Blues - Double CD
£14.99

TJ JOHNSON in RETROSPECT - A Celebration of 30 Years in Jazz and Blues - Double CD

CD / Product Number: URCD268D

This is a wonderful double album of 30 tracks lasting just over two hours. As the title suggests, it is a celebration of 30 years of TJ Johnson’s life playing jazz and blues TJ Johnson is a very active solo musician as well as band leader playing all over London on a weekly basis. He also runs his own band which plays regularly at jazz festivals throughout the UK. [MORE]

The Rise of the Crooner - The London Swing Orchestra featuring Graham Dalby
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The Rise of the Crooner - The London Swing Orchestra featuring Graham Dalby

CD / Product Number: URCD266

In The Shops 18th September. Available from Upbeat Mailorder NOW!
The fourth and final chapter in the London Swing Orchestra’s comprehensive anthology of Jazz and Swing charts the rise of the crooner. Although crooners such as Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra had toured with band leaders in the thirties, it wasn’t until post 1945 that the vocalist totally eclipsed the band leader to become superstars.
From 1945 there was a distinct decline in ... [MORE]

COLYER FROM THE ARCHIVES - Ken Colyer's All Stars featuring Sammy Rimington
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COLYER FROM THE ARCHIVES - Ken Colyer's All Stars featuring Sammy Rimington

CD / Product Number: URCD265

Available by mail order and digital download NOW! In the shops from 8th June.

This live Thames riverboat session dates from the early 70s - a time when traditional jazz was fighting for its existence. Ken Colyer's Studio 51 Club in Leicester Square had recently closed after 20 years as a mecca for lovers of New Orleans music. Ken had given up leading a regular band, but was offered a regular weekly slot at the 100 Club in Oxford street and ... [MORE]

HOT STUFF! Early Jazz Revival
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HOT STUFF! Early Jazz Revival

CD / Product Number: URCD264

Released March 2015!
HOT STUFF! was originally recorded in 1992 and was the brainchild of Chez Chesterman. We are releasing this fantastic CD to celebrate the reforming of the band (sadly not with all the original members) in May 2015.
The band here features Dick Charlesworth clarinet, soprano and tenor saxophone, Mike Pointon trombone, Chez Chesterman cornet, Pat Hawes piano, Jim Forey banjo and guitar, John Rodber double bass and Rex Bennett ... [MORE]

THE BIRTH OF SWING 1935-1945 - Graham Dalby and The London Swing Orchestra
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THE BIRTH OF SWING 1935-1945 - Graham Dalby and The London Swing Orchestra

CD / Product Number: URCD263

Release date September 2014. Available online now!
This album, the third part of the four-volume anthology of 20th century Jazz and Swing, is a tribute to some of the greatest arrangements of the World War II years. It seems absurd that ‘Swing’ could just be born overnight but at the Paloma Ballroom on August 21st 1935 that is pretty much what happened. Benny Goodman and his Orchestra were broadcast live coast to coast from a packed ballroom ... [MORE]

KID ORY - STORYVILLE NIGHTS -Kid Ory Plays WC Handy plus Dixieland Marching Songs - Double CD
£14.99

KID ORY - STORYVILLE NIGHTS -Kid Ory Plays WC Handy plus Dixieland Marching Songs - Double CD

CD / Product Number: URCD262D

The three sessions represented on this double CD set cover the final studio recordings made by Kid Ory's band, apart from 2 albums he made with Red Allen as a warm up for the European tour in 1959. This is a package of musical Americana with a triple impact,: the music of Storyville, Jelly Roll Morton's jazz and Kid Ory with his trombone and band.
The first, released as Kid Ory Plays WC Handy we have spread across the two CDs as respectively ... [MORE]

THE ORIGINAL JAZZ - Kid Ory and his Orchestra
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THE ORIGINAL JAZZ - Kid Ory and his Orchestra

CD / Product Number: URCD259

Upbeat Jazz is delighted to continue their Kid Ory series with the first UK release on CD of The Original Jazz by his fine studio line-up of 1957 plus the remaining 2 tracks from Dance With Kid Ory Or Just Listen that there was not space for on URCD 241. We also feature two more numbers from the 1956 Paris concert Kid Ory in Europe that featured on URCD 236. This is great music from 1957 - not to be missed! [MORE]

ALL STARS IN CONCERT 1957 - Jack Teagarden and Earl Hines
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ALL STARS IN CONCERT 1957 - Jack Teagarden and Earl Hines

CD / Product Number: URCD258

These rare recordings come from a UK tour made by this specially assembled group in October 1957, presented by The National Jazz Federation. With the obvious exception of Max Kaminsky, every musician had previously been a member of Louis Armstrong’s All Stars and the promoters thought they would appeal to the British public in the same way Satchmo himself had on his first post-war visit the previous year. The rapturous audience clearly loves it all. A ... [MORE]

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