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]
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]
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 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]
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’ 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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Upbeat now present a welcome addition to their acclaimed Ken Colyer series. This new CD contains over an hour of previously unheard, digitally remastered tracks from what was considered to be Colyer’s ‘classic’ line-up from the late 50s playing standards, blues, spirituals and rags in their relaxed and inspired way.
Four songs feature the rarely-recorded vocalist Rosina Scudder, one of the few female singers to guest regularly with the ... [MORE]
CRITICS TOP 10 CHOICE 2014 - Jazz Journal International
This unique compilation of early Armstrong features classic tracks with Bessie Smith,Fletcher Henderson, King Oliver,Clarence Williams and Sidney Bechet. It includes many of the ground-breaking tracks that, with the ambitious influence of his wife Lil, showed the young Armstrong changing the face of jazz. [MORE]
In the shops September 7th 2013. Availably by mail order only now!
The Elegant Thirties follows directly on from the bestsellling album The Roaring Twenties - URCD249. The cover design is in keeping with the travel bug that gripped the well healed in this elegant decade of foxtrots and foie gras.
Graham Dalby and The London Swing Orchestra have spent twenty-five years performing around the world from Berlin to Hong Kong and back ... [MORE]
Re-engineered version now in the shops and available by Mail Order!
This CD celebrates the unique talent of Cliff 'Ukulele Ike' Edwards, pioneer of an instrument once again in fashion, the ukulele, and one of the first true crooners. ‘Ukulele Ike’, as Edwards became known, was an entertainer whose inimitable style exuded a quality rare in today’s jaundiced world: charm. Edwards was a prolific recording artist in the 20s and 30s - by ... [MORE]
2012 marks the release of the first of four albums spanning the 1920’s to the 1960’s - a really comprehensive anthology of pre-electric music, starting with THE ROARING TWENTIES. Graham Dalby and the London Swing Orchestra (formerly the Grahamaphones) celebrate their 25th anniversary in style! The album reflects an era of great change - of millionaires like Gatsby and murderous thugs like Dutch Schultz and how the music transcended Prohimition, the Wall ... [MORE]
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This historic concert has been treasured by George Lewis fans for many years, and now we here at Upbeat are proud to announce the first UK release of this landmark recording of the Lewis band at its exciting digitally remastered best! An essential double-album for all lovers of authentic New Orleans music.
By the mid-50s the band often performed on the college ... [MORE]
In all of jazz’s turbulent history there have been few instrumentalist / performers who personified showmanship more than Louis Prima. In a positive way he brought many essential elements of New Orleans music to a wider public long before the roots of the so-called ‘Revival’ ever took shape. This CD traces the evolution of his charismatic talent, covering the years 1933 –1955, and includes rare tracks that have not been heard for many years.
Glorious album including the never-before released hilarious recording of her public wedding ceremony conducted by fellow gospel star Reverend Kelsey before an audience of 25,000 fans in Washington DC. A must have for all Tharpe fans!Sister Rosetta Tharpe was perhaps the first artist to make the successful crossover between gospel and secular blues, achieving international commercial success in both markets. Her unique style of guitar playing, especially ... [MORE]
This release offers one and a half LPs on a single CD – an amazing 74.54 minutes of great jazz!These sides were recorded by Kid Ory under his contract with Norman Granz for Verve when he was running On The Levee, his own club in San Francisco. Trumpeter Marty Marsala and clarinettist Darnell Howard were both working at Club Hangover with Earl Hines at the time and were not regular members of Ory’s band but the relaxed feel of the albums they made ... [MORE]
This is the latest in our series of 'Essential George Lewis' collections, this time focusing on two albums he recorded for Blue Note in 1954 and 1955. George Lewis had commenced a fruitful association with Blue Note in the 40s when they released his unforgettable 'Climax' session. By 1954 the New Orleans revival was in full swing, and the first album was recorded at a concert in Bakersfield, California in May 1954 when the band had no knowledge it was ... [MORE]