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]
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]
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]
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]
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
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]
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]
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]
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.
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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]