NEW ORLEANS Z’HULUS from Belgium included us as part of their UK Tour. They appeared here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB on Friday, 22nd May 2015. As you can see, this band has a wonderful International flavour. Trumpeter DAN VERCRUYSSE is from BELGIUM, clarinettist JESPER CAPION LARSEN is from DENMARK, trombonist PHILIPPE DE SMET, also fares from BELGIUM, pianist EMILE VAN PELT is from HOLLAND, double bassist BRIAN TURNOCK is English, but lives between U.K. and Belgium, plus, of course you all know drummer EMILE MARTYN, who is English and lives between U.K. and U.S.A.
New Orleans Z’hulus Jazz Band at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK with Dan Vercruysse (trpt) – Belgium, Jesper Capion Larsen (cl) – Denmark, Philippe De Smet (trmb) – Belgium, Emile Van Pelt (pno) – Holland, Brian Turnoch (d.bass) – UK &Belgium, Emile Martyn (dms) – UK &USA.. Photo by Mike Witt.
It was this band’s first time with us. It is nice to know bands from abroad love to give us a try, so we asked you to give them a huge warm Farnborough welcome please, which you did. They played some super numbers and it was very hard to choose which ones to tell you about and what not to mention, but here goes ….. ‘Bogalusa Strut’ was, I think, their first number and what a lovely happy easy to dance to, jaunty number, played well too. I made a note of ‘Give Me Your Telephone Number’, but had made no remarks here, because I was happily dancing and oh what a fast one, phew. ‘Mama Inez’ was a gorgeous Latin American number – lovely jubbly. Then just before their first break, they played the ‘Original Dixieland One Step’, always a favourite with everyone (I had put a couple of ticks as a must to mention).
Brian Turnoch (d.bass) seen playing with New Orleans Z’Hulus Jazz Band (on their UK Tour) at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent. 22nd May 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.
New Orleans Z’hulus Jazz Band with Jesper Capion Larsen, clarinetist (from Denmark) at Farnborough Jazz Club on 22nd May 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.
Next came ‘Burgundy Street Blues’. What a lovely ‘George Lewis’ number and featured John brilliantly. (tit-bit – Brian recorded with George Lewis). Pianist, Emile P sang beautifully to ‘On a Coconut Island’ a lovely South-sea Island number. Then Phillip sang ‘Show Me the Way to Go Home’, but instead of sending us home, the whole audience joined in singing, ha.
New Orleans Z’hulus Jazz Band on UK Tour with Emile Van Pelt (piano) playing at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent on 22nd May 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.
New Orleans Z’hulus Jazz Band on UK Tour with Emile Martyn (drums), Dan Vercruysse (trumpet) and Philippe De Smet (trombone), play at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent on 22nd May 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.
New Orleans Z’Hulus Jazz Band on UK Tour with Emile Martyn (dms) seen here at Farnborough Jazz Band, Kent, UK on 22nd May 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.
We certainly were not going home, with this super band and what came next, only woke us up more, because it was ‘Running Wild’ – with Emile on drums wow – and try dancing to that! There was a couple of fantastic numbers between, but I had put three ticks AND an asterisk next to ‘Saint Philip Street Breakdown’, featuring John (oh! He certainly is worth featuring). My last mention is for ‘Our Love Is Here to Stay’ and was sung by Emile VP, such a lovely number and what a band, thorough enjoyable – thanks boys. Their website is:
Keep jazz ‘live’ and cheers from your hosts,
Diane & Keith
‘Bogalusa Strut – (m) Sam Morgan (1927)
‘Burgundy Street Blues’ – George Lewis (1944)
‘Give Me Your Telephone Number’ – J.C. Higginbotham (1930)
‘Mama Inez’ – (m) Elise O Grenet (l) L. Wolfe Gilbert (1931)
‘On A Coconut Island’ – R Alex Anderson (1936)
‘Original Dixieland One Step’ – Nick LaRocca (1917)
‘Our Love Is Here To Stay’ – (m) George Gershwin, (l) Ira Gershwin (1938)
‘Running Wild’ – (m) A. Harrington Gibbs, (l) Joe Grey & Leo Woods (1922)
‘Saint Phillip Street Breakdown’ – George Lewis (c1950?)
‘Show Me the Way To Go Home’ – James Campbell & Reginald Connelly (1925)
The New Orleans Z’hulus from Belgium, seen here when they appeared at the Electric Palace Cinema, Harwich on 14th March as part of their 2013 UK Tour.
The New Orleans Z’hulus from Denmark are seen here appearing at Electric Palace Cinema, Harwich on 14th March 2013.