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George Tidiman’s All Stars, 17th April 2015

GEORGE ‘KID’ TIDIMAN’S ALL STARS’ returned to play for us on Friday, 17th April 2015 at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB.  The stars with George were DENNY ILETT on trumpet, TIM HUSKISSON on clarinet, ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALLBUT on banjo, JOHN SIRETT on double bass and BILL FINCH on drums.  It was another evening of tons of fun and wonderful music. Our ‘Kid’ was on true form, with his jokes, great trombone playing and singing, he is top notch.

‘George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s 'All Stars’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK on Friday 17th April 2015. (LtoR) John Siret (d.bass), Tim Huskisson (clt), Denny Islet (trmp) Bill Finch (drms), George 'Kid' trmb & 'Southend Bob' Albutt (bnj). Photo by Mike Witt

‘George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s ‘All Stars’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK on Friday 17th April 2015. (LtoR) John Siret (d.bass), Tim Huskisson (clt), Denny Ilett (trmp) Bill Finch (drms), George ‘Kid’ trmb & ‘Southend Bob’ Allbut (bnj). Photo by Mike Witt

‘George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s with his 'All Stars’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK on Friday 17Apr2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s with his ‘All Stars’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK on Friday 17th April 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

But then they are all top notch. Not their first number, but they played ‘Maybe It’s Because I’m a Londoner’, I’m sure because it will be St. George’s Day on Thursday). Bob sang it, plus I’m not sure how, but believe me, George seemed to make his trombone sound like it had a cockney accent – ha!

Tim Huskisson (clt), George 'Kid' Tidiman& Denny Islett in ‘George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK Fri 17th April 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Tim Huskisson (clt), George ‘Kid’ Tidiman& Denny Ilett in ‘George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK Fri 17th April 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Denny Islett‘ with George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s 'All Stars’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK Friday 17th April 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Denny Ilett with George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s ‘All Stars’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK Friday 17th April 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

‘Perdido Street Blues’ came next and what can anyone say about Denny, magnificent and ‘WOW’. Fabulous clarinet from Tim too (who was also fabulous on piano last week because he is another talented musician too!). George practiced his tonsils on ‘A Kiss to Build a Dream on’, such a lovely song George.  Then Bob, also with his super jazz voice, sang ‘I Thank You Mr Moon’. What followed on was so exciting, a Louis Armstrong number, ‘Hotter Than That’ (written by Louis’ wife, Lil Hardin). They all played brilliantly, with obviously Denny excelling himself (it’s a number I shall ask them to play again when they are next here – 31st July). Then as if it couldn’t get any better, Denny followed on with an amazing solo intro to ‘Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans’.  What a marvellous engine with John,  Bill and ‘Southend Bob’ too, with George singing.

 

John Siret (d.bass) with ‘George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK Friday 17th April 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

John Siret (d.bass) with ‘George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK Friday 17th April 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Bill Finch, drummer with ‘George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK Friday 17th April 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Bill Finch, drummer with ‘George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK Friday 17th April 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

 

'Southend Bob' Albutt with ‘George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK Friday 17th April 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

‘Southend Bob’ Allbut with ‘George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars’ at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent, UK Friday 17th April 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

I was asked to request the next number of Bob’s (having written some of his own versions to this Barry Louis Salisar number) ‘I Wanna Be a Dog’. If you haven’t heard it before, you will love it and laugh so much (belly laughs I mean). Now to complete my newsletter for this week, unfortunately, I only wrote notes about one other number because I was either dancing, or talking to new people. However, this last number ‘Bad Penny Blues’ was chosen to do a line-dance to (the line is growing with each week now). Everyone played their socks off, Tim on piano (oh all of them,

Brilliant Denny Islett plays his trumpet mouthpiece with George 'Kid' Tidiman's All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 17th April 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

Brilliant Denny Ilett plays his trumpet mouthpiece with George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club, Kent 17th April 2015. Photo by Mike Witt.

but paying particular mention to Denny who performed a tremendous solo, playing just on his mouth piece. I know other trumpeters have done the same, but Denny – well he was mind-blowing, because the number is such a fast number and Denny didn’t stop. I think you must realise that I think he is a little special? See how important it is to support ‘live’ jazz, if you weren’t in the club this week, what a shame, because you missed so much! Oh well, be there next time aye! We wont be here for ever, so support us now!

Diane and Keith

P.S. You must type in ‘George Tidiman’s All Stars, 6/09/2013′ in our ‘search’ box.  I have just read it myself.  It was my first newsletter, after obtaining my new laptop.  You may recall my computer was nobbled by a virus, so no newsletters for probably a year.  Keith & I have just enjoyed ourselves, being taken back to that day in September, as if it was a couple of months ago.  I’m sure you will enjoy it too.

‘A Kiss to Build a Dream On’ – (m) Harry Ruby, (l) Bert Kalmar & Oscar Hammerstein II (1935)
‘Bad Penny Blues’ – Humphrey Lyttelton (1956)
‘Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans’ – Eddie DeLange & Louis Alter (1947)
‘Hotter Than That’ – Lil Harding Armstrong (1927)
‘I Get the Blues When It Rains’ – (m) Harry Stoddard, (l) Marcy Klauber (1926)
‘I Thank You, Mr. Moon’ – Abel Baer, Dolly Morse & Dave Oppenheim (1931)
‘I Wanna Be A Dog’ – Barry Louis Polisar (1979) & re-vamped by ‘Southend Bob’ Allbut
‘Maybe It’s Because I’m a Londoner’ – Hubert Gregg (1947) (Bud Flanagan hit)
‘Perdido Street Blues’ – Lil Hardin Armstrong (1926) (Johnny Dodds)

ABOUT GEORGE TIDIMAN’S CHRISTMAS CRACKERS PARTY, 19December2014

GEORGE TIDIMAN AND HIS STARS made sure we all had a wonderfully ‘cracking’ fun-filled Christmas Party on 19th December 2014 here at our Farnborough Jazz Club. Their music was extra special and of course George’s inimitable self, kept the jokes fully flowing. This is not an act, he is a naturally funny man and we just love him. Of course his stars are really true stars too, with DENNY ILETT on trumpet, TIM HUSKISSON on clarinet, ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALLBUT on banjo, JOHN SIRETT on double bass and BILL FINCH on drums.

George Tidiman's All Stars Christmas Cracker Party, Farnborough Jazz Club, 19th December 2014. (ltoR) JOHN SIRETT (d.bass) TIM HUSKISSON (clarinet), DENNY ISLET (trumpet), BILL FINCH (drums), GEORGE TIDIMAN (trombone) and ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALBUTT (banjo)

GEORGE TIDIMAN’S ALL STARS Christmas Cracker Party at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB, 19th December 2014. (ltoR) JOHN SIRETT (d.bass) TIM HUSKISSON (clarinet), DENNY ILETT (trmpt), BILL FINCH (drms), GEORGE (trmb), ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALLBUT (banjo). Photo by Mike Witt 

A fabulous photo of George Tidiman at Farnborough Jazz Club's Christmas Cracker Party (with his All Stars) 19th December2014.

A fabulous photo of trombonist and band leader,  George Tidiman at Farnborough Jazz Club’s Christmas Cracker Party (with his All Stars) 19th December2014. Photo by Mike Witt. 

 

Tim Huskisson (clarinet) and Denny Islett (trumpet), two of George Tidiman's All Stars at Farnborough Jazz on 19th December 2014 Club Party Night at Farnborough

Tim Huskisson (clarinet) and Denny Ilett (trumpet), two of George Tidiman’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz on 19th December 2014 Club Party Night at Farnborough.  Photo by Mike Witt.

Our friends fully supported the party and must mention some wonderful party outfits – as you will see by some photos taken. The evening’s fun started with ‘You Always Hurt the One You Love’ (the band’s theme tune), with the dancers out at the start, showing everyone was ready for partying. George sang (and played of course) ‘Magnolias Wedding Day’ – lovely jubbly. Now the intro to the next number was absolutely magnificent by Denny, oh what a talent. I know, I’ve said that before – but it’s true! The tune was ‘Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans’. Of course they all played it terrifically. Then came Bob’s turn to sing with ‘Ace in the Hole’. I just love his baritone voice and he carried on singing with ‘It Takes a Worried Man’. Oh and I wrote ‘fabulous’ at all solos by each musician. Then if that wasn’t enough, came another brilliant intro from Denny to ‘Stardust’, with them all joining in, each playing beautifully. Our usual line-dance (Charleston style) came next, when Bob sang ‘You’re Bound To Look Like A Monkey When You Grow Old’. Plus George singing ‘My Little Bimbo down on the Bamboo Isle’, with him playing slide whistle (I think that’s its name) etc. Such a lot of fun.

George Tidiman with two of his All Stars, Bill Finch (drums) and 'Southend Bob' Albutt (banjo) at Farmborough Jazz Club's Christmas Cracker Party on 19th December 2014. Photo by Mike Witt.

George Tidiman with two of his All Stars, Bill Finch (drums) and ‘Southend Bob’ Allbut (banjo) at Farnborough Jazz Club’s Christmas Cracker Party on 19th December 2014. Photo by Mike Witt.

JOHN SIRETT (d.bass), one of George Tidiman's All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club's Christmas Cracker Party, 19th December 2014

JOHN SIRETT (d.bass), one of George Tidiman’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club’s Christmas Cracker Party, 19th December 2014.  Photo by Mike Witt.

Bill Finch (drums) one of George Tidiman's All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club's Christmas Cracker Party, 19th December 2014

Bill Finch (drums) one of George Tidiman’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club’s Christmas Cracker Party, 19th December 2014.  Photo by Mike Witt.

'Comparing Notes'. Denny Islet and Colin Dobson exchange old times. George Tidiman's All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club 19Dec2014. Photo by Mike Witt.

‘Comparing Notes’. Denny Ilett and Colin Dobson exchange old times. George Tidiman’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club 19Dec2014. Photo by Mike Witt.

 

Steve and I (Diane) dancing [publishing photo to encourage my 2015 diet - I'm so enormous, yuk!]. George Tidiman's All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club 19Dec2014. Photo by Mike Witt.

Steve and me (Diane) dancing [publishing photo to encourage my 2015 diet – I’m so enormous, yuk!]. George Tidiman’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club 19Dec2014. Photo by Mike Witt.

Grace and Martin show wonderful effort to party with George Tidiman's All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club's Cracker Party. 19Dec2014. Photo by Mike Witt.

Grace and Martin show wonderful effort to party with George Tidiman’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club’s Cracker Party. 19Dec2014. Photo by Mike Witt.

Just in time, Steve brought out the umbrellas for the ‘Bourbon Street Parade’ and our party ended on a complete high with tons of photos being taken and so many smiling faces. Such a wonderful evening of magic. Thanks George, Denny, Tim, Bob, John and Bill, plus (serving our drinks) Ian, Val, Harry, Kath and Barb, with Ameri-Carlo’s food and all our wonderful party-going (or coming) friends for making Keith and I feel it was all worth it.

Steve (center) with Bob and June (left) take part in the brolly parade ('Bourbon Street Parade'). George Tidiman's All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club 19Dec2014. Photo by Mike Witt.

Steve (center) with Bob and June (left) take part in the brolly parade (‘Bourbon Street Parade’). George Tidiman’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club 19Dec2014. Photo by Mike Witt.

Ann takes part in the brolly parade ('Bourbon Street Parade'). George Tidiman's All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club 19Dec2014. Photo by Mike Witt.

Ann takes part in the brolly parade (‘Bourbon Street Parade’). George Tidiman’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club 19Dec2014. Photo by Mike Witt.

Christine and (left)Mary take part in the brolly parade ('Bourbon Street Parade'). George Tidiman's All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club 19Dec2014. Photo by Mike Witt.

Christine and (left)Mary take part in the brolly parade (‘Bourbon Street Parade’). George Tidiman’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club 19Dec2014. Photo by Mike Witt.

 

 

Jackie and Paul take part in the brolly parade ('Bourbon Street Parade'). George Tidiman's All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club 19Dec2014. Photo by Mike Witt.

Jackie and Paul take part in the brolly parade (‘Bourbon Street Parade’). George Tidiman’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club 19Dec2014. Photo by Mike Witt.

Ann & Pat take part in the brolly parade ('Bourbon Street Parade'). George Tidiman's All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club 19Dec2014. Photo by Mike Witt.

Ann & Pat take part in the brolly parade (‘Bourbon Street Parade’). George Tidiman’s All Stars at Farnborough Jazz Club 19Dec2014. Photo by   Mike Witt.

However, this evening had its flaws, completely down to me. What? I can hear you say. That can’t be so! Well, for many months, I had been experiencing such silly little problems, but lots and lots of them and collectively, they were draining! One problem was our land-line being out of order, giving an ‘engaged’ tone, so people kept trying (needing to book for the party). Then my laptop lid broke (couldn’t open it up and ended in ‘hospital’ (obviously now mended), plus my only other means of contact (and I needed to contact possibly over one hundred people) – my mobile went missing! Oh, it all had its own reward of course. I was back in the 1950’s, when we had no telephones, but then one would write a letter. However, this was Christmas and post in those days would have been delivered quickly and at little cost! Oh those lovely days when we were all sane, aye? But I didn’t personally know all the wonderful musicians who were famous then. So I feel very privileged to know these musicians of today. Now what about one of those other problems I mentioned – Oh you’ll love this one! We decided to try Farnborough’s own delightful (small) café to provide our party food. Ameri-Carlo’s is a wonderful place to visit with home-made food – check it out for yourselves. So what was the problem you ask? To begin with, I asked for ‘plates’ for every table (the food was much more than adequate for one person), but of course I should have asked for ‘platters’. Consequently, there was not enough food – especially as when everyone had left, I found two bags with 16 PLATES LEFT OVER!!!!!!! Plonker you say! No, PRATT – that’s my name! So my message to everyone who came on the day is I shall try to make it up to you somehow. Val (behind the bar) said she will save the sausages-on-a-stick in her chicken shed, till our next gig on 9th, so you can look forward to some compensation. She assures me they will still be tasty (just heard on the TV, Eric Idle’s song from Monty Python’s Spamalot, ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’ and seems apt to mention it here). Anyhow, we do hope you had a super festive season and also wish you a Happy New Year and are certainly looking forward, with your support, to keeping the club open for yet another year.  Thanks Mike for taking the many photos of everyone having fun and I do hope no-one objected to my including them (if you do, please let me know and I will remove it).

Oh happy days, keeping jazz ‘live’.

Signing off from 2014,

your hosts, Diane and Keith

‘Ace in the Hole’ – Louis Panico & Elmer Schoebel (1926)
‘Bourbon Street Parade’ – Paul Barbarin (c. 1953)
‘Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans’ – Eddie DeLange & Louis Alter (1947)
‘It Takes A Worried Man to Sing A Worried Song’ – folk roots unknown/1st recording Carter family (1930)
‘Magnolia’s Wedding Day’ – (m) Jimmy McHugh, (l) Dorothy Fields (1928)
‘My Little Bimbo Down On The Bamboo Isle’ – (m) Walter Donaldson, (l) Grant Clarke (1920)
‘Stardust’ – (m) Hoagy Carmichael (1927), (l) Mitchell Parish (with Hoagy) (1929)
‘You’re Bound To Look Like A Monkey When You Grow Old’ – Clarence Williams & Alex Hill (1930)
‘You Always Hurt the One You Love’ – (m) Doris Fisher, (l) Allan Roberts (1944)

GEORGE TIDIMAN’S CHRISTMAS CRACKERS PARTY TIME 19th DECEMBER 2014

GEORGE TIDIMAN’S CHRISTMAS CRACKERS PARTY TIME 19th DECEMBER 2014

Staring GEORGE (trombone), with DENNY ILETT (trumpet), TIM HUSKISSON (clarinet), ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALLBUT (banjo), JOHN SIRETT (double bass) and BILL FINCH (drums).

Please order your seat ASAP – £15 each – to include a buffet

Dress up for Partying in and be prepared to have tons of fun!

Bigger Raffle

Brolly Parade

Bring your feet to razzle dazzle!

Keep jazzin’

Diane & Keith

George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars, 4/07/2014

GEORGE ‘KID’ TIDIMAN’S ALL STARS was the band chosen for FRIDAY, 4th JULY 2014 here at our FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB. Trombonist GEORGE, always the entertainer, had booked PETER LEONARD on trumpet, TIM HUSKISSON on clarinet, ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALLBUT on banjo, JOHN SIRETT on double bass and BILL FINCH on drums. George et al certainly did make sure we all enjoyed ourselves, which helped Colin Dobson, with wife Jo and family, enjoy his birthday and their wedding anniversary. Colin was trumpeter with Billy Cotton’s Band Show (of “Wakey-Wake aaaay” fame). Oh, also it was the 238th anniversary of the American Independence Day, so last week I suggested a few of you Yankees might join us (I had a funny story to relate – see end of this newsletter). However, none of you came – shame, you missed a great evening and a chance to ‘lord it’ over us Limeys – ha. Anyway, to relate to the evening, some dancers were lured onto the floor to the first number ‘You Always Hurt the One You Love’, which was sung by Bob (brilliant voice). They had a hiccup at one point, much to the audience’s delight, especially when George said “It was a brand new arrangement of ours” :0)! There were some great solos by all with ‘My Old Kentucky Home’ and then Bob performed some great scat to ‘Royal Garden Blues’. Afterwards, George recalled playing here some years ago with Bill Brunskill before the club’s extension (if I can find when, I will update here later). He recalled the club was half the size and the band played from the other end of the room. We were packed to the gunnels in those days – a typical smoked-filled jazz club atmosphere too (no smoke today, but still friendly atmosphere)! The number (which Bob sang) was ‘Alice Blue Gown’. By the by, the tune was written for Teddy Roosevelt’s daughter. The next number was definitely for America’s Independence Day, although written for their civil war, which was ‘Marching Through Georgia’, to which the front line played a great cavalry replica, brilliant! Another tune ‘I Get the Blues When It Rains’ is a good old favourite of George’s. He made some remark to Bob about it being another Miles Davis classic! This was followed with George playing the swannee whistle superbly for the next tune ‘My Little Bimbo Down on The Bamboo Isle’. What came next was especially played for Colin, as it was Billy Cotton’s signature tune, namely ‘Somebody Stole My Gal’ and of course we all joined in singing. The last number ‘South Rampart Street Parade’ is a favourite of Keith’s and was played fabulously by all. Sorry to keep repeating myself, but another wonderful evening to remember. George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars will be doing our Xmas Party this year (19th December 2014)

Cheers,

Diane and Keith

N.B. My funny story about American Independence Day took place in 1976 (the Bicentenary year). My family were to visit, first my sister-in-law, married to an American and living there and then to pop over to my own sister living in Canada. They both asked if I could bring some tea bags as they couldn’t get good tea in those days (although they had that year, but forgot to tell me!). So we appeared at Los Angeles customs with two boxes of 400! When asked if we had anything to declare, any food stuff etc, I replied ‘No, oh yes- tea bags”. When asked how many, (800!), he asked, much to everyone’s amusement, “Have you come for the Boston Tea Party?” He passed us straight on, ha. I know-I haven’t changed.

‘Alice Blue Gown’ – (m) Harry Tierney, (l) Joseph McCarthy (1919)
‘I Get the Blues When It Rains’ – (m) Harry Stoddard, (l) Marcy Klauber (1926)
‘Marching through Georgia’ – Henry Cray Work (1865)
‘My Little Bimbo Down on The Bamboo Isle’ – (m) Walter Donaldson, (l) Grant Clarke (1920)
‘Royal Garden Blues’ – Clarence & Spencer Williams (1919) ‘Somebody Stole My Gal’
‘South Rampart Street Parade’ – (m) Ray Bauduc & Bobby Haggart (1938), (l) Steve Allen (circa 1950)
‘My Old Kentucky Home’ – Stephen Foster (circa 1853)
‘You Always Hurt the One You Love’ – (m) Doris Fisher, (l) Allan Roberts (1944)

Sorry, still haven’t been unable to update 4April Newsletter, I haven’t forgotten, just misplaced my notes!

George ‘Kid’ Tidiman’s All Stars, FRIDAY, 4th APRIL 2014

GEORGE ‘KID’ TIDIMAN’S ALL STARS appeared on FRIDAY, 4th APRIL 2014, here at the FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB.  Trombonist GEORGE, has booked PETER LEONARD on trumpet, TIM HUSKISSON on clarinet, ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALLBUT on banjo, JOHN SIRETT on double bass and BILL FINCH on drums.  George is always full of fun and he certainly brought his sense of humour with him (update to follow)

Cheers,

Diane and Keith  … plus

Townhouse Jazz Club – Tribute to Johnny Rogers

6th April 2014 1-4pm £5 Entrance fee – All proceeds to Macmillan Nurses

Davey Waskett Tribute @ Townhouse JC 6Apr2014

George Tidiman’s All Stars, 6/09/2013.

‘GEORGE TIDIMAN’S ALL STARS’ was set to entertain us last Friday, 6th September 2013 here at Farnborough Jazz Club.  However, you may remember the M25 was suddenly closed, so we were worried as they fare from Essex (one from Oxford)!  We arrived early to set up anyway.  First to arrive was JOHN SIRETT (double bass), so with Keith on spoons, plus he and I could sing duets, we thought we would cope IF we had an audience!   Then BILL FINCH (drums) arrived – ah, Keith wouldn’t need to play spoons.  The next half hour, we had the band’s engine as ‘SOUTHEND BOB’ ALLBUT (banjo/vocals) turned up.  He had travelled 120miles round trip anticlockwise on the ‘A’ roads, well done Bob.  So now the audience would be saved from Keith and my vocals.  Soon DENNY ILETT (trumpet) arrived also after a horrendous journey, now we had a QUARTET! For the first hour, Denny held it together with some superb trumpet playing.  Considering the situation, we had a very good turnout too.  However, our band leader, GEORGE TIDIMAN (trombone/vocals), had the sound equipment, so Bob’s singing was ‘acoustic’ too!  George eventually turned up to receive an enormous cheer.  Having had an even worse journey, being on the bridge and shunted back through the Blackwell Tunnel, but he stepped up to play straight away.  Denny, playing a joke on him, said they were about to play ‘Ory’s Creole Trombone’.  What a number!  George being so dry, was not quite his excellent self – lip not quite ready, but that all added to the fun of the evening.  Unfortunately ROGER MYERSCOUGH also had a dreadful time trying to reach us, being stuck as there had been an accident too, was eventually redirected and after a few hours, was forced to return home.  Clarinettist Mick Collins and banjoist Brian Lawrence were both in the audience and had a couple of sit-ins (well done you two).  George, as usual, told some of his jokes, I don’t think he has ever repeated any here yet.  The band were fabulous, all performing some fantastic jazz solos.  Denny played with just his mouthpiece, so clever– sorry, didn’t write number down.  They played ‘Coney Island Washboard He Will Play’, with the usual audience participation. The next number I noted was ‘Do You Know What It means to Miss New Orleans’ to which Denny gave a fantastic intro to.  They then dedicated the next number to the M25!  It was ‘Route 66’! Bob sang the first part correct, but change the second part to places and ‘A’ roads in Essex, very clever Bob (what a great deep voice he has).  Another number I jotted down, was made famous by The Squadronaires, called ‘Strike up the Band’.  Wow, how they played that number.  Could they follow it, yes they did, with their last number ‘South Rampart Street’ (before ending with their signature tune of ‘Bye, Bye Blues’).  I had managed to video a couple of numbers on my (old) mobile.  The filming is too dark, however the sound of ‘South Rampart Street’ is worth putting on here and if George and the band agrees, I might do so later.

Keep our jazz alive.

Diane and Keith

‘Bye, Bye Blues’ – Fred Hamm, Dave Bennett, Bert Lown & Chauncey Gray (w.1925, p.1930)
‘Coney Island Washboard’ – (m) Hampton Durand & Jerry Adams, (l) Ned Nester & Aude
‘Do You Know What It means to Miss New Orleans’ – Eddie DeLange (1947)
‘Ory’s Creole Trombone’ – Edward ‘Kid’ Ory (1921)
‘Route 66’ – Bobby Troup (1946)
‘South Rampart Street Parade’ – (m) Ray Bauduc & Bobby Haggart (1938), (l) Steve Allen (circa 1950)
‘Strike up the Band’ – (m) George Gershwin, (l) Ira Gershwin (1927)