The MILLENNIUM EAGLE JAZZ BAND (from the Midlands) included us as part of their tour on FRIDAY, 15th MAY 2015 here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB. Their last gig in January 2013, was unfortunately cancelled due to the Country being snow-bound. They have been coming to us for several years now, but with a gap, so it was great to welcome them back again. The band consists of PETER BROWN on trumpet, cornet, valve trombone & vocals, with MATT PALMER on clarinet, sax & vocals, TERRY WILLIAMS on trombone & vocals, BRIAN LAWRENCE on double bass & sousaphone (not our ‘TOES’ Brian) and JULYAN ‘BABY JOOLS’ ALDRIDGE on drums. Chris Etherington was on holiday, so JIM DOUGLAS on guitar & banjo, took his place. I promised that if it snowed on Friday, we would dig them ‘in’ – ha. Seriously, we had a great time with them the previous times, but unfortunately, my computer was down during those years (newsletters temporarily lost).
To begin this newsletter, I want to relate the end of the evening first! (Well, you all know I’m strange). However, my reason is because when they finished the evening, the audience kept yelling for “more” and the band obliged, playing on for a good 20minutes, or so, past time. They chose some continuous ‘hot’ Glen Miller numbers and practically everyone in the club got on the dance floor. What an atmosphere! Ok, now to return to the beginning of the evening! My first number to tell you of, is called ‘Moose March’. I had 3 ticks against it, which I had meant ‘brilliant’ – with great soprano sax by Matt. Likewise against the next number, ‘Maple Leaf Rag’, giving mention to solos by Brian (sousaphone), Matt and Jim. Then came ‘The Best Things in Life Are Free’, sung by Peter, with harmonising by Matt and Terry – wonderful singing too.
Matt had a feature number next with ‘In The Middle Of the Night’-just super. We made the next number our line-dance, ‘After You’ve Gone’, which was played wonderfully. ’Creole Love Call’ came next, played’ Duke Ellington style’ and encouraged our two visiting fabulous dancers on the floor, Linda and John (from Rochester area, we think).
Jim’s feature (backed by Brian) came next with ‘I’m Putting All My Eggs in One Basket’. Plenty of applause there, of course. Now the next number (another three ticks) was superb by all, namely Sidney Bechet’s ‘Coffee Grinder’, simply fabulous. I must mention Terry and Peter’s (on valve trombone) fantastic duet with ‘T’Aint What You Do’, (Brian was great too).
But then they left the best till last – ‘Tiger Rag’ they all excelled (Brian was on sousaphone and Peter on trumpet and whistle) and oh! what a drum solo – fantastic ‘Babes’! What more can one say – a simply brilliant evening and we all went home wanting more … and that’s what jazz is all about don’t you agree?
Signing off – your hosts,
Diane and Keith
‘After You’ve Gone’ – (m) Turner Layton, (l) Henry Creamer (1918)
‘Coffee Grinder’- Sidney Bechet (1952)
‘Creole Love Call’ – James ‘Bubber’ Miley, © Duke Ellington (1928) (lost court case by Joe ‘King’ Oliver (1923)
‘I’m Putting All My Eggs in One Basket’ – Irving Berlin (1936)
‘In The Middle Of the Night’
‘Mapple Leaf Rag’ – Scott Joplin (1899)
‘Moose March’ – P. Hans Flath (1909)
‘T’ Aint What You Do (It’s the Way That You Do It’ – Melvyn ‘Sy’ Oliver & James ‘Trummy’ Young (1939)
‘The Best Things in Life Are Free’ – (m) Ray Henderson, (l) B.G. DeSilva & Lew Brown (1943)
‘Tiger Rag’ – written & played by Original Dixieland Jazz Band (1917) (many others claim!)
(drummer Jim Denham in photo – not Baby Jools)