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.
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).
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.
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)