DAVE RANCE’S ROCKIN’ CHAIR BAND was our ‘LIVE’ entertainment at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB on Friday, 10th June 2016 8:00pm. Band leader, DAVE RANCE played trumpet and sang, with DEREK SCOFIELD, who also sang. DEREK also played clarinet, saxophone, tenor and bass saxes, plus piccolo, as well as a little bit of tap dancing (and he is in his mid-80’s too – what a star). GRAHAM WISEMAN was their trombonist (yes, another vocalist) HENRY HARRISON played drums, with MIKE BREWERTON on double bass and DOUG PARRY on banjo and guitar.
(More pictures to come – but not publishing correctly – will work on them!)
Dave Rance’s Rockin’ Chair Band at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday 10th June 2016. (LtoR) Mike Brewerton (d.bass), Derek Scofield (reeds)Henry Harrison (drums), Dave Rance (trumpet), Doug Parry (banjo/guitar) & Graham Wiseman (trombone). Photo by Mike Witt.
Such a lot of fun, but with not too many people, although those who were there, enjoyed it. They began the evening with one of Louis Armstrong’s numbers – ‘Too Busy’, a lovely happy tune. It was followed on with ‘No-body’s Sweetheart Now’. Derek sang from the middle of the dance floor – a lovely act. Then they all played ‘Creole Bells’ wonderfully – Doug played a lovely solo on banjo.
Doug Parry plays guitar for Dave Rance’s Rockin’ Chair Band at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday 10th June 2016. Photo by Mike Witt.
‘Engine’ of Dave Rance’s Rockin’ Chair Band at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday 10th June 2016. (LtoR) Mike Brewerton (d.bass), Henry Harrison (drums) and just visible – Doug Parry (banjo). Photo by Mike Witt.
Dave took to the ‘mike’ next, singing ‘If I Had A Talking Picture Of You’, with Henry on drums … standing whilst playing … I think quite unique with trad’ jazz bands. (Dave used a mute on trumpet). He then played again some wonderful trumpet to Louis’ ‘When It’s Sleepy Time Down South’, a lovely number.
Dave Rance’s Rockin’ Chair Band front line at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday 10th June 2016. (LtoR) Derek Scofield, Henry Harrison, Dave Rance and Graham Wiseman. Photo by Mike Witt.
Graham sang (great too) next with ‘Irish Black Bottom’, echoed by Dave, which lured our-line dancers onto the floor. We had so many away, so it was begun by two of our gents, but they were soon joined by two of us females! Yes, just four of us!!!!!!!! But we carried on uninhibited – ha. This was all followed by Dave’s featuring with that Bix Beiderbeck tune, ‘Davenprt Blues’. Well done Dave, super-duper trumpet. Must mention a fabulous drum solo from Henry with ‘Moose March’.
Stumbling’ was a feature for Derek and, once again, did he ‘perform’. He played clarinet and then stepped out into the middle of the floor, singing, whilst tap dancing. Oh what a lovely man, with so much talent. There were more songs, but Derek was featured again, this time on sax with ’Singing The Blues’, some great guitar playing from Doug and the dance floor was in full use.
Dave Rance’s Rockin’ Chair Band at Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on Friday 10th June 2016. (LtoR) Henry Harrison (drums), Derek Scofield (clarinet), Dave Rance (trumpet) & Graham Wiseman (trombone). Photo by Mike Witt.
Their last number was sung by Dave, being ‘Down By The Riverside’. Henry performed a great drum solo again, with Derek playing tenor, clarinet and piccolo! What a way to end an evening. Thank you everyone, our audience remarked how wonderful you all played.
We keep jazz ‘Live’ here.
Diane and Keith
‘Creole Bells’ – J. Bodewalt Lampe (1900)
‘Davenport Blues’ – Bix Beiderbecke (1925) – named after his hometown
‘Down By the Riverside (Study War No More)’ – traditional/Gospel song first published 1918
‘If I Had A Talking Picture Of You’ – (m) Lew Brown, D.G. De Sylva, (l) (1929)
‘Irish Black Bottom’ – Louis Armstrong & Percy Venable (1926)
‘Moose March’ – P. Hans Flath (1909)
‘Stumbling’ – Zez Confrey (1922)
‘Too Busy’ – (m) Chester Cohn, (l) Ned Miller (1928)
‘Singin’ The Blues, Till My Daddy Comes Home’ – (m) Con Conrad & J.D. Robinson, (l) Sam M Lewis & Joe Young (1920)
‘When It’s Sleepy Time Down South’ – Clarence Muse, Leon René & Otis René (1931)