GOLDEN EAGLE JAZZ BAND started our New Year off with some great traditional jazz here at FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB and did we have fun. Well, they are back to do the same on Friday, 17th June 2016. The band had the same line-up, namely band leader KEVIN SCOTT (tenor banjo), plus MIKE SCROXTON on trumpet, ALAN CRESSWELL on clarinet, ROY STOKES on trombone & vocals, MIKE BROAD on double bass and PETE JACKMAN on drums.
I always say it is good to begin the evening with a good swinging number to really put the audience in a happy mood. Well they certainly gave a great start, obliging me with ‘Canal Street Blues’ and then followed up with ‘The Royal Telephone’ – remember Burl Ives? – lovely ol’ voice. Kevin’s lot play a much more jazzed up version, of course.
Their third number was another one of my old favourite tunes, ‘Ciriciribin’, (I’ve added the composer’s photo!). Kevin announced it as being a lovely old romantic tune. Up next, we enjoyed our line dance (again only five of us – well one more than last week, ha – we’ll probably have a few back next week from hols!). The number was ‘There’s Yes,! Yes! In Your Eyes’. Well, at least we had the rest of the dancers up dancing to my next number to mention – ‘The Glory Of Love’, (remember lovely Jimmy ‘Snozzle’ Durante?).
Then a great trad’ dancing number came in the shape of ‘Milenurg Joys’. Oh yes, they showed they just loved playing it too – what a beat. Marvelous trombone playing by Roy with Alan (always wonderful clarinet tones. I would like to make particular mention to, Mike (S) performing brilliantly on trumpet to their next tune – ‘My Old Kentucky Home’. Another brilliant situation followed (I must mention) and that is about the boys playing their next number to a packed dance floor, with all the dancers singing at the top of their voices. The tune was ‘Over In The Glory Land’ – certainly a lot of fun. My next choice to mention, being a Latin American flavor, is ‘Jambala’ and was sung by Kevin, you can tell I love the lively numbers.
How about ‘Just A Closer Walk With Thee’? It was performed as a great duo only by Mike (B) and Pete (double bass and drums) – wonderful, very enjoyable.
I’ll close my newsletter and mention ‘Walking With The King’, with Kevin singing, he does sing so well. The band’s booking had been specially requested for Judy’s 70th birthday and we all enjoyed it with her too. Thank you boys for giving her and us a good time. They will be back 25th November.
Your hosts, Diane and Keith
‘Canal Street Blues’ – Joe ‘King’ Oliver (1923)
‘Ciribiribin’ – (m&l) Harry James&Jack Lawrence (1939) (based on melody by Alberto Pestalozza -1889)
‘Jambalaya (On the Bayou)’ – Hank Williams (1952)
‘Just a Closer Walk With Thee’ – Traditional Gospel (pre-1860’s – possibly Afro-American)
‘Milenburg Joys’ – Jelly Roll Morton, Leon Rappolo, Paul Mares, (l) Walter Melrose (1925)
‘My Old Kentucky Home’ – Stephen C. Foster (1852-3)
‘Over In The Glory Land’ – James W Acuff & Emmet E Dean (1905)
‘The Glory Of Love’ – Billy Hill (1936)
‘The Royal Telephone’ – Frederick M. Lehman (1919)
‘There’s Yes! Yes! In Your Eyes’ – Joseph H. Santly, (l) Cliff Friend (1924)
‘Walking with the King’ – pop gospel, origins unknown
Your hosts, Diane and Keith