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Pedigree Jazz Band’s ‘A Salute to Trad Jazz’, Friday 16th November 2018


Chris Walker, band leader of Pedigree Jazz Band, 2018. Taken from his own website

THE PEDIGREE JAZZ BAND (SPONSORED BY MARSTON’S BREWERY) are on tour again to present ‘A Salute to Trad Jazz’.  Their clarinettist and band leader, CHRIS WALKER arranges for the band to come on tour ‘down south’ every year and once again will appear here, FARNBOROUGH JAZZ CLUB, tomorrow, (Friday), 16th November 2018.  We are second on their schedule – they are at Hastings Jazz Club tonight (Thursday).        Chris has booked to join him, TONY MANN on trombone, ANDY CHISLETT on trumpet, JOHN NODDINGS on banjo & guitar, KEN AMES on double bass and playing here on drums  for the very first time will be SY GORELICK (pronounced G’Relic).   (See C.V.’s in ‘Page’ above).   We hope Sy enjoys the lovely acoustics that musicians say our Farnborough Jazz Club premises has.  Plus, a word to our Farnborough audience, let’s give him a warm fun welcome please, thanks (‘cos I know you are going to come in your hoards!). 

Pedigree Jazz Band (A Salute to Trad Jazz) – from their website L2R: Andy Chislett (t), John Noddings (b), Tony Mann (trb),    Sy Gorelick (drms), Chris Walker (cl) and Ken Ames (d.b).

The idea behind these tours is to give a little bit of history behind ‘trad’ Jazz, bringing a plethora of different numbers from the 50’s and 60’s. Don’t forget, this band fare from Burton-on-Trent, East Staffordshire, about 180 miles (from ‘up North’).  For anyone coming for the first time, we have a Shepherd Neame bar (with club prices) and we enjoy a dance or three or more.  Also, we have plenty of free parking.  So please come and support us and this lovely band, who will give you a wonderful evening’s entertainment.

Keep all jazz ‘Live’ with your support.

Your hosts, Diane and Keith

Pedigree Jazz Band, Friday 3rd November 2017

The Pedigree Jazz Band shout ‘cheers’ from The Marston’s Brewery, Burton-upon-Trent DE14 2BG (their sponsors).

It’s the PEDIGREE JAZZ BAND (sponsored by THE MARSTON’S BREWERY) who are on tour here again in The South this Friday, 3rd November 2017 at 8:00pm.  They are appearing at our Farnborough Jazz Club with their special ‘A Salute to Trad Jazz’, which they have been performing for us since 2014.  You always enjoyed them, so we have them back.  Band leader CHRIS WALKER (clarinet) will perform with TONY MANN (trombone), ANDY CHISLETT (trumpet), with JOHN NODDINGS (banjo & guitar), KEN AMES (double bass) and of course COLIN LARN (drums).  Chris will be giving another bit of the history of ‘trad’ jazz and telling about the tunes composers and lyricists and the year they were written.  They come all the way from Burton-on-Trent, East Staffordshire, about 180 miles (3½hrs) from The North, although they are coming via Silvie’s Place, Warlingham (Wednesday 1st), then from Hastings 1066 the night before us.  Please give them a good ol’ Farnborough welcome and send them onto Kingsbridge Jazz Club in Devon, for their next gig (Tuesday 7th), with our cheers ringing in their ears.

Keep Jazz ‘Live’ by supporting it everywhere (especially us please).

Your hosts, The Granties

Pedigree Jazz Band, Friday, 17th March 2017

Pedigree Jazz B at Marston’s Brewery 2017

Once again, the PEDIGREE JAZZ BAND are touring down south to entertain us here at Farnborough Jazz Club with ‘A Salute to Trad Jazz’.  Band leader CHRIS WALKER (clarinet) has joining him on this tour, TONY MANN (trombone), ANDY CHISLETT (trumpet), JOHN NODDINGS (banjo & guitar), KEN AMES (double bass) and COLIN LARN (drums).  Chris takes pleasure in giving us a little bit of the history of ‘trad’ jazz and telling about the tunes composers and lyricists.  Of course other bands do that, but Chris tells the story with a bit more involvement.  The band fare from Burton-on-Trent, East Staffordshire and is sponsored by THE MARSTON’S BREWERY.  They have been performing for us since 2014.  If you haven’t heard them before, then turn up on Friday, 17th March 2017 at 8:00pm and enjoy the performance.

Nothing like live music, particularly Jazz.

Your hosts, Diane and Keith

Pedigree Jazzband – Chris Walker’s ‘ A Salute to Trad Jazz’, Easter Friday 25th March 2016

Pedigree Jazz Band Personnel in front of Marston's van

Last Friday, 25th March 2016 was Good Friday and we had CHRIS WALKER’s ‘A Salute to Trad Jazz’ with PEDIGREE JAZZBAND to make it good.  We were the last event of theirs on this tour to the South East.  It is surely nice to know they still wish to include Farnborough Jazz Club (Kent) on these tours.  Leader, CHRIS (clarinettist) has a slightly different line-up from the 2015 gang. This time, it was GRAHAM TREVARTON on trumpet, cornet, vocals, TONY MANN on trombone, KEN AMES on double bass, (new man) JOHN NODDINGS on banjo & guitar and COLIN LARN on drums.  It was nice to welcome John to Farnborough), in fact to see them all again, to what was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.  A great big thanks must go out to their Sponsors, The Marsdon’s Brewery, for again sending us a pack of their Pedigree Beer, for our raffle, very thoughtful.   Chris makes these tributes interesting by giving little bits of obscure info’ about the tunes they play.  Their first number was ‘Bourbon Street’ and I recall the front line boys singing together, wonderfully too.  I am not always able to hear everything said, being ‘on the door’, but I did hear Chris say the next tune, ‘Livery Stable Blues’, was possibly the first recording (by The Original Dixieland Jass Band) to sell a million copies, establishing jazz as popular music.  Now I recall we did a line-dance next, well two of us did – well it was a very fast number and but Jackie and I enjoyed being tested – ha.  Sorry, I missed what it was called.  Chris was featured next and he dedicated his number to Monty Sunshine, which, of course, was ‘Petite Fleur’.  Chris did a beautiful job too.  [Keith and I saw Monty at Fort Halstead (just up the road to us), some 25 or so, years ago, when a friend of ours (Dick) arranged for him to guest with a band there, does anyone remember the band?].  Monty died November 2010.  Obviously being Easter, they had to play ‘Easter Parade’, a song (& film) I just loved and sang (as a little girl), harmonising with my sister, June.  ‘Sukiyaki’ came next and a dedication to Kenny Ball, what a wonderful number and delightfully played by Graham too.  Tony was featured next, with that lovely tune made famous by Nat King Cole, ‘Autumn Leaves’ and yes, he was superb.  I think we were all quietly singing it.  Another two numbers were dedicated to Kenny Ball and gave Graham a chance to show again what he could do.  The first number was ‘I Love You, Samantha’ and what a lovely job he did  The next number has to be possibly their best number of the evening – the next morning, Keith and I still recalled how amazingly they played it.  The number was ‘Midnight In Mosco’.  Kenny died in March 2013 and it seems like yesterday.  Their dedication to Acker Bilk was ‘Summer Set’, played so lovely.  Chris said he had the wonderful memory of visiting Acker in his home, just two weeks before he died in November 2014 (again that seems like yesterday).  They finished the evening with ‘The World is Waiting for the Sunshine’.  Oh Chris – great clarinet solo – well just wonderful solo’s played by all of you and a fantastic moment (or ten) of Ken playing his drums, what a mind-blowing solo by him.  Thanks Chris and all of you, for a marvellous tribute show.  Play on………..  It is a shame a great many of our regulars missed the evening, I’m sure being Easter and family commitments.  So sorry, unfortunately no photos, as Mike was away too.  At least we have their own photo, to show who they are.

Your hosts for an evening of ‘live’ jazz,

Diane and Keith

‘Autumn Leaves’ – Joseph Kosma, (l) Jaques Pravért (1945)
‘Bourbon Street Parade’ – Paul Barbarin (c. 1953)
‘Easter Parade’ – Irving Berlin (1933) he originally composed it in 1917 as ‘Smile and Show Your Dimple’
‘Livery Stable Blues’ – © Ray Lopez & Alcide Nunez (1917) – (disputed by Original Dixieland Jazz Band
‘Midnight In Mosco’ – Vasili Solovyov-Sedoi, (l) Mikai Matusovsky (1955)
‘Petite Fleur’ – Sidney Bechet (1952)
‘I Love You, Samantha’ – Cole Porter (1956)
‘Sukiyaki’ – (m) Hachidai Nakamura, (l) Rokusuki Ei (1961)
‘Summer Set’ – Acker Bilk & Dave Collett (1960)
‘The World is Waiting For Sunrise’ – (m) Ernest Seitz, (l) Gene Lockhart (1919) Seitz conceived in (1904)