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It is with sadness that we heard of the passing of Big Bill Bissonnette, the founder of Jazz Crusade, on 26th June 2018. We bought this fantastic jazz label from him a few years ago and will continue to promote his legacy and all the wonderful albums on the label.

Please remember that we have to order in stocks for the other labels as you order them, so we ask you to be patient if it takes a week or so for these CDs to arrive. We are importing JAZZ ORACLE especially for you, and while we start out with stock of each title in the Newsletter, if one is particularly popular, then we may have to order more from Canada, and sadly this can take a while! We can order the entire catalogue of both labels, but titles not featured in the catalogue are a special order, so if you choose such an one, please be patient! We do our very best to get your orders processed as quickly as possible and provided we have the CDs in stock, they will be sent out the same day or at worst, the following day.

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LATEST RELEASES from UPBEAT

URCD286 BLUES FOR MANNY PAUL - The French Preservation New Orleans Jazz Band Recorded live in 2006 at Charney Les Macon in France, this session was hot! It was great! Indeed it was amazing and the crowd responded accordingly! You are in for a treat from the French Preservation New Orleans Jazz Band, led by JP Alessi with guests Sammy Rimington and Fred Vigorito.
URCD285 NEW ORLEANS TO HARLEM - The Harlem Hamfats Here we have a rare treat - the New Orleans jazz of the 1930s by way of Harlem and Chicago. While most of the New Orleans musicians were absorbed into the great black swing bands, Herb Morand fronted the Harlem Fats - a flat out New Orleans band!
URCD283 THE GENIUS OF CAPTAIN JOHN HANDY Captain John Handy's musical presence was and still is unforgettable. To hear the Captain in full flight is pure delight as always….as this CD shows.
URCD282 WILBUR DE PARIS AND HIS NEW NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND Live in New York 1944 and 1953These are the very earliest tracks of the Wilbur De Paris Band from 1944 and 1953. The great line-up includes Wilbur and Sidney De Paris, Sidney Bechet, Omer Simeon, Edmond Hall and Zutty Singleton!
URCD281 THE CRANE RIVER JAZZ BAND - The Cranes Fly AgainIn 1972 the Cranes re-formed and their first London appearance was at the 100 Club in Oxford Street which was released as URCD272. This is the sequel to that album – sheer joyousness and almost relaxed telepathic teamwork.
URCD280 DIZ DISLEY - With Me Little Ukulele in Me Hand This album is a true labour of love by one of British Jazz’s genuine originals paying tribute to one of variety’s immortals. Altogether the mood created by Diz and his choice of jazz musicians is one of sheer mischievous joy.
URCD279 HUMPHREY LYTTELTON IN RETROSPECT - Sir Humph's Delight This richly varied anthology covers several contrasting aspects of Humphrey Lyttelton's long career from the 50s to the 80s with highlights from the many albums featuring his work on the Upbeat label.
URCD278 ROGER MARKS - Marks and Sparks featuring Pete Allen. A Career retrospective of this popular contemporary British jazz man.
URCD277 LOUIS ARMSTRONG and his All Stars - Live in Vancouver 1951 with Earl Hines and Jack Teagarden Featuring Jack Teagarden and Earl Hines, this CD pre-dates the two Jack Teagarden/Earl Hines CDs from the Manchester Free Trade Hall in 1957 by six years and should really be considered the fore-runner to these two CDs (see below).
URCD276 NEW ORLEANS Original Soundtrack, out-takes and associated recordings from the 1947 cult movie featuring Louis Armstrong, Mutt Carey, Zutty Singleton, Billie Holiday, Barney Bigard and Kid Ory

I am sure you will all be familiar with STORYVILLE and we are delighted to be featuring these in the Newsletter. Again please bear with us if stocks take a little while to come in. If these go well, we will continue to feature these labels in the coming editions of the Newsletter.

Featured Recordings

The French Preservation New Orleans Jazz Band - Blues for Manny Paul
£12.99

The French Preservation New Orleans Jazz Band - Blues for Manny Paul

CD / Product Number: URCD286

Recorded live in 2006 at Charney Les Macon in France, this session was hot! It was great! Indeed it was amazing and the crowd responded accordingly! You are in for a treat from the French Preservation New Orleans Jazz Band, led by JP Alessi with guests Sammy Rimington and Fred Vigorito.
Full personnel here are JP Alessi, leader and tenor sax, Sammy Rimington reeds and vocals, Fred Vigorito cornet, Cyrille Ouanich piano, Jacky Boyadjian string bass and ... [MORE]

The Harlem Hamfats - New Orleans to Harlem
£12.99

The Harlem Hamfats - New Orleans to Harlem

CD / Product Number: URCD285

Here we have a rare treat - the New Orleans jazz of the 1930s by way of Harlem and Chicago. While most of the New Orleans musicians were absorbed into the great black swing bands, Herb Morand fronted the Harlem Fats - a flat out New Orleans band!
The personnel were HERB MORAND, trumpet and vocals, ODELL RAND, Eb clarinet, HORACE MALCOLM, piano, JOE McCOY, guitar and vocals, CHARLIE McCOY, mandolin, guitar and vocals, JOHN LINDSAY or RANSOM KNOWLING, ... [MORE]

THE GENIUS OF CAPTAIN JOHN HANDY
£12.99

THE GENIUS OF CAPTAIN JOHN HANDY

CD / Product Number: URCD283

Captain John Handy’s musical presence was and still is unforgettable. His phenomenal playing destroyed the myth in revivalist circles that the saxophone had no place in jazz. Capt John Handy is mainly associated with the alto sax, but he was also a fine clarinet player. To hear the Captain in full flight is pure delight as always….as this CD shows.
Few men have caused greater upheaval or changed the artistic landscape in New Orleans more than Capt. ... [MORE]

WILBUR DE PARIS and his New New Orleans Jazz Band Live in New York
£12.99

WILBUR DE PARIS and his New New Orleans Jazz Band Live in New York

CD / Product Number: URCD282

These are the very earliest tracks of the Wilbur De Paris Band from 1944 and 1953. There’s a great line-up – Wilbur and Sidney De Paris, Sidney Bechet, Omer Simeon, Edmond Hall and Zutty Singleton to name just a few!
The Wilbur De Paris band became an institution in New York City during the 1950s and toured the world in the late 1950s. Both Wilbur and Sidney are here on all tracks, and Wilbur is definitely running the show! All in all, one fabulous ... [MORE]

THE CRANE RIVER JAZZ BAND - The Cranes Fly Again
£12.99

THE CRANE RIVER JAZZ BAND - The Cranes Fly Again

CD / Product Number: URCD281

The Crane River Jazz Band is one of the most revered jazz bands of the 20th Century. This is the third exquisite album of them on Upbeat Jazz. In 1972 the Cranes re-formed and their first London appearance was at the 100 Club in Oxford Street which was released as URCD272 The Crane River Jazz Band with Ken Colyer – Reunited! This is the sequel to that album – sheer joyousness and almost relaxed telepathic teamwork. All the players are world renowned in ... [MORE]

DIZ DISLEY - With Me Little Ukulele in Me Hand
£12.99

DIZ DISLEY - With Me Little Ukulele in Me Hand

CD / Product Number: URCD280

This album is a true labour of love by one of British Jazz’s genuine originals paying tribute to one of variety’s immortals. Altogether the mood created by Diz and his choice of jazz musicians is one of sheer mischievous joy, evoking effortlessly the nostalgically raffish feel of a stroll along Blackpool’s slightly seedy Golden Mile many years ago. The CD includes two titles not recorded by Formby – I Was Waggling My Magical Wand and I Showed Me ... [MORE]

HUMPHREY LYTTELTON in RETROSPECT - Sir Humph's Delight
£12.99

HUMPHREY LYTTELTON in RETROSPECT - Sir Humph's Delight

CD / Product Number: URCD279

This richly varied anthology covers several contrasting aspects of Humphrey Lyttelton's long career from the 50s to the 80s with highlights from the many albums featuring his work on the Upbeat label. Bands include his Big Band and the Paseo Band and artists include Jimmy Rushing, Kenny Davern, Johnny Parker, Bruce Turner, Micky Ashman, Ian Armit, John Barnes, Pete Strange, Colin Bowden and many more. Album rund 69.07 minutes. [MORE]

KEN COLYER TRUST NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND - Live at Cafe Brasil, New Orleans
£12.99

KEN COLYER TRUST NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND - Live at Cafe Brasil, New Orleans

CD / Product Number: 504CD29

This CD was recorded during the annual Ken Colyer Trust visit to New Orleans in April 1996. The concert was listed as a 'dance' in the tour itinerary at the legendary Cafe Brasil on Frenchman and Chartres. Joe Payton was a lifelong resident of New Orleans - and played here with the neck of his double bass broken and held together with duct tape! Sill a great time was had by the enthusiastic audience.
Personnel here are Norman Thatcher trumpet, Dave ... [MORE]

FREDDY RANDALL and his Band  - My Tiny Band is Chosen
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FREDDY RANDALL and his Band - My Tiny Band is Chosen

CD / Product Number: LACD358

Of the new wave of British Traditional Jazz bands which emerged from the Traditional Jazz revival in the 1940s, Humphrey Lyttelton had the leading, most popular band and it was the band which secured the first record deal with a major label, Parlophone in 1949. Hot on Lyttelton’s heels was Freddy Randall who signed for Parlophone in 1951. The various stylistic ‘camps’ were emerging – New Orleans, Classic, Chicago/Dixieland and eventually Trad – and Freddy ... [MORE]

KEN GRAYSON MILLS - An Epilogue
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KEN GRAYSON MILLS - An Epilogue

CD / Product Number: 504CD98

The Lord Richard New Orleans Sessions Volume 8 - featuring The New Orleans Clarinets of Israel Gorman, Steve Angrum and Emile Barnes in recordings from 1960-1962. Ken Grayson Mills was a founding father of the second wave of New Orleans revivalism in the late 1960, through his work as producer for the ICON Records New Orleans Jazz label.
There are 10 tracks recorded in October 1962 by Israel Gorman and his Pontchartrain Pals featuring Jim Holmes and ... [MORE]

WEST COAST JAZZ
£12.99

WEST COAST JAZZ

CD / Product Number: BDW8071

Recorded in California, this compilation includes the historic 1922 recordings by Kid Ory, as well as the complete recordings of Harvey Brooks’ Quality Four and Reb Spikes. Remastering is by John R.T. Davies, and extensive liner notes are by Russ Shor and John Wilby. [MORE]

New Orleans Jazz and Gospel - The Larry Borenstein Collection Volume 16
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New Orleans Jazz and Gospel - The Larry Borenstein Collection Volume 16

CD / Product Number: 504CD45

This is the final release from Larry Borenstein's Collection - Volume 16. The CD features a generous 22 tracks by artists such as Kid Thomas Valentine and His Dixieland Band, Mother Mary Margret Parker, Sister Donna Alexander and Sister Adele Williams. All recorded by Borenstein at his Associated Artists Studio in New Orleans between 1958 and 1961. Total playing time for the CD 71 minutes and 25 seconds. [MORE]