At Last! Here is the much anticapted second half of the 1981 Jubilee concert from London's Fairfield Halls! The CD also features bonus tracks from Donegan's Dancing Sunshine Band. This is Lonnie at his very best!The First Half is available on URCD214. [MORE]
These two sessions come from the period in Ken's career when he had just retired from being a full-time band leader, as advised by his doctor. So he sought out guest spots with other bands and this CD was recorded at Ken Colyer's favourite venue, Studio 51 in January and February 1972. Great line-up including Sammy Rimington - with some unusual tracks not easily found on other albums. Full details inside.
Volume 2 is on URCD222 [MORE]
The Temperance Seven celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2007 with this compilation CD containing 19 favourite tracks from the 3 CDs on our label. All three were recorded in the same studio - Porcupine - between 1989 and 1992.
The Temperance Seven enjoy a unique position in the history of British Jazz. Considered by the unenlightened few as a novelty item, for most people the ir music is still as enjoyable today as when the band was first formed back ... [MORE]
The sixth title in our acclaimed Portrait series, this 22 track CD features Muggsy with some of the all-time jazz greats, including Sidney Bechet, Eddie Condon,Bing Crosby, Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins and Pee Wee Russell. Recordings date from 1924 - 1952 to give a rounded portrait of this cornet master. [MORE]
The long awaited re-release of the first half of the concert of Lonnie Donegan at the Fairfield Hall on 5th June 1981 - featuring an all-star line up with Ken Colyer, Pat Halcox, Chris Barber, Monty Sunshine, Jim Bray and Ron Bowden in The Band, plus tracks of the Skiffle Group featuring Lonnie, Ken, Chris plus Bill Colyer. The Second Half is available on URCD218. [MORE]
SIMPLY THE BEST - BRITISH JAZZ FROM THE 1950s - Volume 2 - Various Artists inc Chris Barber, Ken Colyer, Humph and Lonnie Donegan
I'm sure you will enjoy Volume 2 of this popular series - a British Jazz journey through the 1950s, again featuring several rare recordings of popular bands of the time. It features Chris Barber's Jazzband, Lonnie Donegan's Skiffle Group, Ken Colyer's Jazzmen, Humphrey Lyttelton and his Band, Mick Mulligan's Jazz Band with George Melly, Sandy Brown's Jazz Band, Freddie Randall and his Band and Cy Laurie Band. Full details inside. Volume 1 is on URCD209. [MORE]
Superb 'live' recording of Lonnie's last tour recorded in October 2002 - Lonnie was on excellent form on what was to be his last tour. Plus bonus tracks from his son Peter who played piano on the Last Tour and is continuing his father's legacy. There are liner notes from the Donegan family - a unique 'must' for all jazz fans. [MORE]
Re-issued by popular demand! Originally recorded at The Dancing Slipper in Nottingham on 25th November 1972, it features a classic Colyer line-up with Sammy Rimington on clarinet and alto sax, Colin Bowden on drums, Ray Smith on piano, Stu Morrison on banjo, Allan 'Jinx' Jones on bass, Barry Palser on trombone and of course Ken Colyer on trumpet/cornet. [MORE]
This CD is another great find of previously unreleased material. There is a wonderful atmosphere at York Arts Centre and the band is on top form. There are some unusual tunes on this CD that will appeal to Colyer collectors.Terrific playing from Sammy Rimington plus interesting sleeve notes of reminiscences that will appeal to Colyer lovers ensure that this new release will be a big hit!
Ken Colyer's Allstars with Sammy Rimington, clarinet Barry ... [MORE]
SIMPLY THE BEST - BRITISH JAZZ FROM THE 1950s - Various Artists including Ken Colyer, Lonnie Donegan and Humphrey Lyttelton
This CD is exactly what it is says.....SIMPLY THE BEST BRITISH JAZZ from the 1950s...and it features the top names for British Jazz in the 1950s:-CHRIS BARBER - KEN COLYER LONNIE DONEGAN - THE CRANE RIVER JAZZ BAND - THE CHRISTIE BROTHERS - RAY FOXLEY - HARRY GOLD - HUMPHREY LYTTELTON. Volume 2 is on URCD213. [MORE]
Re-issued by popular demand! This recordings dates from 1990 and has been one of our best sellers since then! The title song 33 Not Out was penned by that well-known combination of writers Deighan and Buckley to celebrate the Temps 33 years in showbiz and the band's love of cricket! This is another fine masterpiece from the Temperance Seven, a great mixture of the novelty items that only they can play with any degree of panache and also lots of ... [MORE]
When Monty Sunshine left Chris Barber's band in December 1960 he had already built such a devoted following thay by the time his new band made its debut in March 1961 it was an instant attraction on the British club circuit and in Germany. This CD is the eagerly awaited second volume of treats from Monty and his bands dating from 1980 - 1991!Featuring Monty Sunshine, Alan Gresty, Eddie Blashfield, Barry Dew, Micky Ashman, Geoff Downs plus Tony Bagot and ... [MORE]
THIS IS THE ONE YOU'VE BEEN WAITING FOR ALL YEAR! Featuring Chris Barber, Monty Sunshine and Lonnie Donegan two more tracks from the brilliant 1954 RFH tapes
PLUS 8 great tracks from the Colston Hall 1956 featuring Ian Wheeler and Mac Duncan
PLUS 4 more from the Dancing Slipper 1960 featuring Sammy Rimington and Graham Stewart.
68.31 minutes in all! WOW!
Volume 1 is on URCD198
'The music on this CD is important listening for ... [MORE]
Compiled and notated by the eminent broadcaster and writer Mike Pointon, this is the fifth in our highly acclaimed Portrait series. This is the first CD to trace the background to the touring band that sustained Armstrong's world-wide fame. 21 tracks covering 75 minutes of glorious music from the one and only Sachmo. To paraphrase Alistair Cooke - 'Louis Armstrong is dead - I don't have to believe it if I don't want to.'
Our first ever release now re-released to celebrate our 100th CD! This has been a regular top seller since its first release in 1989!
CD includes .....'the remarkable original Waterloo Road which - in the great tradition of British pop cameos - manages to be spontaneous, catchy, comic and touching' - Manchester Evening News [MORE]
This recording from the classic line-up perhaps represents arguably Ken's best and most successful band at its peak. Recorded Dancing Slipper Early 1960 it features Ken Colyer, trumpet, vocal, Ian Wheeler, clarinet, alto sax, Brian Wooley clarinet (tracks 4,5) Mac Duncan, trombone, vocal, Ray Foxley, piano, Johnny Bastable, banjo, Ron Ward, bass, Colin Bowden, drums. Total running time is 71.36 minutes - can't be bad!
Volume 1 is on URCD149 and Volume ... [MORE]
1973-1975 was an unexpected and astonishing time for British traditional jazz - a re-awakening after the trad boom of the late 50s, and this CD was recorded at the height of this revival! It features The Mac Duncan Jazz Band with Sonny Morris Live at the Lord Napier plus the only recording of The Frantique Jazz Band recorded in August 1975
Four Stars from Manchester Evening News and Steve Millward.
Volume 1 is on URCD188 [MORE]
This unique album is a tribute to the flair, drive and professionalism that was Lonnie Donegan. He tells his life story in his own words and music in a 'live' recording made on 15th June 1994 at the 100 Club, Oxford Street.
Lonnie Donegan, vocals, guitar, banjo, 12 string guitar Paul Henry, guitar, electric guitar, backing vocals Nick Payne soprano sax, harmonica, flute, backing vocals Pete Oakman, electric bass, backing vocals Colin Bowden drums, ... [MORE]
Recorded live at the Purcell Room on 17th April 2004 in celebration of the life and music of Ken Colyer. A great souvenir of a first class evening in the company of a rare gathering of the surviving players from the second and third Ken Colyer Jazzmen - an all star line-up comprising Jim Holmes trumpet, Ed O'Donell trombone/vocal, Ian Wheeler clarinet, Acker Bilk clarinet/ vocal/dialogue, Stan Greig piano/drums, Ray Smith piano, Micky Ashman bass, Diz ... [MORE]
These masters were lost and recently found. The sound quality is excellent and the recording superb. A must for every Colyer fan. Features introductions by Ken Colyer - the date of the event Ken's birthday 18th April 1954 - a memorable occasion in more ways than one. Featuring Chris Barber, Monty Sunshine, and Lonnie Donegan. Also featuring 4 tracks of Ken Colyers Skiffle Group with Lonnie Donegan including the never before recorded 'Cotton Song'.
George Lewis inspired and influenced a generation of European musicians. There was something almost mystical about the aura this modest man projected through his music. This Portrait of the Master features seven key sessions both with Bunk Johnson's bands and his own, ranging from 1942 and 1959 to give a key feel for the man and his work. The CD includes previously unavailable 'live' material of the 1959 band in Germany - plus one track with The Ken ... [MORE]
The Ken Colyer Trust New Orleans Jazz Band with special guests in a concert of music recorded at Sand Bay over the Easter Weekend in 2000. The players are Allan Beechey, cornet - John Wiseman, trombone - Malc Hurrell, banjo - Micky Ashman, string bass - Malc Murphy, drums with guests Ian Wheeler, clarinet and harmonica, John Clarke, piano. Alan Robinson plays clarinet on track 9. [MORE]
For this third Upbeat Portrait CD, we have chosen a New Orleans musician whose prodigious talent was probably the only one to rival the great Louis Armstrong. There are three sessions featured here giving a rounded glimpse at his overall style and performance - the first recorded in New York with Noble Sissie's Swingsters in 1937, the second in Paris in 1949 with Sydney Bechet and his Feetwarmers and the third with the Sidney Becket Trio in Paris in 1952. ... [MORE]
WINNER BIRMINGHAM JAZZ AWARD 2005 for the best re-issue CD!!!
In this third Upbeat volume of rare Alex Welsh broadcast material we are fortunate to be able to include, besides more radio recordings, soundtrack from the acclaimed BBCTV Jazz 625 series which in some cases only exists in this form. We can witness how at home visiting American jazzmen were with this fine band, first the urbane Bud Freeman, a regular visitor to these shores, and ... [MORE]
This CD is a landmark in jazz history as it documents the first time a British jazzman recorded with American musicians in an informal setting. The thirteen tracks included here, cut privately at the Baldwin Company's Midtown studios, thanks to Vic Lewis' initiative, give a rare insight into the sort of ambience created at that time on 52nd Street and captured in part by Alistair Cooke's momentous transatlantic broadcast jam sessions from the St Regis ... [MORE]