Upbeat Jazz released this CD to celebrate Humph's 80th birthday in May 2001. The music was originally on the first LP that Calligraph, Humph's label, and we have added bonus tracks recorded 'live' at The Bulls Head in 1984 to make a 64 minute CD. We thought this would be a fitting tribute to this great jazz man.
These are the Dieter Kreuter tapes volume 1 recorded at Studio 51 on 8th August 1958 (volume 2 is on URCD170 - Somewhere Over the Rainbow.) This is the classic Colyer line-up with Ken Colyer, guitar,vocals Ian Wheeler, clarinet Mac Duncan, Trombone Johnny Bastable, banjo Ray Foxley, piano Ron Ward, bass Colin Bowden drums. Jazz on! [MORE]
This is a CD of vintage Colyer dating from 1955. The famous radio broadcast from NDR in Germany is released for the first time ever. The sound is broadcast quality and the band is on excellent form. These rare recordings represent a significant link in the Colyer discography. This is the classic Colyer front line recorded 19th March 1955 in Hamburg, Germany. Ken Colyer with Ian Wheeler, Mac Duncan, Peter Hunck, Diz Disley, Dick Smith, Mukki Herman and ... [MORE]
At The Jazz Band Ball was a popular BBC programme aimed at listeners overseas, broadcast from Bush House in London and recorded onto transcription discs for world-wide syndication. This is the first time they have been heard since the 1960s! Bands on this first volume are Monty Sunshine's Jazz Band - Terry Lightfoot's Jazzmen - Alan Elsdon and his Jazzband - Bob Wallis and this Storyville Jazzmen - Dick Charlesworth and his City Gents plus Mick Mulligan ... [MORE]
This CD recalls the wartime years when youth and free spirits set down on record some outstanding jazz which still sounds fresh and exciting today. The tracks were laid down in 1944 and 1945 - 24 in all! Personnel are Vic Lewis - Jack Parnell - Billy Riddick - Ronnie Chamberlain - Derek Hawkins - Dick Katz and Charlie Short. [MORE]
These tracks were recorded at the Boston Jazz Club in Lincolnshire in June 1972. Ken was on fine form, relaxed and floating, and this recording is a fitting record of a superb evening! Personnel are Ken Colyer trumpet, Sammy Rimington, clarinet, alto sax Barry Pasler, trombone, Ray Smith, piano, Pete Morcom, banjo, Alan Jinx Johns, bass and Colin Bowden, drums. [MORE]
Founded in 1949 by the Colyer Brothers - Ken and Bill - The Crane River Jazz Band played an important part in the British Jazz scent of the early 1950s. The first 10 tracks on this recording come from Germany 1973, the last 4 from The Pizza Express in Dean Street in 1977. The personnel are Ken Colyer, trumpet, Sonny Morris, cornet, Monty Sunshine, clarinet John R T Davis, trombone, alto sax, bass cornet Pat Hawes, piano, Julian Davies, bass Ben Marshall, ... [MORE]
The BBC Jazz Club in the 1960s was a complete cross-section of British jazz, often with American guests, and the Christmas shows always tried to be a bit different. In 1963 Chris Barber featured no less than three guests - the pianist Ian Armit, singer Bobby Breen and alto saxophonist Joe Harriott plus the band's own singer, Ottilie Patterson. The broadcast on this album is compered by Humph and the music sounds as fresh today as it did when first ... [MORE]
These recordings comprise broadcasts mostly for BBC Jazz Club and run from 1957-1962. They include some tunes that had not appeared on studio commercial recordings. They complement the sessions from our series of BBC Jazz Club and our special issues of Colyer and Barber from the same time. The personnel are Kenny Ball trumpet and vocals, John Bennett trombone, Charlie Galbraith trombone, Dave Jones clarinet, John Potter banjo, Dick Bishop banjo and ... [MORE]
These CDs are a sequel to our BBC Jazz Club series, taking the history of British jazz from the 50s right through to the 80s when the BBC first began to use stereo sound in their broadcasts. Volume three features four bands - Ken Colyer's All Star Jazzmen - The Pete Allen Jazz Band - The Cy Laurie and Eggy Ley Hot Quintet and George Chisholm and His Gentlemen of Jazz.
Complete the set with volume 1 on URCD152 and volume 3 on URCD153 [MORE]
George Chisholm was arguable the greatest jazz trombonist ever to come out the the UK. When in died in 1997 he left a legacy of musical compositions and arrangements that have remained unheard since that time. George led his own Gentlemen of Jazz for many years and it is this band that has been reformed to pay tribute to George's considerable legacy. The band is directed by George's son-in-law Don Margan and vocals are by his daughter, Carole ... [MORE]
These CDs are a sequel to our BBC Jazz Club series, taking the history of British jazz from the 50s right through to the 80s when the BBC first began to use stereo sound in their broadcasts. Volume two in the series features four top British Bands from six terrific sessions - Chris Barber’s Jazz Band - Rod Mason’s Jazz Band - The Digby Fairweather Friends and Bruce Turner Jump Band.You will find volume 1 on URCD152 and volume 3 on URCD155 [MORE]
These CDs are a sequel to our BBC Jazz Club series, taking the history of British jazz from the 50s right through to the 80s when the BBC first began to use stereo sound in their broadcasts. Here we feature five bands - The John Barnes/Roy Williams Quintet - The Pat Halcox All Stars - The Sammy Rimington Band - The Alan Elsdon Jazz Band and Humphrey Lyttelton and His Band. Volume 2 is on URCD153 and Volume 3 is on URCD155 [MORE]
The original recording of this CD dates from May 31st 1957 at London's famous Studio 51. The line-up is classic, hence the title, and features Ian Wheeler, Mac Duncan, Johnny Bastable, Colin Bowden and Ken Colyer, of course. The CD runs for just over 75 minutes with 14 tracks and was very well-received by The Ken Colyer Trust on its release. One of our best sellers! [MORE]
This welcome reissue from Humphrey Lyttelton's Calligraph label is dedicated to the memory of one of British jazz's most original and best-loved musicians -Bruce Turner who died prematurely from a brain tumour in 1993. The first 10 tracks feature the Bruce Turner Quartet - Bruce Turner - Dave Cliff - Dave Green - Eddie Taylor, originally recorded in 1985. Plus three bonus tracks from Humphrey Lyttelton and his Band featuring Humph with Bruce Turner - John ... [MORE]
After the success of BBC Jazz Club volume 3 (URCD120) featuring Chris Barber's Jazzband of 1961, we received may enquiries whether we had any more of this material - we searched our archives and here it is! The personnel are: Chris Barber, trombone and vocals, Ian Wheeler, clarinet and alto sax, Pat Halcox, trumpet, Eddie Smith, banjo, Dick Smith, bass, Graham Burbidge, drums, Ottilie Patterson, vocals [MORE]
In the notes for this CD the legendary Humph recalls, 'After doing a concert together in 1984, Kenny and I decided that we should record together ... it was left to me to assemble a band....Kenny here is fluent, hot and as original a slant on traditional clarinet style as you'll hear anywhere.'Personnel for the recording were Humphrey Lyttelton Kenny Davern John Barnes Mick Hutton Martin Litton Colin Bowden. [MORE]
This is the second helping of BBC Broadcast recordings from Ken Colyer (see URCD173) - this time dating from 1972-1977
Plus there are tracks from the Allstar Jazzband from 1972 and 1977 and a bonus 5 tracks from The Crane River Jazzband recorded in March 1975. A rare treat for all Colyer fans. [MORE]
This is the long awaited release of the final session of wonderful jazz from Kenny Davern with Art Hodes and Colin Bowden. A legend in his own lifetime, Kenny is here playing for what was to be the last time with Art Hodes. Kenny Davern with Art Hodes and Colin Bowden
Recorded at The Pizza Express, London 14th May 1998 [MORE]
Recorded at the 100 Club on 28th June 1972 with a band of musicians all well associated with Ken at the time. On this session Ken played trumpet, but was soon to switch to king cornet. 11 terrific tracks with cover painting of Ken by Diz Disley!
The personnel were: Ken Colyer - Sammy Rimington - Keith 'Avo'Avison - Colin Bowden - Annie Hawkins - John Griffith - Ron Weatherburn [MORE]
The sixth volume in the BBC Jazz Club series has been one of the most popular and includes a taster of 9 great British Bands. Full personnel included in the booklet - too numerous to mention here. The bands are: Ken Colyer Jazzmen and Skiffle Group
Nat Gonella and his Georgians - Cy Laurie Band
Harry Gold and his Pieces of Eight - Freddie Randall and his Band
Ray Foxley and the Original Levee Ramblers - Mike Daniels Delta Jazzmen
This CD celebrates the BBC Jazz Club and its output through the work of 5 popular bands. Chris Barber's Jazzband includes guests Ken Colyer, Archie Semple and Johnny Parker alongside regulars Ottilie Patterson, Pat Halcox, Ian Wheeler, Eddie Smith, Dick Smith and Graham Burbidge.
Monty Sunshine Jazz Band here features Monty with Rod Mason - Geoff Sowden - Johnny Parker - Dickie Bishop - Gerry Salisbury and Nick Nicholls.
Graham Stewart Seven where ... [MORE]
The fourth CD in our series offers two bands' attempts to play basic Chicago style dixieland - Alex Welsh and his Band and Diz Disley and his String QuartetThe third band - Mick Mulligan's Magnolia Jazz Band with George Melly -was known for its gutsy kick to the music. All in all 20 terrific sounds for your collection! [MORE]
Volume 3 of our BBC Jazz Club series features three great favourites - Chris Barber Jazzband - The Temperance Seven and Terry Lightfoot and his Jazzband. All three bands are on top form and the personnel were:
Chris Barber - Pat Halcox - Ian Wheeler - Eddie Smith - Dick Smith - Graham Burbidge
The Temps: Cephas Howard - Mac White - Ray Whitman - John RT Davies - Cliff Bevan - John Gieves-Watson - Martin Fry - Brian Innes - 'Whispering' Paul ... [MORE]
The BBC Jazz Club was founded as a weekly radio programme by Mark White in the late forties to succeed Radio Rhythm Club as the main outlet for live jazz on air. It came into its own in 1950 with the great Trad Boom and this Volume 2 in our British Jazz series features two great names - the Humphrey Lyttelton and His Band and Sandy Brown's Jazz Band. [MORE]