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]
The first in a 9 volume series of great British jazz bands as recorded by the BBC during the 1950s and 1960s reflecting the British jazz scene at the time. Volume 1 features three popular favourites: Ken Colyer's Jazzmen featuring Chris Barber, Lonnie Donegan and Monty Sunshine1953-1954
Mr Acker Bilk's Paramount Jazz Band April 1960
Bob Wallis Storyville Jazz Men - January 1962 [MORE]
2 CD SPECIAL OFFER!
Two of our most popular Colyer releases together at a special price! Serenading Auntie has 21 tracks recorded by the BBC for both TV and radio broadcasts between 1955 and 1960, while Once More for Auntie brings the broadcast material into the 1970s with broadcasts frm 1972, 1975 and 1977. All your favourite band members are featured, including Sammy Rimington, Mac Duncan, Ian Wheeler, Johnny Bastable, Ray Foxley, Mickey ... [MORE]
The Ken Colyer Allstars at Studio 51 1972. Volume 1 has sessions from January and February and runs 71 minutes while Volume 2 has sessions from April and May running a total of 74 minutes. Great line-up including Sammy Rimington with some unusual tracks not easily found on other albums. [MORE]
URCD256 Birth of A Jazz Genius is a unique collection of early Armstrong appearing with the likes of Bessie Smith, Fletcher Henderson, Sidney Bechet and Clarence Williams. URCD204 is Birth of the All Stars, Armstrong’s touring band. 21 tracks over 75 minutes. [MORE]
Two collections of BBC broadcast material from Chris Barber’s Jazz Band. Volume 1 has broadcasts dating from 1961-1962 while Volume 2 comprises broadcasts from 1961-1963. Both CDs feature Ottilie Patterson. [MORE]
URCD203 is Tea for Eight– our very first release and it includes Tea for Two and Ukulele Lady. URCD208 is 33 Not Out and tunes include Chilli Bom Bom and Happy Feet. URCD220 is The Writing on the Wall with 17 tracks including Dog Bottom and Mornington Crescent. [MORE]