Pleasant 'Cousin Joe' Joseph was born in Wallace Louisiana, about 38 minles up river from New Orleans.He was one of the finest of all blues lyricists and singers. He toured with all the jazz greats including Joe Robichaux, Billie and DeDe Pierce, Harold Dejan, te Merrow Bechet band and many more. These solo tracks date from September 1978 and were recorded at the PizzaExpress in London.
The second set of tracks if from Alton Purnell and were recorded ... [MORE]
The second volume recorded at a Classic Jazz Society of Toronto concert from May 2003 featuring Chosen Few sax man, Darryl Adams together with some New Orleans stalwarts from the Jazz Crusade label. The concert here really swings and everyone when home happy.
Full band personnel here are Darryl Adams alto sax/vocal, Fred Vigorito trumpet, Brian Carrick clarinet, Brian Towers trombone, Roberta Hunt piano/vocal, Emil Mark banjo, Colin Bray string bass, ... [MORE]
Darryl Adams has enjoyed a great career n new Orleans, but this CD should bring him to the attention of others areas in the jazz world. He plays with the same drive and swing as Capt Handy - this is wonderful stuff and includes one of his own compositions, I'm Your Hot Dog Man. Recorded n 2003 at a Classic Jazz Society of Toronto concert, Darryl joins forces with some popular men from New orleans jazz scene to make terriic music! Well worth an ... [MORE]
The thread that weaves through all these undiscovered gems is the fluid clarinet of Edmund Hall - a true jazz legend! He started his career with Kid Thomas Valentine and ended it with Louis Armstrong, playing with all the greats along the way. The three bands featured here are Henry 'Red' Allen and his Orchestra recorded in December 1947, Edmund Hall and Punch Miller, also from December 1947 and WC Handy's Orchestra from December 1939.
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Jack McLaughlin in an Australian purist who is devoted to the music of New Orleans. He is always looking for old, historical instruments and travels the world to find them. Simplicity is the key word to this music. Recorded in Australia in 2002 and 2003, there is no grandstanding or playing to the gallery here! Just heartfelt, beautiful music full of hidden gems.
Personnel here are Jack McLaughlin Eb clarinet, John van Buren banjo, Rachel Hamilton ... [MORE]
On offer here is the nucleus of the French based Vintage Jazzmen led by Dan Vernhettes, plus the ex-pat Frenchman Jacques Gauthe, now resident in New Orleans and Malc Murphy and John Richardson from Britain. And to prove that jazz is an international language, they are joined by Siphan Upraven who has Laotian connections and Enzo Mucci from Italy!
Full band personnel are Dan Vernette trumpet, Jacques Gauthe, Michel Queraud reeds, Frederic Legendre ... [MORE]
These native musicians were assembled especially for this jam session in Connecticut in the summer of 2002. Ron Goring was in town so Big Bill called all his favourite local musicians and a great time was had by all!
Band personnel here are Fred Vigorito cornet, Ron Going clarinet, Jerry Zigmont trombone, Bill Sinclair piano, Emil Mark banjo, Arnie Hyman string bass, Big Bill Bissonnette drums. Volume 1 is on JCCD2084. [MORE]
All the players on this 2 CD set are from Connecticut. But they are all masters of the form known as New Orleans Revival! They were either members of the original Easy Riders jazz band or were brought into jazz because of that revered band. The session dates from 2002, recorded at Trod Nossel Studios, Wallingford Connecticut.
Full band personnel are Fred Vigorito cornet, Ron Going clarinet, Jerry Zigmont trombone, Bill Sinclair piano, Emil Mark ... [MORE]
Tony Pyke has played with all the greats - Ken Colyer, Mac Duncan and George Lewis and in 1995 he teamed up with his former Colyer colleague Cuff Billett to record for Jazz Crusade. His musical tastes are wide and varied, but never far away from New Orleans. Cuff Billett has a similarly wide and varied background and has also played with the greats, including George Lewis, Peanuts Hucko, Capt Handy and Kid Sheik! Together, they play some great tunes on ... [MORE]
This is the fifth CD of the Wilbur De Paris band for Jazz Crusade, and the recordings date from June 1960 and were recorded in France. The 11 tracks see Wilbur in fine form and he swings more than usual. Sidney blows some great stuff! It's Wilbur and Sidney's one last fling - God bless them for the good times they gave us! (Big Bill)
The full personnel here are WILBUR De PARIS trombone, SIDNEY De PARIS trumpet, DOC CHEATHAM trumpet, GARVIN BUSHELL ... [MORE]
Recorded in April 2002 at the Audiofile Studios in New Orleans, the bulk of this CD sees the French band Sweet Mary Cat joined by some illustrious New Orleans stalwarts on 6 great tracks. (The bulk of this session is on JCCD3079). These are complemented by four tracks recorded Live in Lyons in 1993 where Big Bill reverses the favour and meets some of his French counterparts for a live concert. Personnel for the first six tracks are Marie Dandrieux ... [MORE]
Here we have nine tracks from Tuba Fats' Chosen Few Brass Band recorded in New Orleans in November 1985 together with four tracks of Tuba Fats' Jazzmen recorded in April 2002 in New Orleans. This is marching band music that brings everyone out onto the street.
Personnel here includes Anthony Tuba Fats Lacen tuba, Kermit Ruffin, George Johnson, Milton Batiste, Kenneth Terry trumpets, Elliot Callier, Darryl Adams saxophones, Eddie Paris trombone, ... [MORE]
This is an album of New Orleans dance music, something you often read about but rarely hear! There is also an interesting mix of tunes to sabour. Sweet Mary Cat is one of the hottest jazz bands in France and here is joined by Big Bill and some of his regulars at the New Orleans Jazzfest of 2002.
Personnel: Marie Dandrieux leader drums, Christian 'Ki Ki' Genin trumpet, Jean-Pierre Alessi reeds make up Sweet Mary Cat, and here they are joined by Big ... [MORE]
Big Bill rates this CD as one of the greatest he has ever produced! The session will introduce you to some amazing jazz talent you are probably not familiar with. All the excitement is there. It was recorded at the Audiophile Studios in New Orleans in April 2002 and most of these black New Orleans musicians decided to sing a track. So you are in for a treat of great jazz singing as it should be done.
The personnel here are Anthony 'Tuba Fats' Lacen ... [MORE]
This session was one of Big Bill's strokes of genius! Recording Freddy Lonzo with Brian Carrick is a match made in heaven as you will hear. Both artists are well known on their own and together they are magic. They are joined here by Reide Kaiser piano, Emil Mark banjo, Colin Bray string bass, Doc Houlind drums. Track listing inside. [MORE]
Burbank is the bluest jazzman of all. Even on the happiest up-tempo tune when he's at his hottest there is still a tear in his vibrato. This current CD was recorded in Concert at the Connecticut Traditional Jazz Club in September 1969. The personnel here are Albert Burbank clarinet, Jack Fine trumpet, Noel Kaletsky reeds, George Edward Stevenson trombone, Bill Sinclair piano, Dave Duquette banjo, John Toumine string bass, Mike Burgevin drums. [MORE]
This album groups some interesting New Orleans jazz from the 30s and 40s featuring one of the great banjo players, only he is not playing the banjo! The early George Guesnon sides were originally recorded on Decca. They are great and original Guesnon pieces and definitely collectable.
It also features the Kid Thomas band of the early 70s and comes from a live session. The band here includes the legendary Paul Polo Barnes on reeds!
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This 1970 concert rocked and you will certainly wish you'd been there! What can we say about Capt John Handy that hasn't been said before? Suffice to say that his phenomenal playing destroyed the myth in revivalist circles that the saxophone had no place in jazz. To hear the Captain in full flight is pure delight as always.
Great sounds featuring CAPT JOHN HANDY, ALTO SAX/VOC, PUNCH MILLER, TR/VOC, HOMER EUGENE, TRBN/BAN, ANDREW MORGAN, TEN ... [MORE]
This 1970 concert rocked and you will certainly wish you'd been there! Capt Handy's phenomenal playing destroyed the myth in revivalist circles that the saxophone had no place in jazz. To hear the Captain in full fllight is pure delight, and he is such a great ensemble player too!New Orleans groups were adept at giving the public what they want, and this concert from 1970 was no exception.
Great sounds featuring CAPT JOHN HANDY, ALTO SAX/VOC, PUNCH ... [MORE]
In the mid fifties many traditional jazz bands made the trek to New York City to perform at one of its most prestigious jazz venues, Child's Paramount Rstaurant. Paul Barbarin made the journey in 1954. His band was amazing - Paul Barbarin was joined by John Brunious trumpet, Willie Humphrey clarinet, Bobby Thomas trombone, Lester Santiago piano, Danny Barker banjo
The second band here is the fabulous DeParis band. We have three airshots from 1958 just ... [MORE]
Great sounds recorded between 1950 and 1954 featuring Muggsy Spanier and his trumpet with a variety of artists including George Brunis, Harry Graves, Ralph Hutchinson trombone Darnell Howard, Phil Gomez clarinet Boomie Richman tenor sax Floyd Bean, Red Richards piano, Truck Parham string bass Billy Mure guitar Sid Catlett, Barrett Deems, George Wettling drums.
This is Geoff Cole's fifth recording for Jazz crusade and dates from a session in September 2001 at Riverside Arts Studio in Lower Sunbury, England. The band includes the reeds of Tony Pyke, piano and vocals of Hugh Crozier, Graham Wiseman's string bass and Dipper Dudley on drums. 16 tracks in total. Can't be bad! [MORE]
This CD features three exceptional rare sessions by Louis Armstrong. The man was jazz. Indeed the man is jazz. He is the most famous jazz musician who ever lived. He transcended from jazz to popular mainstream music. So it's nice to hear music from the great man that you won't have heard before, as these sides have not been released commercially until now.
There is a session from the 30s and this is a marvellous airshot featurng an incredible all-star ... [MORE]
The third installment in this popular series of recordings of Wilbur De Paris at Jimmy Ryan's. Here his trombone is joined by Sidney De Paris on trumpet plus Omer Simeon clarinet, Don Kirkpatrick and Norman Lester piano, Eddie Gibbs and Danny Barker banjo and Freddie Moore on drums. Volume 1 is on JCCD3009 and Volume 2 on JCCD3061 [MORE]
Jacques Gauthe originally made his living in New Orleans as a Master Chef, but is also a noted clarinet and sax player who is here making his debut on Jazz Crusade. He is about as close to the playing of Sidney Bechet as it is possible to be and indeed took lessons from the great man in Paris in the late 1950s.The session on this CD was recorded in New Orleans at the Jazzology Studios in October 2000 and all the personnel are exceptional. In addition to ... [MORE]