The third in this occasional series sees Bunk Johnson trumpets joined by Sidney Bechet saxes, Ray Parker piano, George Thompson drums and Pops Foster string bass.
These rare recordings are of high historical interest for any jazz fan, especially those who consider New Orleans music one of the basic species of life! What you have here is two of the most creative personalities in jazz history - Bunk Johnson and Sidney Bechet - playing many seldom heard ... [MORE]
Rare sessions recorded in Boston in the spring of 1945 which bring together Bunk Johnson's trumpet and Sidney Bechet's clarinet and soprano sax, with Ray Parker on piano, George Thompson on drums and the inimitable Pops Foster on string bass. A great if rare combination - not to be missed! [MORE]
These recordings date from 33 years later than the tracks on volume 1. It is now 1998. Sammy is back. Bill and Freddie are back. Mouldy Dick is guesting on a few numbers because of health problems. Jazz Crusade's very own BIG BILL BISSONNETTE is on trombone as always with his Easy Riders Jazz Band. Band personnel are SAMMY RIMINGTON reeds, FRED VIGORITO clarinet, BILL SINCLAIR piano, DICK GRIFFITH banjo, MOULDY DICK McCARTHY string bass and ART PULVER on ... [MORE]
These recordings date from the summer of 1965 when Sammy Rimington first played with the Easy Riders. They were recorded by George Buck, but not released at the time, and he generously agreed that they be included on this series, together with some tunes from the new band. Hence, these tracks are the 'Then' (1968). Volume 2 has the tracks from the 'Now' (ie 1998!) Jazz Crusade's very own BIG BILL BISSONNETTE on trombone with his Easy Riders Jazz Band. ... [MORE]
This is the first of four CDs dedicated to the music of Bunk Johnson or Sidney Bechet. It includes a rehearsal session with Bunk and Bechet for their radio appearances. Plus it gives us the first of the Bechet/Bocage sessions. These sessions are also notable for the work of pianist Ray Parker and drummer George Thompson who are both excellent front row jazzmen, but who have tended to be forgotten in the presence of the great like Bunk, Sidney and the ... [MORE]
In the early 1930s, Jimmy Dorsey was the star of teh Great Ted Lewis Band. He and his brother Tommy then went on to greatness in the Swing Era. Even after their personal and professional fall-out, both led successful big bands. It is often argued that big brother Tommy's Big Band was a superior force on the scent. Both bands had smaller 'Dixieland' bands within the big bands. And it was here that Jimmy Dorsey settled all scores. While Tommy's Clambake 7 ... [MORE]
It's remarkable that one hundred years have passed siince the development of New Orleans jazz, yet the music remains vibrant and healthy today! this is in part due to the remarkable work of an informed and dedicated group of people, who beginning from the 1940s searched out the forgotten men responsible for inventing and developing the music. Gregg Stafford is one of a group of black men to have begun performing at Preservation Hall to carry on the New ... [MORE]
In recent years (1998) several young black musicians have begun to perform at Preservation Hall, and Gregg Stafford is certainly the most exciting of these. A veteran of brass bands since his teens, he is hardly a newcomer. His playing is characterised by drive and passion. There is no greater testament to the durability of New Orleans Jazz. This concert was recorded live on March 14th 1998 at the Silverleaf Jazz Festival in Toronto, Canada and features ... [MORE]
WILBUR DePARIS, trombone SIDNEY DePARIS, clarinet and tuba, OMER SIMEON, clarinet, LEE BLAIR, banjo, SONNY WHITE, piano, LEONARD GASKIN, string bass, WILBERT KIRK, drums, SPECIAL GUESTS: JIMMY RUSHING, vocals, WILLIE “THE LION” SMITH, piano. [MORE]
Continuing the series which brings together three great bands from around the world in recordings of great New Orleans Jazz. We continue with a band from Japan - The New Orleans Naughties. There are few countries that have produced as many good New Orleans jazz revivalist players than the Land of the Rising Sun.
From Canada we have The Hot Five Jazzmakers. Toronto is a hotbed of good New Orleans Jazz as you will hear on this disc. If ... [MORE]
Recorded in the 100 Club in 1984 the band Ken and Johnny Parker are joined by Graham Stewart, Alan Cooper, Jim Bray and Dave Evans with special guest appearances by Diz Disley and Wally Fawkes. A good time was had by all, wallowing in nostalgia and draught beer. All except Ken Colyer, who stuck to his gin and tonic. [MORE]
Norman Thatcher was nothing if not versatile. While he made his reputation leading the Ken Colyer Trust New Orleans Jazz Band he is no mere Colyer clone! There is only a touch of Britain's most successful trumpet player in his style - and that in sublime moderation. In his previous Jazz Crusade releases there have been hints of Bunk - Punch - Mutt. All of these go into the misx that was uniquely Norman Thatcher. So this is an unusual album for him - and ... [MORE]
On this session there are some excellent British musicians, including the first lady of British Jazz, Annie Hawkins on string bass. Pat Hawes and Dave Brennan were in The International Jazz Band, and Pat of course was in the Original Crane River Jazz Band. Ken Pye always bring back happy memories of Kid Thomas when I hear him play, while Paul Munnery recalls the style of the great Harlem player. So here is some really good British jazz played the only way ... [MORE]
Louis Nelson was one of the great New Orleans jazz trombonists and he toured the UK during 1975 with Dave Brennan's Jazzmen. This CD features 10 tracks recorded at Swinden House in Rotherham. Meanwhile, legendary pianist Alton Purnell toured the UK with the same band in 1974, and here we feature 8 tracks , again recorded in Rotherham, but this time at the Grange Park Golf Club. Both men are on fine form - and Dave's band ain't bad either!
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On this CD Geoff Cole takes on JR Morton for us. A formidable task under any circumstances, but this time made tougher due to Big Bill's standard rule of recording only spontaneous jazz on Jazz Crusade. This is not a copy of the original - it is a take on it, so we have a flavour of the great man bit it still swings in a more up-to-date fashion. In addition to Morton composed material we also have some that Morton just played. Hence the title - Mainly ... [MORE]
The name Reed Renaissance was coined by Big Bill's wife Sarah who said - Probert is the Michaelangelo of reed players while Helm is Leonardo! Like Michaelangelo, Probert is energetic, unorthodox, spontaneous and brilliant, while Helm, like Leonardo was meditatice, logical, calm and a genius. The resulting CD cuts a wide swath of repertoire, and the quartet keeps the music uncluttered and fresh. These must be the youngest 'old timers' on the ... [MORE]
Three great bands from around the world in this 1990s series of recordings of great New Orleans Jazz from around the world. The series opens with a marvellous band from Down Under - The Louisiana Shakers. Australia is one of the biggest markets for jazz and is producing some great home grown bands like these which deserve and ariing in the northern hemisphere.
Next up we have a great band from Scotland - Jake's Melody Boys. Equally in ... [MORE]
Chris Blount has been a band leader and jazz clarinet player since the 1950s, but this current band was four years old at the time of the recording in 1996 at The Grosvenor Hotel in Nottingham, England. All the players on this disc are fine in their own right, but as an ensemble they are exceptional, and the effect is wonderful. Derek WInters' strong, solid bedrock trumpet lead gives the band punch and drive. He is a marvellous player and a great asset to ... [MORE]
Recorded at The Pizza Express in Maidstone in December 1995, this recordings features Sarah Bissonnette's British All-stars. It runs a generous 72.45 minutes and incudes some unusal tunes, all give the special Probert treatment.
The Personnel of the All-stars are George Probert reeds with Sarah Bissonnette tenor sax, Dave Copperwaithe on trumpet, Geoff Cole trombone, Pat Hawes at the piano, Andy Ford on banjo, Ken Matthews string bass and Pete Lay on ... [MORE]
By the time of the 1972 Crane River Jazz Band reunion tour each of the original musicians had charted his own music course. Thus the '72 band had a sound of its own, very distinct, very different from the uniqueness of the original Cranes. This CD is a tribute to the sound of the original Cranes by the only band in England who can pull it off! The personnel of the KC Trust Band was selected by leader NORMAN THATCHER in 1993. It is a strong line-up, ... [MORE]
WILTON CRAWLEY and his clarinet are featured here on 11 tracks with jazz greats Henry 'Red' Allen, trumpet, Charlie Holmes alto and tenor sax, Luis Russell on piano, Pops Foster on bass and Paul Barbarin on drums.
These great tracks are complemented by 12 tracks from FESS WILLIAMS on clarinet and alto sax, who is joined by Jelly James on trombone, Lockwood Lewis and Felix Gregory on sax, Hank Duncan at the piano and Ralph Bedell on drums. 23 tracks in ... [MORE]
This is number 7 in a series entitled “The Best of British” from Jazz Crusade label. Some of the finest British jazzmen from three of the UK’s top bands – The Ken Colyer Trust New Orleans Jazz Band, The Jubilee Jazz Band and the Chris Blount New Orleans Jazz Band. The session was recorded at The Bull in Barnes in December 1995. It features lots of unusual tunes and a great ensemble! As Kid Thomas used to say, 'Take your shoes off and stay awhile'
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In the mid 1980s, Big Bill Bissonnette and Paul Boehmke started a band together. They tried to blend the Classic Jazz of the 1920s - Paul was a huge fan of the clarinets of Omar Simeon, Johnny Dodds and Jimmie Noone - with the trombone style of Jim Robinson and the 60s revival. The result was musically successful as this CD will testify. Why not give it a try?
The personnel here are Big Bill Bissonnette trombone, Paul Boehmke clarinet and tenor sax, ... [MORE]
George Probert is best known for his records with Kid Ory and Alvin Alcorn, and for his work with The Firehouse Five plus Two. He made some of teh most supreme soprano sax recordings of the 50s and 60s. This CD dates from the 1990s and is the culmination of a long held desire by Jazz Crusade's Big Bill Bissonnette to record George for his label.Probert plays hot, hot, hot sounds, so check it out and see for yourself.
The personnel here are George ... [MORE]
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]