Sad news, I'm afraid. John Long died on Sunday from a fall in hospital. Renee and John and I - together with Mike Pointon and the much missed John Griffith - worked on many Colyer CDs. In fact I had just sent out a copy of the latest Colyer to them but John never got ot hear it. He will be much missed.
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Upbeat Jazz is pleased to announce that we have now bought Mike Dine's 'live' British Jazz label Dine-A-Mite, which will henceforth be known as Upbeat Dynamite! We are delighted to be able to keep this little label alive and available to Jazz fans around the world. The purchase also included two recordings by The Gothic Jazz Band, which we have added to our website and are featuring at a special price of £10 each.
Please remember that we have to order in stocks for the other labels as you order them, so we ask you to be patient if it takes a week or so for these CDs to arrive. We are importing JAZZ ORACLE especially for you, and while we start out with stock of each title in the Newsletter, if one is particularly popular, then we may have to order more from Canada, and sadly this can take a while! We can order the entire catalogue of both labels, but titles not featured in the catalogue are a special order, so if you choose such an one, please be patient! We do our very best to get your orders processed as quickly as possible and provided we have the CDs in stock, they will be sent out the same day or at worst, the following day.
GREAT NEWS! Humphrey Lyttelton in Retrospect URCD279 Sir Humph's Delight has been named top reissue 2018 in the Jazz Rag Awards! The third place was awarded to Johnny Parker JCCD3010 It Looks Like Big Time Tonight.
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LATEST RELEASES from UPBEAT
URCD293 COLYER RARITIES - FAREWELL TO STUDIO 51 - Ken Colyer's All Stars featuring Sammy Rimington. 68.46 minutes of 'live' jazz recorded at Studio 51 in February 1972. Some unusual tunes here, plus a few jazz favourites.
URCD291 I WISH YOU LOVE Pete Allen's Dukes of Wellington 14 tracks running 0v34 69 minutes from this popular bandleader.
URCD290 HIGHER GROUND - Roger Mark's Brass Farthings featuring Pete Allen Two great bandleaders together in a recording from October 2018. 59 minutes of great jazz!
URCD288 The Incomparable HENRY RED ALLEN - The Golden Years Volume 1 The first of four releases of Red Allen's finest recordings from the 1930s, but now with excellent sound quality! Volume 2 is coming soon on URCD289!
URCD286 BLUES FOR MANNY PAUL - The French Preservation New Orleans Jazz Band Recorded live in 2006 at Charney Les Macon in France, this session was hot! It was great! Indeed it was amazing and the crowd responded accordingly! You are in for a treat from the French Preservation New Orleans Jazz Band, led by JP Alessi with guests Sammy Rimington and Fred Vigorito.
URCD285 NEW ORLEANS TO HARLEM - The Harlem Hamfats 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!
URCD283 THE GENIUS OF CAPTAIN JOHN HANDY Captain John Handy's musical presence was and still is unforgettable. To hear the Captain in full flight is pure delight as always….as this CD shows.
URCD282 WILBUR DE PARIS AND HIS NEW NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND Live in New York 1944 and 1953These are the very earliest tracks of the Wilbur De Paris Band from 1944 and 1953. The great line-up includes Wilbur and Sidney De Paris, Sidney Bechet, Omer Simeon, Edmond Hall and Zutty Singleton!
URCD281 THE CRANE RIVER JAZZ BAND - The Cranes Fly AgainIn 1972 the Cranes re-formed and their first London appearance was at the 100 Club in Oxford Street which was released as URCD272. This is the sequel to that album – sheer joyousness and almost relaxed telepathic teamwork.
URCD280 DIZ DISLEY - With Me Little Ukulele in Me Hand This album is a true labour of love by one of British Jazz’s genuine originals paying tribute to one of variety’s immortals. Altogether the mood created by Diz and his choice of jazz musicians is one of sheer mischievous joy.
URCD279 HUMPHREY LYTTELTON IN RETROSPECT - Sir Humph's Delight This richly varied anthology covers several contrasting aspects of Humphrey Lyttelton's long career from the 50s to the 80s with highlights from the many albums featuring his work on the Upbeat label.
URCD278 ROGER MARKS - Marks and Sparks featuring Pete Allen. A Career retrospective of this popular contemporary British jazz man.
URCD277 LOUIS ARMSTRONG and his All Stars - Live in Vancouver 1951 with Earl Hines and Jack Teagarden Featuring Jack Teagarden and Earl Hines, this CD pre-dates the two Jack Teagarden/Earl Hines CDs from the Manchester Free Trade Hall in 1957 by six years and should really be considered the fore-runner to these two CDs (see below).
Following on from the success of the first album in this series of Upbeat Jazz’s four eminently collectable CDs, volume 2 is now available with volumes 3 and 4 following later this year. Volume 1 was very well received by the critics and has had airplay (half the show) on Walter Love’s programme on BBC Radio Ulster on 7th March.
Henry Red Allen was also the subject of BBC Radio 3’s six programmes in the year 2000 called Ride, Red, Ride presented by ... [MORE]
Studio 51 was arguably the most influential place in Britain for a generation of New Orleans style musicians. Ken Colyer had first played there as a member of the Crane River Jazz Band not long after its opening during the post-war Festival of Britain year. But it was initially a venue mainly for jazz in a more modern style: Cleo Laine auditioned there for Johnny Dankworth early in her career. By 1955 it had become the Ken Colyer Club. Colyer’s band ... [MORE]
Upbeat Jazz is proud to release the first volume in a new series of Red Allen's finest recordings from the 1930s. These classic sessions are now made available to collectors for the first time in recent years, showcasing Allen's unsurpassed trumpet and vocals on such timeless gems as There's A House in Harlem For Sale, Believe It, Beloved, Rug Cutter Swing and Ain'tcha Got Music. Many great instrumentalists are also featured including Coleman Hawkins, ... [MORE]
Pete Allen – Honorary Citizen of New Orleans – what an accolade!
Upbeat Jazz welcomes Pete Allen back onto its label after a gap of 16 years since the release of his album RUNNING WILD URCD178 which was voted in the top ten best albums of 2002 Jazz Review.
The Pete Allen Jazz Band and his Dukes of Wellington appear at prestigious jazz festivals, theatres and clubs throughout the UK and abroad, with appearances in France, Denmark, Germany, ... [MORE]
This album is the latest from respected trombonist, Roger Marks. He has teamed up with Pete Allen and both their date sheets are really full. Both are active bandleaders in their own right and play both in the UK and Europe on a regular basis. This is the third album of Roger Marks on the Upbeat Jazz label following the critical acclaim of the first two - URCD270 - ROGER MARKS IN RETROSPECT and URCD278 - MARKS AND SPARKS
Barry Clare ... [MORE]
Recorded live in 2006 at Charney Les Macon in France, this session was hot! It was great! Indeed it was amazing and the crowd responded accordingly! You are in for a treat from the French Preservation New Orleans Jazz Band, led by JP Alessi with guests Sammy Rimington and Fred Vigorito.
Full personnel here are JP Alessi, leader and tenor sax, Sammy Rimington reeds and vocals, Fred Vigorito cornet, Cyrille Ouanich piano, Jacky Boyadjian string bass and ... [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]
Herman Asafo-Agyei is without doubt one of Africa’s most celebrated bass players with an active career spanning some 40 years. Herman’s music reflects the gamut of influence from Osibisa-style horns, to flirtations with guitarand-dance-band highlife, to highly percussive passages reminiscent of Hedzoleh Soundz – bass, rhythm and percussion are characteristic.
The lyrics of his theme song – Sunny Afrika - reflects the relaxed social environment and ... [MORE]
TOP REISSUE 2018 JAZZ RAG AWARDS!
This richly varied anthology covers several contrasting aspects of Humphrey Lyttelton's long career from the 50s to the 80s with highlights from the many albums featuring his work on the Upbeat label. Bands include his Big Band and the Paseo Band and artists include Jimmy Rushing, Kenny Davern, Johnny Parker, Bruce Turner, Micky Ashman, Ian Armit, John Barnes, Pete Strange, Colin Bowden and many more. Album ... [MORE]
By far the outstanding, most powerful female British Blues/RnB singer of her era, former Belfast art teacher OTTILIE PATTERSON sang with Chris Barber's band between 1955-73. Although the slight, demure Ottilie looked like a shy Irish coleen, she sang like a white Bessie Smith, as Louis Armstrong once famously observed.
She recorded prolifically, both as a solo artiste and as an ensemble band member, and this compilation is drawn from both sources. ... [MORE]
Tommy Dorsey once dubbed Charlie Shavers the greatest trumpeter of them all, a view that this generous survey of his remarkable career does much to endorse. The 46 tracks display the sheer range of his abilities. His earliest, often muted, playing with the bands of such as Jimmie Noone, Johnny Dodds and his breakthrough with John Kirby’s sextet at a surprisingly young age (also composing and arranging) are well represented – including of course his ... [MORE]
This CD was recorded during the annual Ken Colyer Trust visit to New Orleans in April 1996. The concert was listed as a 'dance' in the tour itinerary at the legendary Cafe Brasil on Frenchman and Chartres. Joe Payton was a lifelong resident of New Orleans - and played here with the neck of his double bass broken and held together with duct tape! Sill a great time was had by the enthusiastic audience.
Personnel here are Norman Thatcher trumpet, Dave ... [MORE]
Here is the only CD available spotlighting the artistry of one of the greatest of all jazz clarinettists, Irving Fazola - the best white clarinet player from New Orleans. The great clarinettist Irving Prestopnick (1912-1949) became Fazola (from the tonic sol-far: Fah-Soh-Lah) or simply 'Faz'. With his graceful phrasing and warm, liquid tone, he could only have come from New Orleans. This huge man, with his essentially melodic style owing something to ... [MORE]
Of the new wave of British Traditional Jazz bands which emerged from the Traditional Jazz revival in the 1940s, Humphrey Lyttelton had the leading, most popular band and it was the band which secured the first record deal with a major label, Parlophone in 1949. Hot on Lyttelton’s heels was Freddy Randall who signed for Parlophone in 1951. The various stylistic ‘camps’ were emerging – New Orleans, Classic, Chicago/Dixieland and eventually Trad – and Freddy ... [MORE]
The Lord Richard New Orleans Sessions Volume 8 - featuring The New Orleans Clarinets of Israel Gorman, Steve Angrum and Emile Barnes in recordings from 1960-1962. Ken Grayson Mills was a founding father of the second wave of New Orleans revivalism in the late 1960, through his work as producer for the ICON Records New Orleans Jazz label.
There are 10 tracks recorded in October 1962 by Israel Gorman and his Pontchartrain Pals featuring Jim Holmes and ... [MORE]
This is the final release from Larry Borenstein's Collection - Volume 16. The CD features a generous 22 tracks by artists such as Kid Thomas Valentine and His Dixieland Band, Mother Mary Margret Parker, Sister Donna Alexander and Sister Adele Williams. All recorded by Borenstein at his Associated Artists Studio in New Orleans between 1958 and 1961. Total playing time for the CD 71 minutes and 25 seconds. [MORE]
Recorded in California, this compilation includes the historic 1922 recordings by Kid Ory, as well as the complete recordings of Harvey Brooks’ Quality Four and Reb Spikes. Remastering is by John R.T. Davies, and extensive liner notes are by Russ Shor and John Wilby. [MORE]