Roger Marks’ Armada Jazz Band toured Britain and, to a lesser extent Europe, extensively for 25 years appearing repeatedly at the majority of the jazz clubs and festivals and enjoyed great popularity with the public and critics alike, receiving generous air-play on BBC Radio 2 in particular.
This CD will appeal to a large audience being very much BBC Radio 2 repertoire as well as interesting for the jazz aficionados. Humphrey Lyttelton really liked ... [MORE]
The second in our series celebrating great British jazzmen is released to mark the second anniversary of the death of Terry Lightfoot. In a recording from 1990, originally released as Stardust, Terry demonstrates the versatility of his playing and his band leading. From the start of his career in the mid 1950s, Terry's name has been synonymous with quality of sound and presentation.In this recording from 1990, Terry Lightfoot and his band clearly ... [MORE]
This is a wonderful double album of 30 tracks lasting just over two hours. As the title suggests, it is a celebration of 30 years of TJ Johnson’s life playing jazz and blues TJ Johnson is a very active solo musician as well as band leader playing all over London on a weekly basis. He also runs his own band which plays regularly at jazz festivals throughout the UK. [MORE]
The fourth and final chapter in the London Swing Orchestra’s comprehensive anthology of Jazz and Swing charts the rise of the crooner. Although crooners such as Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra had toured with band leaders in the thirties, it wasn’t until post 1945 that the vocalist totally eclipsed the band leader to become superstars.
From 1945 there was a distinct decline in Big Bands that had held popular music in sway in America: so many players ... [MORE]
This live Thames riverboat session dates from the early 70s - a time when traditional jazz was fighting for its existence. Ken Colyer's Studio 51 Club in Leicester Square had recently closed after 20 years as a mecca for lovers of New Orleans music. Ken had given up leading a regular band, but was offered a regular weekly slot at the 100 Club in Oxford Street and the All Stars were born. The stars on this recording were Sammy Rimington, Mike Pointon, Bill ... [MORE]
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HOT STUFF! was originally recorded in 1992 and was the brainchild of Chez Chesterman. We are releasing this fantastic CD to celebrate the reforming of the band (sadly not with all the original members) in May 2015.
The band here features Dick Charlesworth clarinet, soprano and tenor saxophone, Mike Pointon trombone, Chez Chesterman cornet, Pat Hawes ... [MORE]
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This album, the third part of the four-volume anthology of 20th century Jazz and Swing, is a tribute to some of the greatest arrangements of the World War II years. It seems absurd that ‘Swing’ could just be born overnight but at the Paloma Ballroom on August 21st 1935 that is pretty much what happened. Benny Goodman and his Orchestra were broadcast live coast to coast from a packed ballroom and the youngsters of ... [MORE]
The three sessions represented on this double CD set cover the final studio recordings made by Kid Ory's band, apart from 2 albums he made with Red Allen as a warm up for the European tour in 1959. This is a package of musical Americana with a triple impact,: the music of Storyville, Jelly Roll Morton's jazz and Kid Ory with his trombone and band.
The first, released as Kid Ory Plays WC Handy we have spread across the two CDs as respectively ... [MORE]
Upbeat Jazz is delighted to continue their Kid Ory series with the first UK CD release of The Original Jazz by his fine studio line-up of 1957 plus the remaining 2 tracks from Dance With Kid Ory Or Just Listen that there was not space for on URCD 241. We also feature two more numbers from the 1956 Paris concert Kid Ory in Europe that featured on URCD 236. This is great music from 1957 - not to be missed! [MORE]
These rare recordings come from a UK tour made by this specially assembled group in October 1957, presented by The National Jazz Federation. With the obvious exception of Max Kaminsky, every musician had previously been a member of Louis Armstrong’s All Stars and the promoters thought they would appeal to the British public in the same way Satchmo himself had on his first post-war visit the previous year. The rapturous audience clearly loves it all. A ... [MORE]
Upbeat now present a welcome addition to their acclaimed Ken Colyer series. This new CD contains over an hour of previously unheard, digitally remastered tracks from what was considered to be Colyer’s ‘classic’ line-up from the late 50s playing standards, blues, spirituals and rags in their relaxed and inspired way.
Four songs feature the rarely-recorded vocalist Rosina Scudder, one of the few female singers to guest regularly with the ... [MORE]
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This unique compilation of early Armstrong features classic tracks with Bessie Smith,Fletcher Henderson, King Oliver,Clarence Williams and Sidney Bechet. It includes many of the ground-breaking tracks that, with the ambitious influence of his wife Lil, showed the young Armstrong changing the face of jazz. A generous 74 minutes and 51 seconds playing time. [MORE]
The Elegant Thirties follows directly on from The Roaring Twenties - URCD249. The cover design is in keeping with the travel bug that gripped the well healed in this elegant decade of foxtrots and foie gras.
Graham Dalby and The London Swing Orchestra have spent twenty-five years performing around the world from Berlin to Hong Kong and back again, and on this CD they capture perfectly the swing an razzamatazz of the age! [MORE]
Re-engineered version now in the shops and available by Mail Order!
This CD celebrates the unique talent of Cliff 'Ukulele Ike' Edwards, pioneer of an instrument once again in fashion, the ukulele, and one of the first true crooners. ‘Ukulele Ike’, as Edwards became known, was an entertainer whose inimitable style exuded a quality rare in today’s jaundiced world: charm. Edwards was a prolific recording artist in the 20s and 30s - by ... [MORE]
2012 marks the release of the first of four albums spanning the 1920’s to the 1960’s - a really comprehensive anthology of pre-electric music, starting with THE ROARING TWENTIES. Graham Dalby and the London Swing Orchestra (formerly the Grahamaphones) celebrate their 25th anniversary in style! The album reflects an era of great change - of millionaires like Gatsby and murderous thugs like Dutch Schultz and how the music transcended Prohimition, the Wall ... [MORE]
This historic concert has been treasured by George Lewis fans for many years, and now we here at Upbeat are proud to announce the first UK release of this landmark recording of the Lewis band at its exciting digitally remastered best! An essential double-album for all lovers of authentic New Orleans music. This si the fifth release in our landmark George Lewis series.
By the mid-50s the band often performed on the college concert circuit for their ... [MORE]
In all of jazz’s turbulent history there have been few instrumentalist / performers who personified showmanship more than Louis Prima. In a positive way he brought many essential elements of New Orleans music to a wider public long before the roots of the so-called ‘Revival’ ever took shape. This CD traces the evolution of his charismatic talent, covering the years 1933 –1955, and includes rare tracks that have not been heard for many years.
Glorious album including the never-before released hilarious recording of her public wedding ceremony conducted by fellow gospel star Reverend Kelsey before an audience of 25,000 fans in Washington DC. A must have for all Tharpe fans!Sister Rosetta Tharpe was perhaps the first artist to make the successful crossover between gospel and secular blues, achieving international commercial success in both markets. Her unique style of guitar playing, especially ... [MORE]
This release offers one and a half LPs on a single CD – an amazing 74.54 minutes of great jazz!These sides were recorded by Kid Ory under his contract with Norman Granz for Verve when he was running On The Levee, his own club in San Francisco. Trumpeter Marty Marsala and clarinettist Darnell Howard were both working at Club Hangover with Earl Hines at the time and were not regular members of Ory’s band but the relaxed feel of the albums they made ... [MORE]
This is the fourth in our series of 'Essential George Lewis' collections, this time focusing on two albums he recorded for Blue Note in 1954 and 1955. George Lewis had commenced a fruitful association with Blue Note in the 40s when they released his unforgettable 'Climax' session. By 1954 the New Orleans revival was in full swing, and the first album was recorded at a concert in Bakersfield, California in May 1954 when the band had no knowledge it was ... [MORE]
This new CD by one of modern music’s dynamic icons features many of Louis Jordan’s classic hits and also traces the progress of his career from his earliest appearances on record. It’s essential listening for those who want to hear the great vocalist/saxophonist at his best and learn what led to a transitional time in popular music and the present-day acclaim of Jordan’s music by a fresh generation. Guest artists Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby and Louis ... [MORE]
This is the third in Upbeat’s prestigious re-issue series of jazz pioneer George Lewis’s rarest material features two fine sessions that have not been available in the UK since the early 60s. The albums Blues from the Bayou and Doctor Jazz from 1959 have been collectors’ items for decades and represent George and the band on top form playing numbers they’d never previously recorded. As a bonus, one of their most popular sessions from 1953 has been ... [MORE]
In 1956 Norman Granz (manager of Oscar Peterson and promoter of Jazz At The Philharmonic) suddenly became interested in the older generation of jazzmen still active and signed up Kid Ory for a series of recordings for his record label, Verve.
This new Upbeat CD presents a long unavailable Verve album, The Kid From New Orleans, together with two tracks from Ory's guest appearance at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival and selections from a concert ... [MORE]
An anthology of rare tracks by one of the true legends of New Orleans Jazz compiled by the respected musician and broadcaster, Mike Pointon. Bunk Johnson's re-emergence in the 1940s inspired a whole generation of young jazzmen throughout the world. This newly re-mastered selection reminds us what a vital link Bunk was to the very earliest days of jazz.
The CD and authoritative booklet gives a detailed insight into the life and work of a legendary ... [MORE]
Humphrey Lyttleton's trumpet and clarinet are joined on this recording by the clarinet and soprano sax of jazz legend Claude Lutter. Featuring the original 'Bad Penny Blues' rhythm section Johnny Parker, Jim Bray and Stan Grieg. Re-mastered by Dave Bennett with notes by Humphrey Lytteltonand Peter Vacher. Recorded at Epsom Playhouse on 21st May 1985 - this is a gem not to be missed. [MORE]