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.
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]
URCD204 Birth of the Allstars 1947-1954 This is the first CD to trace the background to the touring band that sustained Armstrong's world-wide fame. 21 tracks covering 75 minutes of glorious music from the one and only Sachmo. To paraphrase Alistair Cooke - Louis Armstrong is dead - I don't have to believe it if I don't want to.
JCCD3069 A Satchel Full of Satch First, a marvellous airshot from the 30s featuring an incredible all-star ... [MORE]
URCD215 – A Portrait of Muggsy Spanier A-Z This 22 track CD features Muggsy with some of the all-time jazz greats, including Sidney Bechet, Eddie Condon,Bing Crosby, Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins and Pee Wee Russell. Recordings date from 1924 - 1952 to give a rounded portrait of this cornet master.
JCCD3113 – Mmm-uggsy! On the two sessions on this disc are from 1954 1956 and are previously unissued juke box sides. He is ... [MORE]
URCD272 - The Crane River Jazz Band with Ken Colyer - Reunited! Reecording from 1972 at the 100 Club in Oxford Street. Ken Colyer, Sonny Morris, Monty Sunshine, Pat Hawes, John RT Davies, Ben Marshall, Julian Davies and Colin Bowden reunited in an evening of sheer joyousness and telepathic teamwork.
URCD281 - The Crane River Jazz Band with Ken Colyer - The Cranes Fly Again. This is the sequal to the above album, recorded in 1975. [MORE]
This is your chance to buy two terrific CDs at a special reduced price! URCD282 These are the very earliest tracks of the Wilbur De Paris Band from 1944 and 1953. There’s a great line-up – Wilbur and Sidney De Paris, Sidney Bechet, Omer Simeon, Edmond Hall and Zutty Singleton to name just a few!
URCD232 2 original LPs on one CD! Recorded 1953 and 1955 - re-mastered by Dave Bennett. This CD Wilbur de Paris New New Orleans Jazz 1953 and 1955, ... [MORE]
Three terrific CDs of Chris Barber at the BBC featuring OTTILIE PATTERSON and all the usual suspects including Ian Wheeler and Pat Halcox. URCD146 - URCD158 featuring Joe Harriott and URCD177 featuring Ian Armitt, Bobby Breen and Joe Harriott [MORE]
You can buy volumes 1 and 2 of this superb new set from Henry Red Allen at the special price of £22.00. Full details inside. [MORE]
Bunk Johnson's re-emergence in the 1940s inspired a whole generation of young jazzmen throughout the world.
Bunk’s Blues is an anthology of rare tracks by one of the true legends of New Orleans Jazz. This newly re-mastered selection reminds us what a vital link Bunk was to the very earliest days of jazz.
Jazz Nocturne Volume 1 has 9 tracks with Bunk playing with Sidney Bechet and his band contrasted with 7 tracks of Peter Bocage ... [MORE]
URCD163 recalls the wartime years when youth and free spirits set down on record some outstanding jazz which still sounds fresh and exciting today. 24 tracks from 1944 and 1945. Personnel are Vic Lewis, Jack Parnell, Billy Riddick, Ronnie Chamberlain, Derek Hawkins, Dick Katz and Charlie Short, Pat Hawes, Ken Matthews Colin Miller. URCD192 is a landmark in jazz history as it documents the first time a British jazzman recorded with American ... [MORE]