The Onward Brass Band name has an historic place in New Orleans musical history, dating back to the very origins of jazz. When the band marched triumphantly back from the Spanish/American war in 1899 it featured Isadore Barbarin. The current edition featured Paul Barbarin. This is a good time band playing songs familiar to all fans of traditional jazz and even Dixieland. It even had a banjo! The band sent its fans into fits of ecstasy at this concert for ... [MORE]
Gregg Stafford is a trumpeter who follows in the footsteps of the New Orleans greats! Here he is guesting with The Easy Riders Jazz Band in a programme of tunes that will be familiar to fans of New Orleans Jazz. It was recorded in 1999 in Connecticut and the band personnel was second to none - Gregg Stafford on trumpet, Big Bill Bissonnette trombone, Sammy Rimington reeds, Paul Borhmke reeds, Bill Sinclair at the priano, Emil Mark on banjo, Arnie Hayman ... [MORE]
This is one of Big Bill's own projects and the band were very enthusiastic in their approach to it. They all loved the music and enjoyed playing it - but had to alter their personal playing styles in order to do the music justice! The 17 tracks were recorded by Dave Bennett in February 1999 and they all roar along swimmingly - so sit back and enjoy!
The personnel here are Geoff Cole trombone and vocals, Tony Pyke reeds, Pat Hawes piano, Ken Matthews ... [MORE]
Three sessions feature on this disc and serve as a fitting reminder of a great clarinet player! The first was recorded in Barnes, London in December 1995. The second at the Bude Festival in August 1993, and the third in Nottingham in April 1996. So Chris is gone, but his music lives on in these recordings, including tracks that you will not have heard before!
Personnel over the three recordings include Chris Blount cl, Norman Thatcher, Derek Winters, ... [MORE]
The Mouldy Five was the hardest working band Big Bill Bissonnette (the man behind Jazz Crusade) ever gigged with. Drive. Drive. Drive. Song after roaring song. Take no prisoners jazz. A tropical storm put to music. Sadly Mouldy Dick was too unwell to join this session, but Colin Bray was a superb replacement and the whole session roared as if old Mouldy was there in person! So hang on to your hats and enjoy the ride!!!
Recorded in 1999, this CD ... [MORE]
Rare recordings from May 1945 of Peter Bocage with Sidney Bechet recorded from the Jazz Nocturne airshots in Boston. Bechet was trying to perfect his ideal New Orleans sound, and experimented with style and imagination on these sides. This is the fifth CD in the Jazz Nocturne series and contains some rare arrangements of songs not usually connected with New Orleans! A must for all collectors!
The rhythm section here sees Ray Parker and George Thompson ... [MORE]
This CD continues the broadcasts of Sidney Bechet's New Orleans Rhythm Kings from the Savoy Cafe in Boston in the spring of 1945. Bocage, like Bechet, believed that great jazz could be made from any tune and consequently the choice of music is quite unusual! This is interesting music played by experienced musicians in the New Orleans style. It was lucky that a few enthusiasts thought to record it 'off air' on acetates so that you can all enjoy it again! A ... [MORE]
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 ... [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 23rd April 1997 at The Bull @ Barnes, England during a European tour which included England, Germany, France, Holland and Belgium.
Personnel: Big Bill Bissonnette trombone, Fred Vigorito clarinet, George Probert soprano sax and alto sax, Sarah Spencer tenor/baritone sax and bass clarinet, Pat Hawes piano, Tuba Fats Lacen tuba and vocals, Dave Brennan banjo, Clint Baker drums. [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 ... [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]