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Norman Thatcher and John Scantlebury with The Wessex New Orleans Jazz Band -

Norman Thatcher and John Scantlebury with The Wessex New Orleans Jazz Band -
CD / Product Number: PKCD370

This CD was recorded live in November 2011 and was almost ready for release when we heard the awful news that Norman had died suddenly on April 17th from a heart attack while on holiday with Sarah. Eleanor and I first saw Norman at the very first Bude Jazz Festival in 1988 and then in September '88 we saw his band for the first time. Subsequently we would drive regularly to see Norman's band at Aston Cross near Tewkesbury. He and Chris Blount played together quite frequently around 1988 and '89 and they were for Eleanor and me some of the happiest jazz times of our life. I find it hard to believe I'll never hear his lovely distinctive cornet tones live again. So for me and many of us, this CD is very special. It was originally planned as a feature for John Scantlebury whose clarinet and sax playing is simply superb - echoes of George Lewis and John Handy. Following Norman's tragic death everyone involved in the recording agreed that the release of the CD should go ahead and John Scantlebury suggested it should be dedicated to Norman who was on particularly good form on the evening of November 20th when the recording took place. The band line-up is Norman Thatcher cornet and tenor sax Tom Whittingham trombone John Scantlebury clarinet, alto and tenor saxes Dave Soby piano Sarah Thatcher banjo guitar Peter Berry double bass Pete Winterhart drums. John Minnion replaces Norman Thatcher on two tracks.


The Old Spinning Wheel
Any Time
Just A Little While To Stay Here
See See Rider
In Spain They Say Si Si
Sweet Fields
He Touched Me
Girl Of My Dreams
Careless Love Blues
Saint Philip St Breakdown
Bluebells Goodbye
Lead Me Saviour
Ice Cream