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It is with great sadness that we have to tell you that Mike Dine, founder and driving force behind 504 Records passed away at the end of December. He will be sorely missed. We will update you on the future of the label as soon as we have definite news - meanwhile we have stock of many of the CDs and will continue to supply 504 in the interim.
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.
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LATEST RELEASES from UPBEAT
URCD271 KEN COLYER Recently Discovered Late Vintage Sides This 'live' session features some of the finest late Colyer where he fronts a talented line-up which reunited him with two key musicians from his `classic' 50s line-up: Ray Foxley and Colin Bowden.
URCD258 JACK TEAGARDEN and EARL HINES All Stars Concert 1957 These rare 'live' recordings come from a UK tour made by this specially assembled group in October 1957, presented by The National Jazz Federation. URCD270 ROGER MARKS In Retrospect - Marks out of Twenty. A compilation of the many sounds of the popular and versatile trombone player, Roger Marks.
URCD269 TERRY LIGHTFOOT - In Retrospect. A popular reissue of one of our earliest CDs to celebrate the life of Terry Lightfoot.
URCD268D TJ JOHNSON In Retrospect Double CD with 30 tracks celebrating TJ's 30 years in the business.
URDVD267 KEN COLYER - Rare Footage from the Vaults While the visual aspect of this release is far from perfect, the sound is great and this is the only live footage of Ken on DVD.
URCD265 COLYER FROM THE ARCHIVES featuring Sammy Rimington with Ken Colyer's All Stars Previously unreleased live riverboat session from 1973 sees Ken in fine form! 72 glorious minutes.
URCD266 THE RISE OF THE CROONER 1945-1975 - The London Swing Orchestra The fourth and final release in this history of 20th century jazz from the London Swing Orchestra.
JAZZ ORACLE has cult remasterings of great American jazz bands, and this one we are bringing in from Canada for you. We have stock of the titles in the Newsletter, but will have to order in any that you choose from their full catalogue listing, so please be patient.
I am sure you will all be familiar with STORYVILLE and we are delighted to be featuring these in the Newsletter. Again please bear with us if stocks take a little while to come in. If these go well, we will continue to feature these labels in the coming editions of the Newsletter.
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]
This live session features some of the finest late Colyer where he fronts a talented line-up which reunited him with two key musicians from his `classic' 50s line-up: Ray Foxley and Colin Bowden. It is also one of the few occasions where he uses a tenor sax played by George Berry, who blows fluent clarinet for the rest of the gig. Ken himself is on inspired creative form here.
This is the much-awaited audio version for some of the tracks on the ... [MORE]
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]
Respected broadcaster and trombonist in the band,Mike Pointon writes: 'By 1986,when this session took place, Ken was no longer leading a regular band and was suffering from ill-health,but his subtly dynamic performance reveals him to still be on authoritative form. He'd recently been re-united with Ray Foxley after Ray had left the Jazzmen in 1960 and by this time Ken and Colin Bowden worked together again after Colin had been recruited for the re-born ... [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 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]
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]
Coming by Mail Order in March - in the shops at the end of May! You may pre-order now!
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]
Recorded in April 2015 at the legendary Dew Drop Social and Dance Hall in Mandeville, Louisiana on the northern shore of Lake Ponchatrain. It was a stormy day and the band and recording team only just made it to the venue! But the trip was well worth it as you will hear! 18 tracks with Brian Carrick and his clarinet leading an ace team of New Orleans musicians - Mark Braud trumpet and vocals, Ronell Johnson trombone and sousaphone, Rickie Monie piano, ... [MORE]
Brian Carrick is one of the UK's finest clarinet players and has led bands for many years on both sides of the Atlantic. On this recording he comes together with hand-picked New Orleans masters for a thumping session of tunes - recorded 'live' at the Louisiana Music Factory in New Orleans on November 2nd 2006.
The musicians joining him here are Dwayne Burns, trumpet and vocals, Maynard Chatters trombone and vocals, Louis Ford tenor and soprano sax and ... [MORE]