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]
Chris Barber is one of the great British jazz icons and he celebrates his 60th Anniversary in the business in 2013. This fantastic new DVD release of Chris with The Big Chris Barber Band In Concert at the Medina Theatre in the Isle of Wight is the perfect way to celebrate this momentous occasion! This is the classic Chris Barber Big Band line-up with Mike Henry and Pete Rudeforth on trumpets, Mike Snelling, Richard Exall and Zoltan Sagi on saxes and ... [MORE]
ALL NINE of this popular BBC Jazz Club series at one special price! The series represents a mirror image of jazz during the 50s and 60s and is an essentional part of any record collection. All the great are there - CHRIS BARBER - LONNIE DONEGAN - MONTY SUNSHINE - KEN COLYER - ACKER BILK - TERRY LIGHTFOOT - THE SAINTS JAZZ BAND - MICK MULLIGAN with GEORGE MELLY - DIZ DISLEY QUINTET - ALEX WELSH and MIKE DANIELS DELTA JAZZ BAND plus many more. [MORE]
Studio 51 was arguably the most influential place in Britain for a generation of New Orleans style musicians. Ken Colyer had first played there as a member of the Crane River Jazz Band not long after its opening during the post-war Festival of Britain year. But it was initially a venue mainly for jazz in a more modern style: Cleo Laine auditioned there for Johnny Dankworth early in her career. By 1955 it had become the Ken Colyer Club. Colyer’s band ... [MORE]
Pete Allen – Honorary Citizen of New Orleans – what an accolade!
Upbeat Jazz welcomes Pete Allen back onto its label after a gap of 16 years since the release of his album RUNNING WILD URCD178 which was voted in the top ten best albums of 2002 Jazz Review.
The Pete Allen Jazz Band and his Dukes of Wellington appear at prestigious jazz festivals, theatres and clubs throughout the UK and abroad, with appearances in France, Denmark, Germany, ... [MORE]
This album is the latest from respected trombonist, Roger Marks. He has teamed up with Pete Allen and both their date sheets are really full. Both are active bandleaders in their own right and play both in the UK and Europe on a regular basis. This is the third album of Roger Marks on the Upbeat Jazz label following the critical acclaim of the first two - URCD270 - ROGER MARKS IN RETROSPECT and URCD278 - MARKS AND SPARKS
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Following on from the success of the first album in this series of Upbeat Jazz’s four eminently collectable CDs, volume 2 is now available with volumes 3 and 4 following later this year. Volume 1 was very well received by the critics and has had airplay (half the show) on Walter Love’s programme on BBC Radio Ulster on 7th March.
Henry Red Allen was also the subject of BBC Radio 3’s six programmes in the year 2000 called Ride, Red, Ride presented by ... [MORE]
Upbeat Jazz is proud to release the first volume in a new series of Red Allen's finest recordings from the 1930s. These classic sessions are now made available to collectors for the first time in recent years, showcasing Allen's unsurpassed trumpet and vocals on such timeless gems as There's A House in Harlem For Sale, Believe It, Beloved, Rug Cutter Swing and Ain'tcha Got Music. Many great instrumentalists are also featured including Coleman Hawkins, ... [MORE]
Herman Asafo-Agyei is without doubt one of Africa’s most celebrated bass players with an active career spanning some 40 years. Herman’s music reflects the gamut of influence from Osibisa-style horns, to flirtations with guitarand-dance-band highlife, to highly percussive passages reminiscent of Hedzoleh Soundz – bass, rhythm and percussion are characteristic.
The lyrics of his theme song – Sunny Afrika - reflects the relaxed social environment and ... [MORE]
Recorded live in 2006 at Charney Les Macon in France, this session was hot! It was great! Indeed it was amazing and the crowd responded accordingly! You are in for a treat from the French Preservation New Orleans Jazz Band, led by JP Alessi with guests Sammy Rimington and Fred Vigorito.
Full personnel here are JP Alessi, leader and tenor sax, Sammy Rimington reeds and vocals, Fred Vigorito cornet, Cyrille Ouanich piano, Jacky Boyadjian string bass and ... [MORE]
Here we have a rare treat - the New Orleans jazz of the 1930s by way of Harlem and Chicago. While most of the New Orleans musicians were absorbed into the great black swing bands, Herb Morand fronted the Harlem Fats - a flat out New Orleans band!
The personnel were HERB MORAND, trumpet and vocals, ODELL RAND, Eb clarinet, HORACE MALCOLM, piano, JOE McCOY, guitar and vocals, CHARLIE McCOY, mandolin, guitar and vocals, JOHN LINDSAY or RANSOM KNOWLING, ... [MORE]
Albert Nicholas was one of the finest musicians ever produced by New Orleans This album from the great clarinettist's later years finds him on peak form. It features him on previously unheard tracks from concerts in Britain, Belgium and Poland.
Albert Nicholas was one of the giants of New Orleans jazz and Upbeat is proud to include him in their catalogue.
Producer Mike Pointon has written an accompanying booklet including many personal anecdotes ... [MORE]
Captain John Handy’s musical presence was and still is unforgettable. His phenomenal playing destroyed the myth in revivalist circles that the saxophone had no place in jazz. Capt John Handy is mainly associated with the alto sax, but he was also a fine clarinet player. To hear the Captain in full flight is pure delight as always….as this CD shows.
Few men have caused greater upheaval or changed the artistic landscape in New Orleans more than Capt. ... [MORE]
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!
The Wilbur De Paris band became an institution in New York City during the 1950s and toured the world in the late 1950s. Both Wilbur and Sidney are here on all tracks, and Wilbur is definitely running the show! All in all, one fabulous ... [MORE]
The Crane River Jazz Band is one of the most revered jazz bands of the 20th Century. This is the third exquisite album of them on Upbeat Jazz. In 1972 the Cranes re-formed and their first London appearance was at the 100 Club in Oxford Street which was released as URCD272 The Crane River Jazz Band with Ken Colyer – Reunited! This is the sequel to that album – sheer joyousness and almost relaxed telepathic teamwork. All the players are world renowned in ... [MORE]
This album is a true labour of love by one of British Jazz’s genuine originals paying tribute to one of variety’s immortals. Altogether the mood created by Diz and his choice of jazz musicians is one of sheer mischievous joy, evoking effortlessly the nostalgically raffish feel of a stroll along Blackpool’s slightly seedy Golden Mile many years ago. The CD includes two titles not recorded by Formby – I Was Waggling My Magical Wand and I Showed Me ... [MORE]
TOP REISSUE 2018 JAZZ RAG AWARDS!
This richly varied anthology covers several contrasting aspects of Humphrey Lyttelton's long career from the 50s to the 80s with highlights from the many albums featuring his work on the Upbeat label. Bands include his Big Band and the Paseo Band and artists include Jimmy Rushing, Kenny Davern, Johnny Parker, Bruce Turner, Micky Ashman, Ian Armit, John Barnes, Pete Strange, Colin Bowden and many more. Album ... [MORE]
This compilation of tracks from 1990 - 2017 features a number of line-ups who all have one thing in common - a two-man front line. This format is always a meeting of minds, a musical conversation where being a 'good listener' is every bit as important as expressing one's one ideas. The combination of trombone and reeds - be it clarinet or saxophone - is present on all tracks, but each partnership takes on its own distinctive sound.
Another aspect of ... [MORE]
Featuring Jack Teagarden and Earl Hines, this CD pre-dates the two Jack Teagarden/Earl Hines CDs from the Manchester Free Trade Hall in 1957 by six years and should really be considered the fore-runner to these two CDs (available on the Upbeat Jazz label – URCD258 and URCD273).
This live concert was recorded in Vancouver in January 1951 - it was a sell out show and the audience loved every second. This is one of the rarest of the all-star bands ... [MORE]
NEW ORLEANS – Original Soundtrack and Out-takes from the 1947 Cult Movie featuring Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Kid Ory, Barney Bigard, Mutt Carey and Zutty Singleton
It was a fabulous idea which in true Hollywood fashion ended up a fiasco! However, there remains the music which, unlike the film, is just plain wonderful! The list of artists here is an A-Z of jazz royalty and there are 29 great tracks for you to enjoy. So close your eyes and be transported back to 1947 and the birth of jazz in New Orleans! [MORE]
Mike Pointon has compiled this CD from a live recording from December 20th 1975 at a great Christmas party at Wimbledon Belgrave Harriers. There is an interesting and refreshing line-up with Ken Colyer cornet, vocals, Roger Bird clarinet, Mike Sherbourne trombone, Ray Smith piano, Bill Stotesbury banjo, Annie Hawkins string bass, Colin Bowden drums. Ken Colyer includes several numbers he had used over the years but as ever, he always manages to produce ... [MORE]
This selection of recordings by Sammy from the 1990s is a good example of his special talent for combining a repertoire of standards with other numbers that are rarely used as jazz vehicles. It follows the eclectic New Orleans tradition which has always been the approach taken by musicians from the Crescent City. Tracks from 4 sessions recorded between 1995 and 1999 are featured here, using musicians Sammy has been associated with over the years in ... [MORE]
Volume two of this fabulous 1957 Manchester concert by a specially assembled group starring two icons of Jazz. The concert was presented by The National Jazz Federation, and with the obvious exception of Max Kaminsky, every musician had previously been a member of Louis Armstrong’s All Stars. 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 – and the rapturous ... [MORE]
The Crane River Jazz Band is one of the most revered jazz bands of the 20th Century. In 1949 they took the UK by storm appearing on BBC TV and Studio 51 in Leicester Square and in 1951 played at the newly opened Royal Festival Hall.
In 1972 the Cranes re-formed and their first London appearance was at the 100 Club in Oxford Street where this CD was recorded. The result was sheer joyousness and almost relaxed telepathic teamwork.
All the players ... [MORE]