One of the best selling Upbeat Jazz CDs ever!
This is the much requested reissue of URCD111 presenting 21 tracks of Ken Colyer's Jazzmen at their very best at the BBC. There are Jazz Club tracks from 1955, 1959 and 1960 plus Break for Jazz tracks from 1957 and BBC TV recordings from 1956. The personnel for these recordings include KEN COLYER, TRP, GRAHAM STEWART, TRBN, SAMMY RIMINGTON, CLT, RAY FOXLEY, PNO, JOHNNY BASTABLE BJO, ... [MORE]
Our trawl through the BBC archives has found these vinyl disc transcriptions of broadcasts made available for distribution through the BBC Transcription Unit, and this is what we have for you now as volume 8 in the popular BBC Jazz Club series. The bands here are Humphrey Lyttelton and his Band 1954 - The Sandy Brown Band 1957 and Mick Mulligan with George Melly 1958. Sit back and enjoy! [MORE]
After the BBC Jazz Club series of 6 volumes, we thought we should be looking at BBC available tapes to represent the revival of small-band jazz from the 70s and 80s. This we have done balancing a mixture of traditional and mainstream jazz, compiled in the spirit in which they were presented by the BBC. The bands here are KEN COLYER ALL STAR JAZZ BAND - GRAHAM STEWART SEVEN - THE MIKE DANIELS DELTA JAZZ BAND and THE CY LAURIE BAND. 19 tracks in all lasting ... [MORE]
These are the Dieter Kreuter tapes volume 2 recorded at Studio 51 on 8th August 1958 (volume 1 is on URCD167 - In The Sweet Bye and Bye.) The band here is the classic Colyer line-up - KEN COLYER, TR, VOC, GTR, IAN WHEELER, CL, MAC DUNCAN, TRMB, JOHNNY BASTABLE, BAN, RAY FOXLEY, PIANO, RON WARD, BASS, COLIN BOWDEN, DRS, WASHBOARD. Great music, not to be missed! [MORE]
At The Jazz Band Ball was a popular BBC programme aimed at listeners overseas, broadcast from Bush House in London and recorded onto transcription discs for world-wide syndication. This is the first time they have been heard since the 1960s! Bands on volume three are Humphrey Lyttelton and his Band - The Fairweather Brown All Stars - Bruce Turner and his Jump Band with Jeannie Lambe - Diz Disley's String Quartet - The Brian Lemon Trio and Alex Welsh and ... [MORE]
Upbeat Jazz released this CD to celebrate Humph's 80th birthday in May 2001. The music was originally on the first LP that Calligraph, Humph's label, and we have added bonus tracks recorded 'live' at The Bulls Head in 1984 to make a 64 minute CD. We thought this would be a fitting tribute to this great jazz man.
These are the Dieter Kreuter tapes volume 1 recorded at Studio 51 on 8th August 1958 (volume 2 is on URCD170 - Somewhere Over the Rainbow.) This is the classic Colyer line-up with Ken Colyer, guitar,vocals Ian Wheeler, clarinet Mac Duncan, Trombone Johnny Bastable, banjo Ray Foxley, piano Ron Ward, bass Colin Bowden drums. Jazz on! [MORE]
This is a CD of vintage Colyer dating from 1955. The famous radio broadcast from NDR in Germany is released for the first time ever. The sound is broadcast quality and the band is on excellent form. These rare recordings represent a significant link in the Colyer discography. This is the classic Colyer front line recorded 19th March 1955 in Hamburg, Germany. Ken Colyer with Ian Wheeler, Mac Duncan, Peter Hunck, Diz Disley, Dick ... [MORE]
At The Jazz Band Ball was a popular BBC programme aimed at listeners overseas, broadcast from Bush House in London and recorded onto transcription discs for world-wide syndication. This is the first time they have been heard since the 1960s! Bands on this first volume are Monty Sunshine's Jazz Band - Terry Lightfoot's Jazzmen - Alan Elsdon and his Jazzband - Bob Wallis and this Storyville Jazzmen - Dick Charlesworth and his City Gents plus Mick Mulligan ... [MORE]
This CD recalls the wartime years when youth and free spirits set down on record some outstanding jazz which still sounds fresh and exciting today. The tracks were laid down in 1944 and 1945 - 24 in all! Personnel are Vic Lewis - Jack Parnell - Billy Riddick - Ronnie Chamberlain - Derek Hawkins - Dick Katz and Charlie Short. [MORE]
These tracks were recorded at the Boston Jazz Club in Lincolnshire in June 1972. Ken was on fine form, relaxed and floating, and this recording is a fitting record of a superb evening! Personnel are Ken Colyer trumpet, Sammy Rimington, clarinet, alto sax Barry Pasler, trombone, Ray Smith, piano, Pete Morcom, banjo, Alan Jinx Johns, bass and Colin Bowden, drums. [MORE]
Founded in 1949 by the Colyer Brothers - Ken and Bill - The Crane River Jazz Band played an important part in the British Jazz scent of the early 1950s. The first 10 tracks on this recording come from Germany 1973, the last 4 from The Pizza Express in Dean Street in 1977. The personnel are Ken Colyer, trumpet, Sonny Morris, cornet, Monty Sunshine, clarinet John R T Davis, trombone, alto sax, bass cornet Pat Hawes, piano, Julian Davies, bass Ben Marshall, ... [MORE]
The BBC Jazz Club in the 1960s was a complete cross-section of British jazz, often with American guests, and the Christmas shows always tried to be a bit different. In 1963 Chris Barber featured no less than three guests - the pianist Ian Armit, singer Bobby Breen and alto saxophonist Joe Harriott plus the band's own singer, Ottilie Patterson. The broadcast on this album is compered by Humph and the music sounds as fresh today as ... [MORE]
These recordings comprise broadcasts mostly for BBC Jazz Club and run from 1957-1962. They include some tunes that had not appeared on studio commercial recordings. They complement the sessions from our series of BBC Jazz Club and our special issues of Colyer and Barber from the same time. The personnel are Kenny Ball trumpet and vocals, John Bennett trombone, Charlie Galbraith trombone, Dave Jones clarinet, John Potter banjo, Dick Bishop banjo and ... [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 three features four bands - Ken Colyer's All Star Jazzmen - The Pete Allen Jazz Band - The Cy Laurie and Eggy Ley Hot Quintet and George Chisholm and His Gentlemen of Jazz.
Complete the set with volume 1 on URCD152 and volume 3 on URCD153 [MORE]
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]