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Howard Riley: “When I started out playing jazz back in the late 50s, early 60s, if you wanted a gig you had to learn some standards.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Eric Harland: “I love swing and I’m always going to swing but I also know that you can take a hip-hop groove and improvise with that just like you would with a swing pattern.” – (Jazz Journal April 2017)

Today Wednesday April 26

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Info wanted on St. Joseph's College Jazz Band - 1958.

(From Karl Crompton)
On my usual trip to the local charity shop, I have a good rummage through the boxes of vinyl.  It’s usually hit and miss when I go through the 7" box, especially when I haven’t got my glasses with me.
On this last visit I picked up a single as I didn’t recognise the label, and the weight of the single was unusually heavy.
On closer inspection, the label has a Morton Sound logo proudly straddling the Tyne Bridge and I think it must be acetate as it’s aluminium with a thin coating of nitrocellulose lacquer that has the sound groove, from the master tape, cut into it.
The band is The Joseph College Jazz Band 1958 -1959. 
The 3 tracks are A.  I Never Knew/B. St. Louis Blues and Sister Kate Blues
Band members are Bob Kennedy (Trombone); Ken Black (Cornet); John Burns (bjo); Denis Clark (bs) and Peter Fenwick (Drums).
It plays fair, a bit scratchy as you would expect but listenable.  The description of the tracks, songs and band members are hand written on both sides.  Also stamped on both sides in red is Copy of Customers Own Recording.
As it looks like a personal recording for the band members not for commercial distribution, this may be a long shot but, do you know any of the band members or have any way of getting in touch with past members of the band.  Also their family members might be interested in being re united with this little gem of music.
Karl Crompton
Leeds.
PS: St Joseph's College Dumfries is on the label.

2 comments :

  1. I'm unfamiliar with the Joseph College Band I suspect that they came to Newcastle just to make the record or possibly one of the members was brought up locally and knew of the recording studio. I have several of the private records made at Morton Sounds in my collection all by local musicians it was the only way to record before cheap tape recorders.

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  2. Interesting to note the address as 12 Oxford St. I only remember them being in Carliol Square.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
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