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Saturday, February 12, 2011

No Jitterbugging Allowed

Love this photo of the Howard Baker Band from John Carstairs Hallam's collection of old dance band photos. If anyone can add any info regarding the band John would love to hear from you - note the 'No Jitterbugging Sign which would date it as 1940s as, in '40s, '50s it would have read 'No Jiving' or 'No Bopping!'
John has been collecting photos of north-east Dance & Jazz Bands, and issuing postcards to keep their memories alive. He's also interested in bands who played Summer or Winter seasons or had big gigs in the area.
Names such as: Arthur Jacobson, Tommy Bell, Andy Hodgkiss, Billy Taylor, Elizalde, Lew Stone, Ralph Barron, Charlie Mann, George Evans, Arthur Mowat, Albert's Hot Six, Teddy Foster, Arthur Luke, Hubert Tune, Ivy Barnes (just a random selection !) and maybe the Dance Halls themselves.
The time window is up to 1970's and a Jazz / Big Band series could happen if there is sufficient interest or material. Ideally, identification of players and information about the bands and their venues would be a bonus. John plays bass & tuba and collects pre-WW2 orchestrations, which, he says, should demonstrate that he's mad........
As a retired museum curator John knows how to take care of historically valuable material. He intends to lodge copies with suitable Archive/Library records and interested Societies. So if you have any photos or interesting material, or are in contact with any musicians/people who might be able to help, He would be grateful to hear from you.
Contact John Carstairs at hallamjohn@sky.com
Lance.

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