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Thursday, December 06, 2012

Santa's Last Stand - Celebrations at Ned Kelly's.

Peping Ceriaco (tpt); Colin Aitchison (tmb/teapot); Franco Valussi (ten/clt); Aki Espiritu (gtr/pno/bjo); Joselita Garcia (bs); Robert Flores (dms); + Tom Cord (dms); Danny Diaz (vcl); Neville Sarony (vcl/pno); Bert Amparado (tpt)..
(Review by Lance).
Colin Aitchison has kept us up to date with the Hong Kong jazz scene and in particular Ned Kelly's Last Stand - the bar in Kowloon where he has led the China Coast Jazzmen for the past 15 years.
This live broadcast celebrated the club's 40th anniversary as well as the 25th anniversary of the Operation Santa Claus charity appeal.
The recording balance isn't good but the enthusiasm bursts through and what local band wouldn't die for an audience like this?!
Weary Blues, High Society, Black and White Rag (guitar feature), Georgia on my Mind (vocal by Colin), Golden Wedding (clarinet feature), Our Love is Here to Stay (Danny Diaz vocal). 
Neville Sarony, son of 30's entertainer, actor and novelty songwriter Leslie Sarony, detailed the history of Ned's in song. Most amusing as he recalled past musicians who'd played there including tenorist Red Price.
Everybody Loves My Baby featured Tom Cord on drums whilst The World is Waiting For The Sunrise had an extended banjo intro before the horns soloed.
The atmosphere was so good I could almost taste it!
Shame Ashley Rd., Kowloon, isn't on the number 27 bus route.
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Lance.

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