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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Percy Bush Orchestra/Females Brawling in London Night Club


Colin, our link to the Orient, sent me this photo from the 1926 Xmas edition of the Melody Maker of the Percy Bush Orchestra who were the first ever band to play at Newcastle's famed Oxford Galleries.
Colin also sent an entertaining cutting from the same magazine reporting a fight between two females in a London night club.
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PS: How ironic that the Newcastle City Council have approved an application to tear the building that housed the Oxford Galleries down and build student flats. on the site. Smith and Poulson ride again!
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PPS: Photo from Colin Aitchison of Lew Stone with Percy Bush Orchestra

3 comments :

Steve Andrews (on F/b) said...

Didn't Lew Stone play for Percy Bush at the Oxford? Can't make him out in that photo, though.

CCJAZZMEN said...

Hi Steve, Yes, Lew Stone did play with Percy Bush at the Oxford, not sure for how long, but I do have a picture of him with the band at the Oxford, that I will send it on to Lance.
Colin

John Carstairs Hallam said...

It was Lewis Steinman's first professional gig outside London! Percy Bush was classically trained - played cello and oboe I but opened with his Aeoliands as the first resident band at the Oxford. He came back a few years later . He organised children'sparties and even conducted the singing at Newcastle United .....and then decamped to Sunderland. Even later he came back as the manager/musical director at the Heaton Picture Palace/Cinema/Ballroom.
When Louis Armstrong came to England Percy Bush was quoted in Melody Maker as not being complimentary, mainly because of Louis' mugging and exhibitionism which J Percival Bush, M.A. regarded as unprofessional! By the way, Percy wasn't the first band at the Oxford. Opening night was the LOndon Sorora Band.

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