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Saturday 15: Anth Purdy - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Purdy’s solo ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’ show. Limited capacity.

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Rare footage of Panama Jazzmen (1952).


Rare vintage photo of the Panama Jazzmen at a dance in 1952. Those jitterbuggin' dancers could certainly cut a caper!

The line-up is Joe McMullin (trumpet); Ronnie McLean (trombone); Stan Martin (clarinet); Norman Rudd (piano); Joe Garner (bass); Teddy Hutchinson (drums) but who is the tenor player?
Note the sound was added later so that what you are hearing isn't what they are playing although it is from a Panama Jazzmen recording..
Could it be Don Armstrong on tenor? Previous posts indicate it might be a bit early for Don.
Comments please.
Thanks to Alan and Steve Rudd for this discovery and editing.
Lance.

2 comments :

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

That was fun! Joe McMullon, Ronnie Norman and Stan instantly recognisable - they never really changed much, stylistically. I never met Teddy Hutchinson (although I heard a few funny stories about him), and wouldn't have recognised Joe Garner - I only played once with him around the early 1980's(?) and he had grey hair and a Zapata moustache and was playing electric bass by then. Wild guess as to the tenor player: Leo Harwood?

Bill Harper (on F/b). said...

The tenor player was certainly Leo Harwood, we worked together in the Joe Young band in the early 60s. I had not seen Leo for years but in 2002 or thereabouts at a Jazz fest on the South coast he saw that I was appearing with Frank Brookers Quartet and came to the concert to see me. Apparently, he had retired to Bournemouth years ago and it was great to see him again. He was still playing tenor and a bit of piano. I think he was in his late 70s then.

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