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Friday, May 29, 2020

Remembering Benny Waters

Dave Kerr kindly sent me this poster of a concert by American sax legend Benny Waters advertising a gig he did with the Savannah Syncopators back in the early 1980s.

Waters, whose career stretched back to the days of King Oliver, was still a formidable player in his eighties and frequently appeared with the Savannah Syncopators at local venues in Newcastle and South Shields as well as at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival.


I managed to get a shot of him on his way to a gig in Edinburgh taken in August 1982.

In the festival's programme notes, The Sav. Syncs. are described as being "from the land of brown ale and coal"!

Well, the brown ale is still here...

Thanks Dave.
Lance.
PS: Apart from Benny, other names at the festival included: Teddy Wilson; Humph, Dick Cary; Eddie Thompson; Jim Galloway and, being Scotland, Alex Welsh and his gang.

From what I remember, and being Scotland, my mind wasn't always at its sharpest, it was the first time I heard Carol Kidd - it was love at first sight! And  also the first time I'd heard a vocal version of Waltz For Debby. For weeks afterwards it was the only song in my head!

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