Working for The Past, Present and Future of Jazz
It was so good to have jazz back at the Yellow Dog when Cuff Billetts New Europa band entertained us. They started with Rip ‘em Up Joe and finished up playing Kid Thomas Boogie. But as I said in my June Newsletter starting up the club will be an experiment. Unfortunately, it didn’t work. I needed 40 jazzers sadly we only had 25 so with a heavy heart our last gig will be on Friday 27th and so will end the New Yellow Dog jazz club. Anyone interested in taking it on I’ll help?
It has been an amazing journey meeting so many nice people over the last 15 years and it wouldn’t have been possible without the people who helped including John Tall, Jim Buck and Martin Jones but one name in particular stands out, it’s the late Roger Grier. It was Roger who designed and maintained the clubs web site plus he was the club’s photographer.
And now the last in the series. Geoff Dobson’s story of when he first heard a jazz band.
"I was a 15-year-old Boy Scout in 1951, working as a volunteer helper at the ‘Liverpool Show’, running errands, etc. As we were leaving one of the organisers asked the Scout master if two boys could be called upon to operate the curtains for the evening entertainment, as the electric machines for doing this had packed in. Not exactly screaming and shouting, but reluctantly as we had been there from about 6.30 am and were exhausted."
"I was told to open the curtain when the music started. The band were a group I had never heard of- The Merseysippi jazz band. The wall of sound from 8 musicians, at such close quarters, knocked me over, but was immediately blown away, as the saying goes."
"I cycled home-perhaps I should say I floated home-at about 11pm to the consternation of my parents (No mobiles in those days) absolutely on cloud nine. I volunteered to do the curtain duty for the remaining two evenings."
"I discovered the MJB had a regular Sunday engagement at a hostelry in Liverpool and have followed them ever since. I have enjoyed a lifetime of jazz appreciation thanks to that electrical failure in 1951."
What an amazing story and thank you Geoff and with that all that is left for me to say is a big thank you for all your support over the last 15 years and remember…..Keep Jazz’in
Jazzy Joe, firstname.lastname@example.org or 023 8086 9720
ROLL OF HONOUR